Chemistry

Chemistry Major

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The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department offers a Chemistry major and minor. Through a wide variety of laboratory-based courses and opportunities for independent research with faculty, the department provides students with the tools that will allow them to achieve success in their field while learning in the heart of one of the most scientifically progressive cities in the world.

Major Requirements: 17 courses, 62-68 credits

The curricula for the BA and BS degrees in Chemistry may satisfy the requirements for certification by the American Chemical Society. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences must fulfill all general requirements for their chosen degree in addition to specific major requirements.

Core Requirements (16 courses and corresponding laboratories where applicable, 58-64 credits)

Prerequisites:

Placement at MATH 104 or better. Students who do not place at MATH 104 must take MATH 104 concurrently. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM-L111.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Fundamental principles of chemistry are discussed. Introduces atomic structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table, the nature of chemical bonds, and chemical reactions. This course is recommended for science majors or those considering careers in the health sciences.

Prerequisites:

MATH-104 MATH-108 MATH-121 MATH-128 MATH-130 MATH-134 MATH-164 MATH-165 MATHT-MPEL1 MATHT-MPEL2 or MATHT-MPEL3. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 111.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Introduces the basic principles of chemistry through "discovery" laboratory experiments. Learn safe laboratory practices and basic techniques such as determining mass and volume, representing data in the form of tables and graphs, and synthesizing and isolating a metal complex. Participate in workshop activities that include understanding modern approaches to the scientific method, reading and understanding the scientific literature, and building molecular models. This laboratory is designed around the foundational laboratory skills practiced by science students in a wide variety of majors.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 111/L111; CHEM-L112 must be taken concurrently. MATH 104 placement or higher.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I. Fundamental principles of chemistry are discussed. Introduces thermochemistry, gases, solution chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base systems, and thermodynamics.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-111/L111; CHEM-112 must be take concurrently. MATH-104 placement or higher.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I Laboratory. Apply the basic principles of chemistry through discovery laboratory experiments with an emphasis on quantitative analysis. Execute basic analytical techniques such as the application of Beer's Law and acid-base titrations. This laboratory is designed around the foundational laboratory skills practiced by science students in a wide variety of majors.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 112 and CHEM-L112. CHEM-L211 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces basic theories of structure, bonding, and chemical reactivity as specifically applied to modern organic chemistry. Includes functional groups, acid/base chemistry, nomenclature, resonance, spectroscopy, and stereochemistry.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-112 and CHEM-L112. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 211.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Introduces synthetic organic chemistry techniques. Includes melting point determination, distillation, crystallization, extraction, chromatographic separations, and infrared spectroscopy. Discusses experimental design within the context of green organic chemistry.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 211 and CHEM L211. Must take CHEM-L212 concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on the core competencies acquired in Organic Chemistry I. Includes detailed mechanistic discussions of substitution, elimination, and addition reactions. Emphasizes organic synthesis, structure determination, and spectroscopy.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-211 and CHEM-L211. Must be take CHEM-212 concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Builds on the core competencies acquired in Organic Chemistry Laboratory I. Emphasizes the characterization of organic molecules via nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Discusses experimental design within the context of green organic chemistry.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 211; CHEM L314 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the basic techniques of collecting and analyzing data from different types of instrumentation, including: ultraviolet, visible, fluorescence, atomic and emission spectroscopy; chromatographic methods; electrochemical measurements. Students will apply these techniques to problems in chemistry, forensics, and environmental science.

Prerequisites:

CHEM L211; CHEM 314 must be taken concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory experiments in chemical analysis using instrumental techniques, including spectroscopy and chromatography. Data collection and evaluation includes computer-based methods. Reports are prepared in professional style.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212/L212 or permission of instructor. CHEM L331 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the foundations of biochemistry, including the structure, organization and behavior of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Topics include enzyme catalysis, kinetics, and inhibition as well as protein regulation and membrane structure. Introduces the use of biochemical literature and bioinformatics techniques.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212/L212 or permission of instructor. CHEM 331 must be taken concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory course introducing biochemical techniques. Includes buffer preparation, PCR, purification of DNA and proteins, agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, protein quantitation and detection, and enzyme kinetic assays.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 314/L314

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Topics in inorganic chemistry including bonding theories, chemical structures, symmetry and group theory, kinetics and mechanisms of reactions, and spectroscopy. Advanced topics may include bioinorganic chemistry, or organometallics.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 375 must be taken concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory exercises designed to illustrate principles covered by topics in CHEM 375. Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 375 required.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 112; MATH 166;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores quantum chemistry through simple model systems such as particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor, and hydrogen atom. Applications to electronic, vibrational, and rotational spectroscopy and elements of atomic and molecular structure.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 411 must be taken concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Experiments in molecular spectroscopy, quantum chemistry, nanomaterials, and introduction to computational chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on experimental design and data analysis skills in addition to technical writing skills as demonstrated through reports prepared in the professional style.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 411

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the laws of thermodynamics and their molecular basis through the kinetic theory of gases and statistical mechanics. Includes chemical kinetics and theories of reaction rates.

Prerequisites:

CHEM L411; CHEM 412 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Experiments in thermodynamics, materials, chemical kinetics, and computational chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on experimental design and data analysis skills in addition to technical writing skills as demonstrated by laboratory reports prepared in the professional style.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212; CHEM L212; Instructor's Consent required

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

First of a senior level, two-semester sequence of independent study under the supervision of faculty. Students may opt to conduct experimental research or grant proposal development. Students desiring departmental honors and/or an ACS-accredited degree must conduct authentic research; consult with the course instructor. Development of a research report and poster presentation to the department are required elements.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212 and CHEM L212 and instructor's consent required

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Second of a senior level, two-semester sequence of independent study under the supervision of faculty. Students may opt to conduct experimental research or grant proposal development. Students desiring departmental honors and/or an ACS-accredited degree must conduct authentic research; consult with the course instructor. Development of a final research report and oral presentation to the department and the SU community are required elements.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121 with a minimum grade of C, MATH-075, or MATH level 5

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Functions, limits and continuity, squeeze theorem, limits at infinity; instantaneous rate of change, tangent slopes, and the definition of the derivative of a function; power, product, and quotient rules, trig derivatives, chain rule, implicit differentiation; higher order derivatives; derivatives of other transcendental functions (inverse trig functions, exponential and log functions, hyperbolic trig functions); applications of the derivative (implicit differentiation, related rates, optimization, differentials, curve sketching, L'Hopital's rule); anti-derivatives; indefinite integrals; Fundamental Theorem; applications (net change). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

MATH-164 or MATH-165 with a minimum grade of C

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Riemann sums and definite integrals; Fundamental Theorem; applications (areas); integration of exponential functions, trig functions, and inverse trig functions; techniques of integration (substitution, by parts, trig integrals, trig substitution, partial fractions); area, volume, and average value applications; differential equations (separable, exponential growth, linear); improper integrals; infinite sequences and series; convergence tests; power series; Taylor and Maclaurin series (computation, convergence, error estimates, differentiation and integration of Taylor series). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

MATH 166 with grade of C or better

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Parametric equations and polar coordinates (curves, areas, conic sections); vectors and the geometry of space (the dot product, vector arithmetic, lines and planes in 3-space, the cross product, cylinders and quadratic surfaces); vector functions (limits, derivatives and integrals, motion in space); partial derivatives (functions of several variables, limits and continuity, tangent planes and differentials, chain rule, directional derivatives, gradient, extrema, Lagrange multipliers); multiple integrals (double integrals, applications); vector calculus (vector fields, line integrals, fundamental theorem for line integrals, Green's Theorem, curl and divergence, parametric surfaces, surface integrals). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121, MATH-165 or MATH-164 and PHYS L151 concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

PHYS 151 is the first of three courses (PHYS 151, 152, 153) that comprise the calculus based introductory physics sequence at Suffolk University intended for students majoring in the physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. This course aims to teach basic techniques in physics that fall under the topic of classical mechanics and their application in understanding the natural world. Specific topics include the study of vectors, Newton's laws, rotations, rigid body statics and dynamics, fluid mechanics, simple harmonic motion, mechanical waves, sound and hearing. The student will learn how to analyze physical situations by using simple models, and also how to solve those models and derive useful conclusions from them. This course will show students how experimental results and mathematical representations are combined to create testable scientific theories, and how the complexities of most real-life physical situations can be reduced to simple problems by identifying the essential physical features and ignoring the rest. The student will learn to distinguish the scientific approach to physical situations from other ways of looking at them, for example, artistic, humanistic, and business.

Prerequisites:

PHYS 151 concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

The laboratory consists of experiments to illustrate the basic concepts studied in the course: measurements, propagation of errors, vectors, Newton's laws, work and energy, momentum, rotations, oscillations, simple harmonic motion, fluid. Knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, differentiation and integration required.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-151 and PHYS-L151. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS-L152.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This calculus based course begins with topics in kinetic theory and the laws of thermodynamics. It then covers electric charge and field, Gauss' law, electrical potential and capacitance, electric currents and DC circuits. Next magnetism, electromagnetic induction, Faraday's law and AC circuits are discussed. This is followed by Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, and properties of light.

Prerequisites:

PHYS 151 and L151 and PHYS 152 must be taken concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

The laboratory consists of experiments to illustrate the basic concepts studied in the course: heat, gas laws, electric forces, field, and potential, DC and AC circuits, magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, Faraday's law, optics. Calculus, algebra, trigonometry are required. Error propagation, use of Excel, laboratory notebooks, and formal reports required.

Elective Requirements (1 lecture course and 1 lab, 4 credits)

Students are required to take one course of in-depth study, with an additional credit of laboratory. These courses are not offered every year, and careful consultation with an academic advisor is recommended.

Choose one of the following applicable lecture courses:

Prerequisites:

CHEM 331 and CHEM-L332 concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the principles of bioenergetics and metabolism of biomolecules. Includes intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and oxidative phosphorylation. Additional topics include signal transduction and the regulation and integration of metabolism.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 211, or permission of instructor

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A study of the chemical processes (including biologically mediated ones) that affect the cycling and ultimate fate of chemicals in the environment. Topics include air, water, and soil chemistry as well as energy and climate change. The effects of pollutant loads on natural systems and the remediation and treatment methods used to minimize pollutant loads are investigated. 3 hour lecture. Normally offered spring, odd numbered years.

Prerequisites:

Prerequisite: CHEM 212.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Expands on topics introduced in Organic Chemistry I and II; depending on student interest, may include in-depth discussions of carbonyl chemistry, industrial organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry and biomolecules.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-331 or instructor's consent

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The study of toxic actions of chemicals on biological systems, with discussion of general principles, methodology, and target organ toxicity. Topics may include pesticides, neurotoxicants, toxicity of metals, and carcinogenesis/ mutagenesis. Examples will be drawn from forensic toxicology, as well as environmental and occupational toxicology.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121, MATH-164, or MATH-165; PHYS-151; PHYS-L153 concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This calculus-based course is the introduction of the topics of modern physics. It begins with special relativity, the Lorentz transformation, relativistic momentum and energy, addition of relativistic velocities, then covers early quantum theory, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, the Compton effect, photon interactions, pair production, and the Bohr theory of the atom. Then Schrodinger's equation is introduced with use of wave functions, particle box, barrier penetration, quantum mechanical tunneling, the Pauli Exclusion principle, the development of the periodic table, and the X-ray spectra. Development of solid state physics with bonding in molecules, band theory of solids and semiconductor behavior. The final topics cover nuclear physics, radioactivity, half-life, nuclear fission and fusion, medical uses of radiation, elementary particle physics and introduction to astrophysics.

To satisfy the requirement for the one credit laboratory, students may either take the laboratory associated with the lecture course, when offered, or use one credit of independent study or senior research, which are variable credit courses. 

Choose one of the following applicable laboratory courses:

Prerequisites:

CHEM 331/L331. CHEM 332 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Advanced biochemistry laboratory course where students learn experimental design and critical analysis of the scientific literature while conducting novel research. Projects vary from year to year, but may include recombinant DNA techniques, purification and quantitation of DNA and proteins, protein detection, enzyme kinetics, and bioinformatics. Research is presented as a poster at the annual STEM banquet.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 355 must be taken concurrently. Take CHEM-L211;

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory exercises designed to illustrate principles covered by topics in CHEM 355. Prerequisites: CHEM L211, concurrent enrollment in CHEM 355 required. 4-hour laboratory. Normally offered spring, odd numbered years.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212; CHEM L212; Instructor's Consent required

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

First of a senior level, two-semester sequence of independent study under the supervision of faculty. Students may opt to conduct experimental research or grant proposal development. Students desiring departmental honors and/or an ACS-accredited degree must conduct authentic research; consult with the course instructor. Development of a research report and poster presentation to the department are required elements.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212 and CHEM L212 and instructor's consent required

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Second of a senior level, two-semester sequence of independent study under the supervision of faculty. Students may opt to conduct experimental research or grant proposal development. Students desiring departmental honors and/or an ACS-accredited degree must conduct authentic research; consult with the course instructor. Development of a final research report and oral presentation to the department and the SU community are required elements.

Prerequisites:

Take CHEM-212 previously, CHEM-453 concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory course where students learn to use biochemistry, cheminformatics and bioinformatics tools to predict the effect that various xenobiotics will have on various receptors, transporters and enzymes in the human body. Lab techniques may include: enzyme kinetics, binding affinity, ELISA.

Prerequisites:

An independent study form must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Advanced study of a special topic in chemistry, by arrangement with the chemistry faculty.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-153 concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

The laboratory consists of experiments to illustrate the basic concepts of special relativity, the Lorentz transformation, relativistic momentum and energy, addition of relativistic velocities, then covers early quantum theory, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, the Compton effect, photon interactions, pair production, and the Bohr theory of the atom.

Note: CHEM-428 and CHEM-429 are variable credit courses (1-4 credits are awarded based on coursework). If a student elects to take more than 1 credit of each course the additional credit may be applied to the elective laboratory requirement. Please discuss this possibility with your advisor before registering for these courses. Students using CHEM-428 or CHEM-429 to satisfy the Chemistry elective laboratory requirement must take a total of three credits of CHEM-428 and CHEM-429 in order to satisfy the American Chemical Society Certification Requirements.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Chemistry Learning Goals and Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities. 

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will... Students will be able to...
Know problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • Define a problem clearly and develop a testable hypothesis
  • Analyze data and perform calculations
  • Draw conclusions
Know scientific information literacy.
  • Retrieve information from library and journal search engines (e.g. SciFnder, PubMed, Google Scholar)
  • Critically analyze and/or discuss literature
Know laboratory skills.
  • Synthesize, separate, & characterize compounds
  • Carry out an experiment precisely and accurately using the appropriate instrumentation
  • Record results in a laboratory notebook
  • Work safely in the laboratory
Know effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Prepare and present a scientific poster
  • Prepare and present formal oral scientific presentation
  • Write a paper in the style of a professional scientific journal
Understand scientific ethics.
  • Avoid plagiarism (including self-plagiarism)
  • Cite scientific literature appropriately
  • Follow ethical guidelines when keeping a laboratory notebook
Know the Fundamentals of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of inorganic chemistry (electronic structure, physical and chemical properties, bonding, inorganic chemical reactions and analyses, stoichiometric relations between reactants)
  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of organic chemistry (structure and bonding in organic molecules; acid/base properties of molecules and how they affect reactivity; organic mechanisms, predict outcomes/routes; spectral analysis (IR, NMR, MS); green chemistry)
  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of analytical chemistry (collect and analyze data from analytical instrumentation including spectrometric instruments (UV-vis, AA, luminescence); chromatographic instruments (GC,LC); and electroanalytical instrumentation (potentiometry))
  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of physical chemistry (gas laws; chemical equilibria; chemical kinetics; enthalpy, entropy, spontaneity; laws of thermodynamics; electrochemistry)
  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of biochemistry (structure/function of amino acids, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids; protein folding, regulation; enzyme kinetics, inhibition, thermodynamics; bioinformatics)
Know advanced chemistry concepts.
  • Apply advanced theories of bonding to the structural geometry and reactivity of coordination complexes.

Chemistry Minor

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Minor Requirements: 6 courses and corresponding laboratories where applicable, 24 credits

Core Requirements (4 courses and corresponding laboratories, 16 credits)

Prerequisites:

Placement at MATH 104 or better. Students who do not place at MATH 104 must take MATH 104 concurrently. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM-L111.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Fundamental principles of chemistry are discussed. Introduces atomic structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table, the nature of chemical bonds, and chemical reactions. This course is recommended for science majors or those considering careers in the health sciences.

Prerequisites:

MATH-104 MATH-108 MATH-121 MATH-128 MATH-130 MATH-134 MATH-164 MATH-165 MATHT-MPEL1 MATHT-MPEL2 or MATHT-MPEL3. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 111.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Introduces the basic principles of chemistry through "discovery" laboratory experiments. Learn safe laboratory practices and basic techniques such as determining mass and volume, representing data in the form of tables and graphs, and synthesizing and isolating a metal complex. Participate in workshop activities that include understanding modern approaches to the scientific method, reading and understanding the scientific literature, and building molecular models. This laboratory is designed around the foundational laboratory skills practiced by science students in a wide variety of majors.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 111/L111; CHEM-L112 must be taken concurrently. MATH 104 placement or higher.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I. Fundamental principles of chemistry are discussed. Introduces thermochemistry, gases, solution chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base systems, and thermodynamics.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-111/L111; CHEM-112 must be take concurrently. MATH-104 placement or higher.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I Laboratory. Apply the basic principles of chemistry through discovery laboratory experiments with an emphasis on quantitative analysis. Execute basic analytical techniques such as the application of Beer's Law and acid-base titrations. This laboratory is designed around the foundational laboratory skills practiced by science students in a wide variety of majors.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 112 and CHEM-L112. CHEM-L211 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces basic theories of structure, bonding, and chemical reactivity as specifically applied to modern organic chemistry. Includes functional groups, acid/base chemistry, nomenclature, resonance, spectroscopy, and stereochemistry.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-112 and CHEM-L112. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 211.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Introduces synthetic organic chemistry techniques. Includes melting point determination, distillation, crystallization, extraction, chromatographic separations, and infrared spectroscopy. Discusses experimental design within the context of green organic chemistry.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 211 and CHEM L211. Must take CHEM-L212 concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on the core competencies acquired in Organic Chemistry I. Includes detailed mechanistic discussions of substitution, elimination, and addition reactions. Emphasizes organic synthesis, structure determination, and spectroscopy.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-211 and CHEM-L211. Must be take CHEM-212 concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Builds on the core competencies acquired in Organic Chemistry Laboratory I. Emphasizes the characterization of organic molecules via nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Discusses experimental design within the context of green organic chemistry.

Electives (2 courses, 8 credits)

Choose two CHEM electives at the 200-level or higher, of which at least one credit is a laboratory:

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Minor Programs Policy: A student declaring a minor may use no more than two courses from a major to fulfill the requirements for the minor. No more than one course from one minor may count toward the fulfillment of a second minor. Students may not minor in a subject in which they are also completing a major. For more information, see the Minor Programs section of the CAS Degree Requirements page.

Honors

Honors

To be eligible for honors in the Chemistry Department, majors must submit an application to the department and either:

  1. be in the CAS honors program, or
  2. have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher and a major GPA of 3.5 or higher

To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

  1. Graduate with a major GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. Graduate with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Complete CHEM-H429
  4. Complete a final project involving original independent laboratory or field research and/or in-depth analysis that is approved by the major department and research advisor
  5. CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from your senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

Chemistry Courses

Chemistry Courses

Prerequisites:

It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in this course have some acquaintance of basic chemical principles either on the college or the pre-college level. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM L102

Credits:

3.00

Description:

No longer offered. A continuation of CHEM 101, including topics in organic chemistry, biochemistry, polymer chemistry, ecology, air and water pollution, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, and forensic science. Basic Chemical concepts are used to decode consumer product labels and form a basis for understanding contemporary issues. Specifically designed to satisfy the science requirement. May not be used by science majors for science credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 101, CHEM 111 or pre-college chemistry. 3 hours lecture. Normally offered Spring/Summer II.

Prerequisites:

It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in this course have some acquaintance of basic chemical principles either on the college or the pre-college level. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 102

Credits:

1.00

Description:

No longer offered. A continuation of CHEM L101. Experiments may include making plastics and drug products, analyzing food products, making a model of DNA, crime lab analysis procedures, making aspirin, and the study of flavors and fragrances using molecular models. Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 102 required. May not be used by science majors for science credit. Prerequisites: CHEM 101 and CHEM L101. 2-hour Laboratory. 1 term - 1 credit. Normally offered Spring/Summer II.

Prerequisites:

ENT 101

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course addresses the crucial intersection between chemistry and business, and the impact of these fields on society. It provides an introduction to important chemistry concepts and practices of business management. Primary focus is on understanding the chemistry principles behind some of the consumer products in our everyday lives, and using this knowledge to create and evaluate ideas for new products. The course also introduces the business aspects involved in the development and marketing of new products. An important component of the course is in making effective presentations; this component concludes the course, culminating in team presentations of a new chemical product to panel of executives and peers. This course satisfies the Sawyer Business School Science requirement.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the latest discoveries and applications of biotechnology. Topics include genetically modified food, stem cells, genetic testing, cloning, and forensics. A combination of lectures, discussions, short documentaries, mock congressional hearings, and hands-on activities will provide insight into the numerous medical, social, legal, and ethical issues surrounding this technology.

Prerequisites:

GPA 3.3 or higher, or Honors student

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the latest discoveries and applications of biotechnology. Topics include genetically modified food, stem cells, genetic testing, cloning, and forensics. A combination of lectures, discussions, short documentaries, mock congressional hearings, and hands-on activities will provide insight into the numerous medical, social, legal, and ethical issues surrounding this technology.

Prerequisites:

Placement at MATH 104 or better. Students who do not place at MATH 104 must take MATH 104 concurrently. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM-L111.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Fundamental principles of chemistry are discussed. Introduces atomic structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table, the nature of chemical bonds, and chemical reactions. This course is recommended for science majors or those considering careers in the health sciences.

Prerequisites:

MATH-104 MATH-108 MATH-121 MATH-128 MATH-130 MATH-134 MATH-164 MATH-165 MATHT-MPEL1 MATHT-MPEL2 or MATHT-MPEL3. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 111.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Introduces the basic principles of chemistry through "discovery" laboratory experiments. Learn safe laboratory practices and basic techniques such as determining mass and volume, representing data in the form of tables and graphs, and synthesizing and isolating a metal complex. Participate in workshop activities that include understanding modern approaches to the scientific method, reading and understanding the scientific literature, and building molecular models. This laboratory is designed around the foundational laboratory skills practiced by science students in a wide variety of majors.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 111/L111; CHEM-L112 must be taken concurrently. MATH 104 placement or higher.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I. Fundamental principles of chemistry are discussed. Introduces thermochemistry, gases, solution chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base systems, and thermodynamics.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-111/L111; CHEM-112 must be take concurrently. MATH-104 placement or higher.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I Laboratory. Apply the basic principles of chemistry through discovery laboratory experiments with an emphasis on quantitative analysis. Execute basic analytical techniques such as the application of Beer's Law and acid-base titrations. This laboratory is designed around the foundational laboratory skills practiced by science students in a wide variety of majors.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 112 and CHEM-L112. CHEM-L211 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces basic theories of structure, bonding, and chemical reactivity as specifically applied to modern organic chemistry. Includes functional groups, acid/base chemistry, nomenclature, resonance, spectroscopy, and stereochemistry.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-112 and CHEM-L112. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 211.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Introduces synthetic organic chemistry techniques. Includes melting point determination, distillation, crystallization, extraction, chromatographic separations, and infrared spectroscopy. Discusses experimental design within the context of green organic chemistry.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 211 and CHEM L211. Must take CHEM-L212 concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on the core competencies acquired in Organic Chemistry I. Includes detailed mechanistic discussions of substitution, elimination, and addition reactions. Emphasizes organic synthesis, structure determination, and spectroscopy.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-211 and CHEM-L211. Must be take CHEM-212 concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Builds on the core competencies acquired in Organic Chemistry Laboratory I. Emphasizes the characterization of organic molecules via nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Discusses experimental design within the context of green organic chemistry.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 211; CHEM L314 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the basic techniques of collecting and analyzing data from different types of instrumentation, including: ultraviolet, visible, fluorescence, atomic and emission spectroscopy; chromatographic methods; electrochemical measurements. Students will apply these techniques to problems in chemistry, forensics, and environmental science.

Prerequisites:

CHEM L211; CHEM 314 must be taken concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory experiments in chemical analysis using instrumental techniques, including spectroscopy and chromatography. Data collection and evaluation includes computer-based methods. Reports are prepared in professional style.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212/L212 or permission of instructor. CHEM L331 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the foundations of biochemistry, including the structure, organization and behavior of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Topics include enzyme catalysis, kinetics, and inhibition as well as protein regulation and membrane structure. Introduces the use of biochemical literature and bioinformatics techniques.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212/L212 or permission of instructor. CHEM 331 must be taken concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory course introducing biochemical techniques. Includes buffer preparation, PCR, purification of DNA and proteins, agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, protein quantitation and detection, and enzyme kinetic assays.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 331 and CHEM-L332 concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the principles of bioenergetics and metabolism of biomolecules. Includes intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and oxidative phosphorylation. Additional topics include signal transduction and the regulation and integration of metabolism.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 331/L331. CHEM 332 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Advanced biochemistry laboratory course where students learn experimental design and critical analysis of the scientific literature while conducting novel research. Projects vary from year to year, but may include recombinant DNA techniques, purification and quantitation of DNA and proteins, protein detection, enzyme kinetics, and bioinformatics. Research is presented as a poster at the annual STEM banquet.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 211, or permission of instructor

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A study of the chemical processes (including biologically mediated ones) that affect the cycling and ultimate fate of chemicals in the environment. Topics include air, water, and soil chemistry as well as energy and climate change. The effects of pollutant loads on natural systems and the remediation and treatment methods used to minimize pollutant loads are investigated. 3 hour lecture. Normally offered spring, odd numbered years.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 355 must be taken concurrently. Take CHEM-L211;

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory exercises designed to illustrate principles covered by topics in CHEM 355. Prerequisites: CHEM L211, concurrent enrollment in CHEM 355 required. 4-hour laboratory. Normally offered spring, odd numbered years.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 314/L314

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Topics in inorganic chemistry including bonding theories, chemical structures, symmetry and group theory, kinetics and mechanisms of reactions, and spectroscopy. Advanced topics may include bioinorganic chemistry, or organometallics.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 375 must be taken concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory exercises designed to illustrate principles covered by topics in CHEM 375. Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 375 required.

Prerequisites:

Prerequisite: CHEM 212.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Expands on topics introduced in Organic Chemistry I and II; depending on student interest, may include in-depth discussions of carbonyl chemistry, industrial organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry and biomolecules.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 112; MATH 166;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores quantum chemistry through simple model systems such as particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor, and hydrogen atom. Applications to electronic, vibrational, and rotational spectroscopy and elements of atomic and molecular structure.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 411 must be taken concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Experiments in molecular spectroscopy, quantum chemistry, nanomaterials, and introduction to computational chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on experimental design and data analysis skills in addition to technical writing skills as demonstrated through reports prepared in the professional style.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 411

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the laws of thermodynamics and their molecular basis through the kinetic theory of gases and statistical mechanics. Includes chemical kinetics and theories of reaction rates.

Prerequisites:

CHEM L411; CHEM 412 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Experiments in thermodynamics, materials, chemical kinetics, and computational chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on experimental design and data analysis skills in addition to technical writing skills as demonstrated by laboratory reports prepared in the professional style.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212; CHEM L212; Instructor's Consent required

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

First of a senior level, two-semester sequence of independent study under the supervision of faculty. Students may opt to conduct experimental research or grant proposal development. Students desiring departmental honors and/or an ACS-accredited degree must conduct authentic research; consult with the course instructor. Development of a research report and poster presentation to the department are required elements.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212 and CHEM L212 and instructor's consent required

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Second of a senior level, two-semester sequence of independent study under the supervision of faculty. Students may opt to conduct experimental research or grant proposal development. Students desiring departmental honors and/or an ACS-accredited degree must conduct authentic research; consult with the course instructor. Development of a final research report and oral presentation to the department and the SU community are required elements.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 212 and CHEM L212 and instructor's consent required

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Second of a senior level, two-semester sequence of independent study under the supervision of faculty. Students may opt to conduct experimental research, proposal development, or literature review. Students desiring departmental honors and/or an ACS-accredited degree must conduct authentic research; consult with the course instructor. Development of a final research report and oral presentation to the department and the SU community are required elements. Depending on the project undertaken, students may obtain ECR credit.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-331; CHEM-L331

Credits:

3.00

Description:

No longer offered. Laboratory course where students apply the use of biochemical techniques acquired in Biochemical Techniques I (CHEM L331) to conduct novel research. Projects vary from year to year, but may include recombinant DNA techniques, purification and characterization of DNA and proteins, and bioinformatics. Emphasis on experimental design, data interpretation, analysis of the scientific literature, and writing. Includes field trip to local research university or biotechnology/pharmaceutical laboratory.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-331 or instructor's consent

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The study of toxic actions of chemicals on biological systems, with discussion of general principles, methodology, and target organ toxicity. Topics may include pesticides, neurotoxicants, toxicity of metals, and carcinogenesis/ mutagenesis. Examples will be drawn from forensic toxicology, as well as environmental and occupational toxicology.

Prerequisites:

Take CHEM-212 previously, CHEM-453 concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory course where students learn to use biochemistry, cheminformatics and bioinformatics tools to predict the effect that various xenobiotics will have on various receptors, transporters and enzymes in the human body. Lab techniques may include: enzyme kinetics, binding affinity, ELISA.

Credits:

0.00

Description:

This course requires students to complete a minimum of 15 engagement hours per semester. Students gain exposure to a variety of activities related to research in a laboratory or field setting with faculty oversight. Permission of instructor required. May be taken more than once.

Prerequisites:

An independent study form must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Advanced study of a special topic in chemistry, by arrangement with the chemistry faculty.