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Chemistry Minor (23 Credit Hours)

A structured minor in chemistry may be taken by students who are interested in enhancement of their credentials (especially students enrolled in majors already carrying chemistry requirements, e.g., biology).

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 101

General Chemistry I

This introduction to fundamental chemical principles includes topics such as atomic structure, bonding and properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. The course consists of three lectures and three hours of laboratory a week.

Prerequisites: High school chemistry and CPC-022 or 3 years of high school mathematics or MAT-117 or MAT-122, CHE-101L

CHE 101L

General Chemistry Laboratory

Three hours of laboratory.

Prerequisites: CHE-101

CHE 102

General Chemistry II

This course is a continuation of Chemistry 101. Topics include chemical equilibria, kinetics and oxidation reduction systems.

Prerequisites: CHE-101, CHE-102L

CHE 102L

General Chemistry Laboratory II

Three hours of laboratory.

Prerequisites: CHE-101L, CHE-102

CHE 219

Organic Chemistry

This course is a survey of the functional groups germane to organic chemistry. In particular, emphasis is placed on the physical properties, nomenclature, conformation, synthesis and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes. Additionally, the recognition of isomers from constitutional stereoisomers such as enantiomers and diastereomers is also stressed.

Prerequisites: CHE-101, CHE-101L, CHE-102, CHE-102L, CHE-219L

CHE 219L

Organic Chemistry Lab

This lab emphasizes purification techniques central to organic chemistry such as recrystallization, distillation (simple and fractional), extraction, chromatography (column and thin layer), and chemical modification. Also, several syntheses are chosen to illustrate lecture material such as, but not limited to reactions such as substitution and bond cleavage. It consists of three hours of lab a week.

Prerequisites: CHE-209 or CHE-219

CHE 220

Organic Chemistry II

This course is a continuation of CHE 219. The physical properties, nomenclature, synthesis and reactions of aromatic rings, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones. Amines, carboxylic acids and its derivatives, ethers, epoxides, sulfides, conjugated systems, aromaticity and enols are studied. The theory and application of a variety of spectroscopic (infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spec) methods are also covered.

Prerequisites: CHE-219, CHE-220L

CHE 220L

Organic Chemistry II Lab

This lab emphasizes the reactions that are covered in lecture such as, but not limited to, ester synthesis, electrophilic substitution of an aromatic ring, Grignard reagents and reduction of carbonyl compounds. This lab also places an importance on mastering spectroscopic methods such as IR and NMR utilizing in-house instrumentation. It consists of three hours of lab a week.

Prerequisites: CHE-219L, CHE-220

CHE 303


This one-semester course emphasizes structure/function relationships among the components responsible for the biochemical functions of life. Topics include proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, bioenergetics, metabolism (catabolism and anabolism), lipids, membranes, nucleic acids, biotechnology, biochemical methods, vitamins and nutrition.

Prerequisites: (CHE-219 CHE-219L BIO-101 BIO-101L BIO-102 BIO-102L) or (CHE-219 CHE-219L BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L) or (CHE-219 CHE-219L CHE-220 CHE-220L), CHE-303L

CHE 303L

Biochemistry Laboratory

This laboratory supports the CHE 303 lecture course. Students required to take CHE 303 are also required to take CHE 303L (except for physician assistant students).

Prerequisites: CHE-303

Total 20

Select one of the following:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 311

Physical Chemistry I

This is the first semester of the introductory course in Physical chemistry. Areas of study include statistical thermodynamics:Maxwell Boltzmann distribution partition function,thermodynamics functions,ideal gases,Einstein solid;spectroscopy:interaction of light with matter,Einstein coefficients,selection rules,atomic and molecular spectra,lasers;kinetics,rates,microscopic reversibility,steady state,collision theory.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: CHE-101 CHE-102 MAT-125

CHE 312

Physical Chemistry II

This is the second semester of the introductory course in physical chemistry. Areas of study include quantum mechanics: history, Bohr atom, Schrodinger Equation, particle in a box, rigid rotor, simple harmonic Oscillator, hydrogen atom, MO theory; classical thermodynamics: Gibbs chemical potential, phase equilibria electrochemistry, irreversible processes. This is the second semester of the introductory course in physical chemistry. Areas of study include chemical kinetics, enzyme kinetics, electrochemistry, quantum mechanics, atomic structure, spectroscopy, molecular modeling and the chemical bond.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: CHE-312L, CHE-101, 102 MAT-125

CHE 351

Medicinal Chemistry

This course will survey the relationships between organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology in the design and discovery of drugs. Strategies in optimizing drug-target interactions will be examined in select drug classes (e.g. NSAIDS, adrenergic agonists/antagonists).
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: CHE-219 CHE-219L, CHE-303 CHE-303L

CHE 412


This is a one-semester course in the fundaments of spectroscopy. This course will cover ultra-violet spectrometry, mass spectrometry, infrared spectrometry, proton (H) magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry, 13C NMR spectrometry,correlation spectrometry (1H-J1 COSY AND 1-13c COSTY) and spectrometry of other important nuclei (e.g., 19F and 31P) to aid in the elucidation and structural confirmation of a wide variety of organic molecules and/or biologically relevant molecules
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: CHE-101 CHE-101L CHE-102 CHE-102L CHE-219 CHE-219L CHE-220 CHE-220L CHE-303 CHE-303L

CHE 421

Survey of Organometallic Chemistry

This is an introductory survey course in organometallic chemistry, which combines organic chemistry with inorganic chemistry. The course will include a general overview of the basics of organometallic chemistry, Topics include properties of ligands, bonding, oxidative addition, reductive eliminations, insertions, hydroformylation, C-H functionalization, olefin metathesis, gold catalysis, current research and industrial processes.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: CHE-219 CHE-219L, CHE-220 CHE-220L

Total 3

Other courses may be taken with departmental approval.