R. Sammelson, Chairperson

The Department of Chemistry offers a comprehensive major program approved by the American Chemical Society for the training of professional chemists; a biochemistry concentration for students who want to combine chemistry with a molecular-level study of biological systems; a departmental major for students who want to combine detailed study of chemistry with in-depth study of other subjects; and a teaching major in chemistry.

Chemistry minor programs for prospective health scientists and others are available. Courses offered meet the needs of students in medical technology, biology, dietetics, natural resources, physics, and pre-dental, pre-engineering, pre-pharmacy, pre-medical, and other programs requiring a background in chemistry.

A two-year curriculum leading to an associate degree in chemical technology is available for students who want to complete a less intense program of study in preparation for industrial employment as technicians.

Faculty mentored student research opportunities are available and encouraged.


ASSOCIATE DEGREE

ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE—CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY (AS),
60 credits

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General education, 23-27 credits
 

COMM
ECON


ENG

210
201
or
202
103
104

Fundamentals of Public Comm
Elementary Microeconomics (3)

Elementary Macroeconomics (3)
Rhetoric and Writing
Composing Research

3


3
3
3
6 credits from

TDPT

161
or

Intro Manufacturing Industries (3)
 

 

other approved courses

6

PFW 

1

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4-8





23-27 crs
   
Chemistry concentration area, 33-37 credits
 

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111     
112
225
234
235
or
231
232
and
241
242
325

General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 2
Chemical Analysis
Organic Chemistry 1 (5)
Organic Chemistry 2 (5)

Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
Organic Chemistry 2 (4)

Organic Laboratory 1 (1)
Organic Laboratory 2 (1)
Instrument Meths of Analy

4
4
3







8-10
3

4 credits from CHEM electives (including CHEM 389, unless waived by advisor)  4
     
3-4 crs from

MATH


 
111 
112
161
165
Pre-Calculus Algebra (3)
Precalculus Trigonometry (3)
Applied Calculus 1 (3)
Calculus 1 (4)
 


3-4
     
4-5 credits from

PHYC

 
110 
or
120
General Physics 1 (4) 

General Physics 1 (5)
 
4-5




33-37 crs

60 crs
Students qualifying for exemption from ENG 103 or 104 will receive credit for the course(s). ENG 101 and 102 may be substituted for ENG 103. 

BACCALAUREATE DEGREES

Students will be guided by the outline of baccalaureate degrees, the University Core Curriculum, and the concentration areas listed below. 

MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY (BA/BS), 51-70 credits

American Chemical Society (ACS) concentration, 61-63 credits
This program prepares students for graduate study or careers in chemistry. Upon completion of the program, students are certified to the American Chemical Society (ACS) as having fulfilled the course of study described in “Objectives and Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs in Chemistry,” issued by the ACS Committee on Professional Training.

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111
112
225
231
232
241
242
400
410
420
430
444
445
450
454
463
465

General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 2
Chemical Analysis
Organic Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry 2
Organic Laboratory 1
Organic Laboratory 2
Chemical Communications
Review of Chem Fundamentals
Physical Chemistry 2
Int Organic Lab Techniques
Physical Chemistry 1
Physical Chemistry 2
Inorganic Chemistry
Inorg Organometal Syn Lab 
Principles of Biochemistry 1
Biochem Lab Techniques 

4
4
3
3
3
1
1
1
1
3
2
4
4
3
2
3
2

1 credit from 300- or 400-level approved CHEM course 

1




 

45 crs
Other requirements   
MATH 
165
166
Calculus 1 
Calculus 2 
4
4
       

PHYC

110
112
or
120
122

General Physics 1 (4)
General Physics 2 (4)

General Physics 1 (5)
General Physics 2 (5)





8-10
     
61-63 crs
Additional credits in CHEM 470, Independent Study and Research, are recommended. Students who take CHEM 230, 231 and 241 must have completed CHEM 112 with a grade of C or better; students who take CHEM 232 and 242 must have completed CHEM 231 with a grade of C- or better; students who take CHEM 360 and 361 must have completed CHEM 230 or 232 with a grade of C- or better; students who take CHEM 430 must have completed both CHEM 232 and 242 with a grade of C- or better.


General chemistry concentration, 51-53 credits

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111
112
225
231
232
241
242
400
410
444
445

General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 2
Chemical Analysis
Organic Chemistry 1 
Organic Chemistry 2 
Organic Laboratory 1
Organic Laboratory 2
Chemical Communications
Review of Chem Fundamentals
Physical Chemistry 1
Physical Chemistry 2

4
4
3
3
3
1
1
1
1
4
4

5 credits from   
CHEM 


420 
430
450
454
463
465
Chemical Instrumentation 1 (3)
Int Organic Lab Techniques (2)
Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Inorg Organometal Syn Lab (2)
Principles of Biochemistry 1 (3)
Biochemistry Lab Techniques (2) 
 

5
1 credit from approved 300- or 400-level CHEM courses  1




35 crs
   
Other requirements
MATH  165 Calculus 1   4
  166 Calculus 2   4
PHYC 110 General Physics 1 (4)   
  112 General Physics 2 (4)   
  or    
  120 General Physics 1 (5)   
  122 General Physics 2 (5)   8-10
     
51-53 crs
Additional credits in CHEM 470, Independent Study and Research, are recommended. Students who take CHEM 230, 231 and 241 must have completed CHEM 112 with a grade of C or better; students who take CHEM 232 and 242 must have completed CHEM 231 with a grade of C- or better; students who take CHEM 360 and 361 must have completed CHEM 230 or 232 with a grade of C- or better; students who take CHEM 430 must have completed both CHEM 232 and 242 with a grade of C- or better. 


Biochemistry concentration, 68-70 credits

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111
112
225
231
232
241
242
400
410
444
445
463
464
465

General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 2
Chemical Analysis
Organic Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry 2
Organic Laboratory 1
Organic Laboratory 2
Chemical Communications
Review of Chem Fundamentals
Physical Chemistry 1
Physical Chemistry 2
Principles of Biochemistry 1
Principles of Biochemistry 2
Biochemistry Lab Techniques

4
4
3
3
3
1
1
1
1
4
4
3
3
2





37 crs
Other requirements

BIO



MATH

PHYC


111
112
215
457
165
166
110
112
or
120
122

Principles of Biology 1
Principles of Biology 2
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Calculus 1 (4)
Calculus 2 (4)
General Physics 1 (4)
General Physics 2 (4)

General Physics 1 (5)
General Physics 2 (5)

4
4
3
4
4





8-10
     
68-70 crs
Additional credits from BIO 112 and 400-level chemistry courses such as CHEM 470, Independent Study and Research, are recommended. Students who take CHEM 230, 231 and 241 must have completed CHEM 112 with a grade of C or better; students who take CHEM 232 and 242 must have completed CHEM 231 with a grade of C- or better; students who take CHEM 360 and 361 must have completed CHEM 230 or 232 with a grade of C- or better; students who take CHEM 430 must have completed both CHEM 232 and 242 with a grade of C- or better.

MINOR IN CHEMISTRY, 22 credits

High school mathematics equivalent to MATH 108 is required.

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111 
112
225
230
or
231
241
General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 2
Chemical Analysis
Org Chem Life Sciences (3)

Organic Chemistry 1
Organic Laboratory 1 
4
4
3


3
1
7 credits from approved electives in CHEM  7




22 crs

TEACHER EDUCATION

Teaching programs require additional courses in educational methods. The professional education courses are included in this listing. See the Department of Educational Studies and Teachers College for descriptions of these courses and other professional requirements of the teacher education program. 

TEACHING MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY (BA/BS), 88-90 credits

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CHEM

111  
112
225
231
232
241
242
410
444
450
463

General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 2
Chemical Analysis
Organic Chemistry 1
Organic Chemistry 2
Organic Laboratory 1
Organic Laboratory 2
Review of Chem Fundamentals
Physical Chemistry 1
Inorganic Chemistry
Principles of Biochemistry 1

4
4
3
3
3
1
1
1
4
3
3

3 credits from HONR 499 or approved CHEM Internship (369) or Research (470)

3





33 crs

 
MATH  165 Calculus 1   4
  166 Calculus 2 4
PHYC 110 General Physics 1 (4)   
  112 General Physics 2 (4)   
  or    
  120 General Physics 1 (5)   
  122 General Physics 2 (5)  8-10
     
49-51 crs

SENIOR HIGH, JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM

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Professional education sequence, 39 credits

EDFO
EDJH
EDMU
EDPS

EDSE
SCI

420
385
205
251
390
380
150
295
396

Soc, Hist, Phil Found of Ed
Prin of Tchng in Mid Schl
Intro to Multicul Ed
Development Secondary
Educational Psychology
Princ of Tchng in Sec School
Bsc Con in Science Education
Intro to the Teaching of Sci
Using Sci Methods and Mats

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Student teaching

12




 

39 crs
     
88-90 crs
See Professional Education Assessment/Decision points for additional information. 

CHEMISTRY (CHEM)

100 People and Chemistry (3)
Introductory treatment of fundamental concepts of chemistry, such as organization and language of chemistry, atomic structure, nature and classification of matter, radioactivity, and the relevancy of these topics to everyday living. Core Transfer Library: Physical Sciences (IPS 1720)
    Not open to students who have credit in CHEM 101, 111.

101 General, Organic, and Biochemistry for the Health Sciences (5)
Introduction to and general principles of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Designed for students in the health sciences and related areas. Four hours of lecture and one two-hour recitation-laboratory weekly. Core Transfer Library: Physical Sciences (IPS 1723)
    Not open to students who have credit in CHEM 111. 

102 General, Organic, and Biochemistry for Experienced Health Professionals (4)
Introduction to and general principles of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Designed for students who have significant paid clinical experience. Four hours of lecture and two hours of virtual exercises weekly. 
    Prerequisite: significant paid clinical experience. 
    Not open to students who have credit in CHEM 101. 
    Open only to off-campus students or those with significant paid clinical experience as an LPN, or equivalent certification as determined by the nursing department.

108 Introduction to Chemistry (3)
Introduction to the principles of general chemistry with a focus on elements, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, status of matter, and solutions. Designed for those with a limited background in chemistry. Two hours of lecture and one two-hour recitation-laboratory weekly.
    Not open to students who have credit in CHEM 101 or 111.

111 General Chemistry 1 (4)
Chemistry of the elements and their compounds with emphasis on basic principles. Atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, properties of solutions, and nature of matter. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour recitation-laboratory period weekly. Core Transfer Library: Physical Sciences (IPS 1721)
    Prerequisite: one year of secondary school algebra or the equivalent.

112 General Chemistry 2 (4)
Continuation and extension of CHEM 111, including chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, chemical equilibrium, chemistry of metals and nonmetals, and radioactivity. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour recitation-laboratory period weekly. Core Transfer Library: Physical Sciences (IPS 1722)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111 and MATH 108 or 111 or 112 or 161 or 162 or 165 or 166 or equivalent math placement scores

200 Society and Chemistry (3)
A study of how the demands of society drive the development of chemistry, as well as how the discovery and application of chemical technologies drive the development of society. 
    Prerequisite: UCC Tier 1 Natural Science Domain course.

225 Chemical Analysis (3)
Lecture and intensive laboratory treatment of the theory and practice of representative quantitative chemical measurements, including gravimetry, visual and potentiometric titrations, ion exchange, coulometric and conductometric titrations, and visible spectrophotometry. One and one-half hours of lecture and four and one-half hours of laboratory weekly.
    Prerequisite: CHEM 112.

230 Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences (3)
One-term sophomore level service course which focuses on the structure and reactivity of the functional groups which are directly relevant to biochemistry. Consolidates the relevant fundamental principles of organic chemistry with less depth than the CHEM 231/232 two-term organic sequence, and will prepare students for the one-term CHEM 360 (Essentials of Biochemistry) course. Each topic will include biologically relevant examples and applications.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 112 with a grade of C or better.
    Parallel: CHEM 241.
    Not open to students who have credit in CHEM 231 or chemistry majors and chemistry teaching majors.

231 Organic Chemistry for Molecular-Based Sciences: Part 1 (3)
First course in a two-semester sophomore level sequence which focuses on introductory organic chemistry. This first semester will focus on structure and fundamental properties of organic molecules, and will introduce principles of reactivity. Designed for chemistry majors, pre-professional majors requiring organic chemistry, and other molecular science based majors.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 112 with a grade of C or better.
    Parallel: CHEM 241.

232 Organic Chemistry for Molecular-Based Sciences: Part 2 (3)
Second course in a two-semester sophomore level sequence which focuses on introductory organic chemistry. This second semester will continue directly from CHEM 231 and will focus on reactivity of the common functional groups, an introduction to the spectroscopic techniques relevant to organic chemistry, and synthesis. Designed for chemistry majors, pre-professional majors requiring organic chemistry, and other molecular science based majors.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 231 with a grade of C- or better.
    Parallel: CHEM 242.

234 Organic Chemistry 1 (5)
A beginning course in organic chemistry for students concentrating in chemistry. Lecture material includes nomenclature, covalent bonding, molecular structure, and functional group chemistry of organic compounds. Laboratory experience includes spectroscopy and syntheses. Three hours of lecture and two three-hour laboratory periods weekly.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 112.

235 Organic Chemistry 2 (5)
A continuation of CHEM 234, including the properties of carbohydrates, proteins, and other natural products. Laboratory experience includes qualitative organic analysis and multistep syntheses. Three hours of lecture and two three-hour laboratory periods weekly.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 234.

241 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1: Fundamental Techniques (1)
One-term sophomore level laboratory course designed to be taken in the same semester as the first term of organic chemistry lecture. This lab course will introduce students to the fundamental principles and laboratory techniques of organic chemistry including extraction, recrystallization, separation, distillation, chromatography and characterization.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 112 with a grade of C or better.
    Parallel: CHEM 230 or 231.

242 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2: Synthesis and Characterization (1)
One-term sophomore level laboratory course designed to be taken in parallel with CHEM 232 lecture course. This lab course will introduce students to chemical reactions and functional group transformations related to halogens, aromatic rings, ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, alcohols, imines, and amines.
    Prerequisite: CHEM 231 and 241 with a grade of C- or better in each.
    Parallel: CHEM 232.

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (1-6)
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles will be announced before each semester.
    
A total of 6 credits may be earned.

325 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (3)
Practical applications of modern chemical instrumentation: electrometric, chromatographic, and spectroscopic methods. For chemical/medical technologists or departmental minors. Two hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 225.

360 Essentials of Biochemistry (3)
One-term service course designed for students in life sciences, dietetics, and medical technology. Consolidates the relevant fundamental principles of biochemistry with less depth than the CHEM 463/464 two-term biochemistry sequence. The biochemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids will be covered, as well as an introduction to metabolism and the regulation of metabolic processes.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 230 or 232 with a minimum grade of C-.
    
Parallel: CHEM 361.
    Not open to chemistry majors and chemistry teaching majors.

361 Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory (1)
One-term sophomore level laboratory course designed to complement the one-term biochemistry lecture. It is designed to introduce chemistry of biological molecules and to emphasize important laboratory techniques in biochemistry. Topics include carbohydrate, amino acid, and protein chemistry as well as enzyme kinetic analyses, electrophoresis, and ultraviolet/visible spectral analysis.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 241 with a final grade of C- or better.
    Parallel: CHEM 360.

369 Professional Experience (1-3)
Paid work and learning experience as a practicing chemist. Practical problem-solving experience will be gained through such programs as internships, practicums, cooperative education programs, and the Department of Chemistry summer research program.
    
Prerequisite: application, recommendation of the program selection committee, and permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 5 credits may be earned (3 towards major), but no more than 3 credits in any one semester or term. One credit may be counted toward the Associate in Science in Chemical Technology degree.
    No more than 3 credits may be counted as electives toward the departmental major.

375 Specialized Topics in Chemistry (1-4)
Discussion or experimentation, or both, in specialized topics in and related to chemistry. Information concerning specific topics that are offered during a given semester is available from the departmental office. Lecture, discussion, and laboratory schedules appropriate to the topic offered.
    
Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 4 credits may be earned, but no more than 1 credit may be counted toward departmental major or minor requirements.

389 Chemical Technology Practicum (1)
Practical experience in real or simulated industrial laboratory situations for chemical technologists. Assignments equivalent to four clock hours a week.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 325; permission of the department chairperson.
    Not applicable toward majors or minors in chemistry.

400 Chemical Communications (1)
Use of scientific literature; sources and classification systems; current and retrospective searches in the specialized branches of chemistry.
    
Prerequisite: 20 credits of chemistry or permission of the department chairperson.

410 Review of Chemistry Fundamentals (1)
Senior level capstone course which reviews fundamental chemistry concepts in the areas of physical, organic, inorganic, analytical, and biochemistry and develops critical thinking skills. Focus will be placed on reviewing this material and by practicing multiple choice questions in order to prepare the students for objective tests such as the ETS Major Field Test in Chemistry and the Graduate Record Exam in Chemistry.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 225.
    Parallel: CHEM 444 or 445.
    Open only to chemistry and chemistry teaching majors.

420 Chemical Instrumentation 1 (3)
Theoretical principles and applications of selected optical spectroscopic, mass spectroscopic, electrochemical, thermal, and chromatographic methods of chemical analysis with illustrative experiments. Two hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period weekly.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 225 and CHEM 232 or 235 or permission of the department chairperson.

421 Chemical Instrumentation 2 (3)
Advanced treatment of selected topics in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and chromatography. Introduction to mass spectroscopy, nuclear methods, thermal and surface analysis. Three hours of lecture weekly.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 420 or permission of the department chairperson.

430 Intermediate Organic Laboratory Techniques (2)
Upper-level laboratory course that includes multistep syntheses of organic compounds and their isolation, purification, and characterization using modern spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques. Six hours of laboratory weekly.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 232 and 242 with a grade of C- or better.

440 (340) Selected Principles of Physical Chemistry (3)
Some of the well-established physical concepts that allow us to understand basic chemical phenomena at the molecular level will be explored. Topics include, but are not limited to, quantum chemistry, group theory, spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics. Understanding these fundamental physical chemistry principles will provide the basic framework for all other branches of chemistry.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 232 and MATH 161.
    Not open to students who have credit in CHEM 444.

444 (344) Physical Chemistry 1 (4)
Some of the well-established physical concepts that allow us to understand basic chemical phenomena at the molecular level will be explored. Topics include, but are not limited to, quantum chemistry, group theory, spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics. Understanding these fundamental physical chemistry principles will provide the basic framework for all other branches of chemistry.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 232 and MATH 166; PHYC 110 and 112 or 120 and 122.

445 (345) Physical Chemistry 2 (4)
Underlying physical principles that govern the properties and behavior of chemical systems will be addressed. These concepts will include the thermodynamic (classical and statistical) description of chemical processes and properties of solids, liquids, gases, and solutions. Concepts such as heat, work, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy will be taught. Understanding these physical chemistry principles will provide the basic framework for all other branches of chemistry.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 232 and MATH 166; PHYC 110 and 112 or 120 and 122.

450 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Chemistry of the elements, including the relationships of chemical properties and atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding acid-base theories, chemical periodicity, and modern theories of coordination compounds. Three hours of lecture weekly.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 232 with a minimum grade of C- and MATH 165.

454 Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Synthesis Laboratory (2)
Practice and principles of both the synthesis and the characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds. One hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory weekly.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 232 and 242 with a minimum grade of C- and MATH 165.
    Parallel: CHEM 450.

463 Principles of Biochemistry 1 (3)
Chemistry of proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. For chemistry, life sciences, and premedicine majors. Three hours of lecture weekly.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 232 or 235.

464 Principles of Biochemistry 2 (3)
Continuation and extension of CHEM 463 including biological oxidations and energy transfers; metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids; and regulation of metabolic processes. Three hours of lecture weekly.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 463.

465 Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques (2)
One-term laboratory with lecture course designed to introduce and emphasize important laboratory techniques in biochemistry. Topics includes bioinformatics, PCR, nucleic acid purification, enzyme kinetic analyses, electrophoresis, high performance liquid chromatography, fluorescence spectrometry and ultraviolet/visible spectral analysis.
    
Prerequisite: CHEM 232.
    Prerequisite or parallel: CHEM 463.

470 Independent Study and Research (1-3)
Scientific investigation on an individual basis under the supervision of a faculty member. Extensive reading, experimental work, and development of research techniques and skills.
    
Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 5 credits may be earned (3 towards major), but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.
    No more than 3 credits may be counted as electives toward any departmental major.

475 Exploration of Selected Topics in Chemistry (1-4)
Discussion or written reports or both in advanced special topics in or related to chemistry. Examples are topics in neurochemistry, physical organic, chemical synthesis, kinetics, spectroscopy, etc.
    
Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned (3 towards major), but no more than 4 in any one semester or term.