Chemistry Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
BIO 395 Biochemistry Seminar (= CHE 430)
Prerequisites & Notes

Successful completion of BIO 303, CHE 230, or permission of instructor is required. 

Instructors
Myers, Sarafova

This advanced seminar course examines selected topics in biochemistry by examining primary literature.

CHE 105 Chemistry and Society
Prerequisites & Notes

One laboratory meeting per week. (Not offered 2016-17)

Instructors
Staff

Introduction to the science of chemistry and its relation to modern society. The laboratory provides experience in the scientific approach to problems with an emphasis on the evaluation and interpretation of experimental data. Designed for students who do not plan to take additional courses in chemistry.

Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement.

CHE 106 Chemistry of Art and Artifacts
Prerequisites & Notes

One laboratory meeting per week. (Spring)

Instructor
Beeston

Fundamental principles of chemistry applied to an understanding of the sources of color; the materials, methods, and products of the artist; the analysis of works of art and archaeological artifacts; forgery detection; and conservation/preservation. Designed for students who do not plan to take additional chemistry courses.

This course is designed for students with an interest in art or archaeology who do not plan to take additional chemistry courses.

Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement.

CHE 110 Fundamentals of Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

May not be taken for credit after any chemistry course numbered 115 or above has been taken for credit. No laboratory. (Fall)

Instructor
Striplin

Mathematical background for the study of chemistry. Atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, and chemical reactions. Properties of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions. Designed for students who desire to continue studying chemistry at Davidson but lack the background needed to begin Chemistry 115.

CHE 115 Principles of Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 110 or a good background from high school chemistry. One laboratory meeting per week. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Beeston, Blauch, Myers, Offerman, Striplin

Topics include stoichiometry, chemical thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, chemical equilibria, chemical dynamics, and descriptive chemistry of the main group elements. The laboratory illustrates the lecture topics and emphasizes quantitative measurements. This course is intended for students who plan to take additional courses in chemistry.

Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement.

CHE 220 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (=ENV 315)
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 115. One laboratory meeting per week. (Fall)

 

Instructors
Blauch, Hauser

Topics in chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, chromatography, and nuclear chemistry, with applications in biological, environmental, forensic, archaeological, and consumer chemistry. Laboratory experiments include qualitative and quantitative analyses using volumetric, electrochemical, chromatographic, and spectroscopic methods.


Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement.

 

CHE 230 Introduction to Biological Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 115 and 250. One laboratory meeting per week. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Myers, Offermann

Introduction to the chemistry of biological systems.  Includes the study of amino acids and proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates, enzymes and enzyme mechanisms, and the chemistry of important metabolic pathways and regulatory mechanisms.


Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement.

 

CHE 240 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 115. One laboratory meeting per week. (Spring)

Instructor
Anstey

Foundational course in inorganic chemistry. Topics include nuclear chemistry and atomic structure, simple bonding and molecular orbital theory, molecular symmetry and group theory, acid-base and donor-acceptor chemistry, solid-state and crystal-field theory, coordination chemistry, and modern inorganic chemistry topics in fields such as solar energy conversion, materials science, and nanoparticles.


Satisfies Natural Science distribution requirement.

CHE 250 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 115. One laboratory meeting per week. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Carroll, N. Snyder, E. Stevens

Introduction to organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and properties of organic and bioorganic molecules, spectroscopic analysis, and reactions of carboxylic acid and carbonyl derivatives.Laboratory introduces students to basic experimental techniques.  


Satisfies Natural Science distribution requirement.

CHE 260 Introduction to Physical Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 115; Math 111 or 112. One laboratory meeting per week. (Fall)

Instructors
Blauch, Striplin

This course addresses the specific topics of thermodynamics and kinetics with an increased emphasis on biochemical systems.


Satisfies Natural Science distribution requirement.

CHE 320 Experimental Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 215/220. One laboratory meeting per week. (Spring, offered every two years)

Instructors
Blauch, Hauser

In-depth course in analytical methods including optical spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, separations, and advanced topics in chemical equilibrium. Emphasis will be placed on the principles behind, and components of, chromatographic and mass spectrometry instrumentation.

CHE 321 Topics in Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 220. No laboratory. (Not offered 2016-17)

Instructors
Blauch, Hauser

Analytical chemistry topics covered in this course will be related to the instructor's area of interest and expertise. 

CHE 325 The Chemistry of Hookah Smoke
Prerequisites & Notes

Notes and Prerequisites - Chemistry 220. (Fall)

Instructor
Hauser

What is smoke, how is smoke formed, what instrumental methods are associated with the characterization of the physical and chemical properties of hookah smoke, and how do they work? In the second half of the course, students will investigate the physical and/or chemical properties of smoke formed as a function of a variable of interest such as type of filtration media or shisha or height of water pipe.

CHE 330 Experimental Biological Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 230.  Biology 111 recommended. One laboratory meeting per week. (Fall)

Instructor 
Myers

Chemistry and mechanisms of gene expression, signal transduction, and advanced metabolism.

CHE 331 Topics in Biological Chemistry: Protein Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 230. No laboratory. (Fall)

Instructor
Offermann

Advanced topics in protein chemistry including: protein synthesis, isolation, purification, manipulation, and characterization. A strong emphasis will be placed on the biochemical and biophysical methods that lead to protein characterization. This course also will include the study of protein-protein and protein-small molecule interactions as well as structure-function relationships. 

CHE 335 Research Methods in Biological Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 230. (Not offered 2016-17)

 

Instructor 
Myers

This course is designed to expose students to critical components of the biological chemistry research experience including reading and interpretation of the primary literature, writing literature reviews and proposals, completing an independent project around a guided question, and presenting the results of their work in oral and written forms. 

Methods covered in this course will be related to the instructor's areas of interest and expertise. 

 

CHE 340 Experimental Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 240. One laboratory meeting per week. (Not offered 2016-17)

Instructor
Anstey

A survey of experimental methods for the synthesis, isolation and purification, identification, and characterization of inorganic compounds.

CHE 341 Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 240. (Not offered 2016-17)

Instructor
Anstey

Inorganic chemistry topics covered in this course will be related to the instructor's area of interest and expertise.

CHE 345 Research Methods in Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 240 (Not offered 2016-17)

 

Instructor
Anstey

This course is designed to expose students to critical components of the inorganic chemistry research experience including reading and interpretation of the primary literature, writing literature reviews and proposals, completing an independent project around a guided question, and presenting the results of their work in oral and written forms. 

Methods covered in this course will be related to the instructor's area of interest and expertise. 

CHE 350 Experimental Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 250. One laboratory meeting per week. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
N. Snyder, E. Stevens

Continuing studies in organic chemistry. Emphasis on carbon-carbon bond forming reactions, oxidations, and reductions.

CHE 351 Topics in Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

CHE 250. No laboratory. (Not offered 2016-17)

Instructors
N. Snyder, E. Stevens
 

Organic chemistry topics covered in this course will be related to the instructor's area of interest and expertise. 

 

CHE 355 Research Methods in Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 250. (Not offered 2016-17)

 

Instructors
N. Snyder, E. Stevens
 

This course is designed to expose students to critical components of the organic chemistry research experience including reading and interpretation of the primary literature, writing literature reviews and proposals, completing an independent project around a guided question, and presenting results of their work in oral and written forms. 

Methods covered in this course will be related to the instructor's area of interest and expertise. 

CHE 360 Experimental Physical Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Mathematics 113 or 140. One laboratory meeting per week. (Not offered 2016-17, offered every two years)

Instructors
Blauch, Striplin

This in-depth course covers quantum mechanics and its application to spectroscopy and the structure of matter.

CHE 361 Topics in Physical Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 260. No laboratory. (Not offered 2016-17)

Instructor
Striplin

Physical chemistry topics covered in this course will be related to the instructor's area of interest and expertise. 

CHE 365 Research Methods in Physical Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 260. (Not offered 2016-17)

 

Instructor
Striplin

This course is designed to expose students to critical components of the physical chemistry research experience including reading and interpretation of the primary literature, writing literature reviews and proposals, completing an independent project around a guided question, and presenting the results of their work in oral and written forms. 

Methods covered in this course will be related to the instructor's area of interest and expertise. 

CHE 371 Energy
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 260. No laboratory. (Not offered 2016-17)

Instructor
Striplin

Course focuses on energy fundamentals such as the various guises of energy, combustion, inescapable inefficiencies, electric generation, and the planet's energy balance. Unsustainable energy technologies (coal, oil, gas, nuclear, and hydropower), sustainable energy technologies (solar, photovoltaics, wind, wave and tidal, biomass, geothermal, and fusion), and other fuel technologies such as hydrogen/fuel cells, carbon sequestration, and syngas production will be discussed and, in some cases, demonstrated.


Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Natural Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.

CHE 372 Environmental Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 220. No laboratory. (Not offered 2016-17)

Instructor
Hauser

Introduction to environmental chemical principles and methodology including aspects of the chemistry of air, water, and soil; identities, sources, properties, and reactions of pollutants; green chemical approaches to pollution prevention; environmentally-benign synthetic methodologies, design of safer chemical products, alternative solvents and catalyst development, and applications of biomimetic principles.


Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Natural Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.

CHE 374 Medicinal Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 250. No laboratory. (Fall)

Instructor
E. Stevens

Chemical basis of pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical development. Topics include drug discovery, pharmacokinetics (delivery of a drug to the site of its action), pharmacodynamics (mode of action of the drug), drug metabolism, and patent issues that affect the development and manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

CHE 375 Immunology and Immunopharmacology
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 250 and 230; Chemistry 330, or Biology 208 and 303, strongly recommended. (Spring)

Instructor
N. Snyder

Introduction to immunology and immunopharmacology, including mechanisms of immunity, and the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases and immune disorders. A strong emphasis will be placed on the design and development of therapeutics, including protein and carbohydrate-based vaccines.

Satisfies a major requirement in Chemistry.
Satisfies requirement in the Biochemistry interdisciplinary minor.

CHE 395 Literature Investigation
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Staff

This course is designed for any qualified student who desires to pursue a literature research project in an area of special interest in chemistry under the direction and supervision of a faculty member. The latter reviews and approves the topic of research and evaluates the student's work. Admission by consent of the faculty member following acceptance of the student's written research proposal. Consult the department's guidelines for the preparation of independent research proposals.

CHE 396 Laboratory Research I
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Staff

Experimental chemistry projects conducted with the direction and supervision of a faculty member, who reviews and approves the topic of the research and evaluates the student's work. Admission by consent of the faculty member following acceptance of the student's written research proposal. Consult the department's guidelines for the preparation of independent research proposals. This course is intended for non-senior students.

CHE 397 Laboratory Research II
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 396. Permission of the instructor. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Staff

Experimental chemistry projects conducted with the direction and supervision of a faculty member, who reviews and approves the topic of the research and evaluates the student's work. Admission by consent of the faculty member following acceptance of the student's written research proposal. Consult the department's guidelines for the preparation of independent research proposals. This course is intended for non-senior students.

CHE 420 Seminar in Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 320, or by permission of the instructor. No laboratory. (Not offered 2016-17, offered every two years)

Instructors
Blauch, Hauser

Advanced topics in analytical chemistry related to instructor's areas of interest and expertise.

CHE 430 Seminar in Biological Chemistry (=BIO 395)
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 330, or by permission of the instructor; Biology 111. No laboratory. (Spring)

Instructor
Myers

Advanced topics in biochemistry related to instructor's areas of interest and expertise. Serves as a capstone course for the Chemistry Major with an Emphasis in Biochemistry and the Biochemistry Interdisciplinary Minor.

CHE 440 Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 340. No laboratory. (Not offered 2016-17)

Instructor
Anstey

Application of modern theories of chemistry and physics to the study of bonding, structure, synthesis, and reaction pathways of non-metal, organometallic, and transition metal compounds.

CHE 450 Seminar in Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 350. No laboratory. (Spring)

Instructors
Carroll, Snyder, E. Stevens

Advanced topics in organic chemistry related to instructor's areas of interest and expertise.

CHE 460 Seminar in Physical Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 352/360. No laboratory. (Fall, offered every two years)

Instructors
Blauch, Striplin

Advanced topics in physical chemistry related to instructor's areas of interest and expertise.

CHE 496 Senior Research I
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor.  (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Staff

Experimental chemistry project conducted with the direction and supervision of a faculty member, who reviews and approves the topic of the research and evaluates the student's work. Admission by consent of the faculty member following acceptance of the student's written research proposal. Consult the department's guidelines for the preparation of independent research proposals. This course is intended for senior chemistry majors.

CHE 497 Senior Research II
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 496 or a summer of research with the instructor after the student's junior year. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Staff

Experimental chemistry project conducted with the direction and supervision of a faculty member, who reviews and approves the topic of the research and evaluates the student's work. Admission by consent of the faculty member following acceptance of the student's written research proposal. This course is not intended for students who are completing a thesis and pursuing an honors degree (See Chemistry 498). Consult the department's guidelines for the preparation of independent research proposals.

CHE 498 Thesis Research
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 496 or a summer of research with the instructor after the student's junior year. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Staff

Experimental chemistry project conducted with the direction and supervision of a faculty member, who reviews and approves the topic of the research and evaluates the student's work. Admission by consent of the faculty member following accepatance of the student's written research proposal. This course is intended for senior students that are completing a thesis for evaluation by the department and pursuing an honors degree. Consult the department's guidelines for the preparation of independent research proposals.

ENV 315 Analytical Chemistry I (= CHE 220)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Blauch, Hauser

Topics in chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, chromatography, and nuclear chemistry, with applications in biological, environmental, forensic, archaeological, and consumer chemistry. Laboratory experiments include qualitative and quantitative analyses using volumetric, electrochemical, chromatographic, and spectroscopic methods.


Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement.

Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in Natural Science Track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.

MAT 113 Calculus II
Prerequisites & Notes

Mathematics 111 or 112 or one year of high school calculus.

Instructor
Staff

An introduction to techniques and applications of integration; infinite series including convergence tests and Taylor series; calculus on parametric and polar curves; and concepts in 3-space including vectors, lines, planes, and vector-valued functions. Satisfies a major requirement in Mathematics.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Natural Science and Mathematics distribution requirement.

MAT 140 Multivariable Calculus and Modeling
Prerequisites & Notes

Mathematics 112 (Calculus I and Modeling). (Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Continued study of calculus and other mathematical methods for modeling change and uncertainty. Topics include multivariable calculus; systems of linear equations, difference equations and differential equations; and probability models such as Bayes' rule and random walks. Students will be guided in the discovery and mastery of mathematical techniques in the context of problems in the life sciences.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Natural Science and Mathematics distribution requirement.

PHY 220 General Physics
Prerequisites & Notes

Physics 120 or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

Instructors
Belloni, Kuchera, Yukich

Mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. One laboratory period each week.

Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement.

PHY 230 General Physics with Calculus
Prerequisites & Notes

PHY 130 or permission of the instructor. (Fall/Spring)

Instructors 
Kuchera, Thomspon, Yukich

Mechanics, heat, sound, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. More comprehensive than Physics 120, 220 and designed for students who intend to major in chemistry, mathematics, physics, or who follow the dual-degree (3-2) Engineering track.  One laboratory each week.

Satisfies the Natural Science distribution requirement.