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General Chemistry I (CHE 1021)
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of chemistry, and emphasizes the use of basic chemical principles to understand the complexities of the natural and biological world. Topics include atoms, molecules, chemical stoichiometry, kinetic and molecular theory, gas laws, electronic structure of the atom, polarity, ionic and covalent bonding, the states of matter, properties of solutions, polymers, energy, nuclear processes, and organic compounds. Laboratories focus on environmental topics related to water and include field trips as well as current methods of analysis. 3 class hours / 4 laboratory hours alternate weeks; 4 credits.

General Chemistry II (CHE 1022)
This course expands and enhances the topics covered in CHE 1021 primarily by integrating mathematical principles. Topics include advanced treatment of solutions, energy, redox, and equilibrium. Laboratories fare designed to reinforce classroom topics and on the application of analytical instrumentation for chemical analysis. Prerequisite: CHE 1021 General Chemistry I. 3 class hours / 4 laboratory hours alternate weeks; 4 credits.

Organic Chemistry I (CHE 2021)
Organic chemistry investigates fundamental concepts of organic molecules including structure, energy relationships, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy. It emphasizes oral and written communication, critical thinking, and interpretation of real-world scenarios. The laboratory promotes the understanding of organic and environmental chemistry through the investigation of methods of extraction, purification and synthesis. Prerequisite: CHE 1021 General Chemistry I. 3 class hours / 4 laboratory hours alternate weeks; 4 credits.

Organic Chemistry II (CHE 2022)
This course introduces advanced concepts of organic chemistry while emphasizing problem solving and reasoning skills. Topics include investigation of a variety of organic compounds, advanced reaction mechanisms, aromaticity, free radical reactions, polymers, kinetics, energy changes, and the chemical basis for biological transformations of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. This class highlights the use of higher order thinking skills to interpret and analyze chemical situations. The laboratory emphasizes Green Chemistry synthesis. Prerequisite: CHE 2021 Organic Chemistry I. 3 class hours / 4 laboratory hours alternate weeks; 4 credits.

Analytical Chemistry (CHE 3003)
An introduction to the concepts and practices used to determine the nature and quantity of specified chemicals in air, solutions, and solid samples. Students investigate techniques commonly used in environmental analysis including electrochemistry, spectroscopy, chromatography, and titration. These techniques are then applied to the investigations of real world problems with emphasis on the importance of accurate analysis and data reporting. Prerequisites: CHE 1021 General Chemistry I and either CHE 1022 General Chemistry II, or CHE 2021 Organic Chemistry I. 2 class hours / 2 laboratory hours; 3 credits.

Advanced Environmental Chemistry (CHE 3005)
This course investigates the natural chemistry of the environment, the interactions of man-made chemicals with the environment, and the processes used to lessen the adverse effects of wastes and byproducts. The course seeks to establish an understanding of the relationships between basic chemical principles and complex natural systems including air, water, watersheds, soils, and living organisms. Using this foundation, the course then examines the effects of anthropogenic sources of pollution and current methods of pollutant amelioration. Prerequisite: CHE 1021 General Chemistry I and CHE 2021 Organic Chemistry. 3 credits.

Green Chemistry (CHE 3021)
This advanced chemistry course will introduce the twelve guiding principles of Green Chemistry. Students will evaluate the effect of chemicals and chemical production on human health. Topics covered in detail will include real world cases that have been recognized nationally through the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Prerequisite: CHE 1021 General Chemistry I and CHE 2021 Organic Chemistry I. 3 credits

Special Topics in Chemistry (CHE 3012/4012)
Special topics in chemistry presented on a one time or occasional basis. Credit and prerequisites vary depending on topic and instructor. 1-4 credits.

Research in Chemistry I (CHE 3053)
This course provides an introduction to research design, measurement, and analysis, and provides a one on one opportunity for students to work with a faculty mentor on a research project. 1-3 credits.

Biochemistry (BIO/CHE 4015)
This upper division course will greatly enhance detailed understanding of important biological pathways and concepts introduced in general biology and chemistry. Topics will include signal transduction, enzyme structure and function, metabolism, and bioenergetics. Students must also enroll in BIO 4016 Microarray, which will constitute the laboratory component of this course. Students will become proficient with techniques routinely employed in biological research laboratories. Prerequisites: Either BIO 1035 Disease and Disorder or BIO 1036 Solar Powered Life, CHE 1022 General Chemistry II, and BIO 2015 Cell Biology. 3 class hours; 3 credits.

Research in Chemistry II (CHE 4053)
Along with a faculty mentor, students investigate a research topic at an advanced level. Prerequisites: CHE 1021 General Chemistry I and either CHE 1022 General Chemistry II, or CHE 2021 Organic Chemistry I. 1-3 credits.

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