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Course Category: Chemistry

This course introduces students to the dynamic field of forensic science. Basic procedures for processing crime scenes are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the science behind collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence. Topics include: physical properties of glass and soil; organic and inorganic analysis; microscopy; hairs, fibers and paint; drugs; arson and explosion investigations; firearms, tool marks and other impressions; serology; fingerprints; and DNA.
This course will expose students to laboratory exercises that will enhance their understanding of the fundamental principles learned in CHEM 102. Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 102.
This course offers an introduction to chemical concepts through the examination of environmental issues. Students will gain an understanding of chemistry as it pertains to environmental topics and will be better equipped as citizens to make decisions using evidence-based reasoning.
This course offers an introduction to chemical concepts through the examination of real life processes. Everyday items of interest are explored to determine their underlying chemical principles. Students will gain an appreciation for chemistry in their daily lives and will be better equipped as citizens to formulate opinions and make decisions about items of scientific interest. Non-laboratory.
This course correlates with CHEM 140 by giving students hands-on experience with many of the laboratory techniques used to analyze the compounds discussed in CHEM 140. Corequisite: CHEM 140
This course introduces students to fundamental concepts in chemistry by taking an atoms first approach. Atomic structure is introduced early and is used as the basis for discussion of periodic trends of the elements, compounds and bonding, and chemical reactions. Laboratory experiments correlate with lecture material.
Prerequisites
MATH 105 or a strong high school math background
This course is a continuation of the atoms first approach begun in CHEM 151. Emphasis is placed on thermochemistry, gases, solutions, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and kinetics
Prerequisites
CHEM 151
This course introduces students to critical analysis of biological literature. Students will learn methods for carrying out scientific literature searches, reading biological literature and preparation of scientific writing. Additionally, the course will provide guidance for career preparation in the biological sciences. Same as BIO 201.
Prerequisites
ENG 101, And Sophomore status
This course teaches the application of equilibrium, solubility, neutralization, oxidation-reduction, complexation, and acid-bas theories to quantitative chemical analysis. The application of chromatography and spectrophotometry to quantitative determinations is also investigated. The laboratory emphasizes gravimetric, volumetric, chromatographic, and spectrophotometric methods of analysis.
Prerequisites
CHEM 152
The content of special topics courses will vary each time a special topic is offered.
A course covering structure and reactivity of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and alkyl halides with an emphasis on mechanisms and stereochemistry. Laboratory emphasizes basic procedures and techniques.
Prerequisites
CHEM 152, or consent of the instructor.
A continuation of CHEM 251, with emphasis on the chemistry of various functional groups; also provides an introduction to aromaticity and organic spectroscopic techniques. Laboratory correlates with lecture material and emphasizes methods of qualitative organic analysis.
Prerequisites
CHEM 251
A study of basic chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and equilibrium. Lecture concepts will be applied to solids, liquids, and gases and to chemical reactions occurring in the gas phase and in solutions.
Prerequisites
CHEM 252, PHY 113, MATH 215
A study of basic concepts of quantum chemistry and statistical mechanics/statistical thermodynamics and their application to molecular structure, chemical change, and some fundamental chemical spectroscopies.
Prerequisites
CHEM 252, PHY 113, MATH 215
Field and/or laboratory research in an area of chemical sciences involving participation in the scientific process with a faculty member from the Department of Biology and Chemistry. Each participant will write a progress report at the end of each semester and be expected to maintain a detailed laboratory/field notebook. Students are expected to work on their research (on average) a minimum of 3 hours per week over two sessions (one semester) for one hour of credit. The course may be repeated for a maximum of three credit hours if both student and faculty member agree.
Prerequisites
CHEM 152, and sophomore status and approval of the supervising faculty member along with project acceptance.
This course covers an overview of chemical instrumentation and its applications in the forensic lab. This course includes a review of the chemical tests for fingerprints, gunshot residue and trace evidence, as well as the chemistry of drugs, arson and explosives, and chemical instrumental analysis of drugs, toxicological specimens, arson, explosives and questioned documents.
Prerequisites
CHEM 252
This course is an introduction to major biomolecules. Topics include basic thermodynamics, aqueous solutions, structure and properties of amino acids, proteins and protein structure, enzymes and enzyme kinetics, structure and function of carbohydrates, nucleotides and nucleic acids, lipids and membranes. Recommended: BIO 135
Prerequisites
CHEM 251
This course is an introduction to bioenergetics and metabolism. Discussion will focus on the degradation and biosynthesis of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and nucleotides.
Prerequisites
CHEM 330
This course provides a hands-on laboratory experience using basic biochemical techniques, such as spectrophotometry, chromatography and electrophoresis. These techniques will be used to study major types of biomolecules, such as amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and RNA. Corequisite: CHEM 330
This course targets several instruments common to modern chemistry laboratories with study of the theory underlying each instrumental technique. Covered are atomic absorption spectrophotometry, ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared and Raman spectroscopies, gas and liquid chromatographies, and mass spectrometry. Attention will be given to spectral interpretation.
Prerequisites
CHEM 252
A consideration of periodicity, atomic structure, and chemical bonding of main group elements and transition metals. Topics may include molecular symmetry, structures of solids, acid-base definitions and applications, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and bioinorganic chemistry.
Prerequisites
CHEM 252
A course emphasizing the development of a written proposal for research on a selected project in chemistry. Literature search techniques and the proposal format are covered with the aim of undertaking a thorough review of the chemical literature in the preparation of the research proposal.
Prerequisites
Junior standing and consent of the instructor
This course is a survey of the fundamental aspects of organometallic chemistry. Topics include structure and bonding, synthesis and reactions of main group and transition metal organometallics. Applications of organometallics to organic synthesis and homogeneous catalysis will also be discussed. Whenever possible, reactivity patterns will be organized according to general periodic trends.
Prerequisites
CHEM 361
This course covers, at an advanced level, topics not considered in either CHEM 251 or CHEM 252. It also expands upon some topics covered in both CHEM 251 and CHEM 252. The emphasis is on modern synthetic chemistry and applications to chemical systems of interest.
Prerequisites
CHEM 252
This course covers the chemistry of both aromatic and non-aromatic heterocyclic compounds. Topics include the synthesis, reactions, and properties of three- to seven-membered cyclic compounds containing one or more heteroatoms. The nomenclature of heteroatomic ring systems will also be introduced.
Prerequisites
CHEM 252
The content of special topics courses will vary each time a special topic is offered.
An in-depth study of modern techniques in molecular spectroscopy. Topics will include mass spectrometry, raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and several methods in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, including multinuclear and multidimensional techniques.
Prerequisites
CHEM 252
A continuation of CHEM 391 in which the proposed chemical research is carried out in the laboratory. A written report will be prepared and an oral presentation will be given at the conclusion of the project.
Prerequisites
CHEM 391