Chemistry Department Course Offerings

Course Offerings by Term

This information should help you plan your schedule for the next several semesters. You will find lists of the courses the Chemistry Department typically offers in the Fall, the Spring, in Maymester and in the two summer terms. If you have questions, please come by my office, McFarland 410, or e-mail me at

Chemistry (CM)

1013 Introduction to Chemistry (3) F, SP, SU
An introduction to chemistry, intended for non-science majors, which emphasizes the structure of matter and its chemical consequences. Some topics included are chemical change, toxic substances in the environment, consumer chemistry, applications of organic and basic structures in biochemistry. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.

1023 Introduction to Chemistry—Organic (3) SP
A survey of the types of organic compounds and their reactions—designed to meet the needs of Home Economics majors. Special emphasis is given to consumer chemistry, including such topics as food and textile chemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1013. Lecture, 2
hours; laboratory, 2 hours.

1024 Chemistry for Health Sciences (4) F 
An introduction to chemistry that covers the general structure of matter and types of bonding. Special emphasis is given to the different classes of organic compounds and their reactions. This course is designed to meet the needs of nursing majors. Special emphasis is given to application of organic chemistry to medically related topics. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.

1034 Introduction to Chemistry—Biochemistry (4) F
An elementary level course dealing with the fundamental concepts of biochemistry. Special attention is given to chemical composition of the three major classes of foodstuffs—carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, and the interrelationships of the various metabolic pathways. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1023 or Chemistry 1024. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.

1113, 1123 General Chemistry Lectures I, II (3, 3) 1113-F, SP, SU; 1123-F, SP, SU
This sequence of courses is designed to meet the needs of chemistry, biology, pre-engineering, premedical, pre-dental, and other science-oriented students. Subjects covered include symbols, formulas, equations, stoichiometry, structure of the atom, chemical bonding, descriptive inorganic chemistry, gas laws, periodic law, liquid and solid states, solutions, colloids, acids, bases and salts kinetics, equilibrium, ionic equilibrium, solubility product, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, oxidation-reduction, nuclear chemistry, coordination compounds, and introduction to organic chemistry. Prerequisite: eligibility for enrollment in or credit for Mathematics 1113 or higher. Corequisite, respectively: Chemistry 1211, 1221. Lecture, 3 hours.

1211, 1221 General Chemistry Laboratories I, II (1, 1) 1211-F, SP, SU; 1221-F, SP, SU
These two courses are designed to complement General Chemistry Lectures, Chemistry 1113 and Chemistry 1123 respectively. Each laboratory must be taken with its corresponding lecture course. The laboratory experiments serve to introduce students to such topics as density, specific heat, chemical composition, chemical change, spectrophotometric analysis, single replacement reactions, molecular weight determination, gas laws, solubility of salts, calorimetry, titrations, pH indicators, reaction rates, inorganic preparations, and inorganic qualitative analysis. Corequisites: Chemistry 1113 and 1123. Laboratory, 3 hours.

1144 General Chemistry for Engineering Students (4) F Offered on demand
This course is designed to meet the needs of engineering students who need one semester of general chemistry with laboratory. Subjects covered in the lecture and laboratory are developed based in part on the topics on the Fundamentals for Engineering Exam. These subjects include atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, oxidation numbers, moles and molecular weight, radioactive decay, gases and ideal gas laws, colligative properties, thermochemistry, equilibrium, concentration and properties of solutions, kinetics, organic chemistry, electrochemistry and fuel cells, modern materials including polymers, and different types of reactions. Applications of these topics are emphasized in the laboratory. Prerequisite: eligibility for enrollment in or credit for Mathematics 1113. This course is not equivalent to Chemistry 1113 or Chemistry 1123 and will not substitute for either. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

2113, 2123 Organic Chemistry Lectures I, II (3, 3) 2113-F, SU; 2123-SP, SU
Both aliphatic and aromatic compounds are studied. These courses are presented in such a way as to require an understanding of principles and an application of those principles to solve problems rather than just to memorize the isomerism, reactions, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and applications of spectroscopic methods. These courses are designed to fit the needs of the chemistry major, the biology major and the premedical student. These courses complement the organic laboratory courses, Chemistry 2211 and 2221, and must be taken in sequence. Prerequisites: Chemistry 1123 and 1221. Corequisite, respectively: Chemistry 2211 and 2221. Lecture, 3 hours, each.

2211, 2221 Organic Chemistry Laboratories I, II (1, 1) 2211-F, SU; 2221-SP, SU
These laboratory courses are designed to complement the organic chemistry lecture courses 2113 and 2123. These courses introduce the student to basic laboratory skills and techniques often used by organic chemists. The laboratory work includes separation and purification techniques, synthesis of different types of classes of organic compounds, and organic qualitative analysis properties of various spectroscopic methods. Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1123 and 1221. Corequisite, respectively: Chemistry 2113 and 2123. Laboratory, 4 hours, each. Chemistry 2221, WC.

2314 Analytical Chemistry (4) SP 
Theory and practice in elementary gravimetric and volumetric analyses are presented. Laboratory experiences include these areas: precipitation, acid-base, oxidation-reduction, and complex ions. Chemical equilibrium and the treatment of analytical data are emphasized. Prerequisites: Chemistry 1123 and Computer Science 1041. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours.

2401 Clinical Laboratory Observation (1) Offered on demand
A one-hour course designed for pre-medical and all related majors to introduce them to clinical and/or clinical laboratory work. The student spends approximately 50 hours in observing or performing assigned tasks in a clinic, hospital, or clinical laboratory. Specific requirements vary depending on the field of study chosen by the student. A written report is required. Prerequisites: Chemistry 1123 and 1221; Chemistry 2123 and 2221 recommended. Offered on demand.

3053 Teaching Resources Seminar (3) F, SP
To be taken during the Professional Semester. This is a materials and methods course in the teaching of chemistry.

3114, 3124 Physical Chemistry I, II (4, 4) 3114-F; 3124-SP (odd numbered years)
This sequence of courses provides a general survey of chemical thermodynamics, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, phase equilibria, and the theories of gases, liquids, crystals, and solutions. Prerequisites: Chemistry 1123, Mathematics 2324, Physics 2424 and Computer Science 1041. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours.

3214 Environmental Chemistry (4) F (offered in odd-numbered years)
A study of the chemistry of the environment, including: chemical cycles, aquatic chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, soil and geochemistry, water pollution, gaseous inorganic and organic air pollutants, hazardous wastes, and environmental chemical analysis. Laboratory experience is field oriented and makes use of HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography), GC-MS (gas chromatography and mass spectrometry), and AA (atomic absorption spectrometry) to examine common environmental pollutants. Prerequisites: Chemistry 1023, 1113, and 1123. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

3313 Biochemistry (3) F, SU Offered in the summer on demand
A study of the chemical composition of living organisms. Chemical and physical properties, molecular structure, and biological functions of biomolecules are emphasized. A study of intermediary metabolism is begun. Prerequisites: Chemistry 2123 and 2221; Corequisite: Chemistry 4911. Lecture, 3 hours. Offered in summer on demand.

3321 Biochemistry Lab (1) SP
The biochemistry laboratory course includes the determination of protein concentration, enzyme kinetics, SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, isoelectric focusing, and protein isolation by high speed centrifugation and various chromatographic techniques. Additionally, the manipulation of DNA including the transformation of E.coli with a plasmid containing a foreign gene, expression of that gene, isolation of the plasmid from the bacteria, and restriction analysis of the plasmid on agarose gels.

3333 Green Chemistry(3) Offered on demand
The student will understand aspects of analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and polymer chemistry from an environmental or green perspective. The student will understand and be able to implement the "Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry," as developed by Anastas and Warner, to aid one assessing the sustainability of a reaction or a process is. Prerequisites: Chemistry 2113 and Chemistry 2211 or Chemistry 3214

3341 Green Chemistry Lab (3) Offered on demand
A laboratory course in green chemistry required of all Applied Chemistry majors with the concentration in Green Chemistry. The lab will emphasize training in the practical implementation of the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry with a focus on synthesis and analysis, including practical use of less hazardous substitutes, safer design, safer solvents, energy efficiency, reduced derivatization, safe and inexpensive catalysts, degradation design and study, green analytical techniques, and practical monitoring. Specific projects may vary as green chemistry is a new and rapidly changing field of study. Prerequisites: Chemistry 2221. Corequisites: Chemistry 3333

3414 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4) F 
A study of the theory and application of laboratory instrumentation. Methods studied include gas and liquid chromatography; capillary electrophoresis, visible, ultraviolet, infrared, and raman spectrophotometry; atomic emission and absorption spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance; and mass spectroscopy. Prerequisites: Chemistry 1123 and Chemistry 2123 or 1023. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours. WC.

3613 Inorganic Chemistry (3) SP Offered on demand
A study of the descriptive chemistry of the elements. Theories of element origins, atomic structure and bonding are presented. Special emphasis is given to coordination compounds, and the large volume commercial inorganic compounds. The laboratory work includes synthesis and analysis of selected inorganic compounds. IR, NMR and UV/VIS spectroscopy are used to characterize and study the properties of coordination compounds. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1123. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours. Offered on demand.

3713 Introduction to Physical Chemistry (3) F* 
A study of the physical properties of matter with an emphasis on problem solving from a predominantly non-calculus basis. Topics covered include properties of gases, liquids and solids, kinetic molecular theory, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, solutions of non-electrolytes, solutions of electrolytes, electrochemistry, bonding and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: Chemistry 1123, Physics 1224. Lecture, 3 hours.

411V Independent Study and Research (1, 2) F, SP, SU
The student works closely with his/her research director in all aspects of a chemical research problem. The student is expected to make original contributions and present a paper to the chemistry faculty based on his/her findings. Acceptance of a paper by the research director is required.

4213 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3) F Offered on demand
A detailed study of the theories of atomic structure and chemical bonding emphasizing VB and MO theory. The theoretical aspects of periodic trends, bonding and properties of coordination compounds and organometallic chemistry are presented. The mathematical basis of group theory with application to MO theory and spectroscopy is presented. Prerequisite: Chemistry 3124 and 3613. Lecture, 3 hours. Offered on demand.

4221 Advanced Integrated Laboratory (1) SP Offered on demand 
A capstone laboratory course required of professional chemistry majors in their senior year. The lab will have an emphasis on projects involving synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds, analysis, and physical property determination of the products and computational chemistry applied to the products. Specific projects depend on the interest of instructor and students. Prerequisite: Chemistry 3124. Laboratory, 4 hours. Offered on demand.

4313 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3) SP Offered on demand
A study of the principles of operation of instruments and identification, quantification of unknown compounds using methods such as AA, GC, HPLC, GC/MS, IR and NMR. In-depth interpretation of NMR, IR, and mass spectra will be included. Prerequisites: Chemistry 2314, 3124, 3414. Lecture, 3 hours. Offered on demand.

4413 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3) Offered on demand
A study of basic organic reactions and their mechanisms. Emphases may vary among such topics as bonding theory, molecular structure and properties, structural and electronic effects on reactivity, orbital symmetry rules, and method of determining reaction mechanism. Prerequisites: Chemistry 2123, 2221, and 3124. Lecture, 3 hours. Offered on demand.

4513 Advanced Physical Chemistry, Selected Topics (3) Offered on demand
Selected topics based on current student and faculty interest are established prior to course offering. Suggested topics are thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, statistical thermodynamics, and chemical applications of group theory and graph theory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 3124. Lecture, 3 hours. Offered on demand.

4613 Advanced Biochemistry (3) SP
A study of the chemical composition of living organisms. The study of intermediary metabolism is continued. Informational biomolecules are emphasized. Prerequisites: Chemistry 3124 and 3313. Corequisite: Chemistry 3321. Lecture, 3 hours.

4911 Chemical Literature (1) F
An introduction to selected chemical literature with an emphasis on methods for retrieving desired information about physical properties or synthetic procedures for specific compounds as well as information on broad concepts or classes or compounds. The use of electronic information retrieval systems such as Medline and Dialog and STN is emphasized. Prerequisite: Chemistry 2123. Lecture, 1 hour.

4921 Chemical Seminar (1) SP
A review of the major topics in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum featuring formal class presentations by departmental faculty and culminating in the Major Field Exam followed by an independent library research project on a topic of the student’s choice. A paper and oral presentation, featuring presentation software, will be made by each student to the class. Prerequisite: Chemistry 4911 and senior standing in Chemistry. Lecture, 1 hour.