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CHE1101 Introductory Chemistry (3)
Prerequisite: Math Placement Level 2
Three hours lecture. Gives an introduction to the principles of chemistry. Topics include elements, molecules, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, acids and bases, and energy. Stresses mathematical skills required for General Chemistry.

CHE1202 General Chemistry I (3)
Prerequisites: Math Placement Level 2, High School Chemistry, or CHE1101 and satisfactory score on Chemistry Placement exam
Three hours lecture. This is the first course in a two-semester sequence on fundamentals of chemistry. Subjects include nomenclature, atomic and molecular theory, chemical reactions, bonding, solutions, stoichiometric calculations, and kinetic theory. Fulfills General Education Natural and Physical Science requirement.

CHE1202L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
Three hours laboratory component of CHE1202.

CHE1204 General Chemistry II (3)
Prerequisites: Math Placement Level 2, Grade of C or better in CHE1202
Three hours lecture. This is the second course in a two-semester sequence on fundamentals of chemistry, including qualitative analysis. Subjects include acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, chemical equilibrium, and thermodynamics.

CHE1204LGeneral Chemistry II Lab (1)
Three hours laboratory component of CHE1204.

CHE1210 Summer Reading Program (1)
Students read from books, journals, and reprints selected in consultation with Program Advisor. May be repeated for credit.

CHE2203 Organic Chemistry I (3)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CHE1202 and CHE1204
Three hours lecture. This is the first course of a two-semester sequence. It focuses on the study of organic compounds and their reactions: acyclic and cyclic aliphatic hydrocarbons, alkenes, alkynes, and alkyl halides. An emphasis is placed on hybridization, isomers, conformational analysis, stereochemistry, optical activity, reaction mechanisms, and structure determination using IR and NMR spectroscopy.

CHE2203L Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
Three hours laboratory component of CHE2203.  It includes techniques in isolation (extraction, recrystallization, distillation), separation (TLC, column chromatography), and synthesis using microscale techniques.

CHE2205 Organic Chemistry II (3)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CHE2203 and CHE2203L
Three hours lecture. This is the second in a two-semester sequence studying compounds and their reactions: aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, amines, and carboxylic acids and their derivatives with an emphasis on biological applications to carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and DNA. Additional methods of structure determination, including ultraviolet and mass spectroscopy, are introduced.

CHE2205L Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)
Three hours laboratory component of CHE2205. It includes further techniques in isolation and synthesis as well as compound analysis by IR, UV-Visible, and GC techniques.

CHE2210 Chemical Analysis and Instrumental Methods (3)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CHE1202, CHE1204, CHE2203 and CHE2203L (MTH2502 recommended)
Three hours lecture. Introduces the study of methods of quantitative analysis, instrumental design, and applications. Topics include gravimetric, volumetric, chromatographic (HPLC and GC), spectroscopic, and potentiometric methods.

CHE2210L Chemical Analysis and Instrumental Methods Lab (2)
Six hours laboratory component of CHE2210. The techniques emphasized include titrimetry, gravimetry, IR and UV-Vis Spectrophotometry, GC, and HPLC.

CHE2312 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences (3)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CHE1202 and CHE1204 and in MTH1320 or MTH1322 or permission of instructor
(PHY1304 and PHY1304L recommended)
Three hours lecture. This course introduces elements of physical chemistry most useful for students of life sciences: thermodynamics, heterogeneous equilibria, chemical kinetics, macromolecular solutions, and electrolytes.

CHE2312L Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab (1)
Three hours laboratory component of CHE2312. It includes centrifugation, electrophoresis, viscosity measurement, and spectroscopy.

CHE2370 Biochemistry I (3)
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in BIO1101, BIO1103, CHE2203/2203L, CHE2205/2205L
Three hours lecture. Students in this course examine the structure of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. They study the relationship of these structures to cellular function through an exploration of enzymes (kinetics, thermodynamics, regulation, and mechanisms), membrane structure, membrane channels and pumps, and signal transduction pathways. The integration of this knowledge through a study of the metabolism of carbohydrates (glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, citric acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation) is emphasized.

CHE2370L Biochemistry I Lab (1)
Three and a half hours laboratory component of CHE2370. It includes buffer preparation, protein purification and analysis, enzyme assays, UV/Visible spectrometry, liquid column chromatography, centrifugation, gel electrophoresis, and Western blotting.

CHE2375 Biochemistry II (3)
Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in CHE2370
Three hours lecture. Students in this course study enzymes, chemical reactions, and regulatory strategies involved in the biosynthesis, degradation, and oxidation of lipids, proteins, and amino acids. They explore the interrelationships between the metabolic pathways studied this year. DNA replication and repair, RNA synthesis and splicing, protein synthesis, and the control of gene expression with emphasis on enzyme catalytic mechanisms, and the structure of and interactions between molecules involved are studied in detail.

CHE2375L Biochemistry II Lab (1)
Three and a half hours laboratory component of CHE2375. It includes protein purification and analysis, enzyme assays, UV/Visible spectrometry, centrifugation, gel electrophoresis, and Western blotting.

CHE2884 Research (1-3)
Prerequisites: CHE2203 and CHE2203L
Provides practical experience with biochemical research carried out under close supervision of a faculty member. Includes experimental design, library research, laboratory work, and presentation of results. May be repeated for credit.

CHE2886 Special Topics (3-4)
Courses in Chemistry or Biochemistry that provide elective opportunities for Science majors and minors.

CHE2994 Laboratory Assistant (1-3)
Prerequisites: CHE1202 and permission of instructor
Provides an opportunity for Natural Science majors to earn credit assisting instructors. Recommended as an upper-division elective in the Biochemistry major.

CHE2999 Independent Study in Biochemistry (1-3)
Provides an opportunity for individual study or research under direction of an instructor. See Undergraduate Policies and Procedures for more information on Independent Study.