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CHM 1000: Introduction to Chemistry (3 cr.)
This course is an introductory study of the fundamental laws and concepts of classical and modern chemistry, including dimensional analysis, nomenclature, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, and atomic and molecular structures.  It is designed to prepare students for further study in chemistry.  Please note: This course does not count toward the Chemistry major or minor, but earning a minimum grade of C- in it will fulfill the pre-requisite for CHM 1001.  This course counts as a Scientific Reasoning Competency course and a Scientific Distribution course.

CHM 1001: Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr.)
Topics include Matter and Measurements; Atoms, Molecules, and Ions; Mass Relations in Chemistry; Stoichiometry; Reactions in Aqueous Solution; Gases; Electronic Structure and the Periodic Table; Covalent Bonding; Thermochemistry; Liquids and Solids; and Solutions.  Prerequisite: Score of 13 or higher on the Chemistry Placement Exam or minimum grade of C- in CHM 1000.  Corequisite: CHM 1003, unless a grade of C- or better was previously earned.   Note: This course is intended for Science majors and pre-health students.  It must be taken with CHM 1003 in order to fulfill a Scientific Reasoning competency and Science Distribution requirement.  (Fall & Summer Session I)

CHM 1002: Principles of Chemistry II (3 cr.)
Topics include Rate of Reaction; Gaseous Chemical Equilibrium; Acids and Bases; Equilibria in Acid-Base Solutions; Complex ion and Precipitation Equilibria; Spontaneity of Reaction; Electrochemistry; Nuclear Reactions; Complex Ions and Coordination compounds; Chemistry of the Metals and Nonmetals; and Intro to Organic Chemistry.  Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHM 1001 and in CHM 1003.  Corequisite: CHM 1004, unless a grade of C- or better was previously earned.   Note: This course is intended for Science majors and pre-health students.  It must be taken with CHM 1004 in order to fulfill a Scientific Reasoning competency and Science Distribution requirement.  (Spring & Summer Session II)

CHM 1003: Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I (1 cr.)
This course presents laboratory techniques and experimental methods that demonstrate the principles studied in CHM 1001.  Corequisite: CHM 1001, unless a grade of C- or better was previously earned.  Note: This course must be taken with CHM 1001 in order to fulfill a Scientific Reasoning competency and Science Distribution requirement.  (Fall & Summer Session I)

CHM 1004: Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II (1 cr.)
This course presents laboratory techniques and experimental methods that demonstrate the principles studied in CHM 1002.  Prerequisites:  Minimum grade of C- in CHM 1001 and in CHM 1003.  Corequisite: CHM 1002, unless a grade of C- or better was previously earned.  Note: This course must be taken with CHM 1002 in order to fulfill a Scientific Reasoning competency and Science Distribution requirement.  (Spring & Summer Session II)

CHM 1018: Chemistry in Everyday Life (3 cr.)
This course assumes no prior knowledge of chemistry and is designed primarily for liberal arts students who are interested in obtaining a deeper understanding of the science of everyday life.   Foundational concepts of general chemistry, organic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and biochemistry will be covered.  Students will be expected to perform basic mathematical calculations.  Note: This course does not fulfill Chemistry major or minor requirements.  However, earning a C- or better in this course fulfills both a Scientific Reasoning competency and Science Distribution requirement. (Fall 2013)

CHM 1019: Forensic Chemistry (3 cr.)
This course, suitable for students with no Chemistry background, surveys chemical applications in criminal investigation.  Topics include analysis of drugs, fingerprints, blood, DNA, fibers, and documents.  Case studies are used to explore the scientific examination of evidence.  Students will be expected to perform basic mathematical calculations.  Note: This course does not fulfill Chemistry major or minor requirements.  However, earning a C- or better in this course fulfills both a Scientific Reasoning competency and Science Distribution requirement.  (Fall 2014)

CHM 2001: Organic Chemistry I (3 cr.)
This course is a study of the major classes of organic compounds, designed to provide students with the background in organic chemistry needed for advanced study in chemistry and the life sciences.  Topics include structure and bonding; polar covalent bonds; acid and base reactions; alkanes and their stereochemistry; cycloalkanes and their stereochemistry; stereochemistry; overview of chemical reactions; alkenes: structure and reactivity; alkenes: reactions and synthesis; alkynes: introduction to organic synthesis; organohalides; and nucleophilic substation and elimination reactions.   Prerequisite:  Minimum grade of C- in CHM 1002 and in CHM 1004.  Corequisite: CHM 2005, unless a grade of C- or better was previously earned.  (Fall & Summer Session I)

CHM 2002: Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.)
This course is a study of the major classes of organic compounds, designed to provide students with the background in organic chemistry needed for advanced study in chemistry and the life sciences.  Topics include structure determination: mass spectrometry, IR spectroscopy, 13C NMR and 1H NMR spectroscopy, and UV-VIS spectroscopy; conjugated compounds; benzene and aromaticity; electophilic aromatic substitution; alcohols and phenol; ethers, epoxides, thiols and sulfides; carbonyl chemistry; chemistry of aldehydes and ketones; and chemistry of carboxylic acids and nitriles.   Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2001 and in CHM 2005.  Corequisite: CHM 2006, unless a grade of C- or better was previously earned.  (Spring & Summer Session II)

CHM 2005: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr.)
This course applies laboratory techniques and experimental methods to the topics and reactions studied in CHM 2001.  Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHM 1002 and in CHM 1004.  Corequisite: CHM 2001, unless a grade of C- or better was previously earned.  (Fall & Summer Session I)

CHM 2006: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2 cr.)
This course applies laboratory techniques and experimental methods to the topics and reactions studied in CHM 2002.    Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2001 and in CHM 2005.  Corequisite: CHM 2002, unless a grade of C- or better was previously earned.  (Spring & Summer Session II)

CHM 2009: Physical Chemistry I (3 cr.)
In this course the principles of chemical thermodynamics with applications to phase and solution equilibria; electrochemistry; and reaction kinetics is taught.   Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2002, PHY 1002 or PHY 1004, and MATH 1032.  (Spring 2014)

CHM 2010: Physical Chemistry II (3 cr.)
In this course an introduction to quantum mechanics; spectroscopy; and statistical thermodynamics is taught.  Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2009.  (Fall 2014)

CHM 2011: Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2 cr.)
This course provides laboratory experience in chemical thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, spectroscopy, and other physical methods.   Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2002, CHM 2006, PHY 1002 or PHY 1004, and MATH 1032.   Note: Only one semester of Physical Chemistry Lab is required for the major.  CHM 2009 is typically taken as a prerequisite for CHM 2011.   (Fall 2014)

CHM 2015: Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr.)
Topics include atomic structure, ionic and covalent bonding, coordination chemistry, crystal field and molecular orbital theories, acid-base theory, and representative reactions, kinetics, and mechanisms of inorganic compounds.  Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2002.   Majors are expected to take CHM 2016 as a corequisite.  (Fall 2013)

CHM 2016: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (2 cr.)
This course involves a series of experiments involving the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds.  The relationship between structure and spectra is demonstrated using IR, UV-Vis, GC, and NMR techniques.  Prerequisites:  Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2002 and CHM 2006.   Majors are expected to take CHM 2015 as a corequisite.  (Fall 2013)

CHM 2018: Environmental Chemistry (3 cr.)
This course examines the fundamental aspects of chemistry in environmentally relevant problems.  Natural and polluted atmospheric, continental, and marine environments are considered.  Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHM 1002.  

CHM 3003: Chemical and Instrumental Analysis (3 cr.)
This course includes the statistical treatment of data, gravimetric and volumetric analysis, and solution chemistry.  It provides an introduction to the theory and use of modern instrumental methods of analysis including spectroscopy and chromatography.   Prerequisite:  Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2002.  Majors are expected to take CHM 3004 as a co-requisite.  (Fall 2013)

CHM 3004: Chemical and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (2 cr.)
This course consists of a series of laboratory experiments that illustrate the instrumental analytical techniques presented in CHM 3003.   Prerequisites:  Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2002 and CHM 2006.  Majors are expected to take CHM 3003 as a co-requisite.  (Fall 2013)

CHM 3020: Medicinal Chemistry (3 cr.)
This course examines drug distribution and metabolism and drug-target interactions.  Several classes of drugs are considered.  Characteristics of a ‘good drug’ are also discussed.  Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2002 and CHM 2006. 

CHM 3998: Senior Evaluation (1 cr.)

All majors must register for the Senior Evaluation in the Spring of their Senior year.  For students in the Honors Program, the grade for the Senior Evaluation is based on the presentation/defense of the Honors thesis produced in connection with four semesters of the Research course (CHM 4450).  For students not in the Honors Program, the grade for Senior Evaluation is based on the Graduate Record Exam in Chemistry taken in the Fall of the Senior year or another comprehensive exam approved by the Department.

CHM 4450: Research (3 cr.)
In the Research course, students work with a Chemistry Faculty member on a topic of interest.  The topic is explored in detail as students learn about advanced techniques and instrumentation that are not encountered in earlier laboratory courses.  At the end of the semester, students are expected to prepare a Research Report.  Note: At least one semester of Research or its equivalent is required of all Chemistry majors.  Biochemistry majors may register for this course with special permission from the Chemistry Chairperson.  Prerequisite:  Minimum grade of C- in CHM 2002 and CHM 2006.