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CHEM 105 INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY - 3 semester hours F, Su


A development of the fundamental basis for the further study of chemistry designed for students lacking the pre-requisites for General Chemistry (CHEM151). Emphasis will be placed on problem solving techniques. Topics will include: international system of units, dimensional analysis, properties of atoms and molecules, atomic structure and the periodic table, common chemical reactions, and stoichiometry calculations. The course and associated laboratory can be counted towards the general education science requirement.

CHEM 105 INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY LABORATORY - 1 semester hour F, Su


Accompanying laboratory exercises for CHEM101 are designed to emphasize basic techniques in laboratory including measurements, basic graphical presentation and interpretation, basis data interpretation, laboratory statistics and laboratory safety practices. The laboratory can be counted towards the general education science requirement. Co-requisite: CHEM 105 Introductory Chemistry

CHEM 151 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I - 3 semester hours F, Sp, Su


A development of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications. Chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic structure, bonding theories, thermochemistry, periodic properties, solution calculations, gas laws and the properties of solids and liquids are among the topics discussed. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of the VSU math placement test with a score that meets the criteria for placement in, at a minimum, MATH120 at the time of enrollment or completion of CHEM105 with a C or better.
Co-requisite: CHEM 153 General Chemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 152 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II - 3 semester hours F, Sp, Su


A continuation of the study of the principles of chemistry and their applications. The topics include solution properties, acids and bases, ionic equations, oxidation-reduction, equilibrium, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of the elements, nuclear chemistry and an introduction to organic chemistry.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 151 General Chemistry I and CHEM153 General Chemistry I Laboratory
Co-requisite: CHEM 154 General Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 153 GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I – 1 SEMESTER HOUR F, Sp, Su


An introduction to the principles and techniques of experimental chemistry with emphasis upon formula investigations, equations, elementary laboratory statistics, and chemical reactivity.
Co-requisite: CHEM 151 General Chemistry I

CHEM 154 GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II -1 semester hour F, Sp, Su


A continuation of CHEM 153 with emphasis upon solution properties, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and qualitative analysis.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 153 General Chemistry Laboratory I
Co-requisite: CHEM 152 General Chemistry II

CHEM 161 CHEMISTRY I - 3 semester hours F


A development of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their application. Chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic structure, bonding theories, thermochemistry, periodic properties, solution calculations, gas laws and the properties of solids and liquids are among the topics discussed in depth. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving skills to better prepare students for careers in chemistry and related life science fields.
Pre-requisite: Chemistry Majors or Permission from the Department Chair
Co-requisites: CHEM 163 Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 162 CHEMISTRY II - 3 semester hours Sp


A continuation of development of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their application. The topics that will be covered in depth include solution properties, acids and bases, ionic equations, oxidation reduction, equilibrium, kinetics descriptive chemistry of the elements, nuclear chemistry and an introduction to organic chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving skills to better prepare students for careers in chemistry and related life science fields.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 161 Chemistry I with a C or better
Co-requisite:CHEM 164 Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 163 CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I - 1 semester hour F


An introduction to the principles and techniques of experimental chemistry with emphasis upon the application of course material to problem solving in the laboratory.
Co-requisite: CHEM 161 Chemistry I

CHEM 164 CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II - 1 semester hour Sp


A continuation of CHEM 163 with emphasis upon problem solving and presenting professional graphical data while exploring, solution properties, kinetics, equilibrium acids and bases, and qualitative analysis.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 163 Chemistry I Laboratory
Co-requisite: CHEM 162 Chemistry II

CHEM 210 HISTORY OF CHEMISTRY -1 semester hour Sp


A thorough assessment of the groundbreaking work of the pioneers responsible for the current practice of the science of chemistry and biochemistry.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 151 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I or CHEM161 CHEMISTRY I

CHEM 214 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY – 3 semester hours F


A detailed study of the representative elements and their compounds, involving both theoretical and descriptive approaches. Topics greatly expand upon the subject material in the Freshman level chemistry course and include atomic and molecular structure, descriptive chemistry of the elements, d metal complexes, molecular shape and symmetry, group theory, the structure of solids, acids/bases, oxidation/reduction and an introduction to ligand and crystal field theories.
Pre-requisite: CHEM152 General Chemistry II or CHEM 162 Chemistry II

CHEM 215 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY – 1 semester hour F


Experiments designed to complement inorganic chemistry lecture by introducing synthetic and instrumental methodology used in the study of inorganic compounds.
Co-requisite: CHEM 214 Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 218 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY I – 3 semester hours F


A survey of the methods of inorganic quantitative analysis, including the methods of gravimetric and volumetric analysis with the use of simple instrumental methods included.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 152/154 General Chemistry II or 162/164 Chemistry II

CHEM 219 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I -1 semester hour F


Laboratory experiences involving the qualitative and quantitative analysis of chemical compounds including gravimetric, volumetric and spectrophotometric methods.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 154 General Chemistry Laboratory II or CHEM 164 Chemistry Laboratory II
Co-requisite: CHEM 218 Analytical Chemistry I

CHEM 232 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES IN CHEMISTRY -1 semester hour F
A course designed to foster ethical practices and safety in chemistry and related fields.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 162 Chemistry II and CHEM 164 Chemistry II Laboratory

CHEM 305 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I - 3 semester hours F, Sp, Su

A survey of the chemistry of carbon compounds, their nomenclature, physical properties, structure and reactions with an introduction to reaction mechanisms and instrumental analysis.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 152 General Chemistry II or CHEM 162 Chemistry II
Co-requisite: CHEM 307 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 306 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II - 3 semester hours F, Sp, Su

A continuation of CHEM 305.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry I
Co-requisite: CHEM 308 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 307 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I -1 semester hour F, Sp, Su

An examination of fundamentals of and practice in organic synthesis, separation, purification and the identification of organic compounds.
Co-requisite: CHEM 305 Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 308 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II -1 semester hour F, Sp, Su

A continuation of the fundamentals of and practice in organic synthesis, separation, purification and the identification of organic compounds.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 307 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Co-requisite: CHEM 306 Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 318 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II – 3 semester hours Sp

An advanced course with emphasis on general principles and applications of analytical instrumental analysis.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 218 Analytical Chemistry I; CHEM 219 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I CHEM319 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY 1 semester hour Sp Experiments in Instrumental Analysis
Co-requisite: CHEM318 Analytical Chemistry II

CHEM 319 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY II – 1 semester hour, Sp

Laboratory experiences involving modern instrumental analytical techniques including, atomic absorption, chromatographic, spectroscopy and thermal methods.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 318 Analytical Chemistry II


Principles of organic chemistry with emphasis on reaction mechanisms and the interpretation of instrumental data.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 306 Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 330 INTRODUCTION TO THE CHEMICAL RESEARCH - 2 semester hours Sp
An aid to the student in making efficient use of chemical literature both online and in the printed form, with an emphasis upon obtaining the appropriate sources for a research project in the field of chemistry or biochemistry.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 306 Organic Chemistry II and CHEM 308 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

CHEM 340 FORENSICS CHEMISTRY - 3 semester hours F

A course designed to give the forensics student the necessary background in specialized chemical methods and concepts as they apply to the field of forensics.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 306, 308 Organic Chemistry & Laboratory II

CHEM 341 FORENSICS CHEMISTRY LABORATORY - 1 semester hour F

A laboratory course designed to give the forensics student the necessary practical experience in specialized chemical methods as they apply to the field of forensics.
Co-requisite: CHEM 340 Forensics Chemistry

CHEM 400 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY – 3 semester hours F, Sp

An advanced course for chemistry majors designed to promote interest and experience in specialized areas of chemistry. Topics in the area of organic, physical, analytical, inorganic and biochemistry are based on the expertise of the faculty and current trends within these disciplines in chemistry.
Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.

CHEM 401 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I - 3 semester hours F

A non-laboratory treatment of physical chemistry with emphasis on chemical thermodynamics, phase equilibria, kinetic theory and chemical kinetics.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 152 General Chemistry II or CHEM 162 Chemistry II; MATH 201 Calculus II or consent of instructor

CHEM 402 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II - 3 semester hours Sp

A continuation of CHEM 401 with emphasis on the condensed states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, statistical mechanics and electrochemistry.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 401 Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 404 EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY -1 semester hour Sp


An introduction to the advanced techniques of physiochemical measurements and their application to chemistry.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 401 Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 414 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY - 3 semester hours Sp

Advanced study of the representative elements and their compounds, involving both theoretical and descriptive approaches. Review of ligand field and crystal field theories, reaction mechanisms of d-block complexes, electronic spectra of transition metal complexes, characterization methods in inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry are among the topics discussed.
Pre-requisite: CHEM214 Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 415 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY -1 semester hour Sp

Laboratory experiments in inorganic synthesis and spectroscopic methods in inorganic chemistry.
Co-requisite: CHEM 414 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 420 SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY -1 semester hour F

A presentation and discussion of topics of current interest and an introduction to the preparation of technical presentations and presentation methods.
Pre-requisite: 15 semester hours of chemistry courses

CHEM 422 BIOCHEMISTRY I - 3 semester hours F

An introduction to the chemistry of life processes, the composition of living matter and the changes associated with biological processes
Pre-requisites: CHEM 306 Organic Chemistry II; CHEM 308 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 423 BIOCHEMISTRY I LABORATORY -1 semester hour F


A laboratory course in which the properties of biochemical molecules are explored and common biochemical reactions are examined.
Co-requisite: CHEM 422 Biochemistry I

CHEM 424 BIOCHEMISTRY II – 3 semester hours Sp


A continuation of the chemistry of life processes, the composition of living matter, and the changes associated with biological processes.
Pre-requisite: CHEM422 BIOCHEMISTRY I

CHEM425 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY II – 1 semester hour Sp

A continuation laboratory course in which the properties of biochemical molecules are explored and common biochemical reactions are examined.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 422 Biochemistry I; CHEM423 Biochemistry Laboratory I
Co-requisite: CHEM 424 Biochemistry II

CHEM 441 RESEARCH LABORATORY I - 2 semester hours F, Sp

The first part of a capstone research experience. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 6 hours per week on an independent and original research project designed in consult with their research advisor.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 320 Organic Chemistry III; CHEM 318 Analytical Chemistry II, CHEM319 Analytical Chemistry II Laboratory, CHEM330 Introduction to Chemical Research

CHEM 442 RESEARCH LABORATORY II - 2 semester hours F, Sp, Su

A continuation of CHEM 441 with an emphasis upon the independent development of a research project. A written report of the research and an oral presentation of the results are required.
Pre-requisite: CHEM 441 Research Laboratory I

CHEM 443 ADVANCED FORENSICS LABORATORY I - 2 semester hours F

This laboratory-based course is designed to give the advanced student crime laboratory experience in examining, analyzing and identifying evidence. In several simulated court presentations, students sharpen their skill in presenting evidence as a scientific expert. The areas covered are: hairs, fibers and polymers, glass, soil, gunshot residue, fire and bomb debris, and drugs.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 318 Analytical Chemistry II and CHEM319 Analytical Chemistry II Laboratory, CHEM330 Introduction to Chemical Research, CHEM340 Forensics Chemistry, CHEM341 Forensics Chemistry Laboratory, and CJUS380 Criminal Procedures,

CHEM 444 ADVANCED FORENSICS LABORATORY II – 2 semester hours Sp

A continuation of CHEM 443.
Pre-requisites: CHEM 443 Advanced Forensics Laboratory I

CHEM 445 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINALISTICS - 3 semester hours F, Sp, Su

This on- off-campus internship is designed to give the student an opportunity to expand and apply their classroom knowledge through workplace gained experience in forensic chemistry. It is a lecture/laboratory course. The site supervisor and faculty supervisor will develop the internship criteria and then evaluate the student’s performance.
Pre-requisites: CHEM444 Advanced Forensics Laboratory II and Permission of Department Chair

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