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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. Slash course CHM 405/505.   Offered Spring - Even Numbered Years.

CHM 412/512  Cr.3

Environmental Chemistry

This course examines the role of chemistry in shaping our environment, including atmospheric, aqueous, and terrestrial components. Students learn how fundamental chemical principles are applied to complex real systems in order to characterize environmental behavior and aid in prediction and decision making. Specific topics explored include climate change, ozone depletion, smog formation, water quality and treatment, energy policy, and the fate/transport of pollutants.  Prerequisite: CHM 301. Slash course CHM 412/512.   Offered Spring.

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. Slash course CHM 417/517.   Offered Fall.

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. Slash course CHM 418/518.   Offered Spring.

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. Slash course CHM 421/521.   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. Slash course CHM 422/522.   Offered Occasionally.

CHM 424/524  Cr.3


A survey of important spectroscopic methods used in chemistry: infrared and ultraviolet, proton and carbon-13 NMR, and mass spectrometry. Theory and practice of techniques are covered. Emphasis is placed on structure determination of organic molecules. Analysis of dynamic systems and mixtures may also be covered. Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or 304. Slash course CHM 424/524.   Offered Spring - Even Numbered 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 Fall, Spring.

CHM 431/531  Cr.3

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

An advanced course in inorganic chemistry building upon foundations presented in CHM 231, intended to highlight a more advanced theoretical treatment of inorganic compounds and reactions and applications of inorganic chemistry principles to catalysis, functional materials, and biological systems.   Prerequisite: CHM 231; CHM 310 or concurrent enrollment. Slash course CHM 431/531.   Offered Spring - Odd Numbered Years.

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. Slash course CHM 441/541.   Offered Fall.

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. Slash course CHM 461/561.   Offered Fall.

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.   Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.