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Course Description

CH101 CHEMISTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (4). Chemical principles are explained with applications to environmental concerns. (Intended for general education.) Laboratory. Each Spring.

CH230PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I (4). An introductory course for those with high school chemistry. Atomic structure and bonding, balancing equations, mole relationship, and basic concepts of physical and descriptive chemistry. Laboratories teach basic chemical techniques, data analysis, laboratory safety, and preparation of laboratory reports. Laboratory.  Each Fall.

CH231 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (4). A continuation of CH230. Particular emphasis on equilibrium and properties of aqueous solutions, descriptive inorganic chemistry, and qualitative analysis. Laboratories include analysis of data generated by students.  Prerequisite: CH230. Each Spring.

CH280 RESEARCH PARTICIPATION (1-2). A research course for students with lower levels of chemistry background.  May be repeated for a total of four hours. Prerequisite:  CH230.  Offered as needed (Course by appointment). 

CH330 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (4). The properties of carbon compounds as related to the structure and bonding of the molecules. Laboratory includes the synthesis and indentification of organic compounds of various classes. Prerequisite: CH231. Each Fall.

CH331 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II (4). A continuation of CH330. Students learn about the reactions of the functional groups.  This includes predicting the products which will result from a particular set of reactants.  In addition, students learn how to use reaction mechanisms to predict not only the products obtained but the quantity of each product.  Prerequisite: CH330. Each Spring.

CH334 QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (4). Gravimetric, volumetric, and some instrumental analysis as practiced in industry, agriculture, and the life sciences. Equivalent of two labs per week. Prerequisite: CH231. Alternate years. Fall 2014, 2016.

CH335 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS (4). An emphasis on spectroscopic, chromatographic, and other instrumental methods of analysis used. Equivalent of two labs per week.  Prerequisite: CH231. Alternate years. Spring 2013, 2015.

CH380 RESEARCH PARTICIPATION (1-2). An undergraduate research option for advanced students.  Prerequisite:  Completed a minimum of 12 hours of 200-level or above chemistry courses. Offered as needed (Course by appointment).

CH430 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I (4). Thermodynamics applied to chemical and biochemical systems are covered. Laboratory. Prerequisites: MT140, PH230, and CH231. Alternate years. Fall 2013, 2015.

CH431 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II (4). A continuation of CH430 with an emphasis on quantum mechanics, bonding theory, and reactions rates. Laboratory.  Prerequisites: CH430, MT141, and PH231. Alternate years. Spring 2014, 2016.

BI431 BIOCHEMISTRY (4). See Biology, BI431.

CH435 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (4). The study of coordination chemistry, including coordination bonding, metal complex structure and synthesis, symmetry and group theory, ligand field theory, spectroscopy and magnetism of metal complexes, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, bioinorganic chemistry, and analytical applications of inorganic chemistry. Laboratory Prerequisite: CH231. Each Spring.

CHM495 CAPSTONE RESEARCH PARTICIPATION (1-2). Limited to senior chemistry majors. Students must complete two consecutive semesters. May be repeated for a total of four hours. Prerequisite: Senior-standing and 24 hours of chemistry at the 230-level or above. Each Fall/Each Spring.

 

Physics

No major or minor is offered in Physics.

GO100 GEOLOGY I (4). A description of physical geology through lectures, laboratory investigation, and field observation. Topics include: minerals, volcanism, sedimentation, metamorphosis, plate tectonics, earthquakes, weathering, rivers, groundwater, glaciers, shorelines, environmental, and extraterrestrial geology. Offered as needed.

PH100 BASICS OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE (4). Students investigate properties of matter, motion and force, temperature and heat, electricity and magnetism, and light and optics using guided inquiry. The course work stresses cooperative learning and is designed to model inquiry teaching for Early Childhood and Middle School education majors. Laboratory.  Prerequisite:  H.S. Algebra. 

PH101 BASICS OF EARTH SCIENCE (4). Students investigate the basic concepts and principles of geology, meteorology, and astronomy using guided-inquiry. The work stresses cooperative learning and is designed to model teaching for Early Childhood and Middle School education majors. Laboratory.  Prerequisite:  H.S. Algebra. 

PH102 SOLAR ASTRONOMY (4). A conceptual description of the solar system based on lecture and laboratory experience. Intended for education majors and liberal arts students. Topics include: a brief history of astronomy, tools and measurements in astronomy, planets, satellites, comets, asteroids, meteorites, and the sun. Laboratory.  Prerequisite:  H.S. Algebra.

PH103 METEOROLOGY (4). A conceptual description and study of the atmosphere through lecture and laboratory observation and activities. Topics include: causes of climate, climate changes, temperature, pressure, humidity, condensation, cloud formation, winds, and severe weather. Current perspectives on topics such as global warming are studied. Laboratory.  Prerequisite:  H.S. Algebra.

PH104 STELLAR ASTRONOMY (4). A conceptual description of the stellar systems and universe through lectures and laboratory observations and activities. This course is suitable for education majors and liberal arts students. Topics include: stars and star formation, stellar systems, evolution of stars, galaxies, cosmology, and life in the universe. Laboratory.  Prerequisite:  H.S. Algebra.

PH105 ENERGY (4). Students investigate the basic concepts and principles of energy technology using guided-inquiry. The physics of energy transactions and production are considered. The class focuses on the history, development, and current application of energy technologies from a global perspective. Course work stresses cooperative learning and is designed to model teaching for Early Childhood and Middle School education majors. Laboratory.  Prerequisite:  H.S. Algebra.

PH230 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS I (4). An algebra-based course in which students learn to mathematically describe mechanics, waves, and fluids through lectures, laboratory investigations and problem assignments. Topics include: motion, forces, energy momentum, traveling waves, oscillations, sound waves, and fluid mechanics. Laboratory.  Prerequisite: MT109. Each Fall.

PH231 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS II (4). A continuation of PHY201. Topics include: thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and basic modern physics. Laboratory Prerequisite: PH230. Each Spring.