A list of all Undergraduate courses in Chemistry.

Prerequisite Grade

All prerequisites must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Lower Division

2 Principles of Chemistry

An introduction to topics in organic chemistry and biochemistry for those students with an interest in the life sciences. Students may not enroll in this course until they have been sufficiently counseled as to whether it is appropriate to their needs. This course is designed for nursing students. Four lectures per week. Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry. 

3 Principles of Chemistry Lab (.25)

To accompany Chemistry 2. A simplified introduction to experimentation in chemistry. One lab per week. Laboratory fee required.

8 General Chemistry I

A study of the fundamental principles of chemical science and the chemistry of the more common elements and their compounds. Four lecturers per week.  Prerequisite: high school chemistry and an adequate score on the math diagnostic exam.

9 General Chemistry Lab I (.25)

Laboratory to accompany Chemistry 8. Must be taken concurrently with that course. An introduction to experimentation in chemistry. One lab per week. Laboratory fee required.

10 General Chemistry II

A continuation of Chemistry 8. Four meetings per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 8 and Chemistry 9.

11 General Chemistry Lab II (.25)

Laboratory to accompany Chemistry 10. Must be taken concurrently with that course. One lab per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 8 and Chemistry 9. Laboratory fee required.

20 Concepts in Chemistry

A course especially designed to acquaint the non-science student with science as a way of thinking and to introduce important chemical concepts and their relation to human activities. Three lectures and one lab per week. Laboratory fee required.

89 Chemical Literature (.25)

A systematic study and use of the literature of chemistry and allied fields. One meeting per week.

Upper Division

Chemistry 8,9 (lab), 10 and 11 (lab) with grades of C– or better are prerequisite to all upper-division courses. Chemistry 104 and 106 are prerequisite to Chemistry 108, 110, 111 and 130, 135, 136, and 138. Except for Chemistry 104 and 106, the following courses are taught only in alternate years. Chemistry 197 and 199 are offered as needed.

104 Organic Chemistry I

An introduction to the concepts of structure and reactivity of organic compounds. Four lectures and One lab per week. Chemistry 104 is offered only in the fall term. Laboratory fee required.

106 Organic Chemistry II

A continuation of Chemistry 104. Four lectures and one lab per week. Chemistry 104 is prerequisite to Chemistry 106, which is offered only in the spring term. Laboratory fee required.

108 Theory and Practice of Separation and Identification

A study of the separation, purification, and identification of compounds using chemical, chromatographic, and spectroscopic techniques. Two lectures and two labs per week. Laboratory fee required. Offered in alternate years.

110 Special Topics in Chemistry

An exploration of important areas in modern chemical research involving various elements of the discipline. The course includes reading and discussion of journal articles and may include use of the computer for molecular modeling, information retrieval, and analysis of data, depending on the selected topics. Prerequisites: Chemistry 89 and Chemistry 130. Offered in alternate years.

111 Advanced Organic Chemistry

An in-depth examination of the important mechanisms of organic reactions, the methods used to study them, and the relationship between structure and reactivity. Three lectures per week. Offered in alternate years.

114 Physical Chemistry I

A study of chemical theory, specifically thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and quantum mechanics. Three meetings and one lab per week. Prerequisites: Mathematics 27, 28 (38 preferred). Chemistry 114 is offered only in the fall term. Laboratory fee required. Offered in alternate years.

115 Physical Chemistry II

A continuation of Chemistry 114. Three lectures and one lab per week. Chemistry 114 is prerequisite to Chemistry 115, which is offered only in the spring term. Laboratory fee required. Offered in alternate years.

118 Instrumental Chemical Analysis

A study of the principles used in the design and construction of instruments and their applications in chemistry. Two lectures and two labs per week. Laboratory fee required. Offered in alternate years.

119 Environmental Chemistry

A study of the theory and practice of water, air, and soil chemistry with emphasis on the problem areas within our environment. Three lectures and one lab per week. Laboratory fee required. Offered in alternate years.

130 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

A study of the structures, reactions, and relationships of the elements and their compounds. Three lectures per week. Offered in alternate years.

135 Biochemistry

A study of the biochemical principles with an emphasis on enzymes and metabolism.  Three lectures and one lab per week. Laboratory fee required. Offered every year. Prerequisites: Biology 1, 1L,2, and 2L

136 Advanced topics in Biochemistry

This course covers a selected biochemistry topics in depth, including macromolecular structure, structural bioinformatics, transport, signal recognition, and transduction, and places significant emphasis on reading and discussing biochemistry research articles.  Three lectures and one lab per week. Laboratory fee required. Offered in Spring semester alternate years. Prerequisites: Biochemistry 135 (Bio 135)

138 Biophysical Chemistry

A study of the physical chemical aspects of biochemistry, Three lectures per week. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisites: Mathematics 27, 28

197 Special Study

Laboratory research in chemistry, under the direction of a faculty advisor. Results from the research project will be summarized in the form of a written thesis and an oral or poster presentation. Prerequisites: senior standing and the consent of the faculty advisor. Laboratory fee required.

199 Special Study - Honors

Laboratory research in chemistry, under the direction of a faculty advisor. Results from the research project will be summarized in the form of a written thesis and an oral or poster presentation. Prerequisites: senior standing, a 3.0 GPA (minimum) in chemistry coursework, and the consent of the faculty advisor. Laboratory fee required.

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