Courses

General Major: Chemistry (11 courses)

Cognate Requirements:

Minor: Chemistry (6 courses)

Course Details

CHE-121
Principles of Chemistry I

An introduction to the major principles of chemistry that explain the reactions of elements and their compounds. Topics include the structure of matter, states of matter, ideal gases, stoichiometry, the chemistry of water, energy changes of chemical reactions, atomic orbitals and electron configurations, the periodic table, chemical bonding and models to predict the shapes of molecules. Includes a weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
Grade 12 U Chemistry

CHE-122
Principles of Chemistry II

A continuation of CHE-121. Topics include reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, strong and weak acids and bases, solubility products, electrochemistry, the direction of chemical change, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Includes a weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
CHE-121

CHE-221
Organic Chemistry I

Formerly CHE-263. An introduction to organic chemistry. Topics include representations and nomenclature of organic molecules, resonance, hybrid orbitals and covalent bonding in organic molecules, Lewis acids and bases, conformations, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, substitution and elimination reactions, reactions of alkenes, retrosynthesis strategies, gas chromatography, NMR, and infrared spectroscopy. Includes a weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
CHE-122

CHE-222
Organic Chemistry II

Formerly CHE-264. A continuation of CHE-221. Topics include Grignard reactions, synthesis and reactions of alkynes, alcohols, ethers, aromatics, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, and amines, with an emphasis on the application of organic chemistry to the pharmaceutical industry. Includes a weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
CHE-221

CHE-231
Analytical Chemistry

Formerly CHE-242. An introduction to analytical chemistry. Topics include statistics, proper handling of lab equipment, calibration of analytical instrumentation, equilibrium chemistry, gravimetric and titrimetric methods, UV/visible spectrophotometry, atomic emission and absorption spectrophotometry, gas chromatography, and highperformance liquid chromatography. Includes a weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
CHE-122

CHEM-332
Environmental Chemistry

(Offered during the summer at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies)

Principles and analysis of chemical movement and distribution (both natural and human-induced) in natural environments are covered. Sampling and analytical methods are included for water, soil, and air. Work is conducted both on-site in natural habitats and in the laboratory.

Prerequisites:
One year of general chemistry and one term of either biochemistry or organic chemistry

CHE-341
Inorganic Chemistry

A study of the periodic trends in the properties of elements and their compounds. Topics include ions in aqueous systems and solids, coordination chemistry, oxidation and reduction reactions, transition metal complexes, atomic and molecular orbital theory, symmetry, materials chemistry, and bioinorganic chemistry. Includes a bi-weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
CHE-122

CHE-351
Physical Chemistry

A study of the underlying physical principles that govern changes in energy and entropy and explain many important phenomenon in chemistry and biochemistry. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, free energy, chemical equilibrium, activities and ionic strength, chemistry and biochemical kinetics, and diffusion. Includes a bi-weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
CHE-122, MAT-121

Recommended: MAT-122, PHY-122

CHE-361
Biochemistry I: Structures and Functions of Biomolecules

Formerly CHE-365. An introduction to the structure, function and analysis of the major classes of biomolecules found in living organisms: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Includes an introduction to the structure and function of enzymes. Includes a weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
CHE-221

Recommended: BIO-242, CHE-222

CHE-381
Senior Seminar I

These courses consist of a weekly one-hour seminar that explores the contexts for the disciplines of chemistry and environmental studies, including historical, theological, ethical, societal, and vocational dimensions. The seminars will also equip students to carry out scientific research in the fields of chemistry and environmental studies. (0.75 credits each)

Prerequisites:
Year 3 or 4 standing in a Chemistry or Environmental Studies (Science Stream) major

CHE-382
Senior Seminar II

These courses consist of a weekly one-hour seminar that explores the contexts for the disciplines of chemistry and environmental studies, including historical, theological, ethical, societal, and vocational dimensions. The seminars will also equip students to carry out scientific research in the fields of chemistry and environmental studies. (0.75 credits each)

Prerequisites:
Year 3 or 4 standing in a Chemistry or Environmental Studies (Science Stream) major

CHE-383
Senior Seminar III

These courses consist of a weekly one-hour seminar that explores the contexts for the disciplines of chemistry and environmental studies, including historical, theological, ethical, societal, and vocational dimensions. The seminars will also equip students to carry out scientific research in the fields of chemistry and environmental studies. (0.75 credits each)

Prerequisites:
Year 3 or 4 standing in a Chemistry or Environmental Studies (Science Stream) major

CHE-384
Senior Seminar IV

These courses consist of a weekly one-hour seminar that explores the contexts for the disciplines of chemistry and environmental studies, including historical, theological, ethical, societal, and vocational dimensions. The seminars will also equip students to carry out scientific research in the fields of chemistry and environmental studies. (0.75 credits each)

Prerequisites:
Year 3 or 4 standing in a Chemistry or Environmental Studies (Science Stream) major

CHE-385
Independent Study

An independent advanced study of a particular area of chemistry. For more information on setting up an independent study see page 52 of the Academic Calendar.


CHE-462
Biochemistry II: Enzymes and Metabolism

Formerly CHE-366. An investigation of the kinetics and regulation of enzyme catalyzed reactions, the principles of metabolism, and the central metabolic pathways, including glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, the pentose phosphate pathway, the citric acid cycle, the electronic transport chain, fatty acid metabolism, and amino acid metabolism. Includes a weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
BIO-361

CHE-463
Advanced Techniques in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

This course will provide students with an immersion into the world of molecular biology research. Students will investigate unique research questions within a team-based laboratory setting. Throughout the course, students will gain experience with project and experimental design, various laboratory techniques, data analysis and interpretation, as well as the honing of oral and written communication skills. This course is particularly intended for students interested in graduate studies, or careers in the research field. Includes a weekly three-hour lab. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
BIO-261, BIO-361, BIO-351

Recommended: HSC-342

CHE-490
Independent Research Project

A one-term undergraduate research project in chemistry or biochemistry. Students will plan, carry out, analyze, interpret, and present results of a departmentally-approved research project. For more information on setting up an independent research project see page 52 of the Academic Calendar. Materials fee applies. 

Prerequisites:
Year 4 standing in the Biochemistry or Chemistry major

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