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Chemistry

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 125  General, Organic, and Biochemistry
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.

Biology

BIO 150     Principles of Biology I
Credit Hours: 4
A study of the fundamental principles of biology for the biology major. Cell structure and function, genetics and evolution, and animal physiology and diversity are discussed. Three lecture periods, three hours laboratory. Strongly recommended: high school biology and chemistry.

BIO 305     Genetics
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study of the principles of both classical and molecular genetics. Prerequisites: BIO 150 and 151.

BIO 350     Molecular Biology
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth study of the fundamental concepts of structure and function of plants, animals, and microbial cells. Two lecture periods, three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 305 and Junior standing.

Mathematics

MAT 150 Basic Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
Descriptive statistics, elementary probability, the binomial and normal probability distributions, testing of hypotheses, estimation, one-way analysis of variance, simple linear regression and correlation. Prerequisite: QU math placement test into MAT 124 or 125; grade of “B” or better in MAT 099; or grade of “C” or better in MAT 124 or 125; or consent of instructor.

MAT 242 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Credit Hours: 4
Analytic geometry of the line. Functions and graphs. The derivative of algebraic functions. Applications of the derivative. The indefinite and definite integral. Prerequisite: 4 units of high school mathematics, “B” or better in MAT 125, or MAT 142. [M1 900-1]

Physics

PHY 211 Fundamentals of Physics I
Credit Hours: 4
Noncalculus treatment of introductory classical mechanics and thermodynamics. The PHY 211- 212 sequence is particularly intended for life science students. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: High school algebra and trigonometry.

PHY 212     Fundamentals of Physics II
Credit Hours: 4
Wave motion, electricity, magnetism, and selected topics in modern physics. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: PHY 211.

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PHY 223     Principles of Physics I
Credit Hours: 4
Introduction to classical mechanics and waves for science and pre-engineering majors. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: MAT 242.

PHY 224     Principles of Physics II
Credit Hours: 4
Electricity, magnetism, and optics. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: PHY 223.

Criminal Justice

CRJ 101     Introduction to Criminal Justice
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the history, structure, and functions of the various elements of the American criminal justice system.

CRJ 150    Basic Alcohol and Drug Information
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of the various chemicals of abuse, this course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic abuse processes of the various chemicals. Primarily for general student interest, the course focuses upon the properties, risk for abuse, and prevalent understanding of various drugs.

CRJ 242     Law Enforcement Procedures
Credit Hours: 3
Procedures and techniques for gathering and analyzing information, conducting interrogations, and preparing criminal cases for trial. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

CRJ 343     Criminology
Credit Hours: 3
Recent trends in delinquency and crime; the nature of criminal behavior; personal and social factors in crime causation; critical evaluation of criminological theories. Lecture based.

CRJ 347     Contemporary Criminal Law and Procedures
Credit Hours: 3
The study of criminal proceedings.  Legal issues associated with investigation of crimes, acquisition of evidence, securing of confessions, the foundations and operations of the exclusionary rule, utilization of counsel.  Constitutional rights regarding criminal defendants and associated matters.  Emphasis on current case law and trends in criminal justice.  Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or POL 200.

CRJ 450    Criminalistics and Forensics
Credit Hours: 3
This course deals with forensic investigative techniques and their relationship to successful criminal investigations and prosecutions. Current forensic technologies pertaining to the examination of questioned documents, fingerprint techniques, polygraph examination, ballistics, pathology, toxicology, and other chemical/laboratory tests will be considered. The evidentiary value of various technologies will also be explored.

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