The chemistry minor will provide you with a solid foundation in the discipline of chemistry with a strong emphasis on the development of laboratory skills. The minor will allow you to understand chemistry as a central science and relate it to everyday life and the environment. You will develop the skills to think critically and quantitatively evaluate data using the scientific method. Any student who is interested in applying the scientific methodology to solve problems should pursue this minor.
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CH-120 General Chemistry I
Modern survey of chemistry. Topics include chemical equations, properties of gases, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, chemistry of carbon. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours per week.
CH-201 Organic Chemistry I
Structure, reactions, mechanisms, and stereochemistry of the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, dienes, alkyl halides. Introduction to aromatic chemistry.
CH-301 Physical Chemistry I
Study of quantum theory, chemical bonding, spectroscopy, molecular structure, and computational molecular modeling. 3 lecture hours per week.
CH-260 Chemistry Literature Seminar
This course serves to provide a foundation for chemistry majors in searching, evaluating, and using up-to-date chemical literature resources. Additionally, students gain firsthand experience in scientific word processing, production of presentations (posters and slide shows), presentation (written and oral) scientific data, and chemical drawing software. This course also introduces students to the wide variety of career and post-bachelor degree opportunities for chemists in addition to the different fields of chemistry (organic, inorganic, biochemistry, physical, analytical, etc.).
CH-210 Chemical Analysis: An Introduction to Modern Methods
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. 3 lecture hours and 4 laboratory hours per week.
CH-410 Biochemistry I
The chemistry of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids; enzymes; biological oxidations; and correlations in intermediary metabolism. 3 hours of lecture and a 3-hour laboratory per week.
CH-350 Medicinal Chemistry
A study of how drugs work and the science and technology of modern drug discovery illustrated with case histories. 3 lecture hours per week.
CH-320 Environmental Chemistry
Chemistry of the atmosphere, soil, and natural water systems; air and water pollution; water treatment; hazardous wastes; and pollution control. Lab techniques including sampling and analysis of environmental media. 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab per week.