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    CHEM-050. Foundations of Chemistry

    An introduction to fundamental chemical concepts and quantitative problem-solving skills in chemistry. Topics include dimensional analysis, atomic structure, chemical bonding, nomenclature, solutions, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry. Four hours per week for half a semester. Two semester hours.

    Note: A student who has received credit for CHEM-107 or 151 or is currently enrolled in CHEM-107 or 151 may not enroll in CHEM-050. CHEM-050 may not be used as elective credits for chemistry majors or minors.

    CHEM-100Q. Topics in Chemistry

    A study of the essential nature of chemistry, emphasizing basic chemical principles and applications. Topics may include atomic structure, bonding, the production and utilization of energy, and oxidation-reduction. Societal and historical perspectives are introduced by way of assignments from the popular literature. A knowledge of algebra is assumed. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Four semester hours.

    Note: A student who has received credit for CHEM-107 or 151 may not enroll in CHEM-100Q. CHEM-100Q may not be used as elective credits for chemistry majors or minors.

    CHEM-101Q. Introduction to Environmental Chemistry 

    This course, intended for non-science majors, will examine selected topics in environmental chemistry through an understanding of basic chemical principles. Topics may include global warming, ozone depletion, pollution, and waste management. Three hours of lecture. Three semester hours. (S, if taken with CHEM-101LQ.)

    CHEM-101LQ. Laboratory in Introductory Environmental Chemistry

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-101Q. In addition to mastering basic chemistry laboratory skills, students will analyze air, water, and soil samples using a variety of techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM-101Q (or concurrently). Three hours of laboratory per week. One semester hour.

    Note: CHEM-101Q and CHEM-101L may not be used as elective credits for chemistry majors or minors.

    CHEM-102Q. Introduction to Forensic Chemistry

    This course, intended for non-science majors, will examine selected topics in forensic science. Through an understanding of basic chemical principles, this course will investigate the role of science in solving crimes. Topics may include fingerprint analysis, fiber identification, blood typing and analysis, drug identification, and DNA profiling. Case studies will be used to explore the scientific foundation for the examination of physical, chemical, and biological evidence. Three hours of lecture. Three semester hours. (S, if taken with CHEM-102LQ.)

    CHEM-102LQ. Laboratory in Forensic Chemistry

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-102Q. This laboratory course will involve the analysis of trace evidence. Techniques utilized may include chromatography, fingerprinting, blood typing, fiber identification, glass analysis, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectroscopy. Students will work in investigative teams. Prerequisite: CHEM-102Q (or concurrently). Three hours of laboratory per week. One semester hour.

    Note: CHEM-102Q and CHEM-102L may not be used as elective credits for chemistry majors or minors.

    CHEM-107. General Chemistry I

    A study of the principles of chemistry. Topics include structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, inorganic reactions, thermochemistry, and solutions. The mathematical solution of chemical problems will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-107LQ. Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry Department Placement Exam and Survey. Three hours of lecture per week plus one hour of recitation per week at the discretion of the instructor. Three semester hours. (S, if taken with CHEM-107LQ.)

    Note: Student cannot take CHEM-107 for credit, if the student has earned credit for CHEM-105.

    CHEM-107LQ. Laboratory in General Chemistry I

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-107. Experimental work may include verification of the stoichiometric relationship between reactants and products, the preparation and characterization of compounds, titrations involving neutralization and redox reactions, measurement of enthalpies of reaction, and colorimetric analysis. The mathematical solution of chemical problems will be emphasized. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-107. Three hours per week. One semester hour.

    Note: Student cannot take CHEM-107LQ for credit, if the student has earned credit for CHEM-105LQ.

    CHEM-108. General Chemistry II

    A study of properties of solutions, kinetics, equilibria, and acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-108L. Prerequisite: CHEM-105 or 107. Three hours per week. Three semester hours.

    Note: Student cannot take CHEM-108 for credit, if the student has earned credit for CHEM-206.

    CHEM-108L. Laboratory in General Chemistry II

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-108. Special emphasis will be placed on sample manipulation, control of solution characteristics, quantitative analysis, and the development of skills in wet and instrumental analysis methods. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-108. Prerequisite: CHEM-105LQ or 107LQ. Three hours per week. One semester hour.

    Note: Student cannot take CHEM-108L for credit, if the student has earned credit for CHEM-206L.

    CHEM-151. Advanced General Chemistry

    A course in the foundations of chemistry and analysis of chemical systems designed for students with a strong background in chemistry. Topics in atomic structure, bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria and kinetics will be discussed in detail. The course will emphasize the integration of these topics with other areas of chemistry, having an outlook toward upper-level chemistry courses. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-151LQ. Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry Department Placement Exam and Survey. Placement in this course is based on the results of the exam and survey. Three hours of lecture per week plus one hour of recitation per week at the discretion of the instructor. Three semester hours. (S, if taken with CHEM-151LQ.)

    Note: Students who have received credit for CHEM-105, 107, 108, and/or 206 may not enroll in CHEM-151.

    CHEM-151LQ. Laboratory in Advanced General Chemistry

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-151. Experimental work may include topics in stoichiometry, chemical structure and bonding, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and kinetics. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-151. Three hours of laboratory per week. One semester hour.

    CHEM-202W. Rhetoric and Responsibilities of the Modern Scientist

    Science is a collaborative enterprise that requires ethics and effective communication. Students will develop communication techniques and consider ethical obligations with respect to other scientists and the public. The underlying skill-based content serves as an excellent platform with which to simultaneously explore the broader obligations and considerations facing a modern scientist. Prerequisites: CHEM-108 or 151. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (O.)

    CHEM-207. Organic Chemistry I

    An introduction to the study of the physical and chemical properties of both aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons within the context of modern structural theory. Areas emphasized are bonding, acidity and basicity in organic systems, stereochemistry, and reaction mechanisms. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-207L. Prerequisite: CHEM-108 or 151. Three hours per week. Three semester hours.

    Note: Student cannot take CHEM-207 for credit, if the student has earned credit for CHEM-106.

    CHEM-207L. Laboratory in Organic Chemistry I

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-207. Experimental work may include measurement of physical properties, study of reaction kinetics, and synthesis. Techniques employed include chromatography, distillation, extraction, infrared and UV/vis spectroscopy, and recrystallization. Primary and secondary literature sources are introduced. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-207. Prerequisite: CHEM-108LQ or 151LQ. Three hours per week. One semester hour.

    Note: Student cannot take CHEM-207L for credit, if the student has earned credit for CHEM-106L.

    CHEM-208. Organic Chemistry II

    A continuation of CHEM-207. Particular emphasis is placed on spectrometric methods, and on the reactivity and synthesis of a variety of organic functional groups. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-208L. Prerequisite: CHEM-207. Three hours per week. Three semester hours.

    Note: Student cannot take CHEM-208 for credit, if the student has earned credit for CHEM-205.

    CHEM-208L. Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-208; a continuation of 207L. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-208. Prerequisite: CHEM-207L. Three hours per week. One semester hour.

    Note: Student cannot take CHEM-208L for credit, if the student has earned credit for CHEM-205L.

    CHEM-291. Introduction to Research

    Laboratory and library work, under the direction of a faculty member, designed to introduce the student to fundamental research procedures and data interpretation in the context of a research project. Upon completion of the work, a formal presentation must be given to the department. This course may be taken more than once. Prerequisites: CHEM-107LQ or 151LQ; and permission of the research adviser. Three hours of laboratory per week. Graded S/U. One semester hour.

    CHEM-309. Physical Chemistry I

    An in-depth study of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, including enthalpy, entropy, and Gibbs energy changes; physical and chemical equilibria; rates of chemical reactions; and reaction mechanisms*. Prerequisites: CHEM-108 or 151; MATH-112; and PHYS-122Q. Strongly recommended: MATH-211. Three hours per week. Three semester hours.

    Note: Students may not receive credit for both CHEM-309 and BCMB-307.

    CHEM-309L. Laboratory in Physical Chemistry I

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-309, emphasizing data analysis, computer and writing skills. Lab report writing will require use of the primary and secondary literature sources. Prerequisites: CHEM-108L or 151LQ; CHEM-309 (or concurrently) or CHEM-309 (or concurrently). Three hours per week. One semester hour.

    Note: Students may not receive credit for both CHEM-309L and BCMB-307L.

    CHEM-310. Physical Chemistry II

    A study of the principles of quantum mechanics applied to simple models (particle in the box, harmonic oscillator) and to atoms and molecules (quantum chemistry). The course will include statistical thermodynamics. Emphasizes the mathematical foundation and spectroscopic investigation of atomic and molecular properties*. Prerequisite: CHEM-108 or 151; MATH-112; and PHYS-122Q. Strongly recommended: MATH-211. Three hours per week. Three semester hours.

    CHEM-310L. Laboratory in Physical Chemistry II

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-310, emphasizing spectroscopic methods of investigating atomic and molecular structure and properties. Data analysis and lab report writing will require the use of the chemical literature. Prerequisites: CHEM-108L or 151LQ; and 310 (or concurrently). Three hours per week. One semester hour.

    CHEM-315. Instrumental Analysis

    A study of instrument-based spectroscopic, separation, and electrochemical analyses. A framework that can be used to understand new and old techniques, the theory behind a variety of specific techniques, and the current practices used in chemical analysis will be discussed. In addition to the discussion of specific techniques, basic concepts in electronics and statistics will be presented. Prerequisite: CHEM-108 or 151. Three hours per week. Three semester hours.

    CHEM-315L. Laboratory in Instrumental Analysis

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-315. Students will gain experience with a variety of instrumental analysis techniques by investigating how specific instrumental settings affect output. Emphasis will be placed on statistical analysis of experimental data. Prerequisites: CHEM-108L or 151LQ, and 315 (or concurrently); or permission of instructor. Three hours per week. One semester hour.

    CHEM-322. Inorganic Chemistry

    A principles-based approach to modern inorganic chemistry, including the structure, bonding, and reactivity of main group, transition metal, and organometallic compounds. Topics may include atomic theory, symmetry, chemical applications of group theory, molecular orbital theory, ligand field theory, the electronic spectroscopy of coordination compounds, and solid-state chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM-108 or 151. Three hours per week. Three semester hours.

    CHEM-322L. Laboratory in Inorganic Chemistry

    Laboratory work related to CHEM-322. Techniques used to synthesize and characterize a variety of inorganic compounds will be introduced. This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-322*. Prerequisite: CHEM-108L or 151LQ. Three hours per week. One semester hour.

    CHEM-340. Selected Topics in Chemistry

    A course focused on a topic of contemporary chemistry to the scientific community, such as physical organic chemistry, structure and spectroscopy, medicinal chemistry, materials science, computational chemistry, food chemistry, or synthesis. May be taken more than once for credit, if topic is different. Prerequisites: CHEM-208 or permission of the instructor. Two semester hours. Four hours per week for half a semester, two hours per week for a full semester, or one hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week for a full semester.

    CHEM-347. Fundamentals of Biochemistry

    A study of the chemistry of molecules and reactions important in biological systems. Topics may include amino acids, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, metabolism, bioenergetics, DNA, RNA, pharmaceuticals, and the mechanisms of biological reactions. Prerequisites: CHEM-108 or 151, and 208. Three hours per week. Three semester hours.

    Note: Students who have received credit for BCMB-351 may not enroll in CHEM-347.

    CHEM-380. Off-Campus Research

    An approved, off-campus laboratory research experience supervised by an on-site adviser and faculty liaison involving a minimum of 10 hours per week for one semester or four weeks of full-time work. Before beginning the project, the student must submit a proposal to be approved by both the chemistry faculty and the on-site adviser. Upon completion of the work, written and oral reports must be presented to the department. Prerequisites: CHEM-108L or 151LQ, and 208L. Graded S/U. Four semester hours. (XLP.)

    CHEM-381. Internship

    A laboratory project in cooperation with industry at an industrial site involving a minimum of 10 hours per week for one semester or four weeks of full-time work. Before beginning the internship, the student must submit a proposal to be approved by both the chemistry faculty and the on-site supervisor. Upon completion of the work, written and oral reports must be presented to the department.  Open to juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Upon completion of the work, written and oral reports must be presented to the department. Prerequisites: CHEM-108L or 151LQ, and 208L. Graded S/U. Three semester hours. (XLP.)

    CHEM-382. Internship

    A laboratory project in cooperation with industry at an industrial site involving a minimum of 10 hours per week for one semester or four weeks of full-time work. Before beginning the internship, the student must submit a proposal to be approved by both the chemistry faculty and the on-site supervisor. Upon completion of the work, written and oral reports must be presented to the department. Open to rising juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. The intern must complete a minimum of 160 hours of work. Prerequisites: CHEM-108L or 151LQ, and 208L. Graded S/U. Four semester hours. (XLP.)

    CHEM-391. Research/Focused Inquiry

    Laboratory and library work, under the direction of a faculty member, designed to introduce the student to fundamental research procedures and data interpretation in the context of a research project. Upon completion of the work, a formal presentation must be given to the department. This course may be taken more than once. Prerequisites: CHEM-208L or 291, and permission of the research adviser. Six hours of laboratory per week. Two semester hours.

    CHEM-400. Chemistry Seminar

    A forum for seminar presentations by students, faculty members, and visiting scientists. Offered both semesters. Prerequisites: CHEM-108 or 151, and 208. May be taken four times for credit. One hour per week. Students cannot be enrolled in CHEM-400 and CHEM-401 in the same semester. Graded S/U. One semester hour.

    CHEM-401. Chemistry Capstone

    A culminating experience for chemistry majors requiring the development and presentation of an independent research proposal, participation in research seminars presented by visiting speakers and Ursinus students, and preparation for post-graduate career and educational opportunities. Prerequisites: Senior standing, CHEM-202W, and at least one course in chemistry at the 300-level excluding internships and research. Students cannot be enrolled in CHEM-400 and CHEM-401 in the same semester. Two hours per week. Two semester hours.

    CHEM-450. Advanced Topics in Chemistry

    An advanced course covering selected topics in modern chemistry. Possible topics include biophysical chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, the chemistry of life, organometallic chemistry, and nanoscience. Prerequisites: CHEM-108 or 151, and 208; or permission of the instructor. Three hours per week. Three semester hours.

    CHEM-491W. Research / Independent Work

    Independent laboratory and library investigation in chemistry. A final research paper and oral presentation will be presented to the department faculty. At the time of registration, written consent of the research adviser and the department is required. This course may be taken more than once. Prerequisites: CHEM-201W. Co-requisite: CHEM-400. Twelve hours per week. Four semester hours. (XLP.)

    CHEM-492W. Research/Independent Work

    A continuation of CHEM-491W, with a final seminar and thesis describing the research work. At the time of registration, written consent of the research advisor and the department is required. This course may be taken more than once. Prerequisites: CHEM-491W. Co-requisite: CHEM-400. Twelve hours per week. Four semester hours. (XLP.)

    CHEM-499. Chemistry Assessment

    A course required of all Chemistry majors designed to assess their learning in the chemistry program. Taken in the student’s last semester. Graded S/U. Zero semester hours.