Chemistry (CHM)

College of Science and Allied Health
Department Chair: Bruce Osterby
4004 Cowley Hall, 608-785-8268
e-mail: Osterby.bruc@uwlax.edu                                                                                                                            back to Index

Professors: McKelvey, Monte, Osterby, Roskos, Taylor; Associate Professors: Grunwald, Loh, McGaff, Weaver; Assistant Professors: Czerwinski, Miller, P., Rolfhus; Lecturers: Denechaud, DeSouza-Machado, Hassinger, Koster, S.

 
The department of chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, and students following a curriculum meeting the “Minimum Standards” of the Society will be certified as having an ACS major in
chemistry.

Biochemistry Major
(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 40 credits, including CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 417, 418, and 407 or CHM 309; BIO 435, 436 and five credits of electives from: CHM 310, 431, 441, 499; MIC 406, 420,; BIO 312, 424, 443, and 440. Only two credits from CHM 499 may count toward the major.

Chemistry Major
(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 39 credits, including CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 310, 313, 471, and electives in chemistry except CHM 100, 300 and 320.


Chemistry Major 
with Business Concentration
(Liberal Studies, Science and Allied Health) — 57 credits, including CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 313, ECO 110, 120, ACC 221, 222, FIN 355, MKT 309, MGT 308, 408 and electives in chemistry except CHM 100, 300 and 320.

Note: 
The chemistry major with business concentration fulfills the College of Science and Allied Health core requirements for both a major and a minor.

Chemistry Major
with Environmental Science Concentration
(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 51 credits, including CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 412 and 441;
6 credits from CHM 310, 313, 314, 325, 405, 417, 418, 422, 424, 431, 461, and 471; and 12 credits from BIO 341, 419, 447, 448, ESC 345, 440, 445, 460, 481, GEO 485, PHL 341, ECO 346 and HIS 317. Two additional credits from CHM 499, BIO 499 and ESC 490 recommended.


Chemistry Major
(ACS Certification) — 49 credits, including CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 310, 313, 405, 431, 441, 471, 325 or 417 and electives in chemistry (except CHM 100, 300 and 320) that include at least one laboratory course. Also required are PHY 203 and 204.


Chemistry Major
(Middle Level/Secondary Education) — 37 credits, including CHM 103, 104, 301, 303, 304, 305, 309, 310, 313 and electives in chemistry except CHM 100, 300 and 320. GEO 200, a statutory requirement, and C-I 381, an administrative code requirement, must be taken in addition to the above sequence.
Note: 
An additional eight credits in other science course work must also be taken to meet Wisconsin Administrative Code requirements for certification.


Chemistry Minor
(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 26 credits, including CHM 103, 104, 301, 300, (or 303, 304, and 305), and electives in chemistry, except CHM 100.


Chemistry Minor
(Teacher Certification programs) — 25 credits, including CHM 103, 104, 300 (or 303, 304 and 305), 301, and electives in chemistry, except CHM 100 and 320. GEO 200, a statutory requirement, and C-I 381, an administrative code requirement, must be taken in addition to the above sequence.

Secondary Broadfield Science Major
(Middle/Secondary Education) — 
See description of this broadfield major on p. 71.


 
+  above a course number indicates a
General Education course.


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CHM 100 Cr. 4
Contemporary Chemistry
A survey course focusing on applied chemistry. Fundamental chemistry and science concepts are developed and then used to study applications of this science to technology in society. Emphasis is placed on selected topics that are current. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Course is not applicable to a major or minor in chemistry and does not meet the prerequisite requirement of any other chemistry course.

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CHM 103 Cr. 5
General Chemistry I
An introduction to chemistry including topics in atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, chemical stoichiometry, reactivity, states of matter, solutions, acid-base theory, and nuclear chemistry, and also including selected topics in descriptive and applied chemistry. Scientific inquiry, experimental design and data analysis are included. Lect. 3, Lab. 3, Disc. l.

CHM 104 Cr. 5
General Chemistry II
The second half of the two-semester sequence in general chemistry. The course provides an introduction to the topics of chemical kinetics, equilibria in the gas and solution phases, acid-base chemistry, solubility, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. The laboratory portion of the course serves to reinforce and demonstrate the above concepts through experiment. Qualitative wet chemical analysis is also included in the laboratory portion of this course. Lect. 3, Lab. 3,
Disc. 1. Prerequisite: CHM 103.

CHM 300 Cr. 5
Survey of Organic Chemistry
A study of the properties, reactions, and uses of the major classes of organic compounds. Theories to relate the structure of organic molecules to their  chemical reactions is presented as a unifying principle. Applications of organic chemistry to the life sciences and to environmental problems are emphasized. A terminal organic chemistry course recommended for students in the allied health sciences when only one semester of organic chemistry is required. Lect. 3, Lab. 4. Open to sophomores. Prerequisite: CHM 104. Course is not applicable to a major in chemistry. Students with credit in CHM 303 cannot earn credit in CHM 300. CHM 300 does not satisfy the prerequisite requirement for CHM 304.

CHM 301 Cr. 5
Analytical Chemistry
Theory and practice of selected methods of chemical analysis. Titrimetric, potentiometric, spectrophotometric and gas chromatographic methods of analysis are studied. Statistical treatment of data and techniques for quality assurance are also developed. The basic science component in the course is primarily directed towards ionic equilibria. Lect. 3, Lab. 6. Prerequisite: CHM 104. Open to sophomores.  

CHM 303 Cr. 3
Organic Chemistry Theory I
A study of the structure, methods of structure determination, stereochemistry and chemical behavior of hydrocarbons, alcohols, and halogenated hydrocarbons. Theories and mechanisms are introduced to explain chemical behavior. Open to sophomores. Prerequisite: CHM 104.  Students with credit in CHM 300 cannot earn credit in CHM 303.

CHM 304 Cr. 3
Organic Chemistry Theory II
Organic synthesis, common functional groups, carbanions, reaction mechanisms, lipids, carbohydrates, proteins and polymers.  Prerequisite: CHM 303.

CHM 305 Cr. 2
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
An introduction to common laboratory practices in organic chemistry. Experiments are designed to illustrate synthetic and separation techniques. Organic qualitative analysis is included. Lab. 6. Prerequisite: CHM 304 or concurrent registration. Students with credit in CHM 300 cannot earn credit in CHM 305.

CHM 309 Cr. 3
Physical Chemistry Theory I
Real gases, equations of state, kinetic and molecular theory, properties of gases, quantum chemistry, molecular energies, classical thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, changes of state and reaction kinetics and mechanisms. Prerequisite: CHM 104, PHY 104 or 203, MTH 208. Familiarity with Mathematica computer software desirable. Offered Sem. I.

CHM 310 Cr. 3
Physical Chemistry Theory II
Molecular spectroscopy, molecular structure, lasers, statistical thermodynamics, solid states, quantum mechanics and group theory. Prerequisite: CHM 309, PHY 104 or 204, MTH 309. Familiarity with Mathematica computer software desirable. Offered Sem. II.

CHM 313 Cr. 3
Experimental Physical Chemistry
A course designed to teach, illustrate, and strengthen basic concepts in experimental physical chemistry. Topics include thermodynamics, kinetics, introductory spectroscopy, and statistical error analysis. Students will be exposed to current experimental techniques an equipment used in investigating physical chemistry questions, and will design and implement and independent project of their choosing. A significant emphasis is placed on the development of excellence in both oral and written scientific communication. Lect. 1, Lab. 6. Prerequisite: CHM 309 or concurrent enrollment.  Offered Sem. I.

CHM 314 Cr. 2
Modern Physical Spectroscopy
A course designed to teach, illustrate, and strengthen concepts in the physical aspects of experimental and computational molecular spectroscopy. Topics include infrared and uv/visible absorption spectroscopies, fluorescence spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, spectral simulation, and selected advanced methods in physical spectroscopy. Students will be exposed to current experimental techniques, equipment, and basic programming skills and will have the opportunity to design and implement extensions to selected experiments. A significant emphasis is placed on the development of excellence in both oral and written scientific communication. Lect. 1, Lab 3. Prerequisite: CHM 310 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

CHM 320 Cr. 1-3
Practicum in Chemistry
A course designed for and adapted to the specific needs of select groups having specific interests in the applications of techniques and/or theories of chemistry, i.e., educational professionals, chemical technicians, medical technologists, etc. Lecture and laboratory will be adapted to the topic being taught. May be repeated for credit when different topic is presented. Prerequisite: to be determined — based on topic offered. Course is not applicable to a major in chemistry. Offered occasionally.

CHM 325 Cr. 4
Survey of Biochemistry
A survey of chemical processes in biological systems emphasizing the structure, function, and interactions of proteins, nucleic acids, carbo-hydrates, lipids, the regulation of cellular processes, and a description of certain clinical disorders. Lect. 3, Lab. 3. Prerequisite: CHM 300 or 304. Students with credit in CHM 417 cannot earn credit in CHM 325.

CHM 361 Cr. 3
Radiochemistry
A study of the decay of radioactive elements, detection of radiation, methods of analysis and applications such as neutron activation and radioactive dating. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: three semesters of chemistry courses. Students with credit in CHM 461 cannot earn credit in CHM 361. Offered occasionally.

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 407 Cr. 2
Biophysical Chemistry
A course designed to help students develop a fundamental understanding of the physical principles that drive biochemical processes. Topics covered include protein structure, molecular thermodynamics (especially as applied to molecular potential functions and protein structure calculations), basic statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy (especially as applied to the study of biomolecular structure), and the kinetics of protein folding and protein motions. Prerequisite: CHM 417 or CHM 325; MTH 207; MTH 250 or MTH 208 or concurrent enrollment; PHY 104 or PHY 204. Offered Sem. II. Credit cannot be used towardschemistry major.

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 in 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. 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. 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. Prerequisite 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 427 Cr. 4
Advanced Biochemistry
A study of chemical processes in cells (i.e., enzymes, lipids, membranes, metabolism, nucleic acids, receptor-sites, etc.) with special emphasis on building a foundation for the study of methods for diagnosis and treatment of human diseases and disorders. Prerequisite: enrollment in physician assistant program or permission of the instructor.

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. Offered Sem. I.

CHM 471 Cr. 1
Capstone in Chemistry
A senior level course specifically designed for chemistry majors that considers recent issues and developments in the chemical sciences. Students will present a seminar on a contemporary chemical topic incorporating primary literature into the seminar. Students are expected to actively participate in discussions on major issues and developments in the chemical sciences. In addition, students will be actively engaged in the assessment of their majors. Prerequisite: senior standing and major in chemistry. Offered Sem. II.

CHM 489 Cr. 1-2
Independent Study
Independent study under the direction and
supervision of a member of the chemistry faculty. Activities related to chemistry other than those normally considered chemistry research. Admission by consent of the chemistry department staff. Repeatable for credit — maximum 2.

CHM 499  Cr. 2
Research and Seminar
Laboratory research under the direction and supervision of a member of the chemistry departmental staff, for selected students. Admission by consent of the chemistry department staff. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4.

 


 

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