2011-12 Course Descriptions
CHEM 101 Consumer Chemistry (3-0-3), on demand. A study of chemistry's influence on consumers, the environment, and society with emphasis on grasping the beauty and order of the Creator's handiwork and on equipping citizens for more informed decisions. May be used to satisfy Science University Requirements. Not for majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory (1-2-1), fall. Introduction to measurement and observation. Activities coordinate with topics discussed in CHEM 113. Emphasis given to quantitative measurements and interpretation of data. Prerequisite: CHEM 113 or concurrent enrollment. Not for majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
CHEM 112 Introductory Organic and Biological Chemistry Laboratory (1-2-1), spring. Continuation of CHEM 111. Activities coordinate with topics discussed in CHEM 114. Study of calorimetry; chemistry of organic compounds and functional groups. Prerequisites: CHEM 111; CHEM 114 or concurrent enrollment. Not for majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry (3-0-3), fall. Fundamental concepts of atomic structure; chemical reactions of acids, bases, and salts; behavior of solids, liquids, and gases; and solutions are presented to students of nursing and agriculture. Can be credited without CHEM 111 Prerequisite: ACT math score of 21 or above, or SAT math score of 550 or above, or credit for MATH 120 or above. Not for majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
CHEM 114 Introductory Organic and Biological Chemistry (3-0-3), spring. Continuation of CHEM 113. Study of organic compounds of carbon: hydrocarbons and those functional groups of importance to living systems. Biochemistry of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Can be credited without CHEM 112. Prerequisites: CHEM 113. Not for majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
CHEM 131 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1-3-1), fall. Standard laboratory equipment is used to collect and interpret data. Experiments include determination of molecular formula, solution concentration and chemical reactivity. Prerequisite: CHEM 133 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM 132 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1-3-1), spring. Continues to explore practical application of chemistry. Spectrophotometers and pH meters are used to study chemical equilibrium. Qualitative analysis is also introduced. Prerequisite: CHEM 134 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM 133 General Chemistry I (3-0-3), fall. Fundamental principles of chemistry including the structure of matter, stoichiometry, periodicity, bonding, and reactivity. Prerequisite: CHEM 131 or concurrent enrollment; and MATH 109 with minimum grade of "C", or MATH 124, or MATH 185, or COMPASS placement into MATH 124 or 185.
CHEM 134 General Chemistry II (3-0-3), spring. Continues with basic chemical concepts including thermodynamics, equilibrium, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in CHEM 133 (or credit by exam) and CHEM 132 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM 203 General Science for Elementary Teachers (4-0-4), fall, spring. Presents the fundamental principles of chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, meteorology, and biology on a practical basis for elementary teachers. The course includes experiments and demonstrations that are pertinent to the teaching of science at the elementary level. For education majors only.
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1-3-1), fall. most summers. Emphasizes separation and synthesis: techniques of recrystallization, distillation, solvent extraction, organic preparation, separation of mixtures by gas vapor chromatography, and polarimetry. Prerequisite: CHEM 223 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry I (3-0-3), fall, most summers. Presents the structure, nomenclature, and properties of alkanes, alkyl halides, organometallic compounds, alcohols, ethers, alkenes, and alkynes. Includes chemical bonding, resonance, stereochemistry, and reaction mechanisms. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in CHEM 134; and CHEM 221 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM 243 Elementary Biochemistry and Nutrition (3-0-3), fall. A more extensive coverage of the chemistry and metabolic pathways of biologically important molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids) with emphasis on nutrition. Prerequisite: CHEM 114. Not for majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1-3-1), spring, most summers. Follows with synthesis and analysis: organic synthesis and the systematic identification of unknown organic compounds by using the classical scheme of organic qualitative analysis and infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectral analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 324 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM 324 Organic Chemistry II (3-0-3), spring, most summers. Continues with the structure, nomenclature, and properties of benzene, substituted benzenes, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, derivatives of carboxylic acids, amines. Includes spectroscopy and reaction mechanisms. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in CHEM 223.
CHEM 333 Physical Chemistry I (3-4-4), fall, even years. Thermodynamics and its application to systems at equilibrium, including chemical and phase equilibrium, solutions and colligative properties, ideal and real gases, and others. Prerequisites: CHEM 223; MATH 186 or concurrent enrollment; PHYS 112 or 122.
CHEM 334 Physical Chemistry II (3-4-4), spring, odd years. Kinetic-molecular theory, transport processes such as diffusion and viscosity, rates of reactions (chemical kinetics), quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: CHEM 333 or consent of instructor.
CHEM 341 Environmental Chemistry (3-0-3), on demand. The chemical materials, reactions, and processes associated with air, water, and soil pollution, including effects on human, animal, and plant health. Topics include stratospheric ozone, global warming, acid rain, smog, indoor air pollutants, organic and inorganic water and soil contaminants, soil and water pH, effects of energy production, and others. Prerequisites: CHEM 322, 324.
CHEM 355 Analytical Chemistry I (3-4-4), on fall. Emphasizes the basic theoretical principles, calculations and methods of electrochemical and volumetric analyses and various analytical separation methods. Laboratory involves neutralization and oxidation-reduction titrations, potentiometry, electrogravimetry, cyclic voltammetry and use of gas, column, thin layer, and high performance liquid chromatography to analyze chemical samples. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisites: CHEM 332, 324
CHEM 356 Analytical Chemistry II (3-4-4), spring. Integrated lecture/laboratory course emphasizing qualitative and quantitative analyses based on light, including UV-visible absorption, atomic absorption, fluorescence and phosphorescence, and plasma emission methods and the use of mass spectrometry, multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in the elucidation of structures for chemical compounds. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisites: CHEM 322, 324.
CHEM 375 Molecular Modeling and Computational Chemistry (3-0-3), spring. An introduction to molecular modeling of organic, inorganic, and biologically important molecules using desktop computers. Includes building and animating 3-D models, energy minimization, molecular dynamics, docking and overlaying, analysis of symmetry and bonding in molecules and crystals, and prediction of reactivity. Prerequisite: CHEM 324.
CHEM 393 Introduction to Research (0-9-3),* fall, spring, summer. Students carry out an experimental investigation related to the research interest of a faculty member for 1-3 credit hours. A paper incorporating results of the research work, written in the format of published journal articles, is required for completion of the course. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
CHEM 401 Secondary Science Teaching Methods (3-0-3), fall, spring. A study of teaching strategies and curriculum development for the secondary sciences. Presents the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, College and Career Readiness Standards, and classroom management and discipline for the science laboratory environment. Must be taken concurrently with EDUC 412 and 432. Should be taken before student teaching. Prerequisite: 16 hours of science from appropriate secondary science teaching degree plan.
CHEM 413 Physical Chemistry/Life Sciences (3-0-3), spring. Introduces the fundamentals of physical chemistry applied to biological systems. Includes thermodynamics, bioenergetics, chemical equilibria, kinetics, enzyme catalysis and inhibition of living systems. Prerequisites: CHEM 324; MATH 124 or higher.
CHEM 423 Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar (3-0-3), fall, spring. Use of the chemical literature, both paper and electronic, as well as student presentations of one or more seminars to improve technical communication skills. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. For majors only. A writing-intensive course.
CHEM 441 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1-3-1), spring, even years. Techniques and methods for synthesizing and characterizing inorganic compounds. Also introduces crystal structure and crystal growth. Prerequisite: CHEM 443 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM 443 Inorganic Chemistry (3-0-3), spring, even years. Covers the chemistry of all elements with special attention given to transition metals. Molecular structure and bonding are described in detail. May be credited without CHEM 441 with consent of instructor. Prerequisite: CHEM 324; MATH 124 or higher.
CHEM 453 Biochemistry I (3-0-3), fall. Discusses the chemistry, structural aspects, and properties of amino acids, peptides, proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Prerequisite: "C" or better in CHEM 324. Same as BIOL 472.
CHEM 454 Biochemistry II (3-0-3), spring. Presents the bioenergetics and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids with emphasis on the role of vitamins and hormones. Prerequisite: "C" or better CHEM 453.
CHEM 463 Biochemistry Laboratory I (0-4-1), fall. Practical experience and theoretical background in general biochemistry laboratory techniques and techniques for the analysis of protein structure and function. Prerequisite: CHEM 453 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM 464 Biochemistry Laboratory II (0-4-1), spring. Practical experience and theoretical background in general biochemistry laboratory techniques, enzyme purification and analysis and in recombinant DNA analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 453 and CHEM 463.
CHEM 483 Polymer Chemistry (3-0-3), on demand. Presents fundamental chemical study of the structure and properties of the general classes of high polymers, including synthesis and mechanism of formation. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor.
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