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Chemistry (CHE)

CHE 101. Concepts in Chemistry I. (4)

Prerequisite: MAT 099 or higher.

The first in a two course series that focuses on the chemistry of the human body. Topics covered will include atomic structure and bonding, structure and reactivity of molecules, acid-base theory, stoichiometry, solution chemistry and an introduction to organic chemistry. This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of any non-science major, including pre-nursing students. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.  CHE 101 or CHE 113 can be taken to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement, but only one may count for such. Offered fall semester.

CHE 102. Concepts in Chemistry II. (4)

Prerequisite: CHE 101 with a "C" or better

The second of a two course series that focuses on the chemistry of the human body. Topics covered will include basic organic reactions, the structure and function of biomolecules, the production and consumption of energy in biochemical processes, and basic drug chemistry. This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of any non-science major, including pre-nursing students. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. CHE 102 or CHE 114 can be taken to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement, but only one may count for such. Offered spring semester.

CHE 113. General Chemistry I. (4)

Prerequisite: MAT 099 (with a "C" or higher).

An introductory course in chemistry designed for science majors. Emphasizes chemical reactions, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, states of matter, solution chemistry, and descriptive aspects of organic chemistry. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. CHE 101 or CHE 113 can be taken to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement, but only one may count for such. Offered fall semester.

CHE 114. General Chemistry II. (4)

Prerequisite: CHE 113 with a grade of "C" or better.

A continuation of Chemistry 113. Emphasizes thermodynamics, gas behavior, kinetics, chemical equilibria, acid-base and precipitation reactions. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. CHE 102 or CHE 114 can be taken to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement, but only one may count for such. Offered spring semester.

CHE 210. Scientific Glassblowing. (1)

Co-requisite: CHE 231

This course is designed to teach students the basics of manipulating molten glass. Students will learn to repair glassware commonly used in the chemistry laboratory. Organic Chemistry I is a pre-requisite so students have experience using the pieces of glassware that they will be forming and repairing. The course will be graded solely on a student portfolio due at the end of the semester. One lecture hour and two lab hours per week. Offered every semester.

CHE 211. Laboratory Safety. (1)

Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHE 113

A laboratory safety course with emphasis on precautionary labels, material safety data sheets, personal protective equipment, handling laboratory equipment safely; safe handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals; emergency equipment, and safety planning. Course is designed for science majors. Two laboratory hours per week.  Required for Chemistry major, minor, and concentrations. Recommended for all other science majors.  Offered at departmental discretion.

CHE 231. Organic Chemistry I. (3)

Prerequisite: CHE 102 with a grade of "B" or better or CHE 114 with a grade of "C" or better. Co-requisite: CHE 241

A study of the structure and bonding in alkanes, alkenes, aromatics, and alkynes; functional groups;
stereochemistry; addition, nucleophilic substitution, elimination, addition, and cationic rearrangement reactions and mechanisms. Three lecture hours per week and one hour of recitation per week.
Offered fall semester. 

 

CHE 232. Organic Chemistry II. (3)

Prerequisite: CHE 231 with a grade of "C" or better.

This is the second portion of a two-semester sequence of courses that introduces the principles, vocabulary and methods of organic chemistry with emphasis on functional group interconversions, mechanisms, and multistep syntheses. Three lecture hours per week.
Offered spring semester. 

 

CHE 241. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I. (2)

Prerequisite: CHE 102 with a grade of "B" or better or CHE 114 with a grade of "C" or better.

Co-requisite: CHE 231
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CHE 211   

The laboratory will include hands-on experimentation with basic chromatography, spectroscopy, microscale and macroscale techniques including recrystallization, distillation, and extraction. Four laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester.

CHE 242. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II. (2)

Prerequisite: CHE 231 and CHE 241 with a grade of "C" or better. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CHE 232

Laboratory will emphasize critical thinking through extensive practice in synthesis, problem solving, spectroscopy, and chemical analysis. Four laboratory hours per week.  Offered spring semester.

CHE 290. Laboratory Development. (1)

Prerequisite: CHE 113 and Departmental permission.

An opportunity for science majors to gain experience in the scientific method. Students will research, develop and test, and implement new chemistry laboratory experiments under the supervision of departmental faculty. Three laboratory hours per week.  Offered every semester.

CHE 301 (401). Biochemistry I. (4)

Prerequisites: BIO 121 and CHE 231 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of instructor.

This course will provide an introduction to biochemistry and cell biology, building on the fundamental concepts from biology and chemistry. The structure and function of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, nucleotides and lipids will be covered. Fundamental concepts of cellular structure and function will be reinforced. Understanding of acid-base equilibrium will be extended to biological systems. Enzyme kinetics, catabolic and anabolic pathways will be introduced. Proton, electron transport as well as oxidation- reduction will be covered. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. This course is the same as BIO 301. No credit will be awarded to students who have taken BIO 301. Offered fall semester.

CHE 302. Biochemistry II. (4)

Prerequisite: BIO/CHE 301 and BIO 331 with a grade of "C" or better.

Quantitative aspects of biochemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics and spectroscopy will be covered, as well as biochemical aspects of molecular genetics. Biological polymers will be covered in detail. The hormonal regulation and the integration of metabolism will be covered in detail. Methods of molecular biology will be introduced. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.  This course is the same as BIO 302. No credit will be awarded to students who have taken BIO 302. Offered every other spring semester.
 

CHE 321. Analytical Chemistry I. (4)

Prerequisite: CHE 114 with a grade of "C" or better.

The theory and practice of modern quantitative analytical chemistry. Students will learn the basic theory behind quantitative solution preparation and wet chemistry reactions. Students will also learn basic statisti- cal analysis skills used in an analytical laboratory. In lab special attention will be paid to proper technique and students will continue to develop the skills necessary to be a competent chemist. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester.

CHE 322. Analytical Chemistry II. (4)

Prerequisite: CHE 321.

The theory and practice of Instrumental Analysis. In this course students will learn the basic spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques which are replacing classical methods due to their speed and accuracy. The course will emphasize the molecular interactions which take place during an analysis and the design and maintenance of each instrument. Lab will focus on the application of different instruments to solve contemporary chemical problems. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Offered spring semester, even-numbered years.

CHE 330. Environmental Chemistry. (4)

Prerequisite: CHE 114.

The theory and application of chemistry to the environmental field. Covered topics include the environmental chemistry of water, soil, and air. The laboratories will use standard analytical and instrumental methods of detection. Quantitative analysis of soil, sediment, and water samples taken from the local environment will be performed in the laboratory. Three lecture and four laboratory hours per week. Offered at departmental discretion.

CHE 375. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. (4)

Prerequisite: CHE 114 with a grade of "C" or better.

An intermediate study of atomic and molecular structures, bonding, crystalline structures, and preparations and reactions of inorganic compounds with an emphasis on transition metal coordination compounds. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.  Offered at departmental discretion.

CHE 376. Structural Organic Analysis. (4)

Prerequisites: CHE 231, CHE 241, and to be accompanied or preceded by CHE 232, CHE 242.

Data interpretation and identification by instrumental methods including IR spectroscopy, UV-VIS spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and NMR spectroscopy. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Offered at departmental discretion.

 

CHE 391. Investigative Chemistry. (2)

Prerequisites: CHE 231 or CHE 321.

Students will conduct several inquiry-based experiments. Students will design and conduct a scientific investigation. The results of the investigation will be reported in both oral and written reports. Six hours of laboratory per week. Offered at departmental discretion.  

CHE 401. Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. (4)

Prerequisites: BIO/CHE 301 with a grade of "C" or better, or permission of instructor.
Macromolecular structures and conformations will be investigated as well as methods of physical biochemistry. Protein-ligand interactions and thermodynamics will be covered. Regulation of metabolic cycles and hormones will be covered. DNA technology and methods of molecular biology will be covered in detail. The biochemistry of selected disease states will be covered in the form of case study investigations with discussions. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. This course is the same as BIO 401. No credit will be awarded to students who have taken BIO 401. Offered every other spring semester.
 

CHE 445. Physical Chemistry I. (4)

Prerequisites: CHE 114 with a grade of "C" or better and MAT 212 with a grade of "C" or better. Recommended: PHY 213.

Fundamentals of theoretical chemistry emphasizing the understanding and use of laws and theories of chemistry and physics. Topics include states of matter, physical and chemical properties of solids and solutions, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical equilibria. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester, even-numbered years.

CHE 446. Physical Chemistry II. (3)

Prerequisites: CHE 445 with a grade of "C" or better. Recommended: PHY 214.

A continuation of the fundamentals of theoretical chemistry emphasizing the understanding and use of laws and theories of chemistry and physics. Topics include electrochemistry, kinetics, quantum chemistry, molecular structure and molecular spectroscopy. Three lecture hours per week. Offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.

CHE 480. Special Topics in Chemistry. (3-4)

Prerequisite: By permission of instructor.

The topic will be determined by the Instructor. Three lecture hours a week (three hours credit), or three lecture and three laboratory hours per week (four hours credit). Offered at departmental discretion.

CHE 481. Seminar. (1) Prerequisite: Junior Chemistry major. Required of all Junior Chemistry majors.

Students will critique paper presentations by their peers enrolled in the course, current faculty members, and visiting scholars. This course will be graded pass/fail based on attendance, selection of a senior level project, and critiques completed. Offered spring semester.

CHE 482. Seminar. (1)

Prerequisite: CHE 481.

Required of all Senior Chemistry majors.

Students will prepare and present a paper on a topic of their choosing in consultation with a departmental faculty member. Topics may be chosen from student research or current research published in a peer reviewed journal or symposium issue (no textbooks). Students will critique papers presented by their peers, current faculty members, and visiting scholars. This course is the same as BIO 482; no credit will be awarded to students who have taken BIO 482. Offered spring semester 2012.

CHE 482. Seminar. (1)

Prerequisite: CHE 481.

Required of all Senior Chemistry majors.

Students will prepare a written summary of the project selected in CHE 481 including a summary of the background of the project, purpose of the research, hypothesis and results, and the work they completed. Topics may be chosen from student research or current research published in a peer reviewed journal or symposium issue (no textbooks). Offered fall semester (starting Fall 2012).

CHE 483. Senior Capstone. (1)

Prerequisite: CHE 482 with a grade of "C" or better.

Required of all Senior Chemistry majors.

The students will present a 30 minute oral presentation which will include the background of the research, purpose of the research, hypothesis and results based on the paper completed in CHE 482. Students will critique presentations by their peers, current faculty members, and visiting scholars.

Offered spring semester (starting Spring 2013).

CHE 491. Research in Chemistry. (2-6)

Prerequisite: A minimum of "B" in science courses and permission of instructor.

A scientific research project completed under the supervision of a Chemistry faculty member.

Subject to rules and regulations on page 64 of the Catalog. Offered on demand.

CHE 495. Internship. (2-4)

Prerequisite: 20 hours of chemistry courses.

Independent work at an off-campus location to apply college course work to a job situation, learn about a possible career and gain career related skills. Approval is required of both a Newberry College chemistry faculty member and an onsite supervisor. Subject to rules and regulation on page 64 of the Catalog. Offered on demand.

 

Forensic Chemistry (FSC)

FSC 211. Introduction to Forensic Science. (3)

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in SCI 120 or CHE 101 or 113; BIO 101, 121, or 130.

An introductory course with emphasis on the terminology and techniques used in forensic chemistry. Topics will include crime scene analysis and reconstruction, DNA evidence, trace analysis, laboratory equipment, analysis of data, and other relevant forensic topics involved with current events. Three lecture hours per week. The optional laboratory portion is FSC 212.  Beneficial for Pre-Law students and Criminal Justice minors. Offered fall semester.

FSC 212. Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory. (1)

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in SCI 120 or CHE 101 or113; BIO 101, 121, or 130. Co-requisite: FSC 211(lecture portion of course)

An introductory forensics laboratory course with emphasis on laboratory techniques used in forensic science. Activities and discussions will be conducted which parallel the topics covered in FSC 211. Topics will include crime scene analysis, DNA evidence, trace analysis, laboratory equipment, analysis of data, and other relevant forensic topics involved with current events. Three laboratory hours per week. Beneficial for Pre-Law students and Criminal Justice minors. A $95 lab fee is charged for this course. Offered fall semester.

FSC 342. Forensic Chemistry Laboratory Techniques. (3)

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in FSC 211, FSC 212, CHE 231 and CHE 321 or CHE 376. Recommended: CHE 322

A continuation of FSC 212. Students will apply contemporary chemical techniques to analyze data collected from a simulated crime scene. Students will be required to analyze, apply instrumental techniques learned in previous chemistry courses and analyze their results. Data analysis will involve instrumentation used in forensic chemistry laboratories across the country. Eight hours of laboratory per week. A $150 lab fee is charged for this course. Offered spring semester.

FSC 495. Forensic Science Internship. (2-4)

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in FSC 211, FSC 212, FSC 342, and 16 hours of chemistry courses. Independent work at an off-campus location to apply college course work to a job situation, learn about a possible career and gain career related skills. Approval is required of both a Newberry College departmental faculty member and an onsite supervisor. Subject to restrictions and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog. Offered on demand.

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