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CHEM101Chemistry and SocietyIntroductory course for students who wish to explore chemistry. Topics include energy, the atmosphere, water, nuclear energy, and genetic engineering. Intended for students who are not majoring in the natural sciences or for Environmental Studies concentrators.
CHEM105The Physical EarthIntroduction to an integrated structural, geochemical, and geophysical description of the Earth: emphasis on the interaction of the planet's solar and internal heat engines considered from the perspective of plate tectonics; historical origins of the current view of the Earth's structure and dynamics; laboratory component includes a field project. Intended primarily for students who are not majoring in the natural sciences, for Environmental Studies concentrators, and for students intending to teach Earth Sciences in high schools.
CHEM108Toxicology and CarcinogenesisExamination of the basics of chemical carcinogenesis, the environmental contributions to cancer, current methods for studying cancer in both clinical and basic research settings, and the development and uses of chemotherapeutic and chemopreventative medicines. The course aims to prepare students to evaluate discussions of cancer risk, diagnosis, and treatments in the lay press and to examine ambiguity and varying viewpoints on the causes and prevention of cancer. The course will also examine the impact of cancer on individuals and society. Laboratory work includes an experiment using the Ames Test for chemical mutagens and a written scientific report based on laboratory findings. Intended for students who are not majoring in the natural sciences.
CHEM110Chemical Composition and Structure with LabFundamental principles of chemistry: chemical calculations and symbolism; atomic and molecular structure and bonding; periodic properties; intermolecular interactions, classification of chemical reactions, and the solid state. Laboratory work includes introduction to chemical instrumentation.
CHEM120Chemical Reactivity with LabClassification of chemical reactions; chemical kinetics; chemical equilibrium; energetics of chemical reactions (thermodynamics); acid-base, solubility-precipitation, oxidation-reduction, complexation reactions; electrochemistry; descriptive chemistry of selected elements. Laboratory work includes use of chemical instrumentation.Prerequisite: CHEM-110 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM125Chemical Structure, Composition, and ReactivityFundamental principles of chemistry: chemical calculations and symbolism; atomic and molecular structure and bonding; periodic properties; intermolecular interactions; the solid state; classification of chemical reactions; chemical kinetics; chemical equilibrium; energetic of chemical reactions (thermodynamics); acid-base, solubility-precipitation, oxidation-reduction, complexation reactions; electrochemistry; descriptive chemistry of selected elements. Laboratory work includes use of chemical instrumentation. Intended for students with strong high school preparation in chemistry as demonstrated on the Chemistry Placement Examination.Prerequisite: Chemistry Placement Exam Required or Instructor Permission
CHEM210Organic Chemistry I with LabBasic principles of structure, nomenclature, and reactivity applied to aliphatic hydrocarbons; valence bond and molecular orbital structure models; inductive, resonance, and steric effects on reactivity; stereoisomerism; laboratory emphasis on techniques used in the synthesis and purification of organic compounds.Prerequisite: CHEM-120 or CHEM-125 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM220Organic Chemistry II with LabContinuation of CHEM 210 that includes classroom and laboratory study of the structure, nomenclature, chemical properties, and spectrometric identification of common organic compounds; emphasis on reaction mechanisms and organic synthesis. Intended for research-oriented natural science students with career interests in chemistry, chemical engineering, or biochemistry and related fields.Prerequisite: CHEM-210 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM240Analytical Chemistry with LabTreatment of experimental data; systematic solution stoichiometry; the study of acid-base, precipitation-solubility, oxidation-reduction, and complex formation-dissociation equilibria; introduction to quantitative applications of gravimetry, titrimetry, and chromatography, electrochemistry, and spectophotometry.Prerequisite: CHEM-120 or CHEM-125 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM310Physical Chemistry I with LabStudy of chemical thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetics. Intended for chemistry majors and biologists with a strong cellular or molecular orientation.Prerequisite: CHEM-120 or CHEM-125, MATH 113 or 115, and PHYS-152 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM/BIOL352Biochemistry with LabOverview of the chemical mechanisms underlying biological processes including structure and function of proteins, polysaccharides, and lipids; enzymatic catalysis and kinetics; an introduction to bioenergetics; detailed treatment of carbohydrate metabolism; survey of lipid and amino acid metabolism; and integration of metabolism. Laboratory will emphasize protein isolation and characterization, enzyme kinetics, and bioinformatics.Prerequisite: CHEM-220 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM410Physical Chemistry II with LabFurther study of chemical kinetics; elementary quantum mechanics applied to simple atoms and molecules; spectroscopy.Prerequisite: CHEM-120 or CHEM-125, MATH-113, and PHYS-152 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM420Instrumental Analysis with LabStudy of instrumental methods of analysis including trace techniques; emphasis on spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and chromatography, introduction to electronic signal processing, and computer data acquisition.Prerequisite: CHEM-240 and CHEM-310 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM430Inorganic Chemistry with LabExploration of the properties of the elements and their compounds (except hydrocarbons and their non-metallic derivatives); emphasis on structures, bonding, and reactivities of main-group, transition-metal, and organometallic compounds; laboratory work emphasizing synthesis, physical and reactivity characterization, and analysis of inorganic compounds.Prerequisite: CHEM-310 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM440Advanced Organic Chemistry with LabStudy of local and reaction stereochemistry, conformational analysis, and molecular orbital theory; preparative methods for asymmetric chemicals; applications of chiral transition metal complexes in catalyzed organic reactions; laboratory work emphasizing chromatographic techniques and 1D and 2D NMR analysis.Prerequisite: CHEM-220 and CHEM-310 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM450Molecular Structure and Reactivity with LabAn advanced course dealing with molecular symmetry and group theory applied to the description of molecular structure and bonding in inorganic, organic, organometallic, and solid-state systems; molecular and electronic structure determination by spectroscopy, magnetism, and X-ray crystallography; examination of selected chemical reactions including molecular recognition processes, metalloprotein reactions, and energy generation; laboratory work emphasizing synthesis and reactivity studies on and physical characterization of inorganic, organic, and organometallic systems.Prerequisite: CHEM-310 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM460Advanced Biochemistry with LabStudy of selected topics in biochemistry through review articles and primary research literature, emphasizing experimental methods, critical analysis and interpretation of data, and integration of biochemical concepts. Laboratory will utilize an investigative approach to strategies of enzyme studies and bioinformatics.Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM-352 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM470Principles of Medicinal Chemistry with LabThis course will survey the world of medicinal drug design, from target choice to structural drug determinants, to drug toxicology and disposition. The course will illustrate to students the significance of chemical structure and their physiochemical properties, and address molecular modification of molecules in the rational design of drug entities. The ultimate goal is to help students relate drug chemistry to therapeutic applications. We will review some general principles learned in Introductory and Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology, and will introduce several Pharmacological and Physiological principles, as they relate to the molecular mechanism of action of select drug classes. Emphasis will be placed on drug-target interactions at the molecular level by employing 3-D visualization tools.Prerequisite: CHEM-220 and either BIOL/CHEM-352 or BIOL-246 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
CHEM490FSenior SymposiumSenior Symposium combines activities currently in the Chemistry senior program and two practicum experiences with the goal of preparing senior majors to present a public seminar covering their Senior Individualized Project and to present themselves professionally as they move into chosen professions. The Chemistry discipline relies heavily on both written and verbal communication skills to disseminate scientific information, and as such, practitioners must be able to articulate concise and scientifically accurate descriptions of their work. Senior Symposium utilizes a series of seminars by guest chemistry professionals, on-campus resources, practical applications, and peer workshops to develop oral presentation skills.
CHEM490SSenior SymposiumSenior Symposium combines activities currently in the Chemistry senior program and two practicum experiences with the goal of preparing senior majors to present a public seminar covering their Senior Individualized Project and to present themselves professionally as they move into chosen professions. The Chemistry discipline relies heavily on both written and verbal communication skills to disseminate scientific information, and as such, practitioners must be able to articulate concise and scientifically accurate descriptions of their work. Senior Symposium utilizes a series of seminars by guest chemistry professionals, on-campus resources, practical applications, and peer workshops to develop oral presentation skills.
CHEM490WSenior SymposiumSenior Symposium combines activities currently in the Chemistry senior program and two practicum experiences with the goal of preparing senior majors to present a public seminar covering their Senior Individualized Project and to present themselves professionally as they move into chosen professions. The Chemistry discipline relies heavily on both written and verbal communication skills to disseminate scientific information, and as such, practitioners must be able to articulate concise and scientifically accurate descriptions of their work. Senior Symposium utilizes a series of seminars by guest chemistry professionals, on-campus resources, practical applications, and peer workshops to develop oral presentation skills.
CHEM495Adv. Bioanalytical ChemistryStudy of selected topics in analytical chemistry focusing on the development of chemical measurements for the analysis of biological systems through review articles and primary research literature. This will include a focus on instrumentation such as flow cytometry, microfluidics, 3-dimensional printing, point of care devices, biological mass spectrometry, imaging techniques, and electrochemical detection schemes. Prerequisite: CHEM-240 or Instructor Permission
CHEM593Senior Individualized ProjectEach program or department sets its own requirements for Senior Individualized Projects done in that department, including the range of acceptable projects, the required background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. See the Kalamazoo Curriculum -> Senior Individualized Project section of the Academic Catalog for more details.Prerequisite: Permission of department and SIP supervisor required.