Chemistry (CHE)

CHE-101 Survey of Chemistry

A survey course designed for non-science concentrators, which considers the historical and philosophical developments in chemistry, as well as the application of chemical principles to physical phenomena and social issues. Topics include the development of the atomic theory of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, the chemistry of life (organic and biochemistry), and nuclear energy. Some elementary mathematics will be used. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. Partially fulfills the College laboratory science requirement, but cannot be combined with CHE 111 to complete the laboratory science requirement. This course does not satisfy requirements for the chemistry major or minor. Only CHE 101 or CHE 111, not both, may be counted toward the total number of credits required for graduation.
Prerequisites: none
Corequisites: CHE-101L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Science Lab, Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-102 Topics in Chemistry

A study of topics of current interest in chemistry. Topics and prerequisites will vary and will be announced prior to registration. Does not count towards the chemistry major or minor; however, it will count towards the 11-course maximum. Does not count towards the laboratory science distribution requirement. One-half or one course credit, either or both semesters.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-106 Survey of Biochemistry

Foods, medical treatments, and biotechnological applications are important aspects of daily life, both for the individual and society as a whole. This course will focus on the biochemistry of the fundamental building blocks of life: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. It will include a broad overview of general and organic chemistry in the context of biomolecules. Emphases will include structure-function relationships, energy, human health, and societal issues. This course fulfills the lab science requirement, but does not count towards the chemistry, biochemistry, or biology majors or minors.
Prerequisites: none
Corequisites: CHE-106L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Science Lab, Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-111 General Chemistry

This is the introductory course for science concentrators. Topics include atomic theory, stoichiometry, thermo chemistry, equilibrium, gas laws, states of matter, solutions, atomic structure, and acid/base chemistry. The laboratory, which emphasizes the basic principles discussed in lecture, includes significant synthetic and analytical work. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: Freshmen must have MAT-111 placement or higher to enroll in this course.
Corequisites: CHE-111L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Science Lab, Natural Science/Mathematics
Equated Courses: APCR

CHE-201 Survey of Chemistry II

Enrollment in this course is reserved solely for those students who took and passed CHE 101 and desire to prepare for further study in chemistry, such as organic chemistry. Topics include chemical bonding, thermodynamics and kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and electrochemistry. The laboratory will feature experiments and activities that reinforce and expand upon the fundamental principles explored in lecture. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. Partially fulfills the College laboratory science requirement. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-101 and permission of instructor
Corequisites: CHE-201L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics, Science Lab

CHE-211 Chemical Structure & Reactivity

This is the second course in chemistry for most science concentrators (chemistry majors and minors, and pre-health students). Topics include detailed considerations of chemical thermodynamics, equilibrium and electrochemistry; the molecular orbital theory of chemical bonding; and main group and transition metal chemistry. The laboratory will feature experiments in calorimetry, electrochemistry, quantitative analysis, descriptive inorganic chemistry, and a multi-week inorganic synthesis project. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-111
Corequisites: CHE-211L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Science Lab, Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-221 Organic Chemistry I

A study of the structure and reactions of simple organic compounds. Included as topics are molecular conformations, stereochemistry, and a discussion of some types of modern spectroscopic techniques. The laboratory work emphasizes techniques frequently used by the organic chemist, including distillation, crystallization, sublimation, chromatography, and spectroscopy. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-111
Corequisites: CHE-221L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Science Lab, Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-302 Electron Microscopy

Electron microscopes employ a focused beam of highly energetic electrons to examine sample morphology and topography on a very fine scale. This information is essential to the characterization of a wide range of biological and inorganic specimens including microorganisms, cells, crystals, metals, microelectronics, and nanomaterials. The initial classroom portion of this course focuses on fundamental topics in instrument design, applications, limitations, and sample preparation methods. Subsequent laboratory work involves hands-on instrument training and a substantial microscopy project.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics
Equated Courses: PHY-302

CHE-321 Organic Chemistry II

Characteristic reactions and syntheses of organic molecules will be covered in this course. Spectroscopic techniques not covered in CHE 221 will also be surveyed. Emphasis is placed on the utility of organic chemistry in today's world; class discussions and laboratory work will present many biologically interesting illustrations. Also included is an introduction to the use of the chemical literature. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-221
Corequisites: CHE-321L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics, Science Lab

CHE-331 Adv Analytical Chem

An integrated survey of the application of instrumental methods (chromatography, electrochemistry, and spectroscopy) to the analysis of chemical systems. Statistical methods of data analysis will also be covered. Extensive use is made of examples taken from the current literature. The laboratory emphasizes instrumental methods of separation and analysis. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-211
Corequisites: CHE-331L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-351 Physical Chem I

An introduction to quantum mechanics through the study of exactly soluble models of chemical significance is followed by a statistical mechanical development of chemical thermodynamics. Topics include the postulates of quantum mechanics, the Schrodinger equation, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, equations of state, partition functions, laws of thermodynamics, and the thermodynamics of ideal and non-ideal solutions. The laboratory applies concepts studied in lecture and emphasizes laboratory report writing skills. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-211, MAT-112 and PHY-112
Corequisites: CHE-351L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics, Science Lab

CHE-361 Biochemistry

Basic chemical concepts such as intermolecular forces, equilibria, energetics, and reaction mechanisms will be used to study biological systems. The class will be divided into three major foci: biomolecular structures, metabolism, and information transfer. The laboratory will familiarize students with common biochemical techniques and will integrate current areas of biochemical research. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-211 or 321 or Permission of Instructor.
Corequisites: CHE-361L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-421 Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry

Topics covered vary from year to year. Examples of recent topics include advanced synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and physical organic chemistry. This course is offered either in the fall or spring semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-321
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-431 Adv Laboratory

A laboratory-based, research-focused exploration of advanced topics in chemistry and biochemistry. Experiments dealing with basic analog and digital electronics will stress measurement techniques and the construction and testing of simple, yet useful, instruments and techniques. The use of laboratory computers and programming will be considered, with emphasis on data collection (interfacing) and manipulation. These topics will be integrated into discussion and experiments dealing with instrumental analysis. Individual research projects will involve the construction/characterization of instruments and techniques. This course is offered on an occasional basis.
Prerequisites: CHE-331
Corequisites: CHE-431L
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics, Science Lab

CHE-441 Adv Inorganic Chem

A survey of the periodic table emphasizing the applications of modern structural principles, kinetics, and thermodynamics to inorganic systems. Descriptive treatment of selected elements and families included. The laboratory experiments emphasize the synthesis and characterization of air-sensitive compounds. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-211 and 351
Corequisites: CHE-441L
Credit: 1
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics, Science Lab

CHE-451 Physical Chemistry II

An advanced study of quantum mechanics beyond 351, including molecular structure, group theory, molecular spectroscopy, and advanced concepts in chemical bonding. It is very important that students who are interested in attending graduate school in chemistry or biochemistry take this course. Laboratory experiments reflect topics discussed in lecture. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-351
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-452 Adv Physical Chem

This course offers further study of special topics in physical chemistry beyond the topics covered in CHE 351 and 451. Examples of recent topics include chemical kinetics, molecular spectroscopy, computational quantum mechanics, and lasers in spectroscopy and chemistry. Laboratory experiments reflect topics discussed in lecture. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-451
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics, Science Lab

CHE-461 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry

Topics vary from year to year. Examples of recent topics include the chemistry of cancer, determining structures of biomolecules, the RNA world, fermentation and brewing, and the mechanisms of enzyme action. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-462 Advanced Biochemistry

This capstone course for the biochemistry major will use primary literature to examine DNA replication, transcription, and translation on a molecular level, and will include a primary literature research project. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: CHE-361
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-471 Special Topics in Chem

Focused study of topics of current chemical interest for advanced students; topics vary from year to year and are announced prior to registration for each semester. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics

CHE-487 Undergrad Research Experience

Individual laboratory or library research projects under the supervision of individual faculty on selected problems for qualified students.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics, Science Lab

CHE-488 Undergrad Research Experience

Individual laboratory or library research projects under the supervision of individual faculty on selected problems for qualified students.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics, Science Lab

CHE-IND Independent Study

Students may enroll in independent study courses for 0.5 or 1 course credit(s), with the approval of a supervising faculty member, the appropriate department/program chair, and the student's advisor. Registration forms for independent study are available in the Registrar's Office. Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1