UB Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2007: Chemistry

Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

College of Arts and Sciences
363 Natural Sciences Building
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000

Phone: 716.645.6800, ext. 2035
Fax: 716.645.6963
Email: chemug@buffalo.edu
Web: www.chem.buffalo.edu

Frank Bright
Chair

James W. McIver
Director of Undergraduate Studies

About the Program

Chemistry offers two degree programs, either of which serves as adequate preparation for graduate work. The B.A. program is designed for students who wish to pursue a very flexible course of study, and the B.S. program is for those who desire a more complete training in chemistry and plan to continue professionally in the field after graduation, either in graduate school or in industry. The curriculum for the B.S. degree meets the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society. A handbook describing these programs is available in the department undergraduate office and on the chemistry Web site at http://www.chem.buffalo.edu/UB_undergraduate_handbook.pdf.

Advisement

Students may be referred to Dr. James McIver, the director of undergraduate studies, for advisement regarding the prerequisite courses and any other aspect of the program and discipline. Students are advised to meet with him at least once every semester to discuss career goals and curriculum. Academic progress is evaluated at the end of each semester. Students should apply for admission to the department as early as possible in their academic career.

Transfer Policy

It is recommended that students complete general chemistry (two semesters, plus lab) and calculus I-II (two semesters) in the freshman year; organic chemistry (two semesters, plus lab), analytical chemistry (at least one semester of lecture and one semester of lab), calculus III (one semester), and calculus-based physics (two semesters, one semester lab) in the sophomore year to facilitate transfer into the department. If there is a choice, courses specifically designated for science and/or engineering students should be selected. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 14 credit hours of University at Buffalo Chemistry department courses to receive the B.S. degree, and a minimum of 8 credit hours of UB Chemistry department courses to receive the B.A. degree.

Chemistry - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Complete the courses that are pre- or corequisites for admission.

Advising Notes

Students should apply for admission to the department as soon as possible.

Prerequisite Courses

MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
CHE 101-CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 105-CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications (recommended) or CHE 107-CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers

Required Courses

CHE 201-CHE 202 Organic Chemistry or CHE 251-CHE 252 Contemporary Organic Chemistry (recommended)
CHE 214 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
CHE 215 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 301 Intermediate Organic Lab or CHE 330 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHE 312 Chemistry of Biological Systems
CHE 319 Physical Chemistry Lecture I
CHE 320 Physical Chemistry Lecture II
CHE 321 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 322 Inorganic Chemistry II
CHE 329 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHE 376 Introduction to Chemical Literature
CHE 413 Instrumental Analysis
CHE 414 Instrumental Analysis Lab
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
One advanced math course (MTH 306 or MTH 309 recommended)
One science or math elective
One 400-level chemistry lecture course (excluding CHE 498)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 80-83

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall MTH 141, PHY 107, and one of the following: CHE 101, CHE 105, CHE 107
Spring MTH 142, PHY 108, PHY 158, and one of the following: CHE 102, CHE 106, CHE 108

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 214; CHE 251 or CHE 201; MTH 241
Spring CHE 215; CHE 252 or CHE 202; and one advanced math course (MTH 306 or MTH 309 recommended)

THIRD YEAR
Fall CHE 301*, CHE 319, CHE 321, CHE 329
Spring CHE 312, CHE 320, CHE 322, CHE 330*, CHE 376

FOURTH YEAR
Fall CHE 413, one science or math elective
Spring CHE 414; CHE 498 Senior Research (recommended, but not required)
Fall or Spring One 400-level chemistry lecture course (excluding CHE 498)

*Students may take one or the other of the labs. Both are recommended.

Chemistry - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Complete the courses that are pre- or corequisites for admission.

Advising Notes

Students should apply for admission to the department as early as possible.
Students who follow the B.A. program cannot switch from the B.A. to the B.S. program until PHY 107-PHY 108-PHY 158 and MTH 141- MTH 142-MTH 241 are completed.

Prerequisite Courses

CHE 101-CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 105-CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications (recommended) or CHE 107-CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

CHE 201-CHE 202 Organic Chemistry or CHE 251-CHE 252 Contemporary Organic Chemistry (recommended)
CHE 214 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
CHE 215 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 321 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences*
PHY 101-PHY 102 and PHY 151-PHY 152 College Physics I-II w/lab or PHY 107 and PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics I-II w/lab
One laboratory course chosen from CHE 301, CHE 322, CHE 329, CHE 330, CHE 350
Three science or math electives at or above the 200 level

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 55-65

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall- MTH 121 or MTH 141; PHY 101/PHY 151 or PHY 107; one of the following: CHE 101, CHE 105, CHE 107
Spring- MTH 122 or MTH 142; PHY 102/PHY 152 or PHY 108/PHY 158; one of the following: CHE 102, CHE 106, CHE 108

SECOND YEAR
Fall- CHE 214; CHE 251 or CHE 201; one science or math elective
Spring- CHE 215; CHE 252 or CHE 202

THIRD YEAR
Fall- CHE 321, CHE 349*
Fall- and/or Spring Two science or math electives
Fall or Spring- One laboratory course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall and Spring- Electives
Fall and/or Spring- CHE 498 Senior Research (recommended but not required)

*Students may substitute the two lecture courses CHE 319-CHE 320 Physical Chemistry for CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences. If students elect to enroll in CHE 319-CHE 320, they must complete both semesters.

Chemistry - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Completion of the prerequisite courses; or permission of the director of undergraduate studies.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

CHE 101 or CHE 105 or CHE 107
MTH 121 or MTH 141

Required Courses

CHE 102 or CHE 106 or CHE 108; CHE 201-CHE 202 or CHE 251-CHE 252; MTH 122 or MTH 142
10 additional credit hours in 300/400-level chemistry courses. CHE 214-CHE 215 can be used as one of these courses.

Course Descriptions

CHE 100 Introduction to Chemistry

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  intermediate high school algebra or its equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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A one-semester introduction to basic chemistry for high school graduates who are reentering college after a long absence, and for transfer students who are concerned about their readiness for science courses at UB. Also appropriate for students who have had no high school chemistry or who have a weak background in chemistry. Helps prepare students to complete General Chemistry (CHE 101-CHE 102; CHE 105-CHE 106 or CHE 107-CHE 108), emphasizing problem solving. Topics include chemical measurements, properties of atoms and molecules, chemical reactions, chemical calculations, properties of gases, and thermochemistry. Three hours of lecture and two hours of recitation weekly.

CHE 101 General Chemistry

Credits:  5
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  high school chemistry and satisfactory performance on the mathematics portion of the SAT or ACT or permission of department
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/LEC/REC

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Introduces fundamental concepts of chemistry, and surveys important chemical elements and their compounds. Three hours of lecture plus one four-hour recitation/laboratory period weekly.

CHE 102 General Chemistry

Credits:  5
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  CHE 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/LEC/REC

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Introduces fundamental concepts of chemistry, and surveys important chemical elements and their compounds. Three hours of lecture plus one four-hour recitation/laboratory period weekly.

CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Credits:  5
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  high school chemistry, satisfactory performance on the mathematics aptitude examination
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/LEC/REC

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Introduces the principles of chemistry and their applications. For students who are interested in majoring in a chemistry-related science. Three hours of lecture plus one four-hour recitation/laboratory period weekly.

CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Credits:  5
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 105
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/LEC/REC

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Introduces the principles of chemistry and their applications. For students who are interested in majoring in a chemistry-related science. Three hours of lecture plus one four-hour recitation/laboratory period weekly.

CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  high school chemistry, satisfactory performance on the mathematics aptitude examination or permission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB/REC

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Meets the general chemistry requirement for students wishing to receive an engineering degree.

CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 107
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB/REC

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Meets the general chemistry requirement for students wishing to receive an engineering degree in four years. Cannot be used for science distribution credit.

CHE 111 General Chemistry

Credits:  4
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  high school chemistry and satisfactory performance on the mathematics portion of the SAT or ACT or permission of department
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Consists of the lecture and recitation components of CHE 101 without laboratory.

CHE 112 General Chemistry

Credits:  4
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Consists of the lecture and recitation components of CHE 102 without laboratory.

CHE 113 General Chemistry

Credits:  1
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  high school chemistry and satisfactory performance on the mathematics portion of the SAT or ACT or permission of department
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Consists of the recitation and lab components of CHE 101 without lecture.

CHE 114 General Chemistry

Credits:  1
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  CHE 111 or CHE 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  REC/LAB

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Consists of the recitation and lab components of CHE 102 without lecture.

CHE 201 Organic Chemistry

Credits:  5
Semester: F Su
Prerequisites:  CHE 101-CHE 102 or CHE 105-CHE 106 or CHE 107-CHE 108
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/LEC/REC

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Comprehensive survey of major classes of aliphatic and aromatic compounds, emphasizing bonding, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and synthesis. Three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation weekly plus a minimum of three hours of laboratory weekly.

CHE 202 Organic Chemistry

Credits:  5
Semester: Sp Su
Prerequisites:  CHE 201
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/LEC/REC

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Comprehensive survey of major classes of aliphatic and aromatic compounds, emphasizing bonding, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and synthesis. Three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation weekly plus a minimum of three hours of laboratory weekly.

CHE 203 Organic Chemistry

Credits:  3
Semester: F Su
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Consists of the lecture component of CHE 201-CHE 202 without laboratory.

CHE 204 Organic Chemistry

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp Su
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Consists of the lecture component of CHE 201-CHE 202 without laboratory.

CHE 214 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 101-CHE 102 or CHE 105-CHE 106 or CHE 107-CHE 108
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys classical methods of chemical analysis and underlying concepts. Introduces instrumental analysis theory, particularly spectroscopy and separations.

CHE 215 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

Credits:  2
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 214
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Surveys laboratory methods and techniques in analytical chemistry. Introduces instrumental analysis.

CHE 251 Contemporary Organic Chemistry

Credits:  5
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 101-CHE 102 or CHE 105-CHE 106 or CHE 107-CHE 108
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/LEC/REC

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For chemistry majors and interested students who are majoring in related sciences. Serves as a small class-setting alternative to CHE 201-CHE 202. Both CHE 251 and CHE 252 provide three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation plus a minimum of three hours of laboratory weekly.

CHE 252 Contemporary Organic Chemistry

Credits:  5
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 251
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/LEC/REC

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For chemistry majors and interested students who are majoring in related sciences. Serves as a small class-setting alternative to CHE 201-CHE 202. Both CHE 251 and CHE 252 provide three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation plus a minimum of three hours of laboratory weekly.

CHE 290 Undergraduate Research

Credits:  1
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  CHE 101-CHE 102 or CHE 105-CHE 106 or CHE 107-CHE 108; and permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Introduces research methods in chemistry under the direction of a chemistry faculty member.

CHE 301 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Lab

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 201-CHE 202 or CHE 251-CHE 252; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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This laboratory-based course is designed to prepare the student for independent laboratory research. The experiments will build on knowledge obtained from sophomore organic chemistry. The curriculum integrates techniques, organic synthesis, purification and spectroscopic analysis. Observational skills and record keeping are also emphasized. The course has one weekly lecture and two 3 hour labs held on alternating weeks. For example, if enrolled in section A1, you will meet weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and no lab will be held on even weeks (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12). Section A2 will meet even weeks and be 'off' during odd weeks. During the 'off' week, you will complete your lab report and complete the prelab assignment for the upcoming week. On the 'off' week, students must still attend lecture. The lab curriculum will include six experiments, emphasizing the impotance of metal-catalyzed reactions in organic synthesis.

CHE 312 Chemistry of Biological Systems

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 202 or CHE 252; CHE 319 or CHE 349; or Permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Develops and integrates chemical principles from sophomore- and junior- level courses into lectures on the structure and function of biological molecules. Emphasizes concepts and methods from the core disciplines of chemistry.

CHE 319 Physical Chemistry

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 101-CHE 102 or CHE 105-CHE 106 or CHE 107-CHE 108; PHY 107-CHE 108; MTH 141-CHE 142; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  MTH 241
Type:  LEC

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Examines elementary physical chemistry, including chemical thermodynamics, phase equilibria, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics. Introduces chemical bonding, molecular structure, and spectroscopy.

CHE 320 Physical Chemistry

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 319
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines elementary physical chemistry, including chemical thermodynamics, phase equilibria, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics. Introduces chemical bonding, molecular structure, and spectroscopy.

CHE 321 Inorganic Chemistry I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  CHE 319 or CHE 349 or permission of instructor
Type:  LEC

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Surveys the chemistry of the elements. Emphasizes atomic and molecular structure, bonding theories, and relevant application. Three hours of lecture weekly.

CHE 322 Inorganic Chemistry II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 321 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Consists of a laboratory in the solution of chemical problems, dealing with inorganic and organometallic compounds, by experimental methods.

CHE 329 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  CHE 319
Type:  LAB

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Consists of both laboratory and lecture. Involves techniques of making physical measurements on chemical systems and the statistical treatment of experimental data. Illustrates the theoretical development of physical chemistry given in CHE 319-CHE 320. Alternates one five-hour laboratory or one two-hour lecture/discussion weekly.

CHE 330 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II

Credits:  2
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 319 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Explores applications of computers in chemistry: numeric and symbolic computation, statistical analysis of experimental data, molecular modeling, quantum chemistry.

CHE 332 Physical Chemistry Laboratory for Chemical Engineers

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  CHE 320 or CHE 334
Type:  LAB

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Consists of both laboratory and lecture. Includes techniques for making physical measurements on chemical systems and the statistical treatment of experimental data. Illustrates the theoretical development of physical chemistry given in CE 304 and CHE 334. Alternates one five-hour laboratory or one two-hour lecture/discussion per week.

CHE 334 Physical Chemistry for Chemical Engineers

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CE 304; MTH 141-MTH 142; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Complements CE 304. For chemical engineering majors. Topics include kinetic molecular theory, statistical thermodynamics, reaction rate theory, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy and surface chemistry.

CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 202 or CHE 252; MTH 122 or MTH 142; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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A one-semester course in physical chemistry covering the same general topics as CHE 319-CHE 320, but in less depth, focusing on applications to biological systems. Three hours of lecture per week.

CHE 350 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences Laboratory

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  CHE 349
Type:  LAB

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Consists of the laboratory portion of CHE 349.

CHE 376 Introduction to Chemical Literature

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  chemistry major; CHE 202 or CHE 252; CHE 214; CHE 319 or CHE 349; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores sources and techniques of chemical literature use. Technical report writing. Three hours weekly of discussion plus assignments.

CHE 413 Instrumental Analysis

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 202 or CHE 252; CHE 215; CHE 319; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores instrumental techniques for chemical analysis, including electrochemistry, theory, and methods of separation, spectroscopic methods.

CHE 414 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 413
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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Consists of the laboratory portion of CHE 413.

CHE 416 Chemical Spectroscopy

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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A one-semester introduction to concepts and methods of molecular spectroscopy. Emphasizes the physical principles rather than applications. Subjects include: rotational, vibrational, electronic and nuclear magnetic resonance transitions as measured by microwave, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, Raman (including resonance Raman) and NMR spectroscopies, normal mode analysis; and the principles of Fourier transform methods as applied to NMR and to FTIR (including traditional FTIR based on the Michelson interferometer and to more recently developed time-resolved FTIR for observing very fast chemical processes). Appropriate for upper-level undergraduate chemistry majors and others with a similar chemistry background. Three hours of lecture/recitation weekly.

CHE 423 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 321; CHE 319 or CHE 349; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Consists of advanced topics in inorganic chemistry, usually including chemical applications of group theory. Three hours of lecture weekly. Not offered every year.

CHE 455 Advanced Organic Chemistry

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 202 or CHE 252, CHE 319 or CHE 349 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Consists of selected advanced topics in organic chemistry. Three hours of lecture weekly.

CHE 457 Advanced Physical Chemistry

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 202 or CHE 252; CHE 319; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Selected topics, including quantum theory, molecular structure, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics.

CHE 458 Advanced Physical Chemistry

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 202 or CHE 252; CHE 319; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Selected topics: quantum theory, molecular structure, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics.

CHE 470 Analytical Chemistry of Pollutants

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  CHE 202 or CHE 252; CHE 214, CHE 319 or CHE 349; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Involves techniques of sampling, interpretation of data, and instrumentation dealing primarily with trace contaminants in air, water, and soils. Laboratory project required.

CHE 498 Senior Research

Credits:  1 - 3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  Senior or junior status in department and permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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Supervised research under the direction of a chemistry faculty member. May be taken more than one semester.

Updated: Aug 30, 2006 11:30:00 AM