Chemistry Course Offerings

Please see the section on "Course Description Symbols and Terms" in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

CHEM 100
Chemistry and Current Issues
3.0 Fa/Spr

Designed for non-science majors, this course will examine contemporary science issues and use this context to provide an understanding of the basic chemical processes that govern our lives. Students will learn how scientists study chemical processes, decipher them, and develop them to meet our needs. The importance of the relationship between science and technology and the public's understanding of these issues will also be explored. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course.

CHEM 105
Nursing Chemistry
4.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Previous chemistry course recommended.

A brief introduction of the general principles of chemistry specifically related to nursing, followed by a brief survey of organic and biochemistry with an emphasis on practical applications to the nursing profession. A completely online course for experienced nurses completing a BS in Nursing.

CHEM 107
General Chemistry for Applied Sciences
4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Intermediate Algebra.

A survey of the principles of chemistry, primarily for students in agriculture, industry and technology, and pre-nursing. 3.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course.

CHEM 107X
General Chemistry Problem Session
1.0 Fa/Spr

Corequisites: CHEM 107.

Designed to supplement CHEM 107 with additional applications of general chemistry for applied sciences. Provides the student with the opportunity for additional assistance in developing problem-solving abilities. 2.0 hours activity. Credit/no credit grading only.

CHEM 108
Organic Chemistry for Applied Sciences
4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 or equivalent.

A survey of organic chemistry primarily for agriculture, industry and technology, and pre-nursing students. 3.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 111
General Chemistry
4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

Principles of chemistry for students in science, medical, and related professions. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, periodic table, gases, solids, liquids, solutions, and equilibrium. 3.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. CAN CHEM 2.

CHEM 111X
General Chemistry Problem Session
1.0 Fa/Spr

Corequisites: CHEM 111.

Designed to supplement CHEM 111 with additional applications of general chemistry. Provides the student with the opportunity for additional assistance in developing problem-solving abilities. 2.0 hours activity. Credit/no credit grading only.

CHEM 112
General Chemistry
4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 111.

A continuation of CHEM 111. Chemical energetics, rates of reaction, acids and bases, solubility, oxidation-reduction, and nuclear chemistry. 3.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. CAN CHEM 4.

CHEM 112X
General Chemistry Problem Session
1.0 Fa/Spr

Corequisites: CHEM 112.

Designed to supplement CHEM 112 with additional applications of general chemistry. Provides the student with the opportunity for additional assistance in developing problem-solving abilities. 2.0 hours activity. Credit/no credit grading only.

CHEM 180
Scientific Glass Blowing
1.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.

Instruction and practice in scientific glass-blowing. 3.0 hours laboratory. Credit/no credit grading only.

CHEM 270
Organic Chemistry
4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 112.

An introduction to the theory and mechanism of organic reactions. To be followed by CHEM 370, which completes the two-semester sequence for science majors. 3.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 300
The Chemical Literature
1.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CHEM 270.

Supervised studies in individual literature searches, including the use of Chemical Abstracts, Chemische Central-blatt, Patent Indexes, and other reference compilations. 2.0 hours activity. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

CHEM 320
Quantitative Analysis
4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 112.

Precision and accuracy in measurements, interpretation of data by statistical analysis, and development of good quantitative techniques. Analysis by gravimetry, titrimetry, potentiometry, chromatography, and spectrometry. 2.0 hours discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 331
Physical Chemistry
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CHEM 320, MATH 220, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C.

Thermodynamics of solids, liquids, gases, and solutions; electrochemistry, kinetics, chemical equilibria, introduction to quantum mechanics, and chemical statistics.

CHEM 332
Physical Chemistry
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 331.

A continuation of CHEM 331.

CHEM 345
Toxicology
1.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 108 or CHEM 270.

A brief introduction to the principles of toxicology and presentation of facts about current issues related to toxic substances.

CHEM 347
Radiation and Radioisotopes
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Completion of 4 units of physics or physical science and 5 units of chemistry.

This course is a special topic offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Radiochemical techniques, detection, and measurement of radiation, or radiation safety. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units.

CHEM 350
Introductory Biochemistry
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 108.

A survey of biochemistry, principally for agriculture, child development, and nursing students. Normally not open to chemistry or biological sciences majors.

CHEM 350L
Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory
1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 350.

Fundamental laboratory studies and examination of the major classes of biological compounds. Principally for agriculture, child development, and nursing students. Normally not open to chemistry or biological sciences majors. 3.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 360
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: CHEM 112.

A systematic study of inorganic substances, with emphasis on environmental aspects of the chemical behavior of the elements and their compounds.

CHEM 361
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
2.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CHEM 320, MATH 220, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C.

Emphasis on description and theory of inorganic substances. Atomic structure, ionic and covalent bonding, acid-base concepts of inorganic substances, structure, bonding, thermodynamics, and reaction mechanisms of transition metal complexes.

CHEM 362
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 361.

A continuation of CHEM 361.

CHEM 370
Organic Chemistry
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 270.

Lecture continuation of the theory and mechanisms of organic reaction.

CHEM 370L
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 may be taken as a prerequisite or concurrently with CHEM 370L.

Laboratory continuation of the theory and mechanisms of organic reactions. Completes the two-semester sequence for science majors. 3.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 370M
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 370.

Laboratory continuation of the theory and mechanisms of organic reactions. Completes the two-semester sequence for chemistry majors. 6.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 381
Integrated Chemistry Laboratory I
2.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 331 and CHEM 361.

Integrated application of concepts and techniques in analytical, inorganic, and physical chemistry. 6.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 382
Integrated Chemistry Laboratory II
2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 331, CHEM 361, CHEM 381; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 331.

Corequisites: CHEM 382R.

A continuation of CHEM 381. 6.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 382R
Integrated Chemistry Discussion
1.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 331, CHEM 361, CHEM 381; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 332.

Integrated applications of concepts and techniques in analytical, inorganic, and physical chemistry.

CHEM 390
Special Problems in Science Education
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 111, faculty permission.

This course is a supervised study in science outreach to K-14 schools and is offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register with a supervising faculty member. 3.0 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

CHEM 398
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

CHEM 399
Special Problems
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 112, faculty permission.

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

CHEM 400
Senior Seminar in Chemistry
1.0 Spring

Presentation and discussion of topics from chemical literature. 2.0 hours activity.

CHEM 411
Chemistry Teaching Methods
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 112, CHEM 270. CHEM 320 is recommended.

This is a special course for science majors and minors who plan on pursuing a career in chemistry education at the secondary school level. Topics include laboratory and stockroom management, planning and running high school-level chemistry laboratory experiments, and mastery of chemistry content related to the high school curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to function as teaching assistants in lower-division chemistry laboratories. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

CHEM 420
Instrumental Analysis
2.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CHEM 332, CHEM 382.

Corequisites: CHEM 420L.

Theory and procedures used in separations and instrumental analysis.

CHEM 420L
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
2.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CHEM 381, CHEM 382.

Corequisites: CHEM 420.

Laboratory experience to accompany CHEM 420. 6.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 425
Basic Instrumental Analysis
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 111, CHEM 112.

Basic theory and practices of analytical instruments. Care and use of instruments; interpretation of results. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

CHEM 435
Chemical Thermodynamics
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 332.

Principles of thermodynamics, application to methods in chemical problems, introduction to the use of statistical thermodynamics, and calculations of thermodynamic functions from spectroscopic data.

CHEM 440
Environmental Chemistry
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 112.

A general study of the chemistry of the geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere; special focus on the sources and fates of inorganic environmental pollutants.

CHEM 445
Environmental Toxicology
2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 108 or CHEM 270.

A brief introduction to the principles of toxicology and presentation of facts about current issues related to toxic substances, with special expanded emphasis on environmental aspects of topics presented in CHEM 345.

CHEM 451
Biochemistry
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 370.

A general study of the chemistry of biomolecules. Conformation and function of enzymes and other proteins; metabolism, energy generation, and storage; brief discussion of chemistry of DNA replication, transcription and translation, and of important physiological processes.

CHEM 452
Biochemistry
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 451.

Advanced topics in biochemistry. Biosynthesis of lipids, steroids, amino acids, and nucleotides. Comprehensive study of the chemical role of DNA and RNA in replication, transcription, protein synthesis, and viral activity.

CHEM 455L
Biochemistry Laboratory
2.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 320, CHEM 451; CHEM 370L or CHEM 370M; or faculty permission.

Separation, identification, and/or analysis of biological materials by modern procedures, such as spectrophotometry, chromatography (gas, paper, TLC, column, ion exchange), electrophoresis, enzymology, fluorimetry, and high-speed centrifugation. 6.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 473
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
1.0–3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CHEM 370; CHEM 370L or CHEM 370M.

This course is offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Modern synthetic reactions and processes, with emphasis on rearrangement reactions, stereospecific methods, and synthetic design. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units.

CHEM 474
Physical Organic Chemistry
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 332, CHEM 370.

Resonance and orbital theory; mechanisms, kinetics, and thermodynamics of organic reactions.

CHEM 475
Advanced Organic Laboratory
2.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 370.

Application of modern techniques and spectroscopy in organic synthesis, product identification, reaction mechanisms, and natural product chemistry. 6.0 hours laboratory.

CHEM 477
Seminar in Organic Spectroscopy
1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CHEM 370.

Solving problems in organic chemistry using NMR, IR, UV, and mass spectral analysis.

CHEM 490
Research in Chemistry
1.0–2.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 332.

This course is an independent study offered for 1.0–2.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Original laboratory or library investigation under individual faculty supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

CHEM 491
Research Project
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Open by invitation to chemistry majors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; faculty permission.

A research project within chemistry or an interdisciplinary project which involves chemistry. Students will be involved with design, library, laboratory, and data analysis aspects of a research problem.

CHEM 492
Research Project
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 491. Not open to students who have completed CHEM 499H; faculty permission.

A continuation of CHEM 491.

CHEM 495
Selected Topics in Physical, Analytical, Inorganic Chemistry
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 332, CHEM 361, CHEM 382, CHEM 420.

This course is a special topic offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Presentation of topics of current interest, such as in Physical: theories of x-ray diffraction, spectroscopy, NMR, etc.; Inorganic: reaction mechanisms, non-aqueous solvents; Analytical: ion exchange, selective ion electrodes. Three-hour laboratory optional. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units.

CHEM 496
Selected Topics in Organic and Biochemistry
1.0–3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CHEM 331, CHEM 370, CHEM 451.

This course is a special topic offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Presentation of topics of current interest, such as in Organic: heterocyclic, polymer, organometallic, and natural product chemistry; Biochemistry: biosynthesis and metabolism, enzymes, biophysical chemistry, and bioenergetics. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 2.0 units.

CHEM 499H
Honors Research Project
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CHEM 320, CHEM 331, CHEM 332, CHEM 370M, MATH 220, PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, PHYS 204C; faculty permission.

Open by invitation to chemistry majors who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Not open to students who have credit for CHEM 491 or CHEM 492. This is an "Honors in the Major" course. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. ABC/no credit grading only.

CHEM 600
Special Topics in Chemistry
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 331, CHEM 332, faculty permission.

This course is a special topic offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Students must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Presentation of selected topics of current interest, with emphasis on recent developments. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units.

CHEM 610
Chemistry Seminar
1.0 Fa/Spr

Presentation and discussion of reports on current literature and special studies in chemistry.

CHEM 697
Independent Study
1.0–4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0–4.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Investigation involving scientific literature and laboratory or field experimentation. Maximum of 8 units of credit may be used for a master's degree. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

CHEM 699T
Master's Thesis
1.0–6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is offered for 1.0–6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.