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110 Principles of Physical Science I
A study of the basic concepts of physical science including the influence of the scientific method in understanding energy and motion, Newtonian physics, electricity, magnetism, light, wave motion and kinetic theory of matter. Methods of scientific calculation are also treated.

Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory each week. Four credits.

111 Principles of Physical Science II
A continuation of the study of the basic concepts of physical science, including: chemical reactions, ions and solutions, the Periodic Law, basic organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and the impact of chemistry on our everyday lives.

Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory each week. Four credits.

120-121 Chemistry and Society I - II
Chemistry and Society is a two-semester chemistry course designed to satisfy the laboratory science requirement for students who do not plan to take additional science courses. The primary goal of the course is to present chemical principles and facts at a level sufficiently rigorous that a student successfully completing the course can act as an informed citizen and consumer. Among the topics considered: chemistry of the atmosphere; solution chemistry; energy and the laws of thermodynamics; important industrial processes; nuclear chemistry; plastics and polymers; drugs; and consumer chemistry. The course will not fulfill any requirement satisfied by CH130 or CH131, other than the College's laboratory science requirement.

Three hours of lecture/discussion and two hours of laboratory each week. Four credits.

Prerequisite: CH120 for CH121.

128 General Chemistry I with recitation
The principles of chemistry with emphasis on the pertinent aspects of chemical theory and behavior. The descriptive chemistry of the more common elements is investigated and correlated to their structures, reactivity and properties. The laboratory work is largely quantitative with particular emphasis on scientific observation, recording of data, and evaluation of results. The recitation provides opportunity to improve praxis of problem solving.

Three hours of lecture, one hour recitation, and three hours of laboratory each week. Five credits.

130-131 General Chemistry I - II
The principles of chemistry with emphasis on the pertinent aspects of chemical theory and behavior. The descriptive chemistry of the more common elements is investigated and correlated to their structures, reactivity and properties. The laboratory work is largely quantitative with particular emphasis on scientific observation, recording of data, and evaluation of results.

Three hours of lecture, and three hours of laboratory each week for two semesters. Four credits, each semester.

Prerequisite: CH128 or CH130 for CH131.

210 Chemistry of Food
This course is a one-semester chemistry course designed to allow non- science students interested in an opportunity to explore the chemical principles involved in the preparation of foods. The primary goal of the course is to present chemical principles at a level sufficiently rigorous that a student successful completing the course understands at a chemical level what is occurring in food preparation.

Prerequisite: CH121, CH131 or BI102, BI104, BI107, CH111 with permission of instructor.

220 Forensic Chemistry
A one-semester chemistry course designed to allow non-science students interested in forensics an opportunity to explore the theory and practice of this discipline. The primary goal of the course is to present chemical principles and facts at a level sufficiently rigorous that a student successfully completing the course can act as an informed citizen and be able to use this information in a criminal justice setting.

Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Four credits.

Prerequisites: CH121, 131, or BI104, 107, CH111 or BI102 with permission of instructor.

250-251 Organic Chemistry I - II
A study of the structure, nomenclature, preparations, characterization methods and reactions of organic compounds. Modern theories and reaction mechanisms will be used as unifying bases.
Three hours of lecture, and three hours of laboratory each week for two semesters. Four credits, each semester.

Prerequisite: CH131, CH250 is a prerequisite for CH251.

260 Environmental Chemistry
A one-semester chemistry course designed as an introduction to environmental chemistry. The course is taught in three parts which address the following topics: basic properties of chemicals, contaminants in the environment, and processes in the natural environment. The laboratory portion of the course addresses current methods used in the environmental science field.

Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory each week. Four credits.

Prerequisites: CH131 and 250.

270 Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis
The principles and methods of volumetric and gravimetric analysis including: ionic equilibria, ionization constants, pH, buffers, salt hydrolysis, indicators, oxidation-reduction and gravimetric factors. Applications of statistical analysis to chemical data also are included.

Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory each week. Five credits.

Prerequisite: CH131.

280 Physical Chemistry I
A study of the properties of systems at equilibrium including the development and application of the laws of thermodynamics; equations of state; a brief treatment of electrochemistry; kinetic theory of gases; elementary chemical kinetics including rate laws, integrated rate laws, and the steady state approximation.

Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory each week. Five credits.

Prerequisites: MA170-180; Pre or Co-requisites: PS131 or permission of instructor.

281 Physical Chemistry II
The principles of quantum mechanics are developed and illustrated by consideration of simple systems. The properties of atoms and molecules are explored and spectroscopy is presented as a tool for probing the properties of individual molecules. Statistical mechanics is introduced as a bridge between the microscopic quantum view and the macroscopic thermodynamic view.

Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory each week. Five credits.

Prerequisite: CH280; Pre or Co-requisites: PS132 or permission of instructor.

310 Analytical Chemistry II: Instrumental Analysis
A study of the theoretical principles associated with many of the more important instrumental methods employed in chemical and biological analysis. Practical applications of these principles are presented through a selection of instrumental experiments.

Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory each week. Five credits.

Prerequisites: CH280, or permission of the instructor.

340 Inorganic Chemistry I
Introduction to inorganic chemistry including structure-bonding relationships, reaction mechanisms, descriptive chemistry of the elements and co-ordination chemistry.

Prerequisite: CH130-131

350 Organic Chemistry III
A survey of physical organic chemistry, stressing the qualitative use of molecular orbital theory in topological descriptions of structure and bonding. Thermodynamic concepts are applied toward the prediction of chemical reactivity and the elucidation of reaction mechanisms.

Prerequisite: CH251 Pre- or co-requisite: CH280-281, or permission of the instructor.

355 Polymer Chemistry
The chemical and physical properties of synthetic and biological macromolecules are studied. Included are the methods and mechanisms for polymer synthesis, the physical properties of polymers, and how these properties are utilized.

Prerequisite: CH251.

360 Inorganic Chemistry II
Specific applications of inorganic chemistry are presented. Topics covered include organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, spectroscopic studies, catalysis and radiochemistry.

Prerequisites: CH280-281, and 340 or permission of the instructor.

370 Synthesis and Characterization
The lecture and laboratory work consider the synthesis and characterization of organic and inorganic compounds by procedures that are more sophisticated than those used in elementary courses. A variety of instrumental techniques are included. At the end of the term, students are required to design and carry out an independent synthesis project.

Two hours of lecture and five hours of laboratory each week. Four credits.

Prerequisite: CH251, CH340 is recommended.

380 Physical Chemistry III
Topics include electrical and magnetic properties of molecules, transport properties, advanced chemical kinetics, dynamics, and photo chemistry.

Prerequisite: CH281

400 Independent Study

405 Special Topics in Chemistry
This is a one-semester course designed to allow science students interested in advanced study in various areas of chemistry the opportunity to examine selected special topics in greater depth. The primary goal of the course is to present topics of interest in the areas of Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry that go beyond the bounds of existing courses.

Successful completion of the course earns 3 credits. Three hours of lecture each week.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

406 Special Topics in Chemistry with Laboratory
This is a one-semester course designed to allow science students interested in advanced study in various areas of chemistry the opportunity to examine selected special topics in greater depth. The primary goal of the course is to present topics of interest in the areas of Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry that go beyond the bounds of existing courses. Successful completion of the course earns 4 credits. Three hours of lecture and two to four hours of laboratory each week.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

410 Research
Juniors and seniors are provided with the opportunity to undertake a research project under the direction of a faculty member. Three credits.

Prerequisite: Permission of the chairperson. This course may not replace a chemistry elective.

420 Research and Seminar I
The student conducts library research and plans a research project under the direction of a faculty advisor. The student presents periodic oral reports to the class and faculty. In addition, faculty members and outside guest speakers present lectures on topics not covered in other courses.

Required of Chemistry majors. Open to qualified students in other majors with the permission of both department chairpersons.

This course carries no credit, but is a prerequisite for CH421.

421 Research and Seminar II
The student conducts research under the direction of a faculty advisor. The student presents periodic oral reports to the class and faculty, writes a senior thesis describing his/her research, and may be required to present results in poster presentations. In addition, faculty members and outside guest speakers present lectures on topics not covered in other courses.

Required of Chemistry majors. Open to qualified students in other majors with the permission of both department chairpersons. Successful completion of this course earns three credits.

Prerequisite: CH420

431-432 Chemistry Internship
Qualified students may be offered the opportunity to develop, with the aid of the Internship Coordinator of the Department, an internship experience relevant to their academic needs.

CH431 and Ch432 are typically the equivalent of one or two academic courses.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Internship Coordinator of the Chemistry Department.