College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Chemistry Course Descriptions

103. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY 3 cr. Corequisite: CH 103L. Application of chemical principles to environmental and ecological problems.

103L. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1 cr. Corequisite: CH 103. Two hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory experience in specific environmental problems.

105. CHEMISTRY IN SOCIETY 3 cr. Corequisite: CH 105L. Basis of science literacy which enables non-science students to make better informed decisions on issues relating to science and technology. Ethical issues, air and water quality, stratospheric ozone depletion, global warming, energy sources and use, plastics, drugs, and medications.

105L. CHEMISTRY IN SOCIETY LABORATORY 1 cr. Corequisite: CH 105. Two hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory experience in topics discussed in CH 105.

141-142. GENERAL CHEMISTRY I-II 4 cr. each.  Corequisite: CH 143-144. Stoichiometry, thermochemistry, states of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, oxidation-reduction, acid-base, solutions. Homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, chemistry of metals and non-metals, and other relevant topics.

143-144. GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I-II 1 cr. each. Corequisites: CH 141-142. Three hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory experiments illustrating principles developed in corequisite lecture courses.

151. CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES 4 cr. Prerequisite: permission of chair; corequisite: CH 153. Introductory chemistry for the well-prepared student. Topics include stoichiometry, thermochemistry, states of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, oxidation-radiation, molecular structure, acid-base, solutions, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, electrochemistry, chemistry of metals and non-metals.

153. CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES LABORATORY 1 cr. Prerequisite: permission of chair; corequisite: CH 151. Three hours of laboratory per week. Review of basic laboratory techniques. Experiments illustrating principles developed in the corequisite lecture course.

195. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY 1-3 cr. Subject matter not covered by established courses but of interest to faculty member and students involved. Topic announced in course schedule.

221-222. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I-II 3 cr. each. Prerequisites: CH 141-144 (or 151, 153); corequisites: CH 223-224. Theoretical and descriptive treatment of the structure and reactions of the more representative classes of aliphatic and aromatic organic compounds. Aliphatic, alicyclic, and aromatic hydrocarbons, stereochemistry, carbocation theory, electrophilic substitution reactions, functional derivatives of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, carbanion theory, nucleophilic displacement, elimination reactions, and spectroscopic analysis.

223-224. ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I-II 1 cr. each. Corequisites:  CH 221-222. Four hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory experiments to illustrate the behavior of important classes and reaction types.

261. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 3 cr. Prerequisites: CH 141-144 (or 151, 153); corequisite: CH 263. Three hours of lecture per week. Overview of chemical analysis; introductory statistics; equilibria; redox chemistry; basic principles of modern electrochemical, spectroscopic, and chromatographic analysis; sampling and sample preparation.

263. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1 cr. Corequisite: CH 261. Four hours of laboratory per week. Practice in classical analysis, sampling and sample preparation, and introductory instrumental analysis. Experiments are designed to illustrate the principles discussed in CH 261.

298. TEACHING ASSISTANT IN CHEMISTRY 0 cr. Prerequisite: permission of chair. Duties may include preparation of laboratories, assisting faculty and student activities during laboratories, and/or grading. Graded SA/FA.

299. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY 1-3 cr. Extended treatment of a chemical topic of general interest. Topic and prerequisites will be announced in the course schedule.

361. INTRODUCTORY PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 3 cr. Prerequisites: CH 141-144 (or 151, 153), 221-224, MT 135 or MT 133 and 134; prerequisites/corequisites: PH 125/125L. Physical chemistry for biochemistry-oriented students. Thermodynamics, kinetics, and other physical principles necessary for an understanding of the function of living systems.

365. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I 3 cr. Prerequisites: CH 141-144 (or 151, 153), 221-224, MT 135 or MT 133-134; prerequisites/corequistes: MT 136; PH 125/125L, or 135/135L. Kinetic molecular theory and the properties of gases, thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of solutions, and kinetics.

366. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II 3 cr. Prerequisite: CH 365; prerequisites/corequisites: PH 126/126L or 136/136L. Introduction to quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, liquid and solid states, phase equilibria, electromotive force, and symmetry.

367. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I 2 cr. Prerequisites: CH 261, 263; prerequisite/corequisite: CH 365 (or 361). Four hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory experiments designed to illustrate the principles discussed in CH 361 and 365. Emphasis on scientific writing.

368. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II 1 cr. Prerequisite: CH 367; prerequisite/corequisite: CH 366. Four hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory experiments designed to illustrate the principles discussed in CH 365, 366.

399. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH 1-3 cr. Prerequisites: approval of a faculty sponsor and/or permission of department chair. Number of credits to be agreed on by student and faculty sponsor, and specified at registration. Minimum of four hours’ work per week are expected per credit hour. May be repeated for credit; however, only three credits of CH 399 may be used to fulfill an upper-division course elective. CH 399 credit also counts as upper-division lab credit. Systematic investigation of an original research problem. Satisfactory presentation of the results at a scientific meeting, department seminar, or University forum is ordinarily expected. A written report must be submitted by the time a third credit is finished.

431. GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY 4 cr. Prerequisites: CH 221-224. One-semester survey; proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, lipids, membranes, and carbohydrates. Approximately half of the course is devoted to metabolism and metabolic regulation. May be used as a corequisite for CH 437.

435. BIOCHEMISTRY I 3 cr. Prerequisites: CH 221-224; BL 155, 156 strongly recommended. Structure/function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, biomembranes, and carbohydrates. Enzyme catalysis, coenzymes, regulation of proteins, DNA binding proteins, molecular genetics (introduction), laboratory methods, and signal transduction. Note: See listing under Biology for BL 465, a separate course focusing on the biochemistry/molecular biology of gene expression.

436. BIOCHEMISTRY II 3 cr. Prerequisite: CH 435. Bioenergetics and the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides. Emphasis on integration and regulation by metabolic, hormonal, and genetic factors. Photosynthesis and some physiological topics.

437. BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1 cr. Corequisite: CH 431 or CH 435. Four hours of laboratory per week. Protein isolation, chromatography, electrophoresis, quantitative assays, enzyme kinetics, DNA isolation and restriction enzyme analysis, fluorescence and UV/VIS spectroscopy, and bioinformatics. Note: CH/BL 470 provides additional laboratory instruction in methods for biochemistry/molecular biology.

439. BIOCHEMISTRY III 3 cr. Prerequisite: CH 436. In-depth examination of selected topics with extensive reading of original research articles and review papers. Topics covered in recent years: G-proteins, SH2 and SH3 domains in protein-protein recognition, signal transduction pathways, oncogenes, tumor suppressors, prenylation of proteins, ubiquitin-based protein degradation, anti-cancer drugs, regulation of gene expression, angiogenesis, pharmacokinetics gene delivery, and new developments in laboratory methods and instrumentation.

441. INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS 3 cr. Prerequisite: CH 261; pre- or corequisite: CH 365 or CH 361; corequisite: CH 443. Three hours of lecture per week. In-depth treatment of modern chemical instrumentation; quantitative analysis using UV/VIS, IR, NMR, MS, AAS, ICP, electrochemistry, chromatography; qualitative characterization of pure substances through interpretation of IR, NMR, and mass spectra. Emphasis will be on the unique capabilities and limitations of each technique. Highly recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in chemical research and/or development.

443. INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS LABORATORY 2 cr. Prerequisite: CH 263; corequisite: CH 441. Four hours of laboratory per week. Practice in instrumental analysis and experimental design, reflecting quantitative determinations and qualitative characterization of substances. Experiments are designed to utilize principles discussed in CH 441.

470. MOLECULAR METHODS LABORATORY 3 cr. Prerequisites: CH 435, 437, and permission of instructor; prerequisite/corequisite: BL 465 or 565. Eight hours of laboratory per week. Methods used in analysis of proteins and nucleic acids.

478. CHEMISTRY SEMINAR 0 cr. Prerequisites: CH 221-224. One hour per week. All chemistry majors are required to complete satisfactorily two semesters of CH 478. Meets one hour per week. Attendance at eight seminars per semester constitutes completion of this requirement.  Offers the opportunity to learn about the frontiers of chemistry. Guest speakers from industry, government, and academe, including John Carroll faculty and students.  Graded SA/FA.

481. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3 cr. Prerequisite: CH 361 or 365. Principles correlating the chemistry of the elements and their compounds. Atomic structure, chemical periodicity, structure and bonding in molecules, symmetry and point groups, solid state materials, acid/base and redox chemistry, coordination chemistry, aspects of main group and transition metal chemistry.

482. INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1 cr. Prerequisite: CH 367. Four hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory syntheses and analyses to illustrate the chemistry of the elements and their compounds.

495. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY 1-3 cr. Subject matter not covered by established courses but of interest to faculty member involved. Topic announced in course schedule. May be repeated for credit.

498. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr. Prerequisites: approval of faculty member and permission of department chair. Independent study under the supervision of a faculty member.