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CHEM 1101 - Chemical Principles Laboratory I

This course offers laboratory experiments chosen to illustrate concepts taught in the lecture. CHEM 1101 and CHEM 1102 must be taken in sequence.  Fee. Corequisite: CHEM 1301.

 

CHEM 1102 - Chemical Principles Laboratory II

This course offers laboratory experiments chosen to illustrate concepts taught in the lecture. CHEM 1101 and CHEM 1102 must be taken in sequence.  Fee. Corequisite: CHEM 1302.

 

CHEM 1108 - Science of Art Laboratory

This course offers laboratory experiments chosen to illustrate concepts taught in the Science of
Art lectures. The course requires the completion of formal laboratory reports.  Fee. Corequisite: CHEM 1308.

 

CHEM 1110 - Introductory Chemistry Laboratory

This laboratory course supports study in the fundamental principles of chemistry.  Students are introduced to a variety of techniques and experiments which support and compliment materials 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 Lab

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 - Chemical Principles Laboratory

This course offers laboratory experiments chosen to illustrate concepts taught in the lecture.  This course is equivalent to the CHEM 1101/1102 laboratories.  Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 1302.  Fee. Corequisite: CHEM 1302.

 

CHEM 1301 - Chemical Principles I 

This course is the first course in a series of two that 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: MATH 1304 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 1101.

 

CHEM 1302 - Chemical Principles II

This course is the second course in a series of two that 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: CHEM 1301 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 1102.

 

CHEM 1308 - Science of Art

This course will provide an understanding of physical science and basic chemical principles and the role in which science plays in the development and evaluation of art. Not open to students who have received credit for or are concurrently enrolled in CHEM 1301. Laboratory work is required.

 

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. Prerequisite: Students with bridging math requirements 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.  Fee. 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 1405 - Science in Everyday Life

This course will provide an understanding of basic chemical principles and the role which chemistry plays in everyday life topics including water and air pollution, ozone depletion, global warming, acid rain, plastics and energy sources. Not open to students who have received credit for or are concurrently enrolled in CHEM 1301. Students must enroll both in lecture and laboratory sections.  Fee.

 

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.  Fee. Prerequisite: CHEM 1302 and CHEM 1102 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 2311.

 

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.  Fee. Prerequisite: CHEM 2111 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 2312.

 

CHEM 2150 - Principles of Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry Lab

This laboratory course provides practical, hands-on work with concepts covered in CHEM 2350 as well as review of other concepts useful for students pursuing careers in nutrition and environmental science. This course is offered only in fall semesters and requires concurrent enrollment in CHEM 2350. This course is recommended for nutrition majors, and may not be used to fulfill the requirements for degrees in either chemistry or biochemistry. Fee Corequisite: CHEM 2350.

 

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. Corequisite: CHEM 2111.

 

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 spectroscopies and mass spectrometry, is also included. Prerequisite: CHEM 2311 and CHEM 2111 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 2112.

 

CHEM 2350 - Survey Organic Chemistry

This course is a survey of organic chemistry in sufficient depth and breadth to support biochemistry curriculum in the environmental and allied health sciences. The course emphasizes structure, nomenclature, reactions, and theory as applied to simple organic compounds with particular emphasis on their applications and on their context in living systems. The course is a prerequisite for CHEM 3450, and is offered only in fall semesters. Prerequisites: Completion of CHEM 1302, with a grade of “C” or better and concurrent enrollment in CHEM 2150. This course is recommended for nutrition majors, and may not be used to fulfill the requirements for degrees in either chemistry or biochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1302 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 2150.

 

CHEM 3142 - Experimental Methods in Inorganic Chemistry

This laboratory course provides the student with experience in a range of techniques used in the synthesis, purification and characterization of inorganic compounds including infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies, paramagnetic susceptibility and differential scanning calorimetry. Corequisite: CHEM 3342.

 

CHEM 3160 - Introduction to Chemistry Research and Careers

This course serves as an introduction to scientific research and chemistry career options for upper-level chemistry and biochemistry majors and minors. The course covers scientific literature, scientific writing, scientific presentation, research and professional ethics, and introduction to federal agencies (NSF, NIH, DoD, etc.) and their research focuses, trends, and funding opportunities. Additionally, this course covers career options for majors upon graduation including academia, industry, and government. Prerequisite: CHEM 1101 and CHEM 1102 with a grade of C or higher.

 

CHEM 3221 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory

This course offers laboratory experiments chosen to apply concepts taught in the lecture.  The course must be taken concurrently with CHEM 3321.  This course presents the classical chemical method of analysis including gravimetric and volumetric analysis, statistical treatment of data, separations.  Experiments illustrate techniques and methods discussed in the lecture. Prerequisite:CHEM 1302 and CHEM 1102 or CHEM 1203L with grades of C or higher. Fee. Corequisite: CHEM 3321.

 

CHEM 3321 - Quantitative Analysis

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. Prerequisite:CHEM 1302 and CHEM 1102 or CHEM 1203L with grades of C or higher. Fee.

 

CHEM 3341 - Inorganic Chemistry

This course will provide a thorough and contemporary presentation of the diverse areas of inorganic chemistry. Topics covered will include atomic structure, bond theory, introduction to coordination chemistry, symmetry and group theory, molecular orbital theory, and bioinorganic and environmental chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 2311 with grades of C or higher.

 

CHEM 3342 - Coordination and Solid State Chemistry

This course will provide an understanding of inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on the fundamental principles behind coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis, solid state chemistry and descriptive chemistry of main group elements. Prerequisite: CHEM 2312 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 3142.

 

CHEM 3450 - Survey Biochemistry

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of chemistry in living systems. It includes an introduction to major categories of biochemical substances, metabolic pathways, and principles of biochemical information transfer. This course is offered only in spring semesters and requires completion of either CHEM 2312 or CHEM 2350, with a grade of “C” or better. This course is recommended for nutrition majors, and may not be used to fulfill the requirements for degrees in either chemistry or biochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 2312 or CHEM 2350 with grades 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. Prerequisite: CHEM 2312 and 2112. Permission of advisor required. Fee.

 

CHEM 4160 - 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. Prerequisite: Must have completed to be enrolled in CHEM / BIOL 4351 (or equivalent).  Fee.

 

CHEM 4222 - Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

This course offers laboratory experiments that apply concepts taught in the lecture. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 4322. This course covers the application of instrumental methods including spectroscopy, separation methods, and electroanalytical chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 3321 and CHEM 3221 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 4322. Offered: Spring.

 

CHEM 4231 - Physical Chemistry:  Thermodynamics Laboratory

This laboratory course applies the concepts of physical chemistry to real chemical systems to explore the physics of matter and chemical behavior, gases, liquids, solids, solutions, equilibria, colloids, macromolecules, kinetics, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: CHEM 1301/1101 and CHEM 1302/1102 plus MATH 2312/2313 and PHYS 2301/2105 and PHYS 2306/2106 with grades of C or higher.

 

CHEM 4251 - Biochemistry I Laboratory

This laboratory course provides practical, hands-on work with concepts covered in CHEM/BIOL 4351, as well as review of other concepts useful for students pursuing careers in biochemistry and related fields. Fee. Prerequisite: Must have completed CHEM 4351 or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM 4351 to enroll in CHEM 4251. Corequisite: Must have completed CHEM 4351 prior to enrollment in CHEM 4251 or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM 4351. Cross-Listed as: BIOL 4251.

 

CHEM 4252 - Biochemistry II Laboratory

This laboratory course provides practical, hands-on work with concepts covered in CHEM/BIOL 4352, as well as review of other concepts useful for students pursuing careers in biochemistry and related fields.  Fee. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL/CHEM 4352 or completion of BIOL/CHEM 4352 with a grade of 'C' or better. Cross-Listed as: BIOL 4251.

 

CHEM 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 4313 - Specials Topics in Organic Chemistry and Lab

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 4322 - Instrumental Analysis

This course studies instrumental methods of chemical analysis including spectroscopy, separation methods, and electroanalytical chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 4222. Prerequisite: CHEM 3321 and CHEM 3221 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: CHEM 4222. Offered: Spring.

 

CHEM 4331 - Physical Chemistry:  Thermodynamics

This course studies the physics of matter and chemical behavior, gases, liquids, solids, solutions, equilibria, colloids, macromolecules, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, and atomic and molecular structure.  Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 4231. Prerequisite: CHEM 1301/1101 and CHEM 1302/1102 plus MATH 2312/2313 and PHYS 2301/2105 and PHYS 2306/2106 with grades of C or higher.. Corequisite: CHEM 4231.

 

CHEM 4432/CHEM 4432L- Physical Chemistry II Quantum Mechanics and Laboratory

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.  Fee. Prerequisite: CHEM 1301/1101 and CHEM 1302/1102 plus MATH 2312/2313 and PHYS 2301/2105 and PHYS 2306/2106 with grades of C or higher.. Offered: Spring.

 

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.  May be approved for graduate credit, with permission of advisor.  Note that concurrent enrollment in CHEM/BIOL 4251 is not required for enrollment in CHEM/BIOL 4351. Prerequisite: CHEM 2312 and BIOL 1402 (or equivalent) with grades of C or higher. Cross-Listed as: BIOL 4351.

 

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. Prerequisite: CHEM / BIOL 4351 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher. Cross-Listed as: BIOL 4352.

 

CHEM 4353 - Molecular Biochemistry

This course is an elective course covering foundational biochemistry concepts related to genome structure, DNA replication, DNA damage and repair, DNA recombination, transcription, RNA processing, translation, and regulation of gene expression. Prerequisite: BIOL 3361 and BIOL 4351 or CHEM 4351 with a grade of C or higher.

 

CHEM 4354 - Enzymology

This course is a biochemistry elective course covering topics related to enzymes and proteins. Specific topics may include the structure of enzymes, enzyme kinetics, mechanisms and inhibition, the role of enzymes in metabolism, and current methodologies for analysis of proteins and enzymes.  Prerequisite: BIOL 4351 or CHEM 4351 with a grade of C or higher.

 

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. Prerequisite: CHEM 2312 and 2112 with a C or better.