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Courses in the Chemistry Department

The following courses are offered by the OBU Chemistry Department:

1004 General Chemistry I: An introduction to the field of chemistry including nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic structure, bonding, behavior of gases, and nuclear processes. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours per week.

1014 General Chemistry II: A continuation of CHEM 1004 including liquids and solids, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and kinetics.   Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours per week.  Prerequisite: CHEM 1004.

1024 Fundamentals of Chemistry: Introductory course primarily for students in dietetics, speech pathology, nursing, and dental hygiene.  Designed to provide students with an understanding of basic chemical principles and their application to relevant problems in the allied health professions. The course may not be counted toward a major or minor in Chemistry. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours per week.

1034 Fundamentals of Organic and Biological Chemistry: Designed to follow CHEM 1024. This course continues to build connections between chemical principles and the allied health professions, focusing on chemistry within in the body, food, and medicine. The course may not be counted toward a major or minor in Chemistry. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 1024 or 1004.

2004 Quantitative Analysis: Gravimetric and titrimetric analyses, separation methods, chemical equilibrium, redox theory, statistical treatment of data, and an introduction to spectrophotometry. Lecture two hours, laboratory six hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 1014.

2701-4 Special Topics in Chemistry: A course varied to meet the needs of the department.

3004, 3104 Organic Chemistry I and II: A systematic study of the typical compounds of carbon emphasizing the relationship between structure and reactivity. Lecture three hours, laboratory six hours per week.  Prerequisite: CHEM 1014.

3053, 3063 Physical Chemistry I and II: Introductory theoretical analysis of molecular structure, chemical bonding, and macroscopic chemical systems using quantum theory, classical and statistical thermodynamics, and kinetics. Lecture three hours per week. Prerequisites: MATH 2014; PHYS 2024, 2034 or 2054, 2064. Prerequisite: CHEM 3104. Highly recommended: MATH 3202.

3142 Instrumental Analysis: Theory of modern analytical techniques including spectrometric, chromatographic, and electrometric methods. Lecture two hours per week.  Prerequisite: CHEM 3053.

3203 Nutritional Biochemistry: A study of the structure, chemistry and metabolism of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and vitamins. This course may not be counted toward a major or minor in Chemistry. Lecture three hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 1034.

3272 Experimental Techniques of Chemistry I: Integrated laboratory experiments from each of the sub-disciplines of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, nuclear, organic, and physical.  Use of synthetic techniques, modern instrumentation, chemical literature, and both oral and written presentation of experimental data will be emphasized.  Laboratory six hours per week.  Prerequisites: CHEM 2004, 3053.

4023, 4043 Biochemistry I and II: An introduction to some of the fundamental concepts of biochemistry. The structures of proteins, lipids, and biological membranes are covered, with a focus on the 3D structure of proteins and the patterns of chemical reactions and regulation are determined by the structure of enzymes. The principles of bioenergetics are covered,  and interconnections between the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides, building up to an examination of the regulation of energy metabolism by insulin and glucagon. Prerequisite: CHEM 3104.

4033 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry: Atomic structure and its relationship to the properties of elements and their compounds, types of bonding, and periodic arrangements. Lecture three hours per week.  Prerequisites or corequisites: CHEM 3063, MATH 3202.

4272 Experimental Techniques of Chemistry II: Continuation of integrated laboratory experiments oriented toward modern applications of fundamental chemical principles from each sub-discipline of chemistry.  Laboratory six hours per week.  Prerequisite: CHEM 3272.

4511 Directed Chemistry Research: A course in lab or field research in chemistry.  Course my be taken only once for credit.  Students wishing to receive credit for research experiences at other institutions must receive pre-approval from the Department Chair.  Prerequisite: CHEM 1004, 1014; and consent of instructor.

4563 Medicinal Chemistry: This course is designed as an introduction to the field of medicinal chemistry. The topics covered will include: folklore and herbal medicine practices, metabolism, physico-chemical and functional group properties of organic compounds, lead compound identification, empirical drug design, modern computational drug design, and select medicinal agents.  Prerequisite: CHEM 3104.

4621 Chemistry Capstone Experience: Participants will have reading assignments, prepare written reviews, write a reflection paper, make oral presentations, and defend results on the chemical research project.  The course will encourage students to make connections within the discipline, as well as to the liberal arts.  Additionally, students will participate in an exit exam.  One hour per week.  Prerequisite: Prior research experience.  May not be counted toward a minor.

4701-4794 Special Topics in Chemistry: A course varied to suit the interests of students. The course may be repeated one time for credit.

4801-4893 Special Studies in Chemistry: Treats special problems or techniques in chemistry and varied to suit the needs of chemistry students.

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