Course Descriptions

Chemistry Related Courses

Chemistry 111: General Chemistry 1 Stoichiometry, periodic properties of representative elements, structure of atoms and molecules, and properties of gases, liquids, and solids. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH110 (College Algebra) or equivalent. Course is 4 credit hours and offered each fall semester. Instructor:   Michael Tessmer

Chemistry 112: General Chemistry 2 Solutions, chemical equilibria, kinetics, and aqueous equilibria. Prerequisite: Chemistry 111. Course is 4 credit hours and offered each spring semester. Instructor: Michael Tessmer

Chemistry 221: Organic Chemistry 1 The functional groups found in organic chemistry, with emphasis on their structures, physical properties, and reactions (selected). Prerequisite: Chemistry 112.  Course is 5 credit hours and offered each fall semester. Instructor: Terry Barnett

Chemistry 222: Organic Chemistry 2 Mechanisms of chemical reactions, emphasizing synthesis. Introduction of instrumental analysis such as NMR, IR, and mass spectroscopy is involved in the course. Prerequisite: Chemistry 221. Course is 5 credit hours and offered each spring semester. Instructor: Terry Barnett

Chemistry 324: Analytical Chemistry A survey of modern methods of chemical analysis including titrations, equilibrium techniques, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and separation procedures. Emphasis is given to analytical calculations. Two lecture hours and six lab hours per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 112. Course is 4 credit hours. Instructor: Terry Barnett

Chemistry 345: Biophysical Chemistry Theoretical treatment of gases, solids, liquids, and solutions using thermodynamics, electrochemistry and reaction kinetics will be discussed. Problems will have a biochemical emphasis. Prerequisites:  Chemistry 111, one year of college physics and calculus. Course is 3 credit hours. Instructor: Michael Tessmer

Chemistry 352: Readings in Chemistry An independent study course in the chemical sciences for specific and advanced fields of study. The course is open only by the consent of instructor. Students must contact the instructor one semester prior to the course. Credit 1 to 3 hours.

Chemistry 353: Problems in Chemistry Research will be done in a specific area of chemistry or biochemistry. Student and instructor will design a scientific research project. Course is open only by consent of instructor to students demonstrating superior achievement in the chemical sciences. Course is 1 to 3 credit hours.

Chemistry 355: Special Topics in Chemistry An in-depth look at a chemistry related topic that is not covered in the usual course sequence. Course is 1 to 3 credit hours.

Chemistry 430: Biochemistry An introduction to the structure and function of biomolecules. Emphasis is placed on proteins and carbohydrates. Protein structure, enzyme kinetics, and regulation are studied as are carbohydrates and their metabolism.  Structure of lipids, steroids, and nucleic acids are taught; a brief time is given to their synthesis and reactions within the cell. Prerequisites: Chemistry 111, 112, 221, and either 222 or permission from the instructor. Course is 5 credit hours.  Instructor: Michael Tessmer

Chemistry 461: Seminar in Chemistry The class will focus on the presentation of papers on current topics in chemistry. The student will develop the skills needed for researching and delivering a technical seminar. Prerequisite: Junior standing in the biochemistry major or permission from the instructor. Course is 1 credit hour.

Chemistry 464: Senior Research Senior projects will include a literature review, development of methodologies, data collection, data analysis, and a written report. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Course is 1 credit hour.


General Education courses taught by chemistry faculty. (NSCI = Natural Science)

NSCI180: Science, Society and the Environment An examination and application of fundamental ecological and social scientific principles needed to analyze and promote sustainable ecosystems throughout the world. 

NSCI230: Drugs: Research and Rewards This course provides an introduction to how drugs affect our lives and bodies. It covers such topics as how drugs are developed, the role of the Food and Drug Administration, how specific diseases are treated, and the logic behind developing a new drug. Simple lab experiments are utilized to reinforce the lecture concepts. Course is 3 credit hours. Instructor: Michael Tessmer

NSCI280: History of Science An overview of the emergence of science from the early stirrings in pre-Christian cultures through its flowering the 20th century.  Within this context, major theoretical and experimental contributions within science and technology are examined. Attention to the philosophy of science is an integral element. Instructor: Terry Barnett