ACADEMICS

  • Chemistry Courses (Undergraduate)

    CH 106 Paper or Plastics?
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes
    Students will study modern issues related to chemistry. These will include sustainability, green chemistry, climate change and the ozone layer.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    CH 110 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry I
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes
    An introductory survey of chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactions, acid-base theory, introduction to organic chemistry. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    CH 112 Survey of Chemistry
    LASC—Natural Systems and Processes
    Chemical and physical properties of inorganic, organic and biochemical compounds with implications for human health and the environment. Ancillary course—Nursing Program. Four lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week.
    Offered every semester. 5 credits.

    CH 120 General Chemistry I
    LASC—QR, Accuplacer score of 3 required
    Modern survey of chemistry. Topics include chemical equations, properties of gases, atomic structure, periodic table,
    chemical bonding, chemistry of carbon. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
     CH 120 and 121 provide the foundation for further courses in chemistry.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    CH 121 General Chemistry II
    Prerequisite: CH 120
    Continuation of CH 120. Topics include principles of thermodynamics, acids and bases, reaction rates, oxidation-reduction reactions, and electrochemistry. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    CH 191 Selected Topics
    A lecture or laboratory course designed to introduce a selected topic(s) of interest.
    Offered every 3 years. 1-4 credits.

    CH 193 Special Topics in Chemistry for First-Year Students
    All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval. Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students.
    Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    CH 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lectures Only)
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121
    Structure, reactions, mechanisms, and stereochemistry of the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, dienes, alkyl halides.
    Introduction to aromatic chemistry.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    CH 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lectures Only)
    Prerequisite: CH 201
    Continuation of CH 201. Reactions and mechanisms of aromatic chemistry; structures and reactions of alcohols, ethers, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    CH 203 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Prerequisite or Corequisite: CH 201
    Techniques of preparation, purification, and identification of aliphatic compounds.
    One four-hour laboratory per week.
    Offered every year. 2 credits.

    CH 204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    Prerequisite: CH 203, Prerequisite or Corequisite: CH 202
    Application of basic and more advanced techniques to increasingly complicated synthetic problems.
    One four-hour laboratory per week.
    Offered every year. 2 credits.

    CH 210 Chemical Analysis: An Introduction to Modern Methods
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121
    Introduction to modern methods of chemical analysis including gravimetry, acid-base and redox titrations,potentiometry, uv-visible and atomic absorption spectrophotometry, and gas and HPLC chromatography.
    Two lecture hours and six laboratory hours per week.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    CH 240 Pharmacology
    Prerequisites: CH 110, CH 111, BI 161, BI 162
    Modes of action of some of the major categories of drugs, their biological activities and responses within the human system.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    CH 301 Physical Chemistry I (Lectures Only)
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121, MA 200, MA 201, PY 221 or 241, PY 222 or 242
    Study of quantum theory, chemical bonding, spectroscopy, molecular structure and molecular modeling. Three lecture hours and one hour recitation per week.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    CH 302 Physical Chemistry II (Lectures Only)
    Prerequisite: CH 301
    Continuation of CH 301. Study of first, second and third laws of thermodynamics, and of kinetics, chemical solution and phase equilibria.
    Three lecture hours per week.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    CH 303 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
    Prerequisite or Corequisite: CH 301
    Laboratory deals with methods of physical measurement of chemical systems and their application to the determination of molecular structure, spectroscopy and thermodynamic data.
    One four hour laboratory per week.
    Offered every year. 2 credits.

    CH 304 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
    Prerequisite or Corequisite: CH 302
    Continuation of CH 303; project-oriented laboratory dealing with the study of reaction rates and mechanisms,electrochemistry, and molecular properties. One four hour laboratory per week.
    Offered every 2 years. 2 credits.

    CH 320 Environmental Chemistry
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121 or CH 201
    Chemistry of the atmosphere, soil, and natural water systems, air and water pollution water treatment, hazardous wastes and pollution control.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    CH 330 Environmental Toxicology
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121, BI 101
    Topics include the pharmacological and biochemical properties of toxins and the effects of toxins on human health, including assessment of risk(s).
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    CH 335 Green Chemistry
    Prequisites: CH 120, 121
    This course will provide an understanding of the fundamentals of green chemical design that either eliminates or reduces the use or generation of hazardous substances.
     Three hours of lecture/lab per week.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    CH 336 Environmental and Green Chemistry Laboratory
    Prerequisites: CH 120/121 CH 320 or CH 335 (recommended)
    Laboratory experiments will demonstrate principles of green chemistry and include topics in environmental sampling, analysis and toxicology.
     Four hour laboratory per week.
    Offered every year. 2 credits.

    CH 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121, CH 201 or CH 202 recommended, CH 301
    This course is a survey of the chemistry of the inorganic elements, focusing on the relationship between electronic structure , physical properties, and reactivity across the periodic table.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    CH 350 Medicinal Chemistry
    Prerequisites: CH 201, CH 202
    A study of how drugs work and the science and technology of modern drug discovery illustrated with case histories.
    Three lecture hours per week.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    CH 355 Molecular Pharmacology
    Prerequisites: CH 201, CH 202, BI 140 and Prerequisite or Co-requisite CH 410
    Course examines the interdisciplinary science of pharmacology from a chemical perspective. Topics include pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacognosy, pharmacy and toxicology.
     Three lecture hours per week.
    Offered every two years. 3 credits.

    CH/PY 360 Introduction to Materials Science
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121, and either PY 221, PY 222 or PY 241, PY 242
    Physical structure of solids. Electrical, magnetic, thermal, and optical properties of solids, liquids, and soft matter. Structure-property relationships in materials.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

    CH/PY 370 Introduction to Nuclear Science
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121, MA 200 Calculus I, and either PY 221, PY 222 or PY 241, PY 242  

      Fundamentals of nuclear science. Topics include nuclear structure and forces, radioactive decays, nuclear reactions, and modern applications.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


    CH/BI 410 Biochemistry I
    Prerequisites: CH 201, Prerequisite or Corequisite: CH 202
    The chemistry of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids; enzymes, biological oxidations; and correlations in intermediary metabolism. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    CH/BI 411 Biochemistry II
    Prerequisite: CH/BI 410
    The generation and storage of metabolic energy; biosynthesis of macromolecular precursors, DNA, RNA, and protein; and biochemical regulation. Three lecture hours per week.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    CH 415 Nucleic Acids Biochemistry
    Prerequisites: CH 201, CH 202; CH 410 recommended
    Structure and function of nucleic acids in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Topics include nucleotide metabolism, replication, repair, and recombinant DNA techniques.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    CH 425 Bioanalytical Chemistry
    Prerequisites CH 201, CH 202 and CH 203
    Separation, identification and analysis of biological compounds using modern biochemical methods.
    Two lecture hours and six laboratory hours per week.
    Offered every 3 years. 4 credits.

    CH 450 Computational Chemistry
    Prerequisites: CH 301
    Modern theoretical methods used in studying molecular structure, bonding, and reactivity.
    Application of these theories to various chemical systems.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

    CH/BI 453 Radiopharmaceuticals
    Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
    Fundamental concepts of radiopharmaceutical production including basic radiochemistry.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    CH 455 Special Topics in Chemistry
    Prerequisites: 18 credits in Chemistry and consent of Department
    Exploration of frontier areas of chemistry, including chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, polymers, spectroscopy, materials science, environmental, bioinorganic and medicinal chemistry.
    Offered every 3 years. 3-4 credits.

    CH/BI 465 Clinical Nuclear Medicine Technology I
    Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
    Why a specific test is indicated; which radiopharmaceutical is preferred; and how the basic image appearance and/or numerical data may be altered by pathological states.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    CH/BI 466 Clinical Nuclear Medicine Technology II
    Prerequisite: Consent of NMT coordinator
    Case presentations using formulas, charts, tables, and calculations to arrive at examination parameters such as amount of dose, number of counts, speed of instrument, etc.
    Offered every year. 4 credits.

    CH 470 Instrumental Analysis
    Prerequisites: CH 120, CH 121, together with CH 210 or CH 301 or two years of analytical laboratory experience
    Advanced level survey of instrumental methods of separation and analysis including spectrophotometry, potentiometry, polarography, and chromatography. Laboratories are project-oriented.
    Two lecture hours and six laboratory hours per week.
    Offered every 2 years. 4 credits.

    CH 475 Chemistry Seminar
    Prerequisite: Consent of department
    Contemporary developments in chemistry, review of technical literature in both print and electronic format, preparation and presentation of technical paper.
    Offered every year. 2 credits.

    CH 480 Chemistry Internship
    Prerequisite: Consent of department
    Project completed at an institution other than Worcester State by a student with a non-Worcester State sponsor and Worcester State liaison.
    Offered every year. 1-6 credits.

    CH 485 Directed Study in Chemistry
    Prerequisites: 18 credits in Chemistry and Consent of Department
    Designed for the undergraduate who wishes to undertake individualized study in chemistry on topic mutually agreeable to student and instructor.
    Offered every year. 3-4 credits.

    CH 490 Independent Study in Chemistry
    Prerequisite: Consent of department
    Advanced independent work on a research problem in chemistry mutually agreed to by the student and the instructor.
    Offered every year. 1-6 credits.

    CH 495 Fundamentals of Chemical Research
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor required
    Students will conduct research on an assigned project with individual guidance and supervision from the instructor.
    One lecture hour and four laboratory hours per week.
    Offered every semester. 3 credits.