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Chemistry B.A.

Division of Science & Mathematics - Adm
Division of Science and Mathematics
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 60 to 74
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Coursework in chemistry is increasingly interdisciplinary and spans analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students may also pursue a degree in chemistry with a biochemistry subfield or design an interdisciplinary area of concentration encompassing chemistry and related fields. All majors must study beginning physics and calculus. Beginning chemistry courses satisfy the physical sciences component of the general education requirements. The UMM chemistry program is approved to offer American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degrees. Students who wish to have their degree certified by the ACS may need to complete additional courses or work beyond the program requirements listed below. A complete description of how to complete the ACS requirements at UMM can be found on the discipline web page: https://academics.morris.umn.edu/chemistry-biochemistry Chemistry and biochemistry majors do hands-on work with chemical instrumentation and use computers in both software and hardware applications. The faculty prides itself on working closely with its students on undergraduate research projects, directed studies, and undergraduate teaching assistantships. In addition, chemistry/biochemistry majors are encouraged to complete summer research internships at university and industrial labs or at other research facilities, locally and nationally. Degrees in chemistry/biochemistry, in addition to being an excellent preparation for industrial employment, government service, or secondary teaching, also prepare students for postgraduate work (more than 60% of majors pursue postgraduate work). Objectives--the chemistry discipline is designed to: Serve students from other disciplines requiring knowledge of chemistry; Advance student learning in contemporary chemistry/biochemistry at a level appropriate to undergraduates; Advance student competence in research in chemistry/biochemistry; Advance student proficiency in green chemistry competencies. Prepare students for postgraduate work in a variety of fields and/or for careers in industrial or clinical settings or for careers in secondary education. Prepare students for professional programs such as medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and physician assistant. Learning Outcomes -- The curriculum is designed to ensure that students are able to: Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts of chemistry, including the principles of green chemistry. Solve problems using critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills including the integration of knowledge from other disciplines. Identify the objective of an experiment, conduct experiments using appropriate techniques and equipment, interpret the results, discuss the data, and draw conclusions. Communicate concepts and results effectively (oral and written), including interpersonal communication. Locate and understand literature (especially primary literature) in chemistry and scientific publications. Recognize hazards, conduct experiments in a safe, ethical, and sustainable manner, consider greener laboratory alternatives, and manage chemicals, inc.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 2 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
Courses may not be taken S/N. Up to 2 courses with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the major requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced. Students should consult members of the chemistry faculty to plan programs of study appropriate to their interests and postgraduate goals. Students may complete a major in chemistry through one of three tracks--the standard chemistry major or the chemistry major with a biochemistry subfield or with a green and sustainable subfield.
Required Courses
Stat 1601 or Stat 2601 are not required but are strongly recommeded.
CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Lab I (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2321 - Introduction to Research I (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2322 - Introduction to Research II (1.0 cr)
CHEM 3101 - Analytical Chemistry [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 3501 - Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 3901 - Chemistry Seminar I (0.5 cr)
CHEM 4901 - Chemistry Seminar II (0.5 cr)
MATH 1101 - Calculus I [M/SR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1102 - Calculus II [M/SR] (5.0 cr)
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II [SCI] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 2304 - Organic Chemistry II with a Biological Emphasis [SCI] (4.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Standard
Standard Chemistry Required Courses
CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics [SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 3511 - Physical Chemistry Lab (1.0 cr)
PHYS 1101 - General Physics I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1102 - General Physics II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
Standard Chemistry Elective Courses
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3201 - Sustainable Synthetic and Solid State Methods (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 3406 - Polymer Properties and Characterization (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 3407 - Polymer Synthesis (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 3503 - Quantum Chemical Models and Visualizations (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis (5.0 cr)
· CHEM 4201 - Chemistry and Sustainable Applications to Global Problems (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4352 - Synthesis (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4552 - Molecular Spectroscopy (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 4351 - Bioorganic Chemistry (2.0 cr)
or CHEM 4355 - Biochemistry of Carbohydrates and Glycoconjugates (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 4357 - Structural Methods of Chemical Biology (2.0 cr)
Biochemistry
Biochemistry Required Courses
BIOL 1111 - Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development [SCI] (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2111 - Cell Biology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3121 - Molecular Biology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry (4.0 cr)
BIOL 4611 - Biochemistry Lab (1.0 cr)
PHYS 1091 - Principles of Physics I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1092 - Principles of Physics II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
or PHYS 1101 - General Physics I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1102 - General Physics II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
Advanced Biochemistry-based Elective
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CHEM 4351 - Bioorganic Chemistry (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 4355 - Biochemistry of Carbohydrates and Glycoconjugates (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4357 - Structural Methods of Chemical Biology (2.0 cr)
Biochemistry Electives
For students planning to go to graduate school in biochemistry, it is recommended that they also take BIOL 4111 - Microbiology and BIOL 4312 - Genetics.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CHEM 3201 - Sustainable Synthetic and Solid State Methods (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 3406 - Polymer Properties and Characterization (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 3407 - Polymer Synthesis (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3503 - Quantum Chemical Models and Visualizations (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis (5.0 cr)
· CHEM 4201 - Chemistry and Sustainable Applications to Global Problems (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4352 - Synthesis (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4552 - Molecular Spectroscopy (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (2.0 cr)
Chemistry, Green and Sustainable
Required
CHEM 2201 - Introduction to Environmental Chemistry (2.0 cr)
or CHEM 2202 - Introduction to Green Chemistry (2.0 cr)
BIOL 1111 - Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development [SCI] (3.0 cr)
ENST 1101 - Environmental Problems and Policy [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1091 - Principles of Physics I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1092 - Principles of Physics II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
or PHYS 1101 - General Physics I [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 1102 - General Physics II [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
Interdisciplinary Elective
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· BIOL 2101 - Evolution of Biodiversity [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 2111 - Cell Biology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 3131 - Ecology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 3101 - Industrial Ecology (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3501 - Hydrology [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3502 - Groundwater [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3601 - Introduction to Geochemistry [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· PHYS 3004 - Atmospheric Physics [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
Green and Sustainability Electives
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CHEM 3201 - Sustainable Synthetic and Solid State Methods (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 3406 - Polymer Properties and Characterization (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 4201 - Chemistry and Sustainable Applications to Global Problems (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4352 - Synthesis (4.0 cr)
Chemistry Electives
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3407 - Polymer Synthesis (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 3411 - Polymer Chemistry Lab (1.0 cr)
· CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3503 - Quantum Chemical Models and Visualizations (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis (5.0 cr)
· CHEM 4351 - Bioorganic Chemistry (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 4355 - Biochemistry of Carbohydrates and Glycoconjugates (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4357 - Structural Methods of Chemical Biology (2.0 cr)
· CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 4711 - Inorganic Chemistry Lab (1.0 cr)
· CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (2.0 cr)
 
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CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Scientific method, measurements, nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, thermochemistry, chemical periodicity, introduction to chemical bonding, and properties of common elements and ions. Development of scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills. Laboratory exercises concomitant with these topics. (three 65-min lect, 180 min lab) prereq: Math 1010 or placement beyond Math 1010 using ACT/placement exam score
CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of Chem 1101. Chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions, acid-base chemistry, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, quantum theory, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Lab exercises concomitant with these topics. (three 65-min lect, 180 min lab) prereq: 1101
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the structure and reactivity of organic molecules; nomenclature and functional groups; stereochemistry; mechanisms of substitution and elimination pathways; physical organic chemistry; introduction to synthetic strategy; fundamentals of spectroscopic techniques. prereq: 1102
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Lab I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: coreq 2301 or #
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of lab techniques in organic chemistry; experimental problem-solving. (3 hrs lab) prereq: coreq 2301 or instr consent
CHEM 2321 - Introduction to Research I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interdisciplinary approach to experiment design and analysis of data. Synthesis of organic, organometallic, and/or inorganic compounds, with emphasis on purification and characterization using advanced techniques and instrumental methods. Instruction in use of the scientific literature and scientific communication. Begin research project with faculty mentor. (6 hrs lab) prereq: 2311, coreq 2302 or 2304 or instr consent
CHEM 2322 - Introduction to Research II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continue research with faculty mentor. Experiment design and analysis of data. Instruction in the use of the scientific literature and oral and written scientific communication.(6 hrs lab) Prereq-2321, coreq 2302 or 2304
CHEM 3101 - Analytical Chemistry (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
The application of chemical equilibria to chemical analysis with emphasis on the fundamental quantitative aspects of analytical chemistry. Acid-base, oxidation-reduction, and complexometric titrations, introduction to electrochemical and spectrophotometric analyses and separations. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab) prereq: 1102
CHEM 3501 - Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
The gas state. Classical thermodynamics. Phase, chemical and heterogeneous equilibria. Chemical kinetics. Kinetic theory of gases. prereq: 1102, Phys 1101, Math 1102 or instr consent
CHEM 3901 - Chemistry Seminar I
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Prerequisites: 2321
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Presentations by faculty, guest speakers, and students on topics of current research interest. Students are required to present one seminar for the Chem 3901-4901 sequence. [Note: required of all chem majors; may not count toward chem minor] prereq: 2321
CHEM 4901 - Chemistry Seminar II
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Prerequisites: 3901
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continuation of Chemistry Seminar I. This is a full-year course. Students must attend year round and present one of the seminars. [Note: required of all chem majors; may not count toward chem minor: full-year course begins fall semester] prereq: 3901
MATH 1101 - Calculus I (M/SR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Limits and continuity; the concepts, properties, and some techniques of differentiation, antidifferentiation, and definite integration and their connection by the Fundamental Theorem. Partial differentiation. Some applications. Students learn the basics of a computer algebra system. prereq: 1012, 1013 or placement
MATH 1102 - Calculus II (M/SR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Techniques of integration. Further applications involving mathematical modeling and solution of simple differential equations. Taylor's Theorem. Limits of sequences. Use and theory of convergence of power series. Students use a computer algebra system. prereq: 1101
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 2302/Chem 2304/Chem 2332H
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of topics from Chem 2301; spectroscopy; chemistry of polyenes, aromatic systems, and amines; enol and enolate chemistry; free-radical chemistry; retrosynthetic analysis; special topics. prereq: C or better in 2301, coreq 2321 or instr consent for chem majors
CHEM 2304 - Organic Chemistry II with a Biological Emphasis (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 2302/Chem 2304/Chem 2332H
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Continuation of topics from Chem 2301, with an emphasis on compounds and reactions of biological interest. Topics include spectroscopy, structure and reactivity of aromatic compounds, phosphoryl and acyl group transfer, nucleophilic carbonyl addition, reactions involving enolate and enamine intermediates, coenzyme chemistry, electrophilic addition, beta elimination, oxidation and reduction of organic compounds, and reactions involving free radical intermediates. prereq: C or better in 2301, Biol 2111 or instr consent
CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to quantum theory. Approximate quantum mechanical models. Electronic structure of atoms. Chemical bonding and electronic structure of molecules. Introduction to electronic vibrational, and rotational spectroscopy. Introduction to statistical thermodynamics. prereq: Chem 1102, Math 1102, Phys 1101, or instr consent for chem majors
CHEM 3511 - Physical Chemistry Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: coreq 3502
Typically offered: Every Spring
Lab experiments to illustrate physico-chemical principles and to develop skills in data collection, analysis and interpretation, and in report writing. (3 hrs lab) prereq: coreq 3502
PHYS 1101 - General Physics I (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Vectors, kinematics, laws of motion, circular motion, work-energy theorem, conservation principles, rotational motion, gravitation, simple harmonic oscillations, wave phenomena, fluid mechanics, thermal properties of matter, kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics. (4 hrs lect and rec, 2 hrs lab) prereq: Math 1101 or instr consent
PHYS 1102 - General Physics II (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Coulomb's law, electric field, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance, dielectrics, current, resistance, circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, Faraday's law, AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, nature of light, reflection, refraction, optical instruments, interference, diffraction. (4 hrs lect and rec, 2 hrs lab) prereq: 1101, Math 1102 or instr consent
BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structures, functions, and biochemical transformations of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. (three 65-min lect) Optional lab offered. See Biol 4611. prereq: Chem 2302 or Chem 2304, prereq or coreq Biol 3121, or instr consent
CHEM 3201 - Sustainable Synthetic and Solid State Methods
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Methods for preparing and characterizing compounds and materials with an emphasis on sustainable approaches (two 65-min lect, one 3.5 hour lab) prereq: 2321
CHEM 3406 - Polymer Properties and Characterization
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 3406/Chem 3401
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to the principles and history of polymer chemistry with an emphasis on polymer properties, their characterization, and sustainable sources. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 3407 - Polymer Synthesis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Introduction to the synthesis of traditional and sustainable polymers and their role in renewable energy and our environment. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 3503 - Quantum Chemical Models and Visualizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Chemists rely on a range of visual methods imbued with physical and chemical concepts to understand and explain chemical phenomena. As quantum chemical methods have improved with more refined theories and increased computational power, the range of options for visual understanding and explanation have increased too. We will examine quantum chemical models and their applications to visually explain chemistry according to physical concepts and as a guide toward understanding the chemical significance of numerical output in relation to experimental results from the literature. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles of chemical instrumentation and instrumental methods of analysis; extensive lab work using chromatographic, spectrophotometric, and electrochemical methods of analysis. (3 hrs lect, 6 hrs lab) prereq: 3101
CHEM 4201 - Chemistry and Sustainable Applications to Global Problems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Exploration of advanced chemical concepts underlying challenges facing society. Topics will include: carbon capture and utilization, green energy solutions, environmental remediation, alternative carbon sources for materials, and others. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 4352 - Synthesis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Advanced organic and organometallic mechanisms and methodology. Study of the preparation of biologically active molecules, emphasizing the application of transition metal chemistry to modern synthetic methods with a particular focus on green chemistry and sustainability. prereq: 2302 or 2304 or instr consent
CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Quantum theory of molecules. Statistical thermodynamics; Gibbsian ensembles; applications. prereq: or coreq 3502 or instr consent
CHEM 4552 - Molecular Spectroscopy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Interaction of molecules and electromagnetic radiation. Spectroscopic determination of molecular structure. Operation of spectrometers and spectrophotometers. prereq: 2302 or 2304, 3101 or instr consent
CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
The periodic table; models of structure and bonding of main group elements and transition metals, nomenclature, symmetry, and bonding theory of coordination compounds. prereq: 3501 or instr consent
CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 4701 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Structure and reactions of coordination compounds, inorganic cages and clusters, lanthanide and actinide series. Nanoparticles, bioinorganic topics, and other trends in the field. prereq: 4701 or instr consent
CHEM 4351 - Bioorganic Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Discussion of the theory of enzyme catalysis, determination of catalytic mechanisms for a variety of organic reactions in biological systems, and elucidation of biosynthetic pathways. Involves analysis of the primary literature. prereq: 2302 or 2304, Biol 4211
CHEM 4355 - Biochemistry of Carbohydrates and Glycoconjugates
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The study of carbohydrates including the chemical and biological syntheses, functions in metabolism, applications in signaling, and implications for a range of diseases' diagnosis and treatment. Involves extensive reading in primary literature. prereq: 2321 or Biol 3700, Biol 4211 or instr consent
CHEM 4357 - Structural Methods of Chemical Biology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
In-depth studies in determining, analyzing, and altering the structure and function of proteins. Topics studied include protein synthesis/isolation/purification, as well as structure determination via spectroscopy and crystallography. Involves extensive reading in the primary literature. prereq: 2321 or Biol 3700, Biol 4211
BIOL 1111 - Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development (SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to scientific methods and the history of biology, with an emphasis on mechanisms of inheritance, development, and descent with modification. Overview of pre-Darwinian scientific thought; the theory of evolution; a qualitative introduction to genetics and molecular biology; and a summary of developmental biology. (two 75-min lect) prereq: biol major/minor or chem major or any health sciences preprofessional program or ElEd or SeEd major with middle school science specialties or instr consent
BIOL 2111 - Cell Biology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cell structure and function. Includes topics pertaining to the chemistry, physiology, structure, and reproduction of plant and animal cells. (three 65-min lect and one 120-min lab) prereq: C- or better in 1111, Chem 1102 or instr consent
BIOL 3121 - Molecular Biology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles and mechanisms of DNA function, protein synthesis, and gene regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Genetic engineering and evolution at the molecular level. (two 65-min lect, 180-min lab, additional lab time arranged) prereq: C- or better in 2111, Chem 2301 or instr consent
BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structures, functions, and biochemical transformations of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. (three 65-min lect) Optional lab offered. See Biol 4611. prereq: Chem 2302 or Chem 2304, prereq or coreq Biol 3121, or instr consent
BIOL 4611 - Biochemistry Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Experiments using the major separation and analytical techniques of biochemistry, including centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, immunochemistry, and spectrophotometry. (one 180-minute lab) prereq: (or coreq) 4211
PHYS 1091 - Principles of Physics I (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to physics without the use of calculus. Vectors, kinematics. Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, torque, fluids, thermal physics, laws of thermodynamics, oscillations and waves. (4 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab) prereq: high school higher algebra and trigonometry
PHYS 1092 - Principles of Physics II (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Coulomb's law, electric fields, electric potential, capacitance, electric current, resistance, DC circuits, magnetism, induction, reflection and refraction of light, mirrors and lenses, interference and diffraction, optical instruments, radioactivity (4 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab) prereq: 1091
PHYS 1101 - General Physics I (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Vectors, kinematics, laws of motion, circular motion, work-energy theorem, conservation principles, rotational motion, gravitation, simple harmonic oscillations, wave phenomena, fluid mechanics, thermal properties of matter, kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics. (4 hrs lect and rec, 2 hrs lab) prereq: Math 1101 or instr consent
PHYS 1102 - General Physics II (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Coulomb's law, electric field, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance, dielectrics, current, resistance, circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, Faraday's law, AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, nature of light, reflection, refraction, optical instruments, interference, diffraction. (4 hrs lect and rec, 2 hrs lab) prereq: 1101, Math 1102 or instr consent
CHEM 4351 - Bioorganic Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Discussion of the theory of enzyme catalysis, determination of catalytic mechanisms for a variety of organic reactions in biological systems, and elucidation of biosynthetic pathways. Involves analysis of the primary literature. prereq: 2302 or 2304, Biol 4211
CHEM 4355 - Biochemistry of Carbohydrates and Glycoconjugates
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The study of carbohydrates including the chemical and biological syntheses, functions in metabolism, applications in signaling, and implications for a range of diseases' diagnosis and treatment. Involves extensive reading in primary literature. prereq: 2321 or Biol 3700, Biol 4211 or instr consent
CHEM 4357 - Structural Methods of Chemical Biology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
In-depth studies in determining, analyzing, and altering the structure and function of proteins. Topics studied include protein synthesis/isolation/purification, as well as structure determination via spectroscopy and crystallography. Involves extensive reading in the primary literature. prereq: 2321 or Biol 3700, Biol 4211
CHEM 3201 - Sustainable Synthetic and Solid State Methods
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Methods for preparing and characterizing compounds and materials with an emphasis on sustainable approaches (two 65-min lect, one 3.5 hour lab) prereq: 2321
CHEM 3406 - Polymer Properties and Characterization
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 3406/Chem 3401
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to the principles and history of polymer chemistry with an emphasis on polymer properties, their characterization, and sustainable sources. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 3407 - Polymer Synthesis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Introduction to the synthesis of traditional and sustainable polymers and their role in renewable energy and our environment. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to quantum theory. Approximate quantum mechanical models. Electronic structure of atoms. Chemical bonding and electronic structure of molecules. Introduction to electronic vibrational, and rotational spectroscopy. Introduction to statistical thermodynamics. prereq: Chem 1102, Math 1102, Phys 1101, or instr consent for chem majors
CHEM 3503 - Quantum Chemical Models and Visualizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Chemists rely on a range of visual methods imbued with physical and chemical concepts to understand and explain chemical phenomena. As quantum chemical methods have improved with more refined theories and increased computational power, the range of options for visual understanding and explanation have increased too. We will examine quantum chemical models and their applications to visually explain chemistry according to physical concepts and as a guide toward understanding the chemical significance of numerical output in relation to experimental results from the literature. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles of chemical instrumentation and instrumental methods of analysis; extensive lab work using chromatographic, spectrophotometric, and electrochemical methods of analysis. (3 hrs lect, 6 hrs lab) prereq: 3101
CHEM 4201 - Chemistry and Sustainable Applications to Global Problems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Exploration of advanced chemical concepts underlying challenges facing society. Topics will include: carbon capture and utilization, green energy solutions, environmental remediation, alternative carbon sources for materials, and others. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 4352 - Synthesis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Advanced organic and organometallic mechanisms and methodology. Study of the preparation of biologically active molecules, emphasizing the application of transition metal chemistry to modern synthetic methods with a particular focus on green chemistry and sustainability. prereq: 2302 or 2304 or instr consent
CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Quantum theory of molecules. Statistical thermodynamics; Gibbsian ensembles; applications. prereq: or coreq 3502 or instr consent
CHEM 4552 - Molecular Spectroscopy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Interaction of molecules and electromagnetic radiation. Spectroscopic determination of molecular structure. Operation of spectrometers and spectrophotometers. prereq: 2302 or 2304, 3101 or instr consent
CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
The periodic table; models of structure and bonding of main group elements and transition metals, nomenclature, symmetry, and bonding theory of coordination compounds. prereq: 3501 or instr consent
CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 4701 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Structure and reactions of coordination compounds, inorganic cages and clusters, lanthanide and actinide series. Nanoparticles, bioinorganic topics, and other trends in the field. prereq: 4701 or instr consent
CHEM 2201 - Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to the chemistry of four Earth subsystems lithosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), biosphere (living things), and atmosphere (air) and the intersection of those with the anthroposphere (human activities). Principles of Green Chemistry. prereq: 1102
CHEM 2202 - Introduction to Green Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Principles of green chemistry and toxicology; green chemistry metrics, green synthetic methods; alternative feedstocks; waste; green chemistry and industry. prereq: 1102
BIOL 1111 - Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development (SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to scientific methods and the history of biology, with an emphasis on mechanisms of inheritance, development, and descent with modification. Overview of pre-Darwinian scientific thought; the theory of evolution; a qualitative introduction to genetics and molecular biology; and a summary of developmental biology. (two 75-min lect) prereq: biol major/minor or chem major or any health sciences preprofessional program or ElEd or SeEd major with middle school science specialties or instr consent
ENST 1101 - Environmental Problems and Policy (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the ways in which state, national, and international political systems deal with environmental issues and goals. The development of environmental governance, the regulatory and economic tools of environmental policy, and the impact of institutions, culture, social movements, and historical development.
PHYS 1091 - Principles of Physics I (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to physics without the use of calculus. Vectors, kinematics. Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, torque, fluids, thermal physics, laws of thermodynamics, oscillations and waves. (4 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab) prereq: high school higher algebra and trigonometry
PHYS 1092 - Principles of Physics II (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Coulomb's law, electric fields, electric potential, capacitance, electric current, resistance, DC circuits, magnetism, induction, reflection and refraction of light, mirrors and lenses, interference and diffraction, optical instruments, radioactivity (4 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab) prereq: 1091
PHYS 1101 - General Physics I (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Vectors, kinematics, laws of motion, circular motion, work-energy theorem, conservation principles, rotational motion, gravitation, simple harmonic oscillations, wave phenomena, fluid mechanics, thermal properties of matter, kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics. (4 hrs lect and rec, 2 hrs lab) prereq: Math 1101 or instr consent
PHYS 1102 - General Physics II (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Coulomb's law, electric field, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance, dielectrics, current, resistance, circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, Faraday's law, AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, nature of light, reflection, refraction, optical instruments, interference, diffraction. (4 hrs lect and rec, 2 hrs lab) prereq: 1101, Math 1102 or instr consent
BIOL 2101 - Evolution of Biodiversity (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of evolutionary trends using historical and contemporary evidence. Principles of classification and phylogenetic reconstruction. Includes laboratory survey of the major groups of organisms. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab) prereq: C- or better in 1111 or instr consent
BIOL 2111 - Cell Biology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cell structure and function. Includes topics pertaining to the chemistry, physiology, structure, and reproduction of plant and animal cells. (three 65-min lect and one 120-min lab) prereq: C- or better in 1111, Chem 1102 or instr consent
BIOL 3131 - Ecology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic principles and models of population biology, community structure and function, and ecosystem dynamics. Lab exercises emphasize field work, techniques for characterizing local plant and animal communities, and experimental investigation of topics such as competition and behavioral ecology. (two 65-min lect, one 180-min lab and field study; weekend field trip required) prereq: C- or better in Biol 2101 or EnSt 2101, Stat 1601 or Stat 2601, or instr consent
ENST 3101 - Industrial Ecology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Systems thinking in the context of industrial/environmental issues. Methods or frameworks including life cycle analysis and design for disassembly, guide an examination of product design, material choice, and flows of energy and resources into, through, and from industrial cycles. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for EnSt 4101] prereq: 1101, Econ 1111, Geol 1101, Stat 1601, or instr consent
GEOL 3501 - Hydrology (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
An examination of the hydrological cycle; evapotranspiration and precipitation; processes of infiltration; rainfall-runoff relationships and the generation of overland flow; response of the drainage basin to storm events; flood-frequency analysis; elements of groundwater flow and evaluation of aquifer characteristics; water quality, contamination, and contaminant transport. (three 65-min lect) prereq: Math 1021 or Math 1101 or instr consent
GEOL 3502 - Groundwater (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
The origin, occurrence, and availability of groundwater, aquifer geology and groundwater resources, chemical character of groundwater and groundwater pollution, groundwater wells and well design, and groundwater as a geologic agent. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab and field trips) prereq: 1101 or instr consent
GEOL 3601 - Introduction to Geochemistry (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Applying chemistry to geologic problems such as weathering, sedimentary processes and diagenesis, formation of evaporites and ore deposits, magma genesis and magmatic differentiation; thermodynamic functions and the Phase Rule; oxidation potential and Eh-pH diagrams; isotopic geochemistry and geochronology. (three 65-min lect) prereq: (or coreq) 2101 or prereq Chem 1102 or instr consent
PHYS 3004 - Atmospheric Physics (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Introduction to atmospheric physics with an emphasis on thermodynamics. Atmospheric thermodynamics including gas laws, phase transitions, laws of thermodynamics, two-component systems, atmospheric stability; radiative transfer including atmospheric optics and remote sensing; some aspects of atmospheric chemistry such as aerosols, chemical cycles, traces gases; cloud microphysics including nucleation and growth; and atmospheric dynamics including equations of motion for fluid flow; applications to weather systems. (4 hrs lect) [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Phys 2301] prereq: 1092 or 1102, Math 1102
STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics (M/SR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scope, nature, tools, language, and interpretation of elementary statistics. Descriptive statistics; graphical and numerical representation of information; measures of location, dispersion, position, and dependence; exploratory data analysis. Elementary probability theory, discrete and continuous probability models. Inferential statistics, point and interval estimation, tests of statistical hypotheses. Inferences involving one and two populations, ANOVA, regression analysis, and chi-squared tests; use of statistical computer packages. prereq: high school higher algebra
STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods (M/SR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory; laws of probability, random variables, discrete and continuous probability models, functions of random variables, mathematical expectation. Statistical inference; point estimation, interval estimation, tests of hypotheses. Other statistical methods; linear regression and correlation, ANOVA, nonparametric statistics, statistical quality control, use of statistical computer packages. prereq: Math 1101 or Math 1021
CHEM 3201 - Sustainable Synthetic and Solid State Methods
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Methods for preparing and characterizing compounds and materials with an emphasis on sustainable approaches (two 65-min lect, one 3.5 hour lab) prereq: 2321
CHEM 3406 - Polymer Properties and Characterization
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chem 3406/Chem 3401
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to the principles and history of polymer chemistry with an emphasis on polymer properties, their characterization, and sustainable sources. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 4201 - Chemistry and Sustainable Applications to Global Problems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Exploration of advanced chemical concepts underlying challenges facing society. Topics will include: carbon capture and utilization, green energy solutions, environmental remediation, alternative carbon sources for materials, and others. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 4352 - Synthesis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Advanced organic and organometallic mechanisms and methodology. Study of the preparation of biologically active molecules, emphasizing the application of transition metal chemistry to modern synthetic methods with a particular focus on green chemistry and sustainability. prereq: 2302 or 2304 or instr consent
BIOL 4211 - Biochemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structures, functions, and biochemical transformations of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. (three 65-min lect) Optional lab offered. See Biol 4611. prereq: Chem 2302 or Chem 2304, prereq or coreq Biol 3121, or instr consent
CHEM 3407 - Polymer Synthesis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Introduction to the synthesis of traditional and sustainable polymers and their role in renewable energy and our environment. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 3411 - Polymer Chemistry Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Synthesis, characterization, and physical properties of polymers with an emphasis on sustainable polymer chemistry. (3 hrs lab) prereq: 2322, coreq 3406 or instr consent
CHEM 3502 - Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to quantum theory. Approximate quantum mechanical models. Electronic structure of atoms. Chemical bonding and electronic structure of molecules. Introduction to electronic vibrational, and rotational spectroscopy. Introduction to statistical thermodynamics. prereq: Chem 1102, Math 1102, Phys 1101, or instr consent for chem majors
CHEM 3503 - Quantum Chemical Models and Visualizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Chemists rely on a range of visual methods imbued with physical and chemical concepts to understand and explain chemical phenomena. As quantum chemical methods have improved with more refined theories and increased computational power, the range of options for visual understanding and explanation have increased too. We will examine quantum chemical models and their applications to visually explain chemistry according to physical concepts and as a guide toward understanding the chemical significance of numerical output in relation to experimental results from the literature. prereq: 2302 or 2304
CHEM 4111 - Instrumental Analysis
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles of chemical instrumentation and instrumental methods of analysis; extensive lab work using chromatographic, spectrophotometric, and electrochemical methods of analysis. (3 hrs lect, 6 hrs lab) prereq: 3101
CHEM 4351 - Bioorganic Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Discussion of the theory of enzyme catalysis, determination of catalytic mechanisms for a variety of organic reactions in biological systems, and elucidation of biosynthetic pathways. Involves analysis of the primary literature. prereq: 2302 or 2304, Biol 4211
CHEM 4355 - Biochemistry of Carbohydrates and Glycoconjugates
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The study of carbohydrates including the chemical and biological syntheses, functions in metabolism, applications in signaling, and implications for a range of diseases' diagnosis and treatment. Involves extensive reading in primary literature. prereq: 2321 or Biol 3700, Biol 4211 or instr consent
CHEM 4357 - Structural Methods of Chemical Biology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
In-depth studies in determining, analyzing, and altering the structure and function of proteins. Topics studied include protein synthesis/isolation/purification, as well as structure determination via spectroscopy and crystallography. Involves extensive reading in the primary literature. prereq: 2321 or Biol 3700, Biol 4211
CHEM 4551 - Theoretical Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Quantum theory of molecules. Statistical thermodynamics; Gibbsian ensembles; applications. prereq: or coreq 3502 or instr consent
CHEM 4701 - Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
The periodic table; models of structure and bonding of main group elements and transition metals, nomenclature, symmetry, and bonding theory of coordination compounds. prereq: 3501 or instr consent
CHEM 4711 - Inorganic Chemistry Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Lab experiments in inorganic/organometallic chemistry illustrating synthetic and spectroscopic techniques. (3 hrs lab) prereq: 2322, coreq 4701 or instr consent
CHEM 4751 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 4701 or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Structure and reactions of coordination compounds, inorganic cages and clusters, lanthanide and actinide series. Nanoparticles, bioinorganic topics, and other trends in the field. prereq: 4701 or instr consent