DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Course Descriptions
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NOTE: THEA requirements for mathematics courses listed as prerequisites for chemistry courses
are published in the current schedule of classes. These requirements are in addition to any prerequisites
CHM 115 Inorganic and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory. [CHEM 1105]
Laboratory for CHM 135. Concurrent enrollment in CHM 135 is recommended. Credit 1.
CHM 116 Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory. [CHEM 1107]
Laboratory for CHM 136. Concurrent enrollment in CHM 136 is recommended. Credit 1.
CHM 118 General Chemistry I: Laboratory. [CHEM 1111]
Laboratory for CHM 138. Prerequisite: Prior credit for or concurrent enrollment in
CHM 138. Credit 1.
CHM 119 General Chemistry II: Laboratory. [CHEM 1112]
Laboratory for CHM 139. Prerequisite: CHM 118 and prior credit for or concurrent
enrollment in CHM 139. Credit 1.
CHM 135 Inorganic and Environmental Chemistry Lecture. [CHEM 1305]
The elements and their compounds are considered from a non-technical standpoint
with emphasis placed on more familiar materials. This course is for non-science majors.
CHM 136 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry Lecture. [CHEM 1307]
An orientation in organic chemistry is given in the first part of the course to allow treatment
of the chemistry of nutrition and other biochemical aspects given in the last part.
This course is for non-science majors. Prerequisite: CHM 135,138 or completion of a
high school chemistry course. Credit 3.
CHM 138 General Chemistry I: Lecture. [CHEM 1311]
The following topics are studied: chemical changes and laws governing them; the
gas laws; reactions involving oxygen, hydrogen, acids, bases, and salts; ionization;
metathesis; the periodic classification, and the atomic structure. This course is for
chemistry and other science majors. Fall, Spring, Summer. Prerequisite: Minimum
grade of C in MTH 163, MTH 170, MTH 199 or MTH 284 (or equivalent), or a minimum
Math score of 250 on the THEA (or equivalent). Credit 3.
CHM 139 General Chemistry II: Lecture. [CHEM 1312]
Descriptive chemistry, equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and
oxidation-reduction reactions are presented. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in
CHM 138. Fall, Spring, Summer II. Credit 3.
CHM 238 Organic Chemistry I: Lecture. [CHEM 2323]
A study of chemical bonding and structure of organic molecules is made. Functional
group reactions and syntheses are emphasized. Reaction mechanisms, nomenclature
and isomerism are studied. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118,
139/119. Fall, Summer I. Credit 3.
CHM 218 Organic Chemistry I: Laboratory. [CHEM 2123]
Laboratory for CHM 238. Prerequisite: CHM 119, and prior credit for or concurrent
enrollment in CHM 238. Credit 1.
CHM 239 Organic Chemistry II: Lecture. [CHEM 2325]
The general plan of CHM 238 is continued. Spring, Summer II. Prerequisite: A minimum
grade of C in CHM 238. Credit 3.
CHM 219 Organic Chemistry II: Laboratory. [CHEM 2125]
Laboratory for CHM 239. Prerequisite: CHM 218, and prior credit for or concurrent
enrollment in CHM 239. Credit 1.
CHM 241 Quantitative Analysis. The fundamental principles of quantitative analysis are emphasized. Acid-base, complexometric,
precipitation, and redox titrations, solution equilibria and spectrophotometric
analysis are discussed. Laboratory exercises involve all types of volumetric
procedures and colorimetric analysis. Four-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: A minimum
grade of C in CHM 139. Fall, Spring. Credit 4.
CHM 339 Metabolism. This course is a study of the bioenergetics associated with the metabolic pathways
and processes. The metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids;
the interrelationship of the metabolic pathways; and the regulation of metabolism are
emphasized. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in CHM 239, and 348. Spring odd
years. Credit 3.
CHM 348 Introductory Biochemistry. The chemistry and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids
and vitamins; enzyme kinetics; the processes of and mechanisms of digestion and
absorption; and biological buffers are studied. Four-hour laboratory. Writing Enhanced.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in CHM 239. Fall. Credit 4.
CHM 367 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry. General principles of inorganic chemistry are presented with a descriptive and practical
rather than mathematical approach. Periodic relationships of elements and bonding,
reactions and synthesis of inorganic compounds, acid-base chemistry are studied.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 238. Fall. Credit 3.
CHM 368 Environmental Chemistry. The chemical principles underlying the effects of air, water, and soil pollution are
covered. Specific attention is paid to gas phase radical reactions, light absorption
characteristics of atmospheric components, solution chemistry of fresh and salt water
systems, and the mobility and chemistry of metal components of soil systems.
Writing Enhanced. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in CHM 241, 238 and 239
(or concurrent enrollment in CHM 239). Spring. Credit 3.
CHM 403 Directed Study in Chemistry. This course is a directed study for undergraduates. It is designed to allow independent study by advanced students. Instruction is on an individual basis. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of "C" in CHM 239 and approval of department chair. Credit 1-3. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.
CHM 410 Chemical Literature Seminar. Methods of searching the literature in chemistry are presented. Emphasis is placed
on the use of Chemical Abstracts, Beilstein, chemical patent literature, journals, and
reference collections in the several specialties of chemistry. Prerequisite: Junior
standing in chemistry. Spring. Credit 1.
CHM 426 Advanced Integrated Laboratory. This course will involve in-depth experiments that require the use of sophisticated
synthetic and analytical procedures in the areas of organic, inorganic or analytical
chemistry. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in CHM 448.
Spring. Credit 2.
CHM 440 Instrumental Analytical Chemistry. Spectrophotometry, separation techniques and mass spectrometry are discussed.
Specific topics include the computer’s use in the modern laboratory, ultraviolet
and visible absorption, atomic absorption, flame emission, and inductively coupled
plasma spectroscopy, infrared absorption, and gas and liquid chromatography.
Instruments for these techniques are used in the laboratory work. Writing Enhanced.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in CHM 238, and 239 and a minimum grade of
C or concurrent enrollment in CHM 448. Four-hour laboratory. Fall. Credit 4.
CHM 441 Methods for Environmental and Industrial Analysis. This course covers the philosophy of modern instrumental methods used for environmental
and industrial analyses. The topics to be covered include quality control
and quality assurance good laboratory practices, waste minimization and elimination,
safe laboratory operation, ISO standards, EPA methodology, and statistical data
analysis. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in CHM 241, 238 and 239, and CHM
368. Spring. Credit 4.
CHM 442 Air Quality. (Also listed as ESC 440.)
An in-depth study of the sources of air pollution is made. Sampling procedures and the
chemical analyses required for identification of pollutants are studied. Control methods
for the restriction of air pollution are outlined. Four-hour laboratory. Prerequisites:
A minimum grade of C in CHM 241, 238 and 239. Spring odd years. Credit 4.
CHM 443* Structural Spectroscopic Methods. A survey of the spectroscopic and spectrometric methods for elucidation of structural
information for chemical compounds with emphasis on the structural identification of
unknowns. The methods of ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry, Fourier-transform
infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and both one- and two-dimensional nuclear
magnetic resonance spectroscopy will be covered. The relative strengths, complementary
nature, and utility will be discussed. The focus will be the determination
of chemical structures by spectroscopic/spectrometric methods. Writing Enhanced.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 239. Credit 4.
CHM 448 Physical Chemistry I. A comprehensive first course in physical chemistry is given with emphasis on the
mathematical approach. Thermochemistry, the laws of thermodynamics and phase
equilibria are considered. Laboratory experiments are designed to illustrate principles
and to enable students to master physico-chemical techniques. Four-hour laboratory.
Writing Enhanced. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in CHM 239, MTH 143 and
one year of physics. Fall. Credit 4.
CHM 449 Physical Chemistry II. Electrochemistry, colloids, kinetic theory, reaction kinetics, and statistical mechanics
are studied. Laboratory emphasis is on electrical measurements and kinetic studies.
Four-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 448. Spring odd
years. Credit 4.
CHM 467 Advanced
Inorganic Chemistry. Properties of atoms and ions, bonding theory
and structure, acid-base theory, reactions of inorganic compounds,
nonaqueous solvents, and coordination chemistry are studied. Emphasis
is on the underlying theoretical concepts involved. Prerequisite:
CHM 448. Spring even years. Credit 3.
CHM 480 Forensic Chemistry. This is a one semester course focused on surveying important aspects of chemistry
to forensic inquiries. Focus will be on the validity of results. Techniques and methods
for selecting proper techniques to answer various questions will be discussed.
Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 239, 440 and 467;
MTH 142, CS 143. Spring. Credit 3.
CHM 495 Undergraduate Research in Chemistry. This course acquaints the senior student with techniques used in simple research
problems. Prerequisites: student must have a minimum of 20 semester hours in
chemistry and consent of the Department Chair. May be repeated for an additional
three semester hours by those students having a definite project to complete.
This course may be taken for Academic Distinction credit. See Academic Distinction
Program in this catalog. Credit 3.
*Subject to action by the Board of Regents, The Texas State University System, and the Texas
Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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