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Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Chemistry has a significant number of courses that serve as pre-requisites, particularly for the upper-division coursework. Because of the interrelated nature of the major, completion in four years involves less flexiblity in scheduling of classes. To assist students in meeting all requirements in a timely manner, the Department of Chemistry has developed course sequences tied to the results of math placement exams.

Calculus Sequence

This sequence is for students who successfully place out of Math 007. This sequence has the greatest flexibility in the number of electives a student may take to complete the required number of hours for graduation.

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Pre-Calculus Sequence

This sequence is for students who successfully place into Math 007.

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General Education Requirements

The College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements include Philosophy, Divisional courses, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), and the African-American Cluster.

Philosophy:

PHIL 051, PHIL 053, PHIL 055, PHIL 057, OR PHIL 159

Divisional Requirements:

Four (4) Division A, two (2) Division B, and two (2) Division C

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC):

Students should satisfy the 3rd writing requirement with a WAC divisional course.

Divisional / African American Cluster Courses:

Divisional A: ENGL 054/055 African-American Literature

Divisional B: AFRO 005/006 Afro-American Studies

Divisional C: AFST 101 African World: Intro. To Contemporary Africa

Courses

CHEM 001. General and Applied Chemistry. 3 crs. Specially oriented toward students needing one semester of chemistry. Covers topics in elementary inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry.

CHEM 002. General and Applied Chemistry Laboratory. 1 cr. Designed to teach some of the elementary techniques of experimentation and observation as carried out in a chemical laboratory.

CHEM 003. General Chemistry and Recitation . 4 crs. Deals with the fundamental principles of chemistry, the chemical and physical properties of the elements and their most common compounds, and methods of qualitative inorganic analysis. Prerequisite: Students required to take CAR math have to satisfy that requirement before they will be able to enroll in this course.

CHEM 004. General Chemistry and Recitation. 4 crs. Lecture course that is a continuation of CHEM 003. Prerequisite: CHEM 003 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 005. General Chemistry Laboratory. 1 cr. Designed to teach some of the techniques of chemical experimentation, illustrate some of the principles of chemical theory, and develop some skill in the preparation and analysis of chemical substances.

CHEM 006. General Chemistry Laboratory. 1 cr. Continuation of CHEM 005.

CHEM 084, 085. Directed Readings for Sophomores. 1 cr. Honors course.

CHEM 088, 089. Directed Readings for Juniors. 1 cr. Honors course.

CHEM 092, 093. Special Laboratory Projects. 1-6 crs. Introduction to the use of chemical literature and research methods through experimental work on a research problem. Honors course. Prerequisites: CHEM 122 and CHEM 142.

CHEM 101. Inorganic Chemistry. 3 crs. Examination of molecular structure and the application of valence and other theories in the interpretation of inorganic chemical reactions. Prerequisite: CHEM 172 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 102. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. 3 crs. Systematic treatment of inorganic chemistry in terms of molecular structure, periodic properties, and current theories of bonding. Prerequisite: CHEM 172 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 105. Techniques of Inorganic Chemistry. 2 crs. Preparation, purification, and structural analysis of inorganic substances. Prerequisites: CHEM 122, CHEM 142, and CHEM 172 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 122. Analytical Chemistry Lectures. 3 crs. Treats the principles and techniques of quantitative analysis, with emphasis on both wet and instrumental techniques, statistical analysis of data, homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria, criteria for a reliable analysis, and capability and limitation of instruments for analytical application. Prerequisite: CHEM 004.

CHEM 123. Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. 2 crs. Presents experiments covering gravimetric, potentiometric, spectrophotometric, and chromatographic techniques.

CHEM 126. Instrumental Methods of Analysis-Lecture. 3 crs. Basic theory and applications of instrumental methods of analysis, including spectroscopy, electroanalytical methods, and chromatography. Prerequisite: CHEM 122.

CHEM 127. Instrumental Methods of Analysis-Laboratory. 2 crs. Experimental applications of spectroscopy, electroanalytical methods, and chromatography. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 and CHEM 123.  

CHEM 131. Advanced Analytical Chemistry. 3 crs. Examination of the principles and experimental aspects of analytical chemistry on an advanced level. Prerequisite: CHEM 122.

CHEM 132. Introduction to Environmental Chemistry. 3 crs. Focuses on certain key principles of chemistry that are fundamental for understanding environmental waste problems. Prerequisite: CHEM 006.

CHEM 135. Techniques of Analytical Chemistry. 2 crs. Treatment of basic techniques of analytical chemistry, with emphasis on the underlying theory and methods of its application to the solution of analytical problems; obtaining accurate and reliable data; evaluating sources of error; and interpreting the significance of the results and reporting them in a clear and concise manner.

CHEM 140. Techniques of Organic Chemistry. 3 crs. Experimental studies in the isolation, purification, and structure determination of organic compounds, utilizing primarily spectroscopic methods. Six hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 142 and consent of instructor.

CHEM 141. Organic Chemistry. 3 crs. Lecture course analyzing the chemistry of the compounds of carbon. Prerequisite: CHEM 004.

CHEM 142. Organic Chemistry. 3 crs. Continuation of CHEM 141. Prerequisite: CHEM 141.

CHEM 143. Advanced Organic Chemistry. 3 crs. Lecture course examining, or an advanced level, the chemistry of certain classes of compounds of carbon. Prerequisite: CHEM 142.

CHEM 144. Physical Organic Chemistry. 3 crs. Lecture course that correlates the properties of organic molecules with their structure. Prerequisites: CHEM 142, CHEM 143, and CHEM 172.

CHEM 145. Organic Chemistry Laboratory and Laboratory Lecture. 3 crs. Experimental studies in the isolation, purification, and synthesis of organic compounds. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 141 or CHEM 142.

CHEM 148. Polymer Synthesis Lecture. 3 crs. Designed to introduce the principles of polymer chemistry and methods of polymer synthesis.

CHEM 149. Polymer Synthesis Laboratory. 1 cr. Designed to introduce the techniques of polymer synthesis.

CHEM 151. Biochemistry Lecture. 3 crs. Analysis of the chemistry, metabolism, and enzymology of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and other cellular constituents. May be taken jointly with CHEM 171. Prerequisite: CHEM 142.

CHEM 152. Biochemistry. 3 crs. Continuation of CHEM 151. Prerequisite: CHEM 151.

CHEM 156. Biochemistry Survey. 3 crs. One-semester biochemistry course covering the chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins. Prerequisite: CHEM 142.

CHEM 157. Biochemistry Survey Laboratory. 1 cr. Experimental studies in the isolation and chemical reactivity of substances of biological interest.

CHEM 167. Physical Properties of Polymers. 3 crs. Course provides an understanding of the physical chemical issues involved in the processing and applications of polymers. Emphasis will be on the structural, thermal, mechanical and electro-optical properties of chain molecules. Prerequisites: CHEM 171 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

CHEM 168. Polymer Characterization. 3 crs. Deals with the basic concepts and techniques used in the characterization of various types of polymers. Prerequisite: CHEM 148.

CHEM 169. Polymer Characterization Laboratory 1 cr. Experimental applications involved in the characterization of polymers. Prerequisite: CHEM 149.

CHEM 171. Physical Chemistry Lecture. 3 crs. An introduction to thermodynamics and its applications; quantum chemistry including atomic and molecular structure; atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Prerequisites: CHEM 004; Physics PHYS 002; and differential and integral calculus.

CHEM 172. Physical Chemistry Lecture. 3 crs. Continuation of CHEM 171, including chemical kinetics, catalysis, and photochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 171.

CHEM 173. Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 2 crs. Lecture-laboratory course that includes experimental studies in spectroscopy and molecular structure, properties of gases, and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: CHEM 171.

CHEM 174. Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 2 crs. Continuation of CHEM 173.

CHEM 178. Advanced Physical Chemistry. 3 crs. Comprehensive treatment of some classical and modern physical chemistry topics. Prerequisite: CHEM 172.

CHEM 179. Advanced Physical Chemistry. 3 crs. Continuation of CHEM 178.

CHEM 180. Chemistry for the Health Sciences I and Recitation. 4 crs. Designed for non-chemistry majors in the health sciences and related fields (nutrition, nursing, medical technology, etc.) Deals with basic concepts of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.

CHEM 181. Chemistry for the Health Sciences Laboratory. 1 cr. Designed to teach some of the techniques of chemical experimentation, illustrate some of the principles of chemical theory and develop skill in the preparation and analysis of organic and biochemical substances.

CHEM 182. Chemistry for the Health Sciences II and Recitation. 4 crs. Lecture course that is a continuation of CHEM 181. Deals with basic concepts of organic chemistry and Biochemistry. Prerequisite CHEM 181.

CHEM 183. Chemistry for the Health Sciences Laboratory. 1 cr. Continuation of CHEM 181.

CHEM 184. Computer Programming for Chemists. 3 crs. Fortran programming, principles of numerical analysis, numerical solution of differential equations and problems in linear algebra, statistics, and probability. Prerequisite: CHEM 183 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 195. Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry. 3 crs. General introduction to atmospheric sciences with an emphasis on the chemistry of the earth's atmosphere. General examination of the current state of knowledge regarding the photochemistry, kinetics, chemical cycling, and evolution of the earth's atmosphere. Prerequisites: CHEM 172 or consent of the instructor.  

CHEM 196. Atmospheric Chemistry. 3 crs. Advanced treatment of the current theories of chemical evolution and stability of planetary atmospheres with an emphasis on the earth's atmosphere. Prerequisites: CHEM 172, CHEM 195, or consent of the instructor.

CHEM 197. Planetary Atmospheres. 3 crs. Continuation of CHEM 296. Treatment of the evolution chemistry, and physics of extraterrestrial and interstellar atmospheres. Prerequisites: CHEM 297 or consent of the instructor.

CHEM 198. Current Topics in Atmospheric Sciences. 2 crs. Seminar course featuring area scientists whose field of specialty is in atmospheric or space sciences. Representative topics will be acid rain, global warming/cooling, ozone depletion, and air pollution.

CHEM 199. Atmospheric Radiation I. 3 crs. Application of radiative transfer theory to problems in planetary atmospheres with emphasis on the earth's atmosphere. Principles of atomic and molecular spectroscopy, absorption and emission by atmospheric gases, radiation flux and flux divergence computations will be covered. Prerequisites: Physics PHYS 178, Physics PHYS 182, differential and integral calculus.

CHEM 990. Co-op Chemistry (01-12) crs.

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