Department of Chemistry

Course Descriptions

CHY 107 Chemistry for Health Sciences
A one-semester introduction to general, organic, and biological chemistry for the health sciences. Topics include acids and bases, pH, chemical kinetics and equilibria, the chemistry of organic compounds; carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids. This course is not suitable for chemistry majors, biology majors, or pre-professionals (pre-dental, pre-medical, pre-veterinary). Cr 3.

CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry I
A presentation of fundamental principles of chemical science. These principles will be presented in quantitative terms and illustrated by examples of their applications in laboratories and in ordinary non-laboratory experience. This course and CHY 114 (normally taken concurrently) provide the basis for further study of chemistry. Prerequisites:  EYE (or concurrent), and MAT 108 (or concurrent) or MAT 140 (or concurrent) or MAT 152 (or concurrent) or permission. Cr 3.

CHY 114 Laboratory Techniques I
A project-based laboratory experience to illustrate the principles presented in CHY 113. One recitation and two laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: CHY 113 (or concurrent). Cr 1.5.

CHY 115 Principles of Chemistry II
A continuation of CHY 113K. This course is designed to provide the foundation for all further studies in chemistry and is a prerequisite for all upper-level chemistry courses. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 113. Cr 3.

CHY 116 Laboratory Techniques II
A project-based laboratory experience to illustrate the principles presented in CHY 115. One recitation and two laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in CHY 114; CHY 115 (or concurrent). Cr 1.5.

CHY 233 Analytical Chemistry with Lab
A survey of principles and applications of modern analytical chemistry and related calculations. Topics include volumetric and gravimetric analysis, electroanalysis, spectrophotometry, separations, statistics, and error analysis. Quantitative experimental determination by means of classical and instrumental methods. Techniques used include titration, gravimetric analysis, spectrophotometry, electroanalysis, and chromatography. Precision, accuracy, and statistical error analysis of results are emphasized. Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in CHY 115 and CHY 116. Cr 5.

CHY 251 Organic Chemistry I
An intensive treatment of organic chemistry. Topics include: nomenclature; structure and stereochemistry; reaction types: substitution, addition, and elimination; reaction mechanisms and factors influencing them; spectroscopic techniques of structure determination (nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet-visible, and infrared). Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 115. Cr 3.

CHY 252 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Students undertake a multi-step synthesis of a series of compounds and characterize the physical and chemical properties of these target compounds. Proficiency in synthetic methods, chromatography, and spectroscopy will be developed. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 116; CHY 251 (or concurrent). Cr 2.

CHY 253 Organic Chemistry II
A continuation of CHY 251, but with a more comprehensive (and intensive) investigation of the principal categories of organic reactions. Extensive problem solving and critical thinking in such areas as predicting products of multi-step synthesis, deducing mechanisms, retro-synthesis, and spectroscopy will be explored. The structures and fundamental chemical reactions of alkenes, alkynes, and carbonyl-containing compounds will be presented. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 251. Cr 3.

CHY 254 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Students will apply the skills they developed in CHY 252 to explore reactions of various functional groups and develop critical thinking skills through inquiry based experiments. Students will learn experimental design and how to search the primary literature. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 252; CHY 253 (or concurrent). Cr 2.

CHY 345 Polymer Chemistry
We live in a plastic society. During the past 90 years plastics (synthetic polymers) have become an integral part of daily life. This course will survey the past, present, and future of the chemistry of these essential materials. Students will discuss preparation of polymers under radical chain, step-reaction, ionic, and coordination conditions. Then students will consider methods of characterization of polymers, both experimental and theoretical. Finally, students will examine commercial polymers and polymer technology. Prerequisites: grades of C or better in CHY 253 and CHY 373, or instructor permission. Cr 3.

CHY 351 Advanced Organic Chemistry
This course will explore fundamentals of organic reaction mechanisms. A partial list of the topics to be covered includes steric, electronic, and stereo electronic effects; conformational analysis; thermodynamic and kinetic principles; applications of molecular orbital theory; reactive intermediates; and modern techniques used to study reaction mechanisms. Course content may vary from year to year, depending on student interests. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 253. Cr 3.

CHY 371 Quantum Chemistry
Principles of theoretical chemistry: quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Topics include: quantization of translational, rotational, vibrational, and electronic energy; hydrogen orbitals; variational method and peturbation theory; multielectron atoms; chemical bonding; group theory; spectroscopy; and introductory statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: grades of C or better in CHY 115, MAT 152, and PHY 123. Cr 3.

CHY 373 Chemical Thermodynamics
Principles of theoretical chemistry: classical thermodynamics, molecular energetics, equilibrium, reaction kinetics, statistical thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Prerequisites: grades of C or better in CHY 115, MAT 152, and PHY 123. Cr 3.

CHY 374 Chemical Thermodynamics Laboratory
Experiments illustrating material presented in CHY 373. One recitation and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in CHY 116; CHY 373 (or concurrent). Cr 2.

CHY 377 Spectroscopy
The course focuses on the structural elucidation of molecules through the use of mass spectrometry, infrared spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic spectrometry. A thorough consideration of the operation of the instrumentation used to obtain the spectra will also be addressed. Additional topics may include ultraviolet-visible and fluorescence spectroscopies and x-ray diffraction techniques. Prerequisite: grades of C or better in CHY 233 and CHY 253. Prerequisite: CHY 371 (or concurrent) or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

CHY 378 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Experiments will be performed in mass spectrometry, gas and liquid chromatography, and UV-Vis, NMR, AA, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Prerequisites: grades of C or better in CHY 233 and CHY 254. One hour of pre-lab recitation and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: CHY 377 (or concurrent). Cr 2.

CHY 385 Pickles to Pints: Fermentation Science
Investigation into a variety of fermentation products and the chemical and biological processes that are involved in creating these products. Prerequisites: CHY 233, CHY 251, BIO 281 or BIO 311, or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

CHY 410-419 Special Topics
Faculty mentored independent laboratory research on advanced subjects or special topics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.  Cr 1-6.

CHY 421 Inorganic Chemistry
Descriptive chemistry of the inorganic compounds, structure, bonding, and ligand field theory. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 115; CHY 371 (or concurrent) or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

CHY 461 Biochemistry I
Application of chemical methods and principles to understanding biological processes. Topics include structure and action of nucleotides, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates; enzyme kinetics and mechanisms; membranes and transport; and metabolism and energy conversion. This one-semester course provides a survey of the major areas of biochemistry, except for nucleic acids. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 253 or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

CHY 462 Biochemistry Laboratory I
Basic experimental methods in modern biochemistry. Experiments include detecting, purifying, crystallizing, and characterizing proteins; analyzing protein structure; and measuring enzyme kinetics. Techniques include ultraviolet and visible spectrophotometry; ion-exchange, gel, and high-pressure liquid chromatography; electrophoresis; and analysis of protein structure by computer graphics. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 254; CHY 461 (or concurrent). Cr 2.

CHY 463 Biochemistry II
Continuation of CHY 461. Topics include selected biosynthetic pathways, including photosynthesis; signal transduction applied to hormones, nerve transmission, and the five senses; and methods for structural analysis of macromolecules, including X-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance, and homology modeling. Participants present a seminar on a topic of current biochemical research. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 461. Cr 3.

CHY 464 Biochemistry Laboratory II
Capstone course in biochemistry. A semester long course emphasizing experimental design, planning and execution of an independent research project, resulting in oral and written presentations to the Department. Weekly discussions on the state of the field, status of the project, and its broader connections to other sciences, ethics, politics, and economics. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in CHY 462; CHY 463 (or concurrent). Cr 1-4.

CHY 470 Chemistry in Perspective
Capstone course in chemistry requiring both oral and written presentation of a current topic in chemistry with a laboratory component. This course includes an interdisciplinary component, as well as ethical, economic, and political considerations of the research topic. Required of all senior majors in the Chemistry BS and BA programs. Two hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: grades of C or better in CHY 233, 253/254, and 373/374. Prerequisite: CHY 371 (or concurrent) and CHY 377/378 (or concurrent). Cr 1-4.

CHY 490 Senior Research Project
Open to senior majors. Prerequisites: 2.0 GPA in chemistry, completion of the Analytical and Organic Chemistry series, and permission of department. 15 credits maximum. Cr 3-15.