Chemistry

Chemistry deals with the study of matter and its interactions. The chemistry major at USAO receives theoretical instruction and laboratory experiences in each of the major disciplines of chemistry. The laboratory experience covers standard bench chemistry and instrumental methods using the computerized instrumentation found in the industrial laboratory. 

Students are prepared for careers in a broad range of chemical enterprises or for further study in graduate school.

 

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry                                                           

Required Chemistry Core (41 hours):

Course                                                    Title                                                               Hours Required

CHEM 1111                                           General Chemistry Lab I                                            1

CHEM 1113                                           General Chemistry I                                                  3

CHEM 1121                                           General Chemistry Lab II                                           1

CHEM 1123                                           General Chemistry II                                                 3

CHEM 3011                                           Analytical Laboratory                                                 1

CHEM 3013                                           Analytical Chemistry                                                  3

CHEM 3021                                           Instrumental Laboratory                                            1

CHEM 3023                                           Instrumental Analysis                                                3

CHEM 3302                                           Organic Chemistry I Laboratory                                  2

CHEM 3303                                           Organic Chemistry I                                                  3

CHEM 3312                                           Organic Chemistry II Laboratory                                 2

CHEM 3313                                           Organic Chemistry II                                                 3

CHEM 3321                                           Biochemistry Laboratory                                            1

CHEM 3323                                           Biochemistry                                                            3

CHEM 4411                                           Physical Chemistry I lab                                            1

CHEM 4413                                           Physical Chemistry I                                                 3

CHEM 4421                                           Physical Chemistry II Lab                                          1

CHEM 4423                                           Advanced Inorganic Chemistry                                   3

CHEM 4433                                           Physical Chemistry II                                                3

 

Supporting Courses (23 hours)

PHYS 1301                                           General Physics Lab I                                                1

PHYS 2113                                           General Physics I                                                      3

PHYS 1401                                           General Physics Lab II                                               1

PHYS 2123                                           General Physics II                                                     3

and

MATH 1743                                          Calculus & Analytic Geometry I                                   3

MATH 2203                                          Elementary Statistics                                                 3

MATH 2223                                          Calculus & Analytic Geometry II                                  3

MATH 2243                                          Calculus & Analytic Geometry III                                 3

MATH 3263                                          Calculus & Analytic Geometry IV                                 3

 

Recommended Science Electives:

CSCI 2143                                           Programming in "C/C++I"                                           3

CHEM 4450                                         Research in Chemistry                                                 1-3

 

Exit requirement:

A.  The chemistry degree requires an exit portfolio completed in conjunction with enrollment in colloquium (NSCI
     2700 or NSCI 2701) each fall and spring trimester.

B.  Completion of exit exam (see item "d" under graduation requirements).

 

Minor in Chemistry

20 hours to be selected with the approval of a chemistry advisor

 

COURSE LISTINGS in CHEMISTRY (CHEM)

1111       GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
              A study of the general principles of chemistry. Co-requisite: CHEM 1113. 1 hour

1113       GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
              Study of general principles of chemistry, including atomic structure, bonding, states of matter, equilibrium,
              kinetics, thermo chemistry, acids and bases, Lewis Structures and oxidation / reduction. Prerequisite: No math
              deficiency. Co-requisite: CHEM 1111. 3 hours

1121       GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
              Continuation of CHEM 1111. Prerequisites: CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1113. Co-requisite: CHEM 1123. 1 hour

1123       GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
              Study of the general principles of chemistry, including kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, complex ions,
              spontaneity of reaction, electrochemistry, nuclear reactions and organic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM111,
              CHEM1113, and MATH 1513. Co-requisite: CHEM 1121. 3 hours

2880       SPECIAL TOPICS
              Special topics in chemistry. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

2900       WORKSHOP
              Guided study in chemistry under faculty supervision; various topics and methods. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for
              total of 6 hours with change in title and topic).

2990       TUTORIAL
              Independent study in chemistry under faculty supervision. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 9 hours with ­
              change in title and content).

3011       ANALYTICAL LABORATORY
             Laboratory experiments in quantitative analysis, including gravimetric and volumetric techniques. Volumetric
             analysis includes precipitation, acid-base, complexometric, and redox titrations. Preparation of samples and
             statistical treatment of results are included. 1 hour

3013       ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
              Study of modern theories of solutions, separation techniques and methods of analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 1123
              Co-requisite: CHEM 3011. 3 hours

3021       INSTRUMENTAL LABORATORY
              Laboratory experiments using instrumentation, including UV-visible spectroscopy, AA spectroscopy, IR
              spectroscopy, gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, and ion-selective electrodes. Analysis
              of NMR and mass spectra are also included. 1 hour

3023       INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS
              Introduction to instrumental methods of analysis, with emphasis on spectrophometric methods and gas and
              high-performance liquid chromatography. Prerequisite: CHEM 3013. Co-requisite: CHEM 3021. 3 hours

3301       SEMINAR
              Topic to be selected according to student and instructor interests. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 1 hour

3302       ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
              The first part of the course is to teach basic organic laboratory principles, techniques of compound
              isolation/purification, and other operations. The remaining part of the course is to provide the students with some
              basic organic synthetic skills. Co-requisite: CHEM 3303. 2 hours

3303       ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
              Study of principles of organic chemistry. Co-requisite: CHEM 3302. 3 hours

3312       ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
              The first part of the course emphasized organic compound syntheses and analyses using modern spectroscopic
              techniques:  UV, IR, MS, 1H- and 13C-NMR. The last part of the course provides the students the opportunity to
              carry out experiments on qualitative organic analysis. Co-requisite: CHEM 3313. 2 hours

3313       ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
              Continuation of CHEM 3303. Prerequisite: CHEM 3303. Co-requisite: CHEM 3312. 3 hours

3321       BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY
              Laboratory experiments involving qualitative and quantitative identification of biomolecules including sugars,
              proteins, electrolytes, nucleic acids, fatty acids and enzymes using spectrophotometric, GC, and HPLC techniques.
              1 hour

3323       BIOCHEMISTRY
              Introduction to broad field of biochemistry, includes a study of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids,
              enzymes, and intermediary metabolism. Prerequisite: CHEM 3313. 3 hours

4411       PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
              Theory of errors and selected experiments in physical phenomena. Co-requisite: CHEM 4413. 1 hour

4413       PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
              Study of thermodynamics, equilibria, quantum theory, spectro­scopy, kinetics, and solution processes.
              Prerequisites:  PHYS 2123 and MATH 3263. Co-requisite: CHEM 4411. 3 hours

4421       PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
              Measurement of fundamental constants and selected experi­ments in physical phenomena. Prerequisite:
              CHEM 4411. 1 hour

4423       ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
              Study of topics of inorganic chemistry, molecular structure, acids and bases, coordination chemistry. Prerequisite:
              CHEM 4413. 3 hours

4433       PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
              Continuation of CHEM 4413. Prerequisite: CHEM 4413. Co-requisites: CHEM 4421 and MATH 3263. 3 hours

4450       RESEARCH
              Research in various topics and problems in chemistry; chosen in consultation with advisor. 1-3 hours

4880       SPECIAL TOPICS
              Special topics in chemistry. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 6 hours).

4900       WORKSHOP
              Related topics and problems in chemistry. 1-6 hours (may be repeated for total of 9 hours with change in title and
              content).

4990       TUTORIAL
              Independent study in chemistry under faculty supervision. 1-4 hours (may be repeated for total of 9 hours with
              change in title and content).