Chemistry

Department Chairperson: David Kanis

Faculty:Aida Abraha, Andrea Gay Van Duzor, LeRoy Jones II, David Kanis, Robert LeSuer, Kristy Mardis, Sharon McCarthy, Michael Mimnaugh, Asare Nkansah, Robert Richter, Felix Rivas

The Department of Chemistry and Physics offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. The general goal of the Chemistry program is to prepare students for scientific careers in industry, government, and education, as well as for advanced study in chemistry or a related discipline, such as biochemistry, medicine, forensic science, dentistry, patent law, or pharmacy. Each of the Options in the Chemistry program provides:

  • A broad foundation in the theory, principles, and history of chemistry.
  • Skills in analytical reasoning and problem solving.
  • Necessary laboratory, safety, and literature skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills including notebook keeping, graphing, writing laboratory reports, using computers for data analysis, and research presentations.
  • An understanding of the impact of chemistry on industry, society, and the environment, and an appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of chemists in today’s world.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry consists of four Options. Students following the Chemistry Option prepare for research, industrial, and governmental careers or for graduate study in chemistry or related fields. Students completing this Option will receive a degree certified by the American Chemical Society. The Industrial Chemistry Option serves students preparing for positions in science industries or in technical sales. Students who wish to prepare for careers in biomedical research or to gain admission to medical, dental, or pharmacy school usually follow the Biochemistry Option.

Completion of the Secondary Teaching Option in Chemistry qualifies students for an Initial Type 09 Illinois High School Certificate with a high school endorsement in science and a chemistry designation for grades 9-12. Certification requires the successful completion of the Illinois Certification Tests of Basic Skills, Chemistry Content, and Assessment 

of Professional Teaching (Secondary 6-12). The Secondary Teaching Program is accredited by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and meets Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) standards in science education.

Assessment is an integral part of the chemistry program. It is expected that students take all exams and complete all surveys that are administered as part of the assessment schedule for the program. Copies of our assessment schedule, as well as past reports, are available in the department office.

The department offers minor sequences in chemistry, physics, and physical science for students majoring in other fields.

Honors in Chemistry Program

  1. Students can apply to the Honors Program in Chemistry if they have a 3.25 GPA in chemistry courses, and overall GPA of 3.00, have completed 60 credit hours, and have completed two semesters of General Chemistry and one semester of Organic Chemistry. The Departmental Honors Committee will determine who will be accepted into the Program, unless the student is both a member of the Honors College and meets the GPA requirements for the Honors Program in Chemistry.
  2. Students in the Honors Program must maintain a 3.25 GPA chemistry courses and 3.00 overall to remain in the Honors Program, and to be awarded departmental Honors at graduation. Should a student’s GPA fall below these levels, the Honors student will be given one semester to bring the GPA up to the required levels.
  3. Students entering the Honors Program will be advised by the Departmental Honors Committee until an Honors Thesis Committee is established for a particular student. The students’ thesis committee will be composed of the primary mentor (chosen by the student) and two additional science faculty (chosen by the student in consultation with the primary mentor). One of the committee members could be from an area other than chemistry.

Specific Honors Program Requirements in Chemistry:

  1. Honors students will register for 6-9 credit hours in courses designated as Honors.
    1. Honors courses will be given a unique number designation and will be cross-listed with non-Honors courses. Students in the Honors section of the courses will be required to read a scientific paper from a journal pertinent to the course and published by the American Chemical Society as chosen by the instructor. The student will be required to provide a detailed analysis of the publication in the form of a final paper.
    2. Chemistry Honors Courses
      CHEM 4205-Honors Microscopic Physical Chemistry; CHEM 4305-Honors Biochemistry I; CHEM 4375-Honors Analytical Chemistry II; CHEM 4105-Honors Advanced Inorganic Chemistry; CHEM 4315- Honors Advanced Organic Chemistry.
    3. Students may choose any two of the above Honors courses, depending on student interest. Students would be permitted to take all five courses if desired. Students must earn a B or higher in all Honors courses. Students in all chemistry options are required to take the first three courses, thus a student in any of the chemistry options could participate in the Honors program.
  2. Honors students will propose and be engaged in at least one outreach activity.
    1. Honors students will write a brief outreach proposal that must be approved by the student’s Honors Committee.
    2. Once approved, the student should initiate the outreach activity and is encouraged to involve other members of the department (students, staff, and faculty).
    3. These activities might include inviting students to CSU for a science activity, visiting a local school to perform an activity, holding a session about careers in science, tutoring several hours a week for a semester, mentoring younger students in research, etc.
  3. Honors Students will write an Honors Thesis.
    1. Each Honors student will be required to register for 3-6 credits in Chemistry 4355, the Honors Thesis course. With the approval of their thesis committee a student would typically register for 3 credits of Chemistry 4355 in a given semester then register for another 3 credits of Chemistry 4355 the following semester. In the first semester the student would concentrate on research work, and in the second semester the student would complete the research work and prepare a paper or a talk that would be presented to the student’s committee.
    2. The Honors will be the culminating activity for the student and be based on an independent research project or an independent study project (Library thesis). A thesis proposal must be approved by the Honors thesis committee. In most cases the thesis work will be based on the work completed during the Honor Thesis Course.
    3. An Honors student will defend their thesis in an open forum before their graduation date. The date of this defense will be decided by the Honors thesis committee.
    4. The Honors Thesis Committee may add an outside member (on/off campus reader) to aid in thesis review if appropriate.

Chemistry Option (CHEM)

General Requirements

Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department. A grade of C or above is required in transfer credit in all chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses. A maximum of one required chemistry course with a D grade earned at Chicago State University will be accepted. Once enrolled in this option, all remaining Chemistry courses must be taken at CSU. Any exceptions must have prior approval from the Chemistry Curriculum Committee.

Completion of 120 semester hours of work:

30 hours in general education (refer to liberal arts curriculum outline) consisting of 9 hours in humanities, 9 hours in the social sciences, 6 hours in a single foreign language, and 6 hours in composition; 3 hours in biology; 50 hours in chemistry; 21 hours in supportive courses; and 16 hours in general electives. Students in this Option are required to take 12 hours of embedded requirements (no additional credits) to strengthen their general education background including 3 hours of critical thinking, 3 hours of diversity, 3 hours of fine arts, and 3 hours of interdisciplinary coursework; each from a list of approved University courses.

Specific Requirements

Required Courses in Chemistry (50 credit hours)

CHEM 1010/116*, 1550/155, 1560/156, 1600/160, 2500/251, 2510/254, 2600/216, 2650/265, 3241/241, 3600/316, 4100/306 or 4105, 4200/330 or 4205, 4210/331, 4250/340, 4260/341, 4302/302 or 4305, 4365/365 or 4375, and one additional advanced chemistry class (3 cr. hrs.).

*CHEM 1010/116 is required only for entering freshmen and transferring freshmen; and for transferring sophomores who do not pass the mathematics placement examination.

Required Courses in Physics (8 credit hours)

PHYS 2110/211 and 2220/222.

Required Courses in Mathematics (13 credit hours)

MATH 1250/171, 1410/261, and 1420/262.

Required Course in Biology (3 credit hours)

BIOL 1710/171.

Elective Courses (16 credit hours)

Courses to be selected with the approval of a chemistry academic advisor.

Industrial Chemistry Option (CHMI)

General Requirements

Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department. A grade of C or above is required in transfer credit in all chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses. A maximum of one required chemistry course with a D grade earned at Chicago State University will be accepted. Once enrolled in this Option, all remaining Chemistry courses must be taken at CSU. Any exceptions must have prior approval from the Chemistry Curriculum Committee.

Completion of 122 semester hours of work:

30 hours in general education (refer to liberal arts curriculum outline) consisting of 9 hours in humanities, 9 hours in the social sciences, 6 hours in a single foreign language, and 6 hours in composition; 3 hours in the biological sciences; 47 hours in chemistry (including a 4 cr. hr. internship); 39 hours in supportive courses; and 3 hours in general electives. Students in this Option are required to take 12 hours of embedded requirements (no additional credits) to strengthen their general education background including 3 hours of critical thinking, 3 hours of diversity, 3 hours of fine arts, and 3 hours of interdisciplinary coursework: each from a list of approved University courses.

Specific Requirements

Biology (3 credit hours)

Any introductory biology course.

Required Courses in Chemistry (47 credit hours)

CHEM 1010/116*, 1550/155, 1560/156, 1600/160, 2000/200, 2500/251, 2510/254, 2600/216, 2640/264, 2650/265, 2700/270, 3241/241, 4200/330 or 4205, 4210/331, 4250/340 and 4365/365 or 4375.

*CHEM 1010/116 is required only for entering freshmen and transferring freshmen; and for transferring sophomores who do not pass the mathematics placement examination.

Required Courses in Physics (14 credit hours)

PHYS 2110/211, 2220/222, 2700/270, and 2710/271.

Required Courses in Mathematics (16 credit hours)

MATH 1250/171, 1410/261, 1420/262, and 1600/210.

Required Course in English (3 credit hours)

ENG 2090/209.

Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

6 credit hours to be selected from among CJ 1130/130; MKTG 3110/276; ENG 2060/206; ENGR 1010/101; CHEM 2630/263, 3300/310, 4250/340. Courses to be selected with approval of a chemistry academic advisor.

Biochemistry Option (CHMB)

General Requirements

Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department. A grade of C or above is required in transfer credit in all chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses. A maximum of one required chemistry course with a D grade earned at Chicago State University will be accepted. Once enrolled in this Option, all remaining Chemistry courses must be taken at CSU. Any exceptions must have prior approval from the Chemistry Curriculum Committee.

Completion of 120 semester hours of work:

30 hours in general education (refer to liberal arts curriculum outline) consisting of 9 hours in humanities, 9 hours in the social sciences, 6 hours in a single foreign language, and 6 hours in composition; 42 hours in chemistry; 10 hours in biology; 21 hours in supportive courses; 10 hours in chemistry or biology electives selected with the approval of a chemistry academic advisor; and 7 hours in general electives. 

Students in this Option are required to take 12 hours of embedded requirements (no additional credits) to strengthen their general education background including 3 hours of critical thinking, 3 hours of diversity, 3 hours of fine arts, and 3 hours of interdisciplinary coursework; each from a list of approved University courses.

Specific Requirements

Required Courses in Chemistry (42 credit hours)

CHEM 1010/116*, 1550/155, 1560/156, 1600/160, 2500/251, 2510/ 254, 2600/216, 2650/265, 3600/316, 4200/330 or 4205, 4210/331, 4250/340, 4302/302 or 4305, 4313/313, and 4365/365 or 4375.

*CHEM 1010/116 is required only for entering freshmen and transferring freshmen; and for transferring sophomores who do not pass the mathematics placement examination.

Required Courses in Physics (8 credit hours)

PHYS 2110/211 and 2220/222.

Required Courses in Mathematics (13 credit hours)

MATH 1250/171, 1410/261, and 1420/262.

Required Courses in the Biological Sciences (10 credit hours)

BIOL 1710/171; PSLY 2040/204; ZOOL 2040/204.

Elective Courses in Biology and Chemistry (10 credit hours)

10 credit hours selected (with advisor’s approval) from among BIOL 3040/240, 3050/250, 2550/255, 4510/351, 4520/352; BOT 2050/205; CHEM 3241/241, 2620/262, 2630/263, 4350/350, 4260/341; PSLY 4330/333, 4035/335; ZOOL 2050/250.

Elective Courses (7 credit hours)

Courses to be selected with approval of a chemistry academic advisor.

Secondary Teaching Option in Chemistry (CHMT)

General Requirements

Students must:

  • Pass the examination on the state and federal constitutions.
  • Complete 127 credit hours in:

General education 33 credit hours

Area of specialization 67 credit hours

Professional Education 27 credit hours

Specific Requirements

General Education (33 credit hours)

Composition (6 credit hours)

ENG 1270/127 and 1280/128.

Foreign Language (6 credit hours)

One year of a single foreign language.

Humanities (9 credit hours)

CMAT 1130/113; either PHIL 1020/204 or PHIL 1030/221 (fulfills Critical Thinking Requirement); Fine Arts elective (3 cr. hrs.).

Social Sciences (12 credit hours)

HIST 1300/130 or 1310/131 or POL 1010/101; PSYC 1100/141 and 2040/204; Diversity elective (3 cr. hrs.).

Students in this Option are encouraged to take an Interdisciplinary course (3 credit hours) to strengthen their general education background.

Area of Specialization (67 credit hours)

Required Chemistry Courses (39 credit hours)

CHEM 1010/116*, 1550/155, 1560/156, 1600/160, 2500/251, 2510/254, 2600/216, 2650/265, 3600/316, 4200/330 or 4205, 4210/331, 4250/340, 4302/302 or 4305, and 4365/365 or 4375.

*CHEM 1010/116 is required only for entering freshmen and transferring freshmen; and for transferring sophomores who do not pass the mathematics placement examination.

Required Supportive Courses (28 credit hours)

CHEM 1092/092; BIOL 1710/171; PHYS 2110/211, and 2220/222; either PH S 1140/114 or GEOG 1400/131; MATH 1250/171, 1410/261, and 1420/262.

Professional Education (27 credit hours)

ELCF 1520/152 and 2000/200; PSYC 2020/206; S ED 4301/301 and 4303/303*; ELCF 4500/353*; READ 4100/306*; CHEM 4630/363* and 4750/375*; CAS 2630/363*.

These courses must be passed with at least a grade of C.

* Restricted to students admitted to the College of Education.

Minor in Chemistry (21 credit hours)

The requirements for a minor must be completed

prior to graduation in order for the minor to appear on the transcript. Grades of C or better are required in all courses to be counted towards completion of the minor. Coursework up to a maximum of 12 credit hours may be allowed to simultaneously fulfill requirements for one major and this minor. For more information about a chemistry minor, contact a chemistry academic advisor.

Required Courses (13 credit hours)

CHEM 1550/155, 1560/156, 2600/260, and 2650/265.

Elective Courses (8 credit hours)

Completion of one of the following sequences of courses: CHEM 2500/251 and 2510/254; or CHEM 2010/201 and 3241/241.

Chemistry (CHEM) Course Offerings

1000/100 CHEMICAL CALCULATIONS LECTURE AND DISCUSSION /2 (1)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in college chemistry.

Problem solving skills for the first course in general chemistry.

1010/116 PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR SUCCESS IN SCIENCE (1)

Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore science major.

Time management skills, goal setting, test taking strategies, electronic communication, understanding academic majors and career options, campus resources and policies, history and traditions of CSU, and use of effective oral and written language skills. Credit not given for both CHEM 1010/1116 and CSU 0900/090.

1050/105 INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL AND ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LECTURE AND LABORATORY /8(5)

Prerequisite: MATH 099 level II or equivalent.

Introductory survey in general and organic chemistry for nursing and allied health majors. Additional course fee.

1092/092 ILLINOIS CHEMISTRY TEACHER CERTIFICATION REVIEW (1)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 4630/363.

Preparation for the State Certification Examination in Science. Pass or Fail grade awarded. Credit does not count toward graduation.

1300/130 ESSENTIALS OF CHEMISTRY I LECTURE AND LABORATORY /6 (4)

Prerequisite: MATH 099 level II or equivalent.

Introductory general chemistry and beginning organic chemistry. IAI: PI 902L

1301/131 ESSENTIALS OF CHEMISTRY II LECTURE AND LABORATORY /6 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1300/130 and MATH 099 level II or equivalent.

Continuation of introductory organic chemistry and fundamentals of biological chemistry.

1550/155 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE, RECITATION AND LABORATORY /7 (4)

Co-requisite: MATH 1200/162 or MATH 1250/171.

Atomic theory, stoichiometry, concentration units, gas laws, thermochemistry, properties of elements, bonding, oxidation-reduction, and states of matter. Additional course fee. IAI: BIO 906 EGR 961 CHM 911

1560/156 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE, RECITATION AND LABORATORY /7 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1550/155 or equivalent.

Continuation of CHEM 1550/155. Properties of solutions, descriptive chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, acid base theory, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry. Additional course fee. IAI: BIO 907 CHM 912 NUR 907

1600/160 INTRODUCTION TO THE CHEMICAL PROFESSIONS (1)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1550/155 or consent of the department.

Survey of career opportunities for chemical professionals employed in industry, government, education, and health fields. A review of the skills, training, and education required for the various occupations. For chemistry majors only. May not be used for general education.

NOTE: The prerequisite for credit in any 2000-level chemistry course is the successful completion of the math qualifying examination or the required developmental math courses.

2000/200 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY/BIOCHEMISTRY (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department and successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

In-depth study of topics of current interest in chemistry/biochemistry. May be repeated under different topics for a total of six credit hours.

2010/201 SURVEY OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LECTURE AND LABORATORY /6 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1550/155 and successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

Survey of carbon compound chemistry. Laboratory covers basic methods for characterization, purification and synthesis or organic compounds. Additional course fee.

2020/202 ESSENTIALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY LECTURE AND LABORATORY /7 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1550/155 and 2010/201; enrollment as an allied health or nursing major; successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required

developmental math courses.

An introduction to the chemical composition of living matter, metabolism, bioenergetics, and nutrition. Additional course fee.

2500/251 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LECTURE, RECITATION AND LABORATORY /8 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1560/156 and successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

Detailed examination of carbon compounds based on modern concepts of molecular structure and reaction mechanisms. Laboratory covers synthesis, purification and characterization of organic compounds. Additional course fee. IAI: BIO 908 CHM 913 NUR 908

2510/254 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LECTURE AND LABORATORY /7 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2500/251 and successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

Continuation of CHEM 2500/251. The laboratory includes use of modern instrumentation including infrared

and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and gas chromatography. Writing emphasis course. Additional course fee. IAI: BIO 909 CHM 914

2600/216 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL LABORATORY PRACTICES /2 (1)

Co-requisite: CHEM 2650/265 and consent of the department.

Introduction to safe handling practices of chemicals in the laboratory, the use of spreadsheet technology for the analysis of chemical data, and basic laboratory report writing.

2620/262 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-2)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department and successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

Supervised by faculty members and leading to one or more seminar presentations. Students may take up to maximum of two hours to be used toward graduation.

2630/263 RESEARCH (1-4)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department and successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

Undergraduate research under faculty direction. Students may take up to maximum of four hours to be used toward graduation.

2640/264 CHEMISTRY INTERNSHIP (3-12)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department and successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

Supervised off-campus training in chemistry or a closely related discipline. May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours.

2650/265 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE AND LABORATORY /8 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1560/156 and successful completion of math qualifying exam or required developmental math courses; co-requisite: CHEM 2600 or consent of the instructor.

Separation and identification of chemical samples, volumetric techniques, preparation of solutions and buffers, spectrophotometric techniques for identification and quantitation. Chromatography including TLC, paper, GC, LC, and HPLC. A group project will be required. Additional course fee.

2700/270 INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1600/160, 2510/254, 2650/265; consent of the department; successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

Chemical industrial processes and their safety and environmental implications. Management of chemical processes including cost analysis, quality control and quality assurance.

2720/272 CHEMICAL LITERATURE (1)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2510/254 and successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

Procedures for the retrieval of chemical information from major scientific sources.

Note: The prerequisite for credit in any 3000-level chemistry course is the successful completion of the English qualifying examination.

3070/307 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ANALYSIS LECTURE AND LABORATORY /8 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1550/155; one semester of biology; consent of the instructor; successful completion of English qualifying exam or consent of the department.

Practical field and laboratory-based skills for assessing environmental impact in an urban setting using EPA protocols. Preparation of an Environmental Impact

Statement for a local project selected in consultation with local environmental professionals and citizen groups. Experienced professionals will speak on legal, ecological, consulting and other aspects of environmental impact analysis. Additional course fee.

3240/240 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1560/156; CHEM 2010/201 or 2500/251; successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

Descriptive and theoretical inorganic chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, acid-base concepts, non-aqueous solvents, the solid state, coordination compounds, and chemistry of the main group elements. Credit not given for both 3240/240 and 3241/241.

3241/241 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LECTURE AND LABORATORY/7 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 1560/156; CHEM 2010/201 or CHEM 2500/251; successful completion of the Math qualifying exam or the required developmental math courses.

Descriptive and theoretical inorganic chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, acid-base concepts, non-aqueous solvents, the solid state, coordination compounds, chemistry of the main group elements, and synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Additional course fee. Credit not given for both CHEM 3240/240 and 3241/241.

3300/310 POLYMER CHEMISTRY (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2510/254; one semester of college physics; successful completion of English qualifying exam or consent of the department.

Organic and physical chemistry of polymer synthesis; parameters controlling polymerization rate and molecular weight; structure-property relationships.

3600/316 SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS SEMINAR (1)

Prerequisite: 16 credit hours in physical or biological sciences; successful completion of the English qualifying exam; consent of the department.

Instruction in critical reading and understanding of current research literature in the natural sciences. Utilization of current literature to prepare a research proposal and to deliver a professional scientific presentation.

4100/306 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 3240/240 or 3241/241; CHEM 4200/330 or CHEM 4205; successful completion of English qualifying exam or consent of the department.

Quantum mechanics applied to inorganic systems, applications of group theory to spectroscopy, molecular modeling of inorganic molecules, advanced organometallic chemistry and spectroscopic analysis, modern inorganic materials, and current topics from the inorganic literature.

4105 HONORS ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 3240/240 or 3241/241; CHEM 4200/330 or CHEM 4205; successful completion of English qualifying examination; consent of the department.

Quantum mechanics applied to inorganic systems, applications of group theory to spectroscopy, molecular modeling of inorganic molecules, advanced organometallic chemistry and spectroscopic analysis, modern inorganic materials, and current topics from the inorganic literature. Literature analysis required. Credit not given for both CHEM 4105 and CHEM 4100.

4200/330 MICROSCOPIC PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY /4 (3)

Prerequisite: PHYS 1520/152 or 2220/222; CHEM 2510/254; MATH 1420/262 or equivalent; successful completion of English qualifying examination or consent of the department.

Introduction to the chemical applications of quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy.

4205 HONORS MICROSCOPIC PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (3)

Prerequisite: PHYS 1520/152 or 2220/222; CHEM 2510/254; MATH 1420/262 or equivalent; successful completion of English qualifying examination; consent of the department.

Introduction to the chemical applications of quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy. Literature analysis required. Credit not given for both CHEM 4205 and CHEM 4200.

4210/331 MICROSCOPIC PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY /4 (1)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2650/265; co-requisite: CHEM 4200/330 or CHEM 4205.

Selected experiments in quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and intramolecular forces; emphasis on computational and laboratory technique, error analysis, and scientific report writing. Additional course fee.

4250/340 MACROSCOPIC PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY /4 (3)

Prerequisite: PHYS 1520/152 or 2220/222; CHEM 2510/254; MATH 1420/262 or equivalent; successful completion of English qualifying exam or consent of the department.

Introduction to the chemical applications of gas behavior, thermodynamics, phase equilibria, kinetics, and statistical thermodynamics.

4260/341 MACROSCOPIC PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY /4 (1)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2650/265; co-requisite: CHEM 4250/340.

Selected experiments in kinetics, thermochemistry, and statistical thermodynamics; emphasis on scientific report writing, laboratory techniques, and multi-week project labs. Additional course fee.

4300 ADVANCED ORGANIC SYNTHESIS/6  (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2510/254, CHEM 2650/265, and consent of the department.

Preparation for organic research in a synthetic laboratory. Utilize synthesis and spectroscopy (for characterization purposes) to develop the chemical insight necessary for advanced work in organic chemistry.

4302/302 BIOCHEMISTRY I LECTURE AND LABORATORY /7 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2510/254 and successful completion of English qualifying exam or consent of the department.

Chemical constituents of living matter. Function and transformation of chemical substances in biological systems. Chemical and energy changes. Additional course fee.

4305 HONORS BIOCHEMISTRY I/7  (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2510/254; successful completion of English qualifying examination; consent of the department.

Chemical constituents of living matter. Function and transformation of chemical substances in biological systems. Chemical and energy changes. Literature analysis required. Credit not given for both CHEM 4305 and CHEM 4302. Additional course fee.

4313/313 BIOCHEMISTRY II (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 4302/302 or CHEM 4305; successful completion of English qualifying exam or consent of the department.

Continuation and extension of CHEM 4302/302. Bioenergetics, photosynthesis, anabolic processes including nitrogen fixation, macromolecular systems, molecular genetics, genetic engineering theory and techniques. Current topics from the biochemical literature.

4315 HONORS ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY/6   (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2510/254, CHEM 2650/265, and consent of the department.

Preparation for organic research in a synthetic laboratory. Utilize synthesis and spectroscopy (for characterization purposes) to develop the chemical insight necessary for advanced work in organic chemistry. Literature analysis required. Credit not given for both CHEM 4315 and 4300.

4335/335 SEMINAR IN RESEARCH (1)

Prerequisite: 16 credit hours in physical or biological sciences; successful completion of the English qualifying exam; consent of the instructor.

Instruction in critical reading and understanding of current research literature in the chemical and biological sciences. Utilization of current literature to prepare and carry out a scientifically accurate presentation (publication or meeting talk) of data and results from research endeavors.

4350/350 RESEARCH (1-6)

Prerequisite: One year of organic chemistry; consent of the department; successful completion of English qualifying exam or consent of the department.

Laboratory or theoretical investigation of a problem in chemical research performed under faculty advisement.

4355 SENIOR THESIS (1-6)

Prerequisite: One year of organic chemistry; successful completion of the English qualifying examination; consent of the department.

Senior thesis, laboratory or theoretical investigation performed under faculty advisement. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six hours. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six hours.

4365/365 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE AND LABORATORY /8 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2510/254 and CHEM 2650/265; PHYS 1510/151 or 2110/211; successful completion of English qualifying exam or consent of the department.

Molecular identification and spectrometric techniques including: NMR (both 1D and 2D) of carbon and hydrogen, IR, UV/Vis, GC-MS, AA and fluorescence. Separations by chromatography will be continued through investigation of different detectors and separation conditions for GC and HPLC. A capstone project will be required. Additional course fee. Writing Emphasis Course.

4375 HONORS ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II /8 (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 2510/254 and CHEM 2650/265; PHYS 1510/151 or 2110/211; successful completion of English qualifying exam or consent of the department. 

Molecular identification and spectrometric techniques including; NMR (both 1D and 2D) of carbon and hydrogen, IR, UV/Vis, GC-MS, AA and fluorescence. Separation by chromatography will be continued through investigation of different detectors and separation conditions for GC and HPLC. A capstone project and literature analysis will be required. Credit not given for both CHEM 4375 and CHEM 4365. Additional course fee.

4398/398 SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (1-6)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Topics of current interest in chemistry. Course may be repeated under different topics for a maximum of six hours.

4630/363 METHODS OF TEACHING CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS /FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; ELCF 4500/353 and READ 4100/306 (or concurrent enrollment in ELCF 4500/353 and READ 4100/306); co-requisite: CHEM 1092/092 and CAS 3630/363.

Methods of teaching chemistry and physical science in high school grades 9-12 and middle school grades 6-8. Fifty hours of tutoring middle grade and high school grade students.

4710 READINGS IN SCIENCE EDUCATION: RESEARCH, THEORY, AND PRACTICE (1)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department. May be repeated for up to 3 credit hours.

Reading and discussion of contemporary and historic work in science education with an emphasis on how scholarly work can promote effective instruction.

4720 INQUIRY-BASED INSTRUCTION IN THE CLASSROOM: ACTIVITY-BASED CHEMISTRY (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Variety of chemistry topics and activities appropriate for implementing in the high school classroom. Pedagogical implications of inquiry-based instructional materials and use of modern equipment in the classroom.

4730 PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT KNOWLEDGE IN SCIENCE: CHEMISTRY (6)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1560/156 or equivalent; consent of the department.

Foundations of chemistry with emphasis on pedagogical content knowledge. Stoichiometry, quantum theory, chemical bonding, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry. Additional course fee.

4750/375 STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY LEVEL CHEMISTRY (6)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; CHEM 1092/092 and 4630/363; completion of all other coursework in the approved program; a 2.5 grade point average in the area of specialization, in professional education, and in all coursework required in the approved program; a passing score on the subject matter/content area certification test within the last five years; and a national percentile ranking of at least 50 on the ACS General Chemistry Examination.

Off-campus placement in secondary level schools in two or more grade levels. University and cooperating school supervision. Five full days including seminar for 16 weeks. No other courses may be taken during the semester of student teaching.