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Chemistry

“I was extremely well prepared for my graduate courses. In fact, I was the only entering PhD student who did not have to retake an undergraduate chemistry course.”

Sidnee Smith Hedrick ’17

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Graceland students who major in CHEMISTRY gain access to a hands-on education that not only prepares them for graduate study, should they seek it, but also gives them problem solving skills through rigorous coursework. The chemistry faculty maintains the highest level of academic excellence, with every professor holding a PhD. More importantly, students have the ability to work directly with sophisticated instrumentation that students at other universities might have to wait until graduate school to encounter.

The chemistry program has an excellent track record of
preparing students for medical school, dental school, physical therapy, and many other pre-health programs. Additionally, students learn to effectively work in teams through an emphasis on a collaborative laboratory environment. Finally, Graceland’s liberal arts campus environment encourages students to attain their degree in chemistry while giving them room to pursue other passions like the arts and athletics.

Offerings
Major, Minor
Field of Study
Science & Math
Format
Lamoni Campus
Curriculum
  • BS Degree – Chemistry Major

    In addition to the general education requirements (some are listed below with *), majors in Chemistry must complete the following 51 semester hours:

    In addition to the Chemistry course requirements, the following courses are also required for majors in Chemistry:

    Courses Offered
    • BIOL2100Cell Biology and Genetics with Lab
      BIOL2100 Cell Biology and Genetics with Lab - 4 s.h.

      A study of the various patterns and mechanisms of heredity, changes in the genetic material and the consequences of these genetic changes. The course will also give an introduction to cellular structures, macromolecules, and processes, including DNA replication, transcription, translation and cellular signaling. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1330, CHEM3410, or (CHEM1410 and CHEM1450). (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

    • CHEM1410General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab
      CHEM1410 General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

      General Chemistry I Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is intended to be the first university chemistry course for science majors. As such, it will be fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous experience in mathematics and science. Major areas to be covered include atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding, stoichiometric relationships, and chemical reactions. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Course is intended for biology, chemistry, and some allied health majors. Additional fee required. Fulfills liberal learning science course. Prerequisites: MATH1280 and CHEM1310 or one year of high school chemistry. EL06 Science, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences.

    • CHEM1420General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab
      CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

      General Chemistry II Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is the continuation of CHEM1430. Students will gain a deeper understanding of basic chemical principles and will emphasize problem solving. It is fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous chemistry experience as well as mathematics and other science fields. Major areas to be covered include physical properties of solids, liquids, and solutions, intermolecular forces, energy changes in chemical reactions, thermodynamics, gas-phase equilibrium, and aqueous acid/base equilibrium. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisite: CHEM1410.

    • CHEM3300Analytical Chemistry with Lab
      CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

      Study of theory and practice of modern separation and analytical techniques. Includes use of electrochemical, spectrometric and chromatographic instruments. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a . grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Offered odd years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM3410Organic Chemistry I (3-0)
      CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better. is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3411Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3)
      CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3420Organic Chemistry II (3-0)
      CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A continuation of CHEM3410 which is a prerequisite. With a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3421Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3)
      CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3610Physical Chemistry I with Lab
      CHEM3610 Physical Chemistry I with Lab - 4 s.h.

      A study of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, atomic and molecular structure, electrochemistry, and quantum chemistry. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended, PHYS1420, and MATH1520. Offered odd years Fall. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM3620Physical Chemistry II with Lab
      CHEM3620 Physical Chemistry II with Lab - 4 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Continuation of CHEM3610, which is a prerequisite. Offered even years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM4111Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111)
      CHEM4111 Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) - 1 s.h.

      Course covers the basic elements of scientific research (e.g., performing literature searches, developing research questions, designing experiments, and giving scientific presentations). The student will develop a scientific question and then write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor to answer that question. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410/3411, and senior standing or consent of instructor.

    • CHEM4120Capstone Research II (also BIOL4120)
      CHEM4120 Capstone Research II (also BIOL4120) - 1-2 s.h.

      The student conducts scientific research based on the research proposal developed in BIOL/CHEM4111. Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM4110.

    • CHEM4130Capstone Research III (also BIOL4130)
      CHEM4130 Capstone Research III (also BIOL4130) - 1-2 s.h.

      The student completes the research that was started in BIOL/CHEM4120. Highlights of the research will be presented orally and through a poster presentation. A final thesis manuscript is required for submission. Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM4120.

    • CHEM4310Biochemistry with Lab (also BIOL4310)
      CHEM4310 Biochemistry with Lab (also BIOL4310) - 4 s.h.

      An introduction to biologically important molecules and metabolic pathways and the laboratory techniques used to study and characterize them. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 and BIOL2100. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM4330Instrumental Analysis (3-3)
      CHEM4330 Instrumental Analysis (3-3) - 4 s.h.

      A study of the analysis and identification of organic compounds and mixtures by modern instrumental techniques and traditional wet chemical methods. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Goal 1A. Offered even years Fall. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • MATH1510Calculus I
      MATH1510 Calculus I - 4 s.h.

      Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications including exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse functions. Mean value theorem, curve sketching, Riemann sums, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. ELO6 Math, GE2B Foundational Skills-Mathematics/Quantitative.

    • MATH1520Calculus II
      MATH1520 Calculus II - 4 s.h.

      Integration techniques and applications, polar coordinates, improper integrals, sequences and series of real numbers, and power series. Prerequisite: MATH1510. Goal 3A

    • PHYS1410Elements of Physics I with Lab
      PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I with Lab - 4 s.h.

      An elementary physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts associated with the physical universe. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, fluids, heat thermodynamics, wave motion, and sound. Designed to meet the needs of biology majors and students preparing for the medical profession and related fields. Prerequisites: Two years high school algebra and one year geometry; plane trigonometry recommended. Goal 1A

    • PHYS1420Elements of Physics II with Lab
      PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II with Lab - 4 s.h.

      A continuation of PHYS1410. Topics included are electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, light, relativity, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS1410. Goal 1A

    BIOL2100Cell Biology and Genetics with Lab CHEM1410General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab CHEM1420General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab CHEM3300Analytical Chemistry with Lab CHEM3410Organic Chemistry I (3-0) CHEM3411Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) CHEM3420Organic Chemistry II (3-0) CHEM3421Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) CHEM3610Physical Chemistry I with Lab CHEM3620Physical Chemistry II with Lab CHEM4111Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) CHEM4120Capstone Research II (also BIOL4120) CHEM4130Capstone Research III (also BIOL4130) CHEM4310Biochemistry with Lab (also BIOL4310) CHEM4330Instrumental Analysis (3-3) MATH1510Calculus I MATH1520Calculus II PHYS1410Elements of Physics I with Lab PHYS1420Elements of Physics II with Lab
    Course Descriptions
    BIOL2100 Cell Biology and Genetics with Lab - 4 s.h.

    A study of the various patterns and mechanisms of heredity, changes in the genetic material and the consequences of these genetic changes. The course will also give an introduction to cellular structures, macromolecules, and processes, including DNA replication, transcription, translation and cellular signaling. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1330, CHEM3410, or (CHEM1410 and CHEM1450). (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

    CHEM1410 General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

    General Chemistry I Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is intended to be the first university chemistry course for science majors. As such, it will be fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous experience in mathematics and science. Major areas to be covered include atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding, stoichiometric relationships, and chemical reactions. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Course is intended for biology, chemistry, and some allied health majors. Additional fee required. Fulfills liberal learning science course. Prerequisites: MATH1280 and CHEM1310 or one year of high school chemistry. EL06 Science, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences.

    CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

    General Chemistry II Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is the continuation of CHEM1430. Students will gain a deeper understanding of basic chemical principles and will emphasize problem solving. It is fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous chemistry experience as well as mathematics and other science fields. Major areas to be covered include physical properties of solids, liquids, and solutions, intermolecular forces, energy changes in chemical reactions, thermodynamics, gas-phase equilibrium, and aqueous acid/base equilibrium. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisite: CHEM1410.

    CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

    Study of theory and practice of modern separation and analytical techniques. Includes use of electrochemical, spectrometric and chromatographic instruments. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a . grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Offered odd years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better. is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

    CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I. Goal 1A

    CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A continuation of CHEM3410 which is a prerequisite. With a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

    CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II. Goal 1A

    CHEM3610 Physical Chemistry I with Lab - 4 s.h.

    A study of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, atomic and molecular structure, electrochemistry, and quantum chemistry. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended, PHYS1420, and MATH1520. Offered odd years Fall. +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM3620 Physical Chemistry II with Lab - 4 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Continuation of CHEM3610, which is a prerequisite. Offered even years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM4111 Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) - 1 s.h.

    Course covers the basic elements of scientific research (e.g., performing literature searches, developing research questions, designing experiments, and giving scientific presentations). The student will develop a scientific question and then write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor to answer that question. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410/3411, and senior standing or consent of instructor.

    CHEM4120 Capstone Research II (also BIOL4120) - 1-2 s.h.

    The student conducts scientific research based on the research proposal developed in BIOL/CHEM4111. Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM4110.

    CHEM4130 Capstone Research III (also BIOL4130) - 1-2 s.h.

    The student completes the research that was started in BIOL/CHEM4120. Highlights of the research will be presented orally and through a poster presentation. A final thesis manuscript is required for submission. Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM4120.

    CHEM4310 Biochemistry with Lab (also BIOL4310) - 4 s.h.

    An introduction to biologically important molecules and metabolic pathways and the laboratory techniques used to study and characterize them. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 and BIOL2100. +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM4330 Instrumental Analysis (3-3) - 4 s.h.

    A study of the analysis and identification of organic compounds and mixtures by modern instrumental techniques and traditional wet chemical methods. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Goal 1A. Offered even years Fall. +This course is only offered every other year.

    MATH1510 Calculus I - 4 s.h.

    Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications including exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse functions. Mean value theorem, curve sketching, Riemann sums, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. ELO6 Math, GE2B Foundational Skills-Mathematics/Quantitative.

    MATH1520 Calculus II - 4 s.h.

    Integration techniques and applications, polar coordinates, improper integrals, sequences and series of real numbers, and power series. Prerequisite: MATH1510. Goal 3A

    PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I with Lab - 4 s.h.

    An elementary physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts associated with the physical universe. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, fluids, heat thermodynamics, wave motion, and sound. Designed to meet the needs of biology majors and students preparing for the medical profession and related fields. Prerequisites: Two years high school algebra and one year geometry; plane trigonometry recommended. Goal 1A

    PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II with Lab - 4 s.h.

    A continuation of PHYS1410. Topics included are electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, light, relativity, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS1410. Goal 1A

  • Chemistry Minor

    A minor in Chemistry consists of 17 semester hours or more of course work in Chemistry and includes the following courses:

    Courses Offered
    • CHEM1410General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab
      CHEM1410 General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

      General Chemistry I Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is intended to be the first university chemistry course for science majors. As such, it will be fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous experience in mathematics and science. Major areas to be covered include atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding, stoichiometric relationships, and chemical reactions. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Course is intended for biology, chemistry, and some allied health majors. Additional fee required. Fulfills liberal learning science course. Prerequisites: MATH1280 and CHEM1310 or one year of high school chemistry. EL06 Science, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences.

    • CHEM1420General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab
      CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

      General Chemistry II Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is the continuation of CHEM1430. Students will gain a deeper understanding of basic chemical principles and will emphasize problem solving. It is fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous chemistry experience as well as mathematics and other science fields. Major areas to be covered include physical properties of solids, liquids, and solutions, intermolecular forces, energy changes in chemical reactions, thermodynamics, gas-phase equilibrium, and aqueous acid/base equilibrium. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisite: CHEM1410.

    • CHEM3410Organic Chemistry I (3-0)
      CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better. is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3411Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3)
      CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3420Organic Chemistry II (3-0)
      CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A continuation of CHEM3410 which is a prerequisite. With a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3421Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3)
      CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II. Goal 1A

    • CHEM4111Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111)
      CHEM4111 Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) - 1 s.h.

      Course covers the basic elements of scientific research (e.g., performing literature searches, developing research questions, designing experiments, and giving scientific presentations). The student will develop a scientific question and then write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor to answer that question. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410/3411, and senior standing or consent of instructor.

    CHEM1410General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab CHEM1420General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab CHEM3410Organic Chemistry I (3-0) CHEM3411Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) CHEM3420Organic Chemistry II (3-0) CHEM3421Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) CHEM4111Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111)
    Course Descriptions
    CHEM1410 General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

    General Chemistry I Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is intended to be the first university chemistry course for science majors. As such, it will be fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous experience in mathematics and science. Major areas to be covered include atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding, stoichiometric relationships, and chemical reactions. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Course is intended for biology, chemistry, and some allied health majors. Additional fee required. Fulfills liberal learning science course. Prerequisites: MATH1280 and CHEM1310 or one year of high school chemistry. EL06 Science, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences.

    CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

    General Chemistry II Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is the continuation of CHEM1430. Students will gain a deeper understanding of basic chemical principles and will emphasize problem solving. It is fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous chemistry experience as well as mathematics and other science fields. Major areas to be covered include physical properties of solids, liquids, and solutions, intermolecular forces, energy changes in chemical reactions, thermodynamics, gas-phase equilibrium, and aqueous acid/base equilibrium. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisite: CHEM1410.

    CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better. is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

    CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I. Goal 1A

    CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A continuation of CHEM3410 which is a prerequisite. With a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

    CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II. Goal 1A

    CHEM4111 Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) - 1 s.h.

    Course covers the basic elements of scientific research (e.g., performing literature searches, developing research questions, designing experiments, and giving scientific presentations). The student will develop a scientific question and then write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor to answer that question. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410/3411, and senior standing or consent of instructor.

  • Teacher Certification in Chemistry
      1. FOR CHEMISTRY MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY ENDORSEMENT (5-12): Students majoring in Chemistry who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with a Chemistry secondary endorsement must complete the major requirements above and the Secondary Education Program (with SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics as the appropriate methods course).
      2. OPTION 1: FOR NON-CHEMISTRY MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY CHEMISTRY ENDORSEMENT (5-12): Non-Chemistry majors desiring a secondary Chemistry endorsement (5-12) in Iowa must complete the Secondary Education Program (with SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics as the appropriate methods course), a major in a secondary teaching field, and 24 semester hours in chemistry including the following courses:
        CHEM1410 General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab – 4 s.h.
        CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab – 4 s.h.
        CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry with Lab – 4 s.h.
        CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I – 3 s.h.
        CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab – 1 s.h.
        CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II – 3 s.h.
        CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab – 1 s.h.
        BIOL/CHEM4111 Capstone Research I – 1 s.h.
        Elective in Chemistry – 3-4 s.h.

        OPTION 2:
         FOR NON-CHEMISTRY MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY CHEMISTRY ENDORSEMENT (5-12): Non-Chemistry majors desiring a secondary Chemistry endorsement (5-12) in Iowa must complete the Secondary Education Program (with SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics as the appropriate methods course), a major in a secondary teaching field, and 30 semester hours in the broad area of Science (BIOL, CHEM, SCIE) to include the following 17 semester hours in Chemistry:
        CHEM1410 General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab – 4 s.h.
        CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab – 4 s.h.
        CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry with Lab – 4 s.h.
        CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I – 3 s.h.
        CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab – 1 s.h.
        BIOL/CHEM4111 Capstone Research I – 1 s.h.
    Courses Offered
    • CHEM1420General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab
      CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

      General Chemistry II Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is the continuation of CHEM1430. Students will gain a deeper understanding of basic chemical principles and will emphasize problem solving. It is fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous chemistry experience as well as mathematics and other science fields. Major areas to be covered include physical properties of solids, liquids, and solutions, intermolecular forces, energy changes in chemical reactions, thermodynamics, gas-phase equilibrium, and aqueous acid/base equilibrium. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisite: CHEM1410.

    • CHEM3300Analytical Chemistry with Lab
      CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

      Study of theory and practice of modern separation and analytical techniques. Includes use of electrochemical, spectrometric and chromatographic instruments. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a . grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Offered odd years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM3410Organic Chemistry I (3-0)
      CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better. is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3411Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3)
      CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3420Organic Chemistry II (3-0)
      CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A continuation of CHEM3410 which is a prerequisite. With a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3421Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3)
      CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II. Goal 1A

    • CHEM4111Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111)
      CHEM4111 Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) - 1 s.h.

      Course covers the basic elements of scientific research (e.g., performing literature searches, developing research questions, designing experiments, and giving scientific presentations). The student will develop a scientific question and then write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor to answer that question. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410/3411, and senior standing or consent of instructor.

    • SCIE3360Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also MATH3360)
      SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also MATH3360) - 3 s.h.

      A study of the objectives, methods, techniques, materials, and activities related to teaching science and mathematics in the secondary schools. Prerequisite: 20 hours in science or mathematics and Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 1A

    CHEM1420General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab CHEM3300Analytical Chemistry with Lab CHEM3410Organic Chemistry I (3-0) CHEM3411Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) CHEM3420Organic Chemistry II (3-0) CHEM3421Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) CHEM4111Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) SCIE3360Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also MATH3360)
    Course Descriptions
    CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

    General Chemistry II Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is the continuation of CHEM1430. Students will gain a deeper understanding of basic chemical principles and will emphasize problem solving. It is fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous chemistry experience as well as mathematics and other science fields. Major areas to be covered include physical properties of solids, liquids, and solutions, intermolecular forces, energy changes in chemical reactions, thermodynamics, gas-phase equilibrium, and aqueous acid/base equilibrium. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisite: CHEM1410.

    CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

    Study of theory and practice of modern separation and analytical techniques. Includes use of electrochemical, spectrometric and chromatographic instruments. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a . grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Offered odd years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better. is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

    CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I. Goal 1A

    CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A continuation of CHEM3410 which is a prerequisite. With a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

    CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II. Goal 1A

    CHEM4111 Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) - 1 s.h.

    Course covers the basic elements of scientific research (e.g., performing literature searches, developing research questions, designing experiments, and giving scientific presentations). The student will develop a scientific question and then write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor to answer that question. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410/3411, and senior standing or consent of instructor.

    SCIE3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (also MATH3360) - 3 s.h.

    A study of the objectives, methods, techniques, materials, and activities related to teaching science and mathematics in the secondary schools. Prerequisite: 20 hours in science or mathematics and Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Goal 1A

  • Course list - Chemistry
    Courses Offered
    • BIOL1200Environmental Science with Lab (also CHEM1200)
      BIOL1200 Environmental Science with Lab (also CHEM1200) - 4 s.h.

      An exploration of the biotic and abiotic components of the environment, including the biological, physical, and chemical processes that shape natural ecosystems (e.g., biogeochemical cycles). The course will also examine the impact of human population growth, resource use, emissions production, and technological innovations on the environment. Current environmental issues, such as loss of biodiversity, ecosystem degradation, air and water pollution, and climate change, will be considered. Additional fee required. ELO6 Science - Innovation, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences

    • CHEM1200Environmental Science with Lab (also BIOL1200)
      CHEM1200 Environmental Science with Lab (also BIOL1200) - 4 s.h.

      An exploration of the biotic and abiotic components of the environment, including the biological, physical, and chemical processes that shape natural ecosystems (e.g., biogeochemical cycles). The course will also examine the impact of human population growth, resource use, emissions production, and technological innovations on the environment. Current environmental issues, such as loss of biodiversity, ecosystem degradation, air and water pollution, and climate change, will be considered. Additional fee required. ELO6 Science - Innovation, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences.

    • CHEM1330Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry with Lab
      CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

      An introduction to the principles of inorganic, organic and biochemistry, including a study of atoms, chemical bonding, types of chemical reactions (focusing on ones in the cell), solution chemistry, introduction of biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids). This course is intended for students desiring a general education in chemistry, those majoring in nursing or allied health fields and those that need it to fulfill the chemistry requirement for cell biology and genetics course. Prerequisite: MATH1280 or one year of high school algebra (C or better strongly recommended). Additional fees required. GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences

    • CHEM1340Forensic Chemistry with Lab
      CHEM1340 Forensic Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

      This course will expose students to the field of forensic science primarily using chemical forensics and testing. Topics include evidence collection and preservation, drugs and drug chemistry, heat and explosions, poisons and others. The course will cover basic chemical concepts needed to plan, execute, and interpret forensic results. All necessary scientific concepts will be developed in the context of forensic science. Additional fee required. ELO6 Science - World Citizenship, ELO6 Science - Innovation, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences

    • CHEM1410General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab
      CHEM1410 General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

      General Chemistry I Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is intended to be the first university chemistry course for science majors. As such, it will be fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous experience in mathematics and science. Major areas to be covered include atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding, stoichiometric relationships, and chemical reactions. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Course is intended for biology, chemistry, and some allied health majors. Additional fee required. Fulfills liberal learning science course. Prerequisites: MATH1280 and CHEM1310 or one year of high school chemistry. EL06 Science, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences.

    • CHEM1420General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab
      CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

      General Chemistry II Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is the continuation of CHEM1430. Students will gain a deeper understanding of basic chemical principles and will emphasize problem solving. It is fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous chemistry experience as well as mathematics and other science fields. Major areas to be covered include physical properties of solids, liquids, and solutions, intermolecular forces, energy changes in chemical reactions, thermodynamics, gas-phase equilibrium, and aqueous acid/base equilibrium. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisite: CHEM1410.

    • CHEM1450Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (1-0)
      CHEM1450 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (1-0) - 1 s.h.

      An introduction to the principles of organic and biochemistry, including a study of chemical reactions (condensation and hydrolysis reactions), solution chemistry (hypotonic/hypertonic, isotonic solution), functional groups, organic molecule representation, introduction of biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids). This course is intended for students who need to help fulfill the chemistry requirement for fundamentals of cell biology and genetics course (BIOL2100). Pre or Corequisite: CHEM1410 and instructor consent.

    • CHEM2000Individual Study (Goal 1A)
      CHEM2000 Individual Study (Goal 1A) - 1-3 s.h.
    • CHEM3000Individual Study (Goal 1A)
      CHEM3000 Individual Study (Goal 1A) - 1-3 s.h.
    • CHEM3120Internship in Chemistry
      CHEM3120 Internship in Chemistry - 1-3 s.h.

      Developed in conjunction with and approved by an appropriate faculty member in Chemistry. This internship will be with professionals who are in career areas relating to majors in the department and may be pursued abroad. The student is responsible for arranging their internship. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 semester hours. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3300Analytical Chemistry with Lab
      CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

      Study of theory and practice of modern separation and analytical techniques. Includes use of electrochemical, spectrometric and chromatographic instruments. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a . grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Offered odd years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM3410Organic Chemistry I (3-0)
      CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better. is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3411Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3)
      CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3420Organic Chemistry II (3-0)
      CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A continuation of CHEM3410 which is a prerequisite. With a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3421Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3)
      CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II. Goal 1A

    • CHEM3610Physical Chemistry I with Lab
      CHEM3610 Physical Chemistry I with Lab - 4 s.h.

      A study of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, atomic and molecular structure, electrochemistry, and quantum chemistry. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended, PHYS1420, and MATH1520. Offered odd years Fall. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM3620Physical Chemistry II with Lab
      CHEM3620 Physical Chemistry II with Lab - 4 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Continuation of CHEM3610, which is a prerequisite. Offered even years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM3900Special Topics in Chemistry
      CHEM3900 Special Topics in Chemistry - 1-3 s.h.

      A study of special topics in chemistry not available to the student in the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Goal 1A

    • CHEM4000Individual Study (Goal 1A)
      CHEM4000 Individual Study (Goal 1A) - 1-3 s.h.
    • CHEM4111Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111)
      CHEM4111 Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) - 1 s.h.

      Course covers the basic elements of scientific research (e.g., performing literature searches, developing research questions, designing experiments, and giving scientific presentations). The student will develop a scientific question and then write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor to answer that question. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410/3411, and senior standing or consent of instructor.

    • CHEM4120Capstone Research II (also BIOL4120)
      CHEM4120 Capstone Research II (also BIOL4120) - 1-2 s.h.

      The student conducts scientific research based on the research proposal developed in BIOL/CHEM4111. Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM4110.

    • CHEM4130Capstone Research III (also BIOL4130)
      CHEM4130 Capstone Research III (also BIOL4130) - 1-2 s.h.

      The student completes the research that was started in BIOL/CHEM4120. Highlights of the research will be presented orally and through a poster presentation. A final thesis manuscript is required for submission. Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM4120.

    • CHEM4310Biochemistry with Lab (also BIOL4310)
      CHEM4310 Biochemistry with Lab (also BIOL4310) - 4 s.h.

      An introduction to biologically important molecules and metabolic pathways and the laboratory techniques used to study and characterize them. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 and BIOL2100. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM4330Instrumental Analysis (3-3)
      CHEM4330 Instrumental Analysis (3-3) - 4 s.h.

      A study of the analysis and identification of organic compounds and mixtures by modern instrumental techniques and traditional wet chemical methods. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Goal 1A. Offered even years Fall. +This course is only offered every other year.

    BIOL1200Environmental Science with Lab (also CHEM1200) CHEM1200Environmental Science with Lab (also BIOL1200) CHEM1330Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry with Lab CHEM1340Forensic Chemistry with Lab CHEM1410General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab CHEM1420General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab CHEM1450Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (1-0) CHEM2000Individual Study (Goal 1A) CHEM3000Individual Study (Goal 1A) CHEM3120Internship in Chemistry CHEM3300Analytical Chemistry with Lab CHEM3410Organic Chemistry I (3-0) CHEM3411Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) CHEM3420Organic Chemistry II (3-0) CHEM3421Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) CHEM3610Physical Chemistry I with Lab CHEM3620Physical Chemistry II with Lab CHEM3900Special Topics in Chemistry CHEM4000Individual Study (Goal 1A) CHEM4111Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) CHEM4120Capstone Research II (also BIOL4120) CHEM4130Capstone Research III (also BIOL4130) CHEM4310Biochemistry with Lab (also BIOL4310) CHEM4330Instrumental Analysis (3-3)
    Course Descriptions
    BIOL1200 Environmental Science with Lab (also CHEM1200) - 4 s.h.

    An exploration of the biotic and abiotic components of the environment, including the biological, physical, and chemical processes that shape natural ecosystems (e.g., biogeochemical cycles). The course will also examine the impact of human population growth, resource use, emissions production, and technological innovations on the environment. Current environmental issues, such as loss of biodiversity, ecosystem degradation, air and water pollution, and climate change, will be considered. Additional fee required. ELO6 Science - Innovation, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences

    CHEM1200 Environmental Science with Lab (also BIOL1200) - 4 s.h.

    An exploration of the biotic and abiotic components of the environment, including the biological, physical, and chemical processes that shape natural ecosystems (e.g., biogeochemical cycles). The course will also examine the impact of human population growth, resource use, emissions production, and technological innovations on the environment. Current environmental issues, such as loss of biodiversity, ecosystem degradation, air and water pollution, and climate change, will be considered. Additional fee required. ELO6 Science - Innovation, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences.

    CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

    An introduction to the principles of inorganic, organic and biochemistry, including a study of atoms, chemical bonding, types of chemical reactions (focusing on ones in the cell), solution chemistry, introduction of biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids). This course is intended for students desiring a general education in chemistry, those majoring in nursing or allied health fields and those that need it to fulfill the chemistry requirement for cell biology and genetics course. Prerequisite: MATH1280 or one year of high school algebra (C or better strongly recommended). Additional fees required. GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences

    CHEM1340 Forensic Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

    This course will expose students to the field of forensic science primarily using chemical forensics and testing. Topics include evidence collection and preservation, drugs and drug chemistry, heat and explosions, poisons and others. The course will cover basic chemical concepts needed to plan, execute, and interpret forensic results. All necessary scientific concepts will be developed in the context of forensic science. Additional fee required. ELO6 Science - World Citizenship, ELO6 Science - Innovation, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences

    CHEM1410 General Chemistry I Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

    General Chemistry I Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is intended to be the first university chemistry course for science majors. As such, it will be fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous experience in mathematics and science. Major areas to be covered include atomic and molecular structures, chemical bonding, stoichiometric relationships, and chemical reactions. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Course is intended for biology, chemistry, and some allied health majors. Additional fee required. Fulfills liberal learning science course. Prerequisites: MATH1280 and CHEM1310 or one year of high school chemistry. EL06 Science, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences.

    CHEM1420 General Chemistry II Workshop with Lab - 4 s.h.

    General Chemistry II Workshop is appropriate for any student interested in developing a strong background in chemistry. It is the continuation of CHEM1430. Students will gain a deeper understanding of basic chemical principles and will emphasize problem solving. It is fairly rigorous and will draw upon previous chemistry experience as well as mathematics and other science fields. Major areas to be covered include physical properties of solids, liquids, and solutions, intermolecular forces, energy changes in chemical reactions, thermodynamics, gas-phase equilibrium, and aqueous acid/base equilibrium. Laboratory activities and experiments are closely related to concepts introduced in class discussions and will allow students to develop their laboratory skills. Good safety practices and experimental record keeping will be stressed. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions in addition to homework assignments, individual/group study and preparation for exams. Prerequisite: CHEM1410.

    CHEM1450 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (1-0) - 1 s.h.

    An introduction to the principles of organic and biochemistry, including a study of chemical reactions (condensation and hydrolysis reactions), solution chemistry (hypotonic/hypertonic, isotonic solution), functional groups, organic molecule representation, introduction of biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids). This course is intended for students who need to help fulfill the chemistry requirement for fundamentals of cell biology and genetics course (BIOL2100). Pre or Corequisite: CHEM1410 and instructor consent.

    CHEM2000 Individual Study (Goal 1A) - 1-3 s.h.
    CHEM3000 Individual Study (Goal 1A) - 1-3 s.h.
    CHEM3120 Internship in Chemistry - 1-3 s.h.

    Developed in conjunction with and approved by an appropriate faculty member in Chemistry. This internship will be with professionals who are in career areas relating to majors in the department and may be pursued abroad. The student is responsible for arranging their internship. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 semester hours. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent. Goal 1A

    CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

    Study of theory and practice of modern separation and analytical techniques. Includes use of electrochemical, spectrometric and chromatographic instruments. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a . grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Offered odd years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    An in-depth study of modern organic chemistry including nomenclature, structure and bonding, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and important functional groups and families of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better. is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

    CHEM3411 Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3410 Organic Chemistry I. Goal 1A

    CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A continuation of CHEM3410 which is a prerequisite. With a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

    CHEM3421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (0-3) - 1 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM3420 Organic Chemistry II. Goal 1A

    CHEM3610 Physical Chemistry I with Lab - 4 s.h.

    A study of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, atomic and molecular structure, electrochemistry, and quantum chemistry. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: CHEM1440/1441 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended, PHYS1420, and MATH1520. Offered odd years Fall. +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM3620 Physical Chemistry II with Lab - 4 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Continuation of CHEM3610, which is a prerequisite. Offered even years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM3900 Special Topics in Chemistry - 1-3 s.h.

    A study of special topics in chemistry not available to the student in the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Goal 1A

    CHEM4000 Individual Study (Goal 1A) - 1-3 s.h.
    CHEM4111 Capstone Research I (also BIOL4111) - 1 s.h.

    Course covers the basic elements of scientific research (e.g., performing literature searches, developing research questions, designing experiments, and giving scientific presentations). The student will develop a scientific question and then write a research proposal in cooperation with a faculty mentor to answer that question. Prerequisite: BIOL2100, CHEM3410/3411, and senior standing or consent of instructor.

    CHEM4120 Capstone Research II (also BIOL4120) - 1-2 s.h.

    The student conducts scientific research based on the research proposal developed in BIOL/CHEM4111. Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM4110.

    CHEM4130 Capstone Research III (also BIOL4130) - 1-2 s.h.

    The student completes the research that was started in BIOL/CHEM4120. Highlights of the research will be presented orally and through a poster presentation. A final thesis manuscript is required for submission. Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM4120.

    CHEM4310 Biochemistry with Lab (also BIOL4310) - 4 s.h.

    An introduction to biologically important molecules and metabolic pathways and the laboratory techniques used to study and characterize them. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 and BIOL2100. +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM4330 Instrumental Analysis (3-3) - 4 s.h.

    A study of the analysis and identification of organic compounds and mixtures by modern instrumental techniques and traditional wet chemical methods. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Goal 1A. Offered even years Fall. +This course is only offered every other year.

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