Course Descriptions

A list of all Undergraduate courses in Chemistry.

Lower Division

002 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. Offered every spring. Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry. 

003 Principles of Chemistry Lab (.25)

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

008 General Chemistry I

A study of the fundamental principles of chemical science and the chemistry of the more common elements and their compounds. Four lectures per week. Admission requires high school chemistry and placement in Math 13, 27, or equivalent. Offered every semester. This course satisfies the Scientific Understanding requirement of the Core Curriculum. 

009 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. Offered every semester. 

010 General Chemistry II

A continuation of Chemistry 8. Four meetings per week. Offered every spring. Prerequisites: Chemistry 8, 9 with grades of C- or better.

011 General Chemistry Lab II (.25)

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

089 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. 

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.

110 Polymer and Supramolecular Chemistry

An in-depth study of macromolecules and supramolecular systems, including their structure, synthesis and preparation, characterization, and physical properties. This course centers around reading and discussion of journal articles, as a prime learning objective of this course is to assist the student to use other instructional materials besides textbooks. Offered in alternate years, spring semester. Prerequisites: Chemistry 89, 104, 106

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, spring semester. Prerequisites: Chemistry 104, 106.

113 Analytical Chemistry

Study of the fundamentals of analytical chemistry with emphasis on careful experimental technique.  Topics will include a deeper understanding of equilibrium systems and statistical data analysis. Laboratory includes volumetric, electro-analytical, and spectroscopic methods. Two lectures and two labs per week. Laboratory fee required. Offered every year, spring semester.

114 Physical Chemistry I

An overview of the main theoretical principles that underlie all of chemistry. Topics will include: the kinetic-molecular theory of gases; the three laws of thermodynamics; chemical equilibrium; chemical kinetics; quantum mechanics; atomic structure; chemical bonding; spectroscopy. Three lectures per week. Offered every year, fall semester. Required prerequisites: Mathematics 13+14 or 27, Mathematics 28 or 38; Physics 1,2,3,4 or Physics 10/10L, 11/11L; or permission of instructor. Recommended prerequisite: Mathematics 39.

115 Physical Chemistry II

An in-depth examination of selected topics from physical chemistry. Topics will include: the application of quantum mechanics to individual atoms, and also to vibrating and rotating molecules; the use of molecular orbital theory to explain chemical bonding; the calculation of partition functions and their relationship to fundamental thermodynamic properties; transition state theory and its use in chemical kinetics; molecular reaction dynamics. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Laboratory fee required. Offered every year, spring semester. Prerequisite: Chemistry 114 with a passing grade. 

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 fall semester. Prerequisite: Chemistry 104 (either previously or concurrently).

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 requiredOffered in alternate years, fall semester.

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, fall semester. Prerequisite: Chemistry 104 or consent of instructor.

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. Students should contact potential faculty advisors directly. Laboratory fee required. Offered as needed. Prerequisites: consent of the faculty advisor.

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. Students should contact potential faculty advisors directly. Laboratory fee required. Offered as neededPrerequisites: a 3.0 GPA (minimum) in chemistry coursework and the consent of the faculty advisor.