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Sub CRSE Title
BIO 303 Biochemistry
BIO 395 Biochemistry Seminar (= CHE 430)
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 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 requirement.

CHE 108 Food Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Offermann

Chemistry 108 is a non-major's chemistry course that focuses on what components make up our food, the properties of those components, and what changes occur during processing, handling, and storage.  This course is designed to allow the students to read about, observe, manipulate, and explore model food systems.

Satisfies the Natural Science requirement.

CHE 115 Principles of Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

A satisfactory score on the departmental diagnostic exam, or completion of the departmental online chemistry tutorial.  One laboratory meeting per week. (Fall and Spring)

Instructors
Anstey, Beeston, Blauch, Hauser, 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 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 requirement.
Counts as an Applied Environmental Science course in the Natural Science track of the Environmental Studies interdisciplinary major.

CHE 230 Introduction to Biological Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

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

Instructors
Myers

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 requirement.
Satisfies a requirement in Group A of the Biology major.
Satisfies a requirement in the Chemistry major.
Satisfies a requirement in the Neuroscience major and interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the Genomics major and interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the Bioinformatics major.

 

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 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, Bovino

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 requirement.

CHE 260 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
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 the Natural Science 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
Staff

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, Bersch

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

CHE 341 Topics in Inorganic Chemistry: Batteries from a Chemical Perspective
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 220 or 240.

Instructor
Anstey

Energy in the form of chemical potential is a powerful and efficient method of energy storage. However, batteries, the most common implementation of this principle, can be complex and still in need of optimization. A historical survey of battery technologies will be undertaken with the express purpose of identifying the aspects that chemistry has and can continue to improve. New and nascent technologies will be identified and explored, identifying how chemistry can make them viable. Course work will involve literature studies on battery technology, analysis of battery components, presentations from experts on related topics, and group work and presentations on cutting-edge research.

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, Bovino

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 required and CHE 230 preferred.
No laboratory.

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 Group Investigation in Organic Chemistry: Carbohydrates in Materials and Medicine
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 250. 

 

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. 

SPRING 2018
Instructor: N. Snyder

Carbohydrates and their corresponding glycoconjugates (e.g., glycoproteins and glycolipids) play critical roles in a number of biological processes from mediating cellular communication to preserving proteins under extreme environmental conditions.  In the first half of this group investigation, you will learn about the roles of glycoconjugates in normal and abnormal physiological processes.  We will specifically focus on innovative scientific developments using carbohydrate-based constructs for topics as diverse as the prevention and treatment of infections (bacterial, viral and parasitic) and cancer, to protecting proteins from extreme desiccation.  Our discussions on these topics will provide a foundation for the second half of this group investigation, which will involve exploring the glycosphere in a laboratory setting.  Each student will have the unique opportunity to contribute to the design and development of carbohydrate-based constructs for targeted applications.

CHE 360 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
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.

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.
Counts as an Applied Environmental Science course in the Natural Science track of the Environmental Studies interdisciplinary major.

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.
Counts as an Applied Environmental Science course in the Natural Science track of the Environmental Studies interdisciplinary major.

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 410 Advanced Topics in Chemistry
Prerequisites & Notes

Chemistry 202 and 351, or permission of the instructor. (Fall)

Instructor
Blauch

Selected topics in organic chemistry.

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)
MAT 113 Calculus II
MAT 140 Multivariable Calculus and Modeling
PHY 220 General Physics
PHY 230 General Physics with Calculus