Department of Chemistry

http://www.wku.edu/chemistry

Stuart Burris, Department Head
Thompson Complex for Science, Center Wing (TCCW) 444
(270) 745-3457
chemistry@wku.edu

Degree(s)

Faculty

Professor

Yan Cao, PhD (Chemical Reaction Engineering, Organic Chemistry), Institute of Coal Chemistry, 2008

Eric D. Conte, PhD (Chemistry), University of Massachusetts, 1993

Darwin B. Dahl, PhD (Chemistry), University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1987

Lester L. Pesterfield, PhD (Chemistry), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1991

Cheryl L. Stevens, PhD (Chemistry), University of New Orleans, 1982

Cathleen J. Webb, PhD (Chemistry), University of Washington, 1989

Kevin M. Williams, PhD (Chemistry), Emory University, 2000

Rui Zhang, PhD (Chemistry), University of Hong Kong, 2001

Associate Professor

Stuart C. Burris, PhD (Chemistry), North Carolina State University, 1998

Jeremy B. Maddox, PhD (Chemistry), University of Houston, 2003

Matthew J. Nee, PhD (Chemistry), University of California-Berkeley, 2005

Bangbo Yan, PhD (Chemistry), Nanyang University, 2003

Assistant Professor

Lawrence J. Hill, PhD (Chemistry), University of Arizona, 2014

Moon-Soo Kim, PhD (Food Science and Technology), Cornell University, 2007

Brooke B. Williams, PhD (Neuroscience), Vanderbilt University, 2010

Scholar-In-Residence

Edwin D. Stevens, PhD, University of California-Davis, 1973


Chemistry Courses

CHEM 412G   Introduction to Physical Chemistry    5 Hours

Chemical principles involved in thermodynamics, kinetics, molecular structure, and other topics using biological examples. Specifically for secondary education students and those students not qualifying for the CHEM 450-CHEM 452 sequence. Lecture, 3 hours; lab, 2 hours. Lab meets 4 + hours per week. (Not applicable to MS degree.)
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Course Fee: $35
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 420G   Inorganic Chemistry    3 Hours

Atomic and molecular structure, bonding theory, ionic substances, electron deficient compounds, acid-base theory and coordination chemistry.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

CHEM 421G   Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory    1 Hour

A laboratory course emphasizing the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds of main group and transition metals. Laboratory meets once a week for three hours.
Corequisite(s): CHEM 420G.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

CHEM 425G   Polymer Chemistry    4 Hours

The principles of polymer chemistry. Lecture topics include molecular weights, morphology, mechanisms, kinetics, characterization, and uses of polymers by free radical and ionic methods in their characterization by thermal analysis, spectroscopy, viscometry, and chromatography.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Course Fee: $35
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 430G   Forensic Chemistry    3 Hours

Methods and instrumentation used in the crime laboratory and in the medical technology laboratory. Topics include drugs, blood enzymes, organic and inorganic analysis, etc.
Course Fee: $35
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

CHEM 435G   Instrumental Analysis    3 Hours

Modern instrumental methods of analysis including spectroscopic, electroanalytical and chromatographic techniques.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

CHEM 440G   Introduction to Synthetic Organic Methodology    3 Hours

An advanced course designed to address a broad spectrum of topics including an overview of the year-long organic chemistry sequence and a systematic treatment of modern synthetic organic chemistry focusing on basic reactions and methodologies.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2017

CHEM 446G   Biochemistry    3 Hours

A study of biochemical compounds and their role in intermediary metabolism. Special topics include biochemical energetics and coenzyme mechanisms.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017

CHEM 447G   Lab Biochemistry    2 Hours

A basic laboratory study involving selected experiments which illustrate biochemical principles including separation, identification and chemical properties of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and enzymes.
Course Fee: $35
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

CHEM 450G   Physical Chemistry I    3 Hours

A study of theoretical chemistry, including such as gaseous state, solid state, liquid state, thermodynamics, thermochemistry and phase and chemical equilibria.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

CHEM 451G   Lab Physical Chemistry I    2 Hours

A laboratory to accompany CHEM 450G and includes experiments on state of matter, surface phenomena, macromolecules, thermochemistry, thermodynamics and equilibria. Pre-lab lecture and laboratory meets four and one-half hours per week.
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 452G   Physical Chemistry II    3 Hours

A continuation of CHEM 450G including studies of kinetics, atomic and molecular structure, theory of chemical bonding, electromotive force and selected topics.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

CHEM 453G   Lab Physical Chemistry II    2 Hours

A laboratory to accompany CHEM 452G and includes experiments on chemical kinetics, spectroscopy, molecular structure, electrochemistry and mass spectroscopy. Pre-lab lecture and laboratory meets four and one-half hours per week.
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 462G   Bioinorganic Chemistry    3 Hours

This course is a study of the coordinating properties and reactivity of metal ions in living organisms. Metal ion toxicity and detoxification systems and functions of various metalloenzymes will be discussed.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 467G   Biochemistry    3 Hours

A study of the reactions of living systems and an introduction to the mechanisms and energetics of metabolism.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

CHEM 470G   Chemistry/Middle School    2-4 Hours

Chemical theories and principles in the middle school science curricula. (elective credit only)
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 475G   Selected Topics in Chemistry    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Topics in analytical, biochemical, coal, inorganic, organic, physical and polymer chemistry.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015

CHEM 476G   Advanced Laboratory Investigations in Chemistry    2 Hours

A course for advanced students involving assigned laboratory work in the field of inorganic chemistry. Typical procedures and experiments are those involving the synthesis, characterization, and identification of various chemical compounds, using a variety of handling techniques, and the application of various physical methods.
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015

CHEM 490G   Materials Chemistry    3 Hours

A study of the three major classes of materials, metals, polymers, and ceramics. Topics discussed will include chemical composition, bonding, common chemical and physical properties, microstructures, and how processing and uses are affected by chemical and physical properties.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 491G   Materials Chemistry Laboratory    3 Hours

A laboratory course in materials that includes experiments on liquid flow, solid deformation, thermal properties, electrical conductivity of materials, microscopy, diffraction techniques, processing and testing of shaped articles.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 516   Chemical Literature Review    1-3 Hours

Review of chemical literature on topics of individual interest. Includes reports and proposals for further research.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

CHEM 520   Advanced Inorganic Chemistry    3 Hours

Various aspects of coordination chemistry.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017

CHEM 531   Advanced Analytical Chemistry    3 Hours

Survey of selected topics in modern instrumental methods of chemical analysis. Includes instrumental techniques not covered in CHEM 435.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2017

CHEM 535   Analytical Biochemistry    3 Hours

An overview of the science of modern analytical and instrumental techniques with particular emphasis on techniques relevant to measurements in biochemistry and biology.
Equivalent(s): BIOL 535.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 446/CHEM 446G OR BIOL 446/BIOL 446G or consent of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

CHEM 541   Advanced Organic Chemistry    3 Hours

Modern physical-organic chemistry including bonding, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, concerted reactions, photo-chemistry, and free-radical reactions.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

CHEM 550   Advanced Physical Chemistry    3 Hours

Covers thermodynamics, kinetics and molecular structure in preparation for graduate study or research.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2017

CHEM 560   Chemical Agents and Explosives    3 Hours

A study of the fundamental principles of chemical agents and explosives. Review of chemical reactions associated with these chemicals including detection methods, effects on targets, modes of delivery, and methods for protecting people.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

CHEM 562   Advanced Biochemistry    3 Hours

Survey of biochemical research areas where significant advances have been made in recent years. Textbook readings, review articles and current research papers will be incorporated into lectures and discussions.
Equivalent(s): BIOL 562.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2017

CHEM 569   Internship in Chemistry    3 Hours

Practical experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperating business, industry, or governmental agency. Emphasizes application of knowledge and skills in chemistry.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 570   Lecture Demonstration Techniques    3 Hours

The design and operation of meaningful lecture demonstrations in chemistry.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016

CHEM 572   Detection/Analysis of Chemical Agents and Explosives Lecture    3 Hours

An advanced study of the fundamental principles and applications for detection/analysis of chemical threats.
Corequisite(s): CHEM 573.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 560.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 573   Detection/Analysis of Chemical Agents and Explosives Laboratory    1 Hour (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

An applications laboratory for detection/analysis of chemical threats.
Course Fee: $25
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 580   Chemical Skills    3 Hours

Skills in the use of the library, glass working, and the laboratory. May be used to satisfy the research tool requirement.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

CHEM 588   Research Proposal    2 Hours

This course is to provide a practical graduate-level overview of research design and proposal writing in chemistry. Students will learn to identify problems/needs, review chemical literature, formulate hypotheses, and design research methodology for their thesis projects.
Prerequisite(s): Good Standing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

CHEM 590   Material Chemistry    3 Hours

A class describes the various materials, including metals, semiconductors and polymers. The class is focusing on understanding the relationships between the arrangement of atoms, ions, or molecules comprising materials, and its bulk structural/physical properties, as well as thermochemical properties, kinetic rates and spectroscopic properties of materials.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

CHEM 591   Material Chemistry Laboratory    3 Hours

Laboratory course focusing on the properties of materials and how they relate to the structure of the materials. Materials studies will include metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and energetic materials, and a variety of applications will be discussed including high energy, industrial, and pharmaceutical materials. Techniques including thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, microscopy, and mechanical testing will be employed.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

CHEM 595   Scientific Writing in Chemistry    1-6 Hours

A course to build and enhance students' writing skills when preparing lab reports, scientific articles and other professional communications.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 596 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

CHEM 596   Practicum Research Experience in Chemistry    1-10 Hours

A student will work under the direction of a faculty advisor on a project proposed by the student in CHEM 596 or a project of mutual scientific interest. This research will lead to a thesis in chemistry.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

CHEM 598   Graduate Seminar    0.5 Hours (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

Required each semester for all MS Chemistry students. Attendance is required of all full-time graduate students.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

CHEM 599   Thesis Research/Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

CHEM 600   Maintaining Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

CHEM 799   Doctoral Research/Chemistry    1-6 Hours

No course description is available
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: None