Courses

Pitt-Johnstown Chemistry

CHEM 0080 Chemistry, Man, and Society

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 critical thinking skills necessary to assess the risks and benefits of chemical developments and technology-based issues. After receiving credit with a grade of C or higher for general chemistry 1 or any higher numbered chemistry course, a student may not enroll in or receive credit (or equivalent transfer credits) for this course. 3 Credits

Chemistry

CHEM 0085 Drugs and the Human Body

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. 3 Credits

CHEM 0105 Preparation General Chemistry

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. 3 Credits

CHEM 0111 General Chemistry 1

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. 4 Credits

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

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. 4 Credits

CHEM 0113 General Chemistry Laboratory I

A laboratory course designed to augment and clarify the concepts presented in General Chemistry 1. Corequisite: CHEM 0111. 1 Credits

CHEM 0114 General Chemistry Laboratory II

A laboratory course designed to augment and clarify the concepts presented in General Chemistry 2. Prerequisite: CHEM 0111, CHEM 0113. Corequisite: CHEM 0112. 1 Credits

CHEM 0190 Chemistry for the Health Professions

An introductory course designed primarily for students in the health professions. Stresses general concepts of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Corequisite: CHEM 0192. 3 Credits

CHEM 0192 Chemistry for the Health Professions Laboratory

This lab is designed to augment and clarify the concepts presented in Chemistry for the Health Professions lecture. Corequisite: CHEM 0190. 1 Credit

CHEM 0230 Fundamentals of Organic Chemsitry

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. 4 Credits

CHEM 0231 Organic Chemistry 1

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. 4 Credits

CHEM 0232 Organic Chemistry 2

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. 4 Credits

CHEM 0233 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1

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. 1 Credit

CHEM 0234 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2

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. 1 Credit

CHEM 0235 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory

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. 1 Credit

CHEM 0325 Analytical Chemistry

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. 4 Credits

CHEM 1131 Inorganic Chemistry  

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. 3 Credits

CHEM 1132 Physical-inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

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. 2 Credits

CHEM 1133 Synthesis & Characterization Laboratory

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. 1 Credit

CHEM 1291 Clinical Chemistry

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. 6 Credits

CHEM 1292 Urinalysis and Body Fluid Analysis

This course is taught at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by members of the UPJ clinical faculty. Required for medical technology students enrolled in the CMMC program. 2 Credits

CHEM 1321 Biochemsitry 1

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. 3 Credits

CHEM 1322 Biochemistry 2

This course is a continuation of Biochemistry 1. It covers metabolism and the flow of genetic information. Prerequisite: CHEM 1321. 3 Credits

CHEM 1323 Biochemistry Laboratory  

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

CHEM 1325 Spectral Analyis

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. 3 Credits   

CHEM 1327 Instrumental Analysis

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. 4 Credits

CHEM 1329 Chemical Separations

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

CHEM 1330 Topics in Organic Chemistry

Possible topics include chemistry of natural products, organic synthesis, mechanisms of organic reactions, and reaction intermediates. Prerequisite: CHEM 0232. 3 Credits

CHEM 1331 Polymer Chemistry

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

CHEM 1332 Medicinal Chemistry

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. 3 Credits

CHEM 1341 Physical Chemistry 1

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. 3 Credits

CHEM 1342 Physical Chemistry 2

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. 3 Credits

CHEM 1343 Physical Chemistry Laboratory

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. 3 Credits

CHEM 1360 Independent Study

Designed to give the student an opportunity to investigate a topic in some depth. 1-6 Credits

CHEM 1371 Undergraduate Research

Research directed by a member of the chemistry faculty. Approximately four hours per week per credit. 1-4 Credits