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Chemistry

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Chemistry and Biochemistry CHEM Courses

LOWER DIVISION

100. Chemistry and Today’s World (4)

Prerequisite: One course from the Foundation (GE categories A1, A2, A3, and B2).
Introduction to basic principles of chemistry and a consideration of the benefits and problems arising from applications of chemistry. Discussions of foods and food additives, drugs, plastics, and other materials of everyday life, fuel sources, the atmosphere, and fresh water. Suitable for general education credit.
Not open for credit to chemistry or biochemistry majors or students with credit in CHEM 111A or CHEM 140. (Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

101. Introduction to General Chemistry (4) F,S

Corequisite: MATH 112 or 113 or 117 or 119A or 122.
This course is a prerequisite to CHEM 111A for students who have not achieved a satisfactory score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. Basic principles and concepts including atomic structure, nomenclature and chemical calculations with emphasis on problem solving.
Does not count for General Education. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs., lab-problem session 3 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

105. Chemistry Explorations (1)

Prerequisite: A general education math class, which may be taken concurrently.
Central concepts of chemistry, including states of matter, atomic structure, periodic properties, chemical compounds and reaction energy, and equilibrium, illustrated with a series of experiments. Intended for students in the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP).
(Laboratory 3 hours). Course fee may be required.

111A. General Chemistry (5)

Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination within the preceding year or a grade of “C” or better in CHEM 101; MATH 112 or 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended. (Recommended for students who intend to pursue careers in science or engineering.)
First semester of a two-semester sequence (CHEM 111A and 111B). Introduction to principles of chemistry including chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, electronic structure, bonding, and properties of solids, liquids, gases, and solutions.
(Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory and problem session 6 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

111B. General Chemistry (5)

Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of “C” or better.
Second semester of a two-semester sequence (CHEM 111A and 111B). Continuation of chemical principles, applications of bonding theories of inorganic molecules, trends and reactivities of elements and their compounds, chemical equilibrium, kinetics and qualitative inorganic analysis. Solving aqueous equilibrium problems are emphasized.
(Lecture 3 hrs., lab and problem solving sessions 6 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

140. General, Organic, and Biochemistry (5)

Prerequisites: A GE math course (may be taken concurrently); high school chemistry or equivalent.
This one-semester course encompasses general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Meets chemistry requirement for pre-nursing curriculum.
(Lecture 3 hrs; problem solving session 1 hr., and laboratory 3 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

251. Quantitative Analysis (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 111B with a grade of “C” or better. It is strongly recommended that CHEM 251 be taken within one calendar year of CHEM 111B.
Introduction to techniques and theory of gravimetric and volumetric analysis, spectrophotometry, potentiometry, and chromatography.
(Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

UPPER DIVISION

302. Survey of Biochemistry (3) F,S

Prerequisites: A minimum of 3 units of university-level general and organic chemistry with grade of "C" or better.
Study of the chemistry, structures, metabolic reactions and functions of the major classes of biochemical compounds. Does not meet the requirements of medical or dental schools.
Does not count for General Education credit. (Lecture 2 hrs., discussion 1 hr.)

320A. Organic Chemistry (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 111B with a grade of “C” or better. CHEM 251 is recommended.
First semester of two-semester sequence (CHEM 320A and 320B). Sequence meets requirements for medical and dental schools. Emphasis is upon application of modern principles of structure, reactivity, methods of synthesis, physical properties and spectroscopy.
(Lecture 3 hrs., discussion 1 hr.)

320B. Organic Chemistry (5)

Prerequisite: CHEM 320A with a grade of “C” or better.
Second semester of two-semester sequence (CHEM 320A and 320B). Continuation of study of organic chemistry including chemistry of compounds containing more than one functional group, bioorganic molecules, and special topics.
(Lecture 3 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

320L. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2) F,S

Prerequisites: Completion at an accredited institution of coursework equivalent to CHEM 322B, and consent of the Department.
CHEM 320L is identical to the laboratory component of CHEM 320B. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 320B. Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 6 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

322A. Organic Chemistry (3) F,S

Prerequisite: CHEM 111B with a grade of “C” or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 323A required except for students who have previously earned a “C” or better in CHEM 323A.
First of a two-semester sequence (CHEM 322A,B) for biological sciences majors. Sequence meets requirements for medical and dental schools. Emphasizes concepts of organic chemistry necessary to understand structures and transformations of biomolecules. Not applicable to a degree in chemistry.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

322B. Organic Chemistry (3) F,S

Prerequisites: CHEM 322A and CHEM 323A, both with a grade of “C” or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 323B required except for students who have previously earned a “C” or better in CHEM 323B.
Second semester of two-semester sequence (CHEM 322A and 322B) for biological sciences majors. Continuation of the study of organic reactions with emphasis on the chemistry of metabolism. Not applicable to a degree in chemistry.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

323A. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) F,S

Prerequisite: CHEM 111B with a grade of “C” or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 322A required except for students who have previously earned a “C” or better in CHEM 322A.
Introduction to organic laboratory techniques. Not applicable to a degree in chemistry.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hrs.)

323B. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) F,S

Prerequisites: CHEM 322A and CHEM 323A, both with a grade of “C” or better. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 322B required except for students who have previously earned a “C” or better in CHEM 322B.
Synthesis and characterization of organic and bioorganic compounds. Not applicable to a degree in chemistry.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hrs.)

327. Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3) F,S

Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of “C” or better; CHEM 111B is recommended.
Lecture course in chemistry of the carbon compounds.
Not applicable to a degree in chemistry. (Lecture 3 hrs.)

331. Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, 251.
Introduction to coordination chemistry, solid-state chemistry, and reactions of transition metals.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

332. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (2)

Prerequisite: CHEM 331 (may be taken concurrently).
Synthesis, characterization, and manipulation of inorganic compounds and materials.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hrs).

361. Chemical Communications (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of General Education Foundation, concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 320A.
Using the chemical literature. Writing technical reports for various purposes. Oral presentation of chemical information. Course includes extensive writing.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hrs.)

371A. Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3) F

Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better), MATH 224 (may be taken concurrently).
Half of the two semester physical chemistry package. The two courses, CHEM 371A,B, may be taken in either order. Principles and applications of classical thermodynamics; introduction to chemical kinetics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

371B. Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy (3) S

Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of “C” or better), and MATH 224 (may be taken concurrently).
Half of the two semester physical chemistry package. The two courses CHEM 371A,B may be taken in either order. Principles and applications of quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, and statistical thermodynamics.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

373. Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (3) S

Prerequisites: CHEM 251, CHEM 371A or CHEM 377A or 377B, all with a grade of “C” or better. Corequisite: CHEM 371B.
Introduction to basic physico-chemical experimental techniques with applications to principles discussed in CHEM 371A,B and CHEM 377A,B.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 1 hr., laboratory 6 hrs.)

377A. Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3) F,S

Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 122, PHYS 100B or 152 (all with a grade of “C” or better), and MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently).
Half of the two semester physical chemistry package with a biochemical emphasis. The two courses CHEM 377A,B may be taken in either order. Principles of physical chemistry emphasizing thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Biological and environmental science examples used to illustrate principles.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

377B. Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3) F,S

Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 122, PHYS 100B or 152 (all with a grade of “C” or better, MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently).
Half of the two semester physical chemistry package with a biochemical emphasis. The two courses CHEM 377 A,B may be taken in either order. Principles of physical chemistry with emphasis on molecular structure and spectroscopy.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

420. Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 251, 320B, and either CHEM 361 or 466.
Synthesis and characterization of organic compounds. Organic structures analyzed through interpretation of spectral data. Emphasis on use of high field NMR, mass spectrometry, IR, and UV. Applications of modern separation techniques.
In addition to regularly scheduled lectures, students are expected to attend three hours of lecture on use of chemical literature. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 1 hr., laboratory 6 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

421./521. Physical Organic Chemistry (3) F

Prerequisites: CHEM 320B with a grade of “C” or better; CHEM 371B or 377B (may be taken concurrently). (Undergraduates enroll in CHEM 421; graduates enroll in CHEM 521.)
Theoretical interpretation of chemical and physical properties of organic compounds: mathematical derivations of rate equations from experimental results, quantitative comparison of organic compounds reactivities, mathematical correlations of structure and properties. Solving problems relating to reaction mechanisms to described factors.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

431. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3) F

Prerequisites: CHEM 331, 371B, both with a grade of “C” or better.
Quantitative study of chemical bonding in inorganic molecules emphasizing on molecular orbital theory. Transition metal chemistry including coordination chemistry, ligand field theory, spectroscopy applications to structural analysis of inorganic molecules, and review of properties and reactivities of elements and their compounds.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

441A. Biological Chemistry (3)

Prerequisite: Either CHEM 320B or both CHEM 322B and 323B with a grade of "C" or better; a biology or microbiology course is recommended.
First semester of a two-semester sequence (CHEM 441A and 441B) in biochemistry. Chemical and mathematical treatment of energetics and kinetics of reactions in living systems, including chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates and chemistry of proteins.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

441B. Biological Chemistry (3)

Prereuaisite: CHEM 441A with a grade of "C" or better.
Second semester of two-semester sequence (CHEM 441A and 441B) in biochemistry. Metabolism of lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids, and other advanced topics in metabolism.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours)

443. Biological Chemistry Laboratory (4)

Prerequisites: CHEM 251, 441B; and either CHEM 361 or 466; all with a grade of "C" or better.
Theory and practice of laboratory techniques used in biochemical research.
(Lecture 1 hr., laboratory 9 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

448. Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 327 OR 322B either with a grade of "C" or better.
Major principles of biochemistry including metabolic processes, biological control and regulatory processes, nutrition and chemical energetics and kinetics of animals, plants and microorganisms. Emphasis on major concepts and problem solving.
Not open to chemistry majors. Not open for credit to students with credit in CHEM 441A,B.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

449. Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 448 with a grade of “C” or better.
Analytical and biochemical analyses of foodstuffs and other compounds of biochemical interest.
(Lecture 1 hr., laboratory 6 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

451. Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)

Prerequisites: CHEM 251; 371B or 377B; 361 or 466; all with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
Theory and application of instrumental methods to chemical problems. Includes measurement basics, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, electroanalytical chemistry, separation methods, surface analysis, and statistical evaluation of analytical data.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs.) Course fee may be required.

466. Research Design and Methods (3) S

Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213, either BIOL 260 or CHEM 251, CHEM 320A,B or CHEM 322A,B and CHEM 323A,B all with a grade of "C" or better; completion of the GE Foundation; a GPA of at least 3.0 in the major; and consent of the instructor. At least one unit of BIOL 496 or CHEM 496.
Corequisites: At least one unit of BIOL 496 or CHEM 496.
Introduction to hypothesis testing, experimental design, methodological and technical procedures for experimentation, grant writing, and techniques for written and oral presentation of research results. Research paper and oral presentation required.
Not open for credit to students with credit in BIOL 466H or CHEM 466H. Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as BIOL 466. (Lecture 3 hours).

480./580. Biomolecular Modeling and Simulation (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 320A or CHEM 322A, MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently), and PHYS 100B or 152, all with a grade of C or better.
The study of biomolecular phenomena using computer-based modeling and simulation techniques with varying degrees of resolution, including development and validity of molecular models.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

496. Special Problems in Chemistry (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Problems selected for considered and mature analysis. A written report required.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units (Independent Study).
Letter grade only (A-F).

498H. Senior Thesis – Honors (1-3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 466; at least one unit of CHEM 496 with a grade of "A"; admission into the Honors in Chemistry program, and consent of instructor.
Planning, preparation, and completion of thesis based on a research project in chemistry or biochemistry.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not available to graduate students.

499. Directed Reading (1)

Survey of chemical literature on some topic of current interest under supervision of a faculty member. Preparation of a written report based on readings.
Not open for credit to graduate students.

GRADUATE LEVEL

521./421. Physical Organic Chemistry (3) F

Prerequisites: CHEM 320B with a grade of “C” or better; CHEM 371B or 377B (may be taken concurrently). (Undergraduates enroll in CHEM 421; graduates enroll in CHEM 521.)
Theoretical interpretation of chemical and physical properties of organic compounds: mathematical derivations of rate equations from experimental results, quantitative comparison of organics compounds reactivities, mathematical correlations of structure and properties. Solving problems relating to reaction mechanisms to described factors.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

522. Special Topics in Organic Chemistry (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 421 or 521 or consent of instructor.
Areas of current interest in organic chemistry.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

531. Advances in Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 431 or consent of instructor.
Current topics and advances in inorganic chemistry.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

542. Special Topics in Biochemistry (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 441B or consent of instructor.
Intensive discussion of a limited aspect of biochemistry with reference to current literature. Course content will vary from year to year.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of Graduate Advisor. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

544. Physical Biochemistry (3)

Prerequisites: Either CHEM 371B or 377B, or consent of instructor and CHEM 441B.
Physical chemical aspects of protein and nucleic acid chemistry and related analytical methods.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

546. Protein Structure and Function (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 371B or 377B, CHEM 441A, or consent of instructor.
Principles of protein structure, folding, and function. Includes techniques used for the production, isolation and characterization of proteins.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs)

547. Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 441A,B or consent of instructor.
Gene expression with emphasis on regulatory mechanisms. Analytical techniques for isolation, purification, and characterization of nucleic acids.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

548. Cell Membranes (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 441A, BIOL 370, and BIOL 340.
Examination of modern membrane biochemistry. May include membrane structure and transport, phospholipids sorting, vesicular transport, membrane coat protein structure and function, and membrane-dependent signal transduction.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

552. Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 451 or consent of instructor.
Including electrochemical measurements, chromatographic techniques, spectroscopic techniques, radiochemical analysis and basic electronic components of instrumentation. Emphasizing the chemical principles involved, utility and limitations of each method. Includes trace analysis of water and air.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

572. Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 371B or consent of instructor.
Special topics in physical chemistry.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

580./480. Biomolecular Modeling and Simulation (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 320A or CHEM 322A; MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently); and PHYS 100B or 152, all with a grade of C or better.
The study of biomolecular phenomena using computer-based modeling and simulation techniques with varying degrees of resolution, including development and validity of molecular models.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

595A. Colloquium in Biochemistry (1)

595B. Colloquium in Organic Chemistry (1)

595C. Colloquium in Analytical, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (1)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Discussion of advances as reported in recent literature. Provides experience in library use, organization, presentation, and critical evaluation of the chemical literature.
May be repeated to a maximum of 3 units (not more than a total of 3 units may be earned in any combination of CHEM 595 courses). Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 1 hr.)

660. Seminar in Chemistry (1)

Weekly meetings for presentation and discussion of advanced work in special fields including original research by faculty and graduate students.
Credit/No Credit grading only. (Seminar 1 hr.) May be repeated to a maximum of 2 units.

695. Directed Reading (1)

Survey of information in chemical literature on a current research topic, under direction of a faculty member. Written report prepared from these readings.
Letter grade only (A-F).

697. Directed Research (1-6)

Prerequisite: Arrangement with instructor.
Laboratory work supervised on an individual basis. A written report will be required.
Credit/No Credit grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in diifferent semesters.

698. Research and Thesis (1-6)

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy for M.S. in Chemistry or M.S. in Biochemistry and arrangement with instructor.
Planning, preparation and completion of a thesis in chemistry or biochemistry.