Chemistry Courses

CHE-0135 Global Environmental Issues
The study of selected current environmental issues and their scientific, social, economic, and philosophical origin and implications for the global community as it works toward a sustainable future. 3 credits. This course fulfills either the Sustainability requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program or the Developing the Core/Science requirement. NOTE – it cannot fulfill both requirements.

CHE-0140 General Chemistry I
A study of the foundational concepts in chemistry and the basis of the physical and chemical properties of matter. Topics covered include atomic structure, periodicity of properties, reaction stoichiometry and equilibrium, and the basic nature of chemical reactivity with emphasis on acid/base chemistry and redox reactions. A three hour laboratory integrates laboratory techniques and data analysis with computer technology for a better understanding of the basic concepts covered in class. Prerequisite: Satisfactory Performance on Mathematics placement testing or satisfactory completion of MAT-0050. Offered fall semester. 4 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Science requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

CHE-0145 General Chemistry II
An in-depth study of chemical bonding and reactivity trends in inorganic compounds. Coordination chemistry of transition metal complexes will be covered in some detail. The thermodynamic and kinetic properties of lattice formation, solubility, and chemical equilibrium will also be examined. Includes a three-hour laboratory, which examines basic techniques of quantitative analysis and computer assisted data acquisition, analysis, and presentation as they apply to the synthesis and analysis of coordination complexes. Prerequisite: AP Chemistry credit or CHE-0140. Offered spring semester. 4 credits.

CHE-0230 Organic Chemistry I
A systematic study of the structure, properties, and reactions of aliphatic compounds, including reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and synthetic applications. Includes a three hour laboratory covering the synthesis, isolation, purification, and identification of organic compounds. Prerequisite: AP Chemistry credit or CHE-0145. Offered fall semester. 4 credits.

CHE-0235 Organic Chemistry II
A further study of organic molecules including aromatic as well as aliphatic compounds. Emphasis is on reaction mechanisms and synthetic applications. Includes a three-hour laboratory emphasizing structure/reactivity relationships of synthesized and/or extracted organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHE-0230. Offered spring semester. 4 credits.

CHE-0300 Analytical Chemistry
The study of the quantitative applications of chemical analysis as it applies to chemical equilibrium, reaction kinetics, acid/base chemistry, redox reactions, and electrochemistry. It includes the theory and interpretation of UV-Visible, IR, NMR and mass spectroscopy. Spreadsheet application to problem solving and the use of computer-assisted statistical analysis of data and data presentation will be an integrated part of the course. Literature research methods will be introduced as it relates to the course content. A three-hour laboratory provides hands-on experience in basic methods of quantitative and instrumental analysis. Prerequisite: CHE-0200 and CHE-0215. Offered fall semester. 4 credits.

CHE-0315 Instrumental Methods Of Analysis
A study of the theory and interpretations of UV-visible, IR, NMR, and mass spectra as well as laboratory projects using instrumental methods for investigation of analytical problems. Emphasis on spectroscopic, potentiometric, and chromatographic methods. Literature research, planning procedures, and computer data analysis are included. No prerequisite. Usually offered spring. 4 credits.

CHE-0320 Physical Chemistry I
Taken at Villanova University. This course looks at the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics; phase equilibria and chemical equilibria; gases; and electrochemistry will be covered in this course. Student register for CHM 3411 for 3 credits and CHM 3401, Physical Chemistry I Lab, 1 credit, or CHM 3403, Physical Chemistry I Lab for Majors, 1 credit. Prerequisite: MAT-0121, Calculus II. 4 credits.

CHE-0325 Physical Chemistry II
Taken at Villanova University. This course will present an introduction to atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy, chemical kinetics and chemical dynamics. Student register for CHM 3412 for 3 credits and CHM 3402, Physical Chemistry I Lab, 1 credit, or CHM 3404, Physical Chemistry I Lab for Majors, 4 credit.

CHE-0400 Bimolecular Structure and Function
A study of the structure and function of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between macromolecular conformation and function. Membrane structure and transport will be covered as well as basic bioenergetics and enzyme catalysis. Clinical correlations will be made where appropriate. A three-hour laboratory will introduce students to the basic techniques of protein and lipid purification and analysis including extraction, centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, and UV-Visible spectrophotometry. Enzyme and binding kinetics will be examined as well as the use of the computer to collect, analyze, tabulate, and graph experimental results. The course has a writing component designed to develop the student’s literature research skills. Prerequisite: CHE-0105 and CHE-0200. Offered spring semester. 4 credits.

CHE-0415 Biochemical Systems and Pathways
A study of the mechanisms and regulation of intermediary metabolism with a human focus. Signal transduction, protein translocation, nuclear structure and transport, and cell cycle regulation will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the physiological implications of biomolecular function and the relationship to metabolic, hormonal, and carcinogenic disease. The course contains a significant writing component to further develop the student’s literature searching and technical writing skills. Prerequisite: CHE-0400. Offered fall semester. 3 credits.

CHE-0420 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
This course is an introduction to the structure, bonding and reactivity of the metals, focusing primarily on transition metals. Standard theories and applications of inorganic chemistry as well as aspects of current research will be covered in this course. Prerequisite: CHE-0230. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

CHE-0430 Organic Mechanisms
Application of chemical and physical methods to the study of the structure and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds. Methods include molecular orbital theory, spectroscopic analysis, and isotopic and kinetic studies. Prerequisite: CHE-0200 and CHE-0300. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

CHE-0440 Research
Participation in a research project under the direct supervision of a faculty member or at an off-campus research center. No Prerequisite. Offered every other year as needed. 1 to 6 credits.

CHE-0445 Senior Seminar
A seminar based on the presentation of papers on current topics in chemistry followed by discussion. Prerequisite: Senior Chemistry major status. Offered spring semester. 3 credits.

CHE-0450 Independent Study
Topic selected by the student under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Senior Chemistry major status. 1 to 3 credits.

CHE-0460 Internship
Supervised work experience usually at an industrial or research site. The type of work, period of work, and means of evaluation will be arranged by the work supervisor in consultation with the student’s major mentor. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Chemistry major status. 3 credits.