School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Chemistry and Physics Course Descriptions
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (4)
An introductory course aimed at familiarizing the student with many of the topics that form the basis of modern chemistry. Among these are atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, gases, and thermochemistry. Lecture and lab.
Prerequisite: math proficiency to the level of MATH 102. (Fall)
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (4)
A continuation of General Chemistry I. Topics covered include liquids and solids, solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and the properties of metals and nonmetals. Lecture and lab.
Prerequisite: grade of C- or better in CHEM 101. (Spring)
CHEM 201-202 Organic Chemistry (4, 4)
An introduction to the chemistry of the compounds of carbon-containing molecules, with emphasis on functional groups. Study of the structure, reactivity and synthesis of organic molecules; the mechanism of specific reactions; introductory instrumental techniques; and introductory biochemistry. Laboratory technique to synthesize, isolate and characterize organic compounds. CHEM 201 also introduces biochemical molecules’ structure and simple reactivity as well. Lecture and lab.
Prerequisites for CHEM 201: CHEM 101-102; prerequisite for CHEM 202: a grade of C- or better in CHEM 201. (Fall and Spring)
CHEM 210 Analytical Chemistry (4)
A treatment of the principles and theory underlying the accurate measurement of chemical species, including an introduction to classical and modern techniques used for the determination of inorganic elements and organic compounds in environmental, forensic and industrial applications.
Prerequisites: CHEM 101-102. (Fall, odd years)
CHEM 250 Forensic Chemistry (4)
This laboratory-based course is designed to introduce the student to the scientific and particularly the chemical aspects of forensic investigation as well as the ethical issues facing the forensic scientist. Topics include a broad range of forensic procedures such as chemical and physical methods for visualizing fingerprints, ballistics including bullet identification, serial number recovery and gunshot residue analysis, blood detection and characterization, testing of controlled substances, DNA profiling, and fiber and hair analysis. Students will experience some of the analytical and instrumental methods used in investigating crimes, with an emphasis on the measurement accuracy and traceability required in criminalistics. Numerous case studies from the literature will be evaluated and the course will culminate in the investigation of a simulated crime followed by student presentations of their investigation to a jury. Lecture and lab.
Prerequisite: CHEM 101-102. (Fall, even years)
CHEM 303 Physical Chemistry I (5)
A study of the application of the principles of quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and kinetics to chemical and biochemical systems. Lecture only.
Prerequisites: CHEM 101-102, MATH 247-248, PHYS 201-202. Strongly recommended: CHEM 201-202. (Fall)
CHEM 304 Physical Chemistry II (5)
A study of the application of the principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics to chemical systems. Lecture only.
Prerequisites: CHEM 101-102, MATH 247-248, PHYS 201-202. Strongly recommended: CHEM 201-202. (Spring, odd years)
CHEM 404 Instrumentation Analysis (4)
An introduction to the theory and application of instrumental methods of analysis, including UV-visible, infrared, Raman, fluorescence, atomic, NMR and electron spectroscopy; mass spectrometry; potentiometry, coulometry and voltammetry; and gas and high-performance liquid chromatography. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: CHEM 210, PHYS 201-202. (Spring, even years)
CHEM 410 Seminar (1)
Study in depth of a topic of current interest. Each student makes a seminar presentation and participates in the evaluation of others’ presentations. Required of all senior chemistry majors. CHEM 450 and CHHP 471 may be substituted for CHEM 410 with the permission of the department chair. (Spring)
CHEM 420 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4)
A study of the properties, reactions and structures of inorganic compounds. Application of group theory, molecular orbital theory and ligand field theory to the interpretation of inorganic chemistry. Introductions to organometallic chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry. Lecture only.
Prerequisite or concurrent: CHEM 304. (Spring, odd years)
CHEM 427 Macromolecules (4)
An introduction to the synthetic and physical aspects of polymers. Topics include the nomenclature, history and general importance of polymers as well as biopolymers, polymeric properties and the polymerization processes. Lecture only.
Prerequisite: CHEM 201-202. (As needed)
CHEM 450 Undergraduate Research Experience (1-4)
The student, in conjunction with a faculty mentor, plans and executes an independent research project. Generally this project is allied with the faculty mentor’s own research. (Fall and spring)
CHEM 398 Independent Study (1-3)
Investigation of a chemical problem involving laboratory and literature. Permission of the instructor, department chair and dean for academic affairs required. (As needed)
CHEM 450 Undergraduate Research Experience (1-4)
The student, in conjunction with a faculty mentor, plans and executes an independent research project. Generally this project is allied with the faculty mentor’s own research. (Fall and spring, every year)
CHEM 480 Internship (1-4)
Opportunities to gain practical experience in an off-campus program. The nature of the work experience and the number of credits must be approved in advance by the department chair. (As needed)
PHYS 101-102 College Physics I and II (4, 4)
A two-semester algebra-based introduction to classical physics with emphasis on concepts and problem solving. Topics include mechanics, Newton’s laws, conservation laws, waves and oscillations, fluid mechanics, electricity and magnetism, circuits and optics. Integrated lecture and lab.
Prerequisites or corequisite: college core math requirement (normally MATH 105). (Fall and Spring)
PHYS 201- 202 General Physics I and II (4, 4)
A two-semester calculus-based introduction to classical physics with emphasis on concepts and problem solving. Topics include mechanics, Newton’s laws, conservation laws, waves and oscillations, fluid mechanics, electricity and magnetism, circuits and optics. Integrated lecture and lab.
Prerequisite for PHYS 201: MATH 247; recommended prerequisite for PHYS 202: MATH 248. (Fall and Spring)