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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
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December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

Humanities and Natural Sciences

CHEM A105 General Chemistry I Lecture 3 crs.

This course is a basic one-year course in the fundamental principles of general chemistry. This is the first chemistry course for all science majors and includes the history of chemistry, the development of modern atomic theory, chemical bonding and structure, and the nature of matter and physical states. Included is an introduction to thermodynamics and kinetics with a more thorough development of equilibria concepts. Descriptive chemistry is liberally sprinkled throughout the course.

Prerequisite: eligibility to take MATH A257.

Co-requisite: CHEM A107.

CHEM A106 General Chemistry II Lecture 3 crs.

Same description as CHEM A105.

Prerequisite: CHEM A105, CHEM A107.

Co-requisite: CHEM A108.

CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 cr.

This lab involves experiments to accompany General Chemistry Lecture. One three-hour laboratory period per week.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisite: CHEM A105 or co-registration in CHEM A105.

CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 cr.

Same description as CHEM A107. Also includes qualitative analysis.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisite: CHEM A106, CHEM A107, or co-registration in CHEM A106.

CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I Lecture 3 crs.

This is an intensive course in organic chemistry covering structural theory, organic reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and reactions of organic compounds.

Prerequisite: CHEM A105 — A108 or permission of department chair.

CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II Lecture 3 crs.

Same description as CHEM A300.

Prerequisite: CHEM A300.

CHEM A302 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2 crs.

This is a laboratory course to accompany CHEM A300 — A301. Introduction to laboratory techniques of organic chemistry: preparations, separations, and identification of organic compounds. Two three-hour laboratory periods per week.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisite: CHEM A300 or co-registration in CHEM A300.

CHEM A303 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory for Chemistry Majors 2 crs.

Same description as CHEM A302.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisite: CHEM A301 or co-registration in CHEM A301.

CHEM A305 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 crs.

This is a laboratory course for non-chemistry science students to accompany CHEM A301. Introduction to laboratory techniques of organic chemistry: simple preparations, separation, and identification of organic compounds. Two three-hour laboratory periods per week.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisite: CHEM A301 or co-registration in CHEM A301.

CHEM A306 Physical Chemistry I Lecture 3 crs.

This course is a general survey of physical chemistry stressing thermodynamics, phase and chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, and kinetics.

Prerequisites: CHEM A105 — A108, MATH A257, A258, CHEM A301, or permission of instructor.

CHEM A307 Physical Chemistry II Lecture 3 crs.

This is an advanced course in physical chemistry treating elementary quantum theory and spectroscopy with an introduction to statistical thermodynamics.

Prerequisites: CHEM A105 — A108, MATH A257, A258, PHYS A110, A111, CHEM A306, or permission of instructor.

CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1 cr.

This is a laboratory course for chemistry and non-chemistry science students to accompany CHEM A301. Introduction to laboratory techniques of organic chemistry: simple preparations, separation, and identification of organic compounds. Three-hour laboratory four days per week. Offered in the summer only.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisite: CHEM A300 or co-registration in CHEM A300.

CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1 cr.

This is a laboratory course for chemistry and non-chemistry science students to accompany CHEM A301. Introduction to laboratory techniques of organic chemistry: simple preparations, separation, and identification of organic compounds. Three-hour laboratory four days per week. Offered in the summer only.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisite: CHEM A301 or co-registration in CHEM A301.

CHEM A315 Introduction to Forensic Methods 3 cr.

This course will be an introduction to instrumental and chemical analysis techniques used in forensic investigations. Topics will include: fingerprint analysis, soil and glass analysis, hair and fiber analysis, arson/explosive analysis, document analysis, and drug/toxicological analysis.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisites: CHEM A300.

CHEM A320 Integrated I Laboratory 3 crs.

This is an advanced laboratory with one hour of recitation each week for all chemistry majors. The lecture and experiments cover a wide range of techniques and topics including chemical literature, inorganic synthesis and characterization, photochemistry, titrations, kinetics, extractions, magnetic susceptibility, TLC, UV-Vis, crystal field theory, mass spectrometry, and chromatography.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisites: CHEM A301, A303.

CHEM A330 Integrated II Laboratory 2 crs.

This course is an advanced chemistry laboratory that involves structural analysis, thermodynamics, chemical separations, electrochemistry, advanced kinetics, and spectroscopy. Classical and modern spectroscopic techniques, such as UV-Vis, FT/IR, and LIF are employed along with molecular modeling techniques. The semester concludes with a special project derived from the chemical literature.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisites: CHEM A303, A306.

CHEM A350 Inorganic I Chemistry 3 crs.

This lecture course is designed to introduce various topics in inorganic chemistry. The topics covered will include atomic structure, symmetry and group theory, introduction to ionic and covalent bonding models in coordination complexes, acid-base theories, aqueous chemistry, electrochemistry, and an introduction to bioinorganic chemistry.

Prerequisite: CHEM A301.

CHEM A400 Biochemistry I Lecture 3 crs.

This course is a detailed description of the structure and function of the major classes of biological macromolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and sugars. Physical, chemical, experimental, and mechanistic aspects of macromolecules and their behavior are emphasized based on an understanding of the underlying principles of bonding, equilibria, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Topics covered include protein structure and folding, experimental methods used to characterize and manipulate proteins and DNA, allostery and other types of regulation, molecular disease, enzyme mechanism and inhibition, and membranes.

Prerequisites: CHEM A300, A301.

CHEM A401 Biochemistry II Lecture 3 crs.

This course is a thorough coverage of metabolism and metabolic regulation. It begins with a brief review and expanded treatment of concepts from the first semester course of particular relevance to the study of metabolism such as energetics, membranes and membrane transport, receptors, and enzymes and their regulation. Topics covered include vitamins and cofactors, glycolysis, TCA cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, glycogen metabolism, gluconeogenesis, photosynthesis, and the metabolism of fatty acids, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides. Emphasis is placed on understanding the chemical conversions involved, the interplay between various metabolic processes, and on understanding a variety of metabolic diseases.

Prerequisites: CHEM A300, A301, A400.

CHEM A402 Techniques in Biochemistry 1 cr.

Selected chemical and instrumental techniques will be performed by students based on lecture material covered in CHEM A400. Topics covered will include methods to label or sequence proteins, optical methods, NMR spectroscopy, enzyme kinetics and inhibition, column chromatography, introduction to basic molecular biology methods, and acrylamide and agarose gel electrophoresis.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisites: CHEM A302, A400.

CHEM A415 Modern Analytical Chemistry 3 crs.

This combined lecture/lab course applies the principles of analytical chemistry to instrumental methods of analysis. The goal will be to provide the student with an introduction to the principles of spectroscopic, electrometric, and chromatographic methods of analysis. We will discuss the kinds of instruments that are available and the strengths and limitations of these instruments. We will focus on spectrometric, chromatographic, and electrochemical techniques such as: AA, UV/VIS/NIR, fluorometry, GC, GC/MS, HPLC, and CV.  Lab fee $75.

Prerequisite: CHEM A306 or permission of instructor.

CHEM A455 Inorganic Chemistry II 3 crs.

This course will cover advanced topics in inorganic chemistry. Topics will emphasize structure function relationships in inorganic substances. These topics will include 1) bonding, electronic spectra, magnetism, kinetics, reaction mechanisms, and structure of coordination compounds; 2) organometallic chemistry; 3) solid state chemistry including polymers; 4) bioinorganic chemistry; and 5) catalysis.

Prerequisites: CHEM A307, A350.

CHEM A493 Oral Presentation 1 cr.

This course is designed to strengthen the student’s oral and writing skills in technical communication. A secondary objective is to practice skills retrieving data from the chemical literature in both written and electronic form. The course requires one paper and one oral presentation at the departmental seminar.

Prerequisites: CHEM A303, A320, or permission of instructor.

CHEM A495 Special Project arr.

This course focuses on the creative or productive efforts of one or more students. A special project is distinguished from a research project in its lack of the historical or experimental method and perspective characteristics of research.

CHEM A496 Seminar/Workshop arr.

A seminar is a supervised group of students sharing the results of their research on a common topic. A workshop is a supervised group of students participating in a common effort.

CHEM A497 Internship/ Practicum arr.

An internship is supervised practical experience. A practicum is supervised practical application of previously studied theory.

CHEM A498 Research arr.

All majors are encouraged to, and honors program students must, register for one to three credit hours for each semester starting with the second semester of their sophomore years for a total of four credit hours. Credit will be prorated on the basis of one credit hour for four hours devoted to research.

Prerequisite: Permission of chairperson.

CHEM A499 Independent Study arr.

CHEM T122 Introduction to Chemistry 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Introductory

This course is an introduction to chemistry for non-scientists that they may be concerned, clear thinking citizens. In a complex scientific and technological society, an average person must be able to understand chemistry-related problems, e.g., food, energy, pollution, ozone depletion, global warming, space exploration, drugs, medicinals, genetic engineering, and even life itself.

CHEM Z130 World Food and Nutrition 3 crs.

Common Curriculum: Natural Sciences Modern

This course is a brief review of nutritional requirements of Homo sapiens and a historical review of how male and female members of the species have met these requirements, individually and collectively. This review will serve as a background for intensive discussion of the modern world food situation and possible future solutions.

CHEM H295 Chemistry Honors Seminar