Course Descriptions


CHE111 - Fundamentals of Chemistry Credits: 3
This course is intended for non-science majors with little prior knowledge of Chemistry to aid them in understanding the role of Chemistry in society.

CHE131 - Principles of Chemistry I Credits: 3
An introduction to the fundamental principals of general chemistry. A course designed for students who require an overview of chemistry with a labortory component. Fundamental concepts of chemistry will be presented in a format that is understood by non-science majors and will be related to their specifi c area of study. Emphasis is placed on basic nomenclature, balancing equations, elemental stoichiometry, energy changes, solutions, concentrations, acids, bases, buffers and the gas laws.
Prerequisite: MAT 050 or placement by exam.

CHE151 - General Chemistry I Credits: 4
The fundamental principles and theories of chemistry; the period classification; the nature of atoms; chemical bonding, chemical calculations; the gas laws; solu­tions and their colligative properties.
Prerequisite: Secondary School Chemistry or Algebra or placement by exam.

CHE152 - General Chemistry II Credits: 4
Includes the following topics: the colloidal state; chemical kinetics; ionic equilibrium; nuclear chemistry; electrochemistry; properties of selected metallic and non-metallic elements; and some organic chemistry.
Prerequisite: CHE 151 (grade C or better).

CHE251 - Organic Chemistry I Credits: 4
An introduction to the chemistry of the carbon compounds, particularly the aliphatic compounds; special emphasis is given to structural theory and mecha­nism reactions; laboratory work includes properties and preparation of organic compounds.
Prerequisite: CHE 152 (grade C or better).

CHE252 - Organic Chemistry II Credits: 4
Special emphasis on the chemistry of aromatic compounds; laboratory work includes the synthesis and analysis of organic compounds.
Prerequisite: CHE 251 (grade C or better).

CHE255 - Crime Pattern Analysis Credits: 4
Students will begin learning basic concepts of criminalistics using a crime scene focus. Students will learn how to properly document a crime scene, recognize and collect physical evidence, and how to properly interpret physical patterns in reconstruction often associated with crime scenes. In addition, students will learn about theoretical and practical aspects on the proper analysis and interpretation of particular types of evidence that contain physical patterns used in individualization and reconstruction. An introduction to the analysis of various types of forensic pattern evidence serves as a strong introduction to the foundational principles associated with criminalistics from a scientific perspective.
Prerequisites: CHE-152
Corequisite: CAR-119

CHE299 - Special Topics in Chemistry Credits: 3
Emphasis is placed on standard laboratory techniques and scientific methods. A professional standard laboratory research book will be maintained. Students will gain proficiency in using basic laboratory instruments and glassware. A research project will be defined and a lab protocol will be described for the collection and analysis of data. A Research Report will be prepared and submitted by each student or team of students.