Courses intended for non-science majors
Courses intended for members of the Collegiate Honors Program
Courses intended for students majoring in chemistry and the sciences
(or intending to enter a Health Profession)
Additional courses intended for students majoring or minoring in chemistry
IDIS 150: Science in the Movies: From Frankenstein to Star Wars
- Science-fiction films have an enduring popularity, perhaps because they often
reflect both the dreams and the anxieties which the public has about science. Whether
the science is good or bad, this type of film often attracts scientists as well
as the general public. This course focuses on scientific principles and ethical
issues in science-fiction films. Students will view a series of movies that have
themes related to astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and
psychology. Some of these themes are: artificial intelligence, alien life forms,
behavior modification, evolution, robotics, and space travel. A combination of lecture
and discussion pertaining to its scientific content will follow each film. Experiments
in the laboratory explore some elementary scientific phenomena related to the films.
IDIS 150 may be combined with either a physical or life science laboratory course
to satisfy the collegiate requirement in laboratory science. One three-hour laboratory
period per week. Four hours. Prof. Schreiner
CHEM 111: Chemistry for the Citizen - This course, intended for
non-science majors, uses familiar topics to introduce chemical concepts. The module,
"Can we Find a Cure for AIDS?" discusses the problem of why and how AIDS is spread
as well as background on the disease itself, and focuses on organic chemistry principles.
The module "The Art of Faking It" discusses the chemistry behind forgery, particulary
art forgery. Various specroscopic techniques will be discussed and inorganic chemistry
is introduced. The final module, "Rock Climbing, Kayaking, and Cycling: The Chemistry
of Outdoor Sports," explores the world of polymer chemistry by taking an in-depth
look at the materials which are used outdoor sporting equipment. Four hours. Prof.
Marchetti and Schreiner.
CHEM 115: Introduction to College Chemistry - This course is an
introduction to college-level chemistry intended for students with limited high
school exposure to chemistry. Topics will include a review of the mathematics of
chemistry, the history of chemistry, an introduction to the periodic table and the
properties of elements, gas laws, manipulation of chemical equations, stoichiometric
calculations, acid/base chemistry, and other topics. In the lab, students will be
introduced to basic safety procedures in the chemistry laboratory and master the
laboratory skills needed for more advanced chemistry courses. Both the lecture and
lab will be iPad-based; students may purchase their own iPad or use a departmental
unit. Prerequisites: instructor permission only. All students intending to enroll
in chemistry must take a placement exam in order to gain entrance into the appropriate
course. Contact the department chair to arrange to take the placement examination.
Four hours. Marchetti.
CHEM 116: What's Cooking - This course is
intended to introduce students to the chemical nature of foods and the chemical
and physical transformations that occur during the preparation and cooking of those
foods. Potential topics to be investigated, both in class and in the laboratory,
include the action of leavening agents in the rising of doughs and batters; the
preparation and chemistry of mayonnaise and other colloidal foods; the nature of
cocoa and chocolate and how they are produced; the processes occurring during the
preparation of ice cream; the chemistry and microbiology of food spoilage and contamination,
and how foods may be safely prepared and stored; and the relative advantages and
disadvantages of different sources of heat and of different cooking utensil materials
used in cooking. Four hours. Staff.
CHEM 117: Drugs and the Body - From cocaine, marijuana, and meth
to aspirin, caffeine, and alcohol, drugs (both legal and illegal) permeate today's
society. In this course, intended for non-science majors, students will learn about
what drugs are, where they come from and how they are made through an integrated
lecture and laboratory. In addition, students will learn about drug testing and
what happens to a drug in the human body. Offered alternate years. Four hours. Prof.
CHEM 125: Chemistry and Crime: From Sherlock Holmes to Today's Courtroom
- In this course the student will acquire an understanding of the methods and techniques
used in crime detection. Topics as diverse as microscopy, toxicology, serology,
fingerprinting, and document and voice examination, as well as arson and explosives
investigation will be examined. Extensive use of case studies will be made, emphasizing
the role that the forensic scientist played in the detection and solution of the
crime. May be used in partial fulfillment of the collegiate laboratory science requirement,
in combination with one semester of a life science or one semester of an interdisciplinary
science. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Four hours. Prof.
CHEM 130: Environmental Chemistry - This course will provide students
with an interdisciplinary understanding of the chemical processes that govern environmental
phenomena including "global warming", the "ozone hole," and "biomass conversion".
Students will also investigate public policy surrounding these issues, as well as
the relationship of these issues to physics, biology, and environmental science.
May be used in partial fulfillment of the collegiate laboratory science requirement
in combination with one semester of a life science or one semester of an interdisciplinary
science. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory session per week.
Offered alternate years. Four hours. Prof. Moores
CHEM 160: Chemistry of Winemaking – Students
will become familiar with the various systems of classification of wine and develop
an understanding of the grape plant, its variety, and taxonomy. The course will
include detailed coverage of the production of wine from vine planting and vineyard
care to harvesting, fermentation, bottling, aging, and shipping. In addition, students
will learn the chemical mechanisms behind the fermentation of natural substances
to produce ethanol, as well as the analytical instrumentation used in the quality
control, verification, and identification of wines from around the world. The travel
portion of the course will include tours of wineries, visits to departments of enology
and viticulture at research universities, visits to wine laboratories, and hands-on
experience in winemaking. Offered during J-term. Four hours. Schreiner and Marchetti.
CHEM 175: Principles of Chemistry - Principles of chemistry is
for students who plan to take additional courses in chemistry. The course is an
introduction to the chemist's description and use of light and matter in the context
of larger issues such as for example astronomy, the greenhouse effect, and fats
in our diet. Specific topics include the interaction of light and matter (spectroscopy),
the structure of the atom and the atomic structure of matter, chemical bonds and
intermolecular forces, and chemical descriptions of color and solubility, solution
phenomena, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, and kinetics. Prerequisites: CHEM
115 or placement into the course. All students intending to enroll in chemistry
must take a placement exam in order to gain entrance into the appropriate course.
Contact the department chair to arrange to take the placement examination. Four
HONR 193: Better Living with Chemistry - It has been stated that
"the most tangible way in which science, especially chemistry, can be concerned
with the well-being of society is its use in the maintenance and improvement of
the fabric of society". This course was designed to introduce some of the fundamental
principles of chemistry and chemical technology, and apply them to a number of specialized
fields of chemistry. We will explore aspects of environmental and polymer chemistry,
as well as forensic and materials science. In particular, we will focus on how the
development of chemical technology affects our lives on a daily basis. While the
scientific and technological background will allow us to analyze some interesting
areas of chemistry, it is hoped that the course will instill an appreciation for
chemistry as a discipline intimately related to one's life, and for science in general,
as an open-ended field of study through which one can understand everything from
nutrition to nuclear energy. This course will partially satisfy the collegiate requirement
in the laboratory sciences. Four hours. Staff
CHEM 100: Introduction to Health Professions - This course is designed
to introduce students to both medical and paramedical professions. Over a one-semester
period of time, students will hear from experts in many of the major areas of medicine,
surveying requisites to entry, current lifestyle and average pay within each field,
and future potential of each specialty area. Included in this survey will be information
on how to gain exposure to different areas of the medical professions (internships,
volunteering, etc.), where to apply, and an introduction to the application process.
One hour of lecture per week. One semester hour. Staff.
CHEM 121-122: General Chemistry - This two-semester lecture and
lab sequence is designed to prepare science majors for an in-depth study of the
fundamental principles of chemistry. In the fall semester concepts of structure
and composition of matter (the atomic model and the periodicity model)and bonding
(models for ionic and covalent compounds) are introduced. In the spring semester
concepts in equilibrium and dynamics will be presented: the kinetic-molecular theory
of gases; the kinetic theory of liquids; chemical reaction equilibrium; thermochemistry,
entropy and free energy; rates, extent, and types of chemical reactions will be
covered. Chemistry 121 is a prerequisite for Chemistry 122. Chemistry 121 may be
used in partial fulfillment of the collegiate laboratory science requirement, in
combination with one semester of a life science or one semester of an interdisciplinary
science. Chemistry 122 is required for an A.C.S. approved degree. Prerequisite:
permission of the instructor. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per
week. Four hours each. Profs. Green, Marchetti, Michelesen, and Schreiner.
CHEM 200: Basic Inorganic Chemistry – This
course presents the topics of nuclear chemistry, atomic structure, multielectron
atoms and bonding, periodicity, the chemistry of ionic compounds, generalized acid-base
theories, kinetics, thermodynamics, and transition metal chemistry. All of these
topics are presented in the context of both historical and contemporary applications.
The laboratory includes experiments used in inorganic synthesis directly related
to topics covered in lecture, including an introduction to molecular modeling, spectroscopic
methods of characterization, and classical methods of analysis. Prerequiste: It
is recommended that only science majors enroll in this course. Two years of high
school mathematics, one year of high school chemistry (two recommended) are helpful.
Four hours. Prof. Schreiner.
CHEM 221-222: Organic Chemistry - Completion of this sequence satisfies
a requirement for chemistry minors, chemistry and biology majors, and premedical
and predental students. Fundamental facts, theories, and nomenclature of organic
compounds and their reactions are discussed. Students are required to study and
understand such topics as structural theory, stereochemistry, reaction rate theory,
and reaction mechanisms, as applied to basic physical, chemical, and spectroscopic
properties of aliphatic, alicyclic, and aromatic hydrocarbons, mono-, di-, and polyfunctional
compounds, including some natural products and biomolecules. Computer aided molecular
design is used extensively throughout the course. Laboratory assignments are designed
to teach techniques and theoretical concepts involved in separation, isolation,
purification, and identification of organic compounds in carrying out organic reactions
and the synthesis of organic materials. Most of the information covered in this
course is prerequisite to biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, other advanced chemistry,
and some biology courses. Prerequisite: CHEM 122, 200, or 201. CHEM 221 is a prerequisite
for CHEM 222. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week. Four hours
each. Professor Thoburn.
CHEM 201: Quantitative Chemical Analysis - This course presents
the theory and techniques necessary for quantitative analysis of chemical systems
at equilibrium. Topics covered will include volumetric and gravimetric analysis,
acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, spectrophotometry and chromatography. Laboratory
investigations will involve wet chemical methods and introductory instrumental techniques
to analyze quantitatively the components of complex mixtures and statistical methods
to interpret the analytical results. Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab
per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 122. Four hours. Prof. Marchetti.
CHEM 251-252, CHEM 351-352: Directed Study in Chemistry - These
courses are designed for students wishing to work on a research project prior to
the senior year. Interested students may select a project in consultation with a
faculty member and work under his/her supervision. Permission from a chemistry faculty
member is required. The student is required to spend at least three hours per week
in the laboratory. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Staff.
CHEM 311: Introduction to Physical Chemistry – Application of the
laws of physics to chemical phenomena will be examined. An attempt is made to provide
a theoretical foundation for the study of the other disciplines of chemistry. Topics
considered include chemical thermodynamics, including its application to thermochemistry,
phase equilibria, and colligative properties; the kinetic theory of gases; chemical
kinetics, including the treatment of rate data and the theory of rate processes;
and an introduction to spectroscopy. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory
session per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 122 or 200, MATH 132 or 142, and PHYS 151.
Four hours. Michelsen.
CHEM 312: Advanced Physical Chemistry - Application of the laws
of physics to chemical phenomena will be examined. An attempt is made to provide
a theoretical foundation for the study of the other disciplines of chemistry. Topics
covered include statistical thermodynamics as applied to chemical systems; molecular
symmetry and quantum theory as applied to the spectroscopy and structure of atoms
and molecules; and advanced topics of interest. Prerequisites: CHEM 311 and PHYS
152. Three hours. Michelsen.
CHEM 322: Instrumental Methods of Analysis - In this course the
student will acquire an understanding of the fundamental principles upon which modern
measuring devices are based, the kinds of information an instrument can contribute
to a chemical analysis and how to interface the instruments to a computer both for
instrumental control and for data acquisition. Among the methods studied will be
UV/visible, fluorescence, IR, NMR and AA spectrosocpy, mass spectrometry, gas and
high pressure liquid chromatography, thermal methods (DSC and TGA). Three lectures
per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 222 and PHYS 152. Offered in alternate years. Three
hours. Prof. Marchetti.
CHEM 335: Forensic Chemistry – This course
consists of an overview of Forensic chemistry and its application to criminal and
civil cases. Topics covered will include the history of forensic science, statistical
data analysis, instrumentation, drugs and pharmacology, chemical analysis of physical
evidence, the chemistry of polymers, and analysis of plastic products. This course
includes a laboratory portion where forensic techniques will be utilized, with an
emphasis on real-life forensic cases. Prerequisites: CHEM 122 or 200 and CHEM 222
are required. Four hours. Marchetti.
CHEM 340: Introduction to Laboratory Research
– This course is designed to introduce chemistry students to the principles and
techniques of chemistry research through class work, seminars and experimental work.
Topics covered include chemical literature searching, laboratory report writing,
research proposal writing, oral presentation, experimental design, the principles
of laboratory safety, scientific ethics, and scientific career options. Experimental
projects will be drawn from a variety of applications of chemistry. Students will
be expected to demonstrate their understanding of the work done through performance
in lab, analysis of data, and written and oral laboratory reports. Students will
attend seminars by guest speakers that highlight chemistry in industry, law, medicine,
forensics, and other areas. Students will plan their capstone project in conjunction
with a faculty mentor by preparing a research proposal. This course is a prerequisite
to CHEM 495 and CHEM 496. This course should be taken concurrently with CHEM 222,
preferably in the sophomore year. Prerequisite: CHEM 221. Three hours. Staff.
CHEM 400: Chemical Internship - TThis course is designed to introduce
chemistry majors who express an interest in pursuing a career in chemistry to industrial
and institutional research and development. Each student will spend four weeks (five
days per week) in an industrial or institutional scientific laboratory. Actual work
performed will be determined by on-site supervisors. Prerequisites: departmental
approval. Offered as needed during January term. Enrollment is limited. Application
required; see Internship Program. Three hours. Staff.
CHEM 401: Advanced Experimental Chemistry - A student who wishes
to work on a research project for eight hours per day, five days per week, for four
weeks during the January term will have the opportunity to do so in this course.
Daily logs, weekly reports, and a final report must be written to the satisfaction
of a faculty supervisor. Prerequisite: departmental approval. Offered as needed
during January term. Three hours. Staff.
CHEM 402: Medicinal Chemistry - This course is offered for those
students who want to pursue a career in some area of the health related sciences.
It should be of interest to both chemistry and biology majors. Studies are made
of the chemical structures of drugs and their direct influence on pharmacological
activity. Many classifications of drugs are covered, and emphasis is placed on structures,
mechanisms of action, and structure-activity relationships. Students are expected
to obtain an understanding of the structural features of drugs which cause them
to produce various types of biological responses. This basic understanding will
support further studies in such fields as medicine, dentistry, biochemistry, or
pharmaceutical chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 222. Introductory biology is helpful,
but not required. Offered alternate years. Three hours. Green.
CHEM 403: Polymer and Material Science –
This course provides an in-depth study of the chemistry behind polymeric materials.
The course will focus on an in-depth examination of various polymers and ceramics,
including reaction mechanisms, structural variations, energy of formation, and methods
of characterization. Students will learn to perform various statistical and kinetic
calculations in relation to polymer formation. Students will also learn the chemical
basis behind the physical properties of polymers and the engineering methods used
to test such factors. Prerequisites: CHEM 222, MATH 132 or 142. Recommended: CHEM
311- 312. Three hours. Marchetti.
CHEM 405: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry - of the fundamental principles
of inorganic chemistry. Topics such as
bonding, molecular geometry, and the chemical reactions of ionic, covalent, and
metallic substances will be discussed. Concepts of acid-base chemistry (Bronsted-
Lowry, Lewis, Drago, and Lux-Flood systems) will be examined. The student will study
the synthesis, structure, properties, and periodic trends of the main-group elements
as well as the coordination chemistry and descriptive chemistry, bonding, spectroscopy,
thermodynamics, kinetics, and structure of the compounds of the transition elements.
Applications to organometallic chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry will be introduced.
Prerequisite: CHEM 312 or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.
Three hours. Schreiner.
CHEM 406: Introduction to Organometallic Chemistry
– A study of the basic principles of the organometallic chemistry
of d-block elements. Topics include a survey of the properties and reactions of
organometallic complexes and applications of organotransition metal compounds in
catalysis, organic synthesis, bioinorganic chemistry, and medicinal chemistry. Lectures
will be supplemented by discussions of current literature in the field. Prerequisite:
CHEM 222. Three hours. Schreiner.
407 – Biochemistry I – An in-depth study of the chemistry of living
systems. Amajor theme of the course will be the relationship between molecular structure,
function, and regulation. Topics to be covered will include: structures of amino
acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids; protein folding; enzymes,
enzyme kinetics, and regulation; protein-ligand interactions; multivalent interactions.
Prerequisite: CHEM 222. The laboratory portion of the course will focus on techniques
in protein chemistry such as expression, purification, identification, manipulation,
and enzyme kinetics. Introductory biology is helpful, but not required. Four hours.
408 – Biochemistry II – A continuation of the in-depth study of
the chemistry of living systems.A major theme of the course will be the relationship
between molecular structure, function, and regulation. Topics to be covered will
include: degradative and synthetic metabolic pathways of various classes of molecules;
synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins; expression of genetic information. The
laboratory portion of the course will focus on techniques of nucleic acid manipulation
and advanced protein techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 407. Three hours of lecture
and three hours of lab per week. Four hours. Green.
495: Chemistry Capstone – Students participating
in this course will select and carry out a research project covering an area of
current chemical investigation. The project may be selected from the traditional
areas of chemistry (inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, or biochemistry) or
from an interface between these areas. An oral presentation and a final report must
be given at the conclusion of the course. Nine hours of lab per week. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM340. Three hours. Staff.
496-498: Senior Project – The purpose of
this sequence is to allow qualified students to carry out original experimental
work. Considerable self-discipline, diligence, and ingenuity on the part of the
student are necessary. Students may spend the entire period working on a research
project of their own choice, upon approval and under the guidance of the departmental
faculty, or on projects designed by and of interest to individual faculty members.
In either case, students may be required to use techniques and apparatus which may
not have been available to them in other courses. They will be expected to plan
and carry out their work on their own initiative to the satisfaction of the faculty
member directly involved and of the department. A written thesis and several oral
presentations are required. The equivalent of nine hours of laboratory work per
week, in addition to time required for library research and thesis preparation,
is expected of each student who enrolls in this sequence. The ultimate goal of this
training is to impart to each student self-reliance and confidence concerning laboratory
research. All qualified students who intend to pursue graduate work in chemistry
are urged to enroll in this sequence. Prerequisites: CHEM 340 and departmental approval.
Six hours. Staff.