Course Descriptions

111, 112 General Chemistry I and II

The introductory course in chemistry. (Required for all chemistry, biochemistry, pre-medical, pre-dental, pharmacy, medical technology and paramedical students. Recommended for all science majors.) (1, 1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.

200 Laboratory Safety

An exploration of all aspects of safety in the laboratory including hazards and regulations associated with chemicals, equipment, and procedures, waste disposal, PPE, and laboratory design. Students will analyze safety requirements in their intended post graduation workplace: high school classroom, industrial employment, or graduate research laboratory. (1/2)
Lecture: 1.5 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Chem 221 or permission.

205 Research Experience

A research project in chemistry or biochemistry. May not be used to satisfy the BA Chemistry elective or BS Chemistry research requirement. May be repeated for credit. (1/2)
Prerequisite: Permission of the Department.

221, 222 Organic Chemistry I and II

A study of the chemistry of the compounds of carbon. Fundamental concepts of chemical bonding are employed to develop chemical models and to correlate structure-property relationships within and among the various classes of carbon compounds. (1,1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Chem 112 is a prerequisite for CHEM 221; CHEM 221 is a prerequisite for CHEM 222.

240 Pharmaceutical Chemistry

A study of the chemistry of pharmaceuticals, with emphasis on the molecular-level interactions between drugs and the body. Drug metabolism, drug-receptor interactions, and drug development are explored with case studies including cancer drugs, opiates, and antibiotics. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Chem 222.

260 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

A study of the elements and their compounds. The properties of these substances, spanning the entire periodic table, will be described and explained through the connections to chemical theories and concepts. The occurrence, isolation, uses, and compounds of elements will be explored. Biochemical and industrial applications will be considered. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Chem 112.

270 Environmental Chemistry

A study of the sources, reactions, transport and fate of chemical in air, water, and soil environments as well as the effects of these compounds on human health and the natural environment. The chemistry of both natural and anthropogenic processes will be examined. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Chem 112.

280 Sophomore Seminar: Communicating Chemistry

Scientific communication skills: literature searching skills, written and oral scientific presentation skills. Introduction to research methods: planning and organizing a research project, data analysis techniques. (1/2)
Lecture: 1 1/2 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Chem 221.

299 Special Topics in Chemistry

The study of a special topic in chemistry that is not normally offered. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Permission.

331, 332 Physical Chemistry I and II

The physical aspects of chemical phenomena, including the properties of solids, liquids, gases and solutions; thermodynamics; kinetics; electrochemistry; and elementary quantum theory. (1,1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Chem 222, Math 122, and two units of general physics are prerequisites for CHEM 331; CHEM 331 is a prerequisite for CHEM 332.

341, 342 Biochemistry I and II

A study of the major macromolecules found in biological systems with an emphasis on structure/function relationships, as well as the role of each class in central and secondary metabolic processes. (1,1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Chem 222; CHEM 341 is a prerequisite for CHEM 342.

350 Instrumental Analysis

The theory and practice of the principal methods of instrumental analysis. Areas include electrochemistry, chromatography (GC and LC), spectroscopic methods (UV-Vis, IR, NMR), mass spectrometry, X-ray analysis, and atomic absorption. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory, 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite or co-requisite: Chem 331.
(Offered in 2013-2014 and alternate years.)

399 Special Topics in Chemistry

The study of a special topic in chemistry that is not normally offered. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Permission.

405, 406, 407 Independent Study and Research

A research project in chemistry or biochemistry that results in the production of a scholarly paper and an oral presentation. (1/2, 1, 1/2)
Prerequisite: Permission of the Department.

416 Internship

Practical experience in a setting where chemistry is applied, under the guidance of a member of the chemistry department faculty. This course may count as elective credit but does not fulfill a degree requirement in chemistry or biochemistry. (1)
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and permission of the Department.

420 Advanced Organic Chemistry

An in-depth study of selected topics in organic chemistry, with particular emphasis on physical organic chemistry. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Chem 222 and 331.
(Offered in 2013-2014 and alternate years.)

430 Advanced Physical Chemistry

The relations of atomic and molecular theory to the development of modern chemical bonding concepts. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Chem 332.

460 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Advanced topics in inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on bonding and structure. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.; Laboratory, 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Chem 222 and 331.
(Offered in 2012-2013 and alternate years.)

495, 496, 497 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminating in a paper, artistic creation, or performance.
Prerequisite: To qualify for consideration to receive honors in the major a student in his/her senior year or in the summer prior to the senior year must work under the guidance of his/her committee. A written proposal and application must be approved by the committee and the department. A minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major is required. (1/2, 1, 1/2)

499 Special Topics in Chemistry

The study of a special topic in chemistry that is not normally offered. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisites: Permission.

 
Roanoke’s oldest alumnus, Dr. Charles “Hap” Fisher, passes away

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