2010 - 2011 Chemistry Courses

CHEM 103 Introduction to Chemistry and Lab, LE (4)
A general introductory course dealing with the basic fundamentals of chemistry, specifically for prenursing students. Emphasis is placed on atomic structure, states of matter, the periodic table and chemical bonding, chemical symbols, nomenclature and chemical equations, types of chemical reactions, calculations from chemical equations, the characteristics of gases, and the chemistry of solutions and colloids. A basic understanding of algebra is strongly recommended (MATH 105 or higher).
CHEM 106 Chemistry and Society, LE (3)
This course uses contemporary topics in chemistry to study how science works as a whole. Depending on the expertise of the instructor teaching the class topics of study will be selected from a list that includes, but is not limited to, medicinal chemistry, chemistry of food and cooking, chemistry and energy, forensic science etc. While studying these topics an emphasis will be placed on developing scientific critical thinking skills, leadership and ethical awareness, teamwork and collaboration skills. As a result, instructors will make a concerted effort to minimize lecture in favor of discussion and hands-on experiential learning including laboratory activities undertaken in groups.
CHEM 111-112 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Lab (4-4)
A course in inorganic chemistry designed for students majoring in chemistry, biology, pre-professional programs in the sciences, and other science fields. Emphasis is placed on a detailed analysis of the fundamental principles of chemistry on both a theoretical and descriptive level. Co-requisite: MATH 141 or equivalent. CHEM 111 is a prerequisite for CHEM 112.
CHEM 200/300 Special Topics in Chemistry (2-4)
Topics of interest and importance to students majoring in chemistry, biology, and physics will be offered as needed. Special Topics at 300-level may be used as elective hours in the Chemistry majors or minors. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
CHEM 201 Organic and Biochemistry (4)
A descriptive introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry with a biological/pharmacological emphasis. The course involves a brief introduction to organic structures, nomenclature and functional groups followed by a detailed discussion of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, energy transfer and metabolism. Prerequisite: CHEM 103.
CHEM 303-304 Organic Chemistry I and II and Lab (4-4)
A detailed study of the chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic organic compounds. Topics covered include structure and nomenclature, the basic reactions of organic functional groups, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, organic synthesis and spectroscopy. The class is designed for chemistry, biology and pre-professional science majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 111, 112. CHEM 303 is a prerequisite for CHEM 304.
CHEM 306 Quantitative Analysis and Lab (4)
A study of the theory and practice of quantitative analytical chemistry. Topics include kinetics, ionic equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, complex ion formation and oxidation-reduction reactions. The lab involves an in-depth study of gravimetric, volumetric and simple instrumental methods of analysis. Prerequisites: CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211.
CHEM 307 Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4)
Theory and laboratory work in absorption and emission spectroscopy (AA, UV-vis, IR and fluorometry); electroanalytical chemistry and chromatography as they apply to analytical chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211.
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (4)
Inorganic chemistry is concerned with the chemistry of all of the elements except carbon. Selected topics that give the student broad exposure to the modern applications of inorganic chemistry are presented, as well as the underlying theories on which the subject is based. Topics include symmetry and group theory, bonding in inorganic compounds, the solid state, chemical forces, and coordination chemistry. Interesting aspects of the chemistry of selected elements are covered. The students gain laboratory experience with the synthetic techniques of inorganic chemistry including vacuum line synthesis techniques. They also learn how to characterize inorganic materials using instrumental techniques. Prerequisites: CHEM 111, 112.
CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)
A study of the chemistry of living organisms. Begins with a review of basic biology and organic chemistry as it applies to the biological system, the structure and function of the cell, water and its importance in the biological system and energy considerations. Detailed discussion of the structure and function of proteins, enzymology, carbohydrate structure and metabolism by both aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, and the structure and function of lipids and biological membranes. Prerequisites: BIOL 105, 106; CHEM 304. BIOL 405 is strongly recommended. Same as BIOL 350.
CHEM 370 Scientific Computing (3)
An introduction to programming techniques that apply to a wide range of scientific disciplines. Topics include basic programming principles, equation solving, and model simulation. Prerequisites: PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201 or equivalent. Students who have completed CMPT 201 may not take this course without instructors approval. Same as BIOL 370 and PHYS 370.
CHEM 400 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (1-5)
A class designed to meet the special course needs of chemistry majors. Subject offerings include: (a) Organic Reaction Mechanisms, (b) Organic Qualitative Analysis, (c) Organic Synthesis, and (d) Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. The specific course offerings depend upon student need and interest. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
CHEM 401 Directed Studies (1-4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Chemistry Program. Prerequisites: senior standing and consent of instructor and school dean.
CHEM 421 Physical Chemistry I and Lab (4)
A study of the basic principles of quantum mechanics and its application to atomic structure, molecular structure and spectroscopy. A laboratory section accompanies the lecture. Prerequisites: CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212, 309. Same as PHYS 410.
CHEM 422 Physical Chemistry II and Lab (4)
A study of the theoretical macroscopic properties of matter. An introduction to statistical mechanics, chemical thermodynamics, and kinetics with applications to gases solutions, and phase and chemical equilibria. A laboratory section accompanies the lecture. Prerequisites: CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212, 309. Same as PHYS 411.
CHEM 430 Undergraduate Research (1-4)
Students undertake a portion of a research project and learn all aspects of scientific inquiry. One credit hour equates to three hours per week in the laboratory. This course may be taken one credit at a time. Permission of a faculty mentor is required.
CHEM 440 Internship (1-4)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster), minimum 2.5 GPA, completion of the Career Resource Center Internship Workshop, and consent of program director and Career Center Internship Coordinator.
CHEM 487 Undergraduate Teaching (1)
Provides an opportunity for teaching experience in lower-division laboratories by junior- and senior-level chemistry majors and minors. CHEM 487 may not be used as elective hours in the chemistry majors or minors. This course is graded on a credit/no credit basis. Prerequisite: consent of program director.