Chemistry

CHEM 1120 – Introduction to Chemistry

5 credits | Prerequisite: MATH 101, MATH 106 or MATH 1106, or 2 years of college preparatory math with minimum grade of "C", or appropriate score on college placement assessment

An introductory approach designed for non-science majors designed especially for those students with no high school chemistry background. A variety of chemistry related topics will be covered with laboratory exercises designed to complement the lecture.

CHEM 1124 – Elementary Organic Chemistry

4 credits | Prerequisite: CHEM 1120 or high school chemistry

An introduction to organic chemistry including functional groups and reactions is followed by an investigation of important biochemicals including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and enzymes. In addition, nucleic acids and their role in protein synthesis are studied as are neurotransmitters and their role in chemical communication. Desirable for students interested in allied health.

*CHEM 1151 – First Year Chemistry I

4 credits | Prerequisite: CHEM 1120 or 1 year of high school chemistry and high school algebra or its equivalents | Corequisite: CHEM 1161

A college level chemistry course covering measurement, significant figures, moles, chemical formulas, chemical equations, stoichiometry, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, thermochemistry, quantum mechanics, atomic orbitals and bonding theories.

*CHEM 1152 – First Year Chemistry II

4 credits | Prerequisite: CHEM 1151 | Corequisite: CHEM 1162

A continuation of the study of college chemistry covering gases, intermolecular forces of attraction and phase changes, solutions and colligative properties, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and descriptive chemistry.

*CHEM 1161 – First Year Chemistry Lab I

1 credit | Corequisite: CHEM 1151

Laboratory experiments which support many of the chemical concepts covered in CHEM 1151. Laboratory techniques and data analysis are emphasized.

*CHEM 1162 – First Year Chemistry Lab II

1 credit | Prerequisites: CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1161 | Corequisite: CHEM 1152

Laboratory experiments which support many of the chemical concepts covered in CHEM 1152. Laboratory techniques and data analysis are emphasized.

CHEM 1199 – Seminar

1–6 credits

This course will be a discussion of particular problems related to the student’s chosen program and areas of interest.

*CHEM 2201 – Organic Chemistry I

4 credits | Prerequisites: CHEM 1161 and CHEM 1162 | Corequisite: CHEM 2211

This course is designed to give the student extensive background in bonding, nomenclature and reactions of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, alkyl halides, conjugated alkadienes, allylic systems and arenes. Addition, elimination, nucleophilic substitution and electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions are covered including their mechanisms. Spectroscopy of organic compounds is introduced.

*CHEM 2202 – Organic Chemistry II

4 credits | Prerequisite: CHEM 2201 | Corequisite: CHEM 2212

This course is designed to give the student extensive background in bonding, nomenclature, and reactions of organometallics, alcohols, diols, ethers, epoxides, aldehydes and ketones. Reactions of these types of compounds or leading to their formation will be covered, including electrophilic aromatic substitutions and nucleophilic additions to the carbonyl group to enolates and organometallics. Spectroscopy of organic compounds will be introduced.

The course is also designed to give the student an extensive background in bonding, nomenclature and reactions of carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, aryl halides and phenols. Reactions of these types of compounds or leading to their formation will be covered. Basis biomolecules such as carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and proteins and nucleic acids will be introduced with an emphasis on their basic primary, secondary and tertiary structures, as appropriate, and certain simple properties and reactions from an organic chemical perspective.

*CHEM 2211 – Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit | Prerequisites: CHEM 1151, CHEM 1152, CHEM 1161 and CHEM 1162 | Corequisite: CHEM 2201

A course designed to give the student hands-on laboratory experience with the concepts of CHEM 2201 and the use of experimental apparatuses and techniques in the practice of organic chemistry. Emphasis will be on microscale technique due to its safety and economy of time and resources as well as its frequent need in biochemical, natural product, environmental and pharmaceutical fields; however, some macroscale experiments may be performed. Experiments will include molecular modeling of compounds studied in CHEM 2201; basic techniques of recrystallization, melting point and boiling point determination, distillation, extraction, chromatography, and spectroscopy, the SN2 reaction mechanism; selected addition and elimination reactions of alkenes, alcohols, and alkyl halides; 1,2 and 1,4 additions and Diels-Alder cycloaddition of conjugated dienes; infrared, gas chromatography and un/visible spectrophotometry.

*CHEM 2212 – Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit | Prerequisites: CHEM 2201 and CHEM 2211 | Corequisite: CHEM 2202

A course designed to give the student hands-on laboratory experience with the concepts of CHEM 2202 and the use of experimental apparatuses and techniques in the practice of organic chemistry. Emphasis will be on microscale technique due to its safety and economy of time and resources as well as its frequent need in biochemical, natural product, environmental and pharmaceutical fields; however, some macroscale experiments may be performed. Experiments will generally cover experimentally the concepts studied in CHEM 2202 including Friedel-Crafts, nitration, and other electophilic substitution reactions of the aromatic ring; oxidation of alcohols; epoxidation of alkenes; preparation and reaction of organometallic compounds; the aldol condensation; and infrared and un/visible spectrophotometry formation and reaction of carboxylic acids and their derivatives; amines; phenols; versatile synthetic techniques such as the acetoacetic ester and malonic ester syntheses and aromatic diazonium salt reactions; carbohydrates; lipids; and proteins and other polymers.