A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Chemistry Course Descriptions

CHEM 113: Elements of Biochemistry (4, OD)
Forms and functions of chemicals in life. Fundamentals of inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry with contemporary applications. Fulfills the liberal arts laboratory science requirement for non-science majors. Also designed for pre-nursing students. Three lecture, three laboratory hours per week. Liberal Arts Foundation - Lab Science.

CHEM 121: Impact: Science on Society (3, S)
Interrelationships between science, modern society, and Christianity. Nature and limitations of science. Political and social decisions with a scientific component. In-depth analysis of several areas where science plays a critical role in contemporary life. Fulfills the three-hour integrative studies science requirement.

CHEM 151: General Chemistry I (4, F)
Theories and principles of modern chemistry: stoichiometry, atomic theory and structure, bonding, properties of matter, descriptive chemistry of some important elements. Laboratory devoted to synthesis, analysis, and experiments based upon principles developed in lecture. Three lecture, three laboratory hours per week. Liberal Arts Foundation - Lab Science.

CHEM 152: General Chemistry II (4, S)
Continuation of CHEM 151; description and control of chemical reactions (equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, etc.) Laboratory devoted to qualitative analysis or student-designed research projects. Three lecture, three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM 187: Introduction to Nutrition (3, F&S)
Digestion, metabolism, nutrition of normal individuals. Essentials of adequate diets and food sources of nutrients; nutritional comparison of food in relation to normal and modified diets. Does not count for major or minor credit. Meets liberal arts exploration science, or if taken with CHEM 188, meets the liberal arts foundation lab science.

CHEM 188: Intro to Nutrition Laboratory (1, F)
This laboratory is designed to parallel the structure of CHEM 187, demonstrating at a hands-on level the components, concepts, and stewardship of contemporary nutrition. Three lab hours per week.

CHEM 221: Contemporary Organic Chemistry (4, OD)
For pre-nursing, pre-medical technology, BA biology, and general science majors. Fundamentals of organic chemistry; emphasis on structure, reactions, properties of organic molecules. Three lecture, three laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHEM 151 or CHEM 113

CHEM 241, 242: Organic Chemistry (4/4, F/S)
Modern organic chemistry: relationships between organic molecular structure and chemical reactivity; mechanisms of molecular transformations; synthesis and spectroscopy. Three lecture, four laboratory hours per week. (CHEM 241 must precede 242.)
Prerequisite: CHEM 152

CHEM 277: Analytical Chemistry (4, F)
Principles of gravimetric, volumetric, and electroanalytical methods of analysis. Acid base, precipitation, complexometric, redox titrimetry. Quantitative methods based on absorption of radiation. Statistical treatment of data. Laboratory: analysis of unknown samples. Two lecture, eight laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHEM 152

CHEM 278: Chemical Instrumentation in Research (4, S)
Instrumental methods of analysis. Principles and application of various types of spectroscopy (including UV-VIS, IR, NMR), atomic absorption and emission, mass spectrometry, thermal and electrochemical methods of analysis, etc. Three lecture, four laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHEM 277

CHEM 286: Special Topics in Chemistry (2, F)
An introduction to areas of chemistry not treated in other courses. Topics have included the following: medicinal, forensic, nutritional, environmental, and clinical chemistries. Consult the department for the topic offered in any given year.
Prerequisite: CHEM 241

CHEM 332: Biochemistry (3, S07)
Structures, functions, and metabolic relationships of representative compounds involved in life processes; brief introduction to enzymology, inborn errors, regulation of metabolism, nutritional implications, clinical applications.
Prerequisite: CHEM 221 or CHEM 241

CHEM 334: Bioanalytical Laboratory (1, S07)
The practice of analytical chemistry as applied to biochemical systems. Qualitative and quantitative laboratory experience in gravimetric, volumetric, potentiometric, and spectrometric techniques.

CHEM 343: Advanced Organic Chemistry (3, F06)
Theoretical and physical organic chemistry. Interrelationship of structure and reactivity; dynamics of organic reactions; methods of synthesis; current topics of special importance to organic chemistry and introduction to current original publications in organic chemistry.

CHEM 361, 362: Physical Chemistry (4/4, F/S)
Theoretical aspects of principles of chemistry: derivation and application, with emphasis on thermodynamics, kinetics, and molecular structure. Practical applications in laboratory. Three lecture, four laboratory hours per week. (CHEM 361 must precede CHEM 362.)
Prerequisites: PHYS 151, 152; CHEM 242, 277, 278 (may be taken without 278, if not taken for major credit); MATH 241 or MATH 321

CHEM 453: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3, OD)
Theories of atomic and molecular structure, bonding; emphasis on organometallic chemistry; descriptive chemistry of the elements; current topics of special importance.
Prerequisite: CHEM 277

CHEM 480: General Science Seminar (1, S)
Written thesis and oral presentation on a topic selected for interdisciplinary breadth describing current scientific research in the area of the student’s concentration, based on a thorough review of scientific literature.

CHEM 482: Senior Capstone: Chemistry Seminar (1, S)
Journal reports and discussion of recent developments in chemistry. Required of all chemistry majors.

CHEM 291, 292, 391, 392; 491, 492: Research in Chemistry (1-3, Arr)

CHEM 496: Honors in Chemistry (3)