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Department of Chemistry Spring 2015
 

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 Chemistry CHEM 22100 and CHEM 12400 (if they have completed the prerequisite CHEM 12100 or CHEM 12300, and speak with a faculty member at their first opportunity.

The department offers courses designed specifically for students majoring in areas other than science.


CHEM 10500 Energy and the Environment
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Ulrich, CNS 352A, sulrich@ithaca.edu, 274-7977.       
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITE: none
OBJECTIVES: Gain an understanding of energy generation and the environmental impacts of energy use.
STUDENTS: Primarily for students majoring in areas other than science.
FORMAT AND STYLE: Description and discussion of types and sources of energy resources.  Background is presented in terms of simple chemical principles understandable to students with majors other than the sciences. Topics of societal concern include carbon dioxide emission, energy cost and availability.    REQUIREMENTS: Three hours of class meeting per week, including discussion, lecture, and quizzes.  Not open to students who have taken CHEM 12100 or CHEM 12300. 
GRADING: Quizzes, exams and a paper.

CHEM-11200-01 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY NS 2a
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Steve Russo, CNS 366, srusso@ithaca.edu, 274-1048.
ENROLLMENT: 55                                       
PREREQUISITE: CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300, or equivalent.
OBJECTIVES: To present an overview of both organic and bio-organic chemistry.
STUDENTS: Mainly Physical Therapy or Health Science students.  This course is open for general education students who meet the prerequisites.  Please note: this course does not meet the requirements for science majors or pre-med students.
FORMAT AND STYLE: Three lectures a week plus one additional recitation hour weekly.

CHEM-11200-02 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY NS 2a
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Elaine Kuo, CNS 331, ekuo@ithaca.edu, 274-5176.
ENROLLMENT: 55                                                     
PREREQUISITE:  CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300, or equivalent.
OBJECTIVES: To present an overview of both organic and bio-organic chemistry.
STUDENTS: Mainly Physical Therapy or Health Science students.  This course is open for general education students who meet the prerequisites.  Please note: this course does not meet the requirements for science majors or pre-med students.
FORMAT AND STYLE: Three lectures a week plus one additional recitation hour weekly.

CHEM-11400-all sections CHEMISTRY LABORATORY NS 2a
1 CREDIT
INSTRUCTOR(S): Elaine Kuo, CNS 331, ekuo@ithaca.edu, 274-5176, DJ Robinson, CNS 356, djrobinson@ithaca.edu, 274-5121, Steve Russo, CNS 366, srusso@ithaca.edu, Scott Ulrich, CNS 352A, sulrich@ithaca.edu, 274-7977.
ENROLLMENT: 100 (20+ per section).
PREREQUISITES: Chemistry CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300, and prior or concurrent Chemistry CHEM-11200.
OBJECTIVES: To have students carry out organic reactions that have been introduced in Chemistry CHEM-11200 and to become acquainted with elementary organic laboratory techniques.
STUDENTS: Required of physical therapy majors; also taken by some Health Sciences and Human Performance students.
FORMAT AND STYLE: Six laboratory reports, 5 quizzes (given in the recitation periods), and a final exam.
GRADING: Based on laboratory performance, quizzes and final exam. 

CHEM-12400-all sections EXPERIMENTAL CHEMISTRY 1 NS 2a
2 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Akiko Fillinger, CNS 367, afillinger@ithaca.edu, 274-1854, Catherine Malele CNS 331, cmalele@ithaca.edu, 274-5176, Jamie Ellis, CNS 364, jellis2@ithaca.edu, 274-7104, Jesse Kleingardner, CNS 352B, jkleingardner@ithaca.edu, 274-7105.
ENROLLMENT: 120
PREREQUISITE: CHEM-12100 or CHEM-12300; CHEM-22100 prior or concurrent.
OBJECTIVES: To introduce the student to basic chemical laboratory techniques, methods of chemical research, and modern analytical instruments.  This course seeks to apply many of the concepts taught in Principles of Chemistry and Organic Chemistry 1.
STUDENTS: Required of all chemistry and biology majors; open to anyone else who is interested and qualified.
FORMAT AND STYLE: Lecture on Tuesday at 8:00 AM to discuss theoretical background of the upcoming experiment, demonstrate equipment and techniques, and discuss results of previous experiments.  One four-hour laboratory per week.
REQUIREMENTS: Attendance, safety goggles, laboratory notebook, weekly quizzes on Tuesday morning, weekly laboratory reports.  Manual available only from the IC Bookstore in January 2015, clicker & non-programmable calculator.
GRADING: Quizzes, lab reports, lab performance, and final exam.

CHEM 20500 - Chemistry and Art 4 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Haaf, CNS 363, mhaaf@ithaca.edu, 274-7978, Gary Wells, G109 Gannett Center, wells@ithaca.edu, 274-1247.
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor
OBJECTIVES: This is a general chemistry course taught in the context of art and art history. In this course, color and materials will provide the basis for students to investigate, through a variety of lecture and laboratory activities, the scientific basis of such topics as paints, metalworking, dyes and fabrics, polymeric materials, art preservation and restoration, and chemical hazards in art. Lectures on the material history of art, with case studies, will establish the context for the study of chemical and analytical concepts. Lecture: three hours. Weekly laboratory.
STUDENTS: Students may enroll for ARTH 20500 or CHEM 20500, but not both. Pre-requisites: One course in the humanities or fine arts.
FORMAT AND STYLE: Lecture and Lab
GRADING: Quizzes, lab reports, participation, papers, projects, and final exam.

CHEM 22100 Organic Chemistry I
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Steve Russo, CNS 366, srusso@ithaca.edu, 274-1048, Catherine Malele CNS 331, cmalele@ithaca.edu, 274-5176, Scott Ulrich, CNS 352A, sulrich@ithaca.edu, 274-7977.
ENROLLMENT: 130
PREREQUISITE: CHEM 12100 or CHEM 12300.
OBJECTIVES: Introduction to the structure and reactivity of carbon compounds. Topics include bonding, isomerism, stereochemistry and the reactions of alkenes, alkynes, and alkyl halides with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. Analytical methods to study organic molecules; particularly infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy are also covered. The use of scientific and logical thought patterns is stressed in problem solving.
STUDENTS: Required course for Biology and Chemistry majors and Pre-med students.
FORMAT AND STYLE: 3 Lectures & 1 Problem Solving Recitation per week
GRADING: Quizzes, problem sets, lecture exams and a final exam. 

CHEM-23200-01 QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS: Janet Hunting, CNS 357, jhunting@ithaca.edu, 274-1475.
ENROLLMENT: 40                                                    
PREREQUISITE: CHEM-12400 and CHEM-22200.
OBJECTIVES: This course provides natural science majors with a quantitative foundation for advanced work in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics and related subjects. The course also provides an important chemical foundation for those seeking to enter the health professions. The major topics are solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and transition metal chemistry.
STUDENTS: Required for all chemistry, biochemistry, and biology majors; open to anyone else who is interested and qualified.
FORMAT AND STYLE: Three lectures plus one recitation hour weekly.

CHEM-23200-02 QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS: Vincent DeTuri, CNS 358, vdeturi@ithaca.edu, 274-1071.
ENROLLMENT: 40   
PREREQUISITE: CHEM-12400 and CHEM-22200.
OBJECTIVES: This course provides natural science majors with a quantitative foundation for advanced work in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics and related subjects. The course also provides an important chemical foundation for those seeking to enter the health professions. The major topics are solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and transition metal chemistry.
STUDENTS: Required for all chemistry, biochemistry, and biology majors; open to anyone else who is interested and qualified.
FORMAT AND STYLE: Three lectures weekly. 

CHEM 32400 - Experimental Chemistry III
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: DJ Robinson, CNS 356, djrobinson@ithaca.edu, 274-5121, Adam Steeves, CNS 365, asteeves@ithaca.edu, 274-3576.
ENROLLMENT: 16
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor; CHEM 22500 (with a grade of C- or better); CHEM 23200 prior or concurrent.
OBJECTIVES: Project-oriented experiments are designed to emphasize advanced lab techniques including multi-step synthesis, purification of complex mixtures, and the use of instrumentation to elucidate molecular structure. Modern analysis by instrumentation is also explored to study the physical properties of chemical systems.
STUDENTS: Required of all chemistry majors; open to others interested and qualified as space permits. FORMAT AND STYLE: Lecture and Lab
GRADING: Formal lab reports, technique, lab notebook, written assignments, quizzes, and a Final Exam.

CHEM-32500 EXPERIMENTAL CHEMISTRY IV
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTORS: Janet Hunting, CNS 357, jhunting@ithaca.edu, 274-1475, Anna Larsen, Jesse Kleingardner
ENROLLMENT: 12  
PREREQUISITE: CHEM-32400 and CHEM-34200.
OBJECTIVES: After completing this course, students will be able to: (1) apply the scientific method of investigation, both as an individual and as part of a team; (2) properly find and utilize chemical information sources; (3) communicate technical material effectively in writing; and  (4) gain experience evaluating and critiquing the written work of their peers.  The field of inorganic chemistry is extremely broad and varied, and is rapidly growing. Coordination chemistry, solid-state chemistry, and materials chemistry are important factors in this growth. The first block of the laboratory course will emphasize the synthesis and characterization of organometallic compounds, while the second block of the laboratory course will focus on the synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials.
STUDENTS: Required for all chemistry majors; open to anyone else who is interested and qualified.
FORMAT AND STYLE: Two four-hour labs plus one discussion hour weekly.

CHEM 33200 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy LA NS
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Adam Steeves, CNS 365, asteeves@ithaca.edu, 274-3576.
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITE: CHEM 23200 (may be taken concurrently); MATH 11200; PHYS 11800.
OBJECTIVES: A theoretical interpretation of nature from the microscopic viewpoint. Includes an introduction to the kinetic molecular theory of gases, quantum chemistry, and spectroscopy.
STUDENTS: Required of Chemistry majors
FORMAT AND STYLE: Three lectures per week
GRADING: Based on problems sets, midterm and final exam.

CHEM 48107 ST: Chemical and Molecular Dynamics LA NS
1.5 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Adam Steeves, CNS 365, asteeves@ithaca.edu, 274-3576.
ENROLLMENT: 12
PREREQUISITE: CHEM 33200 (may be taken concurrently)
OBJECTIVES: Introduce students to time-dependent chemical phenomena.
STUDENTS: Advanced Chemistry majors
FORMAT AND STYLE: Two lectures per week
GRADING: Problem sets and a final report.

CHEM 48800 Chemistry Capstone
3 CREDITS
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Haaf, CNS 363, mhaaf@ithaca.edu, 274-7978.      
ENROLLMENT: 16
PREREQUISITE: CHEM 32500 and CHEM 32600.
OBJECTIVES: A team of professors leads discussions on current topics in chemistry that require students to assimilate knowledge from courses they have taken. Ethics in science is addressed. Seminars will also be given by guest speakers.
STUDENTS: Required for senior level chemistry majors
FORMAT AND STYLE: Lecture, Seminar
GRADING: Exams, papers, participation, attendance.

 

 

 

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