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Chemistry Course Descriptions

CHE 1010 Introductory Chemistry
4 credits
A lecture-laboratory course which emphasizes the application of chemical principles to living organisms. Aspects of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry are covered. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered annually.

CHE 1505 General Chemistry I
3 credits
CHE 1505 and 1515 is a two-term first-year chemistry lecture sequence designed for the science major. Topics covered include atoms and elements, stoichiometry, reactions in aqueous solution, enthalpy, atomic structure, electronic configuration, bonding and gases. Co-requisite: CHE1505L. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered Term I. 

CHE 1505L General Chemistry Laboratory I
1 credit
CHE 1505L and 1515L is a two-term first-year chemistry laboratory sequence designed for the science major. Topics covered include atoms and elements, stoichiometry, reactions in aqueous solution, enthalpy, atomic structure, electronic configuration, bonding and gases. Students will learn and develop their basic laboratory skills in the context of the chemical sciences. Co-requisite: CHE1505. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered Term I.

CHE 1508 Problem Solving in Chemistry I
1 credit
Designed to give students enhanced practice and direction in the solution of complex chemical problems on topics encountered in an introductory chemistry course. These topics include atomic theory, molecules, compounds, the mole, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gases, liquids, and solids. This course is not a requirement, but will serve as an elective for Chemistry and Biology majors. Offered as a pass-fail course. Co-requisite, for some students, with CHE1510. Offered Term I.

CHE 1509 Problem Solving in Chemistry II
1 credit
Designed to give students enhanced practice and direction in the solution of complex chemical problems on topics encountered in an introductory chemistry course. These topics include solution chemistry, kinetics, chemical equlibria, acid-base chemistry, solubility, spontaneity, and electrochemistry. This course is not a requirement, but will serve as an elective for Chemistry and Biology majors. Offered as a pass-fail course. Co-requisite, for some students, with CHE1511. Offered Term II.

CHE 1510 Basic Chemical Principles I
4 credits
CHE 1510 and 1511 is a two-term sequence which covers the same material as that covered in the three-term sequence CHE 1505, 1515, and 1925. Students who take this two-term sequence need to be better prepared than those taking the three-term sequence. Typically students should have had pre-calculus and have scored above 625 on the Math SAT. Topics covered in CHE 1510 include atoms and elements, stoichiometry, reactions in aqueous solution, enthalpy, atomic structure, electronic configuration, and bonding. Distribution Requirement: PLS. Offered annually.

CHE 1511 Basic Chemical Principles II
4 credits
Topics covered in CHE 1511 include orbital hybridization, gas laws, intermolecular forces, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids, bases, entropy, and free energy. Prerequisite: CHE 1510. Offered annually. 

CHE 1515 General Chemistry II
3 credits
CHE 1505 and 1515 is a two-term first-year chemistry lecture sequence designed for the science major. Topics covered include thermodynamics, properties of liquids, solids and solutions, reaction kinetics, equilibria, acids, bases and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: CHE 1505. Co-requisite: CHE1515L. Offered Term II.

CHE 1515L General Chemistry Laboratory II
1 credit
CHE 1505L and 1515L is a two-term first-year chemistry laboratory sequence designed for the science major. Topics covered include thermodynamics, properties of liquids, solids and solutions, reaction kinetics, equilibria, acids, bases and electrochemistry. Students will learn and develop their basic laboratory skills in the context of the chemical sciences. Prerequisite: CHE1505L.  Co-requisite: CHE1515. Offered Term II.

CHE 1800 The World of Chemistry
4 credits
Designed to give non-science students some understanding of chemical principles and their applications to everyday living. The laboratory experiences will permit students to relate theoretical concepts to everyday life. Distribution Requirement: PLS.

CHE-BIO 1850 Biological and Chemical Principles of Fermentation
4 credits
This course initiates non science students to basic chemical and biological processes involved in fermentation. The historical aspects of fermentation will give students a perspective on the way in which fermentation has influenced Science as well as Society. Students are expected to gain and eventually demonstrate proficiency in the subject in the classroom as well as in the laboratory. Prerequisite: None. Offered alternate years.

CHE 1925 General Chemistry III
3 credits
Topics covered include solutions, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids, bases, entropy, and free energy. Prerequisite: CHE 1515 and proficiency in Algebra are required. Offered annually. 

CHE 2010 Organic Chemistry I
3 credits
An introduction to the study of the compounds of carbon with special emphasis on mechanisms and structure-property relationships. Chemistry of the hydrocarbons is studied in greater depth. Prerequisites: CHE 1511 or CHE 1515. Co-requisite: CHE2010L. CHE 2011 is not a requirement, for all students, in order to take CHE2010. Offered Term I.

CHE 2010L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
1 credit
An introduction to the reactions and safety involved in an organic chemistry lab. Basic organic chemistry techniques and analytical tools will be explored. Prerequisites: CHE 1511 or CHE1515L. Co-requisite: CHE2010. CHE 2011 is not a requirement, for all students, in order to take CHE2010L. Offered Term I.

CHE 2011 Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry I
1 credit
Designed to give students enhanced practice and direction in the solution of determining reaction sequences and designing syntheses. These topics include acid/base chemistry, radical reactions, nomenclature, substitution, elimination and alcohol reactions. Qualitative analysis (NMR and Mass spectra) will be analyzed. Prerequisites: CHE 1511 or CHE1515. Co-requisite: CHE2010. CHE 2011 is not a requirement, for all students, in order to take CHE2010 or CHE2010L. Offered Term I.

CHE 2020 Organic Chemistry II
3 credits
Emphasis on oxygen and nitrogen containing compounds, particularly acids and their derivatives, aldehydes and ketones, alcohols, and amines. Prerequisites: CHE 2010 and CHE2010L. Co-requisite: CHE 2020L. CHE 2021 is not a requirement, for all students, in order to take CHE2020. Offered Term II.

CHE 2020L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
1 credit
An exploration of the reactions and safety involved in an organic chemistry lab. Advanced organic chemistry techniques and analytical tools will be used. Prerequisites: CHE 2010 and CHE2010L. Co-requisite: CHE 2020. CHE 2021 is not a requirement, for all students, in order to take CHE2020L. Offered Term II.

CHE 2021 Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry II
1 credit
Designed to give students enhanced practice and direction in the solution of determining reaction sequences and designing syntheses. These topics include alkene, alkyne, aromatic (benzene), carbonyl and amine chemistry. Prerequisite: CHE 2010. Co-requisite: CHE2020. CHE 2021 is not a requirement, for all students, in order to take CHE2020 or CHE2020L. Offered Term II.

CHE 2150 Environmental Chemistry
3 credits
The effects of stress on the chemical cycles operating in the environment. Methods of measuring air and water pollution levels will be studied. Laboratory will involve the development, execution, and evaluation of a plan for a water-quality study. Prerequisites: CHE 1511 or CHE 1925. Offered alternate years beginning 2006-07.

CHE 3010 Physical Chemistry I
4 credits
The first of two courses that offers a comprehensive study of the physical principles describing chemical systems, reactions, equilibrium, and structures. This course covers the laws of thermodynamics, chemical potential, chemical equilibrium, and electrochemical cells. Laboratory experiments related to these topics provide an introduction to physical chemical methods. Appropriate maintenance of records of data, analysis of data, determination of errors, and preparation of reports are required. Prerequisites: CHE 1515 and PHY2010. Offered as needed.

CHE 3020 Physical Chemistry II
4 credits
The second of two courses that offers a comprehensive study of the physical principles describing chemical systems, reactions, equilibrium, and structures. This course covers kinetics, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, and chemical dynamics. The laboratory experiments continue along lines similar to the first course, but incorporate computer analysis of data and use of microprocessor controlled instrumentation. Prerequisite: CHE 3010. Offered as needed.

CHE 3030 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
3 credits
Study of the periodic table, molecular and crystal structures, coordination compounds, and  the specific reactions of many elements. Prerequisite: Two years of College Chemistry. Physical Chemistry is strongly recommended. Offered as needed.

CHE 3040 Advanced Organic Chemistry
3 credits
A study of organic reaction mechanisms, the basic principles underlying organic reactions, and the most useful approaches to mechanistic studies. Types of mechanisms studied include: addition, elimination, nucleophilic and electrophilic substitution. Reactive intermediates such as carbanions, carbonations, and free radicals will be studied. Prerequisite: CHE 2020. Offered as needed.

CHE 3042 Biochemistry
4 credits
A study of the chemical and physical properties of biomolecules occurring in living organisms including proteins, carbohydrate, lipids and nucleic acids. Enzyme kinetics particularly emphasized. Experiences in the laboratory involve the application of techniques used in biochemical investigations. Prerequisites: CHE 2010 and CHE 2020. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered alternate years.

CHE 3055 Pharmacology
3 credits
A review of the chemistry of the effects of drugs and other chemicals on a variety of human body systems. Offered as needed. 

CHE 3060 Biochemistry, Bioenergetics and Molecular Biology
4 credits
The thermodynamic principles applicable to metabolic reactions as they occur in the cell are emphasized. Major pathways considered include glycolysis, the Krebs cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, and electron transport; protein and nucleic acid synthesis are also considered. Prerequisite: CHE 3042. Offered alternate years.

CHE 3140 Analytical Chemistry
4 credits
This course will cover basic theories and methods of volumetric and gravimetric analysis, spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry. Quantitative methods for analysis will be employed through a variety of traditional techniques in addition to the use of modern scientific equipment. Prerequisite: CHE 1515. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered alternate years beginning 2006-2007.

CHE3200 Medicinal Chemistry
3 credits
The course will focus on the fundamentals of the drug discovery process. The synthesis and effectiveness of the drugs will be evaluated. Drugs affecting neurotransmission, the central nervous, cardiovascular and immune systems will be examined. Qualitative structure activity relationships (QSAR) and organic synthetic methodology will be discussed. 

CHE 4005 Research in Chemistry
1 credit
This course is designed to familiarize students with the practical aspects of the Scientific Method. Students will be asked to summarize recent observations from the scientific literature in a field of Chemistry, formulate hypothesis based on these observations and test these hypothesis in the laboratory, using sound laboratory practices. Analysis of data and elaboration of conclusions based on this data will be stressed. Students will be asked to present data and conclusions in a seminar. Offered annually.

CHE-BIO 4020 Principles and Clinical Applications of Immunology
3 credits
Recommended to students pursuing careers in health related sciences. This course is designed to acquaint the student with concepts involved in the immune response, including antigen-antibody interaction, antibody synthesis human leukocyte antigens and tumor immunology. Prerequisites: One term of chemistry including organic and biochemistry. Offered as needed.

CHE 4590 Seminar: Chemistry
1.5 credits
Chemical abstracts and journals are used by the student to prepare written and oral reports on topics in chemistry of current interest and importance. Emphasis is on the interpretation of data from the current literature and on developing skill in oral presentation. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Chemistry or Biology-Chemistry. Fulfills W-Course Requirement, course must be taken for a total of 3 credits for this requirement. Offered annually.

CHE 4591 Seminar: Chemistry
1.5 credits
Chemical abstracts and journals are used by the student to prepare written and oral reports on topics in chemistry of current interest and importance. Emphasis is on the interpretation of data from the current literature and on developing skill in oral presentation. Prerequisite: Senior standing in Chemistry or Biology-Chemistry. Fulfills W-Course Requirement, course must be taken for a total of 3 credits for this requirement. Offered annually.