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Undergraduate Courses in Chemistry (click course title for description)

This course is a non-laboratory version of CHEM 125 and is a general treatment of basic concepts of general and organic chemistry as well as the role and significance of chemistry in the modern world. It is designed to fulfill the science requirement for non-science students, and should not be taken by students whose major requires a laboratory course in chemistry or more than one semester of chemistry. Meets with CHEM 125 for three lecture periods per week, with optional discussion sessions.

A general treatment of the basic concepts of general and organic chemistry as well as the role and significance of chemistry in the modern world. The course is designed to fulfill the science requirement for non-science majors, and should not be taken by students who require more than one semester of chemistry. Students in the School of Engineering may not take this course for credit. Three class periods, one three-hour laboratory, and optional discussion sessions. CHEM 125 and CHEM 150 cannot both be taken for credit.

This course seeks to develop a working knowledge of the conceptual foundation and the quantitative chemical relationships on which subsequent chemistry courses are built. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, properties of gases, liquids, and solids, acid-base chemistry, and chemical equilibria are emphasized. The class meets each week for three one-hour lectures, a one-hour tutorial period, and a three-hour laboratory. Students with credit in CHEM 125 will have two hours added on to their total number of hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: Must be eligible for MATH 115.

This course is a continuation of CHEM 130 and provides an introduction to inorganic chemistry and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Electrochemistry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and coordination chemistry are stressed. The class meets each week for three one-hour lectures, an optional tutorial period, and a five-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 130.

This one semester course is designed for students in the School of Engineering who are not required to take additional chemistry courses at the college level. Topics covered in this integrated lecture and laboratory course include quantum theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, solids, liquids, gases, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acids and bases, kinetics, polymer chemistry, and materials science. The application of these concepts to engineering problems and practices is emphasized. Prerequisite: Must have completed a course in high school chemistry and be eligible for MATH 121 (or have Departmental consent). Students not admitted to the School of Engineering must receive permission from instructor. CHEM 125 and CHEM 150 cannot both be taken for credit.

The first course in a two-course sequence focused on the principles and applications of modern chemistry. This integrated lecture and laboratory course is designed for students pursuing or considering a major in one of the chemical sciences (such as chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or petroleum engineering). The CHEM 170/CHEM 175 course sequence covers the same general topics as CHEM 130/CHEM 135, but with an increased emphasis on modern applications of chemistry. Students with credit in CHEM 125 will have two hours added on to their total number of hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 115.

An integrated lecture and laboratory course which is a continuation of CHEM 170. Prerequisite: CHEM 170, CHEM 130 or CHEM 190

Special topics for chemistry majors such as using the chemical literature, educational and professional perspectives, scientific ethics, and undergraduate research opportunities. It is recommended that students take this half-semester course in their freshman or sophomore year. Prerequisite: A declared major in chemistry or consent of instructor.

This course, which is designed for qualified and motivated students having a strong interest in chemistry, provides a more thorough treatment of the concepts and topics covered in CHEM 130. It is anticipated that students in CHEM 190 plan to take more than one year of chemistry at the college level. Class meets each week for three one-hour lectures, a one-hour tutorial period, and a three-hour lab. Students with credit in CHEM 125 will have two hours added on to their total number of hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: High-school chemistry and calculus; at least one of the following: acceptance into the KU Honors Program; an AP exam score in chemistry of 3 or higher; a mathematics ACT score of 28 or higher; or permission of instructor.

A course designed for qualified and motivated students with strong interest in chemistry to provide a more thorough treatment of the concepts and topics of advanced general chemistry. It is anticipated that the students in CHEM 195 have completed CHEM 190 or excelled in CHEM 130. Prerequisite: Membership in the University Honors Program, CHEM 130, CHEM 190, or consent of the department.

A study of the structures and reactions of important classes of organic compounds. Along with the organic laboratory, CHEM 331, this course will fulfill the needs of students requiring a single semester of organic chemistry. Students requiring more than one semester of organic chemistry should enroll in CHEM 330. Prerequisite: CHEM 135.

Three class periods each week. A study of the structure and reactivity of selected classes of organic compounds. CHEM 330 is the first course of a two-semester sequence. Students who require only one semester of organic chemistry should enroll in CHEM 310. Students with credit in CHEM 310 will have two hours added on to their total number of hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: CHEM 135.

One five-hour laboratory and one one-hour lecture each week. Emphasis on basic techniques for the preparation, separation, and purification of organic compounds. Required for a major in chemistry and by those departments and programs specifying a complete undergraduate organic chemistry course. Prerequisite: CHEM 310 or CHEM 330, or concurrently.

Three class periods each week. A continuation of CHEM 330, intended for students who want further training in organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 330.

One five-hour laboratory period and one one-hour lecture each week. More advanced organic laboratory techniques with emphasis on modern spectroscopic methods for determining the structure and purity of organic compounds. Required by all programs which specify a full year of organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 331 and CHEM 335 or CHEM 335 concurrently.

Three class periods and one tutorial period each week. This is the first half of a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry for students with strong records in previous chemistry courses and who are planning or considering a major in a chemistry-related field. The content is similar to that of CHEM 330 but with coverage in greater depth and more emphasis on developing problem-solving skills. Students requiring only one semester of organic chemistry should not enroll in this course but take CHEM 310. Students with credit in CHEM 310 who take and complete CHEM 380 will have two hours added to their total number of credit hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: CHEM 135 or CHEM 195 and membership in the University Honors Program or consent of instructor.

Three class periods and one tutorial period each week. This is the second course in a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry for students with strong records in previous chemistry courses and who are planning or considering a major in chemistry or in a chemistry-related field. The content is similar to that of CHEM 335 but with coverage in greater depth and more emphasis on developing problem-solving skills. Prerequisite: CHEM 330 or CHEM 380 and membership in the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor.

Individual and supervised study or laboratory work on special topics or problems in chemistry. Prerequisite: Ten hours of chemistry and a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0 or consent of department.

A one semester course, designed particularly for biology, biochemistry, and premedical students, which surveys the fundamentals of physical chemistry. The basic principles of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, and spectroscopy will be introduced, and their application to aqueous solutions and biochemical systems will be emphasized. Prerequisite: One semester of organic chemistry, two semesters of calculus, and two semesters of physics.

A course particularly for biology, biochemistry, and premedical students. Experiments in physical chemistry illustrating the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, thermodynamics, and kinetics as applied to chemical systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 510.

An introduction to the basic principles of quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, molecular rotations and vibrations, group theory, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: CHEM 135; PHSX 211 and PHSX 212; MATH 121, MATH 122 and MATH 220 or MATH 320; and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 290 or consent of instructor.

Experiments in physical chemistry, with emphasis on the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy as applied to chemical systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 530.

Emphasizes the thermodynamics of molecular systems with application to the structure and properties of gases, liquids, solids, materials, statistical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and reaction dynamics. Prerequisite: CHEM 530 and MATH 290 or consent of instructor.

One four-hour laboratory and one one-hour lecture per week. Experiments in physical chemistry, with emphasis on the fundamental principles of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 535 or consent of instructor.

An introduction for pre-service teachers to the tools used by scientists to solve scientific problems. Topics include design of experiments and interpretation of their results, use of statistics, mathematical modeling, laboratory safety, ethical treatment of human subjects, writing scientific papers, giving oral presentations, and obtaining data from the scientific literature. Open only to students in the UKanTeach program.

Principles of analytical chemistry with emphasis on the fundamental reactions used for chemical analysis. Topics include chemical equilibria in acid/base, complexation, separations, and redox systems, data analysis, and potentiometry. Three class periods per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 135, CHEM 310 or CHEM 330, CHEM 331, and concurrent enrollment in CHEM 621

Experiments illustrate fundamental principles of chemical analysis methods. The course serves as an introduction to advanced instrumental methods of analysis. One five-hour laboratory and one fifty minute lecture each week. Prerequisite: CHEM 135, CHEM 310 or CHEM 330, CHEM 331, and concurrent enrollment in CHEM 620.

Theory and application of instrumental methods to modern analytical problems. Topics covered include atomic and molecular spectroscopy, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, and separations. Two class periods per week. Students must be enrolled concurrently in CHEM 636. Prerequisite: CHEM 620 and CHEM 621. CHEM 510 or CHEM 530 strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM 636

Theory and application of instrumental methods to modern analysis problems. Experiments covered include atomic and molecular spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and separation methods. One five-hour laboratory each week. Students must be enrolled concurrently in CHEM 635. Prerequisite: CHEM 620 and CHEM 621. A course in physical chemistry is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM 635.

A systematic study of the elements and their compounds, emphasizing the relationship between properties of substances and their atomic and molecular structures and the positions of the elements in the periodic systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 510 or CHEM 530 or CHEM 535, or CHEM 535 concurrently.

Experiments concerning the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 660 or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 660

Courses on special topics in chemistry, given as the need arises. Course may be repeated for different topics. Prerequisite: 20 hours of Chemistry. Each section may have additional prerequisites to be determined by the instructor.

Special topics and presentations by students and faculty in areas of current interest such as recent advancements in chemistry, professional development, societal issues facing chemists, and reports of ongoing research. This is a half-semester capstone course. Recommended for seniors. Prerequisite: CHEM 180.

May be repeated to accumulate a maximum of 10 credit hours. An undergraduate research course, in any of the fields of chemistry, consisting of either experimental work or the preparation of an extensive paper based on library investigation of a selected topic. A final report must be submitted to the department at the end of the semester. Open by permission of the department to those with at least 20 hours of chemistry.

To be taken two semesters for a total of no more than 8 hours. An undergraduate research course, in any of the fields of chemistry. At the completion of the research, a written thesis, and an oral presentation will be required. Prerequisite: Admission to Chemistry Honors Program.

 


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