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CHEM 101. INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE CHEMISTRY
This course is designed for students who are unprepared to begin the study of chemical principles. Emphasis is on elements and their symbols, names and formulas of compounds, valences, balancing equations, stoichiometry, and the algebra required for proficiency in chemistry. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 103 or 117 or placement in a higher numbered MATH course. This course does not supply any portion of the science credits required in any CBU degree program. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; three credits

CHEM 113. PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
This is the first-semester chemistry course for all students of science and chemical engineering. Topics include matter, measurements, atoms, molecules, ions, use of formulas and equations, thermochemistry, gases, electronic structure, the periodic table, covalent bonding, molecular structure, liquids and solids, and solutions. Prerequisite: CHEM 101 at Christian Brothers University or high school chemistry and satisfactory performance on departmental placement examination. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 117 or MATH 129 or MATH 131; CHEM 113L. Offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. One semester; three credits

CHEM 113L. CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES I LABORATORY
This course is designed to illustrate and explain the principles covered in CHEM 113. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 113. Offered in the Fall and Spring. One semester; one credit

CHEM 114. PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
This is the second-semester chemistry course for students of science and chemical engineering. Topics include chemical equilibrium, precipitations, acids and bases, chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, oxidation and reduction, electrochemistry, and nuclear reactions. Prerequisites: CHEM 113, 113L. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 114L. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credit

CHEM 114L. CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES II LABORATORY
This course is designed to illustrate and explain the principles covered in CHEM 114. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 114. Prerequisite: CHEM 113, 113L. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; one credit

CHEM 115. GENERAL CHEMISTRY
A one-semester survey course in chemistry. Topics include matter, formulas and equations, thermochemistry, gases, electronic structure of the atom, the periodic table, bonding, molecular structure, liquids and solids, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: MATH 117 or equivalent. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 115L. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; three credits

CHEM 115L. GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
A one-semester laboratory course in chemistry designed to illustrate and explain the concepts covered in CHEM 115. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 115. One semester; one credit

CHEM 200-201. SPECIAL TOPICS
Introductory course in one of the following fields: Environmental Chemistry or Forensic Chemistry.  Prerequisites and corequisites as described in the syllabus for each Special Topics course. One semester; one to three credits each

CHEM 200L-201L SPECIAL TOPICS LABORATORY
Introductory course in one of the following fields: Environmental Chemistry or Forensic Chemistry.  Prerequisites and corequisites as described in the syllabus for each Special Topics course. One semester; one to three credits each

CHEM 205. FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of forensic chemistry.  The course begins with a basic overview of forensic science, including crime scene investigation and collection and handling of physical evidence.  Sample preparation, chromatography, drug analysis and toxicology, PCR and DNA fingerprinting, and chemical analysis of physical evidence will be discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 114, 114L and MATH 117.  Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; one credit.

CHEM 211. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
This course uses both a mechanistic and functional-group approach to introduce organic concepts. Topics include bonding, functional groups, stereochemistry, acids and bases, and conformations. Mechanisms covered include electrophilic addition, SN2, SN1, E1, E2 and radical reactions. This course deals with compounds from the aliphatic series. Prerequisites: CHEM 113, CHEM 113L, CHEM 114, and CHEM 114L with a minimum grade of “C” in each course. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 211L. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; three credits

CHEM 211L. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
This course is designed to teach the student the techniques of organic chemistry as well as to carry out reactions discussed in class. Some of the techniques presented are distillation, recrystallization, and extraction. The experiments will teach the proper methods of carrying out reactions. Prerequisites: CHEM 113, CHEM 113L, CHEM 114, and CHEM 114L with a minimum grade of “C” in each course. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 211. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; one credit

CHEM 212. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
This is the second in a two-semester sequence which builds on CHEM 211. This course will use a mechanistic and functional-group approach to introduce organic concepts. Topics include NMR, IR, and UV spectroscopy, aromaticity, enolates, and polymers. Mechanisms include EAS, NAS, nucleophilic addition, and nucleophilic acyl substitution. This course deals with compounds from both the aliphatic and aromatic series. Prerequisites: CHEM 211, 211L. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 212L. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits

CHEM 212L. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
This class is a continuation of CHEM 211L. The lab will be a combination of spectroscopy, reactions and identification of unknowns. The experiments carried out in lab will correspond to ones discussed in class. The identities of the organic unknowns will be determined by chemical and spectroscopic means. The skills learned in the first semester are used extensively in this class. Prerequisites: CHEM 211, 211L. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 212. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; one credit

CHEM 214. QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
A course which covers analytical principles and sources of error, principles of volumetric and gravimetric analysis, electrogravimetry, potentiometric titrations, and spectrophotometric analysis. Prerequisites: CHEM 114, 114L. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 214L. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; two credits

CHEM 214L. QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LABORATORY
Laboratory to accompany CHEM 214. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 214. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; two credits

CHEM 311. ORGANIC QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS
This course covers the identification of pure organic compounds and mixtures. The course includes use of spectroscopy and chromatography as well as classical techniques. Prerequisites: CHEM 212, 212L. One hour of lecture and six hours of laboratory work per week. Offered in the Spring semester of odd-numbered years. One semester; three credits

CHEM 315. BIOCHEMISTRY I (Introduction to Biochemistry)
This course is a detailed introduction to the chemistry of the major classes of biologically important molecules including amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. A discussion of the role of water in biological systems, techniques for isolation and characterization of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, regulation of enzyme activity, membrane structure and function, bioenergetics, general characteristics of metabolic pathways, glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, the Krebs cycle, and glycogen metabolism will be included. The course will conclude with an introduction to signal transduction pathways. Prerequisites: CHEM 212,  212L. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHEM 315L. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; three credits

CHEM 315L BIOCHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
This course is designed to accompany Biochemistry I. It will provide an introduction to  laboratory techniques used in the isolation and characterization of  the major classes of biological molecules. Emphasis will be placed on techniques for protein purification and assay including chromatography, electrophoretic methods, centrifugation, spectroscopy, and enzyme kinetics. Prerequisites: CHEM 212, 212L. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 315. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; one credit

CHEM 316. BIOCHEMISTRY II (Metabolic Regulation and Signal Transduction)
This course is a continuation of Biochemistry I, providing a comprehensive introduction to the study of metabolic pathways with emphasis on basic principles of regulation. The mechanism of hormone action and interrelationships between signal transduction and metabolic regulation will be discussed. An introduction to drug design and the mechanism of action of drugs in the human body will be included. The course will conclude with an introduction to molecular biology. Prerequisites: BIOL 112, 112L and CHEM 315, 315L. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits

CHEM 330. RESEARCH SEMINAR I (formerly CHEM 430)
A study of the chemical literature and ethical conduct In science.  Students will be required to prepare a journal club presentation and to write a research proposal.  Attendance of departmental seminars is also required. Prerequisites: CHEM 212, 212L. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; zero credit

CHEM 331. RESEARCH SEMINAR II
Students will be required to attend departmental seminars and to submit summaries of these presentations. Students will select a research project and advisor. Prerequisite: CHEM 330. Offered in the spring semester. One semester, zero credit

CHEM  342  PHYSICAL BIOCHEMISTRY
Studies of the physical properties of biological molecules. Prerequisites: MATH 131, CHEM 315 & 315L, or permission of instructor. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester, three credits

CHEM 351. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
Studies of the kinetic theory and properties of gases, the laws of thermodynamics, molecular energies, free energy and equilibrium, phase equilibria, ideal and real solutions, colligative properties, electrochemistry, rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions, catalysis, photochemistry, and collision theory. Prerequisites: CHEM 114, 114L; MATH 231; and PHYS 251, 251L. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 351L. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; three credits

CHEM 351L. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
Laboratory work corresponding to CHEM 351. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 351. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; one credit

CHEM 352. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
Studies of quantum mechanics and atomic structure, chemical bonding, spectroscopy and term symbols, molecular statistics, partition functions, diffraction and crystallography, intermolecular forces, liquids, surface chemistry, colloids, viscosity and diffusion, and macromolecules. Prerequisites: CHEM 351, 351L; PHYS 252, 252L; and MATH 232. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 352L. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits

CHEM 352L. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
Laboratory work corresponding to CHEM 352. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 352. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; one credit

CHEM 410  ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY
A student of the cellular aspects of biochemistry including membrane transport, membrane and organelle chemistry, photosynthesis, and a discussion of the chemistry of DNA replication, transcription, and translation. The course will include a detailed discussion of selected metabolic pathways from lipid and amino acid metabolism. Mechanisms of enzyme action will also be discussed. Prerequisites:  BIOL 112, 112L, CHEM 315, and 315L. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 410L. Offered in the Spring semester of even numbered years. One semester; three credits.

CHEM 410L  ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY
Laboratory work illustrating concepts discussed in CHEM 410. Prequisite or corequisite: CHEM 410. Offered in the Spring semester of even numbered years. One semester; one credit.

CHEM 415. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
This course is oriented toward the study and use of instruments in chemical analysis and research. Theory and its application to instrumental methods of analysis are covered, including basic electronics, spectrophotometry, electrochemical analysis, and chromatography. Three one-hour lectures per week. Prerequisites: MATH 131, CHEM 212, 212L, 214, 214L. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 415L. Offered in the Spring semester of even-numbered years. One semester; three credits

CHEM 415L. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
Experiments dealing with basic electronics, optical spectrophotometry, non-optical spectrometry, electrochemical analysis, and chromatography are performed. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 415. Offered in the Spring semester of even-numbered years. One semester; one credit

CHEM 422. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
This course is an in-depth study of the elements (metals and non-metals) and their compounds. Emphasis is on periodic relationships, theory of solutions, coordination compounds, and the kinetics of inorganic reactions in solution. Three one-hour lectures per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 351, 351L. Prerequisites or corequisites: CHEM 212, 212L, 352, 352L, 422L. Offered in the Spring semester of odd-numbered years. One semester; three credits

CHEM 422L. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
Advanced laboratory techniques are used in the synthesis, analysis, and purification of inorganic coordination compounds. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 422. Offered in the Spring semester of odd-numbered years. One semester; one credit

CHEM 428.  RESEARCH SEMINAR III
Students will be required to attend departmental seminars and to submit summaries of these presentations. Students will begin writing their senior research paper. Prerequisite: CHEM 331. Offered in the spring semester. One semester; zero credit.

CHEM 429. RESEARCH SEMINAR IV (formerly CHEM 431)
Completion of research project. Oral presentation of research at a meeting of a learned society. Completion of a written research paper in a format suitable for publication in a refereed journal. In addition, each student will prepare a poster and present it at a poster session on campus. Students will be required to attend departmental seminars and to submit summaries of these presentations. Prerequisite: CHEM 428. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; two credits

CHEM 432-437, 440-441. SPECIAL TOPICS
An advanced study in one of the following fields: Inorganic, Organic, Analytical, Polymer, Physical, or Biochemistry. Prerequisites and corequisites as described in the syllabus for each Special Topics course. One semester; one to four credits each

CHEM 439. ASTROPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
This is an interdisciplinary capstone course for Science and Engineering majors. Astronomy is used as the framework upon which to hang many other topics; the student’s previous knowledge of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology will be reviewed and expanded upon, along with history, philosophy, music, and religion. Topics include an overview of the Universe, the sky and the Earth, the history of astronomy, light and telescopes, origin and evolution of the Solar System, the nature and evolution of stars, including supernovae, neutron stars, pulsars, and black holes, the Milky Way and other galaxies, interstellar molecules, life in the Universe, quasars, and cosmology, including the Big Bang and the expanding Universe. Optional observing sessions included. Prerequisites: CHEM 114, PHYS 150 or 201, MATH 131. Junior standing recommended. Offered in the Spring semester of even-numbered years. One semester; three credits

CHEM 490. Internship IN CHEMISTRY
Students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry may be placed in an area company or research facility under approved supervision. Students submit progress reports and a final paper describing the experience. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of department chair. One semester; one credit

CHEM 498. SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE/BIOCHEMISTRY
Students must pass either an external examination in biochemistry chosen by the department (such as the GRE) or pass a comprehensive examination administered by the faculty of the department. A passing score is required for graduation. Offered in the spring semester. Offered pass/fail. One semester, zero credit.

CHEM 499. SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE/CHEMISTRY
Students must pass either an external examination covering all of the major fields of chemistry that is chosen by the department (such as the Major Field Assessment in Chemistry) or pass a comprehensive examination administered by the faculty of the department. A passing score is required for graduation. Offered in the spring semester. Offered pass/fail. One semester, zero credit.  

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