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Chemistry Course Descriptions


Chemistry Courses (CHE)

An introduction to the science of chemistry with emphasis on basic atomic theory, chemical reactions, properties of the various physical states, and some descriptive chemistry. This course is designed for pre-nursing students and for those electing to take chemistry to fulfill the core natural science lab distrubution requirement. Other students needing to take chemistry should enroll in CHE 121 unless they do not have the prerequisites for that course. Students may not receive credit for both CHE 103 and CHE 121. Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $17. Four hours. LAB

Basic organic chemistry and an introduction to biochemistry. Common functional groups and classes of compounds important in human biochemistry are studied. Emphasis on chemistry related to nursing science. Students may not receive credit for both CHE 104 and CHE 122. Prerequisite: CHE 103 or permission of the instructor. Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $17. Four hours.

Fundamental chemical principles and their applications. Atomic theory, stoichiometry, molecular structure, and the properties of the various physical states are presented. This course is designed for students in the following programs: chemistry major, biology major, pre-medical program, and pre-engineering program. Students may not receive credit for both CHE 103 and CHE 121. Prerequisites: one year of high school chemistry, and MAT 141 or math placement level 3 or higher, or permission of the instructor. High school physics strongly recommended. Co-requisite: CHE 121L. Three hours

The laboratory component of the General Chemistry I course. Normally co-requisite with CHE 121; see Department Chair for exceptions. Three hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $17. One hour.

A continuation of CHE 121. Solution properties and additional aspects of chemical bonding and structure are presented. Chemical kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and some descriptive chemistry are studied. Qualitative analysis is included as a major component of the laboratory. Students may not receive credit for both CHE 104 and CHE 122. Co-requisite: CHE122L. Prerequisite: CHE 121. Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $17. Four hours.

The laboratory component of the General Chemistry II course. Qualitative analysis is included as a major component of this laboratory. Normally co-requisite with CHE 122; see Department Chair for exceptions. Three hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $17. One hour.

An introduction to the principles and practices of quantitative chemical analysis. Gravimetric, volumetric, and potentiometric methods are studied. Includes statistical evaluation of data and experimental design. Prerequisites: CHE 121, 122. Two hours lecture. Six hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $20. Four hours.

A study of the chemistry of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers. Molecular structure, stereochemistry, methods of preparation, physical properties, and reactions are covered. Infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy are introduced. Reaction mechanisms are stressed. Prerequisite: CHE 122 or a grade of “B” or better in CHE 104. Three hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $20. Four hours.

A continuation of the study of organic compounds. Families covered include aromatic hydrocarbons, phenols, aryl halides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Prerequisite: CHE 323. Three hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Laboratory fee $20. Four hours.

Principles of design and operation of modern instrumentation in chemistry. Consideration of methods common in chemical research as well as in applied sciences such as environmental monitoring and medicine. Techniques include: optical spectroscopies, magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, instrumental chromatographies, and dynamic electrochemistry, introduction to digital signal processing and laboratory automation. Prerequisites: CHE 225; PHY 231, 232. Three hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $20. Four hours.

Principles and analysis of chemical movement and distribution in natural environments. Sampling and analytical methods are included for water, soil, and air. Work will be conducted both on site in natural habitats and in the laboratory. Prerequisite: one year of general chemistry and one semester of either biochemistry or organic chemistry. AuSable Institute. Four hours.

One or two semesters of chemical research may be carried out by qualified students. Includes the study of the use of chemical literature, followed by application to a specific chemical research project. Both CHE 401 and CHE 402 may be taken more than once, but cannot be counted as chemistry electives for the major or the minor. Prerequisite: CHE 324. One to two hours per semester.

An intensive study of selected topics in organic chemistry. Laboratory work consists of purification and systematic identification of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHE 324. Three hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $20. Four hours.

A study of the chemistry of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and enzymes. Also included is a study of catabolism with a focus on glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, glycogen metabolism, the citric acid cycle, and electron transport. Prerequisite: CHE 324. Three hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $20. Four hours.

A study of the gaseous, liquid, and solid states of matter using classical and statistical thermodynamics. Prerequisites: CHE 121, 122; PHY 231, 232; MAT 145, 146. PHY 232 may be co-requisite if necessary. Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $20. Four hours.

A study of quantum mechanics, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics. Prerequisite: CHE 425. Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Laboratory fee: $20. Four hours.

An advanced study of the theory and practice of modern inorganic chemistry. Includes the synthesis and reactions of inorganic compounds, reaction mechanisms, crystal theory, and group theory. The laboratory (optional) stresses advanced techniques in synthetic inorganic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHE 121, 122. Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory (optional). Laboratory fee. Three or four hours.

Designed to help senior chemistry majors develop the perspective on their discipline and the analytical skills necessary to produce a Senior Integration Paper which will explicitly exhibit the character of a Christian heart and mind functioning in a "worldview-ish" mode. Students will become familiar with the historical, philosophical and theological context of modern science in general and modern chemistry in particular. By the end of the course students will have chosen a topic of interest suitable for their Senior Integration Paper. Two hours lecture. Two hours. ‘S’

See page 26. Prerequisite: CHE 491 or PHY 491 or BIO 491 or PHI 283. Two hours.

 

Fall 2014 Departmental Course Offerings
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Subject Course# Course Title Days Begin Endsort icon Instructor
CHE 401 Research Mehne, Larry
CHE 401 Research Zuidema, Dan
CHE 492 Senior Integration Paper Zuidema, Dan
CHE 225 Analytical Chemistry MW 0900 0950 Mehne, Larry
CHE 225 Analytical Chemistry T 0800 1045 Mehne, Larry
CHE 121L General Chemistry I Lab R 0800 1045 Mehne, Larry
CHE 323 Organic Chemistry I MWF 1300 1350 Zuidema, Dan
CHE 225 Analytical Chemistry R 1130 1415 Mehne, Larry
CHE 121 General Chemistry I MWF 1400 1450 Mehne, Larry
CHE 103 Introductory Chemistry I MWF 1400 1450 Zuidema, Dan
CHE 422 Advanced Organic Chemistry MWF 1500 1550 Zuidema, Dan
CHE 103 Introductory Chemistry I T 1330 1615 Zuidema, Dan
CHE 323 Organic Chemistry I R 1300 1700 Zuidema, Dan
CHE 121L General Chemistry I Lab R 1430 1715 Mehne, Larry