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Astronomy (ASTR)

ASTR A111 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.

ASTR A310 Radiation in the Universe. (3) (Prereq: Sophomore standing or higher) The study of how radiation is produced, detected, and its applications. Emphasis is placed on astronomical phenomena such as the solar system environment, stellar fusion, supernovae, and gamma ray bursts. Spacecraft design and the effects of radiation on humans will be discussed. Three lecture hours.


Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM A101 Introduction to Chemistry. (4) (Prereq: Completion of, placement beyond, or co-enrollment in MATH A108 or MATH A108L) 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 A103 Basic Principles of Chemistry. (4) (Prereq: completion of or placement beyond MATH A104) An online course, appropriate for general education, that introduces the concepts and vocabulary of chemistry. Hands-on, small-scale laboratory exercises are performed at home using a chemistry kit. Not intended for allied health, engineering, science, or pre-professional majors requiring chemistry. Students may use either CHEM A101 or A103 towards the natural science general education requirement but not both.

CHEM A105 Chemistry in Society. (4) A general education course that introduces 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. Not intended for allied health or nursing majors or for engineering, science, or premed majors requiring two or more semesters of chemistry.

CHEM A111 General Chemistry I. (4) (Prereq: at least one year of high school chemistry, CHEM A105, CHEM A101 or an equivalent course, or departmental permission. Grade of C or better in MATH A122, or completion of, or placement beyond MATH A111. If a student does not meet one of the math prerequisites, that student must fulfill the corequisite of MATH A111.) 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 pre-supposes 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 A112 General Chemistry II. (4) (Prereq: CHEM A111 or departmental permission) 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) (Prereq: departmental permission and sophomore status) Students will experience research and rotate through the labs of each of the chemistry faculty members. The student will be exposed to instrumentation and techniques appropriate to the research being performed in each faculty member’s lab. A summary paper is required at the end of the semester detailing the experiences in each lab.

CHEM A310 Introduction to Chemical Research Methods. (1) (Prereq: Chemistry major and CHEM A112 or departmental permission) 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 A311 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry. (3) (Prereq: CHEM A112; coreq: CHEM A311L) 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 A311L Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. (1) (Coreq: CHEM A311) The course presents an introduction to the inorganic lab techniques used in synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM A321 Quantitative Analysis. (3) (Prereq: CHEM A112; 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 A321L Quantitative Analysis Laboratory. (1) (Coreq: CHEM A321) The practice of volumetric and gravimetric analysis with exposure to spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical methods. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM A331 Organic Chemistry I. (3) (Prereq: CHEM A112; coreq: CHEM A331L) Nomenclature, reactions, mechanisms, and synthesis of carbon-containing compounds. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM A331L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory. (1) (Coreq: CHEM A331) Laboratory safety, synthesis, separation, and purification of carbon-containing compounds. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM A332 Organic Chemistry II. (3) (Prereq: CHEM A331; coreq: CHEM A332L) A continuation of CHEM A331. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM A332L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory. (1) (Prereq: CHEM A331L; coreq: CHEM 332) Continuation of CHEM 331L. Spectroscopic identification of carbon containing compounds. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM A340 Introduction to Chemical Instrumentation. (3) (Prereq: CHEM A112; coreq: CHEM A340L) 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 A340L Introduction to Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory. (1) (Coreq: CHEM A340) 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 A350 Computational Modeling. (1) (Prereq: CHEM A112 and permission of the department) This course provides a survey of computational methods and their use in solving chemical problems. Students will gain experience in the use of modern computational chemistry packages for carrying out electronic structure and molecular dynamics calculations. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM A399 Independent Study. (1-3) (departmental permission and sophomore status).

CHEM A498 Topics in Chemistry. (1-4) (departmental permission and senior status) Selected topics in chemistry. Lecture and/or laboratory course in advanced topics not covered in existing courses.

CHEM A499 Senior Research. (1-3) (Prereq: departmental permission and senior status) 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. A minimum of three semester hours are required for graduation, and a student can enroll for a maximum of six credit hours.

CHEM A511 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. (4) (Prereq: C or better CHEM A311 or departmental permission) 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 and three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM A522 Instrumental Analysis. (5) (Prereq: CHEM A321, CHEM A321L and either PHYS A202 or PHYS A212, or departmental permission) Theory and applications of instrumental methods of chemical analysis using traditional and current methodologies. Three lecture and six laboratory hours per week.

CHEM A541 Physical Chemistry I. (3) (Prereq: CHEM A112, PHYS A212 or PHYS A202, MATH A142; coreq: CHEM A541L or departmental permission) Theories and laws relating to chemical changes. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM A541L Physical Chemistry I Laboratory. (1) (Coreq: CHEM A541 or departmental permission) Applications of physical chemical techniques. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM A542 Physical Chemistry II. (3) (Prereq: CHEM A541; coreq: CHEM A542L or departmental permission) Theories and laws relating to chemical changes; a continuation of CHEM A541. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM A542L Physical Chemistry II Laboratory. (1) (Prereq: CHEM A541L; coreq: CHEM A542 or departmental permission) Applications of physical chemistry techniques. Three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM A550 Advanced Biochemistry. (4) (Prereq: BIOL A541 or departmental permission) An advanced background in the chemistry of biological compounds and cellular processes emphasizing thermodynamics, kinetics, structure, reaction mechanisms, and metabolic pathways is presented. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

CHEM A590 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 A101 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.

PHYS A201 General Physics I. (4) (Prereq: Placement into MATH A141 or a grade of C or better in one of the following courses: MATH A111, MATH A112, MATH A122) The first part of an introductory course sequence covering mechanics, electromagnetism, wave motion, thermodynamics, optics, relativity, and atomic and nuclear physics. No previous background in physics is assumed. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week.

PHYS A202 General Physics II. (4) (Prereq: PHYS A201 or departmental permission) A continuation of PHYS A201. Three hours of lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

PHYS A211 Essentials of Physics I. (4) (Prereq: MATH A141) First portion of a two-semester calculus-level course primarily for students of science and engineering. Topics include Newtonian classical mechanics (kinematics, forces, energy, momentum, and conservation laws), oscillations, waves, sound, and thermodynamics. Three hours of lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

PHYS A212 Essentials of Physics II. (4) (Prereq: PHYS A211 or departmental permission) A continuation of PHYS A211. Topics include electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and an introduction into Modern Physics. Three hours of lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

PHYS A398 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 A399 Independent Study. (1-4) (Prereq: permission of instructor)