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(2015-16 Catalog)

CHEM 1400

Chemistry in Society (3-3) Prerequisites: None. Designed as a course for McMurry general education credit in Natural Science for students who do not major or minor in science or engineering. Students who have not had chemistry courses prior to enrollment in the University should take this course before taking any other chemistry course. A general introduction to concepts that are fundamental to chemistry, such as atomic structure, chemical bonding, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, and nuclear chemistry. Topics studied may vary depending on the focus of the course (forensic chemistry, environmental chemistry, etc.) (Spring) (TCCN CHEM 1405)

CHEM 1405

Survey of General and Organic Chemistry (3-3) Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or successful completion of MATH 1311 or higher. A full year of high school chemistry with laboratory or CHEM 1400 is strongly recommended. Designed for students whose intended career is in one of the al- lied health fields. This course, or CHEM 1410, is required for Nursing and Life Science majors. This course does not satisfy the requirements for other science majors or minors. Optional for general education requirement in Natural Science. A study of the fundamental principles of chemistry, including atomic structure, molecular bonding, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, states of matter, solution chemistry (including acids, bases, and buffers) and an introduction to the structure of organic compounds. Topics emphasize

CHEM 1406

Survey of Organic and Biochemistry (3-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 1405. A continuation of CHEM 1405. This course, or CHEM 1420, is required for Nursing and Life Science majors. This course does not meet the requirements for other science majors or minors. A study of the structure and reactivity of organic functional groups and the biochemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. (Spring) (TCCN CHEM 1408)

CHEM 1410

General Chemistry I (3-3) Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in, or successful completion of, MATH 1311 or higher required. Previous study of chemistry in high school or CHEM 1400 and concurrent enrollment in a math course higher than MATH 1311 is strongly recommended. Designed for students whose major or minor is in a field of natural science, mathematics, pre-professional health fields, or pre-engineering. Optional for general education requirement in Natural Science. A study of fundamental concepts, such as atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, periodic properties, chemical reactions, and intermolecular forces. Emphasis is placed on mathematical relationships and problem solving. (Fall) (TCCN CHEM 1411)

CHEM 1420

General Chemistry II (3-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 1410. A continuation of CHEM 1410. Topics include, but are not limited to, thermodynamics, equilibria, chemical kinetics, and electrochemistry. (Spring) (TCCN CHEM 1412)

CHEM 2430

Quantitative Analysis (3-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 1420. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 2430 concurrently with CHEM 3420. The course is an introduction to the quantitative analysis of various materials. Emphasis is placed on sample acquisition, error analysis, and the basic quantitative methods of titrimetry, gravimetry and visible spectroscopy. Laboratory work includes the analysis of materials encountered in everyday life. (Spring) (TCCN CHEM 2401)

CHEM 3350

Organic Structure Analysis (2-4) Prerequisite: CHEM 3420. An advanced study of techniques used in structure determination. Topics include infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and ultraviolet spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and optical rotation. Laboratory work explores methods of separation and purification of organic compounds, as well as multistep synthesis and the systematic analysis of isolated products. Selected methods of computational chemistry are also examined. (Spring odd years)

CHEM 3360

Physical Biochemistry (3-0) Prerequisites: CHEM 3441, MATH 2322, and PHYS 1420 or PHYS 2520. Recommended for students with an interest in the health sciences. This course investigates the mathematical and physical descriptions and governing laws of biological systems. Three general areas include thermodynamics, kinetics and quantum mechanics. Topics usually include biochemical and physical equilibria, molecular transport, enzyme kinetics, molecular structure and spectroscopy, and statistical thermodynamics. Mathematical rigor and biological applications are emphasized. (Spring odd years)

CHEM 3410

Organic Chemistry I (3-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 1420. This course is the first semester of a two semester sequence focused on the study of carbon compounds. It emphasizes the study of organic molecule structures and their properties, nomenclature, stereochemistry, isomerism, functional groups, organic chemical reactions and mechanisms in organic molecule synthesis. Selected experiments aid in the comprehension of the mechanism of organic reactions and of the IR and NMR spectra of organic molecules. (Fall)

CHEM 3420

Organic Chemistry II (3-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 3410. A continuation of CHEM 3410. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 3420 concurrently with CHEM 2430. This course is focused on the study of aliphatic and aromatic organic chemistry and emphasizes conjugated and aromatic compounds, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, and macro-molecules, such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. Selected topics are incorporated into experiments in the laboratory to aid in understanding the mechanisms of organic reactions, followed by IR and NMR spectroscopic analysis of the desired product. (Spring)

CHEM 3431

Physical Chemistry I (3-3) Prerequisites: CHEM 2430, PHYS 1420 or 2520, MATH 2322, or permission of instructor and junior standing. The course is the first in a two semester sequence which explores the theoretical principles underlying chemical and physical transformations of matter. Emphasis is placed on the thermodynamics of chemical systems. The laboratory emphasizes the measurement of physical properties and chemical changes, record keeping, data analysis, and report writing. (Fall odd years)

CHEM 3432

Physical Chemistry II (3-3) Prerequisites: CHEM 3431, MATH 3351. The course is a continuation of CHEM 3431, with emphasis on chemical kinetics and quantum mechanics. (Spring even years)

CHEM 3440

Environmental Chemistry (3-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 1420. This course explores the chemistry of the Earth’s atmospheric, hydrologic, and geologic systems. It includes a study of both naturally functioning environments and degraded environments. A variety of topics are investigated, including, but not limited to, atmospheric chemistry, photochemical smog, ozone depletion, greenhouse gases, aquatic chemistry, acid depostition, and hazardous or toxic materials. The laboratory component involves a class project in which a local natural area or urban setting is studied. Through the project, sampling methods are presented and a variety of air, water, or soil analyses are conducted. (Fall even years)

CHEM 3441

Biochemistry I (3-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 3420. Recommended for students with an interest in health sciences. This course is the first in a two semester sequence which explores the molecules and chemical reactions of biological systems. Topics include amino acids, protein structure and function, enzyme kinetics, thermodynamics of biochemical systems, buffers, carbohydrates, and biochemical laboratory techniques. The laboratory teaches techniques unique to biochemistry and that relate to the lecture material. (Fall)

CHEM 3442

Biochemistry II (3-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 3441. Recommended for students with an interest in health sciences. This course is the second in a two semester sequence which explores the molecules and chemical reactions of biological systems. Topics include metabolism, glycolysis and gluconeogenesis, the citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, fat metabolism, regulation of metabolism, amino acid chemistry, and immunology. The lab teaches techniques unique to biochemistry and that relate to the lecture material. (Spring)

CHEM 3480

Foundational Inorganic Chemistry (3-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 1420. This course is an introduction to the chemistry of inorganic compounds. The focus is on the application of the fundamental chemical concepts (such as atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and reaction types) to transition metals and main group elements. Topics may include nuclear chemistry, electrochemistry, crystalfield theory, solid state structures, descriptive chemistry of the elements,andbioinorganic chemistry. The laboratory work emphasizes the synthesis of a variety of inorganic compounds and their characterization by modern experimental methods. (Fall even years)

CHEM 4101

Literature Seminar (1-0) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. This course is designed to develop written and oral communication skills. Students select a current topic in the field of chemistry, conduct a literature search, submit a paper written in scientific review format, and give an oral presentation to their peers. Work is carried out under the guidance of a faculty member. This is the capstone course for Chemistry and Biochemistry. (Spring)

CHEM 4440

Instrumental Methods of Analysis (3-3) Prerequisite: CHEM 2430. The course is a survey of the instruments and associated methods used in chemical analysis. The theory and application of chromatographic, spectroscopic, and electroanalytical methods are examined. Laboratory work provides an opportunity to gain familiarity in the use of several instruments. (Fall odd years)

CHEM 4X20

Introduction to Research (Variable Credit) Prerequisites: CHEM 1420 and consent of the instructor. A laboratory project is selected by the student in consultation with a faculty member who will direct the research. Students will submit a paper incorporating their research work, written in the format of published journal articles. The course may be repeated for credit to continue the same research project or to start a new one. (By arrangement)

CHEM 4X88

Internship (Variable Credit) Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing, and permission of instructor. A pre-approved internship is an undergraduate educational program through which a student earns academic credit for new workplace experiences that support the educational goals of the student’s academic discipline. Employers work with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to offer level-appropriate jobs that provide a continuous progression of learning for the student. The syllabus for the course will include a definition of goals and methods for measuring student progress. Credit may be granted for up to 3 credit hours in one semester. (As needed)

CHEM 4X95

Independent Studies (Variable Credit) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A study program arranged between a student and an instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. The course includes a definition of goals appropriate for the advanced student, methods of attaining these goals, a schedule for frequent consultation, and a means of measuring progress. (By arrangement)

CHEM 4X96H

Honors Tutorial (Variable Credit) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Designed for Chemistry or Biochemistry Honors participants. This course provides opportunities for investigations related to an approved upper level course (with concurrent enrollment) or as a separate independent study. This course may be repeated. (As needed)

CHEM 4X97H

Honors Research (Variable Credit) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Designed for Chemistry and Biochemistry Honors participants. Students pursue a research topic under the direction of a departmental faculty member, resulting in a final paper and oral presentation to an appropriate audience. (As needed)

CHEM 4X99

Special Topics (Variable Credit) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A course of study offered occasionally to groups of students to broaden the departmental curriculum, to meet student demand, or to observe special events. May be repeated for credit when topics v