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CHEM 1004 Chemistry in Society
An introduction to the field of chemistry where the material studied will center on real-world societal problems and issues. These issues are set in their social, political, and economic contexts. Lecture and laboratory. II Natural Science

CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
An introduction to chemical concepts and the chemistry of the common elements emphasizing aspects of chemical bonding and energetics. Qualitative and quantitative analyses are included. Lecture and laboratory. II Natural Science

CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
A continuation of CHEM 1055. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 1055.

CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I
A systematic study of organic compounds emphasizing reaction mechanisms and kinetics. Infrared spectrophotometry is used. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 1065. IV

CHEM 2165 Organic Chemistry II
A continuation of CHEM 2155. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 2155. IV

CHEM 2292 Special Topics in Chemistry
Recent developments or current topics in any field of chemistry at the sophomore level. Reading assignments and lectures are based to some extent on original articles in the chemical literature. Some laboratory or field work may be expected. May be repeated for credit if topic is different. (1/2 course unit.) Particular instructors may choose standard or CR/NC grading.Prerequisites: CHEM 1055, 1065, or 1004.

CHEM 2294 Special Topics in Chemistry
Recent developments or current topics in any field of chemistry at the sophomore level. Reading assignments and lectures are based to some extent on original articles in the chemical literature. Some laboratory or field work may be expected. May be repeated for credit if topic is different. (1 course unit.) Particular instructors may choose standard or CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: CHEM 1055, 1065, or 1004. IV

CHEM 2584 Forensic Chemistry
Chemistry in the police lab. A survey of methods and instrumentation used in the criminology laboratory, including drug analysis, alcohol content of blood, trace element analysis, etc. Includes a field trip to the state police laboratory in Frankfort. Mystery stories will be studied to observe whether methods are mentioned or used. Prerequisite: CHEM 1065. IV

CHEM 3014 Inorganic Chemistry
Based on more detailed inorganic chemistry, including structural chemistry, less familiar elements, and coordination complexes. Lecture only. Prerequisite: CHEM 1065. IV

CHEM 3022 Advanced Experimental Techniques I Chemistry
Advanced laboratory experiments and laboratory-based research. Techniques may include preparation of inorganic or organometallic compounds, methods of purification, identification, and quantification, atomic or molecular spectroscopy, and studying equilibria or reaction rates. Experiments will be based to some extent on articles in the chemical literature. Themes for the course will vary with instructor, but may include cancer, drugs, food, nutrition, pollution, toxicology, energy, climate, forensics, crime, art, polymers, and materials. Prerequisite: CHEM 1065.

CHEM 3032 Advanced Experimental Techniques II Chemistry
Advanced laboratory experiments and laboratory-based research. Techniques may include preparation of inorganic or organometallic compounds, methods of purification, identification, and quantification, atomic or molecular spectroscopy, and studying equilibria or reaction rates. Experiments will be based to some extent on articles in the chemical literature. Themes for the course will vary with instructor, but may include cancer, drugs, food, nutrition, pollution, toxicology, energy, climate, forensics, crime, polymers, and materials. Prerequisite: CHEM 1065.

CHEM 3044 Environmental Chemistry
The study of the sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in water, soil, and air environments, as well as the influence of human activities upon these processes. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 1065. IV

CHEM 3084 Biochemistry
An introduction to the basic concepts of biochemistry starting with a review of the chemical compounds of biological interest. Discussion of the reactions of these compounds as well as the energetics of their biochemical reactions and the enzymes that catalyze them. This knowledge is then integrated to the carbon, nitrogen, and energy cycles of living systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 2165. IV; V

CHEM 3115 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
Representative analyses to demonstrate various chemical laboratory techniques. Topics include volumetric, gravimetric, and spectrophotometric methods of quantitative analysis. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 1065. IV

CHEM 3125 Instrumental Analysis
Chemical analysis based on instrumental methods of separation, identification, and quantification. Special emphasis on infrared, visible, and ultraviolet spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, and chromatography. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 1065. IV

CHEM 3155 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics
An examination of nature from a quantum mechanical perspective. Students will explore what holds matter together, why matter takes up space, what determines chemical reactivity and how matter interacts with light. Topics will include chemical bonding, atomic and molecular structure, perturbation theory, variational theory, group theory, Hilbert space, and fundamental principles underlying computational chemistry as well as atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Lecture. Prerequisites: CHEM 1065 and MATH 1324. IV

CHEM 3165 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Statistical Mechanics
A study of the fundamental chemical principles that apply to all subdisciplines of chemistry and that underlie our understanding of chemical reactions. Topics will include thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, molecular interactions, reaction dynamics, and reaction mechanisms. Lecture. Prerequisites: CHEM 1065 and MATH 1324. IV

CHEM 4002 Supervised Laboratory Teaching in Chemistry
Required of teaching chemistry majors. A practical internship on how to run a chemistry laboratory. Under close supervision of the main laboratory instructor, the student assists in planning, instructing, and grading a chemistry laboratory section. (1/2 course unit.) May be repeated (only by teaching chemistry majors) once for credit if subject is different. Standard or CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: 6 course units in chemistry or permission of instructor.

CHEM 4014 Selected Topics in Chemistry
Recent developments or current topics in any field of chemistry. Reading assignments and lectures are based to some extent on original articles in the chemical literature. Students are expected to make a presentation of some topic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IV

CHEM 4212 Independent Study
A study of the techniques of research, of the use of the library for literature review, and of planning and carrying out a research project, with a written report. (1/2 course unit.) May be repeated for a total of 2 units of credit between 4212 and 4214. Standard or CR/NC grading. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CHEM 4214 Independent Study
A study of the techniques of research, of the use of the library for literature review, and of planning and carrying out a research project, with a written report. (1 course unit.) May be repeated for a total of 2 units of credit between 4212 and 4214. Standard or CR/NC grading. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CHEM 4412 Senior Research Seminar I Chemistry
The first course of a two-semester sequence investigating a research problem by reviewing the literature in the library, planning, and carrying out the research in the laboratory or with a computer. The student will choose a topic in consultation with a faculty instructor, prepare an abstract on this topic and present both a written and oral presentation to the class. It will be strongly suggested that the presentation also be prepared to be given at a regional or national convention. This course will be graded CR/NC. This grade will be changed to a letter grade pending successful completion of Senior Research Seminar II. (1/2 course unit.)Prerequisite: Senior standing and a chemistry or biochemistry major.

CHEM 4422 Senior Research Seminar II Chemistry
The second course of a two-semester sequence investigating a research problem by reviewing the literature in the library, planning, and carrying out the research in the laboratory or with a computer. The student will choose a topic in consultation with a faculty instructor, prepare an abstract on this topic and present both a written and oral presentation to the class. It will be strongly suggested that the presentation also be prepared to be given at a regional or national convention. Upon successful completion of this course, the grade for Senior Research Seminar I will be changed to the letter grade of this course (1/2 unit). Prerequisite: CHEM 4412.

CHEM 4904 Senior Honors in Chemistry
Carrying out a research project with a written report. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Senior standing, four courses in chemistry, a grade point average of at least 3.0 in chemistry, and permission of instructor.

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