Chemistry (CHM)


Course Information Cr Hrs
CHM-101 Introductory Chemistry

This is an introductory course designed to study basic chemical principles. Topics include atomic structure, measurement, bonding, properties of gases, acids and bases, solutions, organic nomenclature, functional groups, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Laboratory activities will give students the opportunity to demonstrate chemical principles presented in lecture. A previous college level math course is recommended.

CHM-160 General Chemistry I

This course is a study of the fundamental laws and theories of chemical structures and reactions.  Topics include: atomic theory, stoichiometry, aqueous reactions, properties of gases, liquids, and solids, periodicity, bonding, thermodynamics, and properties of solutions.  This course is recommended for all those majoring in science as well as chemistry majors and minors.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MTH 110 or higher or satisfactory score on the ACT.
CHM-161 General Chemistry I Lab

The lab emphasizes proper laboratory technique, synthesis, physical studies, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and data manipulation and statistical analysis.  This course is recommended for all those majoring in Science as well as Chemistry majors and minors.

 Grade of "C" or better in MTH 110 or higher or satisfactory score on the ACT.
CHM-170 General Chemistry II

This science majors course will include topics such as kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base equilibrium, solubility equilibrium, complex ion formation, acid-base theory, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CHM 160.
CHM-171 General Chemistry II Lab

This course will emphasize proper laboratory technique in spectrophotometry, acid-base titration, qualitative analysis of ions, physical property studies, thermodynamic analysis, electrochemical half cells, data manipulation, and statistical analysis.

 Grade of C or better in CHM 160.
CHM-200 Survey of Organic Chemistry

The course is a study of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry. At the conclusion of this course, students will demonstrate an understanding of organic nomenclature, molecular structure and bonding, physical and chemical characteristics of organic functional groups, organic reactions and mechanistic principles, organic lab techniques and safety, and elementary biochemistry.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CHM 111.
CHM-225 Environmental Chemistry

Students in this course will study the sources, reactions, transport and fate of chemical entities in the air, water and soil environment as well as their effects on human health. Topics of interest include: environmental chemistry of water pollution, water treatment, geochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, hazardous materials, resources. The lab component will consist of field activities, experiments and demonstrations to reinforce the concepts and ideas presented.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CHM 101 or CHM 111.
CHM-242 Organic Chemistry I

A lecture/lab course that studies the chemistry of carbon compounds from a functional group perspective.  Emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms and synthetic application in lecture while analytical and synthetic techniques will be emphasized in lab. 

 Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in CHM 170 and 171 or concurrent enrollment in CHM 171
CHM-243 Organic Chemistry II

This course will further develop knowledge of organic chemistry with a greater emphasis on functional group reactivity, mechanisms, and multistep synthetic sequences. The topics include: aromatic compounds, including phenols and aryl hal ides as well as a thorough discussion of delocalized chemical bonding; aldehydes and ketones; amines; carboxylic acids and their derivatives. There will be enhanced requirements for naming compounds, elucidating structures via spectroscopy and actual synthesis in the lab.

 CHM-242 Grade of "C" or better
CHM-250 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

The lectures in this course present the theory of analysis performed in the laboratory. Laboratory skills include gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis, chromatography, colorimetry, spectroscopy, complexometric and ion-exchange analysis as they apply to chemical analysis. This course will be heavily weighted on the laboratory skills of the student.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CHM 170 and CHM 171.