Chemistry Courses

CH 101 - Principles of Physical Sciences

(Credits: 4.00)

This course is designed to acquaint non-science majors with the basic principles of physics and chemistry with special emphasis on their application to daily living. A section on astronomy includes such concepts as galaxies, nebula, the solar system, evolution of the universe and life cycle of the stars. This course can be used to fulfill a lab science core requirement in natural sciences. Students who register for this course must also register for lab CH 101L for the same term. Prerequisite: MT 095 or equivalent. Lab Fee Required.

CH 102 - Physical Sciences for the Early Childhood Teacher

(Credits: 3.00)

This activity-based course introduces students to the basic principles in physical sciences that would be applicable to their future as early childhood educators. The curriculum is based on Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for the Physical Sciences and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction content guidelines for science education. Topics covered in this course are vital for early childhood teachers taking the state-mandated science content test (Praxis II). Prerequisite: MT 102. Lab Fee Required.

CH 103 - Physical Sciences: Elementary and Middle School Teachers

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a hands-on, activity-based course for students preparing to teach at the elementary/middle-school level only. This course focuses on the basic principles of physics and chemistry. A section on astronomy includes the study of earth and other celestial objects in the sky. Students study science as a mode of inquiry, understand the central role of science in today's society, and learn how to use the skills and processes of scientific inquiry to relate and interconnect different science disciplines. Prerequisite: MT 102 or equivalent; open to students majoring in education or departmental approval. Lab Fee Required.

CH 105 - The Chemical World: Concepts and Applications

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a laboratory course designed to be a hands-on learning experience relating chemistry concepts to relevant and familiar ideas. This course can be used to fulfill a core requirement in the natural sciences. Lab Fee Required.

CH 107 - Fundamental Chemistry

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a course designed for non-science majors with no previous chemistry background. Studies cover the basic concepts of general chemistry. This course can be used to fulfill a core requirement in the natural sciences.

CH 109 - Concepts of Chemistry

(Credits: 4.00)

This is a study of the basic principles of inorganic, organic and biochemistry and is open to non-science majors. This course can be used to fulfill a lab science core requirement in the natural sciences. Students who register for this course also must register for lab CH 109L for the same term. Prerequisite: High school chemistry or CH 107 or equivalent. Lab Fee Required.

CH 113 - General Chemistry I

(Credits: 4.00)

This course is a study of fundamental principles including atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, and the gas laws. Students who register for this course also must register for lab CH 113L and discussion CH 113D for the same term. Prerequisite: High school algebra and high school chemistry or equivalent is required; course is not open to non-science majors.. Lab Fee Required.

CH 114 - General Chemistry II

(Credits: 4.00)

This course is a continuation of CH 113 and includes a continued study of fundamental principles including chemical bonding, chemical and acid-base equilibria, chemical kinetics, and electrochemistry. Students who register for this course also must register for lab CH 114L and discussion CH 114D for the same term. Prerequisite: CH 113. Lab Fee Required.

CH 120 - Chemistry Concepts: A Topical Approach

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to set foundational knowledge of science and chemistry then use that knowledge to explore the chemical aspects of current topics and chemistry in everyday life.

CH 201 - Organic Chemistry I

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of the essentials of organic compounds, including hydrocarbons, functional groups and biomolecules with emphasis on theory, structure, reactions, mechanism and spectroscopic methods. Students who register for this course must also register for lab CH 211L and discussion CH 201D for the same term. Prerequisite: CH 113, CH 114 or equivalent. Corequisite: CH 211. To take CH 201 independently requires departmental consent..

CH 202 - Organic Chemistry II

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a continuation of CH 201 and features a continued study of organic functional groups and biomolecules with emphasis on spectroscopic methods, structure, reactions and mechanism. Students who register for this course must also register for lab CH 212L and discussion CH 202D for the same term. Prerequisite: CH 201 or equivalent. Corequisite: CH 212 To take Ch 202 independently requires departmental consent..

CH 204 - Environmental Chemistry I

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a survey of concepts in environmental chemistry relating to nature, reactions, transport, and analysis of chemicals present in the environment. The chemical reactions and mechanisms involved in energy production/energy resources in the environment, water quality, atmospheric chemistry, and the chemistry of the earth's crust are emphasized. Special topics relevant to modern-day life including waste management/recycling, energy and fossil fuels, and water treatment also are introduced. Prerequisite: CH 201 (BL 105 is recommended.).

CH 208 - Running on Empty

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will provide students a basis for understanding the production, consumption, and consequences of energy derived from fossil fuels and alternative sources in a world with an increasing appetite for energy. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

CH 209 - Clean Green Planet: Environmental Sustainability

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will provide students a basis for understanding the science behind environmental sustainability on the local and global level and the role humankind needs to play in sustaining the planet and its resources for future generations. This course is not open to students who have taken BL 210/CH 210, but may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

CH 210 - Fundamentals of Environmental Science

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a lecture/discussion course for non-science majors. The course includes a study of the principles of environmental science from the perspective of both biological and physical sciences emphasizing the interrelationships among all organisms and their natural environments, natural resource management, mineral cycles, various energy sources, toxic and hazardous substances, and waste treatment strategies. Environmental issues and some of the ethical implications of human interaction with the environment also are discussed. This course can be used to fulfill a core requirement in the natural sciences. Course is cross-listed with BL 210.

CH 211 - Organic Chemistry I Lab

(Credits: 1.00)

This is a hands-on study of organic laboratory techniques and investigations in correlation with CH 201 Organic Chemistry I. Prerequisite: CH 113, CH 114. Corequisite: CH 201. To take CH 211 independently requires departmental consent.. Lab Fee Required.

CH 212 - Organic Chemistry II Lab

(Credits: 1.00)

This is a hands-on study of organic laboratory techniques and investigations in correlation with CH 202 Organic Chemistry II. Prerequisite: CH 113, CH 114. Corequisite: CH 202. To take CH 212 independently requires departmental consent.. Lab Fee Required.

CH 302 - Biochemistry

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of the chemical foundations for life focusing on proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Course content includes: the relationship of composition and structure to the properties and functions of bioorganic molecules; enzyme activity, kinetics and inhibition; bioenergetics and metabolism. Prerequisite: CH 202, BL 106.

CH 307 - Analytical Chemistry I

(Credits: 4.00)

This course is an introduction to the quantitative analysis of inorganic compounds. Laboratory instruction includes classical and instrumental methods: gravimetry, titrimetry and absorptimetry. The lecture consists of theoretical foundations for the methods of analysis used in the laboratory. Students who register for this course also must register for lab CH 307L for the same term. Prerequisite: CH 114. Lab Fee Required.

CH 308 - Analytical Chemistry II

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an introduction to the theories, operations, and applications of spectroscopic, electrochemical, and chromatographic instrumentation used in chemical analysis. Students will acquire hands-on experience in the operation and use of several instruments commonly employed in inorganic and organic chemical analysis. Students who register for this course also must register for lab CH 308L for the same term. Prerequisite: CH 307. Lab Fee Required.

CH 310 - Inorganic Chemistry

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is a study of selected topics in inorganic chemistry, including symmetry and group theory, molecular orbital theory, coordination chemistry and organometallics. Prerequisite: CH 114.

CH 390 - Environmental Chemistry II

(Credits: 2.00)

This course is an introduction to the theories and applications of selected types of instrumentation used in the chemical analysis of environmentally important compounds. Students acquire hands-on experience in the operation and use of several instruments employed in the chemical analysis of air, water and soil samples. Prerequisite: CH 204, CH 307.

CH 400 - Independent Study

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

Independent study Prerequisite: Department approval.

CH 401 - Seminar: History and Philosophy of Chemistry

(Credits: 2.00)

This is a comprehensive study of the interdependence of chemistry and related fields using current literature and scientific investigation. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.

CH 402 - Research Design in the Natural Sciences

(Credits: 1.00)

Students will produce a research proposal on an approved topic of their choice in chemistry. They will participate in reading primary literature, journal-club style presentations, and detailed experimental design culminating in a research proposal. The student's research proposal will be the basis for the culminating research project for the science major capstone project. Cross-listed with BL 402. Prerequisite: Junior standing in chemistry or departmental approval.

CH 403 - Physical Chemistry I

(Credits: 4.00)

This is a study of basic principles and applications of thermodynamics, phase transitions and phase equilibria, and chemical kinetics. Prerequisite: CH 307, PY 202, MT 211 or equivalent.

CH 404 - Physical Chemistry II

(Credits: 4.00)

This is a continuation of CH 403 and includes the study of basic principles and applications of quantum theory, atomic structure and spectroscopy, molecular structure and symmetry, kinetic theory of gases, kinetics of complex reactions, magnetic resonance, and electric and magnetic properties of molecules. Prerequisite: CH 403.

CH 406 - Independent Research

(Credits: 1.00 - 2.00)

In this course, students will execute a research project based on an approved research proposal. They will carry out the laboratory work to complete their independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the department or a research scientist off campus. Students must enroll in a total of 2 credits to meet the senior capstone requirement. This is cross-listed with BL 406. Prerequisite: CH 402 or department consent; only for science majors or minors. Corequisite: CH 407. Lab Fee Required.

CH 407 - Senior Capstone Seminar

(Credits: 1.00)

This course will prepare the students to communicate their research findings in a scientific report format. In this course, students will prepare a written and oral presentation of their completed research project and participate in journal club style presentations. Cross-listed with BL 407. Prerequisite: CH 402. Corequisite: CH 406.

CH 410 - History of Medicine

(Credits: 2.00)

Using a seminar format, students will study the development of the medical sciences through the centuries, including ethical issues related to the medical field. This course is cross-listed with BL 410. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.

CH 411 - Seminar II: Clinical Experience

(Credits: 2.00)

The basic format of this course is that of an internship/clinical experience. One of the goals of this experience is to give the student insight into the academic, internship and practical challenges ahead of them. This course is cross-listed with BL 411. Prerequisite: Junior standing, departmental approval.