Undergraduate Program

Courses

Courses currently being offered:

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.

Students looking to transfer or repeat a course should see our course policy page.


Below you will find a list of all undergraduate courses that have been offered.
NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

CHM 100 PREP FOR COLLEGE CHEMISTRY

This two credit course is designed to provide students with the problem-solving skills required in high school A.P. Chemistry or college freshman inorganic chemistry. Topics include elementary atomic structure and bonding; moles and stoichiometry; gas laws; solution concentration; oxidation and reduction; reaction kinetics; equilibrium; and acid/base chemistry including weak acids and buffers. No audits, summer only.

Last Offered: Summer 2017

CHM 131 CHM CONCEPTS, SYSTEMS, PRACTICE I

This 5 credit course is an introduction to the concepts of chemistry for science and engineering students, health professions students, and as a science course for students of the humanities and social sciences. Properties of chemical systems are discussed from a macroscopic and molecular perspective with examples developed from a wide range of disciplines. The topics covered include stoichiometry, atoms and molecules, properties of gases, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility equilibria, and oxidation-reduction reactions. In addition to lectures, there is a weekly 75 min. workshop. Also, a 50 min. lab lecture and a 3-hour laboratory meet on alternate weeks. You must also register for the lab lecture and corresponding laboratory (Lab Lecture A students also sign up for a Lab A section)prior to the start of the semester. Workshops are offered at multiple times during the week and assigned during the first week of classes. Lab fee: $117/billed. Uses T/Th 8-9:30am common exam time.

Prerequisites: High school Chemistry course
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 132 CHM CONCEPTS, SYSTEMS, PRACTICE II

A continuation of Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I, emphasizing molecular and macroscopic approaches to chemical systems with examples concerned with life sciences or energy and the environment. Topics covered include: Chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, properties of atoms, atomic structure, and chemical bonding. In addition to lectures, there is a weekly 75 min. workshop. A 50 min. lab lecture and a 3-hour laboratory meet on alternate weeks. You must register for the lab lecture and laboratory (linked) prior to the start of the semester. Workshops are offered at multiple times during the week and assigned during the first week of classes. Lab fee: $114/billed. Uses T/Th 8-9:30am common exam time.

Prerequisites: CHM 131 or equivalent
Last Offered: Summer 2017

CHM 137 CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES FOR ENGINEERS

CHM 137 is designed to give engineering students a conceptual foundation in the principles of chemistry that are relevant to solving engineering problems. Important topics include the nature of chemical compounds; stoichiometry, properties of gases; the Periodic Table; electrons and atoms; chemical bonding and applications to materials; thermodynamics and energy; rates of chemical reactions; chemical equilibrium; electrochemistry. Each unit will be discussed in the context of applications to relevant engineering problems, i.e., using chemical knowledge to design a material or process that solves an important problem. In addition to lectures there are weekly 75 min. workshops. Also, a 75 min lab lecture and 3-hour laboratory will be held every other week. You must register for the 137 lecture, workshop, lab lecture and corresponding laboratory (Lab A Lecture students need to also sign up for a Laboratory A section). Lab fee: $116/billed. Uses T/Th 8-9:30am common exam time.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 171 FR ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

CHM 171 / 172 is a one year exploration of the basic observations, concepts and practice of organic chemistry, with a focus on the fundamental relationships among molecular structure and chemical reactivity. The exploration will require that students grapple in depth issues: defining questions, evaluating evidence, weighing arguments, reflecting on epistemological issues, constructing new experiments, etc. The study of organic chemistry will be carefully integrated with a review of the key concepts from general chemistry. Freshman Organic is designed for first year students with good preparation in chemistry (e.g., two years of general chemistry and Advanced Placement score 4 or 5). This sequence fast tracks students to more advanced chemistry courses and the fulfillment of degree requirements in other disciplines. In addition to lectures, there is a weekly workshop. Coregistration in CHM 173 (laboratory and lab/lecture) is required. Lab fee: $116 (billed). (Fall). Uses T/Th 8-9:30am common exam time.

Prerequisites: Two years of general chemistry and Advanced Placement score 4 or 5, or equivalent preparation.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 171Q FRESHMAN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

CHM 171 / 172 is a one year exploration of the basic observations, concepts and practice of organic chemistry, with a focus on the fundamental relationships among molecular structure and chemical reactivity. The exploration will require that students grapple indepth issues: defining questions, evaluating evidence, weighing arguments, reflecting on epistemological issues, constructing new experiments, etc. The study of organic chemistry will be carefully integrated with a review of the key concepts from general chemistry. Freshman Organic is designed for first year students with good preparation in chemistry (e.g., two years of general chemistry and Advanced Placement score 4 or 5, or equivalent preparation). This sequence fast tracks students to more advanced chemistry courses and the fulfillment of degree requirements in other disciplines. Coregistration in CHM 173 (laboratory and lab/lecture) is required. Lab fee: $108 (billed). (Fall). This course uses the Tues/Thurs 8:00-9:30 am Common Exam time.

Prerequisites: Two years of general chemistry and Advanced Placement score 4 or 5, or equivalent preparation
Last Offered: Fall 2012

CHM 172 FRESHMAN ORGANIC CHEM II

CHM 172 is the second semester of a one year exploration of the basic observations, concepts and practice of organic chemistry, with a focus on the fundamental relationships among molecular structure and chemical reactivity. The exploration will require that students grapple in depth issues: defining questions, evaluating evidence, weighing arguments, reflecting on epistemological issues, constructing new experiments, etc. The study of organic chemistry will be carefully integrated with a review of the key concepts from general chemistry. Freshman Organic is designed for first year students with good preparation in chemistry (two years of general chemistry and an Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5). This sequence fast tracks students to more advanced chemistry courses and the fulfillment of degree requirements in other disciplines. The accompanying lab for Chemistry majors is CHM 210 (2 credits). Lab fee: $116(billed). (Spring). This course uses the Tues/Thurs 8:00 - 9:30 am Common Exam time.

Prerequisites: CHM 171 and CHM 173
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 172Q FRESHMAN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

CHM 172 is the second semester of a one year exploration of the basic observations, concepts and practice of organic chemistry, with a focus on the fundamental relationships among molecular structure and chemical reactivity. The exploration will require that students grapple indepth issues: defining questions, evaluating evidence, weighing arguments, reflecting on epistemological issues, constructing new experiments, etc. The study of organic chemistry will be carefully integrated with a review of the key concepts from general chemistry. Freshman Organic is designed for first year students with good preparation in chemistry (two years of general chemistry and an Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5). This sequence fast tracks students to more advanced chemistry courses and the fulfillment of degree requirements in other disciplines. The accompanying lab for Chemistry majors is CHM 210 (2 credits). Lab fee: $108 (billed). (Spring). This course uses the Tues/Thurs 8:00 - 9:30 am Common Exam time.

Prerequisites: 171 and 173
Last Offered: Spring 2013

CHM 173 FR ORGANIC CHEM LAB

CHM 173 is the fall semester, one credit laboratory accompanying CHM 171, an exploration of the basic observations, concepts and practice of organic chemistry, with a focus on the fundamental relationships among molecular structure and chemical reactivity. The exploration will require that students grapple with in depth issues: defining questions, evaluating evidence,weighing arguments, reflecting on epistemological issues,constructing new experiments, etc. The study of organic chemistry will be carefully integrated with a review of the key concepts from general chemistry. Freshman Organic Chemistry is designed for first year students with good preparation in chemistry (see prerequisites). Co-registration in CHM 171 (lecture) is required. Lab fee: $116 (billed). (Fall).

Prerequisites: Two years of general chemistry and an Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5, or equivalent preparation
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 173Q FRESHMAN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

CHM 173 is the fall semester, one credit laboratory accompanying CHM 171, an exploration of the basic observations, concepts and practice of organic chemistry, with a focus on the fundamental relationships among molecular structure and chemical reactivity. The exploration will require that students grapple with indepth issues: defining questions, evaluating evidence,weighing arguments, reflecting on epistemological issues,constructing new experiments, etc. The study of organic chemistry will be carefully integrated with a review of the key concepts from general chemistry. Freshman Organic Chemistry is designed for first year students with good preparation in chemistry (see prerequisites). Co-registration in CHM 171 (lecture) is required. Lab fee: $108 (billed). (Fall).

Prerequisites: Two years of general chemistry and an Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5, or equivalent preparation
Last Offered: Fall 2012

CHM 203 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

An introduction to organic chemistry that focuses on chemical bonding, structure and stereochemistry, reactions and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds. There are three 50 minute lectures and one workshop per week. The workshop is an informal, interactive two-hour session in which groups of eight students work on specially designed problems under the guidance of a trained leader. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a mechanism for students to work actively with the material and with each other. Coregistration in the one credit lab CHM 207 is required (lab fee $116 - billed). (Fall). This course uses the Tues/Thurs 8:00 - 9:30 am Common Exam time.

Prerequisites: CHM 131 & CHM 132 or the equivalent
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 204 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

A continuation of a two-semester sequence in the study of organic chemistry. Topics covered include the reactivity of various functional groups, approaches to organic synthesis,reactivity of conjugated systems and molecules of biological significance. There are three 50 minute lectures and one workshop per week. Coregistration required in the accompanying laboratory course CHM 208 or CHM 210 (2 credit lab recommended for CHM majors). Lab fee: $108 - billed. Grade of C- or better in CHM 203 (or equivalent). (Spring). This course uses the Tues/Thurs 8:00 - 9:30 am Common Exam time.

Prerequisites: CHM 203 and CHM 207 or equivalent
Last Offered: Summer 2017

CHM 207 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I: LAB

A one credit organic chemistry laboratory course that provides an introduction to the characterization and reactivity of organic molecules using modern laboratory techniques. There is one 3-hour laboratory and one 50 minute laboratory lecture per week. Co-registration in CHM 203 is required. Lab fee: $116 (billed). (Fall).

Prerequisites: CHM 131 & CHM 132 or equivalent
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 208 ORGANIC CHEM II: LABORATORY

A continuation of the laboratory sequence begun in CHM 207 with two components. The one credit laboratory section meets once each week for 2 hours and 40 minutes. In addition, the lab-lecture meets once each week for 50 minutes. Chemistry majors should take CHM 210, a 2 credit laboratory course. Lab fee: $116 (billed). (Spring).

Prerequisites: CHM 207 or 173Q; coregistration in CHM 172Q or CHM 204
Last Offered: Summer 2017

CHM 210 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB LECTURE

A 2 credit laboratory using advanced, modern experimental techniques. As part of the course, students will be trained to use the department's NMR spectrometers. This requires extra time outside of scheduled laboratory hours (two, 3-hour laboratories and a lab-lecture per week). This laboratory is required for chemistry majors. Lab fee: $116 (billed). Co-registration in CHM 172 or CHM 204 is required. (Spring).

Prerequisites: CHM 207 or CHM 173
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 210W ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB LECTURE

A 2 credit laboratory using advanced, modern experimental techniques. As part of the course, students will be trained to use the department's NMR spectrometers. This requires extra time outside of scheduled laboratory hours (two, 3-hour laboratories and a lab-lecture per week). Meets one of the required two upper level writing requirements for a chemistry major. Lab fee: $116 (billed). Co-registration in CHM 172 or CHM 204 is required. (Spring).

Prerequisites: CHM 207 or CHM 173
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 211 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

This course covers bonding in inorganic molecules, molecular symmetry, an introduction to solid-state chemistry, coordination chemistry and the properties of transition metal complexes. Two 75 minute lectures per week, 7 workshops, 6 problem sets, three midterm examinations and a final examination. Cross listed with CHM 411. (Fall).

Prerequisites: Organic chemistry
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 231 CHEMICAL INSTRUMENTATION LABORATORY

This four credit course will provide an understanding of both the method and the application of modern chemical instrumentation to chemical problems and systems. The problems will be deliberately chosen to cover a range of different physical and biophysical chemistry topics. Writing clear, concise lab reports is a skill that every practicing scientist is expected to have. This course provides you with excellent opportunities to hone this important skill. Detailed lab reports are required for all computational problems and laboratory experiments. For CHM 231W, in addition to all the requirements of CHM 231, this writing section fulfills the College’s upper-level writing requirements through the completion of three additional written reports on topics in chemical instrumentation. Attendance is required at two lectures and 2 labs per week. Concurrent registration in CHM 251 is recommended. Not open to freshmen and sophomores. Lab fee: $108 (billed). (Fall).

Prerequisites: CHM 131, CHM 132, CHM 203, and CHM 204 (or equivalents) as well as one year each of college physics and mathematics
Last Offered: Fall 2015

CHM 231W CHEMICAL INSTRUMENTATION LABORATORY

This four credit course will provide an understanding of both the method and the application of modern chemical instrumentation to chemical problems and systems. The problems will be deliberately chosen to cover a range of different physical and biophysical chemistry topics. Writing clear, concise lab reports is a skill that every practicing scientist is expected to have. This course provides you with excellent opportunities to hone this important skill. Detailed lab reports are required for all computational problems and laboratory experiments. For CHM 231W, in addition to all the requirements of CHM 231, this writing section fulfills the College’s upper-level writing requirements through the completion of three additional written reports on topics in chemical instrumentation. Attendance is required at two lectures and 2 labs per week. Concurrent registration in CHM 251 is recommended. Not open to freshmen and sophomores. Lab fee: $108 (billed). (Fall).

Prerequisites: CHM 131, CHM 132, CHM 203, and CHM 204 (or equivalents) as well as one year each of college physics and mathematics
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 232 MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY LABORATORY

A thorough study of the principles and practice of spectroscopic methods of modern physical chemistry. This is a four credit course with three lectures and one lab per week. Two exams and five laboratory reports. Course Topics: Overview, Classical view of spectroscopy Quantum view of spectroscopy, oscillator Rigid rotor and anharmonic oscillator Generation and detection of EM radiation Measurement methodology, noise, error OCS lab and Stark effect Electronic spectroscopy Basic Electronics Fine points of rovibrational spectra FTIR experiment 2 level theory, line broadening Laser induced fluorescence experiment Group theory, polyatomics, special topics Polyatomic spectroscopy/intro to Pyrene Pyrene lab instrumentation and analysis Theory of ESR spectroscopy ESR lab and instrumentation Lab fee: $108 (billed). (Spring).

Prerequisites: CHM 251 or equivalent
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 232W MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY LABORATORY

A thorough study of the principles and practice of spectroscopic methods of modern physical chemistry. This is a four credit course with three lectures and one lab per week. Two exams and five laboratory reports. Meets one of the two required upper level writing courses for chemistry majors. Lab fee: $108 (billed). (Spring).

Prerequisites: CHM 251 or equivalent
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 234 ADVANCED LABORATORY TECHNIQUES

Advanced laboratory techniques of synthesis, characterization, and analysis applied to problems in inorganic and organic chemistry. A four credit laboratory course with two or three 75-minute lectures for each lab. Labs are scheduled either Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur for approximately two-and-one-half hours each. Graded work includes five lab reports, a midterm, and two problem sets. 234W has an additional writing assignment. CHM 234W meets one of the two required upper level writing courses for the chemistry major. Lab fee: $117 (billed). (Spring).

Prerequisites: CHM 211 recommended
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 234W ADVANCED LABORATORY TECHNIQUES

Advanced laboratory techniques of synthesis, characterization, and analysis applied to problems in inorganic and organic chemistry. A four credit laboratory course with two or three 75-minute lectures for each lab. Labs are scheduled either Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur for approximately two-and-one-half hours each. Graded work includes five lab reports, a midterm, and two problem sets. 234W has an additional writing assignment. CHM 234W meets one of the two required upper level writing courses for the chemistry major. Lab fee: $108 (billed). (Spring).

Prerequisites: CHM 211 recommended
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 244W Advanced Nuclear Science Educational Laboratory (ANSEL)

Students enrolled in ANSEL will develop an understanding of our terrestrial radiation environment and some of the important applications of nuclear science and technology. Practical skills in the routine use of radiation detectors, monitors, and electronics. Develop the ability to assess radiation threats and prospects of their abatement. Four in-depth experiments are designed to help create a type of well-rounded, competent experimental nuclear scientist who is able to analyze an experimental problem, select, design, and set up appropriate nuclear instrumentation, and to conduct required measurements. Lab sessions will meet twice a week for two hours and 40 minutes. In addition to the lab component, students will attend a weekly lecture (50 minutes) to discuss the scientific background of the experiments and to relate principles of radiation detection and measurement to modern applications in physics, chemistry, environmental studies, power technology, medicine and forensics. (Spring, formerly CHM 245W).

Prerequisites: Physics 123 or 143 - not open to freshmen or sophomores, cross listed with PHY 245W & CHM 444W (formerly CHM 245W/445W)
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 245W Advanced Nuclear Science Educational Laboratory (ANSEL)

Students enrolled in ANSEL will develop an understanding of our terrestrial radiation environment and of some of the important applications of nuclear science and technology. Practical skills in the routine use of radiation detectors, monitors, and electronics, and develop the ability to assess radiation threats and prospects of their abatement. The four in-depth experiments are designed to help create a type of well-rounded, competent experimental nuclear scientist who is able to analyze an experimental problem, to select, design, and set up appropriate nuclear instrumentation, and to conduct required measurements. Lab sessions will meet twice a week for two hours and 40 minutes. In addition to the lab component, students will attend a weekly lecture (50 minutes) to discuss the scientific background of the experiments and to relate principles of radiation detection and measurement to modern applications in physics, chemistry, environmental studies, power technology, medicine and forensics. (Spring).

Prerequisites: Physics 123 or 143 - not open to freshmen or sophomores, cross listed with PHY 245W & CHM 444W (formerly CHM 245W/445W)
Last Offered: Spring 2011

CHM 251 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I

This course is an introduction to quantum mechanics with applications to spectroscopy and to atomic and molecular structure. There are weekly problem sets. Students also participate in workshops each week. Cross listed with CHM 441. (Fall). This course uses the Tues/Thurs 8:00 - 9:30 am Common Exam time.

Prerequisites: Physics 113-114 or 121-122 and Math 163 or 165.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 252 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II

The course covers thermodynamics, equilibrium, statistical mechanics, solutions, and chemical kinetics. There are three 50-minute lectures and one recitation session per week. Weekly problem sets are assigned. (Spring). This course uses the Tues/Thurs 8:00 - 9:30 am Common Exam time.

Prerequisites: General chemistry (CHM 131/132 or equivalent), first-semester physics (PHY 113 or equivalent) and calculus (MTH 143 or equivalent).
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 262 BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY

An introduction to the chemical processes of life. Topics to be covered include proteins and nucleic acids, recombinant DNA technology, biological catalysis, and energy transduction. Structure and function of biological macromolecules will be emphasized. Cross listed with CHM 462. Students will not receive credit for BIO 250 AND CHM 262/462. (Spring).

Prerequisites: Minimum of one semester of organic chemistry required
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 266W THE ADV NUCLEAR SCI EDU LAB

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CHM 275 THE CHEMISTRY OF POISONS

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 286 ENERGY, SCIENCE, TECH & SOC

Course Topics: Interdisciplinary course on contemporary energy issues, part of a “sustainability minor.” Historical development, present state and projected demands of US- American energy production and distribution within the boundary conditions of climate change and global competition. Scientific-technological knowledge of energy production and distribution technologies, energy efficiency. Strategic issues of production technologies: scalability, environmental and biological risks. Present energy policies and prospects for sustainable energy strategies. Student research projects use published data and simulated model energy scenarios.

Prerequisites: Not Open to Freshmen
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 352 CHM 204/171Q LEADERSHIP

A 2-credit course (fall; 1-credit in spring) to prepare students to be effective Workshop leaders in Chemistry courses. Topics include: group dynamics; diversity; student development; learning theory; cognitive apprenticeship; metacognition and constructivism. These ideas are developed and applied in the context of Workshop practice. Cross-listed as CAS352 (fall) and CAS 355 (spring - one credit). The class meets for 1.5 hours each week in the semester in which students are leading workshops. Readings from the research literature, class discussion and a research paper and presentation are required. Cross listed with CAS 352 (fall - 2 credits) and CAS 355 (spring - 1 credit).

Last Offered: Spring 2013

CHM 386V VISITING STUDENT IN CHEMISTRY

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Last Offered: Summer 2015

CHM 390 SUPERVISED TEACHING

Supervised teaching as prearranged with Chemistry Department faculty member. Special Application Required. Faculty rules restrict students to one four-credit Independent Studies course per semester.

Prerequisites: Permission of supervising faculty member
Last Offered: Spring 2017

CHM 391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Individual study of advanced topics arranged by students. The student and instructor determine what course title is most appropriate. The title, limited to 28 spaces, is listed on the Independent Studies Form. This title will appear on the transcript as the official title of the course. If students do not submit a title, the course title will be determined by the number of the course as listed above. Faculty rules restrict students to one four-credit Independent Studies course per semester. Special application required.

Prerequisites: Permission of supervising faculty member
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 393 SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECT

Independent research directed by faculty member to be arranged during semester preceding registration. Written report and participation in a department poster session required. For BS Chemistry majors, two semesters of CHM 393 are required (8 credits). Special application required.

Prerequisites: Permission from research faculty member
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 393W SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECT

Independent research directed by faculty member to be arranged during semester preceding registration. Written report and participation in a department poster session required. For BS Chemistry majors, two semesters of CHM 393 are required (8 credits). Special application required.

Prerequisites: Permission from research faculty member
Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 394 INTERNSHIP

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 395 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

A research course designed by individual arrangement with a faculty member. Plan on spending at least the equivalent of two afternoons (eight hours) a week in the lab. The basis for determining your grade for the research course is worked out between the student and the professor as part of registration for independent research. Special application required.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CHM 395W INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

A research course designed by individual arrangement with a faculty member. Plan on spending at least the equivalent of two afternoons (eight hours) a week in the lab. The basis for determining your grade for the research course is worked out between the student and the professor as part of registration for independent research. Special application required.

Last Offered: Fall 2017