Department of Chemistry Biochemistry

Undergraduate Courses

Biochemistry Courses Chemistry Courses

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BIOCHEMISTRY (BCH)

BCH 191 First-Year Seminar (1-3 variable cr)
Small course emphasizing student-faculty discussion/interaction. Strongly recommended for first-year students.
 
BCH 294 Special Topics (1-4 variable cr)
Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
 
BCH 361 Advanced Principles of Biochemistry (3 cr)
Advanced consideration of the structures, properties, and functions of proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids; principles and theory of the utilization and synthesis of these materials by living systems, and the relationship of these processes to energy production and utilization. The course is recommended for pre-heath students. No credit for Biochemistry majors.
 
BCH 367 Elementary Biochemistry Laboratory (1 cr)
Qualitative/quantitative analyses of constituents of biological systems, enzyme activity measurements and metabolic studies.
 
BCH 371 Modern Concepts in Biochemistry (3 cr)
Detailed examination of the chemical structure, conformation, and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleotides; analysis of the energetics, enzymes, and control of the metabolic pathways by which these molecules are degraded or synthesized.
 
BCH 372 (LAB) Modern Concepts in Biochemistry Laboratory (1 cr)
Analyzes protein structure, purification, and function using spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrophoretic methods.
 
BCH 392 Introduction to Research Techniques (1-3 variable cr)
Instrumental methods and philosophy of research by actual participation in chemical research projects. May be repeated for total of 6 semester hours.
 
BCH 394 Special Topics (1-4 variable cr)
Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
 
BCH 461 General Biochemistry (3 cr)
Structure, chemistry, and metabolism of biomolecules and their role in the biochemical processes of living organisms.
 
BCH 462 General Biochemistry (3 cr)
Continuation of BCH 461.
 

BCH 463 Biophysical Chemistry (3 cr)
Principles of physical chemistry as applied to biological systems.

 
BCH 464 Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory (3 cr)
Introduces physical methods in modern biochemistry.
 
BCH 465 Protein and Nucleic Acid Biochemistry (3 cr)
Structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, including protein folding, enzymology, proteomics, DNA/RNA structure, replication, transcription, and genomics.
 
BCH 467 Analytical Biochemistry Laboratory (3 cr)
Quantitative analysis, separation and purification of biological molecules. Applies chemical and physical methods to the characterization of biological macromolecules.Meets L (General Studies) requirement.
 
BCH 484 Internship (1-12 variable cr)
Structured practical experience following a contract or plan, supervised by faculty and practitioners.
 
BCH 492 Honors Directed Study (1-6 variable cr)
Independent study in which a student, under the supervision of a faculty member, conducts research or creative work that is expected to lead to an undergraduate honors thesis or creative project.
 
BCH 493 Honors Thesis (1-6 variable cr)
Supervised research or creative activity focused on preparation and completion of an undergraduate honors thesis or creative project.
 
BCH 494 Special Topics (1-4 variable cr)
Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
 
BCH 498 Pro-Seminar (1-7 variable cr)
Small-group study and research for advanced students within their majors. Major status in the department or instructor approval is required.
 
BCH 499 Individualized Instruction (1-3 variable cr)
Provides an opportunity for original study or investigation in the major or field of specialization on an individual and more autonomous basis. Neither a substitute for a catalog course nor a means of taking a catalog course on an individual basis. Requires application well in advance of regular registration with the student's advisor, the advisor's signature, and approval by both the instructor with whom the student will work and the chair of the department offering the course.
 
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CHEMISTRY (CHM)

CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry (4 cr)
Elements of general chemistry. Adapted to the needs of students in nursing and kinesiology and those preparing for general chemistry. Recommended for General Studies credit. Cannot be used for major credit in chemical or biochemical sciences. Meets the SQ (General Studies) requirement.
 
CHM 107 Chemistry and Society (3 cr)
General chemical principles and concepts presented in context of social and technological issues, e.g., energy, pollution, global warming, and others. This is a lecture course which may be combined with the laboratory CHM 108 for those interested in lab course credit. Cannot be used for major credit in chemical or biochemical sciences. Credit earned for CHM 101 and any combination of CHM 107 and 108 cannot be used simultaneously. Both CHM 107 and 108 must be taken to secure General Studies SQ credit.
 
CHM 108 (LAB) Chemistry and Society Laboratory (1 cr)
Experiments in chemical principles presented in chemistry and society lectures (CHM 107). Students must complete both CHM 107 and CHM 108 to receive an SQ (General Studies).
 
CHM 111 (LAB) General Chemistry Laboratory for Majors I (1 cr)
Laboratory course in general chemistry for chemistry and biochemistry majors intended to complement CHM 117 lecture course. Covers a diverse range of laboratory experiments appropriate to chemistry and biochemistry majors designed to reinforce chemical principles and to develop a broad range of chemical synthesis skills. Uses modern analytic and characterization techniques to study the physical and chemical properties of substances. Suitable for students who have completed introductory chemistry at the high school level. Both CHM 117 and CHM 111 must be taken to secure SQ General Studies credit.
 
CHM 112 (LAB) General Chemistry Laboratory for Majors II (1 cr)
Continuation of CHM 111 laboratory course in general chemistry for chemistry and biochemistry majors intended to complement CHM 118 lecture course. Covers a diverse range of laboratory experiments appropriate to chemistry and biochemistry majors designed to reinforce chemical principles and to develop a broad range of chemical synthesis skills. Uses modern analytic and characterization techniques to study the physical and chemical properties of substances. Both CHM 118 and CHM 112 must be taken to secure SQ General Studies credit.
 
CHM 113 General Chemistry I (4 cr)
Principles of chemistry. Adapted to the needs of students in the physical, biological, and earth sciences. Meets the SQ (General Studies) requirement.
 
CHM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers (4 cr)
Chemical principles with emphasis toward engineering. Students without high school chemistry or chemical engineering majors must enroll in the CHM 113, 116 sequence instead of CHM 114. Meets the SQ (General Studies) requirement.
 
CHM 116 General Chemistry II (4 cr)
Continuation of CHM 113. Equilibrium theory, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, descriptive chemistry. Meets the SQ (General Studies) requirement.
 
CHM 117 General Chemistry for Majors I (3 cr)
Lecture course in general chemistry for chemistry and biochemistry majors and is complemented by the CHM 111 laboratory course. Covers electronic structure of atoms and molecules, intermolecular forces, bonding models, molecular geometry, physical states of matter, gas laws, and chemistry of condensed matter and modern materials. Highlights chemical reactivity, periodic trends and descriptive chemistry. Suitable for students who have completed introductory chemistry at the high school level. Both CHM 117 and CHM 111 must be taken to secure SQ General Studies credit.
 
CHM 118 General Chemistry for Majors II (3 cr)
Continuation of CHM 117 lecture course in general chemistry for chemistry and biochemistry majors and is complemented by the major's CHM 112 laboratory course. Topics include thermodynamics, properties of solutions, chemical equilibrium, aqueous chemistry, acids and bases, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, nuclear chemistry, coordination chemistry. Both CHM 118 and CHM 112 must be taken to secure SQ General Studies credit.
 
CHM 191 First-Year Seminar (1-3 variable credit)
Small course emphasizing student-faculty discussion/interaction. Strongly recommended for first-year students.
 
CHM 194 Special Topics (1-4 variable credit)
Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
 
CHM 231 Elementary Organic Chemistry (3 cr)
Surveys organic chemistry, with emphasis on the reactivity of basic functional groups. Both CHM 231 and 235 must be taken to secure SQ General Studies credit.
 
CHM 233 General Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
Chemistry of organic compounds.
 
CHM 234 General Organic Chemistry II (3 cr)
Continuation of CHM 233.
 
CHM 235 Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr)
Organic chemistry experiments in synthesis, purification, analysis, and identification. Both CHM 231 and 235 must be taken to secure SQ General Studies credit.
 
CHM 237 General Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 cr)
Microscale organic chemical experiments in separation techniques, synthesis, analysis and identification, and relative reactivity.
 
CHM 238 General Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 cr)
Continuation of CHM 237.
 
CHM 240 Mathematical Methods in Chemistry
Introduces mathematical/computational methods in chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, quantum chemistry. Mathematical-based computer lab. CS (General Studies) requirement.
 
CHM 294 Special Topics (1-4 variable cr)
Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
 
CHM 298 Honors Directed Study (1-6 variable cr)
Independent study or practicum under the supervision of a faculty member.
 
CHM 302 Environmental Chemistry (3 cr)
Explores major environmental issues, problems, and solutions from analytical and chemistry perspectives.
 
CHM 303 (LAB) Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (2 cr)
Lab in environmental chemistry to complement CHM 302. First-hand experience with sampling methods, analytical techniques, and environmental lab methods. Both CHM 303 and CHM 348 must be taken to secure L General Studies credit.
 
CHM 325 Analytical Chemistry (3 cr)
Advanced principles and theory of quantitative analysis, including stoichiometry, equilibria, photometric methods, electrochemistry, separation processes, statistical data analysis, and applications to advanced topics in analytical chemistry.
 
CHM 326 Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr)
Practical methods of quantitative analysis for chemistry majors, including titrimetric, gravimetric, and photometric analysis, and analytical separation processes, statistical data analysis, and applications to advanced topics in chemical analysis.
 
CHM 327 Instrumental Analysis (3 cr)
Principles of instrumental methods in chemical analysis. Electroanalytical and optical techniques.
 
CHM 328 (LAB) Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (2 cr)
Experiments in chemical analysis by electroanalytical and optical techniques.
 
CHM 333 Organic Chemistry for Majors I (3 cr)
Structures, reaction mechanisms and kinetics, and systematic syntheses of organic compounds.
 
CHM 334 Organic Chemistry for Majors II (3 cr)
Continuation of CHM 333.
 
CHM 337 Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Majors I (1 cr)
Emphasizes mechanisms, kinetics, and products of organic reactions.
 
CHM 338 Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Majors II (1 cr)
Continuation of CHM 337.
 
CHM 341 Elementary Physical Chemistry (3 cr)
Thermodynamics, equilibrium, states of matter, solutions, and chemical kinetics. For students in premedical, biological, and educational curricula.
 
CHM 343 Elementary Physical Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr)
Physical chemistry experiments.
 
CHM 345 Physical Chemistry I (3 cr)
Introduces quantum chemistry with application to electronic structure and dynamics of atoms and molecules.
 
CHM 346 Physical Chemistry II (3 cr)
Introduces equilibrium and statistical thermodynamics. Laws of thermodynamics, equations of state, multicomponent chemical and phase equilibria, and electrochemistry.
 
CHM 348 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (1 cr)
Lab experiments in spectroscopy and computational chemistry. To secure L General Studies credit the following must be taken: CHM 303 & CHM 348 or CHM 348 & CHM 349 & CHM 452.
 
CHM 349 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (1 cr)
Lab experiments in thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and computational chemistry. CHM 348, CHM 349 and CHM 452 must be taken to secure L General Studies credit.
 
CHM 392 Introduction to Research Techniques (1-3 variable cr)
Instrumental methods and philosophy of research by actual participation in chemical research projects.
 
CHM 394 Special Topics (1-4 variable cr)
Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
 
CHM 424 Separation Science (3 cr)
Basic theory and practical aspects of gas, liquid, ion-exchange, and gel-permeation chromatographies, and other important industrial and research techniques.
 
CHM 433 Advanced Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
Reaction mechanisms, reaction kinetics, linear free energy relationships, transition state theory, and Woodward-Hoffmann rules.
 
CHM 434 Advanced Organic Chemistry II (3 cr)
Continuation of CHM 433.
 
CHM 435 Medicinal Chemistry (3 cr)
Principles of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry. Drug design, synthesis, and mechanism of action.
 
CHM 452 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1-2 cr)
Preparation and characterization of typical inorganic substances, emphasizing methods and techniques. CHM 348, CHM 349 and CHM 452 must be taken to secure L General Studies credit.
 
CHM 453 Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr)
Principles and applications of inorganic chemistry.
 
CHM 460 Biological Chemistry (3 cr)
Structure and function of macromolecules and their involvement in the processing of energy and information by living cells.
 
CHM 471 Solid-State Chemistry (3 cr)
Crystal chemistry, thermodynamics and electrochemistry of solids, nonstoichiometric compounds, diffusion and solid-state reactions, crystal growth, and selected topics.
 
CHM 480 Methods of Teaching Chemistry (3 cr)
Organization and presentation of appropriate content of chemistry; preparation of reagents, experiments, and demonstrations; organization of stock rooms and laboratories; experience in problem solving.
 
CHM 481 Geochemistry (3 cr)
Origin and distribution of the chemical elements. Geochemical cycles operating in the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere.
 
CHM 484 Internship (1-12 variable cr)
Structured practical experience following a contract or plan, supervised by faculty and practitioners.
 
CHM 485 Meteorites and Cosmochemistry (3 cr)
Chemistry of meteorites and their relationship to the origin of the Earth, solar system, and universe.
 
CHM 489 Field Geochemistry (3 cr)
Explores basic field measurements and sampling techniques for environmental systems, with a focus on carbon cycling in the Colorado River. Surveys a variety of geochemical principles, including: equilibrium aqueous speciation, acid-base chemistry, solution-mineral equilibrium systems, oxidation-reduction reactions, organic and environmental geochemistry and biogeochemical cycles. Applies chemical principles and analytical techniques to answer questions about environmental systems and processes.
 
CHM 492 Honors Directed Study (1-6 variable cr)
Independent study in which a student, under the supervision of a faculty member, conducts research or creative work that is expected to lead to an undergraduate honors thesis or creative project.
 
CHM 493 Honors Thesis (1-6 variable cr)
Supervised research or creative activity focused on preparation and completion of an undergraduate honors thesis or creative project.
 
CHM 494 Special Topics (1-4 variable cr)
Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
 
CHM 497 Honors Colloquium (1-6 variable cr)
A class emphasizing discussion, written and/or oral presentation by students, and active participation.
 
CHM 498 Pro-Seminar (1-7 variable cr)
Small-group study and research for advanced students within their majors. Major status in the department or instructor approval is required.
 
CHM 499 Individualized Instruction (1-3 variable cr)
Provides an opportunity for original study or investigation in the major or field of specialization on an individual and more autonomous basis. Neither a substitute for a catalog course nor a means of taking a catalog course on an individual basis. Requires application well in advance of regular registration with the student's advisor, the advisor's signature, and approval by both the instructor with whom the student will work and the chair of the department offering the course.
 
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