Chemistry Undergraduate Lower-Division Courses

Preparatory course for students who have not taken high school chemistry. Prepares students for the CHEM 1401-1411/1511 general chemistry sequence. Credit is granted only if no other college chemistry credits have been earned. Does not count toward the LAS Natural Science area requirement. Prer., One year high school algebra or concurrent enrollment in MATH 1040.

  • 4 Credits

A brief introduction to chemical principles and study of their application to biochemical materials and processes, consumer chemistry, energy problems, air and water pollution, and toxic chemicals. This course may be taken with or without the lab course CHEM 1102. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. GT-SC2.

  • 3 Credits

Lab section to accompany CHEM 1101. Experiments have been chosen that illustrate the principles discussed in the lecture. Approved for LAS Natural Science laboratory requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. GT-SC1. Coreq., CHEM 1101.

  • 1 Credit

Introduction to forensic science and crime scene investigation using scientific application. Topics include glass and soil samples, hair, fibers, paint, fingerprints, DNA evidence, etc. This course may be taken with or without the lab course CHEM 1122. Approved for the LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. GT-SC2.

  • 3 Credits

Introduction to a scientific laboratory with an emphasis on evidence handling and processing. Polymer identification, ink processing and identification, fiber, hair, arson, fingerprints and bloodstain processing, etc. GT-SC1. Approved for LAS Natural Science laboratory requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. Coreq., CHEM 1121.

  • 1 Credit

This is a first-semester course in chemistry with an emphasis on principles and practical applications. The course covers measurement, matter, atoms, bonding, energy, phases of matter, acid-base and redox reactions, solutions, equilibria, electrolytes, inorganic and nuclear reactions. Students who have not taken algebra in high school or college should take an algebra course before taking CHEM 1201. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. GT-SC1. Prer., One year of high school algebra.

  • 4 Credits

This is the second part of a one year course and should be taken after completion of CHEM 1201. The course includes a survey of organic functional groups and biochemical reactions. A large emphasis is placed on structure and function of organic and biomolecules. Students who are required to take CHEM 1401-1411/1511 should not take CHEM 1211. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. GT-SC1. Prer., CHEM 1201 (formerly CHEM 1010) or CHEM 1401/1402 (formerly CHEM 1301 or CHEM 1030) with a grade of "C" or higher.

  • 4 Credits

An accelerated one-semester course for nursing majors who are classified as Nursing Prep. Topics to be covered include measurement, matter, atoms, bonding, energy, phases of matter, acids and bases, reactions, solutions, equilibria and nuclear chemistry. The course also includes a survey of organic functional groups and biochemical reactions. Emphasis is placed on the structure and function of organic compounds and biomolecules. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. Prer., High school algebra and chemistry, and consent of instructor.

  • 1 Credit

A first college-level chemistry course for students with adequate high school chemistry and math. Emphasis on the structure and composition of matter: elements and compounds, atoms and molecules, and states of matter including solutions. Students having marginal mathematics backgrounds are advised to solidify their mathematics proficiencies or take CHEM 1001 Preparatory Chemistry before taking this course. Approved for the LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. GT-SC1. Prer., one year of high school chemistry and two years of high school math. Coreq., CHEM 1402.

  • 4 Credits

Lab section to accompany CHEM 1401. An introduction to qualitative laboratory techniques, including spectroscopy, titrations, calorimetry, and chromatography. Approved for the LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. GT-SC1. Coreq., CHEM 1401.

  • 1 Credit

This is the second course of the General Chemistry sequence. Emphasis is on acid-base and solution chemistry, equilibria, kinetics, redox chemistry, transition metal chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. Approved for the LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. GT-SC1. Prer., CHEM 1401 and CHEM 1402 (formerly CHEM 1301 or CHEM 1030) with grades of "C" or higher. Coreq., CHEM 1412.

  • 4 Credits

Lab section to accompany CHEM 1411. Further studies in qualitative and quantitative laboratory techniques, including spectroscopy, titrations, electrochemistry, and organic synthesis. Approved for the LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Explore-Physical and Natural World. GT-SC1. Coreq., CHEM 1411.

  • 1 Credit

This is the second course of the General Chemistry sequence. It is designed for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors. Emphasis is on acid-base and solution chemistry, equilibria, kinetics, redox chemistry, transition metal chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. Students will prepare written projects and give oral presentations in addition to the standard CHEM 1411 coursework. Approved for the LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Explore-Physical and Natural World; Writing Intensive. GT-SC1. Prer., CHEM 1401 and CHEM 1402 (formerly CHEM 1301 or CHEM 1030) with grades of "B" or higher. Coreq., CHEM 1513.

  • 4 Credits

Lab section to accompany CHEM 1511. Further studies in qualitative, quantitative, and synthetic laboratory techniques, including spectroscopy, titrations, calorimetry, and chromatography. Students will perform more advanced laboratory techniques and prepare written projects and give oral presentations in addition to the standard CHEM 1412 coursework. Approved for the LAS Natural Science area requirement. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Explore-Physical and Natural World; Writing Intensive. GT-SC1. Coreq., CHEM 1511.

  • 1 Credit

This course will teach students to write scientifically, with emphasis on laboratory reports, journal articles, and literature reviews. Students will learn to interpret and present scientific data in a professional format in keeping with current literature. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Writing Intensive. Prer., CHEM 1511 and CHEM 1513 (formerly CHEM 1060 honors or CHEM 1331) with grades of “C” or higher.

  • 1 Credit

Open to qualified freshman and sophomore students by arrangement with a faculty member. Students will plan a project with the faculty member prior to registering for the course. A written report must be submitted at the end of the semester summarizing the research results. Students may take CHEM 2904 under only one faculty member in a given semester. Consent of instructor required.

  • 1 to 3 Credits