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Chemistry (CHEM)

Dr. BeamThe curriculum in Chemistry includes a course in general chemistry and further study in each of the 5 major fields of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

Pfeiffer's laboratory facilities are excellent for an undergraduate program. Furthermore, majors get experience in using all instruments.

The Chemistry major prepares students for continued study at the graduate level or for employment in the industry. The Chemistry major (like Biology) is one that may be pursued by pre-professional students who are interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry or pharmacy. Students interested in these fields who major in Chemistry should take at least 4 courses in Biology. Completion of the bachelor's degree in Chemistry must be followed by admission to, and successful completion of, appropriate professional studies and training.

Chemistry - Degree Requirements

MAJOR
CHEMISTRY
59 Semester Hours Minimum
CHEM 301 General Chemistry I MATH 302 Calculus I
CHEM 302 General Chemistry II MATH 303 Calculus II  and
CHEM 403 Organic Chem I MATH 420 Differential Equations -OR-
CHEM 404 Organic Chem II MATH 400 Linear Algebra
CHEM 405 Quantitative Analysis PHYS 301 General Physics I  -OR-
CHEM 406 Instrumental Analysis PHYS 303 Calculus-Based General Phys I
CHEM 411 Junior Research PHYS 302 General Phys II -OR-
CHEM 501 Physical Chem I PHYS 304 Calculus-Based Gen. Phys II
CHEM 502 Physical Chem II    
CHEM 505

Senior Inorganic Chem
(Students in med. field may sub.
Chem 503 for Chem 505 &508)

   
CHEM 507 Senior Seminar    
CHEM 508 Senior Inorganic Lab    
CHEM 511 Senior Research    
COMP An approved course in CIS    
MINOR
24 Semester Hours Minimum
CHEM 301 General Chemistry I CHEM 302 General Chemistry II
Additional courses as determined by the student and the chair of Chemistry Dept.

 

      


Physics-Engineering Studies (PHYS)

IMG 9301 resizedThe curriculum in Physics offers introductory physics courses to satisfy the degree requirements in Natural Science for all students and as support courses for specific majors listed in the catalog. The General Physics I & II courses satisfies the Natural Sciences requirement for any major.

A minor in Engineering Physics is open to any student. This minor is most beneficial to students in the mathematics and sciences planning to attend graduate school and/or obtaining a job that involves research and development of technology. This minor expands upon the physics curriculum to provide an introduction to engineering and other applications.

Chemistry-Courses Offered

Courses Offered

CHEM 201 Science, Technology and Modern Society I F 4 SH
This course serves as an introduction to the philosophy and methodology of the physical sciences, the basic laws of the physical sciences and how the earth as a physical entity falls under those laws. Inventions of man and their impact on society and the planet are examined. Laboratory consists of experiments to illustrate physical principles, reenactment of important discoveries and exploration of facets of pollution.
This course is open only to non-science majors.
CHEM 202 Science, Technology and Modern Society II S 4 SH
A continuation of CHEM 201. Prerequisite: CHEM 201 or permission of the instructor.
CHEM 210 General Organic, and Biochemistry F 4 SH
This course is designed specifically for students who are interested in pursuing a nursing degree. The course will provide an overview of the foundations of general, organic, and biological chemistry will be explored.
CHEM 250 Introduction to Environmental Science F 3 SH
This course explores the root causes of the global environmental quality deterioration: overpopulation, depletion of natural resources, and subsequent pollution. Students will consider differing world viewpoints and development of possible solutions. This course does not satisfy the general education requirement in Natural Science. Cross-listed as ENSC 201.
CHEM 301 General Chemistry I F 4 SH
Foundation for the advanced study of chemistry; physical principles of chemistry. Laboratory stresses use of classical analytical methods, interpretation of observations, and independent study. Prerequisite: 2 years of high school algebra and 1 year of high school geometry or enrollment in MATH 220 or MATH 302.
CHEM 302 General Chemistry II S 4 SH
Continuation of General Chemistry I. Prerequisite: A passing grade in CHEM 301.
CHEM 403 Organic Chemistry I F 4 SH
Chemistry of carbon compounds, focusing on the covalent bond; reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry; laboratory work in synthesis, reaction studies, and structure determination. Prerequisites: CHEM 301, CHEM 302.
CHEM 404 Organic Chemistry II S 4 SH
Continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Prerequisite: A passing grade in CHEM 403.
CHEM 405 Quantitative Analysis F 4 SH
Wet methods of analysis; solution equilibria; complexation phenomena; potentiometry. Laboratory work emphasizes wet methods analysis techniques and statistical analysis of data. Prerequisite: CHEM 404.
CHEM 406 Instrumental Analysis S 4 SH
Instrumental analysis including spectrophotometry (UV, Vis, IR, rotational, FES, AAS); modern chromatography; classical electroanalytical techniques. Laboratory emphasizes instrumental techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 405.
CHEM 411 Junior Research S 1 SH
An original research project carried out under direction of a chemistry faculty member.
CHEM 420 Environmental Chemistry S 4 SH
This course explores the sources, reactions, transport, effects and fates of chemical species in aqueous, soil and air environments. Laboratory will emphasize some standard wet and instrumental methods of air, water and soil analyses. Prerequisite: CHEM 404.
CHEM 501 Physical Chemistry I F 3 SH
States of matter; energy relationships in chemical systems; reaction rates; introductory quantum and group theory; molecular orbital theory. A study using mathematical techniques. Prerequisites: CHEM 301, CHEM 302, MATH 302, MATH 303, PHYS 301, PHYS 302.
CHEM 502 Physical Chemistry II S 3 SH
Continuation of Physical Chemistry I. Prerequisite: A passing grade in CHEM 501.
CHEM 503 (WI) Biochemistry S 4 SH
Comparison of enzyme-catalyzed mechanisms of reactions involved in cell metabolic pathways to mechanisms of related noncellular chemical reactions; energy sources and requirements for the total cell; control mechanisms; chemotherapy and information transfer. Laboratory stresses modern analytical and instrumental techniques to study cellular metabolism and molecular physiology. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHEM 404.
CHEM 505 Senior Inorganic Chemistry F 3 SH
Ionic bonding; covalent bonding; coordination chemistry; group theory; reactions, syntheses and mechanisms. A capstone course for the Chemistry-Business major. Prerequisites: CHEM 403, CHEM 404, CHEM 405, CHEM 406.
CHEM 507 (WI) Senior Seminar   1 SH
Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. This is a writing intensive course.
CHEM 508 (WI) Senior Inorganic Laboratory S 1 SH
Techniques in physical chemistry and advanced inorganic chemistry. Encourages critical thinking in practical laboratory situations. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: CHEM 403, 404, 405, 406, 505.
CHEM 511 Senior Research F 1 SH
A continuation of the junior research project.
CHEM 512 Advanced Organic Chemistry UD 3 SH
Continuation of introductory organic chemistry with emphasis on structure, synthesis, and reactions of bio-organic compounds and natural products. Topics include alkaloids, carbohydrates, and terpenes, determination of the structure of organic compounds by modern spectroscopic methods, and more detailed description of reaction mechanisms. Reading the chemical literature will also be incorporated. Prerequisite: CHEM 404.

 

 

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