ChemistryPeter M.A. Sherwood, Head
University Distinguished Professors Klabunde and Sherwood; Professors Bossman, Hua, Maatta, and Ortiz; Associate Professors Aakeröy, Collinson, Higgins, Hollingsworth, and Smith; Assistant Professors Culbertson, Kraft, and Levy; Assistant Teaching Scholar Patell; Instructors Paukstelis and E. Dikeman; Emeriti: University Distinguished Professor Fateley and Setser; Professors Copeland, Hammaker, Hawley, Kruh, McDonald, Meloan, and Moser; Instructor Weyerts.
The Department of Chemistry occupies modern laboratory facilities in the Chemistry/ Biochemistry Building, the H.H. King Chemical Laboratory and part of Willard Hall. The faculty represents a broad range of interest in the discipline of chemistry. The department offers programs leading to the B.S. and B.A. degrees in chemistry. In addition to the undergraduate program, the department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees; the graduate program includes approximately 40 students.
The discipline of chemistry is very broad and a training in chemistry provides many different career possibilities. For example, research chemists explore and synthesize new compounds and materials and they invent and characterize new processes. Development chemists translate research findings into products, and they work in areas such as marketing, economics, management, and safety. Chemists are involved in solving chemical problems that range from analysis of environmental aspects of chemicals to the manufacture of chemicals and finished products. Chemists also work in federal- or state-sponsored research activities (trade, foods, roads, fire research, nuclear energy) and environmental protection (water, waste, and drugs), and a variety of educational and teaching activities.
Students often use chemistry degrees as preparation for advanced study in medicine, pharmacy, and other science areas. Students who plan to become high school science teachers may choose to earn dual degrees in chemistry and education. Numerous other possibilities, such as biochemistry or chemical engineering, exist for dual degrees. For dual degree programs, the requirements of both curricula must be met.
High school preparation
Independent study and research
General requirements for undergraduate major
Chemistry curriculum for the B.S. degree
The chemistry program is the preferred program for students who are preparing for graduate study in chemistry or who plan for employment as chemists. The chemistry program has two options, chemistry (40-42 hours)* and biochemistry (44-47 hours),** both of which are certified by the American Chemical Society.
The chemical science curriculum serves students who want a strong background in chemistry but who do not require as much specialization as provided by the chemistry program.
CHM 110. General Chemistry. (3) I, II, S. Principles, laws, and theories of chemistry; important metallic and nonmetallic substances. (An optional laboratory course, CHM 111, is available for an additional hour of credit). Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: MATH 010 or at least one year of high school algebra.
CHM 195. Approved Techniques in Criminalistics. (3) Intersession only. Physical evidence at a crime scene and its examination in the laboratory. Soils, glass, hair fibers, drugs, explosives, poisons, castings, inks, and arson and rape situations are investigated.
CHM 200. Undergraduate Seminar in Chemistry. (0,1) I, II. Programs and activities of interest to students in chemistry, including lectures given by chemistry majors.
CHM 210. Chemistry I.* (4) I, II, S. First course of a two-semester study of the principles of chemistry and the properties of the elements and their compounds. Three hours lec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: One year of high school chemistry and MATH 100 (or two years of high school algebra).
CHM 211. Chemistry I Recitation. (1) I, II. An optional recitation class that requires conc. enrollment in CHM 210 Chemistry I. The objective is the development of skills for solving chemical problems. Instruction will be via a small class format. For credit/no credit only. Credit independent of grade for Chemistry I.
*Students entering the university with Advanced Placement chemistry examination credit may earn the following grades:
Students may also earn 4 hours of credit with grade for CHM 210 by taking a comprehensive examination given by the instructor during the first week of the semester.
CHM 220. Chemical Principles I. (5) I. First course of a two-semester study of chemical principles. For students in curricula with a major emphasis in chemistry. Four hours lec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: High school chemistry (one year) and algebra (one and one-half years).
CHM 230. Chemistry II.* (4) I, II, S. Second course of a two-semester study of the principles of chemistry and the properties of the elements and their compounds. Three hours lec. and three hours lab a week. Pr.: CHM 210.
CHM 231. Chemistry II Recitation. (1) I, II. An optional recitation class that requires conc. enrollment in CHM 230 Chemistry II. The objective is the development of skills for solving chemical problems. Instruction will be via a small class format. For credit/no credit only. Credit independent of grade for Chemistry II.
CHM 250. Chemical Principles II. (5) II. Continuation of CHM 220, covering the principles of chemistry. Laboratory has emphasis on quantitative chemical analysis. Three hours lec. and six hours lab a week. Pr.: CHM 220.
CHM 315. Environmental Science: A Chemistry Perspective. (3) I. An analysis of important technological developments and their impact on society and on the earth's environment; ethical issues raised by technological advances. History, matter and energy, ecosystems, population issues, air pollution, water pollution, hazardous substances, environmental policies, and decision making are discussed. Pr.: CHM 230.
CHM 399. Honors Seminar. (3) Open to students in the arts and sciences honors program.
CHM 497. Research in Undergraduate Chemistry. (1-3) I, II, S. Undergraduate research in the chemical sciences. Pr.: Consent of instructor
CHM 498. Senior Honors Thesis. (2) I, II, S. Open only to seniors in the arts and sciences honors program.
CHM 499. Problems in Undergraduate Chemistry. (Var.) I, II, S. Problems may include classroom and/or lab work. Pr.: Consent of instructor. May be repeated.
CHM 600. Scientific Glassblowing. (1) II. The basic techniques of bending, sealing, and blowing glass used to fabricate scientific glassware. Three hours of lab including one lec. demonstration a week. Pr.: Senior or graduate standing in physical sciences.
CHM 700. Practicum in Teaching Chemistry. (1) I. Principles and methods of instruction in laboratories and recitation classes in chemistry, including one semester of supervised experience as an instructor in a chemical laboratory. This is a required course of all graduate teaching assistants in the Department of Chemistry. May be taken only once for credit. Pr.: Senior standing in chemistry.
CHM 799. Problems in Chemistry. (Var.) I, II, S. Problems may include classroom or laboratory work. Not for thesis research. Pr.: Consent of instructor.
Analytical chemistry courses
CHM 566. Instrumental Methods of Analysis. (3) I. Introduction to theory and practice of electrochemical methods, molecular and atomic spectroscopy, surface science, mass spectrometry, separation methods, and electronics in analytical chemistry. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHM 531 and either CHM 500 or 585.
Inorganic chemistry courses
CHM 657. Inorganic Techniques. (1-2) II. The preparation, characterization, and study of transition metal, main group, and organometallic compounds using techniques commonly encountered in industrial and academic research. Three to six hours lab a week. Pr.: CHM 585.
CHM 711. Inorganic Chemistry I. (3) I. Atomic and molecular structure, bonding concepts used in the practice of inorganic chemistry. Applications of symmetry and group theory to structure, bonding, and spectra. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHM 550, 595.
CHM 712. Inorganic Chemistry II. (3) II. Structure, reactivity, and mechanistic aspects of main group and transition metal complexes. Organometallic reactions, catalysis, and bioinorganic chemistry. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHM 550, 595.
Organic chemistry courses
CHM 531. Organic Chemistry I. (3) I, II. Topics to be covered include fundamental concepts in organic chemistry such as hybridization of molecular orbitals, structure and bonding, acids and bases, kinetics and thermodynamics, stereochemistry and chirality, and conformational analysis. The basic knowledge will be used to study the syntheses, reactions, and mechanisms of functional groups such as alkanes, haloalkanes, and alkenes. Structural determination using infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance will also be included. Three hours of lec. a week. Pr.: CHM 230 or 250.
CHM 550. Organic Chemistry II. (3) I, II. A continuation of Organic Chemistry I (CHM 531). CHM 550 represents the second semester of a two-semester survey of organic chemistry. Topics to be discussed include syntheses, reactions, and mechanisms of alkynes, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, benzene and its derivatives, organometallic chemistry, conjugated unsaturated systems and pericyclic reactions, polymers, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Structural identification will be studied using various current spectroscopic methods. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHM 531.
Physical chemistry courses
CHM 595. Physical Chemistry II. (3) II. Elementary quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, statistical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: CHM 350 or 531, MATH 222 and PHYS 214.