Courses: Current and Upcoming

Current Semester Courses

 

 

 

FALL 2014

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

The Chemistry Department offers four degree programs: an American Chemical Society certified curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree; a Bachelor of Arts degree program; and a teaching option (either B.A. or B.S.) leading to secondary school teaching certification. Each of these programs is technical, requiring work in physics and mathematics in addition to chemistry. Prospective majors should enroll in CHEM 12100 Principles of Chemistry, CHEM 12000 Topics in Chemistry and Biochemistry, and speak with a Chemistry Faculty member at their first opportunity.

The department offers courses designed specifically for students majoring in areas other than science.
 
CHEM 11000 GENERAL CHEMISTRY S, Y 
3 credit
Prerequisites: High school chemistry
COURSE DESCRIPTION: General chemistry for occupational therapy majors. Topics from inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry, including the electronic structure of atoms, stoichiometry, equilibria, acids and bases, thermodynamics, kinetics, nomenclature, structure, and reactions of organic compounds and biochemicals. Required for occupational therapy majors.

CHEM 12000 TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY LA NS
1 credit
PREREQUISITE: none
STUDENTS: Strongly recommended for chemistry and biochemistry majors, and open to anyone else who is interested and qualified.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to research projects and selected topics in chemistry and biochemistry. Natural science faculty in Biochemistry and Chemistry will present topics of interest on a rotating basis. Primarily intended for biochemistry and chemistry majors.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: One meeting per week
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Pass/Fail only

CHEM 12100-01 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY NS 2a
4 credits
ENROLLMENT: 300 (60 per section)
PREREQUISITES: High school algebra and high school chemistry with a minimum grade of C, or CHEM-10600. Math placement score of 3 or above.
STUDENTS: Required of chemistry and biology majors, taken by many health science students, and open to anyone else who is interested and qualified.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is the first semester of a four-semester science major’s sequence. The four semesters provide a foundation for advanced work in chemistry, biology, biochemistry and physics. The topics covered in the first semester include atomic structure, chemical reactivity, stoichiometry, chemical bonding and molecular structure. Periodic trends among the elements and their properties are presented with the help of the periodic table.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Four hours of class meeting per week, including discussion, lecture, and quizzes.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Weekly quizzes or exams.

CHEM-19100, 19200, 29100, 29200, 39100, 39200, 49100, 49200 Research in CHEMISTRY LA NS
1-3 credits
INSTRUCTORS: Faculty
PREREQUISITES: Permission instructor.
STUDENTS: Majors and upper level students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: After consultation with a faculty member doing Chemistry research, the student undertakes a research problem under the guidance of that faculty member.

CHEM 22200 all sections ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LA NS
3 credits
PREREQUISITE: CHEM 22100
STUDENTS: Required of chemistry, biochemistry and biology majors and open to anyone else who is interested and qualified.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a continuation of CHEM 22100 and covers the structure and reactions of alcohols, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and derivatives and other functional groups.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Three hours of lecture and one hour of problem solving.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Exams and homework

CHEM 22500 all sections EXPERIMENTAL CHEMISTRY II LA NS
2 credits
PREREQUISITE: CHEM 12400 (with a grade of C-or better);CHEM 22200 (May be taken concurrently).
STUDENTS: Open to all students
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Emphasis is placed on organic synthesis and various purification techniques. Products are analyzed using infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: One lecture and one laboratory per week
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Weekly quizzes, lab reports, and a final exam.

CHEM 32600 EXPERIMENTAL CHEMISTRY II LA NS
3.000 Credit hours
Completion of the unified sequence. Project-oriented experiments to deal with concepts normally found in instrumental analysis, physical, organic, and inorganic laboratory courses. Emphasis is placed on using synthetic techniques, modern analysis by instrumentation, and studies of the physical properties of chemical systems. One lecture and two laboratories per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 32400 (with a grade of C- or better), CHEM 33100 (may be taken concurrently); CHEM 33200. 3 credits. (F,Y)
3.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours
2.000 Lab hours

CHEM 33100 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LA NS
3 credits
PREREQUISITE: CHEM 23200; MATH 10800 or MATH 11200; PHYS 10200 or PHYS 11800
STUDENTS: Open to all students
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A theoretical interpretation of nature from the macroscopic view point. Includes an introduction to thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lecture
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Weekly problem sets and exams

CHEM 34200 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LA NS
3 credits
PREREQUISITE: CHEM 33100 (may be taken concurrently)
STUDENTS: Open to all students
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Inorganic chemistry is the study of the physical characteristics and reactions of inorganic substances. This field is extremely broad and varied, and is rapidly growing. The bonding and properties of the elements studied encompass a tremendous range. How do we attempt to understand such a broad field? Our objectives are to develop and review models that we can use to predict or rationalize properties. We will also develop an understanding of how symmetry can be used to simplify the use of bonding and structure models. And we will use the primary literature and secondary sources to explore some areas of current interest in inorganic chemistry such as solid state materials, organometallic catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry.

CHEM 48107 - Selected Topics in Chemistry
CHEM 48108 - Selected Topics in Chemistry

CHEM 48700, CHEMISTRY SEMINAR LA NS
1 credit
INSTRUCTORS: Akiko Fillinger, CNS 367, afillinger@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 24
PREREQUISITE: Permission of department
STUDENTS: Open to all students
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Series of lectures dealing with current research topics in chemistry and biochemistry presented by faculty, visitors, and students
COURSE FORMAT AND STYLE: One meeting per week
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Each student is required to present a talk during the semester.
Pass/Fail only.

 

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