2016-2017 Chemistry Courses

WCSAM 114 Science of Food and Drink  (3)
Food and drink are central to living and this culinary course takes a chemistry approach to the study of how different foods and drinks are created. During this highly interactive course, students will learn fundamental principles in chemistry and then use them to create various foods and drink. Topics such as chemical composition, chemical bonding, chemical interactions, chemical properties and chemical reactivity will be explored using chemicals and biological organisms common in a kitchen. Concepts will be studied through experimentation using the kitchen as the laboratory environment. During the course, other important and sometime controversial food science topics will be discussed. Additionally, examples and illustrations pulled from recent events will be given to heighten the general awareness of other chemicals present in society and the benefits and risks associated with their use.
CHEM 103 Introduction to Chemistry and Lab (4)
A general introductory course dealing with the basic fundamentals of chemistry, specifically for pre-nursing students. Emphasis is placed on atomic structure, states of matter, the periodic table and chemical bonding, chemical symbols, nomenclature and chemical equations, types of chemical reactions, calculations from chemical equations, the characteristics of gases, and the chemistry of solutions and colloids. A basic understanding of algebra is strongly recommended (MATH 101, 105, or higher).
CHEM 111 & 112 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Lab (4 & 4)
A course in inorganic chemistry designed for students majoring in chemistry, biology, pre-professional programs in the sciences, and other science fields. Emphasis is placed on a detailed analysis of the fundamental principles of chemistry on both a theoretical and descriptive level. Co-requisite: MATH 141 or equivalent. CHEM 111 is a prerequisite for CHEM 112.
CHEM 200/300 Special Topics in Chemistry (2–4)
Topics of interest and importance to students majoring in chemistry, biology, and physics will be offered as needed. Special Topics at 300-level may be used as elective hours in the Chemistry majors or minors. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
CHEM 201 Organic and Biochemistry (4)
A descriptive introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry with a biological/pharmacological emphasis. The course involves a brief introduction to organic structures, nomenclature and functional groups followed by a detailed discussion of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, energy transfer and metabolism. Prerequisite: CHEM 103.
CHEM 303 & 304 Organic Chemistry I and II and Lab (4 & 4)
A detailed study of the chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic organic compounds. Topics covered include structure and nomenclature, the basic reactions of organic functional groups, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, organic synthesis and spectroscopy. The class is designed for chemistry, biology and pre-professional science majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 111, 112. CHEM 303 is a prerequisite for CHEM 304.
CHEM 306 Quantitative Analysis and Lab (4)
A study of the theory and practice of quantitative analytical chemistry. Topics include kinetics, ionic equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, complex ion formation and oxidation-reduction reactions. The lab involves an in-depth study of gravimetric, volumetric and simple instrumental methods of analysis. Offered Fall. Prerequisites: CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211.
CHEM 307 Instrument Analysis and Lab  (4)
Theory and laboratory work in absorption and emission spectroscopy (AA, UV-vis, IR and fluorometry); electroanalytical chemistry and chromatography as they apply to analytical chemistry. Offered spring of even years. Prerequisites: CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211.
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (4)
Inorganic chemistry is concerned with the chemistry of all of the elements except carbon. Selected topics that give the student broad exposure to the modern applications of inorganic chemistry are presented, as well as the underlying theories on which the subject is based. Topics include symmetry and group theory, bonding in inorganic compounds, the solid state, chemical forces, and coordination chemistry. Interesting aspects of the chemistry of selected elements are covered. The students gain laboratory experience with the synthetic techniques of inorganic chemistry including vacuum line synthesis techniques. They also learn how to characterize inorganic materials using instrumental techniques. Offered spring of odd year. Prerequisites: CHEM 111, 112.
CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)
A study of the chemistry of living organisms. Begins with a review of basic biology and organic chemistry as it applies to the biological system, the structure and function of the cell, water and its importance in the biological system and energy considerations. Detailed discussion of the structure and function of proteins, enzymology, carbohydrate structure and metabolism by both aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, and the structure and function of lipids and biological membranes. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: BIOL 205; CHEM 304. BIOL 204 is strongly recommended. Same as BIOL 350.
CHEM 370 Scientific Computing (4)
An introduction to programming techniques that apply to a wide range of scientific disciplines. Topics include basic programming principles, equation solving, and model simulation. Offered spring of odd year. Prerequisites: PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201 or equivalent. Students who have completed CMPT 201 may not take this course without instructor’s approval. Same as BIOL 370 and PHYS 370.
CHEM 400 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (1–5)
A class designed to meet the special course needs of chemistry majors. Subject offerings include: (a) Organic Reaction Mechanisms, (b) Organic Qualitative Analysis, (c) Organic Synthesis, and (d) Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. The specific course offerings depend upon student need and interest. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
CHEM 401 Directed Studies (1–4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Chemistry Program. Prerequisites: senior standing and consent of instructor and school dean.
CHEM 421 Physical Chemistry I and Lab (4)
A study of the basic principles of quantum mechanics and its application to atomic structure, molecular structure and spectroscopy. A laboratory section accompanies the lecture. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212, 309. Same as PHYS 410.
CHEM 422 Physical Chemistry II and Lab (4)
A study of the theoretical macroscopic properties of matter. An introduction to statistical mechanics, chemical thermodynamics, and kinetics with applications to gases solutions, and phase and chemical equilibria. A laboratory section accompanies the lecture. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212, 309. Same as PHYS 411.
CHEM 430 Undergraduate Research (1–4)
Students undertake a portion of a research project and learn all aspects of scientific inquiry. One credit hour equates to three hours per week in the laboratory. This course may be taken one credit at a time. Permission of a faculty mentor is required.
CHEM 440 Internship (1–4)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster), minimum 2.5 GPA, and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator.
CHEM 487 Undergraduate Teaching (1)
Provides an opportunity for teaching experience in lower-division laboratories by junior- and senior-level chemistry majors and minors. CHEM 487 may not be used as elective hours in the chemistry majors or minors. This course is graded on a credit/no credit basis. Prerequisite: consent of program director.
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