Chemistry

Courses

CHE 100     Introduction to Chemical Principles
Credit Hours: 3
A one-semester survey of the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, inorganic nomenclature, quantitative relationships involving chemical substances and chemical reactions, aqueous ionic and molecular solution theory, and acid-base theory. Two lecture periods and one 2-hour lab per week.

CHE 124  General, Organic, and Biochemistry
Credit Hours: 3
A study of general, organic, and biochemistry emphasizing applications to health sciences. Three lecture periods per week and a 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: high school algebra and chemistry.

CHE 125 General, Organic, and Biochemistry with Lab
Credit Hours: 4
A study of general, organic, and biochemistry emphasizing applications to health sciences. Three lecture periods per week and a 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: high school algebra and chemistry.

CHE 150  General Chemistry I
Credit Hours: 5
A first year course for science majors. Includes measurement, atoms and molecules, chemical reactions, gas laws, thermochemistry, quantum theory, electron configurations, ionic and covalent bonding, molecular geometry, states of matter and solutions. Four hours lecture and a 3-hour lab per week.

CHE 151    General Chemistry II
Credit Hours: 5
A continuation of CHE 150. Includes topics in kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, coordination compounds, intro to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Four hours lectures and a 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 150.

CHE 205    Forensic/Quantitative Chemistry
Credit Hours: 4
This course will cover types of samples and how they are prepared, solubility, presumptive testing, detailed discussion on microscopy, extensive coverage of drug analysis and broad coverage of chemical analysis of physical evidence. Three lecture periods and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHE 150.

CHE 302  Organic Chemistry I
Credit Hours: 5
A comprehensive coverage of the basic principles of organic chemistry. Topics include nomenclature, structure, sterochemistry, chemical reaction mechanisms, nucleophilic substitution and elimination, structure, synthesis, and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, and alkyl halides. Also IR, mass spectrometry, and NMR. Four hours lecture and a 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 151 or CHE 125.

CHE 303    Organic Chemistry II
Credit Hours: 5
A continuation of CHE 302. Topics include structure, synthesis, and reactions of ethers, epoxides, alkynes, aromatic compounds, ketones, aldehydes, amines, carboxylic acids, enols and enolates. Also UV spectroscopy. Four hours lecture and a 3-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHE 302.

CHE 309     Laboratory Safety
Credit Hours: 1
Topics include flammable and explosive hazards, gas cylinders, oxygen balance, toxicity, carcinogens, handling hazardous substances, waste disposal, and electrical hazards. One lecture per week. Prerequisite: CHE 151.

CHE 311     Organic Mechanisms & Spectroscopy
Credit Hours: 4
Mechanisms: study of electron flow and writing arrow pushing mechanisms for organic reactions. Spectroscopy: study of IR, NMR, UN-Vi and Mass spectroscopy. Three lecture periods and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHE 302.

CHE 321     Biochemistry
Credit Hours: 4
The basic concepts of biochemistry. Chemistry and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Chemistry of respiration; bioenergetics. Three lecture periods per week and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHE 302.

CHE 349     Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry
Credit Hours: 4
First half of the semester topics include VSEPR, symmetry, HSAB, CFT, and CFSE. Second half of semester topics include the eighteen electron rule, survey of ligands, geometry, Pi back bonding, metal-metal bonds, and catalytic cycles. Three lecture periods and one 3 hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHE 151.

CHE 401     Physical Chemistry I
Credit Hours: 4

Topics include properties of gases, thermodynamics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics. Three lecture periods and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CHE 151.

CHE 402     Physical Chemistry II
Credit Hours: 4
Continuation of CHE 401. Modern chemistry: quantum mechanical treatment of atomic and molecular structure and statistical thermodynamics. Three lecture periods and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CHE 401.

CHE 470-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-4
Special topics in chemistry depending upon demand and staff.

CHE 497 Seminar
Credit Hours: 1
Required of all Chemistry majors. Prerequisite: Senior standing and faculty approval.

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