Chemistry

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Chemistry Courses

CHEM 101 General Chemistry

A study of the general concepts and basic principles of chemistry. Topics include stoichiometry, properties of the states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, and bonding theory, with emphasis on problem solving, conceptual understanding and analytical reasoning. Applications will be drawn from current issues in fields such as environmental and biological chemistry. The laboratory program, which emphasizes the basic principles discussed in lecture, focuses on quantitative measurements and the interpretation of data. This course is the normal entry point for the chemistry and biochemistry curriculum. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. (Credit, full course.) Staff Seballos, White

CHEM 102 General Chemistry

Continuation of CHEM 101, with emphasis on chemical thermodynamics, equilibria, acid-base chemistry, oxidation and reduction processes, kinetics, and biochemical structures. Laboratory program includes significant synthetic and analytical work. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Prerequisite: Chem 101, placement exam, or permission of the instructor. (Credit, full course.) Staff Seballos

CHEM 103 Earth, Air, Water and Fire: An Introduction to Environmental Chemistry

Both the natural environment and modern society run on innumerable chemical processes. This course examines the natural chemistry responsible for our environment and some of the anthropomorphic processes that have the potential to disrupt it. The course also examines how understanding this chemistry does or does not inform public perception and policy. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. (Credit, full course.)

CHEM 108 Chemistry and Art

A study of the chemistry underlying some topics that are of particular interest to artists and art historians. Topics may include: papermaking; pigments, dyes, and binders; photography; glass and ceramics; metals; and printmaking. The course is designed for the general students and meets the laboratory science requirement of the college. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. (Credit, full course.) Bordley

CHEM 110 The Science of Food and Cooking

An introduction to the science of food and food preparation. Recent literature in the field of gastronomy as well as controversies about such issues as low-carbohydrate diets and genetically modified foods are considered. The relationship between diet and health is a continuous theme. The course is designed for the general student and serves as a laboratory course in partial fulfillment of the general distribution requirement in natural science. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three and one-half hours. (Credit, full course.) Miles

CHEM 111 Advanced General Chemistry

An introduction to the fundamental chemical concepts with emphasis on problem solving, conceptual understanding and analytical reasoning. Discussion will include an array of topics from fields such as environmental and biological chemistry that illuminate the role chemistry plays in determining the world around us. The laboratory program focuses on collection and interpretation of empirical data. The course is intended as a one-semester alternative to the one-year general chemistry sequence for students with significant previous background in chemistry. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. (Credit, full course.) Shibata

CHEM 120 General Chemistry

A survey of the basic chemical principles and theories, with emphasis on applying these concepts to chemically related fields such as environmental science and biological chemistry. Topics considered include atomistic and molecular structure, kinetics, thermodynamics, and chemical equilibrium. The course’s laboratory portion emphasizes the collection and interpretation of data, as well as the formation and testing of hypotheses. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours. Prerequisite: CHEM 100 or placement. (Credit, full course.) Bachman

CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry

A study of the nomenclature and the properties of the most important classes of organic compounds with an emphasis on concepts relating molecular structure and properties. Stereochemistry, functional group transformations and reaction mechanisms are studied in depth. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three and one-half hours. Prerequisite: Chem 102, 111, or 120. (Credit, full course.) Pongdee, Byers

CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry

A continuation of Chemistry 201. A portion of the course is devoted to the study of important classes of biochemical compounds. Prerequisite: Chem 201. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three and one-half hours. (Credit, full course.) Pongdee, Byers

CHEM 211 Chemical Methods of Environmental Analysis

This course examines the interactions among chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes that define the natural world. Fundamental chemical processes occurring within natural waters, soils, and the atmosphere are emphasized with consideration of anthropogenic activities. Specific topics include the origin and evolution of Earth, atmospheric chemistry, organic and inorganic components of soil and water, chemical weathering, and chemical fate and transport. Environmental problems such as acid deposition, climate change, loss of atmospheric ozone, pollution, and water treatment are also discussed. This course, though it involves some lab and field work, does not fulfill the requirement for a laboratory science course. Prerequisite: Chem 102, 111, or 120. (Credit, full course.) White

CHEM 301 Chemistry Seminar for Juniors

A series of lectures by faculty, students, and invited speakers. Junior majors give talks on topics agreed upon with a faculty mentor. Talks describing student research are encouraged. Required for junior chemistry majors. (Credit, half course.) Staff

CHEM 306 Biochemistry

Introduction to the major areas of biochemistry. Prerequisite: Chem 201 and Biol 132, or permission of instructor. Lecture, three hours. (Credit, full course.) Staff

CHEM 307 Mechanistic Biochemistry (also Biology 307)

An examination of all aspects of protein science, including protein biosynthesis, protein structure, and the mechanisms of enzyme catalysis, with particular emphasis on the detailed chemical mechanisms of enzyme catalysis. Prerequisite: Chem 201. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three and one-half hours. (Credit, full course.) Summers, Seballos

CHEM 308 Inorganic Chemistry

A detailed examination of the chemistry of the elements, with a particular emphasis on structure and bonding, structure-property relationships, and reaction energetics. Course topics include organometallics and catalysis, aquatic chemistry of the metals, solid-state chemistry, and the role of metals in biology. Prerequisite: Chem 201. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three and one-half hours. (Credit, full course.) Bachman

CHEM 311 Instrumental Analysis

An introduction to the theory and practice of the fundamental principles of chemical analysis and the use of chemical instrumentation in research. Course topics include solution equilibria in acid-base and complex-ion systems; electrochemical fundamentals and electroanalytical techniques; spectrophotometric and spectroscopic methods; and chromatographic and separation methods. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three and one-half hours. Prerequisite: Chem 102. (Credit, full course, writing intensive.) Miles

CHEM 316 Biochemistry of Metabolism and Molecular Biology (also Biol 316)

A one-semester survey of biochemistry which addresses the topics of metabolism and cellular bioenergetics, protein structure and function, enzyme function, nucleic acid structure and function, and selected topics in molecular biology and physiological biochemistry. A student may not receive credit for this course and also for Biol/Chem 306. Prerequisites: Biol 233 and Chem 202. (Credit, full course.)

CHEM 352 Thermodynamics and Kinetics

An introduction to thermodynamics and kinetics. Prerequisite: Chem 102, 111, or 120. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three and one-half hours. (Credit, full course.) Bordley, Shibata

CHEM 401 Chemistry Seminar for Seniors

A series of lectures by faculty, students, and invited speakers. Senior majors give talks on topics agreed upon with a faculty mentor. Talks describing student research are encouraged. Required for senior chemistry majors. (Credit, half course.) Staff

CHEM 405 Organic Synthesis

A comprehensive study of modern organic reactions and their application to the synthesis of biologically-active natural products. Prerequisite: Chem 202 or consent of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Pongdee

CHEM 408 Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

Selected topics in modern inorganic chemistry, such as bioinorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, and organometallic chemistry. The course surveys relevant primary literature in one or more of the these arrays. Topics may vary from year to year, and the course may be repeated for credit, depending upon the topic. Lecture, three hours. Prerequisite: Chem 308 or permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Bachman

CHEM 411 Geochemistry of Natural Waters (also Geol 411)

A quantitative examination of the chemical processes that occur in aquatic environments, including precipitation, gas exchange, acid-base, redox, complexation, and adsorption reactions. Emphasis is on equilibrium and steady-state calculations as a tool for understanding the distribution and fate of inorganic chemical species in natural waters. Examples and case studies are used to address a variety of water types (e.g., lakes, oceans, rivers, estuaries, groundwaters, and wastewaters), pollutant fate, and geochemistry. Prerequisites: Chem 102 or Chem 111 or permission of instructor. Chem 311 and Chem 352 recommended. (Credit, full course.) White

CHEM 412 Advanced Environmental Geochemistry

An examination of the chemical principles that determine how natural systems work and how anthropogenic activities can have an impact on the function of these systems. Topics include both fundamental chemical principles and case studies of particular environmental systems. Prerequisite: Chem 102 or permission of instructor. Lecture, three hours. (Credit, full course.)

CHEM 415 Mechanistic Enzymology

An examination, from an organic mechanistic perspective, of traditional and non-traditional uses of coenzymes in enzymatic catalysis. Particular emphasis is placed on the experimental methods used to provide evidence for proposed mechanistic pathways such as the use of isotopic labels and fluorinated substrate analogues as well as assorted spectroscopic techniques. Additional topics include the biosynthesis of various classes of secondary metabolites such as polyketides, terpenes, and deoxysugars. Prerequisite: Chem 202 or consent of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Pongdee

CHEM 417 Advanced Biochemistry

An exploration of contemporary issues in biochemistry based largely on primary literature. Topics such as the biosynthesis and mode of action of antibiotics, protein engineering, signal transduction, chemical carcinogenesis, and isotope effects in enzyme kinetics are addressed in detail. Prerequisite: Biol 316, Chem 316, Biol 307, or Chem 307. Lecture, three hours. (Credit, full course.) Summers, Seballos

CHEM 418 Structural Methods

This course examines the theory and praxis of molecular and macromolecular structure determination via spectroscopic and physical methods. Lecture, three hours. Prerequisite: Chem 202 or permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Bachman

CHEM 422 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

An introduction to quantum mechanics in chemistry and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: Chem 102, Math 102, and Physics 102 or permission of the instructor. Lecture, three hours. (Credit, full course.) Shibata

CHEM 424 Topics in Physical Chemistry

Students consider selected topics in physical chemistry such as statistical thermodynamics, chemical reaction dynamics, advanced quantum chemistry, and the physical chemistry of macromolecules. Topics may vary from year to year. Prerequisites: Chem 352 and 422 or permission of instructor. Lecture, three hours. (Credit, full course.) Shibata

CHEM 428 Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry

This course covers the theory and practice of special methods and recent advances in analytical chemistry. Prerequisites: Chemistry 311 or permission of the instructor. Lecture, three hours. (Credit, full course.) Miles

CHEM 494 Mentored Research in Chemistry

Students engage in original research in chemistry under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students apply and integrate knowledge from their coursework while learning both specific laboratory techniques and practical problem-solving skills. Discussion of proper laboratory record-keeping, responsible conduct of research, presentation of research results, and laboratory safety are also emphasized. Repeatable for credit. Permission of instructor required. (Credit, half or full course.) Staff Bachman, Miles

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