Chemistry (CH)

CH 111. GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1. Introduction to the fundamental concepts and basic principles of chemistry. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic table, stoichiometry, chemical formulas and equations, states of matter, nomenclature, valence, oxidation number, thermochemistry, solutions, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, oxygen, hydrogen, halogens, and elements of group I and II are discussed in this introductory course. The role of chemistry in understanding other natural science disciplines and human societal issues is emphasized. Prerequisites: High school chemistry and algebra courses. 4

CH 112. GENERAL CHEMISTRY. Oxidation-reduction, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nitrogen and the atmosphere, elements of groups III, IV, and V-A, carbon and its oxides, silicon, colloids, alkali and alkali earth metals, transition elements, and introduction to organic chemistry and qualitative analysis. Prerequisite: CH 111. 4

CH 191-192. SEMINAR. Discussion of contemporary developments in chemistry initiated by special panels, symposia, or lectures and reports. Interconnectedness of the disciplines of natural sciences is emphasized through joint meetings of related discipline seminars at the same level (freshman biology-chemistry, environmental health seminar, for example). Relevance and significance of natural principles in understanding and handling of the personal and societal issues is a major focus of the discussions. Group and individual academic advisement sessions are arranged at appropriate times. 1 each semester.

CH 300. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. Chemical parameters of environmental pollution and the methods for remediation of chemical pollutants of air, water, and land. Hazardous waste disposal, consistent with safety and environmental protection, is emphasized. Prerequisites: CH 111-112. 4

CH 301. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I. Structure and bonding of carbon compounds, aliphatic hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, aromatic hydrocarbons, and stereochemistry of carbon compounds are discussed. Prerequisites: CH 111-112. 4

CH 302. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II. Amines, phenols, heterocyclic compounds, amino acids and proteins, sugars and complex carbohydrates, lipids and fatty materials, nucleic acids, vitamins, cofactors, and hormones of living systems are introduced. Introduction to the principles and applications of ultraviolet, visible, and infra-red spectroscopy and application of other techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy to organic chemistry are also covered. Prerequisite: CH 301. 4

CH 311. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. Principles and practices of modern qualitative and quantitative analyses using titrimetry, oxidation-reduction equilibria, and gravimetry are explored. Prerequisite: CH 112. 3

CH 312. ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. Principles, methods, and applications of potentiometry, voltametry, conductometry, gel electrophoresis, spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques are discussed. Prerequisite: CH 302, 311. 3

CH 320. INTRODUCTORY BIOCHEMISTRY. The properties of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Study of enzymes and major biochemical pathways. Prerequisite: CH 302. 4

CH 401. BIOCHEMISTRY. Structure of proteins and nucleic acids. Enzyme specificity and mechanism of enzyme action. Vitamins and other coenymes and cofactors for different enzymes and reaction mechanisms of steps in the metabolic pathways. The biochemical basis of digestion, assimilation, nutrition, biosynthesis, secretion, and excretion processes in living systems. Prerequisite: CH 320. 4

CH 411. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I. This course covers ideal and real gases, kinetic molecular theory of gases, solutions, thermochemistry, laws of thermodynamics, and phase equilibria; introduction to phase equilibria, symmetry; group theory; chemical kinetics and electrochemistry. Prerequisites: CH 302, 311; MA 300. 4

CH 412. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II. An introduction to quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, symmetry and group theory, x-ray crystallography, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, and photochemistry. Prerequisite: CH 411. 3

CH 415. CHEMICAL INSTRUMENTATION. A study of the principles, operations, and applications of major instruments in modern chemistry. Methods of data output, data reduction, and data analysis, gas-and liquid-chromatography, electrophoresis, ultraviolet-visible and infra-red spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and photochemistry. Prerequisite: CH 411. 3

CH 421. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. A study of the principles and theories of modern inorganic chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonds, chemistry of elements and their compounds, symmetry and group theory, coordination chemistry, and organometallic chemistry. Prerequisites: CH 112, 311. 4

CH 424. RADIATION CHEMISTRY. This course explores the interaction of radiation with matter, dosimetry, radiation effects in gas, liquids, and solids, radioactive decays, photochemical reactions, and tracer techniques for elucidation of biochemical pathways. Prerequisites: PH 212, CH 421. 3

CH 430. ORGANIC REACTION MECHANISMS. Theoretical and mechanistic aspects of organic chemistry, concepts of acids and bases in organic chemistry, substitution, elimination, and addition reactions mechanisms of re-arrangement reactions, name reactions in inorganic chemistry, orbital symmetry and pericyclic reactions. Prerequisites: CH 302, 412. 3

CH 440 POLYMER CHEMISTRY. The study of organic and inorganic chemical reactions leading to high polymers. Physical properties and physical behaviors of polymers, copolymerization, cross-linking of polymers, polymer processing and uses. Prerequisite: CH 411. 4

CH 449. CHEMICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY. Instruction in the use of chemical abstracts, journals, reference books, and other sources of chemical literature for information retrieval on selected chemicals and chemical topics. Prerequisite: CH 112. 2

CH 455. SENIOR PROJECT. This course involves a discussion of written and oral presentation of a laboratory or field based investigation. The process of a scientific research and of presentation and publication are discussed. Literature review on a topic of chemical interest will be prepared by students and developed under the supervision of a faculty member as the mentor, and approved by two additional faculty readers. Substantial progress on the selected topic is expected prior to permission to register for credit toward the project work. Students in the biology education program preparing to teach in secondary schools must choose a laboratory or field-based investigation as the senior project. Prerequisite: Junior standing. 3

CH 490. INDEPENDENT STUDY. Written and oral report of literature search and laboratory investigation of assigned research topic under the supervision of a chemistry faculty member. Prerequisites: Junior standing and instructor’s permission. 3