Chatham University

Chemistry Curriculum

Interdisciplinary Major Requirements
13 courses, including:
CHM 105
General Chemistry
3 Credits
This course covers the same material as Chemistry 107 below, but is specifically structured for students who have had little or no previous chemistry experience, or who need extra help with algebraic problem solving. Three hours of lecture and one hour of recitation per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 109
CHM 107
Chemistry I
3 Credits
This course begins with a study of atomic structure, then expands to cover chemical naming, patterns of reactivity, thermochemistry, the interaction of light and matter, atomic orbitals, ionic and covalent bonding, and molecular shapes. This class concludes with an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 109
CHM 108
Chemistry II
3 Credits
The second semester of general chemistry continues exploring the structure, properties, and bonding of atoms and molecules, with emphasis on the physical characteristics of gases, liquids, solids and solutions, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 105 or 107. Co-requisite: CHM 110.
CHM 109
Chemistry I Laboratory
1 Credits
Introduction to the basic experimental procedures and laboratory techniques in chemistry. Experiments are correlated with the lectures in Chemistry 105 and Chemistry 107. Three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 105 or 107.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 110
Chemistry II Laboratory
1 Credits
Continued introduction to the basic experimental procedures and laboratory techniques in chemistry. Experiments are correlated with lectures in Chemistry 108. Three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): Co-requisite: CHM 108.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 205
Organic Chemistry I
3 Credits
Development of the structural theory of organic compounds. Relationship of structure to reactivity, stereochemistry, types of organic reactive intermediates, and the chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, and aromatic compounds are covered. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 108 and 110; Co-requisite: CHM 215.
CHM 206
Organic Chemistry II
3 Credits
Discussion of organic functional groups and their chemistry. Spectroscopy, mechanisms, and synthetic type-reactions are included. A discussion of biologically important compounds is covered during the last third of the term. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 205 and 215
CHM 209
Inorganic Chemistry
3 Credits
A descriptive survey of inorganic chemistry, including bonding theories, coordination compounds, electrochemistry, inorganic syntheses, and the chemistry of the transition metals. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 108
CHM 215
Elementary Organic Laboratory
2 Credits
Basic manipulative skills, including introduction to several chromatographic techniques, are followed by chemistry of alkenes and aromatic compounds. Four hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 205

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 216
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2 Credits
Chemistry of organic functional groups. Identification of unknowns and a multistep synthesis. Four hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 215; Co-requisite: CHM 206.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 311
Physical Chemistry I
3 Credits
Thermodynamic descriptions of chemical systems, emphasizing gases and solutions. Phase transitions and phase equilibria, chemical equilibria, kinetics, and electrochemistry. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 205 and 215; MTH 152; and PHY 252.
CHM 317
Integrated Chemistry Laboratory
2 Credits
Experiments are selected to illustrate important principles of advanced experimental chemistry and familiarize students with important experimental methods. The course is intended to encourage students to think critically about the reliability of their experimental results in the light of their previous chemistry experience. Five hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 216.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 318
Chemical Analysis Laboratory
3 Credits
This laboratory teaches the proper design, implementation and analysis of modern techniques in instrumental chemistry, encompassing spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and separation science. In addition, several inorganic compounds are synthesized and characterized. Student-originated research projects are used extensively throughout this course. Seven hours of laboratory per week. Cross-listed as BIO 418.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 216

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
CHM 340
Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology Lab
2 Credits
An advanced laboratory course for junior and senior science majors who wish to gain theoretical and practical experience with the techniques and equipment commonly used in the fields of cellular biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. Topics include PCR, electrophoresis, enzyme kinetics, aseptic cell and tissue culture, cell surface receptors, and molecular modeling. Five-hour laboratory with one-hour pre-lab lecture each week. Cross-listed as BIO 440.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 431 or CHM 338.

Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.
1 course selected from CHM312, CHM322, CH338, or any 400-level chemistry course.

Students may take their tutorial in either chemistry or the cooperating program.