The study of chemistry is concerned with the composition, structure, properties, and transforma­tions of matter. Chemistry is the central science, having foundation in mathematics and physics and, in turn, underlying the life sciences. It is theoretical and yet practical; it emphasizes analytical skills and yet depends on creativity and problem solving.

The chemistry program prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in education, academic research, industry, and engineering. A major in the chemistry program is also an excellent choice for students in the health sciences and preprofessional programs, including medicine, dentistry, law, and pharmacy.

Advanced Placement: The Chemistry Department requires a score of 4 or better on the AP exam in order for the exam to be used to fulfill course requirements in the majors it offers. Students with a score of 3 will receive elective credit or receive credit toward General ­Education requirements. Students should consult the department chair with questions about AP exams and requirements for majors.

Pre-medicine and Other Healthcare Professional Programs

(See Pre-professional section)

Chemical Engineering

A bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering is available through a special dual degree program described in the Engineering section of this catalog.

Minor in Chemistry

CHE 101 • Introduction to Chemistry. 3 Credits.

Overview of atoms–their composition, their ability to form bonds, and their ability to interact as molecules. Designed for nursing and allied health fields.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 101D is required. Offered: Fall, Spring.

CHE 101D • Introduction to Chemistry Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 101.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 101 is required. Offered: Fall, Spring.

CHE 107 • Modern Alchemy: Chemistry for Non-Scientists. 3 Credits.

The chemical world including, for example, food, agriculture, household chemicals, plastics, drugs, environmental concerns, and energy production. An overview of chemical concepts with an emphasis on applications of chemistry and their implications for society.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 107D is required. Offered: Interim.

CHE 107D • Modern Alchemy: Chemistry for Non-Scientists Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 107.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 107 is required. Offered: Interim.

CHE 113 • General Chemistry I. 3 Credits.

Chemical properties and principles, structure and reactivity, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular theory, and states of matter. Laboratory includes application of these principles in exploring chemical properties and reactivity, and computer data collection and modeling.
Prerequisites: Two years of High school Math; High school Chemistry or consent of instructor. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 113D is required. Offered: Fall

CHE 113D • General Chemistry I Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 113.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 113 is required. Offered: Fall.

CHE 200 • Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene. 1 Credit.

High standards of safety and chemical hygiene make the science laboratory a safe, comfortable, interesting place to work. This course reviews the standards and federal/state guidelines pertaining to safety and hygiene in the laboratory.
Prerequisites: One year of High school Chemistry; one semester of college-level science. Offered: Fall, Spring.

CHE 208 • Accelerated General Chemistry. 3 Credits.

Chemical properties and principles, stoichiometry, structure, reactivity, atomic theory, states of matter, solutions, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, electrochemistry, descriptive inorganic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Intended for science and engineering students who have a strong math background.
Prerequisites: MAT 124M (may be taken concurrently). Corequisites: Registration in CHE 208D is required. Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Meets the same requirements of CHE 113/113D and CHE 214/215.

CHE 208D • Accelerated General Chemistry Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 208.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 208 is required. Offered: Fall.

CHE 214 • General Chemistry II. 3 Credits.

Study of solutions, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, solution equilibria, acids and bases, electrochemistry, descriptive inorganic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry.
Prerequisites: CHE 113/113D. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 215 is required. Offered: Spring

CHE 215 • General Chemistry II Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 214.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 214 is required. Offered: Spring.

CHE 224 • Organic Chemistry I. 3 Credits.

Structure, classification, and function of organic compounds; bonding theory, stereochemistry, organic reaction mechanisms, energy relations, and spectroscopy.
Prerequisites: CHE 214/215 or CHE 208/208D. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 225 is required. Offered: Fall

CHE 225 • Organic Chemistry I Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 224. Includes introduction to techniques of measurement, analysis, separation, synthesis, and purification of organic compounds.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 224 is required. Offered: Fall.

CHE 226 • Organic Chemistry II. 3 Credits.

Mechanism and classification of organic reactions, particularly carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions involving carbonyl compounds. Mechanistic organic chemistry applied to polymers and biochemical pathways.
Prerequisites: CHE 224/225. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 227 is required. Offered: Spring

CHE 227 • Organic Chemistry II Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 226. Laboratory includes synthesis, separation, purification, and identification of organic compounds. Offered:Spring.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 226 is required.

CHE 304 • Essentials of Biochemistry. 3 Credits.

A survey of the structure, function, interactions, and chemical properties of the four major macromolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Examination of primary metabolic pathways, bioenergetics, regulation, and homeostasis.
Prerequisites: CHE 224/CHE 225; BIO 120/BIO 121. Not open to students who have taken BIO 388/BIO 389 or CHE 388/CHE 389. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 305 is required. Offered: Fall

CHE 305 • Essentials of Biochemistry Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 304.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 304 is required. Offered: Fall.

CHE 306 • Advanced Organic Chemistry. 3 Credits.

Bonding, kinetics, mechanisms of reactions, stereochemistry, and structure determination of organic compounds.
Prerequisites: CHE 226/227; CHE 344/345. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 307 is required. Offered: Occasionally

CHE 307 • Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 306.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 306 is required. Offered: Occasionally.

CHE 312 • Quantitative Analysis. 3 Credits.

Principles and practice of modern quantitative analysis. Acid-base and ionic equilibria. Statistics, method selection and development, chromatography, and electrochemistry.
Prerequisites: CHE 214/215 or CHE 208/208D. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 313 is required. Offered: Spring.

CHE 313 • Quantitative Analysis Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 312.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 312 is required. Offered: Spring.

CHE 320 • Instrumental Analysis. 3 Credits.

Methods of instrumental analysis. Study of chemical and physical principles and practical application of spectroscopy, spectrometry, chromatography and electroanalysis. Fundamental electronic circuitry and computer data acquisition and control.
Prerequisites: CHE 312/313 or CHE 226/CHE 227 Corequisites: Registration in CHE 321 is required. Offered: Fall.

CHE 321 • Instrumental Analysis Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 320.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 320 is required. Offered: Fall.

CHE 344 • Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Statistical Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Physical chemistry of the laws of thermodynamics and their application to phase and chemical equilibria. Chemical kinetics of reaction rates and reaction mechanisms. Statistical mechanics as it relates spectroscopy with thermodynamics and kinetics.
Prerequisites: CHE 214/215 or CHE 208/208D; PHY 292/292D; PHY 296/297; MAT 125. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 345 is required. Offered: Fall

CHE 345 • Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Statistical Mechanics Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 344. Includes hands-on experience with physiochemical systems and computational modeling.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 344 is required. Offered: Fall.

CHE 348 • Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy. 3 Credits.

Physical chemistry of the laws of quantum mechanics applied to atoms and molecules. Quantum mechanical solutions of model systems and their application to chemical spectroscopy.
Prerequisites: CHE 208/208D or CHE 214/215; PHY 292/292D; PHY 296/297; MAT 125. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 349 is required. Offered: Spring

CHE 349 • Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 348. Includes hands-on experience with physiochemical systems and computational modeling.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 348 is required. Offered: Spring.

CHE 364 • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. 3 Credits.

Chemistry of elements and their compounds, including symmetry, bonding theories, solid-state chemistry, coordination compounds, organometallics, and bioinorganic compounds.
Prerequisites: CHE 344/345; One year of Organic Chemistry or Junior standing. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 365 is required. Offered: Spring

CHE 365 • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 364. Laboratory includes synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 364 is required. Offered: Spring.

CHE 388 • Biochemistry I. 3 Credits.

Physical and chemical properties of living systems with an emphasis on macromolecular interaction, structure, and function. Structure, classification, purification, and function of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids, including membrane transport and enzymology.
Prerequisites: CHE 226/227; CHE 344/345; BIO 120/121. BIO 354/355 recommended. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 389 is required. Offered: Fall. Special Notes: Not open to students who have taken CHE 304/305; Carries cross-credit in Biology.

CHE 389 • Biochemistry I Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 388. Techniques include spectroscopy, chromatography, centrifugation, electrophoresis, and enzyme kinetics.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 388 is required. Offered: Fall.

CHE 393 • Research. 1-4 Credits.

Utilization of the techniques and understanding of chemical principles on a term project. Use of original literature to formulate and conduct an original laboratory or computational research project under the supervision of a chemistry faculty member.
Prerequisites: Consent of department. Repeatable course May only be taken for credit once. Offered: Fall, Interim, Spring.

CHE 395 • Chemistry Seminar: Research and Professional Development. 1 Credit.

Students search the chemical literature and develop a proposal for their capstone research project. Discussion of chemical careers, graduate and professional school preparation, and ethical conduct in science.
Prerequisites: CHE 200 (may be taken concurrently); Junior standing; must be a Chemistry or Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major. Offered: Fall.

CHE 396 • Biochemistry II. 3 Credits.

Metabolic pathways, bioenergetics, metabolic regulation, and metabolism of macromolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides). Macromolecular synthesis of RNA, DNA, and proteins, including an introduction to biotechnology.
Prerequisites: CHE 388/389 or BIO 388/389. Corequisites: Registration in CHE 397 is required. Offered: Spring

CHE 397 • Biochemistry II Lab. 1 Credit.

Laboratory experience accompanying CHE 396. Laboratory includes procedures and experiments for the isolation and characterization of enzymes, RNA and DNA, molecular cloning, PCR, and gene expression.
Corequisites: Registration in CHE 396 is required. Offered: Spring.

CHE 490 • Chemistry Seminar: Research. 2 Credits.

Students pursue an original research project in Chemistry or Biochemistry supported by a faculty mentor. Required time commitment is approximately 3.5 hours per week per credit, including weekly meeting with faculty mentor.
Prerequisites: CHE 395; Consent of instructor. Offered: Fall, Spring.

CHE 491 • Research. 1-4 Credits.

Students pursue an original research project in Chemistry or Biochemistry supported by a faculty mentor. Required time commitment is approximately 3.5 hours per week per credit, including weekly meeting with faculty mentor.
Prerequisites: CHE 490; Consent of department. Offered: Fall, Interim, Spring.

CHE 494 • Chemistry Seminar: Research Presentation. 1 Credit.

Students prepare and deliver formal presentations of their research results. Seminar meets weekly for discussion of current topics.
Prerequisites: CHE 490. Offered: Fall, Spring