Chemistry

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College of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Science

Science and Technology Center, Room 317

570-422-3342.....www.esu.edu/chem

The Department of Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society.

About the Program

The Chemistry Department provides high quality programs in both traditional and emerging fields of study which recognize and promote human and intellectual diversity. The following undergraduate academic degree programs are offered: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry; Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/Chemistry; Bachelor of Science Biochemistry; Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biotechnology.

The department provides options for students whose interests may range from traditional chemistry fields on the interface between chemistry and biology or that have a health-profession emphasis. The Minor in Chemistry program allows students to receive recognition for completing a chemistry program short of a double major.

The Bachelor of Science Program in Chemistry is certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. The Chemistry Department is one of only seven departments within the State System of Higher Education to have achieved and maintained this prestigious certification.

ESU is located within one of the biotech hotbeds in the U.S. and is well-positioned geographically in a cluster of pharmaceutical companies known as "PharmCountry."

Chemistry students may participate in undergraduate research programs. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, these programs allow students to learn independently and solve problems. Students are exposed to advanced, specialized areas of chemistry and biochemistry.

Chemistry students also have many internship opportunities at regional chemical and pharmaceutical companies such as Sanofi Pasteur, Minerals Technologies, Instrument Specialties and McNeil Labs.

The ESU Chemistry Club is open to all ESU students with an interest in the science of chemistry. The club members are very active in campus events and public service. The members plan field trips to local and regional industries where chemistry plays a major role in research and production. The ESU Chemistry Club members produce chemical magic shows where the mysteries of chemistry are used to delight and thrill audiences of young and old alike. The members plan, prepare, and perform the chemical demonstrations under the supervision of professors.

Are you interested in...

  • Medicine
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Researching environmental problems
  • Discovering the world around us

Choose Chemistry at ESU

  • Small class sizes
  • New, state-of-the-art facilities
  • Practical field experiences
  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Frequent faculty interactions

Is Chemistry a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Chemist
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Environmental Testing
  • Educator
  • Toxicologist
  • Government Scientist

Career Settings

  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Hospitals
  • Graduate School - Advanced Degrees
  • Laboratories
  • Forensic Laboratories
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Pharmaceutical Companies

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

    • Required major courses: CHEM 121, 123, 124, 126, 233, 234, 235, 236, 353, 354, 371, 385, 495.
    • Corequisite courses: CPSC 101; MATH 140, 141; PHYS 161, 162 .
    • Please see the university requirements in this catalog.
    • Please see the Foreign Language Competency Requirement in this catalog.
    • Note: A 2.00 minimum quality point average in major courses is required for graduation.
    • All 300 and 400 level courses required for the major must be completed at ESU, with the exception of courses taken as part of the Pharmacy Transfer Program.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      CHEM 121 GE: General Chemistry I

      3

      CHEM 123 GE: General Chemistry I Lab

      1

      MATH 135 GE: Pre-Calculus

      3

      CPSC 101 GE: PC's and Their Uses in the Sciences

      3

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      FIT 101: Lifetime Fitness/Phys Asm

      2

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      CHEM 124 GE: General Chemistry II

      3

      CHEM 126 GE: General Chemistry II Lab

      1

      MATH 140 GE: Calculus I

      4

      PHYS 161 GE: Physics I

      4

      General Education Social Sciences

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      CHEM 233: Organic Chemistry I

      3

      CHEM 235: Organic Chemistry I Lab

      1

      PHYS 162 GE: Physics II

      4

      MATH 141 GE: Calculus 2

      4

      General Education Elective - Arts and Letters

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      CHEM 234: Organic Chemistry II

      3

      CHEM 236: Organic Chemistry II Lab

      1

      FLGR 116 GE: German I

      3

      General Education Elective - Social Studies

      3

      General Education Elective - Arts and Letters

      3

      Elective

      2

      Subtotal

      15

      Junior Year

      Fall

      CHEM 353: Physical Chemistry I

      4

      CHEM 371: Analytical Chemistry

      4

      CHEM 385: Chemical Literature and Documentation

      1

      General Education Elective - Social Science

      3

      General Education Elective - Arts and Letters

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      CHEM 354: Physical Chemistry II

      4

      FLGR 117 GE: German II

      3

      General Education Elective - Social Science

      3

      General Education Elective - Arts and Letters

      3

      Elective

      2

      Subtotal

      15

      Senior Year

      Fall

      General Education Elective - Social Sciences

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      CHEM 495: Chemistry Seminar

      1

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      4

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      4

      Subtotal

      15

      Total Credits

      120

      For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3342 or visit www.esu.edu/chem

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

  • Program Features

    51 Semester Hours

    • Required major courses: CHEM 121, 123, 124, 126, 233, 234, 235, 236, 315, 353, 354, 371, 372, 385, 433, 441, 442, 460, 495, and three additional semester hours in CHEM at the 300 to 400 level.
    • Corequisite courses: CPSC 101, FLFR 116, or FLGR 116, or FLSP 116; MATH 140, 141; PHYS 161, 162.
    • Please see the university requirements in this catalog.
    • Note: A minimum quality point average of 2.00 in major courses is required for graduation. This degree program is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. Graduates of this program with a minimum quality point average of 2.50 in major courses are eligible for certification by this society.
    • All 300 and 400 level courses required for the major must be completed at ESU.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      CHEM 121 GE: General Chemistry I

      3

      CHEM 123 GE: General Chemistry I Lab

      1

      MATH 140 GE: Calculus I

      4

      ENGL 103 English Composition

      3

      CPSC 101 GE: PC's and Their Uses in the Sciences

      3

      Subtotal

      14

      Spring

      CHEM 124 GE: General Chemistry II

      3

      CHEM 126 GE: General Chemistry II Lab

      1

      MATH 141 GE: Calculus 2

      4

      PHYS 161 GE: Physics I

      4

      FL__ 116 GE: French I or German I, or Spanish I

      3

      Fitness elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      CHEM 233: Organic Chemistry I

      3

      CHEM 235: Organic Chemistry I Lab

      1

      PHYS 162 GE: Physics II

      4

      General Education Elective - Group A

      3

      General Education Elective - Group C

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      CHEM 234: Organic Chemistry II

      3

      CHEM 236: Organic Chemistry II Lab

      1

      General Education Elective - Group C

      3

      General Education Elective - Group C

      3

      General Education Elective - Group A

      3

      General Education Elective - Group A

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      *Junior Year

      Fall

      CHEM 353: Physical Chemistry I

      4

      CHEM 385: Chemical Literature and documentation

      1

      CHEM 315: Biochemistry

      3

      CHEM 371: Analytical Chemistry I

      4

      General Education Elective - Group A

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      CHEM 354: Physical Chemistry II

      4

      CHEM 372: Analytical Chemistry II

      4

      General Education Elective - Group C

      3

      General Education Elective - Group C

      3

      Subtotal

      14

      *Senior Year

      Fall

      CHEM 433: Organic Chemistry III

      3

      CHEM 441: Inorganic Chemistry I

      3

      CHEM 3__ or CHEM 4__ Chemistry Elective Course**

      3

      Elective***

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      CHEM 442: Inorganic Chemistry II

      3

      CHEM 460: Advanced Chemistry Laboratory

      2

      CHEM 495: Chemistry Seminar

      1

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Total Credits

      120

      * Junior and senior level courses may be resequenced based on availability.

      **This course must be taken from the list of chemistry department 300 or 400 elective courses.

      ***Only 13 credits of electives can be chemistry department 300 or 400 elective courses.

      For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3342 or visit www.esu.edu/chem

Chemistry - Secondary Education

  • Are you interested in...

    • Testing theories
    • Exploring
    • Investigating
    • Teaching others

    Choose Chemistry / Secondary Education at ESU

    • Small class sizes
    • New, state-of-the-art facilities
    • Practical field experiences
    • Qualified, experienced faculty
    • Frequent faculty interactions

    Is Chemistry / Secondary Education a career path for me?

    Career Potential

    • Teacher of Chemistry
    • Graduate School –
    • Chemical Education

    Career Settings

    • Public Schools
    • Private Schools
    • Charter Schools
    • School Administration

    More detailed career information is available from the department.

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Secondary Education

    • Program Features

      34 Semester Hours

      The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has established new and superseding requirements for all candidates in teacher preparation programs. Please refer to the section The College of Education in this catalog for specific requirements for admission into teacher education programs.

      The Pennsylvania Department of Education has made some recent changes in teacher certification requirements. Anyone applying for teacher certification after December 31, 2012 will be subject to different program and certification requirements. These requirements will be published pending approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. ALL teacher education students should be in frequent consultation with their academic advisors to make sure they are meeting the appropriate program and certification requirements which will vary depending on a variety of circumstances.

      These General Education selections meet two of the Pennsylvania requirements for Chemistry certification candidates:

      ENGL,,,

      any GE English Literature course

      (As a Group A GenEd elective)

      GEOG 120 and/or 121

      Physical Geography or Physical Geology

      (As a Group C GenEd elective)

      Certain additional General Education courses have particular relevance for chemistry teachers.

      Among your 15 credits from 4 or 5 areas in Humanities Group A, consider these courses:

      CMST 111

      Speech Communication (very highly recommended)

      FLSP 116, 117

      Spanish I and II or other spoken foreign language (meets ESU language req.)

      ENGL 177 or 180

      Environmental Literature or Literature and Science

      ART 251-260

      Studio art courses such as painting, printmaking, or sculpture

      CMST 210

      Interpersonal and Small Group Communication

      THTR 230 or 102

      Stagecraft or Acting

      PHIL 221

      Logic I

      Among your 15 credits from 4 or 5 areas in Social Studies Group C, consider these courses:

      GEOG 220

      Meteorology

      GEOG 320, 321, 322

      Climatology, Geomorphology, Vegetation & Soils

      Students in a 4 1/2 or 5 year or M.S. plan with time for elective credits should also consider:

      CHEM 373, 405, 493

      Environmental Quality, History of Science, or Research in Chemistry

    • Program Curriculum Plan
      • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

        Freshman Year

        Fall

        CHEM 121 GE: General Chemistry I

        3

        CHEM 123 GE: General Chemistry I Lab

        1

        MATH 140 GE: Calculus 1

        4

        ENGL 103: English Composition

        3

        PSED 150: Intro Teaching All Students

        6

        Subtotal

        17

        Spring

        CHEM 124 GE: General Chemistry II

        3

        CHEM 126 GE: General Chemistry II Lab

        1

        MATH 141 GE: Calculus 2

        4

        PHYS 161 GE: Physics I

        4

        Group C Elective (see chemistry)

        3

        FIT Fitness Elective

        1

        Subtotal

        16

        Sophomore Year

        Fall

        CHEM 233: Organic Chemistry I

        3

        CHEM 235: Organic Chemistry I Lab

        1

        PHYS 162 GE: Physics II

        4

        PSED 250: Educational Psychology

        3

        ENGL Literature GE Elective

        3

        Group A Elective (see chemistry)

        3

        Subtotal

        17

        Spring

        CHEM 234: Organic Chemistry II

        3

        CHEM 236: Organic Chemistry II Lab

        1

        PSED 350 Diverse Learners

        3

        GEOG 121: Physical Geology

        3

        Group A Elective (see chemistry)

        3

        Group C Elective (see chemistry)

        3

        Subtotal

        16

        Junior Year

        Fall

        CHEM 353: Physical Chemistry I

        4

        CHEM 385: Chemical Literature and Documentation

        1

        BIOL 114 GE: Introduction to Biology I

        4

        REED 350: Teaching of Reading in the Secondary School

        3

        Group A Elective (see chemistry)

        3

        Group C Elective (see chemistry

        3

        Subtotal

        18

        Spring

        CHEM 354: Physical Chemistry II

        4

        CHEM 495: Chemistry Seminar

        1

        BIOL 115 GE: Introduction to Biology II

        4

        PSED 420: Education Seminar 1

        3

        Group A Elective (see chemistry)

        3

        FIT Fitness Elective

        1

        Subtotal

        16

        Senior Year

        Fall

        CHEM 315: Biochemistry

        3

        CHEM 371: Analytical Chemistry I

        4

        PSED 421: Seminar in Secondary Education II

        3

        PSED 446: Teaching Science in Secondary School

        3

        Group C Elective (see chemistry)

        3

        Subtotal

        16

        Spring

        CHEM 499: Student Teaching Internship

        1

        PSED 430: Student Teaching Junior High School

        6

        PSED 431: Student Teaching Senior High School

        6

        Subtotal

        13

        Total Credits

        129

        Teacher education program requirements have been changed to reflect new certification rules for students applying for certification after December 31, 2012.

        For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3342

        or visit www.esu.edu/chem

Chemical Biotechnology

  • Are you interested in...

    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Exploration
    • Investigation

    Choose Chemical Biotechnology at ESU

    • Small class sizes
    • New, state-of-the-art facilities
    • Practical field experiences
    • Qualified, experienced faculty
    • Frequent faculty interactions

    Is chemical biotechnology a career path for me?

    Career Potential

    • Biochemist
    • Product Developer
    • Quality Control
    • Technical Writer
    • Bacteriologists
    • Pharmaceutical Sales

    Career Settings

    • Chemical Manufacturers
    • Hospitals
    • Insurance Companies
    • Laboratories
    • Public Health Service
    • Food and Drug Administration

    More detailed career information is available from the department.

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biotechnology

Biochemistry

    • Working with people or animals
    • Exploring
    • Investigating
    • Working with data and numbers
    • Being creative

    Choose Biochemistry at ESU

    • Small class sizes
    • New, state-of-the-art facilities
    • Practical field experiences
    • Qualified, experienced faculty
    • Frequent faculty interactions

    Is Biochemistry a career path for me?

    Career Potential

    • Biochemist
    • Environmental Consultant
    • Quality Assurance Manager
    • University Research Assistant
    • Food Inspector
    • Medicine
    • Medical Research

    Career Settings

    • Chemical Manufacturers
    • Hospitals
    • Insurance Companies
    • Laboratories
    • Public Health Service
    • Food and Drug Administration

    More detailed career information is available from the department.

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

    • Program Features

      67 semester hours

    • Program curriculum Plan
      • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

        Freshman Year

        Fall

        CHEM 121 GE: General Chemistry I

        3

        CHEM 123 GE: General Chemistry I Lab

        1

        MATH 140 GE: Calculus I

        4

        BIOL 114 GE: Introductory Biology I

        4

        General Education Elective

        3

        Subtotal

        15

        Spring

        CHEM 124 GE: General Chemistry II

        3

        CHEM 126 GE: General Chemistry II Lab

        1

        MATH 141 GE: Calculus 2 or MATH 110 GE: Statistics

        4 or 3

        ENGL 103: English Composition

        3

        General Education Elective

        3

        Subtotal

        13 or 14

        Sophomore Year

        Fall

        CHEM 233: Organic Chemistry I

        3

        CHEM 235: Organic Chemistry I Lab

        1

        Biology Elective

        3 or 4

        General Education

        3

        FIT I

        1

        General Education Elective

        3

        Subtotal

        14 or 15

        Spring

        CHEM 234: Organic Chemistry II

        3

        CHEM 236: Organic Chemistry II Lab

        1

        CPSC 101 GE: PC's and Their Uses in Science

        3

        PHYS 161 GE: Physics I

        4

        General Education Elective

        3

        FIT II

        1

        Subtotal

        15

        Junior Year

        Fall

        CHEM 315: Biochemistry

        3

        CHEM 317: Biochemistry Lab

        1

        PHYS 162 GE: Physics II

        4

        Elective

        6

        General Education Elective

        3

        Subtotal

        17

        Spring

        CHEM 350: Physical Biochemistry

        3

        CHEM 352: Physical Biochemistry Lab

        1

        Biology Elective

        3 or 4

        General Education Elective

        6

        Elective

        3

        Subtotal

        16 or 17

        Senior Year

        Fall

        CHEM 371: Analytical Chemistry

        4

        Chemistry/Biology Elective

        3 or 4

        CHEM 385: Chemical Literature and Documentation

        1

        General Education Elective

        3

        Chemistry

        3 or 4

        Subtotal

        14-16

        Spring

        CHEM 419: Biochemistry II

        3

        CHEM 495: Chemistry Seminar

        1

        Chemistry/Biology Elective

        6 or 7

        General Education Elective

        3

        Elective

        3

        Subtotal

        16 or 17

        Total Credits

        120

        Biology Electives – 9 credits; one must have lab 300+ level BIOL 330, 331, 422, 434, 449.

        Suggested Chemistry Electives - CHEM 412, 496

        For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3342 or visit www.esu.edu/chem.

Chemistry Minor

    • Required courses: CHEM 121, 123, 124, 126, (233, 234, 235, 236) or (353, 354), and seven semester hours from chemistry major courses.
    • Note: A minimum quality point average of 2.0 in chemistry courses is required. A student majoring in a program offered by the Department of Chemistry cannot qualify for this minor. The following are recommended courses: CHEM 315, 373, 405, 493.
    • All 300 and 400 level courses required for the minor must be completed at ESU.

Pharmacy Transfer Program

  • The pre-pharmacy student spends their first two to three years at ESU taking the necessary core courses in order to satisfy the professional school entrance requirements. These core courses and other corequisite are unique for each professional school. The student applies to a pharmacy school as a transfer student. Students may indicate their intent to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in either biochemistry or chemistry from ESU before transferring to the pharmacy school of choice. Upon completion of their second professional year at pharmacy school, they can transfer these credits from the pharmacy school back to ESU in order to fulfill the remaining credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may also declare a major in chemistry or related fields, finish the bachelor's degree at ESU, then transfer to a pharmacy school.

Faculty

Course Descriptions

  • CHEM 100 Chemical Problem Solving: (1)

    • This course is a review of the methods of obtaining and analyzing quantitative measurements with emphasis on the mass, energy, and chemical changes which occur during chemical reactions. It is intended primarily for students who require or desire additional work in solving chemical problems.

  • CHEM 101 GE: Modern Chemical Science (3)

    • This course develops concepts of modern chemistry as a natural consequence of scientific thought and advancement. The atom is followed from its creation to its chemical reactivities. Inorganic chemistry is the main emphasis. It is primarily intended for students who wish to satisfy a general education requirement in science but is also an excellent preparatory course for General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II.

  • CHEM 104 GE: Chemistry for the Consumer DE (3)

    • This course is an introduction to the basic chemical principles that underlie the composition, applications, and safety of common consumer products and everyday materials. Among topics to be discussed are plastics, laundry products, personal-care products, fertilizers, pesticides, food additives, and electrochemical processes, and batteries.

  • CHEM 106 GE: Fingerprinting the Elements (3)

    • The periodic table will be used to introduce the descriptive chemistry of the elements. Periodic trends in chemical reactivity and physical properties provide the basis for predicting the inorganic behavior of an element. Computer software assignments are used to clarify periodic trends.

  • CHEM 108 GE: Environmental Chemistry (3)

    • This course is an introduction to basic chemical principles that are used as the basis for discussion of environmental issues. Among the topics included are air and water pollution, waste disposal, food additives, and pesticides.

  • CHEM 111 GE: Chemical Basis of Matter (3)

    • The fundamental concepts relating to matter, its properties, composition, structure, and reactions are presented. The student is introduced to the chemical elements, the periodic table, inorganic nomenclature, atomic theory and structure, chemical reactions and equilibria, solution chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Applications to the health sciences of the principles presented will be emphasized. This course may be useful in preparation for CHEM 121. Some algebraic experience is desirable.

  • CHEM 115 GE: Chemistry, Molecules and Life (3)

    • This course introduces the student to the principles and concepts of general, organic and biological chemistry and their applications to health-related issues. Intermolecular forces, acid-base theory, chemical reaction and equilibrium, and structural properties are used to explain metabolism, function, and causes of physiological changes at the molecular level.

  • CHEM 117 GE: Chemical Basis of Life Laboratory (1)

    • This course is a compilation of laboratory experiences designed to introduce the student to basic experimental techniques and investigations in general, organic, and biological chemistry. Emphasis is given to the physical methods used to synthesize, purify, and identify various chemical compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 212 or concurrent registration in CHEM 115.

  • CHEM 121 GE: General Chemistry I (3)

    • This course presents language, principles, and applications of chemistry at a level designed for students majoring in the sciences. Topics include measurement, periodicity, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and electronic structure, bonding, and states of matter. Prerequisite: Intermediate algebra. Concurrent registration in CHEM 123 is required.

  • CHEM 123 GE: General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)

    • This course offers students an opportunity to safely observe and measure chemical changes. Written work emphasizes data treatment and logical interpretation. Principles include density, stoichiometry, atomic structure, and gas laws. Techniques include volumetric, gravimetric, and spectroscopic measurements. Concurrent registration in CHEM 121 is required.

  • CHEM 124 GE: General Chemistry II (3)

    • This course is a study of the concepts of equilibrium, thermodynamics, acid-base chemistry, kinetics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 121, 123. Concurrent registration in CHEM 126 required.

  • CHEM 126 GE: General Chemistry II Laboratory (1)

    • This course introduces students to more sophisticated measurement tools such as spectrophotometers, pH meters, precision thermometers, voltmeters, ammeters, and computers. Experiments focus on principles studied in CHEM 124. Prerequisites: CHEM 121, 123. Concurrent registration in CHEM 124 required.

  • CHEM 127 General Chemistry I Problem Solving (1)

    • This course will provide systematic, step-by-step approaches to problem solving in general chemistry, with emphasis on the factor label method as it is applied to stoichiometry, solution concentration terms, and thermochemistry. It is intended primarily for students who require or desire additional work in solving general chemistry problems. Concurrent registration in CHEM 121, General Chemistry I, is required.

  • CHEM 128 General Chemistry II Problem Solving (1)

    • This course is a continuation of CHEM 127, General Chemistry I Problem Solving. Concurrent registration in CHEM 124, General Chemistry II, is required. Prerequisites: CHEM 121, 123.

  • CHEM 212 GE: Chemical Basis of Life (3)

    • The fundamental concepts developed in CHEM 111 are applied to the study of organic molecules and functional groups and their importance to biochemical structures. The structure, properties, nomenclature, and reactions of the different classes of organic and biochemical compounds are discussed as well as isomerism and metabolism and their biochemical applications to the health sciences. Prerequisite: CHEM 111.

  • CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry I (3)

    • The structure, nomenclature, preparation, and reactions of organic compounds will be studied using modern theories and reaction mechanisms as unifying bases. Prerequisites: CHEM 121, 123, 124, 126 and 235 concurrent or completed or with permission of department.

  • CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry II (3)

    • This course is a continuation of CHEM 233, Organic Chemistry I. Prerequisites:CHEM 121, 123, 124, 126; and CHEM 233 and 235. CHEM 233 and 236 concurrent or completed or with permission of department.

  • CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)

    • A series of experiments designed to introduce the student to the techniques and equipment used in the preparation and characterization of organic compounds will be undertaken. Prerequisite: CHEM 121, 123, 124, 126; and CHEM 233 concurrent or completed.

  • CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)

    • This course is a continuation of CHEM 235, Organic Chemistry I Lab. Prerequisites: CHEM 121, 123, 124, 126, 233, 235; and Chem 234 concurrent or completed.

  • CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I Problem Solving (1)

    • This course will present approaches to and the methods of problem solving in organic chemistry while utilizing the unifying theories of mechanism that are based upon classical and contemporary bond theories. It is intended primarily for students who require or desire additional work in solving organic chemistry problems. Concurrent registration in CHEM 233, Organic Chemistry I, is required.

  • CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry II Problem Solving (1)

    • This course is a continuation of CHEM 237, Organic Chemistry I Problem Solving. Concurrent registration in CHEM 234, Organic Chemistry II is required. Prerequisites: CHEM 233, 235.

  • CHEM 275 GE: Chemical Aspects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (3)

    • This course is an introduction to the chemical aspects of alcohol and other drugs of abuse with emphasis on the pharmacological and physiological effects on the human organism. Prerequisite: CHEM 111 or 115 or 121.

  • CHEM 290 Special Topics (Semester hours arranged)

    • These courses are designed to meet specific needs of groups of students are offered on a trial basis in order to determine the demand for and value of introducing them as part of the university curriculum.

  • CHEM 315 Biochemistry (3)

    • This course is an introduction to the chemistry of living systems. Topics discussed include the chemistry of aqueous solutions; pH and buffer systems; the structure, functions and interactions of biomolecules; theories of ligand binding catalysis; the chemical reactions and regulation of major metabolic pathways; and introductory bioenergetics. Prerequisites: CHEM 234, 236.

  • CHEM 317 Biochemistry Laboratory (1)

    • A series of experiments designed to introduce the techniques and instrumentation of biochemistry will be utilized in investigating biomolecules and biochemical processes. Statistical methods for data analysis and interpretation of data published in biochemical journals will be integral components of this course. Prerequisite: CHEM 315 concurrent or completed.

  • CHEM 350 Physical Biochemistry (3)

    • This course introduces physical theory and methodology as applied to studies of biomolecules and biochemical processes. Topics covered include the importance of electrostatic interactions in determining structure and function of biomolecules; processes of denaturation; thermodynamics and bioenergetics; kinetics; solution properties of macromolecules; membrane dynamics; and the theories of a variety of physical methods of analysis. Prerequisites: CHEM 315, 317; MATH 140; PHYS 162.

  • CHEM 352 Physical Biochemistry Laboratory (1)

    • Experiments to be performed will provide experience with advanced analytical and physical techniques used in the analysis of biomolecules and biochemical processes. Examples of techniques to be used include absorption spectroscopic analysis of structure and kinetics; centrifugation; electrophoresis; blotting; equilibrium dialysis; purification methods and affinity ligand chromatography; and computer assisted data analysis. Independent design of some experiments, critical evaluation, and statistical analysis of data are stressed. Prerequisite: CHEM 350 concurrent or completed or CHEM 353.

  • CHEM 353 Physical Chemistry I (4)

    • This course is an introduction to theoretical physical chemistry including classical thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics, and equilibrium. The use of computer techniques in the solving of problems and the treatment of laboratory data is an integral part of the course. Prerequisites: CHEM 124, 126; PHYS 162; MATH 141; CPSC 101.

  • CHEM 354 Physical Chemistry II (4)

    • This course is a continuation of CHEM 353 with emphasis on the theory and applications of quantum mechanics to simple chemical systems, introduction to spectroscopy and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: CHEM 353.

  • CHEM 371 Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative (4)

    • This course is a study of the theories and methods of gravimetic and volumetric analysis with a brief introduction to the use of some modern analytical instrumentation. Precision and accuracy in laboratory work and training in chemical calculations are emphasized. Prerequisites: CHEM 124, 126.

  • CHEM 372 Analytical Chemistry II: Instrumental (4)

    • This course is a study of principles and applications of modern analytical methods with emphasis on physiochemical measurements. Topics include electrochemical, spectrochemical, chromatographic, and radiochemical methods. Prerequisites: CHEM 353, 371.

  • CHEM 373 Environmental Quality: The Chemical Approach (4)

    • This course deals with the chemical aspects of environmental quality. Emphasis is placed on the identification, chemical characterization, and controls of pollutants. Topics include air, water, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, and solid waste. Prerequisites: CHEM 124, 126.

  • CHEM 385 Chemical Literature and Documentation (1)

    • This course is a study of the various classes of chemical literature, techniques of searching the literature, and the proper documentation of experimental observations and literature references. Prerequisites: CHEM 234, 236.

  • CHEM 402 Contemporary Topics in Sciences (3)

    • This course deals with the nature and theoretical bases of recent noteworthy advances in science. Interdisciplinary in design, the course draws its content from the various disciplines of natural science. Emphasis is placed upon topics being reported upon in professional journals. This course is also listed as PHYS 402. Prerequisites: CHEM 353 and 354 and permission of instructor.

  • CHEM 405 The Development of Modern Physical Science (3)

    • This course examines past works and philosophical thought of noted physical scientists. Emphasis is placed on the nature of scientific discovery and the processes of science. This course is also listed as PHYS 405. Prerequisites: PHYS 161 and 162 and permission of instructor.

  • CHEM 412 Contemporary Topics in Biochemistry (3)

    • Topics presented in this course will cover a variety of advanced areas of biochemistry. Typically in one semester, the course will focus either on enzymes and regulation and integration of metabolism, or nucleic acids and recombinant DNA technology. Current journal articles will be used to supplement the textbook and provide the basis for discussions. The choice of focus and inclusion of other special topics will be determined by the needs of the students enrolled. Prerequisites: CHEM 315, 317, and 350 or 353.

  • CHEM 415 Protein Chemistry (3)

    • Building upon principles in the introductory biochemistry course, this course will elaborate on protein structure and function, and cover theoretical and practical aspects related to the purification, quantification, characterization, and modification of proteins. Students will be introduced to the use of protein data banks, computer modeling and prediction of protein structure, and protein design. Prerequisites: CHEM 315; 317; and 350 or 353.

  • CHEM 417 Protein Chemistry Laboratory (1)

    • Designed to accompany CHEM 415, this course focuses on laboratory protocols for the purification, quantification, and analysis of protein structure function used in industry and research. Computer-assisted structure prediction and analysis will also be used. Prerequisites: CHEM 315; 317; 350 and 352 or 353. Concurrent registration in CHEM 415 is required.

  • CHEM 418 Molecular Toxicity (3)

    • This course introduces students to the fields of toxicity and risk assessment. Emphasis will be on the molecular basis of toxicity and the biochemical impact of exposure to toxic agents. Prerequisites: CHEM 234, 236, 315.

  • CHEM 419 Biochemistry II (3)

    • This course explores the molecular logic of metabolism and protein synthesis and discusses how organic molecules function in biochemical processes and pathways. Biosynthetic reactions, the roles of cofactors and coenzymes, enzyme active sites, transcription and translation, regulation, advanced bioenergetics, and structure and patterns common to all biochemical transformations are explored and discussed. Prerequisites: CHEM 315, 317

  • CHEM 420 Bioseparations (2)

    • This laboratory-intensive course focuses on methods used to isolate biological molecules and cellular structures. Theory, instrumentation and protocols of chromatography, dialysis, filtration, centrifugation, electrophoresis and cell sorting will be covered. Prerequisites: CHEM 315, 317.

  • CHEM 433 Organic Chemistry III (3)

    • A study of the theoretical and practical aspects of the reactions, mechanisms and stereochemistry of organic compounds. Prerequisites: CHEM 234, 236, 354.

  • CHEM 436 Medicinal Chemistry (3)

    • This course is a survey of the various classes of pharmacological agents being utilized in the treatment of various disorders. Included are considerations of mode of action, design and synthesis, and current efforts in the field of development of new drugs. Prerequisites: CHEM 234, 236, 353.

  • CHEM 441 Inorganic Chemistry I (3)

    • This course is a study of the periodic properties and descriptive chemistry of the chemical elements and their inorganic compounds, ionic solids, equilibria in aqueous and nonaqueous systems, and acid-base concepts. Prerequisites: CHEM 123, 124, and 353 (concurrent registration in CHEM 353 permitted).

  • CHEM 442 Inorganic Chemistry II (3)

    • This course is a continuation of CHEM 441 with emphasis on a study of the theories of bonding, structure, and reactivities of inorganic, coordination, and organometallic compounds. The magnetic and spectroscopic properties of coordination compounds and the descriptive chemistry of selected group elements will also be discussed. Prerequisites: CHEM 353, 441.

  • CHEM 452 Introduction to Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling (3)

    • This course is a study of selected topics in theoretical chemistry including quantum mechanics, group theory and symmetry, and molecular orbital theory. The use of computer programs in the illustrations of chemical principles will be emphasized. Prerequisites: CHEM 353, 354.

  • CHEM 460 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory (2)

    • This course is designed to expose students to various experimental techniques needed to conduct chemical research. The course integrates synthesis, separation, purification, analysis, and characterization techniques. Instrumental techniques used include UV-VIS, FT-IR, FT-NMR, spectroscopy, HPLC, GC-MS & various optical methods used for characterizing organic and inorganic compounds. Prerequisites: CHEM 372, 433, 442 (or concurrent).

  • CHEM 461 Polymer Chemistry (3)

    • The basic concepts of polymer chemistry are introduced in this course. Topics included will be the mechanisms and kinetics of polymerization, the synthesis of polymers, and the relationships between molecular structure, conformation, and morphology of polymers and their chemical and physical properties. Prerequisites: CHEM 234, 236, 353.

  • CHEM 485 Independent Study (Semester hours arranged)

    • This experience is taken upon the initiative of a student who seeks to study with a knowledgeable faculty member in order to deepen a specific interest in a particular academic discipline. Independent study is a process through which a student either sharply increases his/her already advanced knowledge of a subject matter or increases his/her appreciation about an academic discipline that is correlative with a student's advanced knowledge of a subject. The proposed independent study must be submitted to the department for approval. The faculty member supervising the independent study must provide a minimum of five (5) hours of time per credit hour upon request of the student.

  • CHEM 486 Field Experience and Internships (Semester hours arranged)

  • CHEM 493 Research in Chemistry (3)

    • This course is an experimental investigation selected by the student in consultation with a member of the faculty and carried out under the faculty member's guidance. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the department.

  • CHEM 495 Chemistry Seminar (1)

    • This course is a series of lectures and discussions on chemical topics by faculty, visitors, and students; each registered student is required to give a seminar during the semester. Prerequisites: Permission of the department; CHEM 236, 385.

  • CHEM 499 Student Teaching Internships (1)

    • This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to work with a faculty member in the student's primary Arts and Sciences discipline during the student teaching experience. The course will enhance the student's ability to understand and maximize the relationship between disciplinary subject matter and pedagogy.