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*Courses from other departments may be necessary to fulfill a particular major/minor.

111-112 General Chemistry (3-3). Prereq: MAT 101 or consent of the instructor.
A two-semester sequence that includes a study of topics such as stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, the states of matter, phase equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics, ionic equilibria, and electrochemistry. (Lecture 3) (111, fall only; 112, spring only)
113-114 General Chemistry Laboratory (1-1). Prereq. or Coreq.: CHE 111-112.
A two-semester sequence emphasizing fundamental chemical operations and the study of a selection of exercises demonstrating those principles discussed in CHE 111-112. The second semester includes a study of qualitative analysis. (Lab 3) (113, fall only; 114, spring only)
211-212 Organic Chemistry (3-3). Prereq: CHE 111-112, 113-114. Coreq. or prereq. CHE 221-222.
A two-semester sequence that is a study of compounds of carbon including the functional roups, their nomenclature, synthesis, chemical reactivity, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, spectroscopy, and methods of structure determination. (Lecture & Lab 4) (211, fall only; 212, spring only)
316 Quantitative Chemical Analysis (4). Prereq: CHE 111-112, 113-114.
A study of the quantitative aspects of analytical chemistry and biochemistry including acid-base, solubility, oxidation-reduction,andcomplexation equilibria with emphasis in chemical titratimetric, gravimetric analysis, potentiometric analysis.  Students are introduced to instrumental analysis and chemical separations.  Statistical methods of data analysis are also covered. This is a laboratory intensive course.  (Lecture 2, Lab 2)
321 Physical Chemistry: Chemical Thermodynamics & Kinetics (4). Prereq: CHE 214 (may be taken concurrently), PHY 241-242, PHY 243-244 (may be taken concurrently) and MAT 207.
A course exploring the theoretical and experimental principles of gases, liquids and solids, solutions, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibria, phase rule, and catalysis. In the laboratory, students will explore chemical thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, bulk properties of solutions, and selected topics in molecular modeling and data analysis. (Lecture & Lab 4). (spring, odd years)
322 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics & Spectroscopy (4). Prereq: CHE 214 (may be taken concurrently), PHY 241-242, PHY 243-244 (may be taken concurrently) and MAT 207. A course exploring the development of the quantum mechanical view of atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, electrochemistry and radiochemistry. The laboratory includes topics related to exploring the application of quantum theory to modern spectroscopic and computational methods. (Lecture & Lab 4). (spring, even years).
351-352 Chemical Research (1-2). Prereq: Instructor Approval.
A guided but independent exploration of a research topic decided on by the instructor and the student together. Students will explore the chemical literature and conduct original research on an approved project on and/or off campus. Students will be expected to present results of their work as a seminar to a group of faculty and students. This course may be repeated. (offered as needed).
411 Biochemistry I: Biomolecules (3,1). Prereq: CHE 111-112, 113-114, 211-212.
An introductory course in biochemistry focused on the structures and reactions of biomolecules and biopholymers including; proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, hormones and vitamins.   The function, thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanism, and regulation of enzymes, structural proteins, and transport proteins are covered in detail as is an introduction to basic glucose metabolism as a model biochemical pathway.  The laboratory covers methods in the preparation of biological buffers, biomolecular concentration determination, protein and nucleic acid purification, enzyme kinetics, molecular modeling, bioinformatics, protein stability, and equilibrium binding.  (Lecture 3 and lab 1)  (fall).
412 Biochemistry II: Metabolism (3,1). Prereq: CHE 111-112, 113-114, 211-212.
An introductory course in biochemistry focused on catabolic and anabolic reaction pathways utilized in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.  Topics include the process, regulation and integration of glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, the citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation as well as selected topics in the metabolism of amino acids, lipids, and nucleotides.  The structures of biological molecules are introduced.  The laboratory emphasizes methods in organismal and cellular biochemistry, clinical correlations, biological and chemical informatics, and computer-based modeling of biological pathways.  (Lecture 3 and lab 11)  (spring).
413 Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology (3). Prereq: CHE 111-112, 113-114, 211.
An advanced course focused on the molecular and biochemical foundations of drug action.  Special interest is placed on introducing students to single and multi-dimensional quantitative structure activity relationships (QSAR), computational analysis, bioassays, and the mechanisms of action of specific classes of drugs and natural products.  Students are also introduced to the concepts of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination of drugs as well as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.  (Lecture only)  (spring).
431-432 Special Problems in Chemistry (1 or 2, 1 or 2). Prereq: Advanced standing in chemistry and consent of the instructor.
A course designed for individual advanced students that involves a combination of independent library-and internet research, lectures, and laboratory investigations of a topic or topics of current interest. (offered as needed)
441-442 Chemistry Seminar (1-1). Prereq: Senior standing.
The senior chemistry major will research a topic of assigned or particular interest and present it before a group of peers. Emphasis is placed on the primary chemical literature and how to successfully present. (441, fall only and 442, spring only)
451-452 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (3,3). Prereq: Advanced Standing in Chemistry or Instructor Approval.
A study of current topics taken from the areas including but not limited to: environmental, medicinal, clinical, theoretical, polymer, education, instrumental, or biological chemistry. This course may be renamed to reflect the nature of the course being offering in a given semester. (Lecture 3) (offered as needed).