Recent Curriculum Changes

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The Department of Chemistry strives to provide the best and the most appropriate curriculum to its majors and minors. It is therefore necessary to make changes periodically in response to the changing needs of the field and the students and therefore to better prepare students for the future.  Below is a list of recent curriculum changes that students need to be familiar with. Students are highly encouraged to seek advising from their academic advisor to better plan for their program of study.

  1. CHE 128/129 – Basic Chemistry Concepts: This set of lecture and lab courses will no longer be offered during the regular academic year. Instead, the department will start offering CHE 120 and CHE 122 (see below) to fill the gap. Summer FYAS will offer CHE128/129 as they have in previous years.

 

  1. CHE 120 – General Chemistry IP (meets 6 hours per week) – This is a new course the department will be offering starting in AY1718. It is an introductory course for science majors and covers the same subject matter and sequence of topics as that of CHE 130 – General Chemistry I. However, this course includes additional coverage of fundamental chemistry concepts and more in-class time devoted to developing problem-solving skills. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE131 and MAT 130 if math placement indicates MAT 130 (5 quarter hours). Enrollment into this course will be dependent on the student’s Chemistry Placement Test score.

 

  1. CHE 122 – General Chemistry IIP (meets 6 hours per week) – This is the second course of three in the General Chemistry series that covers the same material as that of CHE 132. However, this course includes additional coverage of fundamental chemistry concepts and more in-class time devoted to developing problem-solving skills. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE133 (5 quarter hours). Enrollment into this course will be dependent on a student receiving a C- or higher in either CHE 120 or CHE 130.

 

  1. CHE 202 – Applied Probability and Statistics (2 credit hours) and CHE 394 – Seminar (2 credit hours) will no longer be offered starting in the 2017-18 academic year.

 

The content of CHE 202 will be partially covered in CHE 205 (Analytical Chemistry Lab) but mostly covered in CHE 261 (Instrumental Analysis Lecture and Lab), a new chemistry foundation course that will replace CHE 202 and CHE 394 (in terms of credits) for students entering into the chemistry program in autumn of 2017 and beyond.

Current chemistry majors will be allowed to substitute CHE 202 and CHE 394 with another chemistry course. Students should consult their academic advisor for advice before choosing a substitute course.

 

Current chemistry minors who are required to have credit for CHE 202 will be allowed to substitute CHE 202 with another statistics course such as BIO 206 – Biostatistics.

 

  1. CHE 261 – Instrumental Analysis (4 credit hours) will replace CHE 202 and CHE 394 as one of the foundation courses required of all majors. A grade of C- or better in both CHE 204 and CHE 205 are the prerequisites for CHE 261.

 

CHE 261 will be a combined lecture and lab course examining instrumentation in chemical analysis. Areas of focus include electronics and measurement theory, applied measurement statistics, chromatography, spectroscopy, and electroanalytical instruments and their applications. This course will be offered for the first time in SQ2018.

 

  1. CHE 332 – POLYMER SCIENCE – This will be a new undergraduate course to be added to the curriculm as an elective course along with its corequiste (CHE 333) and will be offered in the spring of every other year.

 

This course has been designed to expose students to various aspects of polymer science. The course will focus on the synthesis, structure, and properties of an array of both synthetic and natural polymers. Students will learn the means by which various classes of polymers are prepared and characterized, with an emphasis on the mechanisms of formation, including: free radical, cationic, anionic, condensation, and transition metal-mediated and catalyzed polymerization methods. The course will also highlight differences in the physical properties of polymers, and how such differences can be controlled and exploited for practical purposes. Students will also be introduced to more modern macromolecular materials including dendrimers and nanostructures. The applications of the polymers discussed in the course will also be presented in order to provide context for the real-world utility of these materials. Students must register for the co-requisite laboratory companion course, CHE 333.

 

  1. CHE 333 – POLYMER SCIENCE LAB – This will be a new undergraduate course to be added to the curriculm as an elective course along with its corequiste, CHE 332 and will be offered in the spring of even numbered year.

 

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 332. This course is designed to provide students with practical skills in the area of polymer science. The course will cover topics related to the synthesis, isolation, and characterization of polymeric materials. Students must be co-registered for the lecture course CHE 332.

 

More curricular changes are coming so keep checking back for updates.

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