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CHEM 111. General Chemistry I Laboratory           
Laboratory for CHEM 132. Three laboratory hours per week. Co-requisite: CHEM 132. Credit, 1 hour. Offered fall and spring semesters.

CHEM 132. General College Chemistry I
A foundation course forming the basis of the other more specialized chemistry courses. Fundamental principles and theories of chemistry, chemical calculations, and the properties of the more important elements are stressed. Three lectures per week.  Prerequisite: ACT Math of ≥ 23.  If ACT Math < 23, students are required to take MTH 132 (passing with at least a C grade). If student do not have at least 1 year of high school chemistry, students are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 140.  Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

CHEM 140. Chemistry of Everyday Life
A general education course that introduces students to the principles of chemistry as applied to everyday life. Intended for students who have never taken a chemistry course and would like to learn what chemistry is and how it affects the world we live in. This course requires minimal mathematical work. The four and one half class hours per week will include both lecture and laboratory. This course provide no credit toward a chemistry major or a minor. Credit, 4 hours. Prerequisite: None. However, students with an ACT Math of < 18 are strongly encouraged to complete MTH 131 before taking CHEM 140.  Course is offered fall semester and when possible also in the spring semesters.

CHEM 211. General Chemistry II Laboratory
Laboratory for CHEM 232. Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 111. Co requisite: Enrollment in CHEM 232 or consent of the instructor. Credit, 1 hour. Offered fall and spring semesters.

CHEM 232. General College Chemistry II
A continuation of CHEM 132 emphasizing equilibrium, solution chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive inorganic chemistry and elementary organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 132 or special examination and consent of instructor. Three lectures per week. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

CHEM 321. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Laboratory for CHEM 331. The laboratory experiments introduces organic lab skills and techniques used in the preparation, separation, purification, identification, and study of the properties of organic compounds. Emphasis on small scale and green chemistry. Three laboratory hours plus 1 hour of pre-lab meeting per week.  Prerequisite: CHEM 211 Co requisite, CHEM 331. Credit, 2 hour. Offered fall semesters.

CHEM 322. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Laboratory for CHEM 332.  A continuation of CHEM 321 with emphasis on synthesis that highlights the concepts learned in lecture. Emphasis on small scale and green chemistry. Three laboratory hours plus 1 hour of pre-lab meeting per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 321, 331, co requisite: CHEM 332. Credit, 1 hour. Offered spring semesters.

CHEM 328. Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Laboratory for CHEM 336. Three laboratory hours and one lecture per week. Prerequisite: or co requisite: CHEM 336. Credit, 2 hours. Offered spring semesters. 

CHEM 331. Organic Chemistry I
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts necessary for understanding organic molecules. Include nomenclature, conformational analysis, stereochemistry, functional groups, isomerism, spectroscopy, reactions of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, and alkyl halides. Mechanistic theory of organic chemical reactions in the context of acid-base, free radical reactions, nucleophilic substitution, elimination, and electrophilic addition reactions are studied. Three lectures per week.  Prerequisite: CHEM 232. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

CHEM 332. Organic Chemistry II
This course is a continuation of CHEM 331. Further study of the chemistry of carbon compounds from a functional group perspective including nomenclature, properties, reactions and synthesis of conjugated dienes, aromatics, organometallics, alcohols, phenols, ethers, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, and amines are covered. Mechanisms include electrophilic aromatic substitution and nucleophilic addition. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 331. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

CHEM 336. Analytical Chemistry
A study of the fundamental principles of quantitative analysis including gravimetric and volumetric analyses and statistical evaluations of measurements. Introduction to selected instrumental techniques is included. Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 232 and 211. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

CHEM 345. Survey of Physical Chemistry
A study of the main aspects of physical chemistry, including thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and states of matter. Prerequisite: MATH 140, CHEM 336, 328, and PHYS 242. Credit, 4 hours (3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab). Offered spring semester of even years.

CHEM 411. Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
Laboratory experiments providing experience in thermodynamic properties and measurements. Co-requisite: CHEM 431. Credit 1 hour. Offered fall semesters.

CHEM 412. Physical Chemistry II Laboratory
Continuation of CHEM 411 including kinetic and spectroscopic experiments. Co-requisite: CHEM 432. Credit 1 hour. Offered spring semesters.

CHEM 413. Teaching Practicum in Chemistry
This course provides students with hands-on experience in assisting in the supervision of laboratory courses. Students will receive a formal introduction to chemical safety and practical experience in preparing and handling chemical materials. One lecture hour plus three hours of practicum per week. (CHEM 413 counts for credit only in Option III of the major for those pursuing Teacher Certification.) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Credit, 1 hour. (May be repeated). Offered fall and spring semesters.

CHEM 428. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Laboratory to accompany CHEM 436. Three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CHEM 436. Credit, 2 hours. Offered concurrently with CHEM 436.

CHEM 431. Physical Chemistry I
A study of the principles and applications of thermodynamics, equilibria, gases, and solutions. Prerequisite: MATH 140 & 240, CHEM 336 & 328, and PHYS 242. Credit 3 hours. Offered fall semesters. 

CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II
A study of the principles and applications of the kinetic molecular theory of gases, reaction kinetics, and quantum mechanics. Prerequisite: CHEM 431 or consent of instructor. Credit 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

CHEM 434. Inorganic Chemistry
A study of modern theoretical and descriptive inorganic chemistry with emphasis on physical and chemical principles. Three lectures per week. Prerequisite: completion of a minimum of 12 hours of 300 level or higher chemistry to include CHEM 431 or 345 or consent of instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester annually.

CHEM 436. Instrumental Analysis
A study of the theory and instrumentation used in modern qualitative and quantitative analysis, including instrumental separation techniques. Three lectures per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 336, 328, and 431 or 345 or consent of the instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered annually upon sufficient demand.

CHEM 490. Senior Research Project
Working under the direction of a faculty advisor, the student completes a senior project through literature and experimental research in chemistry and upon completion of the research, the student prepares a final written report and an oral presentation. Prerequisites: CHEM 331, 321, 336, 328.  Pre- or Co-requisite:  CHEM 431 or CHEM 345. Honors Research may be conducted as part of this course. (See department chairperson for honors research requirements). Credit, 1-3 hours. May be repeated for up to three hours credit. Registration for more than one hour credit requires the approval of department chairperson.  

CHEM 491. Selected Topics in Chemistry
A study of selected topics in chemistry of current interest in a specified area of chemistry, such as advanced organic, polymer chemistry, spectroscopy, environmental chemistry, green chemistry, organometallic chemistry, or chemical literature usage. Prerequisites: a minimum of fifteen hours of chemistry

BIOL 436. Biochemistry
This course focuses upon the chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids and their functions in the cell. Assembly, function, and regulation of these molecules will be emphasized. Laboratory exercises will involve the isolation
identification and functional assessment of biological molecules. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisites BIOL 113, 114, 133, 134, and CHEM 232 and 211. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters. completed and consent of the instructor. Credit, variable. Offered annually as needed. 

 

All prerequisites must be passed with a minimum grade of C.