Chemistry

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Jeffrey Webb
CHAIRPERSON
Academic Science and Laboratory Building, 108B
(203) 392-6260– Fax (203) 392-6396
webbj6@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-6260

Erica Barnes, Assistant Professor
Adiel Coca, Associate Professor
James Kearns, Assistant Professor
Gregory Kowalczyk, Associate Professor
M. J. Gerald Lesley, Professor
Jiongdong Pang, Associate Professor
Todd Ryder, Assistant Professor
Jeffrey A. Webb, Assistant Professor

MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY

The Chemistry Department offers courses of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry, the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, and the Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education all with the major concentration in chemistry or biochemistry.

A student must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in the chemistry major courses to graduate.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Bachelors of Arts Degree option is typical for a student who selects to complete a double major.  Chemistry major course requirements are the same as those for the Bachelor of Science Degree.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education

The major in chemistry is designed to develop a mastery of the unifying theories and principles in this field by means of a carefully-planned sequence of courses and related laboratory experiences. The program qualifies graduates for teaching in the secondary school and for professional positions in industry and government as well as to satisfy requirements for advanced study. The specific professional requirements for Initial Teaching Certification in Connecticut are listed in the secondary education section of the School of Education.

Accelerated B.S./M.S.

The accelerated B.S./M.S. in Chemistry allows students to complete an M.S. degree in Chemistry with one additional year beyond their B.S. degree. Both degrees must be completed at Southern Connecticut State University. Students work on the undergraduate chemistry degree requirements during their first three years as an undergraduate student and then apply to the accelerated M.S. degree program during the spring semester of their junior year. The fourth and fifth year requirements are outlined below although there may be some slight variation in the 300/400 level courses depending on the Chemistry courses that a student completes during their junior year. In order to complete the accelerated B.S./M.S. program in Chemistry, students must complete all requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry, as well as the courses outlined below.

Admission Requirements:

Students apply to the accelerated B.S./M.S. program during their junior year. Applications will be due by the Friday before spring break. In order to apply to the accelerated B.S./M.S. program, students must submit undergraduate transcripts (for any institution where they have taken undergraduate courses), a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member indicating that they will be willing to supervise the student's thesis research. The materials should be submitted to the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Senior Year:
CHE 435/436 — Inorganic Chemistry
CHE 445 — Chemical Hazards and Laboratory Safety
CHE 490/491 — Chemistry Research
CHE 496 — Chemistry Seminar
2 Chemistry courses at the 500 level

Fifth Year:
4 Chemistry courses at the 500 level
CHE 590 — Research
CHE 591 — Research Thesis

ACS Approved Degree in Chemistry

The Chemistry Department at Southern Connecticut State University is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to certify to the society those students who complete the curriculum requirements as outlined in the ACS Guidelines. For a student to receive certification from the ACS in chemistry, the student must meet the requirements outlined in the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry plus CHE 450; and any two of the following: CHE 340, 440, 451, 456, 490, or 491. Students in the Honor's Program must enroll for two semesters of research (HON 494, HON 495).

MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY (BIOCHEMISTRY CONCENTRATION)

The biochemistry concentration is designed for those students planning to pursue a career in biochemistry, either research or teaching, or for those students who are interested in entering medical or dental school. The beginning student should seek early counseling with respect to exact course sequence and selection.

The following specializations are intended only to assist students in selecting areas and courses of interest.

Environmental Chemistry

This specialization guides the student toward a bachelor's degree in chemistry with a special emphasis on environmental considerations. Students will learn about the relationship between specific chemical phenomena and the large environmental systems—biological, geological, and geographical—while preparing for careers in the chemical industry or the environmental field.

Medicinal Chemistry

This specialization allows the student to obtain a bachelor's degree in chemistry with special preparation in the allied health sciences. Chemistry courses such as medicinal chemistry, or related courses such as microbiology, prepare the student for careers in clinical chemistry, pharmacology, medical technology, or basic medical research.

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, or Pre-Veterinary Medicine

This specialization guides the student toward a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry with an emphasis on a preparation for entrance into programs in medical school, dental school, and schools of veterinary medicine. Students specializing in this area are advised to register with the University Pre-Medical Committee.

Residency Requirements

In order to receive a degree in chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University, along with satisfying the requirements listed above for the various programs, majors must complete a minimum of 16 credits of advanced chemistry courses (300 level or above) at SCSU.

Senior Research

Permission to do senior research will be granted to students only if they have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their chemistry courses, or have successfully completed CHE 240, CHE 260-261, and CHE 370. The senior thesis requires completion of CHE 490, CHE 491 (or HON 494, HON 495 for students in the Honor's Program).

Course Equivalency Examinations

For information on the Course Equivalency Examinations, please refer to the Chemistry Department website: SouthernCT.edu/chemistry.

CHE 101 - Chemistry in Contemporary Issues

A conceptual approach to the basics of chemistry with emphasis on current environmental, social, political, and ethical issues. Some of the topics are air pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, and nuclear energy. Lecture 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 100 or higher.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

CHE 103 - Crime Scene Chemistry

A forensic science perspective on the fundamental concepts of chemistry with emphasis on applications of scientific methods to criminal investigations. Some of the topics are atomic clues, chemical evidence, drug chemistry, chemistry of addiction, chemistry of explosions, and poisons. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 100 or higher.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

CHE 120 - General Chemistry I

Atomic structure, gas laws, valence, solutions, ionization, redox reaction, activity series, periodic classification, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours; recitational session, 1 hour.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 100 or MAT 102 or placement in MAT 108.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 121 - General Chemistry II

Atomic structure, gas laws, valence, solutions, ionization, redox reaction, activity series, periodic classification, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours; recitational session, 1 hour.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 120.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

CHE 125 - Principles and Applications of General, Organic and Biochemistry

Fundamental aspects of general, organic, and biochemistry with particular applications to the health professions. This course will not fulfill the prerequisites for any other course in the Chemistry Department. Lecture, 3 hours.; laboratory, 3 hours; recitational session, 1 hour.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 120.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

CHE 240 - Analytical Chemistry

In lectures, discussion, and laboratory classes, students develop skills using instruments to analyze inorganic compounds by gravimetric, volumetric, electrometric, and colorimetric methods. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 121.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 260 - Organic Chemistry I

Introduction to organic chemistry. Topics include the nomenclature, study of alkanes, modern spectroscopic techniques (including NMR, IR, and MS), stereochemistry and conformational analysis of organic molecules, and reactions and mechanisms of alkenes, alkynes, and alkyl halides. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 121.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 261 - Organic Chemistry II

Discussion of nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions and mechanisms. Nomenclature, characteristic reactions and mechanisms of alcohols, ethers, thiols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acid derivatives, aromatic systems, and amines are covered. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 260.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

CHE 262 - Organic Chemistry I: Lecture Only

Identical to CHE 260, but without the laboratory. Does not satisfy requirement in Chemistry B.S. or B.A. programs, nor does it satisfy requirements for entrance into most medical, dental, or veterinary schools.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 121.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

CHE 263 - Organic Chemistry II: Lecture Only

Identical to CHE 261, but without the laboratory. Does not satisfy requirement in Chemistry B.S. or B.A. programs, nor does it satisfy requirements for entrance into most medical, dental, or veterinary schools.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 260 or CHE 262.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

CHE 301 - The Preparation of Scientific Documents for Chemistry

Introduction to the use of current software technology and appropriate style guides for the preparation of professional reports in the field of chemistry. Includes the use of standard word processing, generation of tables, graphs, and diagrams.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 120 and CHE 121, Chemistry majors only and departmental permission

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 340 - Environmental Chemistry

A study of the chemistry of air, water and soil as well as the various sources of energy and industrial and municipal waste treatment. Cannot be used for graduate credit by chemistry majors. Lecture, 3 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE120 and CHE 121.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 370 - Physical Chemistry I

The properties of gases, chemical thermodynamics, phase and chemical equilibria and solutions.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 240 and MAT 252 (MAT 252 may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 371 - Physical Chemistry II

Discussion of electrochemistry and chemical kinetics. Introduction to quantum mechanics as applied to the electronic structure of atoms and molecules and to spectroscopy. Lecture, 3 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 370.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 372 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

Laboratory experiments that reinforce the lecture material covered in CHE 370.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 370 (may be taken concurrently).

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 373 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory II

Laboratory experiments and computational quantum chemistry exercises that reinforce the lecture material covered in CHE 371.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 371 (may be taken concurrently) and CHE 372.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 374 - Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences

A study of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy with particular applications to biological systems and processes.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 261 and MAT 150 and PHY 230.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 411 - Chemical Education

Discussion of various issues, activities, and research in chemical education including the history of curricula, student and teacher knowledge and beliefs, ethics in science, the cognitive basis of science learning, and related instructional approaches. Assignments require reading, writing, discussion, and reflection on current issues and trends in chemical education as well as scientific ethics.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 261.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 435 - Inorganic Chemistry I

Discussion of the electronic structure, symmetry, group theory, and bonding theories as they apply to the properties and reactions of the elements and their compounds found on the periodic chart. Lecture: 3 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 240 and CHE 261.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 436 - Inorganic Chemistry Lab

Application of the theory of inorganic chemistry to methods of air free synthesis and manipulation of chemical compounds, characterization of inorganic and catalytic products using spectroscopic and physical methods. Laboratory: 4 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 435.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 440 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis

Introduction to the theoretical background and practical use of modern instruments in the analytical laboratory. Work in spectrophotometry, chromatography, and electrochemistry. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 240 and CHE 260 and CHE 261.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

CHE 445 - Chemical Hazards and Laboratory Safety

The study of the principles and methods of handling hazardous materials in the laboratory. Coverage includes: the nature and scope of hazards in the laboratory, overview of applicable regulations fundamentals of chemical hygiene, material safety data sheets, and chemical toxicity.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 370.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 450 - Biochemistry I

Introduction to biochemistry. Chemistry of biological equilibria, bioenergetics, proteins, carbohydrates, enzymes, and metabolic pathways. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 261.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 451 - Biochemistry II

Chemistry of lipids, cell membranes, nucleic acids, and signal transduction. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 4 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 450.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CHE 456 - Medicinal Chemistry

A survey of the main classes of drugs with emphasis upon their structures, structure-activity relationships, effects, side effects, and syntheses. Lecture, 3 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 260 and CHE 261.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

CHE 458 - Drug Discovery

An introduction to the field of drug discovery and a comprehensive overview of the process. Students learn about the qualities that a viable drug candidate should possess and gain hands-on experience in a variety of methods such as LC/MSS, macromolecular visualization, ligand docking, and interpretation of biological screening data.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 261.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

CHE 490 - Chemistry Research

Experimental research supervised by a member of the chemistry department.

Special Information: Lab Fee Required.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status and permission of research advisor.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 491 - Chemistry Research

Experimental research supervised by a member of the chemistry department. Only seniors may register for this course with written permission from their research adviser.

Special Information: Lab Fee Required

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 496 - Chemistry Seminar

The study of the nature of the chemical literature and the vital role that the literature plays in the development of chemistry. Students conduct literature searches in the different areas of chemistry and present seminars based on these searches. Lecture, 1 hour.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CHE 499 - Independent Study and Research

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015