Chemistry | Course Catalogue

2020-2021 Catalogue

Chemistry plays a central role in both physical and biological sciences. Chemistry courses offer students the opportunity to master the chemical concepts necessary for understanding much of the natural sciences. These courses encourage students to think independently, to approach problems and tasks creatively and skillfully, and to test hypotheses critically. Laboratory experience is integral to most chemistry courses. Experimental design, modern laboratory techniques, and data analysis are emphasized.

Minor in chemistry. The chemistry minor encourages students to achieve a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of chemistry: chemical bonding, reactions and their dynamics, and analysis and characterization of chemical samples. Chemistry minors develop laboratory skills to study chemical systems and problems. 

Minor requirements: The chemistry minor consists of seven courses within the discipline:

CHM 101 – General Chemistry I (4 hours)

CHM 102 – General Chemistry II (4 hours)

CHM 221 – Organic Chemistry I (4 hours)

CHM 222 – Organic Chemistry II (4 hours)

CHM 240 – Quantitative Analysis (4 hours)

Two additional CHM courses at the 300 or 400 level

Students may elect to develop a PDE in chemistry in collaboration with their advisor and chemistry faculty.

Chemistry (CHM) Course Descriptions

CHM 101-101L: General Chemistry I.
Goal: To explore the nature of matter. To examine qualitatively and quantitatively the principles which govern the physical and chemical changes of matter. To encourage critical thinking, logical derivation, and creativity through solving problems. To develop an understanding of the composition and operation of the material universe and an appreciation of the greater environment. To prepare students for further studies in science.
Content: A comprehensive introduction to chemistry including stoichiometry, chemical reactions, properties of solutions, properties of gases, atomic structure, chemical bonding and molecular structure.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisites: MAT 130 or placement at MAT 140 or higher.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Natural World; (SM).
Credit: 4 hours (3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week).
CHM 102-102L: General Chemistry II.
Goal: To explore the nature of matter. To examine qualitatively and quantitatively the principles which govern the physical and chemical changes of matter. To encourage critical thinking, logical derivation, and creativity, through solving problems. To develop an understanding of the composition and operation of the material universe and an appreciation of the greater environment. To prepare students for further studies in science.
Content: A comprehensive introduction to properties of solids, liquids, and gases, properties of solutions, thermochemistry, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibria, metal complexes.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisites: CHM 101.
Credit: 4 hours (3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab per week).
CHM 221, 222: Organic Chemistry I and II.
Goal: To examine the structure and the physical and chemical properties of carbon-based compounds and their derivatives. To understand mechanisms of organic reactions. To encourage critical thinking, logical derivation, and creativity, using organic synthesis as a vehicle. To apply laboratory techniques used in determining structures of organic molecules.
Content: An introduction to the chemistry of carbon compounds including their structures, physical and spectral properties, chemical reactivity, and synthesis. Laboratory work includes the isolation, purification, and identification used in determination of structures of organic molecules, as well as determination of physical and spectral properties.
Taught: CHM 221, Fall; CHM 222, Spring.
Prerequisites: CHM 102; CHM 221 for CHM 222.
Credit: 4 hours.

CHM 240: Quantitative Analysis.
Goal: To expand the study of ionic equilibria involved in acid-base, oxidation-reduction, precipitation, and complexometric reactions. To apply equilibrium principles and stoichiometry to modern analytical volumetric and gravimetric analyses. To develop statistical methods of analyzing and comparing analytical results.
Content: A study of analytical chemistry determinations which rely on gravimetric and volumetric analysis. Laboratory work includes hands-on experience with classical analytical techniques used in these determinations.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: CHM 102 as co- or prerequisite.
Credit: 4 hours.

CHM 318: Biochemistry.
Goal: To survey the structure, function, and metabolism of the basic classes of organic molecules. To interrelate the various metabolic pathways into a unified concept of metabolism at the organismal level.
Content: Protein, carbohydrate, lipid and nucleic acid structure and synthesis; the metabolic pathways in which these four classes of molecules participate.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisites: BIO 110, 112, CHM 101, 102, and 221 or permission of the instructor.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as BIO 318.

CHM 320: Inorganic Chemistry.
Goal: To systematically examine the properties and reactions of inorganic compounds with an emphasis on structure and bonding and metal complexes.  To read and understand current literature of inorganic chemistry.
Content: Structure, properties, and reactions of inorganic compounds with emphasis on main-group and transition elements are included.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: CHM 102
Credit: 4 hours.
CHM 325: Forensic Chemistry.
Goal: To build upon fundamental chemical principles by applying critical thinking skills to forensic analyses of minute sample sizes similar to those typically found as trace evidence at crime scenes. To understand the methods and challenges associated with forensic science from a chemical perspective.
Content: This course is designed to introduce students to the role modern chemistry plays in crime laboratories through analyses of samples for substances including, but not limited to, illicit drugs, gun-powder residue, paint, and heavy metals. Laboratory exercises focus on challenges associated with sample preparation in forensic analyses as well as the scrutiny with which laboratory results of this nature are usually subjected when they enter the legal system. Students gather qualitative as well as qualitative data as they gain hands-on experience with instrumental laboratory tools including chromatographic and spectrometric techniques.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: CHM 101.
Credit: 4 hours, cross-listed as FSC 325.

CHM 361: Thermodynamics.
Goal: To examine the principles of chemical thermodynamics and their applications to phase and reaction equilibrium.
Content: An in-depth study of the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, and their application to physical systems at equilibrium.
Taught: Fall
Prerequisite: CHM 102, PHY 122 (or 116), and MAT 206.
Credit: 3 hours, cross-listed as PHY 361.
CHM 362: Quantum Chemistry.
Goal: To examine the principles of quantum mechanics and their use in determining and describing molecular energies, spectra, and bonding.
Content: An in-depth analysis of chemical bonding, molecular energies and mechanics, and electromagnetic properties of molecules. An introduction to modern physical chemistry laboratory methods.
Taught: Spring, alternate years.
Prerequisite: CHM 102 and CHM361, PHY 122 (or 116), and MAT 206; or permission of instructor.
Credit: 4 hours, cross-listed as PHY 362.
CHM 396: Special Topics in Chemistry.
Goal: To provide an opportunity to explore a topic not normally offered in the chemistry curriculum. To update students about new developments in chemistry.
Content: An in-depth examination of a special area of chemistry. Topics vary.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: CHM 102.
Credit: 3 or 4 hours. A student may take a maximum of six to eight semester hours (two courses) of special topics in any one field.
CHM 412: Research Experience in Chemistry.
Goal: To provide a research experience in which students conduct original research and make connections between chemistry and other disciplines.
Content: Students will apply knowledge and skills learned in previous chemistry classes to the world around them and make connections to other disciplines within the liberal arts. In addition, they will learn basic methods and techniques of research and apply these to conduct an original research project of their own. In order to understand the basis for and context of their projects, students will read and interpret related scholarly work. Further, students’ exposure to the scientific literature will provide the foundation for their development of skills required for communicating in manners consistent with norms of professional communication in chemistry. Students will present their findings in both written and oral forms.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: 12 hours in Chemistry
Credit: 4 hours.
CHM 451: Directed Independent Study.
Goal: To enable an intensive exploration of a topic of special interest. To promote original, independent, creative, and critical thinking. To solve real problems in a scientific manner. To provide an opportunity to conduct independent laboratory work and to learn new techniques.
Content: Directed independent work of a critical or analytical nature. Under careful faculty supervision, qualified students are encouraged to develop originality of thought and thoroughness of method. Some emphasis on research methods.
Taught: Upon request of student, with approval of sponsoring faculty.
Prerequisite: Permission of program director.
Credit: 1-6 hours.

CHM 452/199: Field Study.
Goal: To afford actual experience in a professional chemical laboratory or in industrial chemistry.
Content: Applied areas in chemistry or chemical employment. May be elected for internship credit. The student submits a brief plan including objectives, anticipated activities, a list of readings, and the nature of reports to be submitted to the sponsor.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisites: CHM 221; permission of advisor, program director, faculty sponsor, and the Director of Career Development.
Credit: 1-12 hours.

CHM 499: Honors Thesis. Fee Required.
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