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CHEM  1 - Foundations of Chemistry (4)

Designed for students intending to take CHEM 111-113, with intensive study of problem solving. Offered every Fall.

CHEM  100 - Getting a Grip on Science: From Mass and Motion to Molecules (4)

This multidisciplinary introductory course for non-science majors fulfills Area B2 of the CORE. It explores several key topics including the solar system, energy and its forms, and the composition and behavior of atoms. Science is presented as a human endeavor through which we come to understand the natural world of which we are a part. Three lectures per week plus one two-hour lab session. Offered intermittently.

CHEM  100 - Laboratory (0)

CHEM  105 - Evolution and Human Origins (4)

How can we understand ourselves? In this interdisciplinary course we will examine the evidence that all life forms on earth, including human beings, have evolved from a common ancestor by means of natural selection. We will draw on ideas from biology, geology, paleontology, philosophy and history in order to gain an evolutionary perspective on what it means to be human. This lecture/lab course fulfills the CORE B2 Science requirement for non-science majors. Field trips during class time will include SF Zoo, SF Botanical Garden and Cal Academy of Science. Corequisite: CHEM 105L Laboratory.

CHEM  105 - Laboratory (0)

CHEM  106 - Chemistry in the Community (4)

This is an introductory chemistry course for non-science majors with a focus on green chemistry. The course is designed to teach students the principles of green chemistry and the importance of sustainability. We will consider issues that reflect today’s headlines such as ozone depletion, global warming, new energy sources, nutrition, genetic engineering and other topics that are connected to chemistry. The course will prepare students to respond in a thoughtful manner to these socially important issues and help them to become well-informed citizens. This lecture/lab course fulfills the CORE B2 science requirement for non-science majors.

CHEM  106 - Laboratory (0)

CHEM  110 - Molecular Gastronomy (4)

The lecture/lab course Molecular Gastronomy fulfills the Core B2 Science requirement for non-science majors. This course will focus on the science of food and drink, including pasta, coffee and ice cream. What happens on the molecular level when eggs are whipped? And why does popcorn pop? Such questions will form the basis for the science you will learn in lecture and underlie our approach to the laboratory component of the course where we will cook, scientifically examine (and eat) food. This course is for SII students only.

CHEM  110 - Laboratory (0)

CHEM  111 - General Chemistry I (3)

The first in a two-semester course sequence, this course introduces the fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, periodicity of the elements, stoichiometry, properties of gases and of solutions. All students desiring Chem 111 must review tutorials and take the USF Chemistry Diagnostic Test on the USF Placement Test page. Based on your score you will be able to register for Chem 111/112L or Chem 001. Offered every semester and Summer.

CHEM  112 - Laboratory (1)

A laboratory course designed to accompany General Chemistry I. Emphasis is placed on experiments that illustrate the fundamental principles and laws of chemical behavior and engage students in cooperative data acquisition and analysis. Topics include accuracy/precision, qualitative analysis, titrations, atomic spectroscopy, properties of gases and of solutions. Assessment based on laboratory technique, pre-lab assignments, written laboratory reports, accuracy of analyses, and a final exam. One four-hour lab per week. Co/Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in CHEM 111, or prior completion of that course with a grade of C or higher. Offered every semester and Summer.

CHEM  113 - General Chemistry II (3)

The second in a two-semester course sequence, this course covers the principles of modern chemistry with an emphasis on quantitative problem solving. Topics include energy, equilibrium, kinetics, acids, bases and buffers, thermochemistry, redox chemistry and coordination compounds. Prerequisites: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 Laboratory with a grade of C or higher; concurrent registration in CHEM 114 Laboratory. Offered every Spring and Summer.

CHEM  114 - Laboratory (1)

A laboratory course designed to accompany General Chemistry II. Topics include techniques of data analysis, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids, bases and buffers, electrochemistry and coordination chemistry. Wherever appropriate, computer skills are introduced and applied to data collection and analysis. Assessment based on laboratory technique, pre-lab assignments, written laboratory reports, accuracy of analyses, and a laboratory practical exam. One four-hour lab per week. Co/Prerequisites: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 Laboratory with a grade of C or higher; concurrent registration in CHEM 113, or prior completion of that course with a grade of C or higher. Offered every Spring and Summer.

CHEM  191 - Wkshp in Gen Chem 111 (PLTL) (1)

Workshops are based on Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) which is a model of collaborative learning that supplements large lecture courses (www.pltl.org). In PLTL, 6-8 students work together to solve challenging problems in an active study group facilitated by a Peer Leader. The course instructor designs the problems based on the topics covered in Chem 111 and supervises/trains the Peer Leaders. Optional for Chem 111 students. Concurrent registration in Chem 111 is required. One session per week. Pass/Fail.

CHEM  193 - Wkshp in Gen Chem 113 (PLTL) (1)

Workshops are based on Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) which is a model of collaborative learning that supplements large lecture courses (www.pltl.org). In PLTL, 6-8 students work together to solve challenging problems in an active study group facilitated by a Peer Leader. The course instructor designs the problems based on the topics covered in Chem 113 and supervises/trains the Peer Leaders. Optional for Chem 113 students. Concurrent registration in Chem 113 is required. One session per week. Pass/Fail.

CHEM  195 - First-Year Seminar (4)

First Year Seminars are designed and taught by faculty who have a special passion for the topic. All FYSeminars are small classes (16 students) that count toward the university Core. Many FYSeminars include enrichment activities such as excursions into the city or guest speakers. FYSeminars are only open to students in their first or second semester at USF, and students may only take one FYS, in either Fall or Spring. For a detailed description of this course, and other FYSeminars this semester, go to this webpage by cutting and pasting the link: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/firstyearsem/

CHEM  195 - Laboratory (0)

CHEM  230 - Organic Chemistry I (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 113 with grade of C (2.0) or higher. First semester of a two-semester course. This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts necessary for understanding organic molecules. These include nomenclature, conformational analysis, stereochemistry, radical and nucleophilic reactions, and spectroscopy. Offered every Fall and Summer.

CHEM  231 - Organic Chemistry II (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 230 with grade of C (2.0) or higher. Second semester of a two-semester course. Surveys the chemistry of functionalized organic compounds emphasizing mechanisms and multi-step syntheses. Offered every Spring and Summer.

CHEM  232 - Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)

Experimental course that highlights the concepts learned in lecture. Students will learn and employ techniques for the preparation, isolation, purification and characterization of organic molecules. Offered every Fall. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 230 or CHEM 236.

CHEM  233 - Organic Chemistry Lab II for Majors (2)

Experimental course emphasizing advanced laboratory techniques and concepts in organic chemistry. These include the handling of air-sensitive reagents, spectroscopic analysis of compounds, and the use of computational methods to complement experimental results. In addition, students will learn literature searching techniques and ACS-style writing. Offered every Spring. Prerequisites: CHEM 230 with minimum grade of C and CHEM 232 with minimum grade of C. Not available to Biochemistry concentration majors.

CHEM  234 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 with minimum grade of C and CHEM 232 with minimum grade of C. For non-Chemistry Majors. A continuation of the first semester lab course. Students will gain more experience in multistep synthesis and analysis of products. Offered every Spring.

CHEM  236 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4)

A survey of the fundamentals of organic chemistry. May be taken prior to, or along with, CHEM 232. This course may not be substituted for CHEM 230. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: CHEM 113 with minimum grade of C-.

CHEM  260 - Analytical Chemistry (4)

An introduction to the principles and practices of analytical chemistry with an emphasis on quantitative methods. Classical methods such as titrimetric and volumetric analyses as well as basic instrumental methods involving spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and chromatography will be performed. There will be an emphasis on developing skills in professional report writing in the ACS style and project type work. Two laboratory meetings and two lectures weekly. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: CHEM 113 with grade of C (2.0) or higher.

CHEM  260 - Laboratory (0)

CHEM  290 - Wkshop in Org Chem 230 (PLTL) (1)

Workshops are based on Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) which is a model of collaborative learning that supplements large lecture courses (www.pltl.org). In PLTL, 8-10 students work together to solve challenging problems in an active study group facilitated by an undergraduate Peer Leader. The course instructor designs the problems based on Chem 230 topics and trains the USF Student Peer Leaders. Optional for Chem 230 students. Concurrent registration in Chem 230 is required. One session per week. Pass/Fail.

CHEM  311 - Environmental Chemistry (4)

This course provides in-depth coverage of major topics in the chemistry of the environment, including tropospheric air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, aquatic chemistry, water pollution and water treatment, soil chemistry, and toxic organic compounds. Offered intermittently. Prerequisites: CHEM 113 with a minimum grade of C-, and one of the following: ENVS 212, CHEM 230, or CHEM 236. Cross-listed with: ENVS 311.

CHEM  332 - Medicinal Chemistry (4)

An overview of the principles underlying the discovery, design, and development of modern medicines. Topics include: target identification; pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; lead identification and optimization; and considerations for application to the clinic. Fulfills the elective option for the Major in Chemistry and the elective requirement for the Minor in Chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 231 (Organic Chemistry II), minimum grade of C.

CHEM  340 - Physical Chemistry I (4)

Prerequisites: CHEM - 113, PHYS - 210 and MATH - 110 with minimum grade of C. First semester of a two-semester sequence. The main topics are: thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and kinetics. Offered every Fall.

CHEM  341 - Physical Chemistry II (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 340 with minimum grade of C. Second semester of a two-semester sequence. The main topics are: quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and statistical thermodynamics. Offered every Spring.

CHEM  350 - Biochemistry I (4)

First semester of a two-semester course. Surveys the physical and chemical properties of biomolecules and how these properties lead to observed biological functions. Offered every Fall. Prerequisites: CHEM 231 with minimum grade of C, or CHEM 236 with minimum grade of C, and BIOL 105 with minimum grade of C- and BIOL 106 with minimum grade of C- or permission of instructor.

CHEM  351 - Biochemistry II (4)

Second semester of a two-semester course. Surveys the major metabolic pathways and the control of metabolism at the nucleic acid and protein levels. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: CHEM 350 with minimum grade of C.

CHEM  352 - Experimental Biochemistry (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 350 with minimum grade of C. Corequisite: CHEM - 351. Techniques commonly used in biochemical research, with emphasis upon protein and enzyme isolation and characterization. Instructor approval required. Priority given to Chemistry Majors with a Concentration in Biochemistry. Offered every other year.

CHEM  356 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)

A survey of biochemical concepts emphasizing the nature of cell components, their interaction in metabolism and the regulation of metabolism. Offered every Fall. Prerequisites: CHEM 231 with minimum grade of C, or CHEM 236 with minimum grade of C.

CHEM  386 - Special Topics in Chemistry (2 - 4)

Topics not covered by other Chemistry curriculum offerings. Pre-requisites: CHEM 113 and varies by topic.

CHEM  397 - Research Methods and Practice (1)

The primary purpose of the course will be a hands-on research experience as part of a faculty led research or scholarly project. Students must be accepted into a research group before adding the course, with priority given to majors who have completed Chem 231/260. In fall, all undergraduate researchers will meet periodically to evaluate the chemical literature, review safety and give an informal presentation. In addition, the faculty will assist students in writing a required research progress report from work completed in fall or the preceding summer. In spring, the course instructor will assist students in preparing a professional oral or graphical presentation of research for a campus, local and/or national meeting. A full written report is required for students in their final semester who are completing the optional ACS-certified degree. Offered every semester for 1 unit and can be repeated for a maximum of 4 units.

CHEM  398 - Directed Study (1 - 4)

Study of selected topic, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. The consent of the instructor is required.

CHEM  399 - Undergraduate Research (1 - 2)

CHEM  410 - Integrated Laboratory (4)

In this laboratory course students will perform experiments designed to deepen instrumentation skills and build upon the conceptual material being delivered in the second semester P-Chem lecture course (CHEM 341). The introduction of quantum mechanics will allow a deeper discussion of spectroscopy and reaction kinetics. The conceptual basis of NMR will be elaborated upon and NMR spectroscopy will form a major element of the course. Offered every other Spring. Prerequisite: CHEM 340 with minimum grade of C.

CHEM  420 - Inorganic Chemistry (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 340 with minimum grade of C. Bonding, structure, and reactivity of the elements, inorganic, and organometallic compounds. In the laboratory students will perform experiments designed to: a) build upon foundational measurement taking and documenting skills learned in Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 260) as well as b) reinforce and extend the conceptual material being presented in the Physical Chemistry lecture course (CHEM 340), c) build upon previous lower division experience with Inorganic and Organic synthesis and characterization. Three lectures weekly and two laboratory periods. Offered every Fall.

CHEM  420 - Laboratory (0)