Courses at the 400-level

CHEM 403: Inorganic Chemistry I

Topics include electronic structure of atoms, bonding, solids, coordination chemistry, acid-base theory, nonaqueous solvents, periodicity, and some main group chemistry.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 405, or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
CHEM 404: Analytical Chemistry

Topics include the principles and applications of volumetric, gravimetric, and selected instrumental methods of analysis, including potentiometric and spectroscopic methods. Lecture and laboratory.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 104
  • PHYS 102 or 201
  • or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
CHEM 405: Physical Chemistry I

Through rigorous quantitative approaches, properties of gases, kinetic molecular theory, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and chemical and phase equilibrium are presented. Differential and integral calculus are used extensively. Lecture.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 104
  • MATH 314
  • PHYS 102 or 201
CHEM 406: Physical Chemistry II

Through rigorous quantitative approaches, quantum mechanics, atomic structure, atomic spectra, chemical bonding, molecular spectra, and chemical kinetics are presented. Differential and integral calculus are used extensively. Lecture.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 104
  • MATH 314
  • PHYS 102 or 201
CHEM 407: Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

Experiments involving topics covered in CHEM 405 are performed. The experimental methods of physical chemistry are developed. Error analysis, statistical methods, and computer applications are emphasized.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Or corequisite: CHEM 405
CHEM 408: Physical Chemistry Laboratory II

This is a continuation of CHEM 407. Experiments involving chemical kinetics, molecular spectroscopy, photochemistry, computational chemistry, and other topics covered in CHEM 406 are performed.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Or corequisite: CHEM 406
CHEM 412: Inorganic Chemistry II

Topics include molecular orbital theory, symmetry, spectral and magnetic properties of coordination compounds, and selected main group and organometallic chemistry.
2 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 403
CHEM 413: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Experiments illustrate main group periodicity, coordination and organometallic compoundsí properties, and techniques, including the use of inert atmospheres and microwave acceleration of rates.
1 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Preceding or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 406 and 412
CHEM 414: Instrumental Methods of Analysis

Emphasis is on the areas of spectroscopy, electrochemistry, chromatography, and other identification and separation techniques using instrumental methods. Lecture and laboratory.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 404
  • CHEM 405
CHEM 416: Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Topics include the principles and applications of volumetric, gravimetric, and selected instrumental methods of analysis, including potentiometric and spectroscopic methods, with emphasis on environmental applications. Lecture and laboratory.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 104
  • PHYS 102 or 201
CHEM 417: Marine Environmental Chemistry

Students examine biogeochemical cycling of material in the marine environment. Topics include major and trace element distributions in seawater, oceanic chemical equilibria, and atmospheric and sediment exchange.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 206 and PHYS 212
CHEM 420: Biochemistry of Proteins and Nucleic Acids

The physical and chemical properties and metabolism of proteins and nucleic acids are discussed. Students cannot receive credit for both CHEM 420 and BIOL 420. Lecture. (Formerly CHEM 410: Intermediate Biochemistry.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 206
  • and CHEM 310 or BIOL 320
CHEM 421: Biochemistry of Energy Metabolism

The physical and chemical properties of carbohydrates and lipids are presented. Students cannot receive credit for both CHEM 421 and BIOL 421. Lecture. (Formerly CHEM 411: Advanced Biochemistry.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • and either BIOL 320 or CHEM 310
  • CHEM 206
CHEM 422: Biochemistry Laboratory

Topics include basic laboratory concepts, including notebook documentation, ethics, and data interpretation, as well as experiments involving DNA cloning, protein purification, spectroscopic analysis, and functional assays. Laboratory.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 310 or consent of department chair
CHEM 425: Advanced Organic Chemistry

Synthesis, structure determination, and mechanism are discussed in the context of natural product and bio-organic chemistry. Spectroscopic and computational methods are emphasized. Lecture and laboratory.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 206
CHEM 435: Pharmacology and Toxicology

The relationship between the chemical structure and biological activity of organic compounds is studied. Historical and current drug development and use are emphasized in relation to the biochemistry of disease.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 205
  • CHEM 206
  • or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
CHEM 467: Honors Colloquium in Chemistry

Advanced level topics in science are examined through participation in department colloquia with outside speakers and through a series of seminars. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in content. Graded S, U.
0.5 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 206
  • or consent of department chair
  • or consent of the department chair
CHEM 490: Independent Study in Chemistry

Students study under the guidance of a member of the chemistry faculty. The particular area of chemistry is selected on the basis of the interest of the student and instructor.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of department chair
CHEM 491, 492, 493: Research in Chemistry

The student conducts original research in an area selected after consultation with the instructor and prepares a report on the work. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in these courses.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of the department chair
CHEM 492: Research in Chemistry

The student conducts original research in an area selected after consultation with the instructor and prepares a report on the work. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in these courses.
1-3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • consent of department chair
CHEM 493: Research in Chemistry

The student conducts original research in an area selected after consultation with the instructor and prepares a report on the work. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in these courses.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • consent of department chair
PHYS 401: Advanced Electricity and Magnetism

This is an examination of the theory and application of electrostatic fields, charge, potential, magnetic fields, steady currents, magnetic flux, inductance, transient current, radiation, and magnetic energy. Lecture.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MATH 314
  • PHYS 201
PHYS 403: Classical Mechanics

This course covers, at an advanced level, the classical theory of linear and rotational dynamics of particles and continuous media. An introduction to Lagrangian mechanics is included. Lecture. (Formerly Intermediate Mechanics.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • MATH 314
  • PHYS 201
PHYS 407: Quantum Mechanics II

Topics include the hydrogen atom, angular momentum, spin, the structure of solids, nuclear physics, and particle physics. Lecture. (Formerly Quantum Mechanics.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PHYS 307
  • PHYS 201
PHYS 411: Statistical Mechanics

Topics include the advanced kinetic theory of gases, transport phenomena, and quantum statistical mechanics. Lecture. (Formerly Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • CHEM 104
  • MATH 416
  • PHYS 201
PHYS 413: Senior Laboratory

Advanced experiments in mechanics, waves, thermodynamics, optics, electromagnetism, and other topics are conducted. Laboratory.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PHYS 201
  • PHYS 313
PHYS 467: Honors Colloquium in Physics

Current topics in science at an advanced level are presented through department colloquia with outside speakers and through a series of seminars led by resident experts. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in content. Graded S, U.
0.5 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • PHYS 201
  • Consent of department chair
PHYS 490: Independent Study in Physics

An area of physics is studied on the basis of the interest of the student and the instructor.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of department chair
PHYS 491: Research in Physics

Students select a topic and conduct original research under the supervision of the instructor and prepares a report on the work. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in these courses.
1-3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of department chair
PHYS 492: Research in Physics

Students select a topic and conduct original research under the supervision of the instructor and prepares a report on the work. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in these courses.
1-3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • consent of department chair
PHYS 493: Research in Physics

Students select a topic and conduct original research under the supervision of the instructor and prepares a report on the work. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in these courses.
1-3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • consent of department chair
PSCI 490: Independent Study in Physical Science

A particular area of physical science is studied on the basis of the interest of the student and the instructor.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of department chair
PSCI 491: Research in Physical Science

Students research a topic under the supervision of the instructor and prepare a report of their work. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in these courses.
1-3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of department chair.
PSCI 492: Research in Physical Science

Students research a topic under the supervision of the instructor and prepare a report of their work. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in these courses.
1-3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of department chair
PSCI 493: Research in Physical Science

Students research a topic under the supervision of the instructor and prepare a report of their work. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned in these courses.
1-3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Consent of department chair

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