Curriculum

Chemistry Courses (32 credits)

CH 121 General Chemistry I

A study of matter and atomic structure, mass-mole relationships, reaction stoichiometry, solution chemistry including redox and precipitation reactions, the Theory of gas laws, electronic structure and the Periodic table of elements, covalent bonding and thermochemistry. General Education choice, Level A. Scheduled each fall semester. P: Background in Mathematics equivalent to Algebra II. 3 credits

CH 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

Laboratory experiments which correlate with General Chemistry I lecture. General laboratory incorporating qualitative and quantitative techniques such as titrations, filtrations and chromatography will be included. To be taken in conjunction with CH 121. 1 credit

CH 122 General Chemistry II

Course includes studies in liquids, solids and intermolecular bonding, concentration units and colligative properties, chemical kinetics, equilibrium in gaseous systems, acid and bases, acid-base theory and equilibria studies (including buffers and titrations), precipitation equilibria, coordination compounds, spontaneity of reactions, electrochemistry, and nuclear reactions (time permitting). Scheduled each fall semester. P: CH 121. 3 credits

CH 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory

Laboratory experiments which correlate with CH 122 lecture. Laboratory experiments include basic analytical techniques: titrations, gravimetry, spectroscopy and electrochemistry. To be taken in conjunction with CH 122. 1 credit

CH 221 Organic Chemistry I

This course focuses on fundamentals of structure and bonding in organic compounds. Study of the structure, properties, preparation, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds including alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, and alkyl halides. Includes stereochemistry of organic compounds; nucleophilic substitution reactions. This is a writing intensive (W) course. Scheduled each fall semester. P: CH 121, CH 122. 3 credits

CH 221L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

Laboratory experiments correlated with Organic Chemistry I lecture. Introduction to various organic laboratory techniques including distillation, reflux, extractions, recrystallization, chromatography, qualitative analysis, and laboratory safety (and related matters). Experiments include paper and thin-layer chromatography, elimination, nucleophilic substitution, and addition reactions. To be taken in conjunction with CH 221. P: CH121, CH121L, CH 122L. 1 credit

CH 222 Organic Chemistry II

Study of the structure, properties, preparation, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds including alkadienes, arenes, organometallics, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, amines, and various other derivative groups. Basic theory of spectroscopic methods NMR, UV, IR and MS will be introduced and spectral interpretation of organic compounds emphasized. Scheduled each spring semester. P: CH 221.3 credits

CH 222L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

Laboratory experiments correlated with Organic Chemistry II lecture. Experiments will incorporate spectroscopic analysis (NMR, UV, IR and MS) with synthesis and organic reaction experiments such as oxidation-reduction, esterification, and nucleophilic substitution reactions. Scheduled each spring semester. 1 credit

CH 241 Analytical Chemistry I

This course includes the analysis of data in analytical chemistry, basic statistics, stoichiometrytitrations, gravimetry, complexometry, electrochemistry, voltammetry and electrochemical sensors, spectrochemical techniques-atomic absorption, chromatography- theory and applications-column, TLC, GC, HPLC, ion-exchange, electrophoresis, clinical chemistry. Lecture: 2 hours per week. 3 credits

CH 241L Analytical Chemistry I Laboratory

Laboratory experiments will incorporate lecture material emphasizing data collection (and analysis) and the analytical techniques. To be taken in conjunction with lab. Some experiments may be miniprojects. P: CH 222, 222L. Lecture: 2 hours per week; Laboratory: 6 hours per week. 1 credit

CH 242 Analytical Chemistry II

Introduction to theory and use of modern chemical instrumentation techniques including titrations (acid-base, complexometric), spectroscopy (UV, IR, AAS), electrochemistry, chromatography (GC, HPLC), and other techniques. To be taken in conjunction with lab. P: CH 222, 222L, CH 241. Lecture: 2 hours per week; Laboratory: 6 hours per week. 3 credits, CH 242L, 1 credit

CH 321 Physical Chemistry I (with Laboratory, CH 321L)

A study of the theoretical principles underlying the areas of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy. To be taken in conjunction with lab. P: CH 122, MA 122. SC 131 & SC 132 are strongly recommended. 3 credits

CH 322 Physical Chemistry II (with Laboratory, CH 322L)

Study of a quantitative approach to statistical mechanics, quantum chemistry, kinetics, macroscopic and microscopic structures. To be taken in conjunction with lab. P: CH 321. 3 credits

SC 131 General Physics I

The study of selected topics, e.g., motion, force, work, energy and thermodynamics, using algebra and trigonometry. Laboratory exercises will illustrate these principles. This course is a requirement for students preparing for teaching certification in Biology or Chemistry. P: high school physics, algebra or departmental permission. Offered fall semester of even years. 3 credits

SC 131L General Physics I Laboratory

Offered in conjunction with SC 131, this course illustrates selected topics through handson work. 3 hours. 1 credit

SC 132 General Physics II

The study of the fundamental principles of sound, electricity, magnetism, optics and atomic physics. Laboratory exercises will illustrate these principles. Offered spring semester of odd years. P: SC 131 or departmental permission. 3 credits

SC 132L General Physics II Laboratory

Offered in conjunction with SC 132, this course illustrates selected topics through handson work. 3 hours. 1 credit

SC 302 Internship/Practica Additional electives may be selected from Biology or Chemistry courses.

Program of supervised practical experience in an external setting related to students’ interest. P: Permission of Department Chair 3 - 6 credits

SC 351 Senior Science Seminar I

Students examine current research advances by reviewing reports in the scientific literature. Experimental techniques used in the research laboratory are studied in-depth. Course structure involves instruction on the use of literature databases and student presentations. Offered each fall semester. P: Senior status or instructor permission. 1 credit

SC 352 Senior Science Seminar II

Extension of SC 351. Students focus on a single research area of their choosing, conducting a thorough analysis of the pertinent literature and formulating questions for future study in the field. The student is guided in the preparation of a written research proposal that details an experimental approach to address the identified questions. The course is designed to demonstrate a senior student’s breadth of scientific knowledge and use of the scientific method. Scheduled each spring semester. P: Completion of SC 351 or instructor permission. 1 credit

MA 121 Calculus I

Presentation of the fundamental concepts of functions, limits, and differential calculus with an introduction to integral calculus. Techniques and applications of differentiation and calculating areas as limits are explored. Offered each fall semester. P: MA 120 or its equivalent. 4 credits

MA 122 Calculus II

Further extensive study of the fundamental concepts of differential and integral calculus. Topics include logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions, integration techniques, applications of the definite integral, and infinite series. Offered each spring semester. P: MA 121 or its equivalent. 4 credits