Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 101  Mystery, Mayhem, and Murder: Chemistry for the Citizen  (3,4)  

A survey course for students majoring in disciplines other than the natural sciences. Application of fundamental chemical principles to selected inorganic, organic, and biological systems, with particular emphasis on topics of interest to citizens in a technological society. Offered in fall or spring semester for 4 credits (Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory) or summer session for 3 credits (Three hours lecture, no laboratory).

CHEM 101L  Mystery, Mayhem, and Murder: Chemistry for the Citizen Laboratory  (0)  

One two-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: CHEM 101.

CHEM 102  Chemistry in Everyday Life  (3)  

This course seeks to make the Saint Mary’s College student aware of the chemicals that affect her directly as she lives her daily life. (Three lecture hours per week).

CHEM 118  Integrated General, Organic and Bio-Chemistry  (5)  

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry with applications to the field of nursing. Laboratory experiments will closely correspond with the lecture material. (Four hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory) Prerequisite: One year high school chemistry and MATH 102 or concurrent enrollment in any higher level math course; or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 118L  Integrated General, Organic and Bio-Chemistry Laboratory  (0)  

One two-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: CHEM 118.

CHEM 121  Principles of Chemistry I  (4)  

This course is an introduction to chemical stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, and bonding. Laboratory will explore principles presented in lecture. (Three-hour lecture and one three-hour laboratory). Prerequisite: high school chemistry or permission of the instructor; students must be calculus-ready. For biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering intended majors. This course also satisfies the LO2 Critical Thinking Seminar.

CHEM 121L  Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory  (0)  

One three-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: CHEM 121.

CHEM 122  Principles of Chemistry II  (4)  

An introduction to chemical energetics, chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry, and kinetics. Laboratory will explore principles presented in lecture. (Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory) Prerequisite: CHEM 121 or permission of instructor.

CHEM 122L  Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory  (0)  

One three-hour laboratory per week. Corequisite: CHEM 122.

CHEM 221  Organic Chemistry I  (3)  

A treatment of the properties, structures, preparations and reactions of the important classes of compounds of carbon with emphasis on foundational concepts illustrated primarily through the chemistry of aliphatic hydrocarbons. (Three hours lecture) Prerequisite: CHEM 122.

CHEM 221L  Organic Chemistry I Laboratory  (1)  

A course in a variety of organic laboratory skills, including separation and purification techniques. One three hour lab per week. Corequisite: CHEM 221.

CHEM 222  Organic Chemistry II  (3)  

A treatment of the properties, structures, preparations and reactions of the important classes of compounds of carbon. Aromatic chemistry is introduced and representative functional groups are covered. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM 221 and CHEM 221L.

CHEM 222L  Organic Chemistry II Laboratory  (1)  

A course in organic chemistry laboratory skills, including emphasizing qualitative analysis using chemical and instrumental methods. One three hour lab per week. Corequisite: CHEM 222.

CHEM 311  Thermodynamics  (3)  

A detailed study of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetics. This calculus- based course integrates concepts of chemistry and physics. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: CHEM 122, PHYS 122; Recommended: CHEM 221.

CHEM 312  Quantum Chemistry  (3)  

A detailed study of quantum chemistry, including techniques and applications of quantum theory, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, symmetry, group theory, and spectroscopy. (Three hours lecture) Prerequisites: CHEM 122, MATH 231, PHYS 122. Recommended: CHEM 221.

CHEM 324  Biochemistry  (3)  

A study of the chemical reactions of cells, the major metabolic pathways, and the interrelationship of these pathways. (Three hours lecture per week) Prerequisites: CHEM 222.

CHEM 332  Analytical Chemistry  (3)  

Quantitative methods of analysis are explored. The theory and application of wet chemical techniques and modern instrumental techniques (spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry) are introduced with a focus on method selection and underlying chemical concepts. Analytical chemistry uses of statistics and equilibrium are also discussed. (Three hours lecture per week). Prerequisites: CHEM 221, PHYS 122.

CHEM 342  Bio-Inorganic Chemistry  (3)  

This course explores the properties and bonding of inorganic elements that are important to biological systems and biologically-inspired inorganic materials. Students will apply chemical principles in understanding the endogenous roles of metals in charge balance, catalysis, and structure. Students will learn how inorganic chemists design metal-based drugs and imagining agents to solve problems in human health, and how reverse-engineering of bio-inorganic systems have led to revolutionary inorganic solid state- and nano-materials. (Three hours lecture per week) Prerequisite: CHEM 222.

CHEM 361  Advanced Laboratory I  (4)  

Laboratory methods in chemistry are explored. Students will learn how to design and conduct experiments and gain hands-on experience with various laboratory techniques within the overall context of answering chemical questions. They will learn the basic chemical and physical principles upon which these varied techniques are based, plus they will demonstrate and apply their overall chemical knowledge from their first through third years of courses and laboratories. Students will also learn scientific presentation and writing skills. (Two 4-hour laboratories per week). Prerequisite: CHEM 222.

CHEM 362  Advanced Laboratory II  (4)  

A continuation of CHEM 361, students will explore more advanced laboratory techniques, building upon their experience of the previous course. Students will also build their scientific writing and presentation skills. (Two 4-hour laboratories per week). Prerequisite: CHEM 361.

CHEM 424  Advanced Biochemistry  (3)  

Advanced topics in the chemistry and chemical mechanisms involved in intermediary metabolism and developmental processes with consideration of the biochemistry current in the literature. (Three hours lecture per week). Prerequisites: CHEM 324, CHEM 311, or permission of instructor.

CHEM 431  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  (3)  

A study of modern inorganic chemistry with emphasis on the principles, properties, and chemical trends of coordination compounds, This course will also explore the essentials of structure, bonding, symmetry, spectroscopy, and reactivity. (Three hours lecture per week). Prerequisite: CHEM 342. Concurrent or Prerequisite: CHEM 312.

CHEM 485  Research  (1-3)  

Participation in original experimental or theoretical investigation in collaboration with a member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. May be repeated.

CHEM 490  Topics in Chemistry  (2,3)  

Topics in Chemistry not covered in the regular department offerings and selected according to the interests of the students and instructor. Offered according to student demand. (Two or three lectures per week) Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

CHEM 497  Independent Study  (1,2)  

Topics in Chemistry not covered in the regular department offerings and selected according to the interests of the students and instructor. Offered according to student demand. (Two or three lectures per week) Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

CHEM 499  Chemistry Internship  (1-4)  

Experience in a chemistry internship. Graded S/U. May be repeated.Prerequisites:Permission of department required.