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General Bulletin 2006-2008

Courses of Instruction

CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY (CHM-Arts and Science)

109 Chemistry Fundamentals (1)

Introduction to vocabulary and symbols used in introductory chemistry courses. Enables students to make a smooth transition into CHM 111. A student may not receive credit for graduation for both this course and any chemistry course numbered 141 or above. Offered only on Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

MPF 111 Chemistry in Modern Society (4)

For non-science majors. Considers both nature of basic chemical processes and ways that chemistry affects our society. Introduction to how scientists approach problems and make decisions. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. IVB, LAB. CAS-D/LAB.

115 Foundations of the Chemical Process Industry (2)

The scope and dynamics of the chemical industry are important considerations for those planning industrial careers in chemistry and chemical technology. This course provides an inside look at the wide variety of products generated by the U.S. chemical industry within the dynamics of a world economy, changing governmental regulations, increasing awareness of environmental health and safety issues, and changing technologies. This course lends an appreciation of the business decisions made by the chemical industry that funds research and development, as well as providing students with a knowledge of the role of the chemical technician in the chemical process industry.

MPF 131 Chemistry of Life Processes (4)

Integrated lecture and laboratory course for non-science majors that relates basic inorganic and organic chemical processes to those of biochemistry. Explores the nature of atoms and molecules in terms of simple structures and reactions, and the more complex structures of biochemical molecules and their interactions with living systems. Prerequisite: introductory high school physical science and algebra or CHM 109. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. IVB, LAB.

MPF 137, 144 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab* (4, 2)

Coordinated lecture (137) and lab (144) to develop ideas, experience, methodology, and skills used in the application of scientific methodology. Framework is consideration of fundamental principles of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, properties of solutions, and chemical reactions. Gain skills in developing hypotheses, observing chemical phenomena, collecting data, and evaluating results critically. Credit not given for both CHM 137 and 141. IVB, LAB.

MPF 141, 144 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab* (3, 2)

Covers same content as CHM 137, but assumes some previous study of chemistry. (See CHM 137.) Credit not given for both CHM 137 and 141. Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry or permission of instructor. IVB, LAB.

* Note: These courses require concurrent registration and carry separate course numbers

141M College Chemistry for Majors (3)

Covers the same content as CHM 137, but assumes previous study in Chemistry and interest in chemistry as a major (See CHM 137). Credit not given for both 141.M and 141 or 137. Prerequisite: One year high school Chemistry or permission of instructor.

MPT 142 College Chemistry (3)

Fundamental principles of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, properties of solutions, and chemical equilibrium. Prerequisite: CHM 141; concurrent registration in CHM 145.

142M College Chemistry for Majors (3)

Covers the same content as CHM 142, but assumes interest in chemistry as a major (See CHM 142). Credit not given for both 142M and 142. Prerequisite: CHM 142M.

MPT 145 College Chemistry Laboratory (2)

Laboratory exercises to illustrate fundamental principles of chemistry. Includes qualitative analysis. Prerequisite: CHM 144; concurrent registration in CHM 142 is required. CAS-D/LAB.

147 Introductory Seminar – Chemistry/Biochemistry (1)

An introduction to the various Chemistry and Biochemistry programs. Conducted in a seminar / lecture format, the course will include professional orientation, an introduction to undergraduate research opportunities and career options for the various majors.

MPF 153 General Chemistry Laboratory (2)

Reactions of inorganic ions in aqueous solution, qualitative analysis, and laboratory techniques for simple quantitative measurements. Emphasis on safety, laboratory skills, and critical evaluation of inorganic reactions in solution. Prerequisite: high school chemistry or permission of instructor. Concurrent registration in CHM 141.M required. IVB, LAB. CAS-D/LAB.

MPT 161 Quantitative Analysis (2)

Classical quantitative analysis of chemical species in solution. Includes theory, problem solving, and laboratory experiments. Prerequisite: CHM 141M and 153. Concurrent registration with CHM 142M recommended. CAS-D/LAB.

175 Environmental Science Seminar (1)

Introduces the multidisciplinary nature of environmental science and the solution of environmental problems. Cross-listed with BOT, GEO, GLG, MBI, MTH, STA, and ZOO. This course does not meet any CAS requirements.

Note: You may transfer from an introductory sequence to a lower-numbered sequence at the end of first semester. Credit not given for both CHM 137 and 141.

Advanced Courses

215 Chemical Technology II (2)

Second in a series of two laboratory-based courses designed for those seeking careers in chemical technology, this course involves investigations of separation science, chemical analysis, and measurement. Students are challenged by advanced trouble shooting problems and real-world client-employee scenarios encountered by chemical technicians in the chemical process industry. Topics include electrochemical and potentiometric measurements, basic separation techniques, chemical analysis of water and biochemical systems, applications and theory behind gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography, and selection and application of standard methods. Advanced topics of chemical health and safety (e.g., hazardous materials management and regulatory compliance) and advanced issues of good laboratory practices (GLPs) included. Prerequisite: CHM 142 and 145.

218 Chemical Technology Laboratory II (3)

Second in a series of two laboratory- based courses designed for those seeking careers in chemical technology, this course involves investigations of separation science, chemical analysis, and measurement. Students are challenged by advanced trouble shooting problems and real-world client-employee scenarios encountered by chemical technicians in the chemical process industry. Topics include electrochemical and potentiometric measurements, basic separation techniques, chemical analysis of water and biochemical systems, applications and theory behind gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography, and selection and application of standard methods. Advanced topics of chemical health and safety (e.g., hazardous materials management and regulatory compliance) and advanced issues of good laboratory practices (GLPs) included. Prerequisite: CHM 142. Corequisite: CHM 215.

MPT 231 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4)

One-semester course covering organic structures and reactions with simple examples from living systems. Prerequisite: CHM 142 and 145. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. CAS-D/LAB.

Note: Credit may not be received for both CHM 231, 252.

240 Chemical Technology Industrial Internship/Co-op Experiences (1-15)

Provides a workplace experience to bridge the gap between theory and classroom preparation with actual practices used in the workplace. By carrying out workplace assignments in area industry, government, or private laboratories students gain increased access to state-of-the-art technology and are provided opportunities for enhancing skills. Offered as either an internship or cooperative learning experience, this course is designed for students seeking degrees in chemical technology. Prerequisite: CHM 145.

MPT 241/242 Organic Chemistry (3, 3) ( CHM 241 is MPT.)

Study of stereochemistry and the reaction mechanisms of various types of organic compounds with examples of chemical reactions in biological systems. For premedical and pre-dental students and science majors not planning a career in chemistry. Prerequisite: (241) CHM 142 or 142.M; (242) CHM 241. Corequisite: CHM 244, 245.

MPT 244/245 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2) ( CHM 244 is MPT.)

Introduction to experimental techniques involved in synthesis, purification, and chemical identification of organic molecules. Concurrent registration in CHM 241, 242 required. Prerequisite: (244) CHM 145; (245) CHM 244. CAS-D/LAB.

MPT 251/252 Organic Chemistry for Chemistry Majors (3, 3) (251 is MPT.)

For those planning a career in chemistry. Modern concepts of molecular structure, mechanisms of organic reactions, and synthetic methods for organic compounds, including natural products. Concurrent registration in CHM 254, 255 required. Prerequisite: (MPT 251) CHM 142.M; (252) CHM 251.

MPT 254/255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Chemistry Majors (3, 2) (254 is MPT.)

Introduction to modern experimental techniques in organic chemistry as applied to synthesis, purification, and determination of the structure of organic molecules. Concurrent registration in CHM 251, 252 required. Prerequisite: (MPT 254) CHM 153 or equivalent; (255) CHM 254. CAS-D/LAB.

275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)

Introduction to the principles and methodologies of environmental science. Topics include contamination of earth systems and pollution mitigation; use, abuse, and conservation of natural resources; land use, conservation and preservation, planning and management and the value of biodiversity and wilderness. Cross-listed with BOT, GEO, GLG, MBI, MTH, STA, and ZOO. This course does not meet any CAS requirements.

MPT 332 Outlines of Biochemistry (4)

Introduction to biochemistry of multifunctional organic molecules including carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins. Prerequisite: CHM 231, 242, or 252. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. CAS-D/LAB.

Note: Credit may not be received for both CHM 332, 434.

351/352 Physical Chemistry for Chemistry Majors (3, 3)

Theoretical bases of chemistry formulated from quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and principles of mass transport. Implications of theories, including comparison with experimental results, discussed. Prerequisite: (351) MTH 252 or equivalent and PHY 182; (352) CHM 351.

Note: Credit may not be received for both CHM 351, 472.

MPT 363 Analytical Chemistry (3)

Fundamentals of analytical chemistry including classical and instrumental methods. Prerequisite: CHM 142, 145. Concurrent registration in CHM 364.

MPT 364 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (2)

Analytical chemistry laboratory including classical and instrumental methods. Prerequisite: CHM 142, 145. Concurrent registration in CHM 363. CAS-D/LAB.

417/517 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Survey of fundamental principles of contemporary inorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 142.M, 352.

418/518 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (2)

Advanced experimental techniques involving synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. CAS-D/LAB.

426/526 Spectroscopic Identification of Structure (2)

Application of infrared, ultraviolet, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry to the solution of structural problems in organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 242 or 252.

429/529 Polymer Chemistry (2)

Comprehensive overview and examination of the methods used to synthesize and characterize macromolecules. Both descriptive and mechanistic organic chemistry, as it relates to polymer synthesis, are discussed. The relationship between molecular structure and material properties will be another focus of the course. CAS-D.

MPT 432/532 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)

Principles of biochemistry with emphasis on structure of biological molecules and metabolic processes. Prerequisite: CHM 242 or equivalent.

MPT 433/533 Biochemistry (3, 3)

General principles of biochemistry and their relationship to chemical structure. Prerequisite: CHM 242 or equivalent.

434/534 Biochemistry (3, 3)

General principles of biochemistry and their relationship to chemical structure. Prerequisite: CHM 433/533.

438 Biochemistry Laboratory (2)

Laboratory course utilizing moern biochemical techniques. Emphasis on logic, design, and execution of biochemical experimentation. Prerequisite: CHM 434 or permission of instructor.

454/554 Instrumental Analysis (2)

Lecture course emphasizing spectroscopic, electrochemical, and chromatographic methods to determine chemical composition of samples with principles of chemical equilibrium presented to assist in data interpretation. Prerequisite: CHM 161, 351, and concurrent registration in CHM 352 or 472.

455 Chemical Measurements I, II (2, 2)

Laboratory course emphasizing instrumental methods of chemical analysis and methods of measuring physical-chemical properties. Prerequisite: (455) CHM 161, 351, and PHY 354 or equivalent and concurrent registration in CHM 454; (456) CHM 352, 454, and 455. CAS-D/LAB.

456 Chemical Measurements I, II (2, 2)

Laboratory course emphasizing instrumental methods of chemical analysis and methods of measuring physical-chemical properties. Prerequisite: (455) CHM 161, 351, and PHY 354 or equivalent and concurrent registration in CHM 454; (456) CHM 352, 454, and 455. CAS-D/LAB.

463/563 Environmental Chemistry (2)

The relationship between the development of new analytical methods for interrogating samples and understanding of chemical processes in the environment is discussed.

471/571 Physical Chemistry (3, 3)

Fundamentals of physical chemistry. Basic theories of chemistry are developed and related to experimental results of physical chemistry. Prerequisite: MTH 251 or equivalent, and PHY 182.

472/572 Physical Chemistry (3, 3)

Fundamentals of physical chemistry. Basic theories of chemistry are developed and related to experimental results of physical chemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 471/571.

473/573 Exploring Chemistry with Quantum Methods (3)

Molecular orbital theory with the emphasis on gaining practical experience in the use of computational techniques of quantum chemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 352 or permission of instructor.

480 Departmental Honors (1-6; maximum 6)

Prerequisite: permission of department chair.

490 Undergraduate Research (1-4; maximum 6)

Elected only after consultation with instructor. Prerequisite: 2.3 or better cumulative average in chemistry. Credit/no-credit only.

MPC 491 Chemistry in Societal Issues (3)

Chemistry is involved in many of the societal issues facing this nation. In order to protect the environment, create new energy sources, improve health, and increase consumer product safety, understanding chemistry is critical to the problem-solving process. It is important for students in technical fields to understand the interface between the known chemistry and government regulations, public perception, and legal interpretations. Students critically evaluate and form positions on current issues of national interest. Prerequisite: any 300-level chemistry course. Ideally suited for students who have taken the Thematic Sequence in chemistry.

MPC 492 Independent Research Capstone in Chemistry (3)

Students work intensively with instructor to identify a suitable research question; perform research necessary to resolve the question; write a detailed report of the research, results, and the broader scientific and social implications of the overall research project; and communicate the research results to other students and professionals by participation in departmental research presentations and/or participation in a recognized professional meeting. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department chair, and one semester of CHM 377, 480, or 490 Independent Study.

600 Seminar in Chemistry (1; maximum 12)

Required of all chemistry graduate students in residence. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

621 Methods in Chemical Education Research: Elements of Effective Teacher Enhancement Efforts (2)

Course examines issues involved with effective chemical education teacher enhancement initiatives, explores pertinent research findings, and engages students in critiques and performance effectiveness reviews.

622 Methods in Chemical Education Research: Materials and Curriculum Development (2)

Course examines national trends in chemical education curriculum, explores issues associated with materials development and testing as it is applied to chemistry curriculum, and engages students in implementing protocols used within the discipline.

623 College Chemistry Teaching (2)

Course examines different strategies for teaching chemistry at the college level and explores theories of teaching and learning as they pertain to chemistry instruction.

641 Organic Principles and Theory (3)

Advanced molecular orbital calculations and experimental methods for elucidation of organic reaction mechanisms. Prerequisite: CHM 242 and 352.

642 Organic Synthetic Methods (3)

Scope and limitations of synthetically useful reactions and techniques. Overall strategy and problems in multistep synthesis of natural products emphasized. Prerequisite: CHM 242 or 252.

650 Seminar in Molecular Biology (1)

Discussion of current literature in molecular biology. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Cross-listed with BOT/MBI/ ZOO 650.

655 Chemistry Lab Instruction (2)

Evaluation and examination of current practices for the teaching of laboratory components of chemistry courses. Emphasis placed on safety, technique, and evaluation. The proper use of reference material and library search techniques is also emphasized.

661 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (2)

Lecture course emphasizing fundamental principles of classical analytical chemistry, including acidbase, complexation, and solubility equilibria. Prerequisite: CHM 554 or permission of instructor.

662 Particle Spectroscopy (2)

Lecture course emphasizing fundamental principles of mass spectrometry, but also including surface techniques. Prerequisite: CHM 554 or permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.

663 Electroanalytical Chemistry (2)

Fundamental principles of electrochemistry emphasizing primarily theory, potentiometry, and voltammetry. Prerequisite: CHM 554 or permission of instructor.

664 Separation Science (2)

Fundamental principles of separation science emphasizing chromatographic theory, gas and liquid chromatography, and capillary electrophoresis. Prerequisite: CHM 554 or permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.

672 Molecular Spectroscopy (2)

Vibrational and rotational spectra of molecules and their relation to detailed molecular structure and to intermolecular effects. Prerequisite: CHM 671 or permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.

674 Chemical Kinetics (2)

Phenomenological and theoretical descriptions of chemical rate processes. Emphasis on mathematical modeling of rate processes in solution. Prerequisite: CHM 572 or equivalent. Offered infrequently.

692 Chemical Principles and Theory (1)

A review of basic chemical principles designed for entering graduate students in chemistry and biochemistry.

700 Research for Master’s Thesis (1-12; minimum 6, maximum 12)

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

720 Seminar in Organic and Biochemistry (1; maximum 9)

Discussion of recent research findings in areas of organic and biochemistry. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

725 Biological Chemistry Seminar (1)

Discussion of recent research findings in biological chemistry.

740 Topics in Organic and Biochemistry (1-3; maximum 10)

Advanced coverage of selected topics in organic and biochemistry. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

750 First Year Graduate Seminar (1)

Presentation and discussion of research activities being carried out by the research faculty in chemistry and biochemistry. Designed to facilitate selection of a research adviser by the end of the term.

760 Selected Topics in Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry (1-3; maximum 10)

Advanced coverage of selected topics in inorganic and analytical chemistry. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

770 Topics in Physical Chemistry (1-3; maximum 10)

Advanced coverage of selected topics in area of physical chemistry. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.

780 Seminar in Analytical, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry (1; maximum 9)

Discussion of recent developments in the areas of analytical, inorganic, and physical chemistry. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

790 Research (1-15; maximum 20)

Prerequisite: graduate standing.

850 Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-16; minimum 16, maximum 60)

Prerequisite: admission to Ph.D. program.


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