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Undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry Courses

CH 111. Introduction to Chemical Principles. 4 Credits.

Chemical concepts for students in health care, biological applications, and environmental studies. Topics include atomic structure, solutions, acids, bases, stoichiometry, equilibrium, biomolecules, and organic functional groups. Lecture, demonstration.
Prereq: MATH 095.

CH 113. The Chemistry of Sustainability. 4 Credits.

Illustrates how chemistry provides innovative materials, processes, and consumer products that support sustainable solutions related to energy utilization, global warming and pollution prevention.
Prereq: MATH 095 or higher; high school chemistry.

CH 114. Green Product Design. 4 Credits.

Illustrates how green chemistry, product design, advertising, and sustainable business practices are used to design greener consumer products and accelerate their adoption in the market.

CH 140M. Science, Policy, and Biology. 4 Credits.

Explores biology behind topical issues such as stem cells, cloning, genetically modified organisms, gene therapy, and how policy decisions affect related research. Multilisted with BI 140M.

CH 157M. Information, Quantum Mechanics, and DNA. 4 Credits.

A non-science major’s introduction to the physical and chemical concepts explaining how information is stored in and transmitted by physical objects and molecules, including DNA. Multilisted with PHYS 157M.

CH 196. Field Studies: [Topic]. 1-2 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 198. Workshop: [Topic]. 1-2 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 199. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 221. General Chemistry. 4 Credits.

First term of the three-term university chemistry sequence: components of matter, quantitative relationships, atomic structure, thermochemistry, and major classes of chemical reactionsof the elements. Lectures. Students cannot receive credit for both CH 221 and 224H.
Prereq: high school chemistry; pre- or coreq: MATH 111. Concurrent CH 227 or 237 recommended.

CH 222. General Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Second term of the three-term university chemistry sequence: molecular structure, chemical bonding, gases and kinetic molecular theory, intermolecular forces, solutions and kinetics.Lectures. Students cannot receive credit for both CH 222 and 225H.
Prereq: CH 221 or 224H; pre- or coreq: MATH 112. Concurrent CH 228 or 238 recommended.

CH 223. General Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Third term of the three-term university chemistry sequence: thermodynamics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry. Lectures. Students cannot receive credit for both CH 223 and 226H.
Prereq: CH 222 or 225H and MATH 112. Concurrent CH 229 or 239 recommended.

CH 224H. Honors General Chemistry. 4 Credits.

First-year university chemistry for students with excellent backgrounds in high school chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Chemical structure, reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, and an introduction to quantum chemistry. Students cannot receive credit for both CH 221 andCH 224H.
Prereq: high school chemistry; MATH 112 or equivalent; pre- or coreq: MATH 241 or 246 or 251 or 261. Concurrent CH 237 recommended.

CH 225H. Honors General Chemistry. 4 Credits.

First-year university chemistry for students with excellent backgrounds in high school chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Chemical bonding, states of matter, solutions, kinetics, and nuclear chemistry. Students cannot receive credit for both CH 222 and CH 225H.
Prereq: CH 221 or 224H; pre- or coreq: MATH 242 or 247 or 252 or 262. Concurrent CH 238 recommended.

CH 226H. Honors General Chemistry. 4 Credits.

First-year university chemistry for students with excellent backgrounds in high school chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Students cannot receive credit for both CH 223 and CH 226H.
Prereq: CH 222 or 225H; pre- or coreq: MATH 243 or 247 or 253 or 263. Concurrent CH 239 recommended.

CH 227. General Chemistry Laboratory. 2 Credits.

First term of the three-term laboratory sequence: basic laboratory skills, quantitative relationships, qualitative analysis, calorimetry.
Pre- or coreq: CH 221 or 224H; MATH 111.

CH 228. General Chemistry Laboratory. 2 Credits.

Second term of the three-term laboratory sequence: graphical analysis, spectroscopy, spectrophotometry, gas laws, chromatography, kinetics.
Prereq: CH 227 or 237; pre- or coreq: CH 222 or 225H; MATH 112.

CH 229. General Chemistry Laboratory. 2 Credits.

Third term of the three-term laboratory sequence: synthesis, equilibrium, acids and bases, volumetric analyses, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry.
Prereq: CH 228 or 238; pre- or coreq: CH 223 or 226H.

CH 237. Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory. 2 Credits.

First-year university laboratory course for students with a strong high school laboratory experience. Projects in analytical and inorganic chemistry emphasize the use of quantitative glassware, gravimetric and volumetric analysis, acid-base and precipitation reactions.
Prereq: MATH 112; Pre- or coreq: CH 221 or 224H.

CH 238. Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory. 2 Credits.

Projects in inorganic and biochemistry with a focus on absorption spectroscopy, synthesis of coordination compounds, and measuring initial rates of reaction.
Prereq: CH 227 or 237; pre- or coreq: CH 222 or 225H.

CH 239. Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory. 2 Credits.

Projects in biochemistry and inorganic chemistry involving enzymology, mechanisms of reactions, kinetics, and visible absorption spectroscopy.
Prereq: CH 228 or 238; pre- or coreq: CH 223 or 226H.

CH 331. Organic Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

Structure, properties, and bonding of organic molecules.
Prereq: CH 223 or 226H. Concurrent CH 337 recommended.

CH 335. Organic Chemistry II. 4 Credits.

Reactions and mechanisms of organic chemistry.
Prereq: CH 331 or 341. Concurrent CH 338 recommended.

CH 336. Organic Chemistry III. 4 Credits.

Organic chemistry of biomolecules with a focus on chemical aspects.
Prereq: CH 335 or 342. Concurrent CH 339 recommended.

CH 337. Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 3 Credits.

Principles and techniques of laboratory practice in organic chemistry.
Prereq: CH 229 or 239; pre- or coreq: CH 331.

CH 338. Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 3 Credits.

Principles and techniques of laboratory practice in organic chemistry.
Prereq: CH 331 or 341, 337; pre- or coreq: CH 335.

CH 341. Majors Track Organic Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

Structure, properties, and bonding of organic molecules. Provides a rigorous foundation appropriate for chemistry and biochemistry majors as they become chemical practitioners. Sequence with CH 342, 343.
Prereq: CH 223 or CH 226H. Concurrent CH 337 recommended.

CH 342. Majors Track Organic Chemistry II. 4 Credits.

Focuses on mechanisms and reactions of common organic functional groups. Sequence with CH 341, 343.
Prereq: CH 331 (with grade of B– or better) or CH 341. Concurrent CH 348 recommended.

CH 343. Majors Track Organic Chemistry III. 4 Credits.

Incorporates topics from the recent chemistry literature. Sequence with CH 341, 342.
Prereq: CH 335 (with grade of B– or better) or CH 342. Concurrent CH 349 recommended.

CH 348. Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Majors. 4 Credits.

Problem solving in the organic chemistry laboratory. Sequence with CH 337, 349.
Prereq: CH 337CH 331 or 341; coreq: CH 342.

CH 349. Organic Chemistry Lab for Majors. 4 Credits.

Organic chemistry laboratory projects. Two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance techniques. Sequence with CH 337, 348.
Prereq: CH 348; coreq: CH 343.

CH 360. Physiological Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

For preprofessional health science students. Topics include protein structure and function, enzyme mechanisms, central metabolism and bioenergetics, integration and regulation of metabolism by hormone action. Students cannot receive credit for both CH 360 and 462.
Prereq: CH 336 or 343; BI 214 or 282H recommended.

CH 399. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 401. Research: [Topic]. 1-21 Credits.

Repeatable. Introduction to methods of chemical investigation. For advanced undergraduates by arrangement with individual faculty members.

CH 403. Thesis. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable. Open to students eligible to work for a bachelor’s degree with honors in chemistry or biochemistry.
Prereq: Honors majors.

CH 405. Reading and Conference: [Topic]. 1-21 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 406. Field Studies: [Topic]. 1-21 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 407. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable. Biochemistry seminar for undergraduates who have completed or are enrolled in CH 461, 462, 463. No graduate credit.

CH 408. Workshop: [Topic]. 1-21 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 409. Special Laboratory Problems. 1-21 Credits.

Repeatable. Nonresearch-oriented laboratory instruction and off-campus research and laboratory experience.

CH 410. Experimental Course: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 411. Physical Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Methods of physics applied to chemical problems, including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Introduction to chemical thermodynamics.
Prereq: two years of college chemistry (except for physics majors), PHYS 201, 202, 203; MATH 253MATH 256, 281, 282 strongly recommended.

CH 412. Physical Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Methods of physics applied to chemical problems, including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Introduction to statistical mechanics and rate processes.
Prereq: two years of college chemistry (except for physics majors); CH 411PHYS 201, 202, 203; MATH 253MATH 256, 281, 282 strongly recommended.

CH 413. Physical Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Methods of physics applied to chemical problems, including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Introduction to quantum chemistry.
Prereq: two years of college chemistry (except for physics majors), PHYS 201, 202, 203; MATH 253MATH 256, 281, 282 strongly recommended.

CH 417. Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Experiments in thermodynamics, modern electronic measurements, computer modeling, and data reduction.
Pre or coreq: CH 411.

CH 418. Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Experiments in statistical mechanics, chemical kinetics, plasma chemistry, and mass spectrometry.
Prerequisite CH 417; Pre or coreq: CH 412.

CH 419. Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Experiments molecular spectroscopy, quantum chemistry, and laser-excited chemical and physical processes to illustrate theoretical principles.
Prereq: CH 417; pre or coreq: CH 413.

CH 420. Physical Organic Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

Modern physical organic chemistry including chemical bonding, acid-base chemistry, thermochemistry, noncovalent interactions, and introduction to computational chemistry. Sequence with CH 421/521.
Prereq: CH 336.

CH 421. Physical Organic Chemistry II. 4 Credits.

Modern physical organic chemistry including tools to study reaction mechanisms, kinetic analysis, isotope effects, and qualitative molecular orbital theory. Sequence with CH 420/520.
Prereq: CH 420/520.

CH 429. Instrumental Analysis. 5 Credits.

Use of instrumental methods for quantitative determinations of unknown chemical samples.
Prereq: CH 417.

CH 431. Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Introduction to group theory for molecular symmetry; syntheses, structures, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of coordination complexes and organometallic complexes.

CH 432. Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Bioinorganic chemistry: metals in biological systems; coordination chemistry, reactions, spectroscopy, metalloclusters, and synthetic modeling.
Prereq: CH 431 recommended.

CH 433. Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Solid-state inorganic chemistry: solid-state structure and its determination; the electrical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of materials and their physical description.
Prereq: CH 431 recommended.

CH 441. Quantum Chemistry. 4 Credits.

The principles of time-independent quantum mechanics and their application to model atomic and molecular systems.
Prereq: CH 413 or equivalent.

CH 442. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy. 4 Credits.

Molecular structure theory, perturbation theory, time-dependent quantum mechanics, theory of spectra, selection rules.
Prereq: CH 441 or equivalent.

CH 443. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy. 4 Credits.

Experimental spectra of atomic and molecular systems and surfaces.
Prereq: CH 442 or equivalent.

CH 444. Chemical Thermodynamics. 4 Credits.

The laws of thermodynamics and their applications, including those to nonideal chemical systems.
Prereq: CH 413 or equivalent.

CH 445. Statistical Mechanics. 4 Credits.

Molecular basis of thermodynamics. Applications to the calculation of the properties of noninteracting and weakly interacting systems.
Prereq: CH 413 or equivalent.

CH 446. Chemical Kinetics: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Repeatable. Description and interpretation of the time evolution of chemical systems.
Prereq: CH 413 or equivalent.

CH 447. Computational Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Introduction to modern computational methods used to understand the properties of molecules.
Prereq: CH 411, 412; or PHYS 353.

CH 451. Advanced Organic-Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Principles of organic-inorganic reaction dynamics; kinetics and mechanisms, linear free-energy relationships, isotope effects, substitution reactions, dynamic behavior of reactive intermediates, electron transfer chemistry.
Prereq: CH 336 or equivalent.

CH 452. Advanced Organic Chemistry—Stereochemistry and Reactions. 4 Credits.

Principles and applications of stereochemistry; reagents and reactions, with mechanisms, used in contemporary organic synthesis; examples taken from the current literature.

CH 461. Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Structure and function of macromolecules. Exposure to calculus and physical chemistry recommended.
Prereq: CH 336 or 343.

CH 462. Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Metabolism and metabolic control processes. Energy and sensory transduction mechanisms.
Prereq: CH 461.

CH 463. Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Mechanisms and regulation of nucleic acid and protein biosynthesis. Other current topics in biochemical genetics.
Prereq: CH 461/561; or CH 360 with a grade of B- or better.

CH 464. RNA Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Introduction to the diverse field of RNA biochemistry.
Prereq: CH 463 or BI 320.

CH 465. Physical Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Physical chemical properties of biological macromolecules; forces and interactions to establish and maintain macromolecular conformations; physical bases of spectroscopic, hydrodynamic, and rapid-reaction investigative techniques. Offered alternate years.
Prereq: CH 461.

CH 466. Structural Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Protein and nucleic acid structures and energetics. Structure determination by x-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Computational methods for structural analysis. Offered alternate years.
Prereq: CH 461.

CH 467. Biochemistry Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Methods of modern molecular biology and protein purification.
Prereq: CH 461