Undergraduate Courses

CHEM 1300 Preparation for General Chemistry

Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: College Algebra MATH 1302

The class prepares students to enroll in CHEM 1402 who need to sharpen mathematical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills while developing chemical knowledge. There will be frequent and comprehensive assessments of learning. The class cannot be combined with CHEM 1100 to satisfy four hours of the laboratory science requirement in the core curriculum. Three hour-long lectures per week. Three semester-credits.

CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I

Prerequisite: College Algebra MATH 1302 with a grade of C or better and a passing score on the department’s placement examination

Many students complete CHEM 1300 to sharpen their skills and expand their chemical knowledge prior to enrolling in this class. Students who do not pass the placement class may enroll in CHEM 1300. Finishing CHEM 1300 does not substitute for meeting the minimum score on the placement examination.

CHEM 1402 builds upon a knowledge foundation in chemistry and offers inquiry into topics of scientific measurement, chemical nomenclature, expressing qualitative and quantitative statements about chemical reactions, qualitative atomic theory, electronic and molecular structure models, chemical periodicity, thermo-chemistry, gases, kinetic molecular theory, and nuclear chemistry. The class is designed for chemistry majors and others needing rigorous instruction. It meets ACTS criteria. Three hour-long lectures and one three-hour laboratory session per week. Four semester-credits.

CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II

Prerequisite: General Chemistry I CHEM 1402 with a grade of C or better

The class continues to build upon the knowledge foundation in chemistry and offers inquiry into topics of chemical equilibrium including acids and bases and sparingly soluble salts, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, and coordination compounds. It meets ACTS criteria. Three hour-long lectures and one three-hour laboratory session per week. Four semester-credits.

CHEM 1405 – Fundamentals of GOB Chemistry

Prerequisite: College Algebra MATH 1302 with a grade of C or better

The course will cover basic topics in General, Organic and Biological (GOB) chemistry including measurement and unit conversion, nomenclature, atomic and molecular structure of matter, periodicity, bonding, reactions, organic chemistry nomenclature, and the biochemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. This is a one-semester course designed for students in the health-related professions (nursing, dental hygiene, physical therapy, respiratory therapy … ) or as general education core course. The class consists of three hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab, and one hour of supplemental instruction per week. CHEM 1405 fulfills four hours of the general education core laboratory science course requirement.

CHEM 1409 Chemistry and Society

The class develops a base of chemical knowledge for students to consider the impact chemistry has on the world while meeting the goals of the University’s core curriculum competencies in critical thinking, ethical and moral consciousness, historical consciousness, mathematics, and philosophy and methods of science. Material will address topics starting with the atomic and molecular foundations of chemistry to applying principles of scientific modeling to topics such as the environment, medicine, and public policy. The class satisfies four hours of the University’s laboratory science core curriculum requirement and meets ACTS criteria. Three hour-long lectures and one three-hour laboratory session per week. Four semester-credits.

CHEM 2310 Analytical Chemistry I

Prerequisite: General Chemistry II CHEM 1403 with a grade of C or better

The class investigates aqueous equilibrium systems including acid/base, complex species, solubility, and oxidation/reduction, statistical analysis of chemical data, classic titrimetric and gravimetric analysis, and laboratory report writing. Two hour-long lectures and one three-hour laboratory session per week. Three semester-credits.

CHEM 2311 Analytical Chemistry II

Prerequisite: Analytical Chemistry I CHEM 2310 with a grade of C or better

The class studies modern instrumental analysis and separation of chemical systems, to include electrochemical, spectroscopic, and chromatographic methods. Two hour-long lectures and one three-hour laboratory session per week. Three semester-credits.

CHEM 2450 Organic Survey

Prerequisite: Fundamental Chemistry II CHEM 1401 or General Chemistry II CHEM 1403 with a grade of C or better

The class is appropriate for students needing a one-semester overview of organic chemistry. Topics include nomenclature, classification, synthetic pathways, and spectroscopy. Three hour-long lectures and one three-hour laboratory session per week. Four semester-credits.

CHEM 3350 General Organic Chemistry I

Prerequisite: General Chemistry II CHEM 1403 with a grade of C or better

The first in a two-course sequence designed to introduce science students to organic compounds. Topics include nomenclature, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, halides, alcohols, ethers, functional groups, stereochemistry, acid-base concepts, organometallics, multiple-step syntheses, and reaction mechanisms. Three hour-long lectures. Three semester-credits.

CHEM 3150 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Co-requisite: General Organic Chemistry I CHEM 3350, or prerequisite: General Organic Chemistry I CHEM 3350 with a grade of C or better

Organic compounds will be prepared and identified. Techniques include determining melting and boiling points, simple fractional and steam distillation, re-crystallization, and extraction. One three-hour-long laboratory per week. One semester-credit.

CHEM 3250 Qualitative Organic Analysis Laboratory

Prerequisite: General Organic Chemistry I CHEM 3350 and General Organic Laboratory I with a grade of C or better, and either co-requisite General Organic Chemistry II CHEM 3351 or prerequisite General Organic Chemistry II CHEM 3351 with a grade of C or better

The class continues to build the knowledge base of organic chemistry laboratory techniques by requiring complex analytical problem-solving ability along with advanced laboratory skills. Students receive unknown organic compounds and identify them by preparing and characterizing derivatives using IR, NMR, MS, and GC. BS chemistry majors take this laboratory instead of Organic Chemistry Laboratory II. Two three-hour-long laboratories per week. Two semester-credits.

CHEM 3351 General Organic Chemistry II

Prerequisite: General Organic Chemistry I CHEM 3350 with a grade of C or better

The class continues to build the knowledge base of organic chemistry by adding conjugated systems, aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and derivatives, amines, phenols, aryl halides, spectroscopy, and data interpretation. Three hour-long lectures. Three semester-credits.

CHEM 3151 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

Prerequisites: General Organic Chemistry I CHEM 3350 and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I CHEM 3150 with a grade of C or better, and either co-requisite General Organic Chemistry II CHEM 3351 or prerequisite General Organic Chemistry II CHEM 3351 with a grade of C or better

The class continues to build the knowledge base of organic chemistry laboratory skills by introducing more advanced synthetic methodologies and characterization techniques including IR, NMR, MS, and GC. BS chemistry majors should not enroll in this laboratory but in Qualitative Organic Analysis Laboratory CHEM 3250. One three-hour-long laboratory per week. One semester-credit.

CHEM 4360/5360 Medicinal Chemistry

Prerequisites: General Organic Chemistry I and II, CHEM 3350 and 3351, General Organic Laboratory I CHEM 3151, and General Organic Laboratory II CHEM 3151 or Qualitative Organic Analysis Laboratory CHEM 3250, all with grades of C or better

This course will serve as an introduction to the chemistry and theory of drug action that includes general drug design, drug-receptor interactions, drug design through enzyme inhibition, pharmacokinetics, and drug metabolism. Additionally, the mechanism of specific drug classes will be examined. Lecture three hours per week. Three credit hours. This course cannot be used as a substitute for the Biochemistry requirement of the ACS.