Introductory Courses - All Required

CH-142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I

An introduction to the principles of chemistry, this course begins a two semester sequence that integrates information from all aspects of chemistry while focusing on the core principles of the relationships between energy, the structure of atoms and molecules, and atomic and molecular properties and reactivity. Topics include energy, reactions, atomic structure, elemental properties, bonding, and molecular properties.

3 CreditsNCorequisite CH143


CH-143 Integrated Chem Principles I Lab

This semester will focus on learning good laboratory practices, primarily through the quantitative analysis of compounds. The quantitative analysis of materials and an understanding of reproducibility and bias are relevant to many fields, including medical analysis or the analysis of contaminants in the environment. This course will also teach you how to keep an excellent laboratory notebook, identify safety hazards in the lab, and complete data analysis and graphing in Excel. All of these tools will serve you well in a variety of careers.

1 CreditsN, QSCH142 is a corequisite of this course. A lab fee is associated with this course.


CH-144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II

An introduction to the principles of chemistry, this course completes a two semester sequence that integrates information from all aspects of chemistry while focusing on the core principles of the relationships between energy, the structure of atoms and molecules, and atomic and molecular properties and reactivity. Topics include thermodynamics, equilibrium reactions, acid/base and redox reactions, kinetics and nuclear reactions.

3 CreditsNPrerequisite: CH-142


CH-145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab

This semester will focus on learning good laboratory practices, primarily through the quantitative analysis of compounds. The quantitative analysis of materials and an understanding of reproducibility and bias are relevant to many fields, including medical analysis or the analysis of contaminants in the environment. This course will also teach you how to keep an excellent laboratory notebook, identify safety hazards in the lab, and complete data analysis and graphing in Excel. All of these tools will serve you well in a variety of careers.

1 CreditN, QSPrerequisite: CH-143. A lab fee is associated with this course.

 

Foundational Courses - All Required

CH-222 Inorganic Chemistry

CH 222 is a one-semester course of Inorganic Chemistry that builds on chemistry knowledge acquired in CH 142 (Integrated Chemistry Principles I). The Inorganic Chemistry course is designed for all students having " chemistry " in their POE title but it will serve any student who wants to learn about " chemistry of elements " because it covers chemistry of all elements from the periodic table with exception of organic carbon chemistry. The class also introduces students to theoretical concepts such as molecular symmetry, molecular spectroscopy, and theory of complexes. Part of the class is a 4-hour laboratory session which introduces students into synthetic inorganic chemistry and characterization of inorganic compounds. Syntheses, reactivity, and characterization of main group element compounds and transition metals will be practiced.

4 CreditsNPre-Req: CH-142 and CH-143. Pre-Req or Co-Req: CH-144 and CH-145.


CH-232 Organic Chemistry I

Students enrolled in CH-242 will become familiar with the fundamental concepts and nomenclature needed to understand and communicate organic chemistry. The course is furtherdesigned to teach the structure-function relationships that exist across many classes of organic and bio-organic systems, and therefore provide a foundation for further study in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and medicine.

3 CreditsNPrerequisite: CH-144; Corequisite: CH-233.


CH-233 Organic Chemistry I Lab

This course will utilize techniques learned in CH-145 and carry out experiments illustrative of concepts learned in CH-232. The course will focus on spectroscopy, organic laboratory techniques and reactions, and compound characterization. This course will also reinforce good record-keeping skills continue to stress safe lab practices. A lab fee is associated with this course.

1 CreditsNPrerequisite: CH-145. Corequisite: CH-232.


CH-252 Analytical Chemistry

This course focuses on the methods that chemists use to identify and quantify compounds of interest and measure their physical properties. Classroom and laboratory time will be spent considering experimental design, measurement techniques, and validation of results in a variety of chemical contexts.

4 CreditsN, QSPrerequisites: CH-144 and CH-145. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.


CH-312 Biochemistry

The fourth semester of the introductory Chemistry series, this course pulls content from chemistry, biology, mathematics, and history to provide an integrated view of biochemistry. Topics include the use of thermodynamics, equilibrium, non-covalent interactions, kinetics, separations, biomolecular structure, and genetics to probe and explain biological phenomenon.

3 CreditsNPrerequisites: Take BI-102 (or have instructor's permission) and CH-232.


CH-247 Bioanalytical Chemistry

Exploration of experimental techniques and topics that are pertinent to the careful analytical evaluation of biologically relevant chemistry.

1 CreditN, QSPrerequisites: Take BI-101 (or have instructor's permission) and CH-232. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.


CH-352 Physical Chemistry I

In this course students will investigate the physical characteristics and interactions of matter. Topics covered will include thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics, and molecular spectroscopy within the contexts of chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, molecular modeling techniques will be briefly introduced.

3 CreditsNPrerequisites: Take CH-144, MA-130, and either PC-200 or PC-202.


CH-353 Physical Chemistry Laboratory

In this course, students will gain hands-on practice at obtaining data pertinent to physical chemistry through laboratory experiments. Experiments will be performed that highlight material from Physical Chemistry I (CH-352). A significant component of each lab will involve molecular modeling.

1 CreditN, Q, CWCorequisite: CH-352.

 

In-Depth Courses - 9 Credits Required

CH-332 Organic Chemistry II

A continuation of the study of organic chemistry begun in CH-232 and CH-233. Special emphasis is placed on advanced aspects of structure and reactivity, with careful attention to the methodology and tools of synthesis. Topics include aromatic chemistry, enolate chemistry, pericyclic reactions, retrosynthetic analysis and various aspects of stereoselectivity.

4 CreditsNPrerequisites: CH-232 and CH-233.


CH-354 Physical Chemistry II

In this course students will advance their understanding of physical chemistry concepts through primary literature sources and discussion. The course will focus on literature from the beginnings of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics as well as more modern research.

3 CreditsNPrerequisites: Take CH-352, MA-230, and either PC-201 or PC-203.


CH-372 Instrumental Methods

The primary tools that chemists use to characterize chemical species involve increasingly complex instrumentation. We will explore the principles and methodology of various types of instrumental methods and will analyze data resulting from these techniques.

3 CreditsNPrerequisites: CH-232. Note: A special lab fee is assessed.


CH-401 Advanced Organic Chemistry

Discusses selected topics in organic chemistry with emphasis on general principles, including chemical bonding. Recent literature is used.

3 CreditsNPrerequisite: CH-332.


CH-406 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Completes an introductory study of inorganic chemistry at an undergraduate level. Theoretical topics, like electronic structure (molecular orbital theory), molecular symmetry, theories about complexes, reaction mechanisms of complexes, catalysis, introduction to solid state chemistry, and a role of metals in life processes are covered. Students will become familiar with inorganic chemistry journals, SciFinder and the Cambridge Structural Database.

3 CreditsNPrerequisites: CH-222 and CH-352.


CH-418 Advanced Biochemistry

Advanced Biochemistry is the third semester of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) curriculum for Biochemistry POEs, expanding the content of the previous two semesters. Stressing techniques and instrumentation, the course is comprised of student-led learning modules, which are created around the primary literature with the help of the instructor. Topics may include metabolism, systems biology, or genomics.

3 CreditsNPrerequisite CH342.


CH-X99 Special Topics Courses

 

Advanced Laboratory Experience - Required

CH-385 Advanced Chemistry Lab

This course is a culmination or capstone of your laboratory experiences. You will draw upon your knowledge and experience from previous classes to identify a chemistry related question, design experimental work, and report your findings. The focus of each semester will vary depending on the specific instructors.

2.00 CreditsPrereqs: CH-222, CH-232, CH-252, CH-312, and CH-352, plus junior or senior standing.

 

Other CH Courses - All Required

CH-210 Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar

This course is designed to begin the journey for from students of science to citizens of the scientific community. During the semester speakers will present topics which will help inform the students about the opportunities for research and collaboration. Additionally, an emphasis will be made on post-graduation career opportunities and planning.

1 CreditMust have at least sophomore standing and have a POE in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Chemistry Secondary Education.


CH-496 Chemistry and Biochemistry Capstone

Senior Standing

 

Support Courses - All Required

MA-130 Calculus I

An introduction to calculus including differentiation and integration of elementary functions of a single variable, limits, tangents, rates of change, maxima and minima, area, volume, and other applications. Integrates the use of computer algebra systems, and graphical, algebraic and numerical thinking.

4 CreditsN, QM


PC-200 General Physics I

An algebra-based introduction to the basic principles of mechanics (including periodic motion, fluid static's and dynamics), heat and thermodynamics, molecular theory and wave motion (including acoustics). Note: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required.

3.00 CreditsN,QMCorequisite: PC200L.

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PC-202 Intro Physics I

A calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of mechanics (including periodic motion and dynamics), heat and thermodynamics, and special relativity.

3.00 CreditsN,QMCorequisite: PC-202L and Corequisite or Prerequisite: MA130.


PC-200L General Physics Lab I

An introductory algebra-based laboratory experience designed to accompany PC200. The individual experiments will involve topics in mechanics, energy, sound, and waves. Labs Involve computer acquisition of data for some experiments. Note: A special fee is assessed.

1.00 CreditNCorequisites: PC200.

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PC-202L Intro Physics Lab I

This lab is a calculus-based introductory laboratory experience that is designed to accompany PC202. Individual experiments will correlate with the course, including kinematics, Newton's Laws, energy, and momentum. Note: A special fee is assessed.

1.00 CreditNCorequisite: PC202.


POE Total: 51 Credits


Requirements for ACS-Certified Degree

  • All Intro Courses (8 Credits)
  • All Foundational Courses with Lab (20 Credits)
  • 4 In-Depth Courses (at least 12 Credits)
  • 2 Semesters of Calculus (MA-130, MA-230; 8 Credits)
  • 2 Semesters of Physics with Lab (PC-200/202, PC-201/203, associated labs; 8 Credits)
  • Advanced Lab (2 Credits)
  • Other CH Courses (CH-210, Capstone; 4 Credits)
  • at least 400 hours of lab

POE Total: 62 Credits