Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Kevin Williams, Chair
Kelly Thompson Hall, Office 4016
Phone: 270-745-3457
Website: www.wku.edu/chemistry

Mission Statement

WKU Chemistry empowers students of all backgrounds to think critically about the molecular sciences and promotes a vibrant regional economy through training, public service, and industrial collaboration. We ignite a spirit of life-long learning through engaged classroom and laboratory instruction, hands-on experience in nationally recognized research, and direct mentoring by faculty. This enables our students to define their own career path and to make an impact both locally and globally.

Chemistry is often described as “The Central Science” in today’s technology-driven world. Chemistry plays an important role in the research, development, and quality assurance of products and materials ranging from pharmaceuticals and polymers to ceramics and nanocomposites. Knowledge and understanding of fundamental chemical concepts are crucial to success in professions such as medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, forensic science, environmental science, engineering, medical laboratory science, physical therapy, nursing, patent and environmental law, and science education.

In order to best serve such a diverse audience, the chemistry curriculum at Western Kentucky University offers an integrated series of lectures and laboratory courses. Our courses provide students with grounding in theoretical models balanced with real-life applications and hands-on laboratory experiences. This allows students to achieve an understanding of chemical and physical phenomena at the molecular level and to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for chemical problem-solving. In addition to coursework, the Department of Chemistry provides our undergraduates with a wide variety of research opportunities from biochemistry to materials science. Research encourages students to continue building their laboratory skills and scientific knowledge while working one-on-one with a faculty member. Undergraduate research students often present their research at both regional and national professional meetings. The combination of lecture, laboratory, and one-on-one faculty interaction allows students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in their chosen profession.

As part of the educational experience, students are routinely trained in the operation of state-of-the-art instrumentation in the academic and research laboratories. The Department has extensive holdings of instrumentation, including atomic spectrometers, calorimeters, electrochemical analyzers, elemental analyzers, gas chromatographs, FTIR spectrometers, ion chromatographs, mass spectrometers, spectrofluorophotometers, UV-visible spectrophotometers, a Nd-YAG laser system, a 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, and a 90 MHz fixed magnet NMR.

Colonnade Program requirements for students majoring outside the sciences can be satisfied by CHEM 101, CHEM 109, or CHEM 111, where only one semester of chemistry is needed, or by the sequences CHEM 105/CHEM 106, CHEM 107/CHEM 108 or CHEM 120/CHEM 121, CHEM 222/CHEM 223, where two semesters of chemistry are desired.

Biochemistry courses (CHEM 446, CHEM 447, CHEM 462, and CHEM 467) are also offered as part of the curriculum. CHEM 446 is required for the major approved by the American Chemical Society. Biochemistry is also strongly recommended for pre-medicine and pre-dentistry students, and for biology majors desiring a second major in chemistry.

When planning a program of study in Chemistry, each student should be aware of the University’s academic requirements and regulations contained in the “Academic Information” chapter of this catalog. Specific attention should be given to the subsections in the chapter entitled a) Academic Programs, b) Colonnade Requirements, c) Academic Requirements and Regulations. Students should be aware that some academic programs may require additional scholastic regulations and standards not specified in the catalog. To obtain a copy of these regulations, students should contact the Department Chair.

Faculty

Professor

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

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

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

Ranjit Koodali PhD (Chemistry), Indian Inst of Tech-Madras, 1995

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

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

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

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

Bangbo Yan PhD (Chemistry), Nanyang University, 2003

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

Associate Professor

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

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

Carnetta C. Skipworth MS (Chemistry), Western Kentucky University, 2003

Assistant Professor

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

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

Instructor I

Sarah J. Edwards PhD (Chemistry), PA State University Main Campus, 2010

Instructor II

David E. Wolfgang PhD (Biochemistry), Cornell University, 1998

Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 101    Introduction to Chemistry    3 Hours

A one semester terminal general education course for non-science majors covering chemistry in everyday life. In-class laboratory constitutes 20 percent of class. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS, E-SL | NS, SL

Course Fee: $15

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 105    Fundamentals of General Chemistry    3 Hours

The first half of a one-year course predominantly for majors in agriculture and consumer and family sciences, and for non-science majors desiring a full year sequence in chemistry. It does not count toward a major or a minor in chemistry. Note: Two years of high school algebra required. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS | NS

Corequisite(s): CHEM 106

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 106    Fundamentals of General Chemistry Laboratory    1 Hour

Laboratory to accompany CHEM 105. Pre-lab lecture and laboratory meet two and one-half hours per week. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-SL | SL

Corequisite(s): CHEM 105

Course Fee: $30

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 107    Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry    3 Hours

A continuation of CHEM 105 with a major portion of the course devoted to organic chemistry which ends the one-year course for non-science majors. It does not count toward a major or minor in chemistry.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 105 and CHEM 106

Corequisite(s): CHEM 108

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 108    Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory    1 Hour

The laboratory to accompany CHEM 107. A major portion of the course deals with experiments in organic and biochemistry. Pre-lab lecture and laboratory meet two and one-half hours per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 105 and CHEM 106

Corequisite(s): CHEM 107

Course Fee: $30

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 109    Chemistry for the Health Sciences    4 Hours

A course designed to emphasize the practical aspects on inorganic, organic and biochemistry as related to human health. The course is offered specifically for students in the allied health programs, but is also recommended for students in physical education, recreation, health and safety and other disciplines dealing with human health. It does not count toward a major or minor in chemistry, but does satisfy general education requirement. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS | NS

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 111    Introduction to Forensic Chemistry    3 Hours

A combination of lecture and in-class laboratory activities designed to introduce the fundamentals of forensic chemistry in a criminalistics context. Topics discussed may include evidence collection and preservation, patterns (especially fingerprints and blood spatter), fire and arson, drugs and poisons, firearms and explosives, trace evidence analysis, and DNA. In-class laboratory constitutes 20% of the class. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS, E-SL | NS, SL

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

CHEM 116    Introduction to College Chemistry    3 Hours

A one-semester course for students desiring a general survey of chemistry with a mathematical emphasis. An introductory course for College Chemistry students whose ACT score in mathematics would indicate marginal success in CHEM 120. Does not count toward a major/minor in chemistry nor does it satisfy the requirements for certain consumer and family science or agriculture majors. CHEM 106 laboratory is optional. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS | NS

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 116 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 117 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 118 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 119 (may be taken concurrently) or MATH 136 (may be taken concurrently) or MA 116C (may be taken concurrently))

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 120    College Chemistry I    3 Hours

The first half of the standard year-long general chemistry course sequence for science majors and minors. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS | NS

Prerequisite(s): (ACT Math with a score of 26 or SAT Math Score with a score of 630) or (ACT Math with a score of 22 and MPE - Algebra with a score of 18) or (SAT Math Score with a score of 560 and MPE - Algebra with a score of 18) or (MATH 116 with a minimum grade of C or MA 116C with a minimum grade of C)

Corequisite(s): CHEM 121

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 121    College Chemistry I Laboratory    2 Hours

Laboratory to accompany CHEM 120. One third of each meeting is spent reviewing material from the lecture and the remaining time is used to carry out laboratory investigations. Pre-lab lecture and laboratory meet once each week for three hours per week. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-SL | SL

Corequisite(s): CHEM 120

Course Fee: $45

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 222    College Chemistry II    3 Hours

A continuation of the standard year long general chemistry course sequence for science majors and minors.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 120 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 121 with a minimum grade of C

Corequisite(s): CHEM 223

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 223    College Chemistry II Laboratory    2 Hours

Laboratory to accompany CHEM 222. Pre-lab lecture and laboratory meet for four hours per week.

Corequisite(s): CHEM 222

Course Fee: $45

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 295    Introduction to Research Methodology    1 Hour

To familiarize Ogden Research Scholars and other research oriented students with the fundamentals of choosing a research topic, performing a bibliographical search on a subject, classification or instruments, data taking, data reduction, professional ethics and other research oriented topics. The common points of research methodology in the different scientific areas will be accentuated. Examples will be drawn from the various disciplines. Use of computers will be emphasized. (Course does not count toward any major or minor). Note: Ogden Research Scholar,or 3.2 grade point average at the end of freshman year; or Ogden College faculty member recommendation required.

Equivalent(s): PHYS 295, CS 295, BIOL 295, GEOL 295, MATH 295, ENGR 295

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 299    Introduction to Chemical Research    3 Hours

Course designed to introduce the student to independent chemical research. Each credit hour requires 2 1/2 hours laboratory work per week with written and oral reports of laboratory work suggested. Note: Consent of a faculty research advisor.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Course Fee: $25

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; winter 2020; spring 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 304    Biochemistry for the Health Sciences    3 Hours (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

A brief treatment of organic chemistry is used as an introduction to carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids emphasizing their functional roles in the biological system. Specific topics will include bioenergetics, enzymes, acid-based balance. This course does not count toward a major or minor in biology or chemistry.

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 109 or CHEM 107)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CHEM 306    Food Chemistry    3 Hours

An understanding of the fundamental building blocks in foods (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and minerals) and chemical, physical, and biological phenomena that affect food quality, texture, flavor and safety.

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 or CHEM 109)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 320    Inorganic Chemistry I    3 Hours

Introduction to the foundational principles of inorganic chemistry: atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, bonding, ionic substances, main group and transition metal chemistry.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 222 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 223 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

CHEM 330    Quantitative Analysis    5 Hours (repeatable max of 5 hrs)

A study of the common techniques and theory of gravimetric, volumetric, electrochemical, and optical methods of analysis. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours. Laboratory meets four and one-half hours per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 222 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 223 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 340    Organic Chemistry I    3 Hours

The first half of the standard one-year course for chemistry majors. Discussion includes structure of organic molecules, mechanisms, and preparations.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 222 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 223 with a minimum grade of C

Corequisite(s): CHEM 341

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 341    Organic Chemistry Laboratory I    2 Hours

Laboratory work includes purification and characterization of organic compounds.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 222 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 223 with a minimum grade of C

Corequisite(s): CHEM 340

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 342    Organic Chemistry II    3 Hours

A continuation of CHEM 340.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 340 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 341 with a minimum grade of C

Corequisite(s): CHEM 343

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 343    Organic Chemistry II Laboratory    2 Hours

Includes studies of typical organic reactions and an introduction to qualitative organic analysis.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 340 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 341 with a minimum grade of C

Corequisite(s): CHEM 342

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 369    Cooperative Education in Chemistry I    3-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Practical out-of-the classroom experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperating business, industry, or governmental agency, emphasizing laboratory skills in chemistry.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019

CHEM 389    Cooperative Education in Chemistry II    3-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Practical out-of-the classroom experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperating business, industry, or governmental agency, emphasizing laboratory skills in chemistry.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 398    Undergraduate Seminar    1 Hour

A formal introduction to the chemical literature culminating in a student presentation on a selected topic. A treatment pertaining to career opportunities for chemists, resume writing, interview techniques and outside speakers from industry and academics will be included.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

CHEM 399    Research Problems in Chemistry    3 Hours

Special research assignments in accord with the interest of the student. Requires a minimum of (3) hours laboratory work per week for each hour of credit. A written report of the work is required. Note: Consent of faculty research advisor required.

Course Fee: $25

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; winter 2020; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 412    Introduction to Physical Chemistry    5 Hours (repeatable max of 5 hrs)

A study of the chemical principles involved in thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, surface phenomena, macromolecules, molecular structure and other selected topics using biological examples. The course is specifically for secondary education students and those students not qualifying for the CHEM 450-CHEM 452 sequence. It is not acceptable for the ACS-program students.

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 314 with a minimum grade of C or CHEM 340 with a minimum grade of C) and MATH 136 with a minimum grade of C and (PHYS 231 with a minimum grade of C or PHYS 255 with a minimum grade of C) and CHEM 330 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

CHEM 420    Inorganic Chemistry II    3 Hours

Advanced study of inorganic chemistry: molecular symmetry and applications, covalent bonding and molecular orbital, ionic bonding and solid state chemistry, acid-base theory, coordination chemistry, and organometallic chemistry.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 450 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 451 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 320 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CHEM 421    Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory    1 Hour

A laboratory course emphasizing the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds of the main group and transition metals. Laboratory meetings once a week for three hours.

Corequisite(s): CHEM 420

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CHEM 425    Polymer Chemistry    4 Hours

The principles of polymer chemistry; synthesis of polymers, reactions of synthetic and biological polymers, thermodynamics and kinetics of polymerization, characterization of polymers such as molecular weights and morphology and fabrication and application of polymeric materials.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 342 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 343 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 330 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 430    Forensic Chemistry    3 Hours

A study of the methods and instrumentation used in the crime laboratory. Topics discussed may include metrology, drug analysis, toxicology, firearms and explosives, trace evidence analysis, and fingerprints. Laboratory work is a significant portion of the course. Course Fee.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 340 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 330 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2021

CHEM 435    Instrumental Analysis    3 Hours

An in-depth course in modern instrumental methods of analysis including spectroscopic, chromatographic and electroanalytical techniques.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 330 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 340 with a minimum grade of C

Corequisite(s): CHEM 436

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

CHEM 436    Instrumental Analysis Laboratory    2 Hours

A laboratory to accompany CHEM 435, focusing on techniques involving modern instrumental methods of analysis. Pre-lab and laboratory meets 4.5 hours per week.

Corequisite(s): CHEM 435

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

CHEM 440    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.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 342 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019

CHEM 446    Biochemistry I    3 Hours

A study of biochemical compounds and their role in intermediary metabolism. Special topics include biochemical energetics and coenzyme mechanisms.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 340 with a minimum grade of C

Equivalent(s): BIOL 446

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 447    Biochemistry Laboratory    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.

Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 446 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or CHEM 446 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C)

Equivalent(s): BIOL 447

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 450    Physical Chemistry I    3 Hours

A detailed study of the fundamental principles and models describing the physical and chemical properties of matter at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels. Selected topics may include thermodynamics and equilibria, the kinetic theory of gases, transport properties, chemical kinetics, and interdisciplinary applications.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 340 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 330 with a minimum grade of C and (PHYS 231 with a minimum grade of C or PHYS 255 with a minimum grade of C) and MATH 136 with a minimum grade of C

Corequisite(s): CHEM 451

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 451    Physical Chemistry I Laboratory    2 Hours

A laboratory to accompany CHEM 450 that emphasizes the treatment and analysis of scientific data as well as formal scientific communication. Pre-lab lecture and laboratory meets 4.5 hours per week.

Corequisite(s): CHEM 450

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CHEM 452    Physical Chemistry II    3 Hours

A continuation of CHEM 450. Selected topics include introductory quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, statistical thermodynamics, and interdisciplinary applications.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 450 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 320 with a minimum grade of C and MATH 137 with a minimum grade of C and (PHYS 265 with a minimum grade of C or PHYS 332 with a minimum grade of C)

Corequisite(s): CHEM 453

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CHEM 453    Physical Chemistry II Laboratory    2 Hours

A laboratory to accompany CHEM 452 that emphasizes the treatment and analysis of scientific data as well as formal scientific communication. Pre-lab lecture and laboratory meets 4.5 hours per week.

Corequisite(s): CHEM 452

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CHEM 462    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.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 340 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 467    Biochemistry II    3 Hours

A study of the reactions of living systems and an introduction to the mechanisms and energetics of metabolism.

Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 446 or CHEM 446)

Equivalent(s): BIOL 467

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CHEM 470    Chemistry / Middle School    3 Hours

A study of the atomic and electronic structure of atoms, bonding theories, types of chemical reactions, intermolecular forces and the structure of solids as related to the middle school science curriculum. The course may not be used to fulfill the requirements for a chemistry major or minor.

Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 105 or CHEM 120)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2021

CHEM 475    Selected Topics in Chemistry    1-3 Hours

Special topics are presented to acquaint advanced students with significant problems and developments of current interest in the field of chemistry. The course may be repeated for credit provided topics differ.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; summer 2019

CHEM 476    Selected Topics in Chemistry Laboratory    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Special laboratory techniques are presented to acquaint advanced students with significant problems and developments of current interest in the field of chemistry. Note: Permission of instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 489    Cooperative Education in Chemistry III    3-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Practical out-of-the classroom experience in a supervised work situation with a cooperating business, industry, or governmental agency, emphasizing laboratory skills in chemistry.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CHEM 490    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.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 320 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 330 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 342 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

CHEM 491    Materials Chemistry Laboratory    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

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. Note: Permission of department may be required.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 320 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 330 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 342 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: None