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Course Descriptions

The Chemistry Department offers a variety of courses in support of the Chemistry major. In addition to the core courses that are fundamental to the major, there are several upper-level electives that allow students to purse different areas of chemistry.

The department also offers a variety of introductory courses intended for non-majors. Any of these course can be used to fulfill Knowledge Area requirements of the Pitt-Johnstown General Education Program.

SYMBOLS FOR COURSES THAT FULFILL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
KA = Knowledge Area in Natural Science course.
QR = Quantitative Reasoning course.
WE = Writing Enhanced course.
SE = Speaking Enhanced course

CHEMISTRY (CHEM)

CHEM 0080 CHEMISTRY, MAN, AND SOCIETY  3 cr. KA and WE
Course is designed primarily for students with no prior chemistry background and focuses on the intricate link between chemistry and societal, political, economic and ethical issues of daily life. The course has two goals: (1) equip students with the tools necessary to understand the chemistry of everyday life and (2) develop the critical thinking skill necessary to assess the risks and benefits of chemical developments and technology-based issues. Students majoring in chemistry or biology may not take this course for credit toward their degree requirements.

CHEM 0085 DRUGS AND THE HUMAN BODY 3 cr.  KA
Course is designed primarily for students with no prior chemistry background, but who still want to learn about the interactions of drugs with the human body. The course deals with the sources and regulation of drugs, what happens to drugs after they enter the body, and the characteristic effects of high use/high abuse drugs. By the end of the course, students should have a better appreciation of the concept of risk/benefit ratio, which applies to all medications. Students majoring in chemistry or biology may not take this course for credit toward their degree requirements.

CHEM 0105 PREPARATION GENERAL CHEMISTRY 3 cr.
This course in designed for those students who intend to take General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 2, but whose mathematical or chemistry backgrounds are judged by their advisors and the placement exam to be relatively weak. The course emphasizes stoichiometry (chemical calculations), chemical equations, gas laws, elementary atomic structure and periodic properties of elements. Students who take this course must receive a D or better before they can take CHEM 0111.

CHEM 0111 GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1 4 cr. KA
General Chemistry 1 and 2 constitute a two-term introduction to the fundamental properties of matter. General Chemistry 1 covers stoichiometry; the properties of solids, liquids and gases; thermochemistry; and the electronic structure of atoms and molecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 0105. Corequisite: CHEM 0113.
Comment: Students may not take this course unless they have obtained an appropriate test score on the Chemistry Placement Test or have obtained at least a D grade in CHEM 0105.

CHEM 0112 GENERAL CHEMISTRY 2 4 cr. KA
General Chemistry 1 and 2 constitute a two-term introduction to the fundamental properties of matter. General Chemistry 2 covers kinetics, coordination chemistry, redox reactions, chemical equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: CHEM 0111. Corequisite: CHEM 0114.

CHEM 0113 GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I 1 cr.
A laboratory course designed to augment and clarify the concepts presented in General Chemistry 1. Corequisite: CHEM 0111. 

CHEM 0114 GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II 1 cr.
A laboratory course designed to augment and clarify the concepts presented in General Chemistry 2. Prerequisite: CHEM 0111, CHEM 0113. Corequisite: CHEM 0112.  

CHEM 0190 CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS 3 cr.
An introductory course designed primarily for students in the health professions. Stresses general concepts of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Corequisite: CHEM 0192. 

CHEM 0192 CHEMISTRY FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS LABORATORY 1 cr.
This lab is designed to augment and clarify the concepts presented in Chemistry for the Health Professions lecture. Corequisite: CHEM 0190. 

CHEM 0230 FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 4 cr. 
This course is for those biology students who select the terrestrial ecology option and to secondary education biology students. Using biological examples, basic concepts of organic chemistry are introduced. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: CHEM 0112, CHEM 0114. Corequisite: CHEM 0235. 

CHEM 0231 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1 4 cr.
This course is the first part of a two-term sequence, and it deals with the chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, stereochemistry, and free radical and ionic mechanisms of organic reactions. Prerequisite: CHEM 0112 AND CHEM 0114. Corequisite: CHEM 0233.

CHEM 0232 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2  4 cr.
This course is the second part of a two-term organic chemistry sequence and deals with the study of the synthesis of and physical, spectroscopic, and chemical properties of the major classes of organic compounds. The course also includes a brief account of the chemistry of proteins and nucleic acids. Prerequisite: CHEM 0231. Corequisite: CHEM 0234. 

CHEM 0233 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1 1 cr.
A laboratory course designed to augment and clarify the concepts presented in Organic Chemistry 1. Experiments stress mainly, but not exclusively, techniques and simple synthetic procedures. Prerequisite: CHEM 0114. Corequisite: CHEM 0231. 

CHEM 0234 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 2 1 cr.
A laboratory course designed to augment and clarify the concepts presented in Organic Chemistry 2. It stresses functional group transformations, syntheses, qualitative organic analysis, and separation and spectral techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 0233. Corequisite: CHEM 0232. 

CHEM 0235 FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY  1 cr.
This laboratory course is designed to augment and clarify the topics covered in the CHEM 0230 lecture. The experiments included in this lab stress mainly, but not exclusively, techniques and simple synthetic procedures. Prerequisite: CHEM 0112. Corequisite: CHEM 0230. 

CHEM 0325 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 4 cr.
This course and its lab are concerned with the treatment of equilibria that are of analytical importance and with an introduction to basic methods of chemical analysis. Prerequisites: CHEM 0112, MATH 0004. 

CHEM 1131 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY  3 cr. WE
Modern bonding theories are developed to the level that permits some understanding of the effects of structure and bonding on chemical properties. Periodic relationships are discussed and applied to selected families of elements. Emphasis is placed on those aspects of structure, bonding, and periodic relationships that are helpful in unifying a large body of chemical knowledge. Selected topics of current interest in inorganic chemistry are discussed. Prerequisites: CHEM 0232, consent of the instructor. Corequisite: CHEM 1132. 

CHEM 1132 PHYSICAL-INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 2 cr.
This laboratory focuses on synthesis and characterization of inorganic species. Representative examples of transition metal coordination complexes and organometallic and main group compounds are prepared using various synthetic techniques on a micro- and semimicro-scale. Spectroscopic and electrochemical methods are employed in order to examine reaction kinetics, study molecular dynamics (fluxional molecules), as well as for structural characterization. Equal emphasis on theory and application. Selected preparations from the current inorganic literature are included. Prerequisite: CHEM 0234. Corequisite: CHEM 1131. 

CHEM 1133 SYNTHESIS & CHARACTERIZATION LABORATORY  1 cr. SE
Laboratory focuses on various methods used to prepare and characterize organic and inorganic species. Representative examples of transition metal coordination complexes, organometallic and main group compounds, and organic compounds with medicinal applications are prepared and characterized. Spectroscopic, electrochemical, and physical methods are employed to examine reaction kinetics and to study molecular dynamics, as well as for structural characterization. Selected preparations from the current organic, medicinal, and inorganic literature are included. Equal emphasis on theory and application. Prerequisites: CHEM 0232, CHEM 0234.  

CHEM 1291 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY 6 cr.
This course is taught at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (CMMC). It is required for and restricted to medical technology students enrolled in the CMMC program. 

CHEM 1292 URINALYSIS & BODY FLUID ANALYSIS  2 cr.
This course is taught at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by members of the Pitt-Johnstown clinical faculty. Required for medical technology students enrolled in the CMMC program.

CHEM 1321 BIOCHEMISTRY 1 3 cr.
This course is the first course of a two-semester sequence covering the chemistry of life. It covers protein structure, protein function, and central metabolism  Prerequisite: CHEM 0232. Corequisite: CHEM 1323. 

CHEM 1322 BIOCHEMISTRY 2 3 cr. WE
This course is a continuation of Biochemistry 1. It covers metabolism and the flow of genetic information. Prerequisite: CHEM 1321. 

CHEM 1323 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY  1 cr.
A laboratory course to accompany the Biochemistry 1 lecture. The course covers basic biochemical techniques with different sorts of macromolecules. Corequisite: CHEM 1321. 

CHEM 1325 SPECTRAL ANALYSIS 3 cr.
This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and applications of traditional and modern spectroscopic techniques. These techniques are subsequently used for the identification of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 0232.     

CHEM 1327 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS 4 cr.
The lecture emphasizes the theory of operation of various important instrumental techniques of analysis. The accompanying laboratory covers the operation of specific instruments. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: CHEM 0325. 

CHEM 1329 CHEMICAL SEPARATIONS 2 cr.
This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and applications of traditional and modern chromatographic techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 1325. 

CHEM 1330 TOPICS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3 cr.
Possible topics include chemistry of natural products, organic synthesis, mechanisms of organic reactions, and reaction intermediates. Prerequisite: CHEM 0232. 

CHEM 1331 POLYMER CHEMISTRY 3 cr.
This course involves a survey of organic and physical properties of macromolecules. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: CHEM 0232. 

CHEM 1332 MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY 3 cr.
This course starts with a discussion of the general concepts of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry, and it concludes with an extended look at a number of specific drug families. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: CHEM 0232. 

CHEM 1341 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 1 3 cr.
This course is the first of a two-term sequence;  it is a mathematically based introduction to quantum mechanics. Topics include atomic and molecular  structure, molecular spectroscopy, group theory of symmetry, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: PHYS 0152, MATH 0231. 

CHEM 1342 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 2 3 cr.
This course is the second of a two-term sequence; it rigorously deals with the theory and application of chemical thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. Prerequisites: PHYS 0152, MATH 0231. Corequisite: CHEM 1343. 

CHEM 1343 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 2 cr.
Experiments are designed to illustrate physiochemical principles and techniques and to supplement the lecture by covering material that was not covered in the lecture in detail. This course involves significant laboratory report writing and use of existing software packages, including spreadsheets, molecular modeling, mathematical analysis, and statistical analysis. Corequisite: CHEM 1342. 

CHEM 1360 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1–6 cr.
Designed to give the student an opportunity to investigate a topic in some depth. 

CHEM 1371 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH 1–4 cr.
Research directed by a member of the chemistry faculty. Approximately four hours per week per credit.

Last Reviewed: March 7, 2008