Chemistry & Biochemistry

Undergraduate Courses

CHE 111 Chemistry in American Life I – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Lecture three hours per week.
A study of chemistry in the life of the average citizen. Special emphasis is given to applications which will affect the nonscientist throughout life, such as chemistry of health, home, and environment. Designed to satisfy core curriculum science requirements. May not be used as a prerequisite for other chemistry courses (other than CHE 112) nor toward a major or minor. May not be combined with CHE 141, CHE 122 nor CHE 124 for the University core curriculum.

CHE 112 Chemistry in American Life II – Credit, 4 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 111 or instructor's consent.
Lecture three hours per week. Laboratory three hours per week.
A continuation of CHE 111, with laboratory.

CHE 124 Integrated Chemical Principles – Credit, 4 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)

Lecture three hours per week. Laboratory three hours per week.
A one semester survey of the principles of chemistry illustrated by selected topics from inorganic, organic, and biochemistry.  Topics discussed are those relevant to allied health related fields, especially nursing.  This course may not substitute for any other chemistry course.

CHE 141 General Chemistry I  – Credit, 4 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)

Lecture three hours per week. Laboratory three hours per week.
The fundamental laws and theories of chemistry and chemical calculations are stressed, primarily while studying inorganic compounds. CHE 141 may not be combined with CHE 111 nor CHE 122 for the core curriculum.

CHE 142 General Chemistry II  – Credit, 4 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 141. Lecture three hours per week. Laboratory three hours per week. 
A continuation of CHE 141.

CHE 143 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 141. Lecture three hours per week.
An overview of basic concepts of Organic and Biochemistry including nomenclature, classification and selected reaction mechanisms.

CHE 211 Investigations in Inorganic Chemistry – Credit, 1 sem. hr.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 142. Laboratory three hours per week.
A laboratory study of the classification, synthesis and reactions of typical inorganic substances. The physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds will be examined.

CHE 231 Topics of Current Interest – Credit, 1 sem. hr.  
Prerequisite: CHE 141 and CHE 142.
Students attend seminars, participate in field trips, and discuss topics of current interest in chemistry.

CHE 303-A Organic Chemistry I – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
CHE 303-B/6593 Organic Chemistry I – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite: CHE 141 and CHE 142. Lecture three hours per week.
Corequisite: CHE 313 or instructor's consent.
An introductory course, including a study of the fundamental types of organic compounds, their nomenclature, classification, synthesis, and typical reactions.

CHE 304 Organic Chemistry II – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 303 and CHE 313.
Corequisite: CHE 314 or instructor's consent.
A continuation of CHE 303.

CHE 310 Quantitative Chemical Analysis – Credit, 4 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 141 and CHE 142. Lecture two hours per week. Laboratory six hours per week.
This laboratory intensive course presents the fundamental methods of exact chemical analysis and includes an introduction to the use of chemical instrumentation.

CHE 313 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I – Credit, 2 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Corequisite: CHE 303 or instructor's consent. Lecture one hour per week and laboratory four hours per week.
A study of laboratory techniques in synthesis, purification, and chemical and instrumental analysis.

CHE 314 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II – Credit, 2 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 313. Lecture one hour per week and laboratory four hours per week.
Corequisite: CHE 304 or instructor's consent.
A continuation of CHE 313.

CHE 317 Chemical Dynamics – Credit, 4 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisites: CHE142, MAT 122, PHY 152 or PHY 252 or instructor’s consent. Lecture three hours per week. Laboratory three hours per week.
A study of the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical and biochemical processes.

CHE 318 Chemical Energetics – Credit, 4 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisites: CHE 317. Lecture three hours per week. Laboratory three hours per week.
An introduction to the theoretical and fundamental aspects of molecular bonding and structure, and atomic and molecular spectroscopy.

CHE 402 Advanced Organic Chemistry – Credit, 4 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisites: CHE 303-304, CHE 317, or instructor's consent. Lecture three hours per week. Laboratory three hours per week.
Reactions and mechanisms, separation science, serial synthesis and instrumental methods of compound identification.

CHE 410 Instrumental Analysis – Credit, 4 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisites: CHE 241 and CHE 317 or instructor's consent. Lecture two hours per week. Laboratory six hours per week.
The course deals with the principles and application of some of the modern instruments used in analytical chemistry.

CHE 411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisites: CHE 211, CHE 317. Corequisites: CHE 318 or instructor's consent. Lecture three hours per week.
A study of modern inorganic chemistry with emphasis on the principles and trends in the chemistry of the elements and the essentials of structure, bonding, and reactivity of inorganic systems.

CHE 415 Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisites: CHE 141-142, CHE 211. Laboratory six hours per week. Lecture one hour per week.
A laboratory course illustrating the techniques of crystallization, distillation, furnace methods, electrolytic processes and gas handling involved in the preparation and characterization of novel inorganic compounds.

CHE 417 Theoretical Chemistry – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 318. Lecture three hours per week.
A study of theoretical chemistry, chemical physics, theoretical molecular spectroscopy and solid-state chemistry.

CHE 418 Biochemistry: Macromolecules – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 304, BIO 111 or instructor’s consent.  Lecture three hours per week. 
This lecture course explores the structures and functions of biological molecules.  Additional topics include the biological synthesis of proteins and nucleic acids.

CHE 419 Biochemistry:  Metabolism – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 304 and BIO 111 or instructor’s consent. Lecture three hours per week.
This lecture course covers the fundamentals of metabolism and bioenergetics.  Clinical correlations with metabolic diseases and diabetes are presented.

CHE 420 Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory – Credit, 1 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 304 and BIO 111 or instructor’s consent. Lecture three hours per week.
This laboratory course covers basic methods utilized in the purification and chemical analysis of biological molecules with applications to medicinal and forensic chemistry.

CHE 421 Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory – Credit, 1 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: CHE 304 and BIO 111 or instructor’s consent. Lecture three hours per week.
This laboratory course covers basic methods for the determination of protein and nucleic acid structure, stability, and function.

CHE 431 Chemistry Seminar – Credit, 1 sem. hr.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisites: CHE 303-304 and Senior Standing.
In order to gain experience in oral communication and exploration of the scientific literature, students learn to present scientific information by giving short seminars on selected topics in chemistry, as well as a departmental seminar.  A standardized chemistry test covering areas of undergraduate chemistry will be administered.

CHE 435 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite:  EDU 300
Designed to familiarize teachers with current trends, methods and techniques of teaching science to secondary school students. May not be used for minor, nor for Career Chemist and Medical Science majors.

CHE 441-442 Special Topics in Chemistry – Credit, 1 sem. hr. each  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: 18 hours of chemistry and departmental permission.
Provides students a means to begin undergraduate research or explore a subject in more depth than is offered in a regular class.  A final written report is required.

CHE 451-452 Independent Studies and Research – Credit, 3 sem. hrs. each  (Syllabus)
Prerequisite: 18 semester hours of chemistry and departmental consent.
Individual reading and research involving experimental or theoretical investigation.

CHE 470 Historical Foundations of Chemistry – Credit, 3 sem. hrs.
Prerequisite: Eight hours of chemistry. Lecture three hours per week.
A selected history of chemistry with a study of the pioneers who developed the theories and techniques that have brought the science to its present position. May not be taken for credit toward the undergraduate major or minor in chemistry.