Course Descriptions


Astronomy (ASTR)

ASTR 111 Descriptive Astronomy. (4) Introduction to the solar system and distant celestial objects such as stars, galaxies, nebulas, quasars, and black holes. Study of the night time sky, exercises and demonstrations; three lecture hours and three lab hours per week. (Spring)


Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry. (4) (Prereq: Completion of, placement beyond, or co-enrollment in MATH 108) An introduction to the principles and vocabulary of chemistry appropriate for those in the health sciences or for general education. Not intended for those in engineering, mathematical and natural sciences; three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Society. (4) (Prereq: none) An introduction to basic chemistry and chemical methodologies as they interconnect with relevant societal issues. Hands-on, small-scale laboratory exercises will be used to enhance the understanding of chemistry as it occurs in day-to-day life. Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week. Designed as a general education course. Not intended for allied health or nursing majors or for engineering, science, or premed majors requiring two or more semesters of chemistry.

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I. (4) (Prereq: at least one year of high school chemistry, CHEM 105, CHEM 101 or an equivalent course, or consent of the department. Completion of MATH 122, with a C or better, or completion of, or placement beyond MATH 111. If a students does not meet one of the math prerequisites, that student must fulfill the corequisite of MATH 111.) The first portion of a two-semester sequence of courses that introduces the principles, vocabulary and methods of chemistry appropriate for those in engineering, mathematical and natural sciences. This course presupposes an introductory knowledge of chemistry. Three lecture hours and three lab hours presented in an integrated format of 3 two-hour meetings per week.

CHEM 112 General Chemistry II. (4) (Prereq: CHEM 111 or consent of the department) The second portion of a two-semester sequence of courses that introduces the principles, vocabulary and methods of chemistry appropriate for those in engineering, mathematical and natural sciences. Three lecture hours and three lab hours presented in an integrated format of 3 two-hour meetings per week.

CHEM A299 Research Rotation. (1) Research Rotation is an exciting new opportunity for students to get involved with research as early as their Freshman or Sophomore year. In this program, students "rotate" through the research labs of our faculty. Each student, over the course of the semester, spends 2-3 weeks in the lab of each of our faculty members. During that time, that faculty member has a chance to get the student involved in his or her research projects. This way, the student has a chance to actually experience what research is like in each of different research areas before joining a research group. Another great feature of this program is that students will get to know our current upperclassman who are already in research groups and will have mentorship from these students. At the end of Research Rotation, students are asked to write a paper summarizing their experiences in each research lab. Students can also request their 1st and 2nd choice for research groups. After Research Rotation has been completed, our Department attempts to place every student in either their first or second choice. The overall benefit of this approach is for students to get excited and involved in research. By the time a student graduates, that student may have been involved in research for over 3 years and will have presented work at local, regional, or national scientific meetings. Research Rotation is a 1 credit hour course with an expectation of 3 actual lab hours each week.

CHEM 310 Introduction to Chemical Research Methods.  (1)  (Prereq:  CHEM 112)  This course introduces the student to the uses and applications of presentation and analysis software specific for chemistry and to topics such as general research laboratory safety and ethics in research.  The scientific literature search capabilities available in the library will also be demonstrated.  The course is routinely presented online but may be offered as a lecture/lab as needed.

CHEM 311 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry. (3)  (Prereg:  CHEM 112; coreq:  CHEM 311L) An  introduction to the study of descriptive inorganic chemical concepts including the periodic table, transition metal complexes, and the basics of chemical bonding.  Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 311L Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. (1) (Coreq:  CHEM 311)  The course presents an introduction to the inorganic lab techniques used in synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds.  Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM 321 Quantitative Analysis. (3) (Prereq: CHEM 112; coreq: CHEM 321L) Treatment of solution equilibria in conjunction with an introduction to statistical methods, spectroscopy, separations, and electrochemistry. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 321L Quantitative Analysis Laboratory. (1) (Coreq: CHEM 321) The practice of volumetric and gravimetric analysis with exposure to spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical methods. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I. (3) (Prereq: CHEM 112; coreq: CHEM 331L) Nomenclature, reactions, mechanisms and synthesis of carbon compounds. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 331L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I. (1) (Coreq: CHEM 331) Laboratory safety, synthesis, separation and purification of carbon compounds. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II. (3) (Prereq: CHEM 331; coreq: CHEM 332L) A continuation of CHEM 331. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 332L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II. (1) (Prereq: CHEM 331L; coreq: CHEM 332) Continuation of CHEM 331L. Spectroscopic identification of carbon compounds. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM 340 Introduction to Chemical Instrumentation. (3) (Prereq: CHEM 112; Coreq: CHEM 340L) An overview of the physical principles behind the uses of modern chemical instrumentation. Three lecture hours per week. Cannot be used for credit in the chemistry major.

CHEM 340L Introduction to Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory. (1) (Coreq: CHEM 340) Focus on proper procedures for instrument usage and data interpretation. Experiments will be drawn primarily from related scientific disciplines. Three lab hours per week. Cannot be used for credit in the chemistry major.

CHEM 399 Independent Study. (1-4) (Prereq: permission of instructor)

CHEM 498 Topics in Chemistry. (1-4) (Senior standing or consent of instructor) Selected topics in Chemistry. Lecture and/or laboratory course in advanced topics not covered in existing courses.

CHEM 499 Senior Research. (1-3) (Prereq: permission of instructor; coreq: senior status) Available only for senior chemistry majors. Students will participate in a research project under the direction of a chemistry faculty member. A thesis and presentation are required upon completion of the research. This course will provide the capstone experience. During the first semester of enrollment in CHEM 499 the student may enroll for two to three semester hours. Subsequently, a student may enroll for up to three additional semester hours. A minimum of three semester hours are required for graduation and a student can enroll for a maximum of six credit hours.

CHEM 511 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. (3) (Prereq: CHEM 311 and CHEM 542; or consent of department) Advanced and current views of atomic structure, valency and bonding including computation, orbital structure of complex compounds, spectroscopy, and an in-depth study of the periodic table. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 511L Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. (1) (Coreq: CHEM 511 or consent of department) The advanced synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds by modern methods. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM 522 Instrumental Analysis. (5) (Prereq: CHEM 542 or consent of department) Theory and applications of instrumental methods of chemical analysis using traditional and current methodologies. Three lecture and six laboratory hours per week.

CHEM 541 Physical Chemistry I. (3) (Prereq: CHEM 112, PHYS 212 or PHYS 202, MATH 142; coreq: CHEM 541L or consent of department) Theories and laws relating to chemical changes. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 541L Physical Chemistry Laboratory I. (1) (Coreq: CHEM 541 or consent of department) Applications of physical chemical techniques. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM 542 Physical Chemistry II. (3) (Prereq: CHEM 541; coreq: CHEM 542L or consent of department) Theories and laws relating to chemical changes; a continuation of CHEM 541. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 542L Physical Chemistry Laboratory II. (1) (Prereq: CHEM 541L; coreq: CHEM 542 or consent of department) Applications of physical chemistry techniques. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM 550 Advanced Biochemistry. (3) (Prereq: BIOL 541 and CHEM 541) An advanced background in the chemistry of biological compounds and cellular processes emphasizing thermodynamics, kinetics, structure and reaction mechanisms is presented.

CHEM 590 Introductory Glassblowing. (1) (Prereq: junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor) The history and fundamental application of glassblowing techniques. Three laboratory hours per week.


Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 101 Introduction to Physical Science I. (4) An introduction to the concepts, ideas and methods of physical science for non-science majors. Particular emphasis is given to the principles of classical physics and chemistry. Experiments, exercises and demonstrations are included; three lecture hours and three lab hours per week. (Fall)

PHYS 201 General Physics I. (4) (Prereq: A grade of C or better in MATH 111 or 112 or MATH 122 or placement beyond MATH 112) The first part of an introductory course sequence covering mechanics, electromagnetism, wave motion, sound, heat, optics, relativity, quantum physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics. No previous background in physics is assumed. Three lecture hours, one hour recitation and one two-hour laboratory per week. (Fall)

PHYS 202 General Physics II. (4) A continuation of PHYS 201. Three hours of lecture, one hour recitation and one two-hour laboratory per week. (Spring)

PHYS 211 Essentials of Physics I. (4) (Prereq: completion of MATH 141) Mechanics, heat, wave motion and optics, electromagnetism and modern physics. First portion of a two-semester calculus-level course primarily for students of science and engineering. Three hours of lecture, one hour recitation and one two-hour laboratory per week. (Fall)

PHYS 212 Essentials of Physics II. (4) A continuation of PHYS 211. Three hours of lecture, one hour recitation and one two-hour laboratory per week. (Spring)

PHYS 398 Topics in Physics (1-4) (specified prereq. or consent of instructor) Selected topics in physics. Lecture and/or laboratory course in topics not covered in detail in existing courses.

PHYS 399 Independent Study. (1-4) (Prereq: permission of instructor)