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Chemistry & Physics Department

IMG 7897 resizedWelcome to the Chemistry and Physics Department. We offer a B.S. in chemistry and a minor in physics-engineering. Our curriculum prepares students for graduate-level coursework or for a career in the field.

The chemistry program delivers a rigorous curriculum featuring further study in each of the five major fields of chemistry:

  • analytical chemistry
  • biochemistry
  • inorganic chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • physical chemistry

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.

Physics-Engineering Studies-Courses Offered

PHYS 125
Physics Behind Music and the Arts
S 2 SH

Introduces the concepts of physics found in music and other arts to a broad audience through classroom engagement and labratory activities. Topics covered include acoustics, musical instruments, light, color, and optics.

PHYS 301 General Physics I F 4 SH

Basic principles of physics; concepts of force and energy as they relate to mechanics, heat, and electricity. Only the more elementary topics of physics are treated in this first course. Prerequisites: MATH 235 or enrollment in MATH 302.

PHYS 302 General Physics II S 4 SH

A continuation of General Physics I. Principles of classical and modern physics; mechanics; sound; heat; electricity; light; modern physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 301, MATH 235.

PHYS 303 Calculus-based General Physics I UD 4 SH

Basic principles of physics treated with the analytical rigor of calculus; particle kinematics and dynamics; conservation of energy and momentum; fluid mechanics; heat and thermodynamics; oscillations and waves. Prerequisites: MATH 303.

PHYS 304 Calculus-based General Physics II UD 4 SH

A continuation of Calculus-Based General Physics I. Electric and magnetic fields; directcurrent and alternating-current circuits; electromagnetic waves; geometrical and physical optics; introduction to quantum mechanics. Prerequisites: A passing grade in PHYS 303, MATH 303.

PHYS 360 Fundamentals of Scientific Computing F;S 3 SH

The fundamentals of scientific computing will be studied by introducing many topics and software that are commonly used in the natural sciences. Topics in include binary numbers, Boolean algebra, symbols and equations in Words, macros, Excel graphing, 3D graphing, Powerpoint, molecular visualization, and webpage design.

PHYS 361 Introduction to Engineering S 3 SH

An overview of applied physics and engineering history, branches, occupations, ethics, and calculations. Students will learn how to use creativity and the engineering method to solve problems and how to effectively communicate in written, graphical, and computer design forms. This course will also introduce technical drawing, CAD design software, and mathematical software used in applied physics and engineering. Prerequisite: PHYS 360

PHYS 410 Engineering Mechanics: Statics F odd 4 SH

This course studies the mechanics of static structures. Topics covered in this course include vector force systems, systems in equilibrium, structural analysis of trusses and frames, friction, distributed forces, center of gravity, and moment of inertia. Technical drawing and designs skills will be used to build a bridge structure out of balsa wood and test the strength of this structure during lab time. Prerequisites: PHYS 361, PHYS 303.

PHYS 412 Electronics and Electrical Engineering S even 4 SH

The study of electrical engineering through the analysis of analog and digital circuits and the study of DC and AC electronic systems. . Topics covered in this course include Kirchhoff's laws, circuit analysis, resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transistors, amplifiers, DC and AC power supplies, and signal processing. These circuits and systems will be built and studied during lab. Prerequisites: PHYS 361, PHYS 304, MATH 400.

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.

 

 

Physics-Engineering Studies-Minor Requirements

Engineering Physics
31 Semester Hours Minimum:
CHEM 301 General Chemistry I PHYS 304 Calculus-based General Physics II
COMP 271 Computer Information Systems PHYS 410 Engineering Mechanics: Statics OR
ECON 221 Principles of Macroeconomics PHYS 412 Electronics and Electrical Engineering
MATH 420 Differential Equations    
PHYS 205 Engineering Principles    
PHYS 303 Calculus-based General Physics I     
Recommended Course: COMP 300 Programming Essentials

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.