Advanced chemistry courses are taken primarily by chemistry and biochemistry majors, although some courses are taken by Engineering, Physical Science and other majors.
CHEM395 – Professional Issues in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in one of the following programs (Chemistry; Biochemistry).
Seminar on professional issues. Professional responsibilities, ethics, interview techniques, career opportunities, graduate/professional school, race and gender issues.
CHEM398 – Special Projects
Limited to chemistry honors students. Consult with Dr. Montague-Smith. Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM399 – Introduction to Chemical Research
Credits: 1 – 3
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM401 – Inorganic Chemistry
An overview of basic concepts of the electronic structure of the elements, chemical bonding and reactivity, from simple diatomic molecules to coordination compounds. These are viewed from simple (Lewis) to the most comprehensive molecular orbital theory. Symmetry and group theory are used throughout the course.
CHEM403 – Radiochemistry
Radioactive decay; introduction to properties of atomic nuclei; nuclear processes in cosmology; chemical, biomedical and environmental applications of radioactivity; nuclear processes as chemical tools; interaction of radiation with matter.
CHEM425 – Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Modern instrumentation in analytical chemistry. Electronics, spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry.
CHEM434 – Air Pollution
Production, transformation, transport and removal of air pollutants. The problems of photochemical smog, the greenhouse effect, stratospheric ozone, acid rain and visibility. Analytical techniques for gases and particles.
CHEM441 – Advanced Organic Chemistry
An advanced study of the compounds of carbon, with special emphasis on molecular orbital theory and organic reaction mechanisms.
CHEM 450 – Ethics in Science and Engineering
Prerequisite: eight credits laboratory science or permission of
department. Ethical issues in science and their resolutions. Topics will be ethics and scientific truth, ethics and other scientists, and ethics and society.
CHEM460 – Structure Determination Using Spectroscopic Methods
The use of infrared, ultraviolet-visible, proton and carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy for structure determination in organic chemistry.
CHEM474 – Environmental Chemistry
The sources of various elements and chemical reactions between them in the atmosphere and hydrosphere are treated. Causes and biological effects of air and water pollution by certain elements are discussed.
CHEM481 – Physical Chemistry I
Thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical and molecular systems. Topics may include internal energy, heat, work, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, and spontaneity as well as reaction order, differential rate laws, integrated rate laws, and rate laws for multi-step processes.
CHEM482 – Physical Chemistry II
Quantum mechanical nature of atoms and molecules. Topics may include model systems for electronic, vibrational, rotational and translational energies as well as connections to molecular spectroscopy and thermal distributions.
CHEM483 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
An introduction to the principles and application of quantitative techniques in physical chemical measurements. Experiments will be coordinated with topics in CHEM481.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM484 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
A continuation of CHEM 483. Advanced quantitative techniques necessary in physical chemical measurements. Experiments will be coordinated with topics in CHEM 482.
Rooms for second lab times are to be arranged for all sections. Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM 498 – Special Topics in Chemistry
Three lectures or two lectures and one three hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite varies with the nature of the topic being considered. Course may be repeated for credit if the subject matter is substantially different, but not more than three credits may be accepted in satisfaction of major supporting area requirements for chemistry majors.