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One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

CHM 100 Chemistry in the Natural World
The chemistry of real-world examples is studied through illustrations and demonstrations taken from ordinary substances, objects and processes of the natural world. Topics include: atomic and molecular structures, water, acids and bases, organic and biochemistry, drugs, energy and pollution. Includes laboratory which stresses student demonstrations of chemical phenomena. No prerequisite. Open to any non-science major (especially education majors). Does not satisfy the requirements for a chemistry major.

CHM 101 General Chemistry
This course is primarily designed for pre-nursing students but is open to students in
non-science disciplines as well. The principles of general chemistry are covered including: atomic structure, bonding, chemical change, stoichiometry, gas laws, energy relationships, equilibrium, acids and bases, rates of reactions and nuclear processes. Emphasis will be placed on the application of the course material to health and environmental issues. Includes laboratory. High school chemistry recommended. Fall Term.

CHM 103 Elementary Organic and Biochemistry
Study of organic functional groups, characterization of related compounds and reactions. Biochemistry includes bioenergetics, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids, nucleic acids and related biochemical metabolisms. Prerequisite: CHM 101. Spring Term.

CHM 104 Food Fundamentals
This course explores food composition and digestion, topics which lie at the cross sections of both chemistry and biology. The exploration of food will begin from a chemical perspective. Students will learn about the chemical makeup and interactions of fats, oils, sugars, and proteins. The class will then explore how the human body digests each of these molecules and obtains the nutrients needed for survival. Students’ understanding of the role of food in our lives will be made more complete through discussions of contemporary debates involving food. Some of the topics may include the impact of high fructose sugar, the lack of food in local and global communities, food regulation, and the role of food in education. Includes laboratory. No prerequisite.

CHM 105 The Chemistry of Color: From Fireworks to Gemstones
This class explores the natural world through the theme of color. The chemistry behind the color of everyday objects such as neon lights, fireworks, natural and synthetic dyes and gemstones will be used to introduce fundamental chemical concepts. Concepts include atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, solution chemistry, structure of molecules and solids, organic functional groups, and properties of gases, liquids and solids. The relationship of chemistry to other fields such as physics, life sciences, earth science, art and modern technology will be discussed throughout the course. Primarily for non-science majors. This course is offered online with required in-class laboratory meetings. Includes laboratory. No prerequisite. Permission of instructor required.

CHM 106/BID 106 Forensic Science
An introductory course that will discuss the chemical and biological basis of forensic science. Course will include instruction on assays routinely performed by forensic scientists, theories behind these assays and discussion of the quality of forensic evidence. Includes laboratory.

CHM 107 Physical Science Concepts for K-8 Teachers
This course is designed to strengthen a student’s understanding of physical science concepts and the nature of scientific inquiry. To gain these understandings, students will collaboratively conduct a number of scientific inquires to answer strong driving questions co-conducted with the course professor and other students. The perspective and knowledge gained from these inquiries will aid students as they examine their own physical science misconceptions and construct new understandings. Cross-listed with PHY 107. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: ECE/EED/SEC/SPE 200 or concurrent enrollment. Spring Term.

CHM 110 Chemistry and Issues in the Environment
The operations of natural physical environmental systems are studied. Alterations to environmental systems are caused by the use of energy and mineral resources. Use and abuse of these resources lead to air pollution, water pollution and solid waste disposal. Solutions to these problems depend on the progress in science and technology, as well as political decisions and prevailing ethical value systems. Includes laboratory. Permission of instructor required. No prerequisite.

CHM 112/BID 100 Water and Energy: Resources for a Sustainable Future
Biological and chemical relationships between living and non-living components of the natural world and the significance to humans as members of natural ecosystems are studied through the themes of water and energy. Alterations of environmental systems due to water use and energy production have profound global consequences including: global climate change, air and water pollution, acid rain, unsafe drinking water and water shortages. This course will explore these environmental changes and explore options available for creating a sustainable future. Relevant political, legal and ethical issues will also be addressed.  Includes laboratory.

CHM 113 Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability
This is a theme-based science course focusing on energy resources and how our use of these resources influences our natural environment. Physical science topics will be introduced in parallel with consideration of fossil fuels, nuclear power, electricity generation, fuels for transportation, renewable and alternative energy strategies, environmental consequences of energy use and climate variability. Sustainability concepts will be discussed in the context of consideration of the world's future energy needs.

CHM 211 Chemical Principles I
Topics covered include the following: stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, aqueous solution chemistry, gases, liquids and solid state and solution properties. Designed for students in science-oriented careers (e.g., chemistry, biology, premedical, prephysical therapy). Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: high school chemistry. Fall Term, Summer Term.

CHM 212 Chemical Principles II
Topics include the following: thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium applied to acid base theory and solubility, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, descriptive chemistry of selected elements and coordination chemistry. Designed for students in science-oriented careers. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 211 or equivalent. Spring Term, Summer Term.

CHM 220 Advanced Chemical Principles
This one-term course is a combination of CHM 211 and 212 specifically designed for students with strong backgrounds in chemistry and mathematics. Topics include stoichiometry, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, kinetics and equilibrium. Students will participate in module or project driven laboratory exercises. AP chemistry score of 2.0 or higher, or member of the Honors Program, or consent of instructor required. Fall Term.

CHM 221 Analytical Chemistry
Wet chemical and classical instrumental methods (electrochemical and spectrophotometric), sampling and separation techniques and data evaluation methods are presented.
Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: CHM 212 and MTH 132 or equivalent. Spring Term.

CHM 311 Organic Chemistry I
Emphasizes the fundamental principles necessary for understanding synthetic applications. The basic functional groups are discussed with respect to bonding, properties, preparations and reactions. Reaction mechanisms are studied and applied to specific cases. Stereochemistry is studied. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 212 or equivalent. Fall Term, Summer Term.

CHM 312 Organic Chemistry II
A continuation of functional group study with emphasis on synthetic applications. Methods of structure proof (IR, UV, NMR, mass spectroscopy). Includes laboratory with emphasis on synthetic and physical organic experiments. Prerequisite: CHM 311. Spring Term, Summer Term.

CHM 313 Polymer Chemistry
Principles of polymerization are considered in relation to synthesis, chemical structure and properties. Methods of synthesis and processing are related to physical and chemical characteristics and polymer composition. Chemistry of important commercial synthetic and natural polymers included. Prerequisite: CHM 312. Evening Session only.

CHM 314 Introduction to Biochemistry
.75 credit
Study of biochemical systems including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, vitamins, hormones, corresponding metabolic pathways, and energetic and kinetic analysis of representative biochemical systems. Lecture only, no laboratory, Prerequisites: CHM 312 and consent of the instructor. Fall Term.

CHM 315 Introduction to Biochemistry
Study of biochemical systems including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, vitamins, hormones, corresponding metabolic pathways, and energetic and kinetic analysis of representative biochemical systems. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 312. Fall Term.

CHM 316 Intermediate Biochemistry
Topics include intermediary (anabolic) metabolism of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, plant metabolism (e.g. photosynthesis), study of nucleic acids and protein synthesis and membrane transport. Prerequisite: CHM 315. Spring Term.

CHM 341 Qualitative Organic Analysis
Study of the chemical and instrumental methods of structural identification of organic compounds. The laboratory incorporates modern spectroscopic techniques of IR, NMR, mass spectroscopy, UV; chromatographic separation techniques of TLC, GC, HPLC and column chromatography; and classical methods of analysis. Includes laboratory.
Prerequisite: CHM 312.

CHM 412 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
An introduction to atomic and molecular quantum mechanics, molecular symmetry and chemical applications of group theory, applications to atomic and molecular spectroscopy, molecular orbital theory and computational chemistry. Laboratory principles and procedures are integrated with and satisfied by CHM 413, CHM 422-426. Prerequisites: CHM 221, MTH 152, PHY 121 (PHY 121 may be taken concurrently). Fall Term.

CHM 413 Physical Chemistry:Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Statistical Mechanics
A systematic study of thermodynamics with applications to gases, liquids and solids, real and ideal mixtures, solution and phase equilibria and chemical reactions. An introduction to statistical mechanics and its application to spectroscopy and kinetics. A study of advanced kinetics including mechanisms and surface phenomena. Prerequisites: CHM 221, CHM 412, MTH 152, PHY 122 (PHY 122 may be taken concurrently). Spring Term.

CHM 414 Topics in Advanced Organic Chemistry
Topics of current interest to the organic chemist are given special attention, including kinetic studies, molecular orbital calculations, linear free energy relations, structure-reactivity relationships, orbital symmetry relations, addition, elimination, substitution, rearrangement and photochemical reactions. Mechanisms are emphasized, but synthetic reactions are illustrated. Prerequisites: CHM 312 and 412 or consent of instructor.

The following five courses, CHM 422 through 426, each receive a quarter course credit. All courses include laboratory studies.

CHM 422 Chemical Instrumentation: Introduction/Electroanalytical Chemistry
.25 credit
The course covers general features common to all instruments. Analog and digital electronics, signal processing, chemometrics and the software that is used in subsequent chemical instrumentation courses are covered. Electroanalytical chemistry including potentiometry/sensors, coulometry and voltammetry is surveyed.
Prerequisite: CHM 221.

CHM 423 Chemical Instrumentation: X-Ray/UV-Vis/AA
.25 credit
Instrumentation utilizing the X-ray through the visible portion of the electromagnetic
spectrum including UV-Vis absorption, atomic absorption and emission, X-ray diffraction and fluorescence. Prerequisites: CHM 211, CHM 412.

CHM 424 Chemical Instrumentation: IR/NMR
.25 credit
Chemical structures are studied using instrumentation in the IR and radiofrequency region (NMR) of the electromagnetic spectrum. Also included are Near IR and Raman Spectroscopy. Prerequisites: CHM 211, CHM 312.

CHM 425 Chemical Instrumentation: LC/HPLC
.25 credit
Separation methods are developed using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), related forms of liquid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis. Prerequisite: CHM 221.

CHM 426 Chemical Instrumentation: GC-MS
.25 credit
The course covers Mass Spectrometry, GC-MS and LC-MS. Prerequisite: CHM 221.

CHM 432 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Theories of atomic structure, bonding, periodicity and geometric structure are used to describe the properties and reactivities of inorganic compounds with emphasis on several main groups: acids and bases, oxidizing and reducing agents, solid state and transition metal coordination compounds. Includes laboratory with emphasis on synthesis and analysis of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: CHM 412 or consent of instructor. Fall Term, alternate years.

CHM 460 Advanced Topics in Chemistry
.50 or 1.00 credit
Topics vary each term to reflect current student and faculty interests and timely topics in the chemical literature. Examples include advanced organic chemistry, environmental chemistry, industrial organic chemistry, computational chemistry, advanced physical chemistry, organometallic chemistry and organic synthesis. Laboratory may be included. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CHM 412 or consent of instructor.

CHM 492/292 Independent Study
.25, .50 or 1.00 credit
Enables chemistry majors capable of independent work to pursue specialized or advanced topics by doing independent reading, assigned work or structured laboratory experiments. May be repeated for credit. Permission of the supervising instructor is required prior to registration.

CHM 494 Independent Research
.50 or 1.00 credit
Enables chemistry majors to plan and execute a research project for credit. This course is required of every student majoring in chemistry and is designed to prepare the student for the level of independent work required in industry, science teaching or post-baccalaureate study. Specific literature research and laboratory experiments must be carried out, culminating in a final paper and an appropriate public dissemination of the research methods and findings. Students generally complete CHM 496 the term prior to enrolling in CHM 494 May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CHM 496. Permission of the supervising instructor is required prior to registration.

CHM 495 Honors Independent Research
.50 credit
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of chemistry culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Fulfills the CHM 494 core requirement. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

CHM 496 Chemistry Research Seminar I
.25 credit
This is a seminar course designed to prepare students for independent research. Students will be introduced to chemical research methods through class activities, occasional speakers and instruction designed to introduce chemical information sources such as commercial databases and Internet resources. Students will explore the chemical literature in their proposed research area, conduct a literature review on the proposed topic and prepare a research plan to be carried out under the direction of a faculty member. Required of all chemistry majors. Students generally complete CHM 496 the term prior to enrolling in CHM 494. May not be taken concurrently with CHM 497, CHM 498 or CHM 499. Prerequisite: CHM 312.

CHM 497 Chemistry Literature Seminar I
.25 credit
This is a seminar course designed to advance students' understanding of the chemical profession, the chemical literature and current research areas in chemistry. This course will assist students in understanding the body of information which constitutes the chemical literature and is structured to help students develop the skills required to effectively and efficiently utilize and communicate that literature as professional chemists. Students will use printed tools, commercial databases and Internet resources, conduct literature reviews and participate in discussions and talks focused on contemporary research topics. Required of all chemistry majors. May not be taken concurrently with CHM 496. CHM 498 or CHM 499. Prerequisite: CHM 312.

CHM 498 Chemistry Literature Seminar II
.25 credit
This is a seminar course designed to continue to advance students' understanding of the chemical profession, the chemical literature and current research areas in chemistry, building on the foundation developed in Chemistry Literature Seminar I. In particular, this course emphasizes the development of oral communication skills in chemistry through class activities, multiple presentations and occasional speakers emphasizing contemporary chemical research. Coursework culminates in a final technical presentation highlighting a current area of research from the recent literature. Required of all chemistry majors. May not be taken concurrently with CHM 496, CHM 497 or CHM 499. Prerequisites: CHM 312, CHM 497. 

CHM 499 Chemistry Research Seminar II
.25 credit
This is a seminar course that serves as a capstone to the chemistry major's undergraduate research experience. This course emphasizes the development of oral communication skills in chemistry through class activities, multiple presentations, discussion of current research projects and occasional speakers. This course culminates in the student presenting a final technical presentation highlighting the results of the student's own undergraduate research project and dissemination of the research results to the larger community. Required of all chemistry majors. Students generally enroll in CHM 499 the term after completing CHM 494 (or concurrently). May not be taken concurrently with CHM 496, CHM 497 or CHM 498. Prerequisites: CHM 312, CHM 496, CHM 494 (CHM 497, CHM 498 recommended).

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