Wilkes University

Chemistry

CHM-105. Chemistry and Modern Society

Credits: 3

This course will emphasize consumer applications of chemistry with some emphasis on environmental consequences of the use of various forms of energy (nuclear, coal, petroleum, natural gas) and everyday chemicals (foods, drugs, agricultural chemicals, and chemicals used in pest control). 

CHM-111. Fundamentals of Chemistry

Credits: 4

Designed for students who do not intend to major in science or engineering, this one-semester course presents principles of chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, gas laws, solutions, acid/base chemistry and an introduction to organic and biochemistry. A laboratory component closely coordinated with and designed to accompany the lecture is required as part of this course. Experiments develop basic principles of laboratory technique. Students may not receive credit for both CHM 111 and CHM 113/115. Three hours of class, one hour of problem session, and two hours of lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites
Meet departmental placement criteria.

CHM-113. Elements and Compounds Lab

Credits: 1

This is the first chemistry laboratory course in the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Experiments are performed to reinforce the concepts learned in CHM-115. One three-hour laboratory per week.

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Pre-Requisites
Meet departmental placement criteria.
Co-Requisites

CHM-114. The Chemical Reaction Lab

Credits: 1

This is the second chemistry laboratory course in the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Experiments are performed to reinforce the concepts learned in CHM-116. One three-hour laboratory per week.


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Pre-Requisites
CHM-113 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-115 with a grade of 2.0 or better
Co-Requisites

CHM-115. Elements and Compounds

Credits: 3

Emphasis is placed on the periodic table and stoichiometry, including chemical properties, physical states, and structure. Three hours of class and a one-hour problem session per week.
Corequisite: CHM-113.

Pre-Requisites

Meet departmental placement criteria.

CHM-116. The Chemical Reaction

Credits: 3

A detailed study of chemical equilibria in aqueous solution. Three hours of class and a one-hour problem session per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-113 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-115 with a grade of 2.0 or better
Co-Requisites

CHM-117. Introductory Chemistry Lab for Engineers

Credits: 1

This is a one-semester introductory chemistry laboratory course for engineering students. Experiments are performed to reinforce the concepts learned in CHM-118. Three-hour lab per week.

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Pre-Requisites
Meet departmental placement criteria.
Co-Requisites

CHM-118. Chemistry for Engineers

Credits: 3

This course covers the foundations of chemistry, matter and measurements, periodicity, atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, states of matter, phase changes, kinetics, equilibrium, thermochemistry and electrochemistry. Four-hour lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
Meet departmental placement criteria.
Co-Requisites

CHM-231. Organic Chemistry I

Credits: 3

An introduction to the chemistry of carbon compounds, which develops the interconnected relationship between bonding, structure, and reactivity in organic compounds. Instrumental methods will be presented as a means to determine the structure of reaction products. Three hours of class and a one-hour pre-lab session per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-114 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-116 with a grade of 2.0 or better
Co-Requisites

CHM-232. Organic Chemistry II

Credits: 3

A continuation of CHM-231 with emphasis on organic synthesis. Three hours of class and a one-hour testing/pre-lab session per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-231 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-233 with a grade of 2.0 or better
Co-Requisites

CHM-233. Organic Chemistry I Lab

Credits: 1

After an introduction to standard organic reaction, purification, physical characterization, and spectroscopic techniques, students will investigate concepts discussed in CHM-231. One three-hour laboratory per week.

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Pre-Requisites

CHM-114 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-116 with a grade of 2.0 or better

Co-Requisites

CHM-234. Organic Chemistry II Lab

Credits: 1

Weekly labs that parallel the lecture topics in CHM-232 and emphasize organic synthesis and characterization, including multistep synthesis. Three hours per week.

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Pre-Requisites
CHM-231 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-233 with a grade of 2.0 or better
Co-Requisites

CHM-246. Analytical Chemistry Lab

Credits: 1

Weekly labs that parallel the lecture topics in CHM-248. One three-hour laboratory per week.

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Pre-Requisites
CHM-114 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-116 with a grade of 2.0 or better
Co-Requisites

CHM-248. Analytical Chemistry

Credits: 3

A course in the application of the principles of chemical equilibria to obtain the qualitative and quantitative information about the composition and structure of matter. An introduction to the importance of sampling is included along with methods for the statistical treatment of data. The course focuses primarily on the analyses of elemental and ionic species using electrochemical, spectroscopic, and chromatographic techniques.  Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-114 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-116 with a grade of 2.0 or better
Co-Requisites

CHM-256. Polymer Chemistry

Credits: 3

This course covers topics in polymer composition and structure, polymerization mechanisms, stereochemistry of polymerization and reaction of polymers. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-117 with a grade of 2.0 or better &  CHM-118 with a grade of 2.0 or better

CHM-258. Polymer Chemistry Laboratory

Credits: 3

Experiments are conducted to emphasize the concepts learned in the lecture course, Polymer Chemistry, as as to collect and process experimental data and develop laboratory skills. One three-hour laboratory per week.

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Pre-Requisites
CHM-117 with a grade of 2.0 or better &  CHM-118 with a grade of 2.0 or better
Co-Requisites

CHM-322. Inorganic Chemistry

Credits: 3

CHM-322 presents a survey of current topics in Inorganic Chemistry. The first half of the course offers a survey of main group chemistry, including individual group trends. The second half of the course covers Crystal Field Theory, Ligand Field Theory, reaction mechanisms, and organometallic compounds. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-114 with a grade of 2.0 or better &  CHM-116 with a grade of 2.0 or better

CHM-341. Instrumental Methods for Chemical Analysis

Credits: 3

A course in the fundamental principles that provide the basis for the design and fabrication of chemical instrumentation. The underlying physical basis for each method is introduced through an exploration of the capabilities, limitations, and applications of a wide range of separations, spectroscopic, and electrochemical methods. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-246 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-248 with a grade of 2.0 or better
Co-Requisites

CHM-343. Instrumental Methods for Chemical Analysis Lab

Credits: 1

Weekly lab that corresponds to the lecture topics in CHM-341. One three-hour laboratory per week.

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Co-Requisites

CHM-351. Physical Chemistry I

Credits: 3

This course emphasizes the molecular approach to physical chemistry. It begins discussing the principles of quantum mechanics and their applications in chemistry, leading to atomic and molecular structure, and chemical bonding. These concepts are then used in the development of atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Photochemistry is introduced. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-114 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-116 with a grade of 2.0 or better, MTH-212 & PHY-202

CHM-352. Physical Chemistry II

Credits: 3

Statistical mechanics is used to formulate thermodynamics in terms of atomic and molecular properties. A molecular interpretation of the laws of thermodynamics. Three hours of lecture a week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-351 with a grade of 2.0 or better

CHM-353. Physical Chemistry I Lab

Credits: 1

Laboratory experiments are performed in order to reinforce concepts in CHM-351. Bench as well as computational experiments are carried out, including photoelectric effect, resonance states in the particle in a one-dimensional box system, molecular orbital theory applications, and molecular spectroscopy. Three hours per week.

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Co-Requisites

CHM-354. Physical Chemistry II Lab

Credits: 1

Laboratory experiments are performed in order to reinforce concepts in CHM-352. Bench as well as computational experiments are carried out, including calorimetry, phase equilibrium, colligative properties, kinetics, and applications of the Monte Carlo method to chemical kinetics. One three-hour lab per week.

Co-Requisites

CHM-355. Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences

Credits: 3

An introduction to traditional physical chemistry topics, including additional topics related to life sciences. Laws of thermodynamics, equilibria, kinetics, and spectroscopy will be discussed in terms of their application to life sciences. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-114 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-116 with a grade of 2.0 or better, MTH-212 & PHY-202
Co-Requisites

CHM-357. Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab

Credits: 1

Laboratory experiments emphasize concepts presented in CHM-355. Course includes experimental work, analysis of a research article, and computer simulations relevant to life sciences. One three-hour laboratory pre week.

Co-Requisites

CHM-361. Biochemistry: Structure and Function

Credits: 3

This course presents a study of the physical and chemical properties of proteins, nucleic acid, fatty acids, and carbohydrates emphasizing the relationship between the chemical structure and the biological function. The course includes the physical methods of biochemistry, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, and nucleic acid transcription and translation. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-232 with a grade of 2.0 or better

CHM-362. Biochemistry: Metabolism

Credits: 3

This course presents a study of the catabolism and anabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, and amino acids. The course emphasizes the regulation and integration of major metabolic pathways, including glycolysis, the Kreb’s cycle, electron transport, gluconeogenesis, pentose phosphate pathway, fatty acid metabolism, and amino acid metabolism. Three hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-232 with a grade of 2.0 or better

CHM-365. Medical Biochemistry

Credits: 4

Introduction to basic biochemistry concepts, focusing on the structure and function of vitamins, proteins, and lipids as well as bioenergetics and major catabolic pathways. The catabolism of carbohydrates, fats and amino acids will be discussed including reactions and regulation. Common metabolic pathways of drugs, enzyme induction and metabolism down regulation will also be presented. Lecture: Four hours per week. Cross-listed with PHA-365; BEGR-465. Four hours of lecture per week.

Pre-Requisites
CHM-232 with a grade of 2.0 or better or permission of the instructor

CHM-370. CHM 371,CHM 372 Integrated Laboratories I, II, III

Credits: 1-2 each

Laboratory experiments related to the five major areas of chemistry. Labs will be chosen in order that students might demonstrate proficiency in each of the required areas. Labs will include synthesis, isolation, and characterization of chemical compounds, spectroscopy, kinetics, calorimetry, chromatography, electrophoresis, and other chemical and biochemical methods. Three hours of laboratory per week per credit hour.

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Pre-Requisites
CHM-232 with a grade of 2.0 or better, CHM-234 with a grade of 2.0 or better & CHM-341 with a grade of 2.0 or better


CHM-390. Junior Seminar

Credits: 1

CHM-390 is a one-hour course offered during the spring semester. It is designed to prepare chemistry and biochemistry majors for their careers after graduation and for their capstone research projects, undertaken in the fourth year. The course will cover topics such as résumé preparation, communication of scientific information, internships, job searches, and preparation for graduate school. Students will prepare a topical literature review on their chosen project in conjunction with their selection of a research advisor.

Pre-Requisites
45 hours of service to the Chemistry Department. Requirements; Junior standing and declared major in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

CHM-391. Senior Research I

Credits: 2

Students will plan and execute a chemistry research project under the direction of a faculty member. It is expected that this will be a laboratory research project. Students will also learn how to search the chemical literature using modern computer methods. Students are required to attend weekly Department seminars and present at least one seminar. Requirements: Senior standing in a Chemistry curriculum.

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Pre-Requisites
CHM-352 with a grade of 2.0 or better or CHM-355 with a grade of 2.0 or better

CHM-392. Senior Research II

Credits: 2

Students will carry out a chemistry research project under the direction of a faculty member. It is expected that the project will be a laboratory research project. The project must culminate in a written report and the results must be presented at a Department poster event. Students are also required to attend any seminars hosted by the Department.. Six hours of laboratory / research work per week.

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Pre-Requisites
CHM-391 with a grade of 2.0 or better

CHM-395. Independent Research

Credits: 1-3

Independent study and research for advanced students in the field of the major under the direction of a staff member. A research paper is required. 

Requirements: permission of the instructor.

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CHM-396. Independent Research

Credits: 1-3

Independent study and research for advanced students in the field of the major under the direction of a staff member. A research paper is required. 

Requirements: permission of the instructor.

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CHM-398. Topics

Credits: 1-3

A study of topics of special interest, such as advanced physical chemistry, advanced analytical chemistry, advanced organic chemistry, surface and colloid chemistry, nuclear chemistry, chemical kinetics, polymer chemistry, or spectroscopy.

Pre-Requisites
Will vary according to the specific topics course.

CHM-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 1-6

Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experience, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. See the Cooperative Education section of this bulletin for placement procedures.Requirements: Sophomore standing; minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA; consent of the academic advisor; and approval of placement by the department chairperson. Students without the indicated prerequisites for 200 and 300-level chemistry courses may enroll after written permission of the instructor has been approved by the department chair.


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