Preview of Courses

The following are courses that have been offered or are usually offered by the Department of Chemistry. For a comprehensive list of courses, please refer to the current Schedule of Classes or Course Catalog. 

Required Courses

CHEM 231 A,B. Organic Chemistry 
Investigation of the fundamental principles of organic chemistry. This course focuses on understanding organic chemistry through chemical mechanisms, stereochemical principles and diverse functional reactivity. Prerequisite: CHEM 231A requires a passing grade in CHEM110A, B. CHEM 231B requires a passing grade in CHEM 231A. CHEM 231 corequisitie: CHEM 233.

CHEM 471 A,B. Biochemistry
The structure and function of compounds in living systems. 471A covers proteins and nucleic acids and integrates them in catalysis and protein synthesis. 471B covers carbohydrates and lipids and integrates them into the study of biological membranes and cellular metabolism. Prerequisite: 231B or permission. CHEM 471B requires a passing grade in CHEM 471A. Two semesters.

JanTerm Courses

CHEM 486. Integrated Laboratory 
Laboratory/instrument intensive course designed to integrate the different disciplines of chemistry. The labs will be designed for some method design and development, data collection and analysis. The final project will involve a self-designed project that was proposed and developed in the CHEM 491 Seminar. Prerequisites: 233B, 321A, and 491.

CHEM 220 A,B. Quantitative Analysis
Lecture (2 credits in the Fall) and laboratory (3 Credits in January) covers elementary statistics and sampling, fundamentals of volumetric analysis and several instrumental methods. Electrochemistry, gas and liquid chromatography, and spectrophotometry will be introduced. Desirable preparation for all further work in chemistry. Prerequisite: 110B and CHEM 220B requires a passing grade in CHEM 220A.

Interdisciplinary Courses

The course examines AIDS from a biological, sociological, and economic viewpoint. The biology focuses on the cause of AIDS, the impact of AIDS on the human body, and the current treatments for the disease. The course then focuses on the factors that have made AIDS such a widespread disease in Africa and the economic and sociologic impact of the disease in various countries in Africa. Finally the course explores other human diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and other diseases of interest to students. One semester.

INTD 278. Culture and Medicine
This course focuses on the role of culture in medicine. Topics include the cultural attitudes of physicians, cultural impacts on the treatment of patients and patient expectations. One semester or January.