Course descriptions

CH 100. Introduction to Forensic Science. 4 Credits.

An introductory survey course of Forensic Science/Criminalistics. The course will focus on scientific principles behind the recognition, collection, preservation, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence found at a crime scene. The emphasis will be put on providing students with an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of forensic science as it is currently practiced. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Recommended for students not majoring in science and engineering. Offered fall and spring semesters.

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CH 103. General Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

Introduction to chemical characteristics and behavior, stressing atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium and kinetics, and descriptive chemistry of important elements. Laboratory includes qualitative and quantitative exercises, and syntheses. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Credit will not be granted for more than one of the following sequences: CH 103 - CH 104, CH 111 - CH 112, or CH 103 - CH 112. Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry and a score of 2 or better on the Norwich University Mathematics Placement Test or a "C" or better in MA 103. Offered fall semesters.

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CH 104. General Chemistry II. 4 Credits.

Continuation of the study of chemical characteristics and behavior, stressing atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium and kinetics, and descriptive chemistry of important elements. Laboratory includes qualitative and quantitative exercises, and syntheses. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Credit will not be granted for more than one of the following sequences: CH 103 - CH 104, CH 111 - CH 112, or CH 103 - CH 112. Prerequisites: CH 103. Offered spring semesters.

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CH 111. Chemistry and the Chemical World. 4 Credits.

Entry-level chemistry course introducing the non-science major to chemistry's impact upon the modern world. Qualitative interpretation of chemistry's role in areas of societal concern such as natural resources, environmental quality and pollution, and nuclear and alternative energy forms. Laboratory work will include qualitative as well as quantitative investigations. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Credit will not be granted for more than one of the following sequences: CH 103 - CH 104, CH 111 - CH 112, or CH 103 - CH 112. Recommended for students not majoring in science and engineering. Prerequisite: Score of 1 or better on the Norwich University Mathematics Placement test or successful completion of MA 005. Offered fall semesters.

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CH 112. Living Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Introduces practical aspects of organic and biochemistry and will include applied areas of biochemistry, such as drugs and chemical therapy, nutrition and food additives, toxicology, and consumer chemistry. Laboratory emphasis directed toward synthetic and analytical techniques as applied to these areas. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 111 or CH 103, or one year of high school chemistry taken within last five years, or by permission of the instructor. Credit will not be granted for more than one of the following sequences: CH 103 - CH 104, CH 111 - CH 112, CH 111 - CH 113 or CH 103 - CH 112. CH 112 or CH 113 may not be taken for credit after successful completion of CH 205. Recommended for students not majoring in science or engineering. Prerequisites: Score of 1 or better on the University Mathematics Placement Test or successful completion of MA 005.

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CH 204. Quantitative Analysis. 4 Credits.

A course on the general principles and laboratory practices of quantitative analysis, applied principally in colorimetric and volumetric determinations. Studies of theory and practical procedures associated with gravimetric analysis, potentiometric titrations, and use of pH-meters. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 6 hours. Prerequisites: CH 103, CH 104. Offered spring semesters of odd numbered years.

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CH 205. Survey of Organic Chemistry. 4 Credits.

An introduction to the covalent compounds of carbon. Laboratory work involves elementary manipulation of organic laboratory equipment, preparation and identification of typical organic compounds, and the characteristics of the major functional groups. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisites: CH 103 - CH 104. Offered fall semesters of odd numbered years.

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CH 214. Communication in Chemistry. 1 Credit.

This course illustrates the organization of the chemical literature, the efficient search of the literature and a formal introduction to scientific writing. Offered fall semesters of even years.

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CH 225. Organic Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

An introduction to the study of carbon compounds; preparation and identification of typical compounds. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 103 - CH 104 or by petition. Offered fall semesters.

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CH 226. Organic Chemistry II. 4 Credits.

A continuation of the study of carbon compounds; preparation and identification of typical compounds. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: CH 225. Offered spring semesters.

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CH 314. Instrumental Methods. 3 Credits.

A course on the Theory of Modern Instrumental Methods. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 204 required, CH 327 - CH 328 recommended. Offered spring semesters of even numbered years.

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CH 315. Analysis Laboratory. 1 Credit.

A course that provides upper class laboratory experience in chemical methods of measurement and analysis. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: CH204. Offered spring semesters of even numbered years.

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CH 324. Biochemistry I. 4 Credits.

A course on the chemical phenomena and energy effects in life processes. Topics include structure and function of biomolecules, metabolism (catabolism and anabolism), photosynthesis and recombinant DNA technologies. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 103 - 104, and either CH 205 or co-requisite of CH 226. Offered even numbered spring semesters.

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CH 325. Biochemistry II. 4 Credits.

A continuation of the study of the chemical phenomena and energy effects in life processes. Topics include structure and function of biomolecules, metabolism (catabolism and anabolism), photosynthesis and recombinant DNA technologies. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: CH 324. Offered even numbered fall semesters.

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CH 327. Physical Chemistry I. 3 Credits.

A course on the physical properties and structure of matter; general principles and theories of chemical interaction. Major areas studied are chemical applications of thermodynamics; phase equilibria; electrochemistry; reaction kinetics; description of electronic structure of atoms and molecules. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH103-104; co-requisite; MA224 and college physics (recommended). Offered even numbered fall semesters.

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CH 328. Physical Chemistry II. 3 Credits.

A continuation of the study of the physical properties and structure of matter; general principles and theories of chemical interaction. Major areas studied are chemical applications of thermodynamics; phase equilibria; electrochemistry; reaction kinetics; description of electronic structure of atoms and molecules. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: CH 327. Offered odd numbered spring semesters.

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CH 337. Physical Chemistry Laboratory I. 1 Credit.

Laboratory investigations with written formal reports on the physical properties and chemical behavior of substances. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CH 327. Offered even numbered fall semesters.

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CH 338. Physical Chemistry Laboratory II. 1 Credit.

Laboratory investigations with written formal reports on the physical properties and chemical behavior of substances. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CH 328. Offered odd numbered spring semesters.

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CH 413. Chemistry Seminar. 1 Credit.

Part of a capstone experience that provides individual assignments, written reports, oral reports, and class discussions on chemical topics of current interest. Reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking skills are emphasized. Lecture 1 hour. Prerequisites: CH 225 - CH 226, CH 327 - CH 328.

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CH 421. Chemical Synthesis and Examination I. 3 Credits.

A capstone experience in which organic, inorganic and compounds of biological interest are synthesized and examined with respect to purity and properties. The objectives are to develop an integrated perspective on the general field of chemistry and to develop proficiency in practical laboratory procedures and in reporting results. Laboratory and occasional lectures 8 hours. Prerequisites or co-requisites: CH 225 - CH 226, CH 327 - CH 328. Offered fall semesters.

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CH 422. Chemical Synthesis and Examination II. 3 Credits.

A capstone experience in which organic, inorganic and compounds of biological interest are synthesized and examined with respect to purity and properties. The objectives are to develop an integrated perspective on the general field of chemistry and to develop proficiency in practical laboratory procedures and in reporting results. Laboratory and occasional lectures 8 hours. Prerequisites or co-requisites: CH 225 - CH 226, CH 327 - CH 328. Offered spring semesters.

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CH 425. Thesis. 1-3 Credit.

This course allows the student to conduct research on a project approved by the faculty of the chemistry and biochemistry programs. The student can be expected to perform the necessary experiments, organize and interpret the data and to communicate the results of the project with a comprehensive report. Prerequisites: CH 225 - CH 226. Co-requisites: CH 327 - CH 328, CH 438. Permission of the program faculty is also required. The student may re-enroll in CH 425 for up to 6 credits.

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CH 438. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. 3 Credits.

A course on the chemistry of the elements: properties, characteristics, and behavior. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 327 - CH 328. Offered fall semesters of odd numbered years.

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CH 439. Advanced Organic Chemistry. 3 Credits.

An advanced and thorough development of topics introduced in CH 225 - CH 226. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisites: CH 225 - CH 226. Offered fall semesters of even numbered years.

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CH 450. Topics in Chemistry. 3 Credits.

A course in which a selected limited topic in advanced chemistry is covered in depth. Offered on occasion. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

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