CHEMISTRY (CHM)
Course Descriptions

CHM 405/505 Cr. 3
Advanced Synthesis Laboratory

Synthesis, characterization and separation techniques are applied to organic and inorganic compounds. Applications of nuclear magnetic resonance, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and computerized searching of the chemical literature are included. Independent projects with multi-step syntheses are assigned to students.   Lect. 1, Lab. 6. Prerequisite: CHM 304 and 305. Offered Sem. II.

CHM 412/512 Cr. 3
Environmental Chemistry

An interdisciplinary study that explores the role of chemistry in environmental quality. The course examines scientific, political, economic, social and moral issues related to topics such as energy, pollution, resource management and population. The applications of scientific methodologies and chemical principles to the analysis of environmental problems will be emphasized. Prerequisite: three semesters of chemistry. Offered Sem. II.

CHM 417/517 Cr. 3
Biochemistry I

A study of enzymes, nucleic acids, and other chemical components of biological systems, emphasizing the regulation and coordination of intra- and intercellular chemical processes. Laboratory emphasis is on techniques utilized in protein isolation and characterization.  Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or 304. Students with credit in CHM 325 cannot earn credit in CHM 417/517. Offered Sem. I.

CHM 418/518 Cr. 3
Biochemistry II

A continuation of the study of enzymes, nucleic acids, and other chemical components of biological systems emphasizing catabolic and anabolic processes. Laboratory emphasizes protein purification and characterization. Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisite: CHM 417/517. Offered Sem. II.

CHM 421/521 Cr. 1-3
Advanced Topics in Chemistry

An advanced topic in chemistry based on appropriate prior work in physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. Lecture and laboratory will be adapted to the topic being taught. May be repeated for credit when different topic is presented. Prerequisites will be determined based on topic offered and include a minimum of three semesters of chemistry courses. Repeatable for credit — no maximum. Offered occasionally.

CHM 422/522 Cr. 3
Polymer Chemistry

A study of synthetic high molecular weight materials of practical application in industry or of theoretical interest in chemistry. Representative polymer systems are examined with respect to the effect of molecular weight, weight distribution, and structure on physical properties. The choice of monomeric starting materials and mechanisms of polymerization are examined in detail. Methods of characterizing macromolecules are surveyed. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: CHM 304; CHM 309 highly recommended. Offered alternate years.

CHM 424/524 Cr. 3
Spectroscopy

A survey of important spectroscopic methods used in chemistry; infrared, proton and carbon-13 NMR, ultraviolet, and mass spectrometry. Emphasis is placed on structure determination and hands-on experience with chemical instrumentation. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or 304. Offered alternate years.

CHM 530 Cr. 3
Chemistry in the Health Sciences

The application of chemical principles to the health sciences. Topics include, but are not limited to the chemistry of drugs, topical and inhalation anesthetics, and pH regulation. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Science – Biology: Nurse Anesthesia Concentration program. Offered Sem. II.

CHM 431/531 Cr. 3
Inorganic Chemistry

A survey of the theories of atomic structure, chemical bonding and structure and the relationship of these theories to inorganic reactions, mechanisms and coordination compounds. Also presented are the concepts of acid-base theory, non-aqueous solution chemistry, and topics of current interest in inorganic chemistry; organo-metallics, inorganic polymers, cluster compounds, etc. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or CHM 304 or concurrent enrollment in CHM 304. Offered Sem. I.

CHM 441/541 Cr. 4
Instrumental Analysis

A study of the theory and principles of chemical instrumentation including the application of basic electronics, spectroscopy, separation science and electroanalytical methods of chemical analysis. Lect. 3, Lab. 3. Prerequisite: CHM 301.

CHM 461/561 Cr. 4
Nuclear Chemistry

A study of the decay of radioactive nuclides with emphasis on the theory of nuclear decay. Laboratory will include the study of the detection of radiation, methods of radio analysis and the safe handling of unsealed radioactive sources. Lect. 3, Lab. 3. Prerequisite: four semesters of chemistry courses. Students with credit in CHM 361 cannot earn credit in CHM 461/561. Offered Sem. I.

CHM 789 Cr. 1-3
Directed Study

Independent study under the direction and supervision of a chemistry faculty member. Admission by consent of the chemistry departmental staff. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.