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CHEM 1110 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory

This laboratory course supports study in the fundamentals principles of chemistry. Students are introduced to a variety of techniques and experiments which support and complement material for CHEM 1310 lecture. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1310 or completion of CHEM 1310 with a grade of 'C' or better. Fee

CHEM 1120 Biological Chemistry for Health Professions Laboratory

This laboratory course provides practical, hands-on work with concepts covered in CHEM 1320 as well as review of other related concepts useful for students pursuing careers related to health care. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1320 or completion of CHEM 1320 with a grade of 'C' or better. Fee

CHEM 1203L General Chemistry Laboratory

This course offers laboratory experiments chosen to illustrate concepts taught in the lecture.  Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 1302.  Co-requisite CHEM 1302.  Fee.

CHEM 1301/1302 Chemical Principles I and II

This course studies fundamental laws and theories of chemistry: the modern concept of the atom, atomic structure and periodic properties of the elements, kinetic-molecular theory, states of matter, solutions, acids, bases, and salts, oxidation-reduction, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, bonding. Must be taken in sequence. Prerequisite for CHEM 1301: MATH 1304 with grade of C or higher; Prerequisite for CHEM 1302: CHEM 1301 with a grade of C or higher.

CHEM 1310 Introductory Chemistry

This course studies fundamental principles of general and organic chemistry. The topics include chemical and physical changes, atoms and molecules, states of matter, chemical bonding, reactions, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases and an introduction to organic chemistry.Together with CHEM 1110 can be used to satisfy the science core requirement. Prerequisite: students with bridging math requirement for MATH 0318 must complete it before registering for this course.

CHEM 1320 Biological Chemistry for Health Professions

This course covers general, organic, and biological chemistry topics that are most relevant to biological sciences and human health. Prerequisite: Successful completion of high school chemistry and placement in college level mathematics according to SAT or ACT score, UIW chemistry placement test, or completion of CHEM 1310. Students taking CHEM 1320 should also enroll in CHEM 1120 unless they have already passed it with a grade of 'C' or better.

CHEM 2111 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

The first in a two-semester sequence, this laboratory provides students with training in basic organic chemistry laboratory skills such as melting point determination, recrystallization, extraction, distillation, thin-layer and gas chromatography, and their applications to chemical reactions. Students will also practice and refine their scientific writing skills. Prerequisite: CHEM 1203L with a grade of C or higher. Co-requisite: CHEM 2311. Fee.

CHEM 2112 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

In the second semester of this laboratory sequence, students carry out a variety of organic chemistry reactions that complement and supplement the material covered in the second semester lecture course. Students will also learn basic spectroscopic techniques used to analyze reaction products and other organic chemicals, including infra-red, nuclear magnetic resonance, and UV-vis spectroscopies. Prerequisite: CHEM 2111 with a grade of C or higher. Co-requisite: CHEM 2312. Fee.

CHEM 2311 Organic Chemistry I

An introduction to structure, nomenclature, conformations, reactions, and mechanism is provided in this course. Core concepts in chemical bonding, acid-base reactions, resonance and inductive effects, functional group transformations, and stereochemistry are covered. Prerequisite: CHEM 1302 with a grade of C or higher.

CHEM 2312 Organic Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry II builds upon the foundations established in Organic Chemistry I. A wide variety of functional group transforming reactions are covered, especially in the context of synthesis. Each class of reactions and the functional groups they involve are supported with nomenclature and relevant properties. An introduction to spectroscopy and spectrometry, including infra-red and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrosopies and mass spectrometry, is also included. Prerequisite: CHEM 2311 with a grade of C or higher.

CHEM 3421 Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory

This course presents the classical chemical methods of analysis including gravimetric and volumetric analysis, statistical treatment of data, separations. Experiments illustrate techniques and methods discussed in the lecture. Prerequisites: CHEM 1301, 1302 and 1203L with a grade of C or higher. Fee.

CHEM 3441 Inorganic Chemistry

This course will provide an understanding of inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on the fundamental principles behind reactivity. Emphasis is on both description and theory of inorganic substances. Studies include atomic structure, ionic and covalent bonding, acid-base concepts of inorganic substances, structure, bonding, thermodynamics, and reaction mechanisms of transition metal complexes. Prerequisites: CHEM 2311 with grade of C or higher.

CHEM 4101 Seminar

This course provides the opportunity for guest lecturers, readings, reports, and discussion on topics of chemical interest. Up to 3 semester hours credit may be designated for this course. In this course, students apply principles learned in lectures. May be approved for graduate credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 2312, 2112. Permission of advisor required. Fee.

CHEM 4151 Biochemistry Laboratory

This course is an introduction to the fundamental laboratory techniques, methods, instrumentation and calculations used in Biochemistry laboratories, and amplifies material learned in Biochemistry lectures.  Cross-referenced as BIOL 4151.  May be approved for graduate credit, with permission of advisor.  Co- or prerequisite: CHEM / BIOL 4351 (or equivalent).  Fee.

CHEM 4160/4260 Advanced Chemical Research

These courses allow the student to study a chemistry problem independently and to prepare a written report based on the investigation. Credit hours will vary between 1 and 2 hours depending on the work performed. Prerequisites: CHEM 2312 and 2112 with a C or better and permission of the instructor. Fee.

CHEM 43RCH Honors Chemistry Research

This course allows the student to conduct independent research in chemistry  under the supervision of a member of the department, resulting in a written honors thesis.  Research topics are offered in selected areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry.  This course is restricted to students in the UIW Honors Program.  Prerequisites:  CHEM 2312 and 2112 with a C or better.

CHEM 4331 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry

This course presents advanced topics in organic chemistry which build on and expand those covered in Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM 2311, 2312), including stereochemistry, molecular orbital theory, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis.  Topics will vary depending on the instructor's area(s) of expertise and specialization.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Permission of advisor and instructor required.  Prerequisite: CHEM 2312 with a grade of C or higher.

CHEM 4351 Biochemistry I

This course is the first part of a two course sequence covering introductory Biochemistry, and studies the structure and function of key biomolecules (proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids), enzymes, membranes, and molecular biology.  Cross-referenced as BIOL 4351.  May be approved for graduate credit, with permission of advisor.  Note that concurrent enrollment in CHEM / BIOL 4151 is not required for enrollment in CHEM / BIOL 4351.  Prerequisites: CHEM 2312 and BIOL 1402 (or equivalents) with grades of C or higher.

CHEM 4352 Biochemistry II

This course is the second part of a two course sequence covering introductory Biochemistry, and studies the structure and function of carbohydrates, bioenergetics, intermediary metabolism, and the role of enzymes, vitamins, and cofactors in metabolism.  Cross-referenced as BIOL 4352.  May be approved for graduate credit, with permission of advisor.  Note that concurrent enrollment in CHEM / BIOL 4151 is not required for enrollment in CHEM / BIOL 4352.  Prerequisites: CHEM / BIOL 4351 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher.

CHEM 4422 Instrumental Analysis and Laboratory

This course studies basic electronics, electrochemistry; spectroscopic methods of analysis including IR, UV-Vis, NMR, atomic absorption and emission; gas and liquid chromatography. It also offers laboratory problems utilizing procedures covered in the lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM 3421 with a grade of C or higher. May be approved for graduate credit. Permission of advisor. Fee. (Spring)

CHEM 4431 Physical Chemistry – Thermodynamics

This lecture and laboratory course examines the physical chemistry of matter and its chemical behavior covering: equations of state, laws of thermodynamics, ideal and nonideal solutions, phase equilibria, thermodynamics of chemical reactions and kinetics. Laboratory experiments are chosen to demonstrate concepts taught in the lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM 1301, 1302 and 1203L, with grades of C or higher; 6 semester hours of calculus (MATH 2312/2313), with grades of C or higher; and 8 semester hours of Calculus based Physics (PHYS 2305/2105, PHYS 2306/2106), with grades of C or higher. May be approved for graduate credit with permission of advisor. Fee. (Fall)

CHEM 4432 Physical Chemistry – Quantum Mechanics

This lecture and laboratory course examines the physical chemistry of matter and its chemical behavior covering: fundamental principles of quantum mechanics, exactly soluble model problems, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, spectroscopy. Laboratory experiments are chosen to demonstrate concepts taught in the lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM1301, 1302 and 1203L with grades of C or higher; 6 semester hours of calculus (MATH 2312/2313), with grades of C or higher; and 8 semester hours of Calculus based Physics (PHYS 2305/2105, PHYS 2306/2106), with grades of C or higher. May be approved for graduate credit with permission of advisor. Fee. (Spring)