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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.
Letter grade only (A-F). Does not count for General Education credit. (Lecture 2 hrs., discussion 1 hr.)

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

Prerequisite: CHEM 220A.
Corequisite: CHEM 220B, except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 220B.
Introduction to organic laboratory techniques, synthesis and characterization of organic and bioorganic compounds.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in CHEM 320B. (Laboratory 6 hrs). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

322A. Organic Chemistry (3) F,S

Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite: CHEM 223A required except for students who have previously earned a "C" or better in CHEM 323A.
Corequisite: CHEM 224 required for students repeating course.
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 220A and CHEM 223A, both with a grade of "C" or better.
Corequisite: CHEM 223B 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.
Corequisite: CHEM 220A 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). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here. (Laboratory 3 hrs.)

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

Prerequisites: CHEM 222A and CHEM 223A, both with a grade of "C" or better.
Corequisite: CHEM 220B 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.)

331. Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better.
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/Corequisite: CHEM 331.
Synthesis, characterization, and manipulation of inorganic compounds and materials.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hrs).

361. Chemical Communications (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement. Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 220A.
Using the chemical literature. Writing technical reports for various purposes. Oral presentation of chemical information. Includes extensive writing.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hrs.)

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

Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better).
Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.
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 111B, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better).
Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.
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 Chemistry Laboratory (3) S

Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, CHEM 371A or CHEM 377A or CHEM 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.)

375. Physical Chemistry for Engineers (3)

Prerequisites: MATH 123; PHYS 151 and either PHYS 152 or EE 210/EE 210L; CH E 310; CHEM 111A/B; and CHEM 220A or CHEM 227, all grades of "C" or better.
Principles and applications of real gases, liquids, and solutions; intra- and intermolecular interactions; kinetic theory and chemical kinetics; quantum chemistry, chemical bonding, and spectroscopy.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs)

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

Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, MATH 123, and PHYS 100B or PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better).
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 111B, MATH 122, and PHYS 100B or PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better).
Prerequisites/Corequisite: MATH 123.
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 220B or CHEM 320L and either CHEM 361 or CHEM 466, all with a grade of "C" or better.
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). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here. (Lecture 1 hr., laboratory 6 hrs.)

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

Prerequisites: CHEM 220B with a grade of "C" or better.
Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 371B or CHEM 377B.
Undergraduates enroll in CHEM 421; graduates 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.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

431. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3) F

Prerequisites: CHEM 331, CHEM 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)

Prerequisites: Either CHEM 320L or both CHEM 220B and CHEM 223B 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 CHEM 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, CHEM 441A; and either CHEM 361 or CHEM 466; all with a grade of "C" or better.
Theory and practice of laboratory techniques used in biochemical research.
Letter grading only (A-F). (Lecture 1 hr., laboratory 9 hrs.) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

448. Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 220B or CHEM 227 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. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs.)

449. Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory (1)

Prerequisite: CHEM 448 with a grade of "C" or better. May be taken concurrently with CHEM 448.
Analytical and biochemical analyses of foodstuffs and other compounds of biochemical interest.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3 hrs.) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

451. Instrumental Methods of Analysis (5)

Prerequisites: PHYS 152, CHEM 361; CHEM 371B or CHEM 377B; all with a grade of "C" or better.
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 3 hrs., laboratory 6 hrs.) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

461. Chemistry Capstone (1) F,S

Prerequisite/Corequisite: Department consent.
The capstone course for chemistry and biochemistry seniors integrating knowledge and skills from different disciples of chemistry and biochemistry. Includes discussion of regulatory affairs, ethics in research, and seminars on research topics in chemistry and biochemistry.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 1 hr)

466. Research Design and Methods (3) S

Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212, BIOL 213, either BIOL 260 or CHEM 251, CHEM 220A,B and CHEM 223A,B all with a grade of "C" or better; GE Foundation requirement; 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.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as BIOL 466. (Lecture 3 hours). Not open for credit to students with credit in BIOL 466, BIOL 466H or CHEM 466H.

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

Prerequisites: CHEM 220A, MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently), and PHYS 100B or PHYS 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. Undergraduate Directed Research (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Research in a specific topic in chemistry or biochemistry approved and directed by faculty. Written report required.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. May be repeated for a letter grade to a maximum of three units. Units beyond the three must be taken Credit/No Credit. (Independent Study)

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.

498. Senior Thesis (3)

Prerequisites: Major GPA 3.0 or higher, 3 units of CHEM 496 with a grade of "A", consent of instructor.
Continuation of research in chemistry and biochemistry, planning, preparation, and completion of thesis based on original research project. Submission of acceptable thesis meeting the guidelines for research reports issued by the Committee on Professional Training American Chemical Society is required.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not available for 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.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to graduate students.


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