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Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of Chemistry

CHM100

Basic principles of chemistry and its practice in the laboratory. Emphasis on the underlying structure of matter (atoms, ions, molecules) and how structure determines properties. Designed to teach chemistry terminology and symbols, as well as to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Appropriate for non-science majors needing one term of chemistry or to satisfy a lab science requirement. Also appropriate for those who desire background before taking General Chemistry I (CHM111). No prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed, but some algebra skills are needed. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or MTH005.

Chemistry and Society

CHM101

Basic introduction to chemistry in the "everyday world," with emphasis on the role that chemistry plays in personal and professional lives. Study enables students to think critically about current issues in science and technology. Basic chemical concepts include metric measurement, chemical elements and atoms, chemical bonds and molecules, types of chemical reaction, radioactive substances and radiation, and states of matter. No background in chemistry or other natural sciences is presumed. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and MTH005 or ENL111 and Placement by Examination. (Science, Technology and Society)

Chemistry Survey

CHM108

Introduction to the fundamentals of inorganic, organic, and biochemistry, with selected applications to living organisms and to the natural environment. No background in chemistry is assumed. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or ENL001 and Placement by Examination or MTH004 and Placement by Examination or RDG111.

General Chemistry I

CHM111

Basic principles of contemporary chemistry. Topics include stoichiometry, nomenclature, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, thermochemistry, gas laws and the kinetic theory of gases, chemical reactions, and phase changes. Laboratory techniques introduce qualitative and quantitative analyses. Recommended for students pursuing a degree in natural science, health science, or engineering. One year of high school chemistry STRONGLY recommended. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): MTH006 or Placement by Examination.

Organic Chemistry I

CHM210

Fundamental concepts in organic chemistry. Topics include structure and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, and alkyl halides; nomenclature of organic compounds; stereochemistry; and reaction mechanisms. (Formerly CHM202) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): CHM111 or CHM121 or CHM123.

Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CHM211

Application of the techniques associated with the synthesis, isolation, purification, and identification of organic compounds by physical properties, GC, IR and NMR spectral analyses. Formal lab reports are required for those experiments that have a synthetic outcome. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): CHM210.

Environmental Chemistry

CHM300

Examination of today's most pressing environmental problems (smog formation, global warming, mercury emissions, acid mine drainage, and environmental fate of toxic organic chemicals), providing the principles needed to understand and predict how chemicals are likely to move and transform in the environment. Laboratory component emphasizes analysis of organic compounds by gas chromatography, as well as spectrometric methods for analysis of organic and inorganic chemicals. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CHM121 and ENL201 and MTH180 or CHM121 and ENL201 and Placement by Examination. As needed.

Biochemistry

CHM370

Study of the structural and functional relationships of macromolecules, with an emphasis on proteins, enzyme function and metabolism. Topics include amino acid chemistry and protein structure; hemoglobin structure and function; enzyme kinetics and regulation; motifs and hormonal integration of metabolic pathways; glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, and glycogen metabolism; citric acid cycle; oxidative phosphorylation; overview of amino acid and fatty acid metabolism; biochemical mechanisms of various disease states; and current techniques in biochemistry research. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO220 and CHM210 or BIO125 and CHM210. As needed.

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