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100. The World of Chemistry (3) (Variable) A course designed to give non-science students an appreciation of our chemical world. Very basic concepts are presented which are then related to the chemistry all around us. The topics vary with instructor.

101. Introduction to General Chemistry (3) (F) An introduction to the principles of general chemistry. This optional course is designed as preparation for CHEM 105/106 for science majors with little or no chemistry background. Topics include: measurements and dimensional analysis, atomic theory, atomic structure, basics of molecular structure, stoichiometry, intermolecular forces, gas laws, and solution chemistry; these topics may vary by instructor.

105. General Chemistry I (3) (F, W) The principles of chemistry for science majors. Topics include: measurements and units, stoichiometry, aqueous chemistry, oxidation-reductions reactions, energy, atomic structure, principles of chemical bonding and molecular structure, and behavior of gases. (Prerequisite: MATH 110 with a C- or better (MATH 110 can be a corequisite if MATH 101 was completed-see Advisor), or ACT Math score 22+, or SAT Math score 520+. High school chemistry or CHEM 101 highly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM 105L)

105L. General Chemistry I Laboratory and Recitation (1) (F, W) Alternating three-hour lab and one-hour recitation throughout the semester. Experiments are designed to complement topics covered in CHEM 105. Proper scientific writing is emphasized. (Corequisite: CHEM 105)

106. General Chemistry II (3) (W, S) A continuation of the principles of chemistry for science majors. Topics include: intermolecular forces, properties of solutions, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and transition metal chemistry. (Prerequisites: CHEM 105/L with a C- or better. Corequisite: CHEM 106L)

106L. General Chemistry II Laboratory and Recitation (1) (W, S) Alternating three-hour lab and one-hour recitation throughout the semester. Experiments are designed to complement topics covered in CHEM 106. Proper scientific writing is emphasized. (Prerequisites: CHEM 105/L with a C- or better. Corequisite: CHEM 106)

201. Chemical and Laboratory Safety (1) (F, W, S) Lectures and demonstrations are designed to prepare students to work safely in the chemistry lab. Topics covered include regularity and compliance protocols, chemical hazards, protection, prevention, emergencies, and other aspects essential for laboratory safety. (Prerequisites: CHEM 105/L)

326. Analytical Biochemistry (2) (F) Principles of chemical and modern chemical analysis. This course is an involved hands-on laboratory/lecture mixture that allows the student to become familiar with multiple methods to quantitatively characterize chemical systems. In the process students are trained to use state of the art instrumentation including HPLC, LCMS, AAS, fluorometer, and more. (Prerequisites: CHEM 106/L; CHEM 201 co- or prerequisite. Corequisite: CHEM 326L)

326L. Analytical Biochemistry Lab (2) (F) Principles of chemical and modern chemical analysis. This course is an involved hands-on laboratory/lecture mixture that allows the student to become familiar with multiple methods to quantitatively characterize chemical systems. In the process students are trained to use state of the art instrumentation including HPLC, LCMS, AAS, fluorometer, and more. (Prerequisites: CHEM 106/L; CHEM 201 co- or prerequisite. Corequisite: CHEM 326)

351. Organic Chemistry I (3) (F, W) Study of the structure, stereochemistry, reactions, reaction mechanisms, preparations, and properties of the principle classes of carbon compounds. (Prerequisites: CHEM 106/L; CHEM 201 co- or prerequisite)

351L. Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1) (F) Laboratory techniques used for isolation, purification, synthesis, and identification of organic compounds including such instrumentation as IR, NMR, UV-VIS, and mass spectroscopy. Three-hour laboratory. (Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 351)

352. Organic Chemistry II (3) (F, W) A continuation of the study of the properties and reactions of the principle classes of carbon compounds. (Prerequisites: CHEM 351/L)

352L. Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1) (W) Synthesis, analysis and identification of organic compounds using the techniques from CHEM 351L. Three-hour laboratory. (Prerequisites: CHEM 351/L. Co- or prequisite: CHEM 352)

370. Inorganic Chemistry (3) (Variable) The properties and behavior of inorganic compounds. Topics include atomic structure, bonding theory, acid-base concepts, organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and coordination chemistry including the major theories of ligand bonding and electronic structure. (Prerequisites: CHEM 106/L)

390R. Special Topics in Chemistry (3-4) (Variable)

395. Organic Spectroscopy (3) (S-odd years) Structure determination of organic and bio-organic chemicals using infrared (IR), proton and carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS), and mass spectroscopies (MS). (Prerequisites: CHEM 352/L)

399R. Internship in Chemistry (1-12) (Variable) Credit for applied experience in chemistry (Prerequisite: Department consent)

450. Advanced Organic Synthesis (3) (S-even years) A concentration on advanced topics in organic chemistry including enantioselective catalysis, organometallic chemistry, name reactions and a study of more advanced, arrow-pushing, reaction mechanisms for the synthesis of complex molecules. (Prerequisites: CHEM 352/L)

468. Physical Biochemistry (3) (W) Application of physical chemistry to biological systems. Topics include: thermodynamics, kinetics, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and biophysical experimental techniques. (Prerequisites: CHEM 481 and PHYS 121. Completion of PHYS 221 is recommended)

481. Biochemistry I (3) (F, S) The structural and functional properties of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. The structural specificity and kinetics of enzymes, as well as the organization of cellular membranes, biosignaling, and networking are also major parts of this course. (Prerequisites: CHEM 351/L and BIOL 112/L (Completion of BIOL 376/L or BIOL 441/L is strongly recommended))

482. Biochemistry II (3) (W) The second half of the Biochemistry sequence, exploring the fundamentals of metabolism: the synthesis and degradation of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids, and their regulation. This course also includes the biochemistry of DNA replication, transcription and translation (Prerequisites: CHEM 481)

483L. Biochemistry Methods Lab I - Proteins (1) (F, W) Laboratory methods used in protein biochemistry - protein expression, extraction, purification, separation and analysis. The lab provides hands-on experience with bacterial transformation and culture, protein extraction and chromatography, centrifugation, spectrophotometry, SDS and Native gel electrophoresis and analysis. (Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 481)

484L. Biochemistry Methods Lab II - Nucleic Acids (1) (W) This course provides hands-on training in laboratory techniques widely used in biochemistry and molecular biology: DNA electrophoresis, restriction digestion and ligation, bacterial transformation, DNA extraction and purification, PCR, DNA recombination, expression, sequensing and others. (Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 482)

485L. Biochemistry Lab III - Mammalian Cells (1) (S) This course provides hands-on training in mammalian cell culture approaches used in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology. (Co - or prerequisite: Any of the following: CHEM 481, CHEM 482, BIOL 441 or BIOL 442)

491. Undergraduate Research (1) (S) The beginning of a 4-course sequence in which the student learns the process of conducting and reporting biochemical research. In this course students learn how to use the chemical literature and to write scientifically. (Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 351/L. Completion of CHEM 326/L or 381/L recommended)

492-493-494. Undergraduate Research (1-1-1) (F-F-W) This is a continuation from CHEM 491: students participate in a group biochemical research project. In addition, each student develops and presents a scientific poster based on obtained results. Finally, each student writes a senior thesis and prepares and presents a final seminar open to the entire university. (Prerequisite: CHEM 491)

495R. Independent Study (1-3) (Variable) This is a course taken primarily by students who are research assistants in chemistry, although this course would apply to students doing other supervised individual study. (Prerequisite: Department consent)

496R. Student Research (1-6) (F, W, S) Course taken by a student who is granted a student research associateship. Required of all research associates. (Prerequisite: Department consent)