Course Descriptions 2012-2014 Catalog - UW-Superior

2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
CHEM 100Our Chemical Environment2.00
Introduces the concepts of chemistry into the interpretation of chemical effects on the environment. Prerequisite: None. Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science (environmental component). Credits cannot be counted toward a Chemistry major or minor.
General Education Attributes:
NS Natural Science-Environmental
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
CHEM 101Elements & The Environment3.00
Introduction to basic concepts of chemistry and their importance in gaining a better understanding and appreciation of our environment. Many topics of current environmental concern will be discussed. Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science (environmental component). Credits cannot be counted toward a chemistry major or minor. Students cannot earn credit for both CHEM 100 and 101.
General Education Attributes:
NS Natural Science-Environmental
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
CHEM 102Chemistry of Everyday Phenomena4.00
Explores the chemistry of foods, drugs, household chemicals, personal hygiene products, agricultural chemicals, materials and other types of chemistry relevant to the student. Current chemistry topics in the popular press will be critically examined. Topics not usually addressed in other science general education courses will be presented. A small part of the course will be devoted to elementary statistics (evaluation, not calculation) to enable students to understand science and medicine as it is commonly reported. An important but minor part of the course involves discussion of the role of research in technology development and standard of living, and the impact of the chemical industry on the national and world economies. Meets the General Education requirement for Natural Science (laboratory component). Credits cannot be counted toward a Chemistry major or minor. Prerequisite: None. (Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
CHEM 105General Chemistry I5.00
Introduction to physical and chemical properties of the elements, chemical reactions, gas laws, chemical nomenclature, structure of atoms, chemical bonding, and solutions. (Four lectures and one three-hour laboratory.)
General Education Attributes:
NS5 Natural Science with Lab
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4.00
Continuation of CHEM 105 studying chemical equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry, chemical compounds and reactions, qualitative analysis of ions, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory.
Prerequisites:
Chemistry105 is a pre-requisite for Chem 106
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
CHEM 181Introductory Topics1.00 - 2.00
Introductory studies of special interest selected by a student and/or faculty member. The course may be independent-study, and it may be either lecture, laboratory, or both. The study most commonly will be introductory laboratory research work by a student considering a chemistry major, but also may be used for other special studies by a highly prepared student in chemistry. Pre- or corequisite: varies with topic and permission of instructor. Individual sections of the course may be offered for a grade or may be offered pass-fail only. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits. Offered upon sufficient demand.
CHEM 189Chemistry Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
CHEM 205Quant Analysis Lecture3.00
Introductory lecture course in quantitative chemical analysis with major emphasis on classical, wet chemical methods and chemical equilibria. Topics include: concentration calculations, chemical reaction stoichiometry, equivalent weights and normality, titrimetric and gravimetric determinations, acid-base theory, solubilities and precipitation separations, basic electrochemistry, potentiometry, introduction to uv-visible absorbance spectrophotometry. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of CHEM 106, and corequisite is CHEM 206.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 206Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.00
Introductory laboratory course emphasizing wet chemical methods of quantitative analysis. Representative experiments include titrimetry and basic instrumental determinations. Applications of statistics to data analysis are discussed and applied. (One four-hour lecture/laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 205 is corequisite for taking this course.
CHEM 281Selected Topics1.00
Individual studies of a special interest selected by a student and/or faculty member. The study may involve seminars, special laboratory study. Prerequisites: varies with topic and consent of instructor. (May be repeated for up to two credits.) Offered on sufficient demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
CHEM 289Chemistry Elective1.00 - 9.00
Chemistry Elective
CHEM 300Chemistry Of Natural Waters3.00
Emphasizes experimental methods used in investigations of the chemistry of natural water systems and the interpretation of chemical parameters indicative of water quality. Does not count toward chemistry major. (Two lectures and one three-hour laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 106 is a pre-requisite for this class
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
CHEM 312Organic Chemistry--A Short Course3.00
One-semester survey in organic chemistry covering material which describes the structure, properties, preparation and reactions of the major classes of organic compounds. Additional topics will be selected from chemical bonding, kinetics, mechanisms and spectroscopy. Does not count toward a chemistry liberal education major. Counts toward a chemistry secondary education major. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 312 prerequisites and corequisites
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
CHEM 313Intro Organic Chem Lab2.00
One-semester laboratory designed to accompany CHEM 312. Work consists of laboratory preparation and study of the chemical and physical properties of compounds of the types covered in CHEM 312. Co-requisite: CHEM 312. Does not count toward chemistry liberal arts major. Counts toward a chemistry secondary education major. (One-hour lecture-demonstration and one three-hour laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 312 and CHEM 313 are corequisites
CHEM 320Organic Chemistry Lecture I3.00
First of a two-semester sequence of courses which make up a standard one-year course in beginning organic chemistry. Study of the structures, properties, preparation and reactions of the major classes of organic compounds. Also includes basic principles of chemical bonding, kinetics, mechanisms and molecular spectroscopy. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 320, CHEM 322 AND CHEM327 are co-requisites. CHEM 106 is a pre-requisite
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 321Organic Chem Lecture II3.00
Second of a two-semester sequence of courses which make up a standard one-year course in beginning organic chemistry. Work is made up of the study of the structures, properties, preparation and reactions of the major classes of organic compounds. Also includes basic principles of chemical bonding, kinetics, mechanisms and molecular spectroscopy. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 321 and CHEM 323 are co-requisites
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
CHEM 322Organic Chemistry Lab I2.00
First of a two-semester sequence of laboratory courses which accompany CHEM 320 and 321. Consists of laboratory preparation and study of the chemical and physical properties of compounds of the types covered in CHEM 320-321. Some applications of molecular spectroscopy. (One-hour lecture-demonstration and one three-hour laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 320, CHEM 322 AND CHEM327 are co-requisites. CHEM 106 is a pre-requisite
CHEM 323Organic Chemistry Lab II2.00
Second of a two-semester sequence of laboratory courses which accompany CHEM 320 and 321. Consists of laboratory preparation and study of the chemical and physical properties of compounds of the types covered in CHEM 320-321. Some applications of molecular spectroscopy. (One-hour lecture-demonstration and one three-hour laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 321 and CHEM 323 are co-requisites
CHEM 327Molecular Spectroscopy I1.00
Elementary introduction to the spectroscopic techniques most frequently used by chemists. Brief summaries of the mechanics of the techniques will be given, but major focus is interpretation of spectra generated by the following techniques: mass spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, proton and carbon nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and ultraviolet spectroscopy. Students will be expected to identify and sketch structures of simple organic compounds based on spectral interpretation. (One lecture.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 320 is a corequisite for this class
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 345Physical Chemistry Lect I4.00
Exposes students to the main principles of modern thermodynamics and chemical kinetics and their applications. Key points of both areas will be illustrated with the examples of thermodynamics of polymer blends and the effect of formation of meta-stable states in polymer thin films. (Four lectures.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 345 requisites
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 346Physical Chemistry Lecture II3.00
Continuation of CHEM 345 emphasizing quantum theory, lasers, spectroscopy, molecular transport, and molecular reaction dynamics. Key points of many of these areas will be illustrated with the phenomenon of surface light-induced drift. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 346 prerequisites and corequisites
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
CHEM 347Physical Chemistry Lab I1.00
Laboratory work studies laser photochemistry and other applications of lasers in chemistry, as well as thermodynamical properties of gases and liquids, and calorimetry. (One four-hour laboratory meeting during the last eight weeks of the semester.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 347 and 345 are the corequisites
CHEM 348Physical Chemistry Lab II2.00
Continuation of CHEM 347 consisting of laboratory studies of the applications of lasers in chemistry, including kinetic measurements, thermodynamical properties of liquids and macromolecules, electrochemistry, and spectroscopy. . (One four-hour laboratory.)
Prerequisites:
CHEM 348 prerequisites and corequisites
CHEM 360Introduction to Biochemistry3.00
One-semester survey of principles of biological chemistry. Study of the principal compounds of biochemical importance: proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, their chemistry, metabolic breakdown and biosysthesis, enzymes, co-factors, nucleic acids, regulation of cellular systems. Three lectures.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of CHEM 321 and CHEM 323 or CHEM 312.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
CHEM 365Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry3.00
Survey of the basic chemistry of most elements of the periodic table, including natural abundances, typical compounds in the natural state, purification techniques, and modern uses. Periodic trends will be explored and used as an organizing tool in understanding this chemistry. Includes topics such as crystal packing and ionic structures of solids, acid-base theory, and redox reactions.
Prerequisites:
CHEM 365 prerequisites
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
CHEM 366Inorganic Chemistry3.00
Theoretical approach to the study of inorganic chemistry with emphasis on theories of bonding. Particular attention is given to group theory and molecular orbital theory. Also addresses advanced topics such as organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and materials science.
Prerequisites:
CHEM 366 prerequisites
CHEM 367Inorganic Chemistry Lab1.00
A variety of experiments including the study of a number of chemical reactions as well as synthetic methods for the preparation of inorganic compounds and physical measurements of the compounds.
Prerequisites:
CHEM 367 prerequisites
CHEM 375Instrumental Analysis Lecture3.00
Survey of chemical instrumentation and instrumental methods of analysis. Instrumental methods discussed include: atomic and molecular spectroscopy and spectrometry, chromatography, potentiometry, and voltammetry. Discussion also includes: detection limits and detectability, sensitivity, and methods of data analysis. (Three lectures.)
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is CHEM 205, CHEM 345, and Pre or Corequisite is CHEM 346, and Corequisite is CHEM 376.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
CHEM 376Instrumental Analysis Lab2.00
Representative experiments in many of the analytical methods discussed in CHEM 375. Some experiments involve digital data acquisition. Computerized methods of data analysis are employed. Corequisite: CHEM 375. (One four-hour laboratory.)
CHEM 381Intermediate Topics1.00 - 3.00
May be offered for individualized or multiple-student instruction on a particular topic. May be independent study, lecture or laboratory. Topic(s) selected based upon student interest with approval of instructor. Prerequisites: varies with topic. Offered on sufficient demand.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
CHEM 389Chemistry Elective1.00 - 12.00
CHEM 420Advanced Organic Chemistry3.00
Study of various advanced topics in organic chemistry, including bonding, stereochemistry, reactive intermediates in organic reactions and reaction mechanisms. Prerequisites: CHEM 321 and 346. (Three lectures.) Offered on sufficient demand.
CHEM 462Advanced Biochemistry3.00
Second semester of a year sequence involving a study of the chemistry of living systems. Takes a more in-depth look at principles covered in the first semester: structure and properties of amino acids and proteins, enzymes, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and nucleic acids, and covers additional topics including enzyme mechanisms, vitamins and co-factors, protein metabolism and bioenergetics. Prerequisites: CHEM 321, CHEM 360, CHEM 345. Corequisite: CHEM 465.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
CHEM 465Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Cell/Molecular Biology2.00
Principles and practices of techniques used in biochemistry and in cell and molecular biology. Includes protein isolation and analysis, enzyme kinetics, carbohydrate analysis, immunological techniques for analysis, and techniques of gene cloning and manipulation. Recommended: CHEM 462, BIOL 355 AND BIOL 440 or concurrent enrollment. (Lecture one hour, laboratory three hours) Cross-listed as: BIOL/CHEM 465.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Even Years Only
CHEM 481Special Topics1.00 - 6.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in chemistry selected by the faculty on the basis of student/community interest. May include workshops, seminars, field trips, special problems, independent study. May be repeated when topics are different. Prerequisite: varies with topic.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
CHEM 489Chemistry Elective1.00 - 9.00
Chemistry Elective
CHEM 491Senior Research1.00 - 4.00
Individual laboratory investigation of a selected problem to include a study of the related literature and formal reports. Prerequisites: CHEM 346 and approval of instructor. (May be repeated for up to four credits.)
CHEM 496Senior Paper1.00
Preparation of a formal paper on an advanced chemistry topic. Topic must be approved by instructor. Instructor consent required. Topic chosen for CHEM 496 may not be appropriate for CHEM 497. Consult instructor of CHEM 497. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 345.
CHEM 497Senior Seminar In Chemistry1.00
Each student prepares and gives one or more oral reports on a chemical topic of interest to the student and approved by instructor. Prerequisites: CHEM 345 or senior standing in Chemistry. One lecture-discussion. Does not count toward 400-level credits for ACS certification.

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