Chemistry (CHEM)

Courses

CHEM 100   EVERYDAY CHEMISTRY (GL)   4 Units

A terminal course covering the basic concepts of chemistry and how they relate to our everyday lives. Chemistry concepts are covered at the particulate level and then connected to our macroscopic world. The lab provides deeper exploration and hands-on experiments. This course meets the General Education GL requirement and is designed primarily for non-natural science majors.
COREQ: MATH 141 OR MATH 140 OR MATH 139 OR WAIVER

CHEM 102   GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (GL)   5 Units

An introduction to chemistry including matter and energy, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, reactions and stoichiometry, gas laws, and changes of state. This course is primarily designed for natural science, pre-health, and occupational and environmental safety majors needing two or more semesters of chemistry.
PREREQ: MATH 141 WITH A GRADE OF C OR BETTER OR WAIVER.

CHEM 104   GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (GL)   5 Units

This course, along with CHEM 102, forms the foundation of further chemistry studies. The topics covered include intermolecular forces, solutions, colligative properties, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base theory and equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.
PREREQ: CHEM 102

CHEM 112   CHEMISTRY FOR OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS   3 Units

This course will explore the bonding, structure, properties and reactivity of the main classes of organic compounds focusing on acid/base, redox, and radical reactions. The safety concerns of these reactions will be discussed and predicted by using chemical information found in online and text sources.
PREREQ: CHEM 102

CHEM 150   SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY (GM)   3 Units

This course examines basic scientific concepts, technological advances, and their impact upon society. Science processes will be examined to illustrate how knowledge is acquired. Advantages and limitations of the scientific method will be considered. The effect of science and technology on society will be a continuing theme.
COREQ: MATH 141 OR MATH 140 OR WAIVER

CHEM 184   INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY   1 Units

An introduction to career tracks and career opportunities in chemistry. This course will feature readings on different career possibilities in chemistry and visiting lectures by practicing chemists. Professional skills, identification of career tracks, and scientific and technical communication will be emphasized. One hour lecture per week.
PREREQ: DECLARED CHEMISTRY MAJOR OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR

CHEM 251   ORGANIC CHEMISTRY   3 Units

Introductory chemistry of the compounds of carbon, their structures and reactions. Taken primarily by chemistry majors and pre-professional students. The foundation for understanding organic reactions is established with an emphasis on bonding, functional groups, three dimensional structure of organic molecules, relationship between structure and reactivity, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. Three hours of lecture per week.
PREREQ: CHEM 104

CHEM 252   ORGANIC CHEMISTRY   3 Units

A continuation of CHEM 251. The goal is to further examine the structure & reactivity relationship with emphasis on reactions and synthesis. It also illustrates how structural features considered in 251, combined with organic reactions learned in 252, can be sources of insight in the overall design of natural products and synthesized materials. Three hours of lecture per week.
PREREQ: CHEM 251

CHEM 260   INTRODUCTION TO INORGANIC CHEMISTRY   4 Units

CHEM 260 is an introduction to inorganic chemistry with emphasis on descriptive chemistry, bonding theories, acid-based theories, coordination chemistry and solid state chemistry.
PREREQ: CHEM 104

CHEM 261   ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY   2 Units

Basic organic manipulative techniques and simpler syntheses are considered. Spectroscopic topics are introduced. Generally taken concurrently with CHEM 251. Two three-hour laboratories per week.
COREQ: CHEM 251

CHEM 262   ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY   2 Units

A continuation of CHEM 261. Includes more advanced synthetic work and kinetic and mechanistic investigations, and spectroscopic techniques. Generally taken concurrently with CHEM 252. Two three-hour laboratories per week. (Spring only)
PREREQ: CHEM 261 AND CHEM 252 OR COREQ: CHEM 252

CHEM 270   INTRODUCTION TO GREEN CHEMISTRY   3 Units

A lecture course covering the principles and common methods of green chemistry. Topics will include: atom economy, reduction of amount and toxicity of waste from chemical processes, reduction of energy use in chemical processes, assuring safety in chemical processes.
PREREQ: CHEM 251 OR CHEM 112

CHEM 271   GREEN CHEMISTRY LABORATORY   1 Units

The principles of green chemistry will be illustrated in this lab course. Topics will include atom economy, reduction of quantity and toxicity of waste, alternative solvents, renewable feedstocks, catalysts, and reaction monitoring.
COREQ: CHEM 270

CHEM 352   QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS   5 Units

An introduction to volumetric, gravimetric and photometric techniques and fundamental methods of instrumental analysis. Three one-hour lectures and two three-hour laboratory periods per week. (Fall only)
PREREQ: CHEM 104

CHEM 370   PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY   3 Units

The general principles governing the behavior of matter are investigated. Topics include atomic structure and quantum machanics, spectroscopy and topics in solid state chemistry. Three hours of lecture weekly. (Fall only)
PREREQ: CHEM 352, COREQ MATH 254 AND PHYSCS 181 OR PHYSCS 141

CHEM 371   PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY   3 Units

The general principles governing the behavior of matter are investigated. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, gases, phase diagrams, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, and kinetics. Three house of lecture weekly. (Spring only)
PREREQ: CHEM 352, COREQ MATH 254 AND PHYSCS 181 OR PHYSCS 141

CHEM 454   BIOCHEMISTRY OF MACROMOLECULES   3 Units

The chemistry of the major compounds of living organisms, e.g., proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids, are studied. Meets for 3 lectures/week, and is required for all Chemistry majors.
PREREQ: BIOLOGY 120 OR BIOLOGY 141(OR EQUIVALENT) WITH A C OR BETTER AND CHEM 251 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

CHEM 455   ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY   3 Units

Lectures on advanced topics in organic chemistry. (Fall only)
PREREQ: CHEM 252

CHEM 456   BIOCHEMISTRY OF METABOLISM AND SIGNALING   3 Units

The chemistry of biological systems, focusing on metabolism and biochemical signaling. Three lectures/week. For Chemistry majors (Biochemistry emphasis), Biology majors (allied health focus) and students interested in Biochemistry postgraduate education.
PREREQ: C OR BETTER IN BIOLOGY 120 OR BIOLOGY 141 (OR EQUIVALENT) OR INSTRUCTOR CONSENT AND BIOLOGY 251 AND BIOLOGY 253 AND CHEM 251 OR CHEM 454 AND CHEM 251
CROSS-LISTED: CHEM 456 AND BIOLOGY 456

CHEM 458   RESEARCH IN BIOCHEMISTRY   2 Units

A laboratory course that teaches biochemical research techniques through guided original research projects.
PREREQ: BIOLOGY 120 OR BIOLOGY 141 (OR EQUIVALENT) WITH A C OR BETTER AND CHEM 251 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR. COREQ: CHEM 454 OR BIOLOGY 456/CHEM 456
CROSS-LISTED: CHEM 458 AND BIOLOGY 458

CHEM 460   ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY   4 Units

A lecture course that continues CHEM 260: Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry. More detailed study of group theory, molecular orbital theory, and coordination chemistry. Advanced topics may include organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and the application of inorganic chemistry to the environment.
PREREQ: CHEM 252, CHEM 260, CHEM 261 AND CHEM 352 AND COREQ: CHEM 370 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

CHEM 470   EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY   1 Units

A laboratory course in experimental physical chemistry. Experiments from various areas of physical chemistry will be performed. Three hours of laboratory per week. (Fall only)
COREQ: CHEM 370

CHEM 471   EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY   1 Units

Hands on experience with some experimental techniques of physical chemistry. Three hours of laboratory per week. (Spring only)
COREQ: CHEM 371

CHEM 480   INSTRUMENTAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS   4 Units

A survey of optical and electrometic determinations, separation methods and basic instrumentation as applied to chemical analysis. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
PREREQ: CHEM 252 AND CHEM 352

CHEM 481   INSTRUMENTAL DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE   1 Units

A laboratory course that provides hands-on experince in performing preventative maintenance on instrumentation. Students will study instrumental designs and gain troubleshooting skills. Laboratory instruments covered in this course include balances, IR, GC, GCMS, HPLC, AA, ICP, CVAFS, FS, NMR and UV-VIS.
PREREQ: CHEM 480

CHEM 484   TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY   Repeatable   0.5-1 Units

A course where students will use chemical and scientic literature, introduction to the seminar concept, participation in studies and discussion of current developments in chemistry. The student will review a topic and present that topic orally and in writing. This course may not be used as part of the Chemistry minor.
PREREQ: JUNIOR/SENIOR STATUS OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

CHEM 488   SENIOR HONORS THESIS   Repeatable   1 Units

The senior honors thesis is a requirement of the honors program which is designed to recognize a student's exceptional dedication and ability. Students will complete a substantial research project in their senior year. Results must be written up as a thesis, presented in a seminar, and defended orally.
PREREQ: SENIOR STANDING AND CHEM 498

CHEM 490   WORKSHOP   Repeatable   1-4 Units

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing "hands on" and participatory instructional techniques.

CHEM 492   SUPERVISED TEACHING AIDE   Repeatable   1-2 Units

This course provides students with teaching experience in a college-level chemistry laboratory course they have previously taken. It includes instruction on how to best operate as a teaching aide and in depth instruction on the experiments and instrumentation used in that chemistry course. Prereq: Instructor consent

CHEM 493   CHEMISTRY INTERNSHIP   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable Topics

CHEM 494   CHEMISTRY SEMINAR   Repeatable   1 Units

Variable topics.Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Units in this course may not be used to fulfill minor requirements in Chemistry. Prereq: Consent of Instructor.

CHEM 496   SPECIAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable two times for a maximum 6 credits in degree.
PREREQ: ENGLISH 101 OR ENGLISH 161

CHEM 497   EXCHANGE STUDY   Repeatable   1-12 Units

Variable topics.

CHEM 498   INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CHEMISTRY   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree. Credits in this course may not be used to fulfill minor requirements in Chemistry.

CHEM 498R   INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH   Repeatable   0.5-3 Units

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree. Credits in this course may not be used to fulfill minor requirements in Chemistry.