B.S. in Chemistry Course Sequence

First Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 133 Chemical Principles 4 CHM 134 Chemical Principles II 4
MTH 171 Calculus I 4 MTH 172 Calculus II 4
University Writing Seminar 3 Core 3
Core 3 Core 3


Core 3
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 17
Sophomore Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 243 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHM 244 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHY 221 Physics I 4 CHM 350 Chemical Literature 1
MTH 226 Calculus III 4 PHY 222 Physics II 4
Core 3 MTH Mathematics major elective 3


Core 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15
Junior Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 355 Physical Chemistry I 4 CHM 356 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHM 353 Biochemistry I 3 CHM 324 Instrumental Methods for Chemical Analysis 4
CHM 363 Biochemistry Lab 1 CHM 460 Research 1
CHM 224 Analytical Chemistry 4 Core 3
CHM 370 Junior Chemistry Seminar 1 Core 3
Core 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15
Senior Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 410 Advanced Inorganic 3 CHM Chemistry Elective 3
CHM 470 Senior Chemistry Seminar 2

CHM Chemistry Elective

3
CHM 460 Research 2 Free Elective 3
CHM Chemistry Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3 Core 3
Core 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15
Total required for graduation: 122 credits

Notes on Major Requirements

Students must complete at least 3 credits of mathematics major electives from the following:

  • MTH 241: Linear Algebra
  • MTH 242: Differential Equations

CHM 460 (Research) may be replaced with Chemistry Internship (CHM 490)

A mathematics minor is a strong recommendation for chemistry majors who plan on attending graduate school. If a student would choose to minor in mathematics, free elective credits can be used to enroll in the following courses and would result in receiving a minor in mathematics:

  • MTH 215: Mathematical Statistics (3 credits)
  • MTH 244: Set Theory and Logic (3 credits)
  • MTH 241: Linear Algebra (3 credits)

B.S. in Biochemistry Course Sequence

First Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 133 Chemical Principles 4 CHM 134 Chemical Principles II 4
MTH 171 Calculus I 4 MTH 172 Calculus II 4
BIO 111 Evolution Genetics & Ecology 4 BIO 112 Cell & Molecular Biology 4

University Writing Seminar

3 Core 3




Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15
Sophomore Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 243 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHM 244 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHY 221 Physics I 4 CHM 350 Chemical Literature 1
Core 3 PHY 222 Physics II 4
Core 3 Core 3
Core 3 Core 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 15
Junior Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM 355 Physical Chemistry I 4 CHM 354 Biochemistry II 3
CHM 353 Biochemistry I 3 CHM 324 Instrumental Methods for Chemical Analysis 4
CHM 363 Biochemistry Lab 1 CHM 460 Research 1
CHM 224 Analytical Chemistry 4 Core 3
CHM 370 Junior Chemistry Seminar 1 Core 3
Core 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 14
Senior Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHM Chemistry Elective 3 CHM Chemistry Major Elective 3
CHM 470 Senior Chemistry Seminar 2

Free Elective

3
CHM 460 Research 2 Free Elective 3
BIO Biology Major Elective 3 Free Elective 3

BIO Biology Major Elective

3 Core 3
Core 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15
Total required for graduation: 123 credits

Notes on major requirements

1) CHM 460 (Research) may be replaced with Chemistry Internship (CHM 490)

2) Students must complete at least 6 credits of electives in chemistry from the following:

  • CHM 420: Polymer Chemistry
  • CHM 360: Principles and Biochemical Mechanisms of Pharmacology
  • CHM 356: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHM 450: Special Topics
  • CHM 460: Research
  • CHM 410: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

3) Students must complete at least 6 credits of biology major electives from the following:

  • BIO 343: General Microbiology
  • BIO 352: Histology
  • BIO 360: Immunology
  • BIO 435: Cell Biology
  • BIO 441: Molecular Genetic

Course Descriptions

BIO 111 Evolution, Genetics and Ecology, 4 credits

The course examines the basic principles of biological evolution, genetics, and ecology. This course introduces students to the concept of biological evolution as the central organizing principle of the biological sciences. The course focuses on understanding and application of scientific methodology to gain an understanding of the basic principles that describe how and why living things change over time. A basic understanding of the principles of genetics, ecology and evolution is invaluable to anyone contemplating a career in any of the life sciences.

Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
Prerequisites: None

BIO 112 Cell and Molecular Biology, 4 credits

The course focuses on the cellular and molecular principles of biology with emphasis on the interrelationship of structure and function of cells, organelles, subcellular structures. Major biochemical processes including cellular respiration, photosynthesis, and genetic processes will be examined at the molecular level. Cell-cell interaction and cellular responses to environment will be studied by examination of intracellular and intercellular signals mechanisms. Cell division, cell cycles and cell differentiation will also be discussed. Laboratory will provide an opportunity for students to actively investigate cell structure and cell processes using modern methods, technology and instrumentation.

Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours.
Prerequisite: BIO 111, or permission of the instructor.

BIO 343 Microbiology, 4 credits

Fundamental principles and techniques of microbiology, including general morphology, ecology and physiology of microorganisms, methods of study, identification, destruction, and control.

Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 202 or BIO 212; or permission of instructor

BIO 352 Histology, 4 credits

A detailed study of the tissues, organs, and selected systems of the human compared to those of representative vertebrates. Laboratory dissection, prepared slide studies, and techniques of tissue slide preparation.

Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BIO 202 or BIO 212; or permission of instructor

BIO 360 Immunology, 4 credit

This course will introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of immunology, control of physiological processes by the immune system, cellular components of the immune system, and the role of the immune system in disease. This course also comprises of a laboratory component, which is required to be taken as part of the course.

Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 202 or 212; CHM 353; or permission of instructor.

BIO 435 Cell Biology, 3 credits

A detailed study of the morphology and physiology of cells. Special emphasis is placed on the inter-relationship between molecular structure and cell function.

Lecture: 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BIO 202 or 212; CHM 353 or permission of instructor

BIO 441 Molecular Genetics, 4 credits

A study of the molecular basis of information storage, regulation, processing, and expression. Structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, and their interactions are discussed. Molecular approaches used in contemporary biology will be covered with specific attention to plant biotechnology, gene therapy, transgenic organisms, and cloning. Laboratory will focus on current molecular biology methodology including DNA sequencing, recombinant DNA technology, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Lecture: 3 hours Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisites: BIO 202 or 212 or 341 or permission of instructor


CHM 101 Chemistry in Context I, 4 credits

Offered for non-science major to satisfy the natural science core requirement. The course introduces the science of chemistry in the context of real world problems. Sufficient chemistry background is introduced to enable the student to develop an understanding of problems like global warming, air pollution, water quality, and acid rain and possible alternatives for dealing with them. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours
Prerequisite: High school chemistry is recommended.
Fall only

CHM 102 Chemistry in Context II, 4 credits

Offered for non-science majors to satisfy the natural science core requirement. The course continues to introduce the science of chemistry in the context of real world problems such as alternate energy sources, nuclear energy, plastics and polymers, pharmaceuticals, food and genetic engineering. Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 2 hours.
Prerequisite: CHM 101.
Spring only

CHM 104 General Chemistry, 4 credits

This course is intended for students majoring in physical therapy, nursing or another health science. Principles of atomic theory, stoichiometry, chemical reactivity, gas and solution behavior, and nuclear chemistry. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours.
Prerequisite: High school chemistry or permission of instructor
Fall and Summer only

CHM 105 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry, 4 credits

This course is intended for students majoring in physical therapy, nursing or another health science. Survey of carbon compounds and functional groups with an emphasis on those of biological significance. Introduction to the structures of biomolecules and the relationship between their structure and function within the body. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours.
Prerequisite: CHM 104.
Spring and Summer only

CHM 133 Chemical Principles I, 4 credits

Comprehensive study of the fundamental laws and theories of chemistry. The study of atomic structure, ionic and molecular compounds and their reactions, including stoichiometry, and an introduction to thermodynamics. Principles and techniques of systematic qualitative analysis and an introduction to quantitative laboratory procedures. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours.
Prerequisite: High school chemistry or permission of instructor.
Fall only

CHM 134 Chemical Principles II, 4 credits

Continuation of the comprehensive study of the fundamental laws and theories of chemistry. The study of the physical states of matter, solutions, kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, thermo-dynamics and electrochemistry. Further hands-on laboratory experience illustrating chemical theory and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHM 133.
Spring only

CHM 210 Descriptive Chemistry, 3 credits

Discussion and study of elements and their compounds, emphasizing the relationship between the periodic table, chemical and physical properties, and commercial and industrial applications. The study will also include organic compounds and polymers. Lecture: 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHM 243.
Spring only

* Chemistry majors are required to take a minimum of three credits of either CHM 490 or CHM 460 for graduation.

CHM 224 Analytical Chemistry, 4 credits

An application of the principles of chemical equilibrium into the theory and practice of gravimetric, volumetric, electrochemical and spectroscopic methods in quantitative chemical analysis with an emphasis on the statistical treatment of data. The laboratory focuses on gravimetric, volumetric, potentiometric, and spectroscopic methods of analysis with an emphasis on the technique required to produce accurate and precise results. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 4 hours
Prerequisite: CHM 134.
Fall only

CHM 243 Organic Chemistry I, 4 credits

Properties, reactions, and spectroscopic analysis of the major classes of carbon compounds. The concepts of chemical structure and functional group will serve as a basis for understanding organic reaction mechanisms and organic synthesis. Laboratory preparation and analysis of a variety of organic compounds. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHM 134.
Fall only

CHM 244 Organic Chemistry II, 4 credits

A continuation of the properties, reactions, and spectroscopic analysis of the major classes of carbon compounds. The concepts of chemical structure and functional group will serve as a basis for understanding organic reaction mechanisms and organic synthesis. Laboratory preparation and analysis of a variety of organic compounds. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHM 243.
Spring only

CHM 264 Inorganic Quantitative Analysis, 5 credits

Theory and laboratory procedures in typical volumetric, colorimetric, and gravimetric analysis. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 6 hours
Prerequisite: CHM 134.
Fall only

CHM 324 Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis, 4 credits

This course will study the fundamental principles of instrumental methods for chemical analysis. It is a practical introduction to the theory and implementation of chemical instrumentation and methods of analysis in the areas of chromatography, electrochemistry, and spectroscopy. Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 4 hours
Prerequisite: CHM 224.
Spring only

CHM 343 Introduction to Physical Chemistry, 4 credits

States and structure of matter; thermodynamics; and thermochemistry. Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 4 hours.
Prerequisites: CHM 244, PHY 222, MTH 152 or MTH 172
Alternate years

CHM 350 Chemical Literature, 1 credit

Introduces the chemical literature and introduces library/online searching skills. Examines the structure of various types of scientific articles and develops the ability to critically analyze a peer-reviewed journal article. Lecture: 1 hour.
Prerequisite: CHM 134.

CHM 353 Biochemistry I, 3 credits

The study of basic chemical and physical principles in living systems, bioenergetics, enzyme kinetics, and the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids/proteins and nucleic acids. Lecture: 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHM 244;
Concurrent registration for CHM 363 is required for Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors.
Fall only

CHM 354 Biochemistry II, 3 credits

An in-depth study of the principles and mechanisms underlying bioenergetics, and the integration and hormonal control of the major metabolic pathways. Other topics include the metabolism of fasting/eating, stress, diabetes and alcoholism, free radicals and antioxidants, DNA repair, biochemistry of apoptosis, receptors and transsignaling, lipoprotein/platelet metabolism and cardiovascular risk, and various aspects of clinical chemistry.
Prerequisite: CHM 353.
Spring only

CHM 355 Physical Chemistry I, 4 credits

Properties and structure of gases, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, phase equilibrium, solutions, electrochemistry. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours.
Prerequisites: MTH 172, PHY 222.
Fall only

CHM 356 Physical Chemistry II, 4 credits

Structure of matter, quantum theory, bonding, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, kinetics. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHM 355.
Spring only

CHM 360 Principles and Biochemical Mechanisms of Pharmacology, 2 credits

This lecture course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge to understand the fundamental principles and biochemical mechanisms of pharmacological applications, such as drug dosage, clearance, and metabolic action. Each student will become familiar with the complex mechanisms of action and clinical applications of a variety of the major categories and classes of pharmaceuticals, using illustrative prototypical agents. This course will offer both "high yield" facts and a sufficient framework for critical thinking and analysis, rather than just memorization.
Prerequisite: CHM 353

CHM 363 Biochemistry Laboratory, 1 credit

Investigation of the major laboratory techniques used in the study of the physical, chemical, and catalytic properties of biological molecules. Topics include protein chromatography, protein and nucleic acid electrophoreis, enzyme catalysis, PCR, and DNA sequencing. Laboratory: 3 hours.
Prerequisite/corequisite: CHM 353.
Fall only

CHM 370 Junior Chemistry Seminar, 1 credit

This course will prepare students for research requirements in the major by guiding them through the process of writing a research proposal, analyziang and presenting information in the literature, and discussing ethics in the application of scientific research. Lecture: 1 hour
Prerequisite: CHM 244

CHM 410 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 3 credits

A comprehensive study of the current theories of bonding and structure within inorganic compounds. The study of transition metal chemistry, their complexes, and the organometalic chemistry of main group elements and transition metals. Lecture: 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHM 244

CHM 411 Instrumental Methods of Analysis, 3 credits

Theory and techniques in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, chromatography, and other selected methods of chemical analysis. Lecture: 3 hours.
Prerequisites/corequisite: CHM 244, PHY 222, CHM 412.
Spring only

CHM 412 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory I, 1 credit

A practical introduction to chemical instrumentation and methods of analysis. The practice of chromatography, electrochemistry, and other selected methods for chemical analysis will be investigated through laboratory exercises. Laboratory: 3 hours.
Prerequisites/corequisite: CHM 244, PHY 222; CHM 411.
Spring only

CHM 420 Polymer Chemistry, 3 credits

An introduction to the synthesis, properties, and characterization of polymers. The course will cover both addition and condensation polymers, catalysis, and modern methods and instrumentation for the characterization of macromolecules.
Prerequisite: CHM 244

CHM 450 Special Topics, 1-3 credits

Topic may vary from semester to semester and will be announced with preregistration information and course hours. Students will acquire expertise in a specialized field of chemistry. The precise field of chemistry offered will depend on the requests from students and availability of a qualified faculty member to teach the course.

CHM 456 Qualitative Organic Analysis, 3 credits

Characterization of organic compounds using classical wet chemical methods and spectroscopic analysis, especially NMR and IR. Lecture: 1 hour. Laboratory: 6 hours.
Prerequisite: CHM 244

CHM 460 Research in Chemistry, 1-3 credits

Chemical research under the direction of a faculty member of the chemistry department. Students are expected to perform a minimum of three hours of laboratory studies per week per credit hour. The student may register for fewer than three credits with permission of the research director, as long as a total of three credits of research are completed prior to graduation. If the student desires, research in chemistry may be taken as an elective up to a maximum of six credits.
Prerequisite: CHM 134 or permission of instructor.

CHM 470 Senior Chemistry Seminar, 2 credits

This course is a capstone course for Biochemistry and Chemistry majors. Students will prepare and deliver an oral presentation, prepare and present a poster, and write a research report or an intensive literature review paper. Lecture: 2 hours
Prerequisite: CHM 370

CHM 475 Seminar, 1 credit each semester

Current topics. Each student will prepare and present a seminar on a topic from the recent chemical literature or on their own research project. Lecture: 1 hour
Prerequisite: CHM 244, CHM 356

CHM 490 Chemistry Internship, 3-6 credits

Academic study combined with work experience in an industrial or academic lab.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or approval of Chemistry faculty.
Summer only


MTH 171 Calculus I, 4 credits

Functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, definite integrals, and applications.
Fall

MTH 172 Calculus II, 4 credits

Transcendental functions, techniques of integration, sequences, series, and applications.
Prerequisite: MTH 171: Calculus I
Spring

MTH 215 Mathematical Statistics, 3 credits

Probability theory, games of chance, probability distributions, testing of hypotheses, curve fitting, and correlation.
Prerequisite: MTH 172.
Spring (odd years only)

MTH 226 Calculus III, 4 credits

Vectors, multivariable and vector-valued functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and applications.
Prerequisite: MTH 172
Fall

MTH 241 Linear Algebra, 3 credits

Systems of linear equations, vector space, inner products, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and applications.
Prerequisite: MTH 172 or permission of the instructor.
Fall (odd years only)

MTH 242 Differential Equations, 3 credits

Equations of first order and degree, higher order, and degree equations, including linear with constant coefficients, and systems of equations.
Prerequisite: MTH 172 or its equivalent.
Spring

MTH 244 Set Theory and Logic, 3 credits

Introduction to set theory, equivalence and order, Boolean algebra, introduction to logic, and rules of inference.
Prerequisite: MTH 171 or permission of the instructor.
Spring


PHY 221 General Physics I, 4 credits

Fundamentals of mechanics and heat. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours.
Prerequisite: either MTH 165 or MTH 171

PHY 222 General Physics II, 4 credits

Fundamentals of light, sound, electromagnetism and an introduction to selected areas of modern physics. Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours.
Prerequisite: PHY 221

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