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CHEM 100 Search in Chemistry and Biochemistry 3
Examination of various topics, contemporary issues, and problems related to chemistry and biochemistry. Three hours of lecture per week. No credit given toward a major or minor in the sciences. May be repeated with a different topic for up to 6 credits. Irregular. Study Area IV

CHEM 161 General Chemistry 3
Prereq.: MATH 101 or math placement exam. Emphasizes relationships of basic chemical principles and theories to properties of substances, their reactivity and uses. Contributions to the quality of life are introduced. Three hours of lecture per week. CSUS Common Course. Study Area IV

CHEM 162 General Chemistry Laboratory 1
Prereq.: CHEM 161 (may be taken concurrently). Basic techniques of chemical synthesis and analysis. One three-hour laboratory per week. CSUS Common Course. Study Area IV

200s

CHEM 200 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 3
Prereq: CHEM 161 and CHEM 162. Theory of gravimetric and volumetric quantitative analysis, introduction to colorimetric analysis, and methods of separation. Three hours of lecture per week.

CHEM 201 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1
Prereq: CHEM 161 and CHEM 162 and CHEM 200 or CHEM 260 (May be taken concurrently). Practice of gravimetric and volumetric quantitative analysis, introduction to colorimetric analysis, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, and methods of separation. Three hours of laboratory per week.

CHEM 210 Foundations of Organic Chemistry 3
Prereq.: CHEM 161 and CHEM 162. Structure, nomenclature, and general reactivity of the principal classes of carbon compounds will be introduced. Spectroscopy and biologically relevant molecules are also considered. Three hours of lecture per week.

CHEM 211 Foundations of Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
Prereq.: CHEM 161 and CHEM 162 and CHEM 210 (may be taken concurrently). Basic techniques used in organic synthesis. Determination of physical constants, separation techniques, and spectroscopy will be introduced. Three hours of laboratory per week.  

CHEM 212 Organic Synthesis 3
Prereq.: CHEM 210 and CHEM 211. Study of the energies, rates,and mechanisms of organic reactions. In-depth investigation of functional group reactivity Three hours of lecture per week. Spring/Summer.

CHEM 213 Organic Synthesis Laboratory 1
Prereq.: CHEM 210 and CHEM 211 and CHEM 212 (may be taken concurrently). Synthesis and reactions of organic functional groups will be performed. Spectral analysis of organic compounds also emphasized. Three hours of laboratory per week. Spring, Summer.

CHEM 238 Introduction to Research 1 TO 6
Prereq.: CHEM 162 and permission of instructor. Research experience for first-year students to juniors under faculty supervision. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. On demand.

CHEM 260 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry 3
Prereq: CHEM 161 and CHEM 162. Survey of the periodic table with special emphasis on bonding modes and mechanisms, reactivity, and properties of inorganic compounds. Topics from CHEM 161 as applied to inorganic reactions will be explored.

 

300s

CHEM 316 Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds 3
Prereq.: CHEM 212 and CHEM 213. A study of physical methods of structure determination, with emphasis on infrared, ultraviolet, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry. Two hours of lecture and one, three-hour laboratories per week. Fall. (O)

CHEM 320 Biophysical Chemistry 3
Prereq.: PHYS 122 or 126 (either may be taken concurrently), CHEM 212, MATH 152. Principles of physical chemistry emphasizing those areas of critical importance to biological equilibria. Topics include thermodynamics, solution equilibria, molecular transport, and enzyme kinetics. Three hours of lecture per week. Fall.

CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry of Thermodynamics & Kinetics 3
Prereq.: PHYS 126 (may be taken concurrently), CHEM 200, and CHEM 212, MATH 221. In-depth examination of solid, liquid, and gas behavior, including thermodynamics and kinetics as applied to chemical processes. Three hours of lecture per week. Fall. (O)

CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry of Quantum & Statistical Mechanics 3
Prereq.: PHYS 126 (may be taken concurrently), CHEM 212, CHEM 260, MATH 221. Quantum mechanics as applied to atomic and molecular structure. Introduction to symmetry concepts. Theory of rotational, vibrational, electronic, and magnetic resonance spectroscopies. Statistical foundations of thermodynamics. Three hours of lecture per week. Fall. (E)

CHEM 323 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
Prereq.: CHEM 201 and CHEM 321 or 322 (either may be taken concurrently). Physical chemistry methods in laboratory including spectroscopic methods, computational methods, thermochemical analysis, vacuum system methods and instrumentation construction. Fall. (O)

CHEM 354 Foundations of Biochemistry 3
Prereq.: CHEM 210. General principles of biochemistry, chemical constituents of cells, metabolic pathways, energies, and biochemical regulators. Three hours of lecture per week. Fall.

400s

400-LEVEL CLASSES ARE FOR UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT ONLY, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED WITH "[GR]"

CHEM 402 Instrumental Methods in Analytical Chemistry 4
Prereq.: CHEM 200/201 and CHEM 322 or CHEM 320; or admission to graduate studies. Theoretical and practical aspects of the most important instrumental techniques used in chemical analysis, including potentiometry, coulometry, voltammetry, UV/Visible absorption spectrophotometry, fluorescence spectrophotometry, atomic spectrometry, gas chromatography, and high-performance liquid chromatography. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour laboratory per week. Spring. (E) [GR]

CHEM 406 Environmental Chemistry 3
Prereq.: CHEM 301 and CHEM 210 and 211. Nature and properties of pollutants, their interaction with each other and the environment, preventative and remedial methods of control. Laboratory concerned with sampling and analysis of pollutants. Two hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory period per week. Spring. (O) [GR]

CHEM 432 Chemistry Seminar 2
Prereq.: CHEM 320 or 321 or 322. Students will prepare presentations on topics of current interest in various fields of chemistry and may be required to attend seminars by faculty or outside speakers. Introduction to the use of the library, literature, and searching procedures in chemical research. One conference per week. Spring.

CHEM 438 Undergraduate Research 1 TO 6
Prereq.: CHEM 213 and permission of instructor. Research participation for sophomore to senior students under faculty supervision. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. On demand.

CHEM 455 Biochemistry Laboratory 1
Prereq.: CHEM 213 and either CHEM 354 or BMS 496. Experimental work in Biochemistry. One three-hour laboratory period per week. Spring. (E) [GR]

CHEM 456 Toxicology 3
Prereq.: CHEM 210. Classes of toxic chemicals, their biotransformation and mechanisms of toxicity in humans. Includes natural and man-made chemicals, methods of risk assessment, environmental, and occupational regulatory standards. Spring. [GR]

CHEM 458 Advanced Biochemistry 3
Prereq.: CHEM 354 or BMS 496. Advanced consideration of biochemistry topics including biophysical concepts in the action of proteins and nucleic acids; enzyme catalysis and regulation, and cell-cell communication. Current experimental methodologies will be emphasized. Spring. [GR]

CHEM 459 Bioinorganic Chemistry 3
Prereq.: CHEM 354 or BMS 496. Principles of inorganic chemistry as applied to biology. Focuses on correlation of function, structure and reactivity of metals in biological systems. Three hours of lecture per week. Spring. (O) [GR]

CHEM 460 Inorganic Symmetry & Spectroscopy 3
Prereq.: CHEM 260 and CHEM 320 or CHEM 321 or CHEM 322. Electronic structure and theories of bonding as they relate to the molecular structures, properties, and spectroscopy of inorganic compounds. Primary focus will be on the compounds of the d-block elements. Three hours of lecture per week. Spring. (E)

CHEM 462 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1
Prereq.: CHEM 260 and CHEM 316. Laboratory course concerned with the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Topics include air-sensitive manipulation, coordination chemistry and chemistry of materials. One three-hour laboratory periods per week. Spring. (O)

CHEM 485 Topics in Chemistry 3
Prereq.: CHEM 320 or CHEM 321 or CHEM 322. Advanced treatment of chemistry topics in analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. Three lectures or two lectures and one two-hour laboratory period per week depending on topic. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 9 credits. Irregular. [GR]

CHEM 490 Independent Study in Chemistry 1 TO 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Special topics of interest in chemistry. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Irregular.

500s

CHEM 550 Basic Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
Fundamentals of organic and biological chemistry in relation to human health including chemical and physical properties of organic molecules occurring in living systems. Topics include structure-function and acid-base concepts, overview of cellular metabolism, and enzyme kinetics. For nurse anesthesia and health science specialization students only. Summer.

CHEM 590 Topics in Advanced Chemistry 3
Selected topics in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. May be taken once in each field of chemistry. Irregular.

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