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Chemistry Course Descriptions

The Department of Chemistry endeavors to provide a thorough, modern education in chemistry that is tailored to the individual student's background and career objectives. The department also offers the chemical training necessary to allied health areas such as medical technology and nursing. The Chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

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CHE 100 Concepts of Chemistry

This one semester course is designed for the under prepared student to enter General Chemistry (CHE 110) or Survey of Chemistry (CHE 120). It concentrates on basic concepts and principles using a mathematical and quantitative approach. Among these are the scientific method and philosophy, measurement, nomenclature, atomic structure, formulas and equations, periodicity, bonding, solutions, acids, bases, salts, stoichiometry, and redox reactions. Emphasis will be placed on the mole concept. By attaining a grade of "C" or better in this course, a student will be admitted to CHE 110 without the placement exam. Students majoring or minoring in chemistry may not apply credit for this course toward meeting their chemistry requirements. Science majors should consult with their departments. Every Semester. ( 3 hours lecture - 2 hours laboratory) Prerequisite or corequisite: MAT 114 or equivalent.


CHE 102 Everyday Chemistry

Designed for non-science majors. The goal of this course is to give the non-scientist an appreciation of the contributions of chemistry. Concepts will be presented in a non-mathematical approach. Areas to be covered include biochemical - drugs, genes, enzymes; ecological - pollution, water testing, food additives; synthetic - soaps, detergents, alcohol, artificial flavors; energy - car battery, alternative energy sources. Laboratory experiments will complement the lecture. Every Semester. (3 hours lecture - 2 hours laboratory)


CHE 110 General Chemistry I

This full year course comprises a thorough survey of the modern principles of chemistry. Emphasis during the first semester is on atomic and molecular structure, quantitative relationships, thermodynamics and electro-chemistry. In the second semester the emphasis is on physical and chemical equilibria, kinetics, and descriptive chemistry. Every Semester. (3 hours lecture - 3 hours laboratory) Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in CHE 100 or placement examination


CHE 111 General Chemistry II

This full year course comprises a thorough survey of the modern principles of chemistry. Emphasis during the first semester is on atomic and molecular structure, quantitative relationships, thermodynamics, and electro-chemistry. In the second semester the emphasis is on physical and chemical equilibria, kinetics, and descriptive chemistry. Every Semester. (3 hours lecture - 3 hours laboratory) Prerequisite: CHE 110 or equivalent


CHE 120 Survey of Chemistry I

This continuous two-semester course comprises of the fundamentals of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biological chemistry which are necessary for elementary courses in physiology, nutrition, pharmacology, bacteriology and other courses in the nursing and health-related fields. The laboratory experiments are designed to emphasize the main topics. Permission must be obtained from either the instructor of the department chairman in order to enter CHE 121 by transferring credit for the equivalent of CHE 120 from another school. Fall, Spring, possibly Summer. (3 hours lecture - 3 hours laboratory) Prerequisite: High School Chemistry or permission of the instructor.


CHE 121 Survey of Chemistry II

This continuous two-semester course comprises the fundamentals of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biological chemistry which are necessary for elementary courses in physiology, nutrition, pharmacology, bacteriology and other courses in the nursing and health-related fields. The laboratory experiments are designed to emphasize the main topic. Permission must be obtained from either the instructor of the department chairman in order to enter CHE 121 by transferring credit for the equivalent of CHE 120 from another school. Spring, Summer only. (3 hours lecture - 3 hours laboratory) Prerequisite: CHE 120 or equivalent


CHE 198 Faculty Developed Study

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CHE 205 Analytical Chemistry-Lecture

This course is designed to meet the needs of the students majoring in chemistry, biology, medical technology, and pre-medicine. The theoretical aspects of modern analytical chemistry will be studied. Topics included are: data evaluation with error analysis, gravimetric, titrimetric, chromatographic, electronanalytical, and optical methods of analyses. Every Semester (3 hours lecture) Prerequisite: CHE 111; prerequisite or corequisite: CHE 206.


CHE 206 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

This is a laboratory course designed to complement the lecture material in CHE 205. Acquisition of data by accurate and precise manipulative techniques is emphasized. Data reduction is accomplished by computer analysis. Areas of analysis include: gravimetry, titrimetry, potentiometry, chromatography, visible and ultraviolet spectroscopy, atomic absorption and atomic emission spectroscopy. Every Semester. (two 3-hour laboratories per week) Prerequisite: CHE 111; Prerequisite or co requisite: CHE 205.


CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I

A full year course designed to present the principles and theories of the chemistry of the principal groups of carbon compounds. These various Groups will be interrelated on the basis of common reaction mechanisms. Fall Semester. (3 hours lecture - 3 hours laboratory) Prerequisite: CHE 110, 111 or equivalent.


CHE 211 Organic Chemistry II

A full year course designed to present the principles and theories of the chemistry of the principal groups of carbon compounds. These various groups will be interrelated on the basis of common reaction mechanisms. Spring Semester. ( 3 hours lecture - 3 hours laboratory) Prerequisite: CHE 210 or equivalent.


CHE 250 Chemistry Seminar

This course is designed to provide those topics and skills necessary for a complete background in chemistry which are not found in other structured chemistry courses. Topics covered will include such areas as OSHA regulations, handling and disposal of toxic substances, use of chemical literature such as Chemical Abstracts, Scientific Information Retrieval Systems, and technical writing. Students presentations will cover topics mutually agreed upon by the students and faculty. This course may be repeated as often as desired. A minimum of one semester hour is required and a maximum of 2 semester hours may be applied toward graduation. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. Every Semester.


CHE 260 Concepts of Physical Chemistry

This one-semester course is designed to better prepare the student who is planning to take the Physical Chemistry course sequence (CHE 300/301). It will encompass the chemistry, physics and mathematics concepts and skills required for understanding the theoretical foundations of classical thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics and statistical thermodynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the application of mathematical principles in solving physico-chemical problems. Students majoring or minoring in Chemistry may not apply credit for this course toward meeting their chemistry requirements. Prerequisites: CHE 111, MAT 182, PHY 110.


CHE 297 Cooperative Education in Chemistry

The student carries out a full-time work experience in an available, departmentally approved position for a predetermined duration. Generally, junior level standing in Chemistry is required. A 2.0 overall GPA and 2.5 in CHE 110-111, 205-206, 210-211 is required. CHE 300 is strongly recommended before (or in rare cases, may be taken during) COOP. COOP may be taken more than one time with the certification by the department that it is an uniquely different cooperative experience. Every Semester.


CHE 298 Faculty Developed Study

From time to time any academic department may offer an experimental course to determine its value to the total developmental program or in response to a particular request from a group of students.


CHE 299 Student Developed Study

A vehicle designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop his/her own learning experience. The student will design a project and secure a faculty sponsor to work with. May be utilized more than one time. Open to students of all classes. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty sponsor and department; concurrence of Dean.


CHE 300 Physical Chemistry I

This full year course is designed to provide a theoretical study of the behavior of matter in the gaseous, liquid and solid states through analysis of the principles of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and equilibria, chemistry of solutions, atomic and molecular structure. Fall Semester. ( 3 hours lecture - 3 hours laboratory ) Prerequisite: CHE 205,206,211, MAT 102, PHY 111.


CHE 301 Physical Chemistry II

This full year course is designed to provide a theoretical study of the behavior of matter in the gaseous, liquid and solid states through analysis of the principles of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and equilibria, chemistry of solutions, atomic and molecular structure. Spring Semester. ( 3 hours lecltulre - 3 hour laboratory ) Prerequisite: CHE 300.


CHE 311 Inorganic Chemistry

An introduction to modern concepts of inorganic chemistry, including electronic structures, molecular structures and periodic classification of the elements. Additional topics will be selected from the following areas: bonding theories, quantum theory, solid state theory, transition metal complexes, methods of structural determination, bioinorganic chemistry and instrumental techniques currently used in inorganic chemistry. The experiments chosen are to illustrate inorganic synthetic techniques, method of purification, and methods of characterization. Alternate Fall Semesters. (3 hours lecture - 3 hours laboratory) Prerequisite: CHE 205, 206, 211.


CHE 330 Senior Research

Open to senior chemistry majors only, this course will consist of an individual research project designed to give experience in planning and conducting research. The use of modern instruments and techniques will be emphasized. Every Semester. (1 hour lecture - 9 hours laboratory) Prerequisite or co requisite: CHE 300.


CHE 400 Instrumental Methods Analysis: Lecture

The intent of this course is the effective and knowledgeable use of modern chemical instrumentation in order to solve chemical problems. Areas covered will include: theory and fundamental concepts of instrumentation with application and interpretation of results. Topics include: analog and digital electronics, and electroanalytic, spectroscopic, and chromatographic methods. Spring Semester. Prerequisite: CHE 205,206,211,300;PHY 111.  Co requisite: CHE 401.


CHE 401 Instrumental Methods Analysis: Lab

Laboratories complement the lecture material in CHE 400. Areas of study include: analog and digital voltage and current measurement, digital electronics, data base management, and electroanalytic, spectroscopic, and chromatographic techniques. (two 3-hour laboratories per week) Spring Semester. Prerequisite:CHE 205, 206, 211, 300; PHY 111. Corequisite: CHE 400.  Permission slip from the instructor is required to register.


CHE 415 Medicinal Chemistry

The course will cover important classes of drugs (analgesics, drugs affecting the central nervous system, the cholinergic and adrenergic system, the immune response, antithrombotic agents, antihypertensives, peptides, prostaglandins) as well as general principles in drug research (bioisosterism, receptors, pharmacokinetics.) (3 hours lecture) Prerequisite: CHE 211 or permission of instructor.


CHE 420 Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry

The content of this course may vary from year to year, depending on the interests of students. Aspects of organic chemistry not introduced in CHE 210, 211 will be introduced and topics introduced in CHE 210, 211 will be treated in much greater depth. Examples that could be included are: heterocyclics, natural and synthetic polymers, photochemistry, medicinal chemistry, natural products, and molecular orbital symmetry rules. Alternate Fall Semesters. (3 hours lecture) Prerequisite: CHE 211.


CHE 421 Biochemistry Lecture I

This full year course comprises a study of the major classes of biologically important compounds, their metabolic interconversions, and enzymology. Emphasis is on the application of fundamental chemical principles to biological systems. Fall Semester. Prerequisite: CHE 211 or equivalent.


CHE 422 Biochemistry Lecture II

This full year course comprises a study of the major classes of biologically important compounds, their metabolic interconversions, and enzymology. Emphasis is on the application of fundamental chemical principles to biological systems. Spring Semester. ( 3 hours lecture ) Prerequisite: CHE 421 or equivalent.


CHE 431 Biochemistry Laboratory

A laboratory course which provides an introduction to many of the methods used in modern biochemical research and analysis, and the principles on which they are based. Methods covered include UV/Vis spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, gel chromatography, HPLC, enzyme kinetics, and recombinant DNA techniques. Students work with considerable independence. Spring Semester. Prerequisite: CHE 205, 206, 211, 421; prerequisite or co requisite: CHE 422.


CHE 440 Molecular Biology

A consideration of the molecular bases of biological phenomena. (3 hours lecture) Prerequisite: Junior standing in the biotechnology program or permission of the instructor.


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