CHEM 100N. Chemistry & Society
Pre-requisite: Minimum Math Placement 22.
This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge to recognize and evaluate the role of chemistry in life and its associated activities. The first half of the course will be devoted to foundational concepts, including matter, elements and chemical reactions. The second half of the course will be devoted to two of the three following topics, determined by class interest: Environment, Energy and Resources, Health and Medicine.
CHEM 162B. Chemical Structure & Analysis
Anderson, Amil; Dudek, Ray; Finster, David
Pre-requisites: Chem 121; Math Placement Score of 25 or Math 120 or simultaneous registration in Math 120.
This course follows Chem 121 and uses the same textbook. Topics include simple kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, basic thermodynamics and electrochemistry, wet and instrumental analytical techniques, and a selected survey of main group elements and transition metals and their compounds. The weekly laboratory will emphasize data gathering and analysis, the use of computers in the lab, analytical techniques and inorganic synthesis.
CHEM 281. Analytical Chemistry
Pre-requisites: Chem 162 and Math 201 or equivalent.
This course will emphasize problem solving through chemical analysis. Students will learn how to choose methods for analysis, acquire data and use statistics to analyze data. The course will cover complex chemical equilibria as it applies to quantitative analysis. Specific methods to be studied and used in lab include volumetric analysis, UV-Vis absorption spectrometry, atomic absorption spectrometry, fluorescence spectrometry, gas and liquid chromatography and potentiometry. Students will design and perform an independent lab project to analyze samples of their choice. The final exam will include the ACS standardized exam on Analytical Chemistry.
CHEM 290. Introduction to Research
Pre-requisite: Permission of the supervising instructor.
Introduction to research methodology through the study of a laboratory research problem (which can include computational research) under the close supervision of a member of the faculty.
CHEM 300. Junior Seminar
Required of each Chemistry major of junior standing. Attendance at weekly one-hour seminars and discussions is required throughout the year. Each student delivers a one-half hour presentation on a chemical topic prepared under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Several sessions in the fall are devoted to bibliographic instruction, on-line searching, and standard formats for oral and written communication used by practicing chemists. Students register for this course for 0 credits in the fall semester and for 1 credit in the spring semester.
CHEM 302. Organic Chemistry II
Hanson, Pete; Houseknecht, Justin
Pre-requisite: Chem 201.
This is the second organic course in the two-tier sequence. It is designed for those students who need two semesters of organic chemistry for medical school and other health related careers, chemistry majors interested in organic synthesis and reaction mechanisms, and biology majors interested in molecular biology who would benefit from an in-depth study of organic chemistry. The course will focus on organic spectroscopy, structure-reactivity relationships, reaction mechanisms, and organic multi-step synthesis. The course will be organized around a reaction mechanism format. The weekly laboratory will emphasize the synthesis and characterization of selected organic compounds.
CHEM 352. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Pre-requisite: Chem 281, Math 202, Phys 218. Recommended: Math 215.
This course explores the structure and properties of individual atoms and molecules with emphasis on quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, and statistical thermodynamics. Laboratory required. Writing Intensive.
CHEM 372. Advanced Experimental Biochemistry
Pre-requisites: Chem 271, Math 131 or 201, and Phys 200.
Experimental techniques for biochemical studies will be explored both in the lecture and the laboratory. The physical theory behind many experimental methods will be the focus of the lecture portion of the course. In conjunction with the lab, we will explore some aspects of scientific writing. Approximately five laboratory reports will be written and revised. The classroom sessions will be primarily lecture with students responsible for giving a short presentation. There will be two or three exams during the semester as well as a Final Exam. Laboratory will typically meet one afternoon a week. Writing Intensive.
Chem 380. Topics in chemistry – Computational Chemistry
Pre-requisite: Chem 201.
This is a 4-credit lab course which counts as an elective toward the Chemistry major and minor. The class will meet for 1 lecture and 1 lab period a week. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and applications of computational chemistry. Computational resources available at Wittenberg will be used to explore both how computational chemistry works and how it can be used to better understand chemical phenomena. Student success will be assessed primarily through weekly laboratory reports, a midterm, and a final exam.
CHEM 400. Senior Seminar
Required of each Chemistry major of senior standing. Attendance at weekly one-hour seminars and discussions is required throughout the year. Each student writes a scientific paper and delivers a one-hour presentation on a chemical topic prepared under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Several sessions in the fall are devoted to discussions of the social context in which science transpires in our culture and the ethical and professional issues of being a chemist. Students register for this course for 0 credits in the Fall semester and for 1 credit in the spring semester. Writing Intensive.
CHEM 491. Internship
(2 - 4 credits)
Pre-requisites: Chem 281 and prior approval of the department.
Chemical research or activity during the summer or academic semester at an approved site or program.
CHEM 492. Directed Research
(2 - 4 credits)
Pre-requisite: Chem 271, 311, 321 or 382 and permission of the supervising instructor.
Laboratory research project (which can include computational research) in collaboration with a member of the faculty. This may be a more intense continuation of a project started in Chem 290. Students must submit a comprehensive research report by the end of the semester. This course may be repeated for credit.