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Chemistry - Course Descriptions
Chemistry Major
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry


Course Descriptions



CHE 103 – Chemistry and Society
(3) Y,U
Study of the chemical principles necessary
to understand examples drawn
from students’ daily experiences and
current news items such as nuclear
power, plastics, food, genetic technology,
ozone depletion, acid precipitation,
greenhouse effect, drugs, cosmetics, poisons,
household chemicals. Lecture/discussion/
demonstration. Model building
with kits supplied.

CHE 211 – General Chemistry I
(4) F,U
Atomic and molecular structure used to
develop fundamental principles of physical
and chemical properties of all matter.
Modern applications of chemistry. States
of matter, symmetry, reactivity, kinetics,
oxidation/reduction, acid/base, organic
and biochemical structures. Lecture and
laboratory. High school chemistry and
algebra helpful but not required.

CHE 212 – General Chemistry II
(4) S,U
Chemical equilibrium, kinetics,
acids/bases, oxidation/reduction, metals,
nonmetals, organic chemistry, biochemistry.
Three hours of lecture/demonstration/
discussion and three hours of
laboratory per week. Prerequisite:
Chemistry 211.

CHE 263 – Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
(4) S
Basic concepts of organic and biochemistry.
Structure, chemistry, and importance
of selected carbon compounds,
aspects of cellular metabolism.
Relationship between medicine and
chemistry. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 211. Does not
count toward the major in biology,
chemistry, or physics.

CHE 323 – Quantitative Analysis
(5) O
Fundamental and modern chemical
analysis. Laboratory applications and
interpretations of analytical data.
Gravimetry, titrimetry, optical, and electroanalytical
methods. Lecture, discussion,
problem solving. Six hours of
laboratory per week. Prerequisite:
Chemistry 212.

CHE 331,332 – Organic Chemistry I, II
(4, 4) Y,U
Chemistry of carbon compounds.
Structure, mechanism, synthesis, instrumentation.
Three hour laboratory.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 212. Chemistry
331 prerequisite to Chemistry 332.

CHE 345 – Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics & Kinetics
(3) O
Classical thermodynamics, electrochemistry,
and reaction kinetics. Applications
to chemical and biological phenomena.
Same as Physics 345. Prerequisites: Math
201 and one year of college physics.

CHE 346 – Physical Chemistry II: Structure
(3) O
Quantum chemistry, spectroscopy,
kinetic theory, Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics.
Prerequisites: Math 202 and one
year of college physics.

CHE 346L – Physical Chemistry Laboratory
(1) O
Laboratory work in thermodynamics,
kinetics, spectroscopy, and molecular
modeling to accompany Chemistry 346.
Prerequisites: One year of physics,
Chemistry 332 and Chemistry 345 preferred.
Corequisite: Chemistry 346.

CHE 350 – Research Methods
(1–3 hours per semester) F,S
Chemical and biochemical research
under the direction of a faculty member.
Each student and her or his research
adviser must submit a proposal to the
department for approval prior to enrollment.
Students must submit a research
summary to the department at the end
of the semester and present an oral
report to a session of Chemistry 400.

CHE 363 – Biochemistry
(3) F
Chemical and biological properties of
the principal components of cellular
metabolism. Emphasis on the interrelation
and controls of the metabolic pathways
involved in energy utilization.
Same as Biology 363. Prerequisites:
Chemistry 331 and 332.

CHE 363L – Biochemistry Laboratory
(1) F
Biochemistry laboratory techniques: isolation
and purification of biomacromolecules,
characterization and measurement
of proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates,
lipids, and other compounds.
Historical and contemporary methods of
biochemical analysis. Corequisite:
Biology 363 or Chemistry 363.

CHE 390 – Independent Study
(1–3 hours per semester) F, S
Directed studies in specialized areas of
chemistry. Each student and her or his
research adviser must submit a proposal
to the department for approval prior to
enrollment. Students must submit a
written report to the department at the
end of the semester and present an oral
report to a session of Chemistry 400.

CHE 400 – Topics in Chemistry
(1) F,S
Topics may include safety and environmental
issues; professional expectations
and ethics; employment and career
opportunities; graduate school; current
directions in chemical and biochemical
literature; and student research. Only
two credit hours may be applied toward
the major. May not be used toward the
minor in chemistry. Prerequisites: 16
hours of chemistry and junior or senior
standing.

CHE 405 – Environmental Chemistry
(3) O
Sources, reactions, transport, effects and
fates of chemical species in water, soil,
and air environments. From global and
regional problems to localized concerns.
Safe handling, storage, and disposal of
chemicals in a laboratory environment.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 332.

CHE 423 – Instrumental Methods
(5) O
Theory and principles of modern analytical
instruments and techniques. Optical
and electrochemical methods, chromatography,
mass spectroscopy and magnetic resonance.
Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory
per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 323 and
345. (Chemistry 345 may be taken concurrently.)

CHE 433 – Advanced Organic Chemistry
(3) O
Mechanism and structure in organic
chemistry. Use of chemical literature.
Three lecture/discussion hours per week.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 332.

CHE 433L – Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
(1) IR
Special problems in organic chemistry.
Three hours per week. Laboratory
reports required. Corequisite: Chemistry
433.

CHE 473 – Inorganic Chemistry
(4) O
Selected topics in theoretical and
descriptive inorganic chemistry. Bonding,
periodic trends, acid-base theory, ligand field
theory, molecular orbital theory, transition
metal coordination chemistry. Laboratory
emphasizes synthesis and instrumental
characterization. Prerequisite: Chemistry 345
(may be taken concurrently).

CHE 489, 499 – Honors Tutorial
(3, 3) F,S
Open to students in the Utica College
Honors Program. Laboratory or
theoretical creative research with a
faculty supervisor. 


Note: The figure in parentheses following the title of the course indicates the credit hours per term. Courses that extend through two terms are shown as follows: (3, 3). Courses that are one term only are shown by: (3). Courses with variable credit are shown with the range of credit available, for example: (1-6).

Letters appearing after course credit hours in this section are explained as follows:
S=Spring
IR=irregularly
F=Fall
U=Summer Session
Y=at least once each academic year Check schedule for Winter Session
O=every other year

The College reserves the right to cancel any course if registration does not justify continuance and to make changes in curricula at any time.