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Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy
Chemistry Courses
  • CHEM-C 100 The World of Chemistry (3 cr.) Intended for nonscience majors, the chemistry of everyday life—water, air, plastics, fuels, nutrition, medicinal and agricultural products, living systems, and consumer chemistry. Lectures illustrated by visual displays, computer animation, and interviews with famous scientists and on-site demonstrations of industrial processes. (Fall, Spring, often in Summer I or Summer II)
  • CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I (3 cr.) P: MATH-M 007 or equivalent Introduction to chemistry, includes chemical and gas laws, atomic and molecular structure, energy, equilibrium, kinetics, states of matter, and applications in chemical processes. Usually taken concurrently with CHEM-C 121. Lectures and discussion. The two sequences, CHEM-C 101-CHEM-C 121 and CHEM-C 102-CHEM-C 122, usually satisfy programs that require only two semesters of chemistry. Admission to advanced courses on basis of CHEM-C 101, CHEM-C 121, CHEM-C 102, CHEM-C 122 granted only in exceptional cases. May be taken without credit in preparation for CHEM-C 105. Credit given for only CHEM-C 101 or CHEM-C 105. (Fall, Spring, often in Summer I or Summer II)
  • CHEM-C 102 Elementary Chemistry II (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 101 Continuation of CHEM-C 101. Usually taken concurrently with CHEM-C 122. The chemistry of organic compounds and their reactions, followed by an extensive introduction to biochemistry. Lectures and discussion. (Spring, occasionally in Summer I or Summer II)
  • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr.) P: two years of high school algebra or MATH-M 014, one year of high school chemistry; CHEM-C 125 recommended concurrently Basic principles, including stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, gases, and solutions. Lectures and discussion. Credit given for only CHEM-C 101 or CHEM-C 105. (Fall, Spring)
  • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 105 CHEM-C 126 recommended concurrently. Chemical equilibria with emphasis on acids, bases, solubility, and electrochemistry; elementary thermodynamics; chemical kinetics; descriptive chemistry; and coordination compounds. Lectures and discussion. (Spring, Summer II)
  • CHEM-C 110 The Chemistry of Life (3 cr.) Intended for nonscience majors, the qualitative survey of chemistry with applications to biology and health.  Emphasis is placed on foundation chemistry and the chemistry of biomolecules and their interactions. 
  • CHEM-C 120 Chemistry Laboratory (2 cr.) P:  or C: CHEM-C 100, laboratory component of CHEM-C 100. Experiments illustrating chemical principles and their applications to biology, environment, and health sciences.  Laboratory and laboratory lecture. (Fall, Spring)
  • CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr.) P: CHEM-C 101 C: CHEM-C 101 An introduction to the techniques and reasoning of experimental chemistry. (Fall, Spring, often in Summer I or Summer II)
  • CHEM-C 122 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory II (2 cr.) P: CHEM-C 101, CHEM-C 121, CHEM-C 102 C: CHEM-C 102 Continuation of CHEM-C 121. Emphasis on organic and biochemical experimental techniques. (Spring)
  • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.) P: CHEM-C 105 C: CHEM-C 105 An introduction to laboratory experi­mentation with emphasis on the collection and use of experimental data, some properties of solutions, stoichiometry, molecular geometry, and synthesis. (Fall, Spring)
  • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr.) P: CHEM-C 106 or concurrent, CHEM-C 125. A continuation of CHEM-C 125 with emphasis on equilibria, qualitative analysis, acids and bases, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction (including electrochemistry), chemical kinetics, and spectrometry. (Spring, Summer II)
  • CHEM-C 209 Special Problems (1-2 cr.) Preparation of special reports on topic(s) designated by chemistry faculty from the results of the proficiency examination. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)
  • CHEM-C 301 Chemistry Seminar (1 cr.) P: 18 credit hours of chemistry with a grade point average of at least 2.5 Independent study and reading with emphasis on basic chemistry and interdisciplinary applications. Research reports and discussions by students and faculty. (Spring)
  • CHEM-C 303 Environmental Chemistry Lecture (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 106, CHEM-C 126, and CHEM-C 341 Investigation of the chemistry of water and air pollution; analytical procedures and techniques as applied to pollution problems, effects, and controls. This course will be offered as part of a postbaccalaureate environmental sciences certificate. (Fall—alternate year)
  • CHEM-C 310 Analytical Chemistry (3-5 cr.) P: CHEM-C 341 or CHEM-C 342 and MATH-M 215, CHEM-C 361 for majors Fundamental analytical processes, including solution equilibria, electrochemical theory and applications, and selected instrumental methods. (Fall, Spring—twice every three years)
  • CHEM-C 335 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1-3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 430 C: CHEM-C 430 Preparation of inorganic and organometallic compounds illustrating special and advanced techniques, including characterization by modern physical methods. (Spring—alternate year)
  • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry Lecture I (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 106, CHEM-C 126 Chemistry of carbon compounds. Nomenclature; qualitative theory of valence; structure and reactions. Syntheses and reactions of major classes of monofunctional compounds. (Fall)
  • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry Lecture II (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 343 C: CHEM-C 343 Syntheses and reactions of polyfunctional compounds, natural and industrial products; physical and chemical methods of identification. (Spring)
  • CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr.) P: CHEM-C 341 C: CHEM-C 341 Laboratory instruction in the fundamental techniques of organic chemistry and the use of general synthetic methods. (Fall)
  • CHEM-C 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2 cr.) P: CHEM-C 343, CHEM-C 342 C: CHEM-C 342 Preparation, isolation, and identification of organic compounds; emphasis on modern research methods. (Spring)
  • CHEM-C 361 Physical Chemistry I (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 106; MATH-M 216; PHYS-P 202 or PHYS-P 222 (either MATH M216 or PHYS P202 /PHYS P222 concurrent). Chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, introduction to statistical thermodynamics. (Fall)
  • CHEM-C 362 Physical Chemistry II (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 361 Introduction to quantum mechanics. Structure and spectra of atoms, molecules, and solids. (Spring— alternate year)
  • CHEM-C 363 Experimental Physical Chemistry (2-4 cr.) P: CHEM-C 106, CHEM-C 361 or concurrent. Experimental work to illustrate principles of physical chemistry and to introduce research techniques. (Fall)
  • CHEM-C 403 History of Chemistry I (1 cr.) P: senior standing, consent of instructor Development of significant chemical knowledge and concepts through the nineteenth century. Student report and discussion. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)
  • CHEM-C 409 Chemical Research (1-5 cr.) P: senior standing (open also to Honors juniors), grade point average of at least 2.8 in all chemistry courses Can be elected only after consultation with research advisor and approval of chairperson. May be taken for total of 10 credit hours. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)
  • CHEM-C 410 Principles of Chemical Instrumentation (4 cr.) P: CHEM-C 310 or consent of instructor Theory and practice of modern analytical methods, including electro-analytical techniques, quantitative spectrophotometry, magnetic methods, extraction, and chromatography. (Spring—twice every three years)
  • CHEM-C 430 Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 361 or consent of instructor Structural inorganic chemistry, coordination compounds, mechanisms of inorganic reactions, inorganic synthetic methods. Special topics. (Fall)
  • CHEM-C 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 430 Systematic descriptive chemistry of the elements. Emphasis onperiodic properties, chemical bonding, and thermodynamic and kinetic properties. (Spring—alternate year)
  • CHEM-C 441 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 cr.) P: CHEM-C 342 The structure of organic compounds, the mechanisms, and the synthetic application of organic reactions. (Spring—alternate year)
  • CHEM-C 483 Biological Chemistry (3 cr.) P: 13 credit hours of chemistry, including CHEM-C 341 Introduction to structure, chemical properties, and interrelationships of biological substances. (Spring— alternate year)

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