Wilkes University

Chemistry

Chemistry Major

The Chemistry curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive background in the fundamentals of the science and to contribute to the general education of the student. Graduates with a B.S. degree may find industrial or government employment or continue advanced studies in a graduate or professional school.

The B.A. degree is available for students who desire additional flexibility to prepare for a career in secondary education, the health professions (such as medicine, dentistry, etc.), law, business, engineering, computer science, or other related fields. The B.A. program in Chemistry includes specific concentrations, which will allow students to have a solid, fundamental background in Chemistry in combination with other disciplines such as Art, Business, Computer Science, Education, Environmental Sciences, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Pre-med Studies. The ultimate goal is to create a curriculum that is easily adapted to the ever-changing challenges of modern society and of multidisciplinary academic endeavors.

The Wilkes Chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society for the professional training of chemists. Students who complete the B.S. program are certified for membership eligibility in the Society at graduation. The B.A. program in Chemistry may be accredited, dependent upon the student’s choice of chemistry courses. In all cases, students will choose specific courses in a concentration after consultation with departmental advisors.

Chemistry Major - Concentrations and Minor Areas of Study

Art

Recommended courses for the B.A. degree  in Chemistry with a concentration in Art:

ART 113 – Drawing I 3 cr.
ART 123 – Ceramics 3 cr.
ART 120 – Painting I 3 cr.
ART 122 – Sculpture 3 cr.
ART 140 - History of Art I 3 cr.
ART 141 - History of Art II 3 cr.

Recommended Distribution Area IV course

ART 101 – Experiencing Art 3 cr.

Recommended Free Elective

ART 121 – Printmaking 3 cr.

Business (Minor)

Chemistry majors may pursue a minor in one of the areas in Business. For details of minor degree programs in Business, see Accounting Minor, Business Administration Minor, Marketing Minor, and Entrepreneurship Minor.

Computer Science

Recommended courses for the B.A. degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Computer Science:

CS 126 – Computer Science II 4 cr.
CS 225 – Computer Science III 3 cr.
CS 324 – Systems Analysis 3 cr.
CS 325 – Database Management 3 cr.
CS 328 – Algorithms 3 cr.
CS 334 – Software Engineering 3 cr.
Free Elective: MTH 231 – Discrete Mathematics 3 cr.

Students pursuing a concentration in Computer Science must satisfy all prerequisites for recommended concentration courses.

Secondary Education (Major or Minor)

Students interested in becoming secondary teachers in Chemistry should make an appointment with the chairperson of the Education Department or the Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program as early as possible in their course of study, to plan their professional studies. These students will declare a major in Chemistry and as well as a major or minor in Secondary Education. The major in Secondary Education must be taken in conjunction with an approved major; it is not a stand alone major. Upon successful completion of the secondary education program, students may become certified in Pennsylvania to teach in grades 7-12 in their chosen field.

Students interested in pursuing either the major or the minor in Secondary Education should refer to the Education Department section of this bulletin for complete details of the curriculum and other degree requirements. Students should also consult carefully with their Education program and Chemistry program advisors in planning their course of studies.

Total credits required for Secondary Education minor - 40 credits
Total credits required for Secondary Education major - 47 credits

Required courses for the major(*) or minor in Secondary Education are as follows:
ED 180 Educational Psychology 3 cr.
ED 190 Effective Teaching with Field Experience 3 cr.
ED 191 Integrating Technology into the Classroom 3 cr.
EDSP 210 Teaching Students with Special Needs 3 cr.
ED 220 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 3 cr.
EDSP 225 Special Education Methods I with Field Experience 3 cr.
* ED 345 Assessment 3 cr.
* ED 375 Middle Level/Secondary School Methods with Field Exp. 4 cr.
ED 371 Teaching Methods in Science with Field Experience 4 cr.
ED 380 Content Area Literacy 3 cr.
EDSP 388 Inclusionary Practices (taken concurrently with ED 390) 3 cr.
ED 390 Student Teaching with Seminar 12 cr.

* These additional courses required in order to complete the major in Secondary Education.

  • All Teacher Education candidates must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program in the sophomore or junior year.

  • To be admitted into the Teacher Education Program, candidates must
    • Attain a 3.0 GPA 
    • Complete 48 credits including six credits in both Mathematics and English 
    • Pass a test of basic skills
    • Submit required clearances showing ‘no record’ 

  • To remain in the Teacher Education Program, candidates must 
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA 
    • Adhere to the Code of Professionalism and Academic Honesty  

  • To be certified as a teacher in Pennsylvania in grades 7-12, candidates must 
    • Successfully complete all required Education courses, including student teaching 
    • Graduate with a 3.0 cumulative GPA 
    • Pass the appropriate exit test(s) in their content area 
    • Apply for certification through the Pennsylvania Teacher Information Management System (TIMS). 

Forensic Science

Recommended courses for the B.A. degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Forensic Science:

BIO 121 – Principles of Modern Biology I 4 cr.
CHM 398 – Forensic Chemistry 3 cr.
PS 232 – Criminal Law 3 cr.
PSY 242 – Personality 3 cr.
PSY 355 – Forensic Psychology 3 cr.
SOC 222 – Criminology 3 cr.

Recommended Distribution Courses:

EC 102 – Principles of Economics II 3 cr.
PSY 101 – General Psychology 3 cr.
SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology 3 cr.

Recommended Free Electives:

BIO 226 – Cellular and Molecular Biology 4 cr.
BIO 345 – Genetics 4 cr.
MTH 150 – Elementary Statistics 3 cr.

Students pursuing a concentration in Forensic Science must satisfy all prerequisites for recommended concentration courses.

Pre-Med Studies

Recommended and required courses for the B.A. degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Pre-Med Studies:

CHM 361 and 362 is recommended in place of CHM 365.

Required Courses:

BIO 121 – Principles of Modern Biology I 4 cr.
BIO 122 – Principles of Modern Biology II 4 cr.
CS 265 – Medical Informatics 3 cr.

Recommended Courses (select 18 credits from the following list of courses):

BIO 321 – Mammalian Physiology 4 cr.
BIO 323 – Functional Histology 4 cr.
BIO 326 – Immunology and Immunochemistry 4 cr.
BIO 327 – Medical Microbiology 4 cr.
BIO 328 – Developmental Biology 4 cr.
BIO 329 – Virology 3 cr.
BIO 345 – Genetics 4 cr.
BIO 368 – Medical Botany 3 cr.
BIO 398 – Medical Ethics 3 cr.
CHM 398 – Brain Chemistry 3 cr.
CHM 398 – Medicinal Chemistry 3 cr.
MTH 150 – Elementary Statistics 3 cr.
SP 210 – Medical Spanish 3 cr.

Students pursuing a concentration in Pre-Med Studies must satisfy all prerequisites for recommended concentration courses.

Sustainability

Recommended course for the B.A. degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Sustainability:

CHM 398 – Environmental Chemistry 3 cr.

The B.A. degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Sustainability requires a minimum of 29 credits in the concentration area. Students should select courses from the following content areas:

Content Area I: Writing Perspective (3 cr.) Credits
ENG 202 – Technical and Professional Writing 3
ENG 228 – Professional and Workplace Writing 3

Content Area II: Political and Legal Perspective (6 cr.) Credits
BA 223 – Legal Environment of Business 3
PS 224 – Public Policy Analysis 3
PS 260 – Introduction to Political Thinking 3

Content Area III: Ethical Perspective (3 cr.) Credits
PHL 218 – Environmental Ethics 3
PHL 250 – Philosophy of Science 3

Content Area IV: Environmental Perspective (17 cr.) Credits
EES 210 – Global Climatic Change 3
EES 240 – Principles of Environmental Science 3
EES 261 – Regional Geography 3
EES 271 – Environmental Mapping I: The Global Positioning System 3
EES 272 – Environmental Mapping II: Geographic Information Systems 3
EES 304 – Environmental Data Analysis 3
EES 330 – Water Quality 3
EES 332 – Air Quality 3
EES 340 – Ecology 3
EES 341 – Freshwater Ecosystems 3
EES 343 – Marine Ecology 3
EES 398 – Topics in EES 3
ENV 305 – Solid Waste Management 3
ENV 315 – Soils 3
ENV 321 – Hydrology 4
ENV 351 – Water and Wastewater Treatment 4
ENV 353 – Air Pollution Control 3
ENV 354 – Hazardous Waste Management 3
ENV 398 – Topics in Engineering 3
ME 322 – Engineering Thermodynamics 3

Students pursuing a concentration in Sustainability must satisfy all prerequisites for recommended concentration courses.

Chemistry Major (B.A. Degree) - Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

Credits

CHM-113 – Elements & Compounds Lab

1

CHM-115 – Elements & Compounds

3

ENG-101 – Composition

4

FYF-101 – First-Year Foundations

3

MTH-111 – Calculus I

4

Total Credits

15

Second Semester

 

CHM-114 – The Chemical Reaction Lab

1

CHM-116 – The Chemical Reaction

3

CS125 – Computer Science I

4

Distribution Requirement

3

MTH-112 – Calculus II

4

Total Credits

15

Third Semester

 

CHM-231 – Organic Chemistry I

3

CHM-233 – Organic Chemistry Lab I

1

Distribution Requirements

6

PHY-201 – General Physics I

4

Concentration Area or Minor Course

3

Total Credits

17

Fourth Semester

 

CHM-232 – Organic Chemistry II

3

CHM-234 – Organic Chemistry Lab II

1

CHM-246 – Analytical Chemistry Lab

1

CHM-248 – Analytical Chemistry

3

MTH-212 – Multivariable Calculus

4

PHY-202 – General Physics II

4

Total Credits

16

Fifth Semester

Credits

CHM-341 – Instrumental Methods

3

CHM-343 – Instrumental Methods Lab

1

CHM-355 –Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences

3

CHM-357 –Physical Chemistry for the Life Sci. Lab

1

Distribution Requirement

3

Concentration Area or Minor Courses

6

Total Credits

17

Sixth Semester

 

CHM-322 – Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHM-365 – Medical Biochemistry

4

CHM-370 – Integrated Chemistry Lab*

1

CHM-390 – Chemistry Junior Seminar

1

Concentration Area or Minor Courses

6

Total Credits

15

Seventh Semester

 

CHM-371 – Integrated Chemistry Lab*

0-1

CHM-391 – Senior Research

2

Distribution Requirement

3

Free Electives (see Concentration Area &

Minor courses)

 

6

Concentration Area or Minor Course

3

Total Credits

14 – 15

Eighth Semester

 

CHM-372 – Integrated Chemistry Lab*

0-1

CHM-392 – Senior Research

2

Distribution Requirement

3

Free Elective (see Concentration Area & Minor courses)

 3-4

Concentration Area or Minor Course

3

Total Credits

12 – 13

*Students pursuing the B.A. in Chemistry are required to complete two (2) credits of Integrated Laboratory (CHM 370, 371, 372).

Chemistry Major (B.S. Degree) - Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

Credits

CHM-113 – Elements & Compounds Lab

1

CHM-115 – Elements & Compounds

3

ENG-101 – Composition or Distribution Requirement

4-3

FYF-101 – First-Year Foundations

3

MTH-111 – Calculus I

4

Total Credits

14 – 15

Second Semester

 

CHM-114 – The Chemical Reaction Lab

1

CHM-116 – The Chemical Reaction

3

CS-125 – Computer Science I

4

ENG-101 – Composition or Distribution Requirement

4-3

MTH-112 – Calculus II

4

Total Credits

15 – 16

Third Semester

 

CHM-231 – Organic Chemistry I

3

CHM-233 – Organic Chemistry Lab I

1

Distribution Requirements

6

PHY-201 – General Physics I

4

Total Credits

14

Fourth Semester

 

CHM-232 – Organic Chemistry II

3

CHM-234 – Organic Chemistry Lab II

1

CHM-246 – Analytical Chemistry Lab

1

CHM-248 – Analytical Chemistry

3

MTH-212 – Multivariable Calculus

4

PHY-202 – General Physics II

4

Total Credits

16

Fifth Semester

Credits

CHM-341 – Instrumental Methods

3

CHM-343 – Instrumental Methods Lab

1

CHM-351 – Physical Chemistry I

3

CHM-353 – Physical Chemistry I Lab

1

Distribution Requirement

6

Total Credits

14

Sixth Semester

 

CHM-322 – Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHM-352 – Physical Chemistry II

3

CHM-354 – Physical Chemistry II Lab

1

CHM-365 - Medical Biochemistry

4

CHM-370 – Integrated Chemistry Lab*

1-2

CHM-390 – Chemistry Junior Seminar

1

Distribution Requirements

3

Total Credits

17 – 18

Seventh Semester

 

CHM-371 – Integrated Chemistry Lab*

1-2

CHM-391 – Senior Research I

2

Free Electives

9

Major Elective

3

Total Credits

15 - 16

Eighth Semester

 

CHM-372 – Integrated Chemistry Lab*

0-1

CHM-392 – Senior Research

2

Free Electives

9

Major Elective

3

Total Credits

14 - 15

*Students pursuing the B.S. in Chemistry are required to complete four (4) credits of Integrated Laboratory (CHM 370, 371, 372).

 

Chemistry Minor

Students in majors other than Chemistry may wish to elect a minor in Chemistry. The minor shall consist of a minimum of 22 credits.

Required courses:

CHM 113/115 - Elements and Compounds with lab.
CHM 114/116 - The Chemical Reaction with lab.
CHM 231/233 - Organic Chemistry 1 with lab.
CHM 232/234 - Organic Chemistry 2 with lab.

Six (6), or more, credit hours of electives – All electives must be listed or cross-listed as a chemistry course, 200 level or higher, and in keeping with the existing prerequisites as listed in the Bulletin.

 

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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