Course Offerings

Winter 2023

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General Chemistry

CHEM 110 - / Desjardins, Steven G. (Steve)

This is a foundational course for those pursuing upper-level chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental vocabulary, concepts, and principles that appear throughout the chemistry and biochemistry curriculum are introduced. Topics include basic chemistry calculations, quantum mechanics in chemistry, molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. In addition, a range of spectroscopic methods including UV-Vis, Atomic Absorption, and XRF are employed in the laboratory.

General Chemistry

CHEM 110 - / Tuchler, Matthew F. (Matt)

This is a foundational course for those pursuing upper-level chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental vocabulary, concepts, and principles that appear throughout the chemistry and biochemistry curriculum are introduced. Topics include basic chemistry calculations, quantum mechanics in chemistry, molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. In addition, a range of spectroscopic methods including UV-Vis, Atomic Absorption, and XRF are employed in the laboratory.

Analytical Chemistry

CHEM 211 - / Tuchler, Matthew F. (Matt)

Emphasis on inorganic systems exhibiting aqueous solution equilibria. Topics covered include acid/base reactions, redox reactions, complexation, precipitation reactions, and solution equilibrium. Laboratory work emphasizes basic wet-chemical as well as more sophisticated instrumental techniques of chemical quantitative analysis with appropriate statistical methods of data handling.

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 242 - / Gray, Erin E.

A continuation of CHEM 241.

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 242 - / Alty, Lisa T.

A continuation of CHEM 241.

Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

CHEM 250 - Uffelman, Erich S.

A survey of main group and transition metal chemistry, as well as fundamentals of point group symmetry and of the major metalloproteins, metalloenzymes, and medicinal inorganic compounds. Main group chemistry is discussed from the perspective of the classic compounds from the alkali metals, the alkaline earths, the boron family, the carbon family, the pnicogens, the chalcogens, the halogens, and the noble gases. Transition metal chemistry will be examined from the standpoint of characteristic coordination geometries, kinetics and mechanism, electron transfer (inner and outer sphere), and catalysis.

Physical Chemistry: Quantum & Computational Chemistry

CHEM 261 - Desjardins, Steven G. (Steve)

An introduction to quantum mechanics as it applies to atomic and molecular systems. The emphasis is placed on spectroscopic methods and the modern picture of chemical bonding and molecular structure and computational methods.

Biochemistry II

CHEM 342 - Friend, John K. (Kyle)

A continuation of CHEM 341 with an emphasis on the structure, function, and metabolism of nucleic acids. Topics covered in detail include gene expression and regulation, DNA replication and repair, RNA transcription and processing, and protein synthesis and degradation.

Biochemistry II Laboratory

CHEM 344 - Friend, John K. (Kyle)

A laboratory course designed to demonstrate the fundamental techniques used to study nucleic acids. Methods to isolate and characterize DNA and RNA include PCR, gel electrophoresis, hybridization techniques, and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

Directed Individual Study: Introduction to Undergraduate Research in Organic Chemistry

CHEM 401A - Gray, Erin E.

Directed Individual Research

CHEM 421 - Friend, John K. (Kyle)

Literature search, conferences, tri-weekly reports and laboratory work on a project supervised by the instructor and designed by the student and instructor. A final written report on the project is required.

Directed Individual Research

CHEM 421 - Gray, Erin E.

Literature search, conferences, tri-weekly reports and laboratory work on a project supervised by the instructor and designed by the student and instructor. A final written report on the project is required.

Directed Individual Research

CHEM 421 - Uffelman, Erich S.

Literature search, conferences, tri-weekly reports and laboratory work on a project supervised by the instructor and designed by the student and instructor. A final written report on the project is required.

Laboratory Mentoring in Organic Chemistry

CHEM 441 - Smith, Donna M.

Upper-division students are specially selected to collaborate with the CHEM 241/CHEM 242 faculty or staff instructor to co-facilitate a section of CHEM 241L or CHEM 242L. Students will build skills through a) obtaining work experience in an academic laboratory setting, b) gaining insight and professional development skills needed by participating in the design and implementation of lab experiments, and c) facilitating learning by assisting other students in the organic chemistry laboratory.

Honors Thesis

CHEM 493 - Hinkle, Margaret A.

Laboratory work resulting in a thesis exhibiting a significant understanding of an important problem.

Fall 2022

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Modern Descriptive Chemistry

CHEM 100 - Pleva, Michael A. (Mike)

An elementary study of the structure and reactions of molecules. Laboratory work illustrates some fundamental procedures in chemistry.

General Chemistry

CHEM 110 - / Tuchler, Matthew F. (Matt)

This is a foundational course for those pursuing upper-level chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental vocabulary, concepts, and principles that appear throughout the chemistry and biochemistry curriculum are introduced. Topics include basic chemistry calculations, quantum mechanics in chemistry, molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. In addition, a range of spectroscopic methods including UV-Vis, Atomic Absorption, and XRF are employed in the laboratory.

General Chemistry

CHEM 110 - / Desjardins, Steven G. (Steve)

This is a foundational course for those pursuing upper-level chemistry and biochemistry. Fundamental vocabulary, concepts, and principles that appear throughout the chemistry and biochemistry curriculum are introduced. Topics include basic chemistry calculations, quantum mechanics in chemistry, molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. In addition, a range of spectroscopic methods including UV-Vis, Atomic Absorption, and XRF are employed in the laboratory.

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 241 - / White, James L.

A survey of the compounds of carbon including their structure, chemical and physical properties, reactivity, reaction mechanisms, identification, and synthesis. Laboratory focuses on the development of skills in preparing, purifying, and identifying organic compounds using spectroscopic methods.

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 241 - / Alty, Lisa T.

A survey of the compounds of carbon including their structure, chemical and physical properties, reactivity, reaction mechanisms, identification, and synthesis. Laboratory focuses on the development of skills in preparing, purifying, and identifying organic compounds using spectroscopic methods.

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 241 - / Uffelman, Erich S.

A survey of the compounds of carbon including their structure, chemical and physical properties, reactivity, reaction mechanisms, identification, and synthesis. Laboratory focuses on the development of skills in preparing, purifying, and identifying organic compounds using spectroscopic methods.

Spectroscopic Methods

CHEM 243 - Smith, Donna M.

This course covers theory and interpretation of more complex proton and carbon nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, including two-dimensional techniques, and qualitative mass spectrometry.

Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems

CHEM 260 - Desjardins, Steven G. (Steve)

An introduction to the application of physical chemistry to biological systems. Topics Include enzyme kinetics, the thermodynamics of metabolic cycles, the conformational energetics of biomolecules, especially protein folding, and an introduction to quantum mechanics.

Biochemistry I

CHEM 341 - Friend, John K. (Kyle)

A study of the structure, function, biosynthesis and breakdown of biomolecules, including amino acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. Enzymes, biological membranes and membrane transport, signal transduction, and regulation of metabolism are studied in greater detail.

Biochemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 343 - Friend, John K. (Kyle)

Experiments demonstrate the techniques used to study proteins and lipids. Isolation and characterization of proteins and lipids using gel electrophoresis, UV-Vis spectroscopy, chromatographic techniques including GC-MS, and the proper reporting and analysis of experimental data are included.

Directed Individual Research

CHEM 421 - Friend, John K. (Kyle)

Literature search, conferences, tri-weekly reports and laboratory work on a project supervised by the instructor and designed by the student and instructor. A final written report on the project is required.

Directed Individual Research

CHEM 421 - Gray, Erin E.

Literature search, conferences, tri-weekly reports and laboratory work on a project supervised by the instructor and designed by the student and instructor. A final written report on the project is required.

Directed Individual Research

CHEM 421 - Desjardins, Steven G. (Steve)

Literature search, conferences, tri-weekly reports and laboratory work on a project supervised by the instructor and designed by the student and instructor. A final written report on the project is required.

Directed Individual Research

CHEM 421 - Tuchler, Matthew F. (Matt)

Literature search, conferences, tri-weekly reports and laboratory work on a project supervised by the instructor and designed by the student and instructor. A final written report on the project is required.

Laboratory Mentoring in Organic Chemistry

CHEM 441 - Smith, Donna M.

Upper-division students are specially selected to collaborate with the CHEM 241/CHEM 242 faculty or staff instructor to co-facilitate a section of CHEM 241L or CHEM 242L. Students will build skills through a) obtaining work experience in an academic laboratory setting, b) gaining insight and professional development skills needed by participating in the design and implementation of lab experiments, and c) facilitating learning by assisting other students in the organic chemistry laboratory.

Honors Thesis

CHEM 493 - Hinkle, Margaret A.

Laboratory work resulting in a thesis exhibiting a significant understanding of an important problem.

Spring 2022

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DISORDER & CHAOS

CHEM 106 - Desjardins, Steven G. (Steve) / Abry, Andrea C.

THE CHEMISTRY OF COOKING

CHEM 151 - Tuchler, Matthew F. (Matt)

CSI:W&L

CHEM 160 - LaRiviere, Frederick J. (Fred) / Watson, Fiona L.

TOPIC: BIOCHEM IN MEDICINE

CHEM 195 - Friend, Janice E.