Houston Baptist University Catalog

Chemistry (CHEM) Course Descriptions


CHEM 1404 Introductory Chemistry
This course discusses some of the fundamental concepts in inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry, and explores their social and medicinal relevance. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. This course cannot be applied toward a chemistry major.

CHEM 1411, Chemistry of Our World
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces the physical environment of our world with emphasis on scientific laws. Students study the forces of nature and apply scientific principles. Topics include rocks, minerals, the chemical composition of the earth, glaciers, the hydrologic cycle, salt water salinity, as well as selected topics from seismology, cartograpy, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. The course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. This course does not count toward the chemistry major or minor.

CHEM 2181 Special Topics
Topics are selected on basis of students¿ need and academic qualifications of staff. Laboratory may not be included.

CHEM 2281 Special Topics
Topics are selected on basis of students¿ need and academic qualifications of staff. Laboratory may not be included.

CHEM 2381 Special Topics
Topics are selected on basis of students¿ need and academic qualifications of staff. Laboratory may not be included.

CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I
Prerequisites: MATH 1313 or higher OR 560 SAT Math OR 26 ACT Math OR CHEM 1404 or appropriate math placement score for MATH 1323, 1434, or 1451
This course is for science majors. It is an introduction to chemical reactions, the mole concept, properties and states of matter, atomic structure, periodic properties, chemical bonding and molecular structure. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II
Prerequisite: CHEM 2415
This is a continuation of CHEM 2415 with an emphasis on chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and kinetics. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions that are devoted to qualitative analysis.

CHEM 2423 Quantitative Analysis
Prerequisite: CHEM 2416
This course is a continuation and extension of CHEM 2415 and 2416 into the study of the basic principles of analytical chemistry, which include stoichiometry, and homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory work that includes both volumetric and gravimetric analysis as well as an introduction to instrumental analysis.

CHEM 2481 Special Topics
Topics are selected on basis of students¿ need and academic qualifications of staff. Laboratory may not be included.

CHEM 3043 MODERN ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Prerequisite: CHEM 3313 or concurrent enrollment.
This course provides instruction in rudimentary organic laboratory techniques, simple organic syntheses, and basic identification of organic compounds by spectroscopy.

CHEM 3132, Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Prerequisite: CHEM 3131 completed. CHEM 3333 completed or concurrent enrollment.
This course extends the instruction in organic laboratory techniques, organic synthesis, and the identification of organic compounds by spectroscopy begun in CHEM 3131.

CHEM 3151, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Prerequisites: CHEM 2415 and 2416
Students conduct experiments with the main group elements, the transition metals, organometallic materials, and bioinorganic compounds.

CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I
Prerequisite: CHEM 2416
This is the first lecture course in organic chemistry for science majors. It begins a survey of the structure, reactivity, reactions, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis of compounds containing carbon.

CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II
Prerequisite: CHEM 3313
This is the second lecture course in organic chemistry for science majors. It continues the survey of the structure, reactivity, reactions, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis of compounds containing carbon that was begun in CHEM 3313.

CHEM 3351, Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 2415 and 2416
This course provides a survey of the chemistry of the main group elements, transition metals, and organometallic compounds in the context of periodic law.

CHEM 3443 Modern Analytical Techniques
Prerequisites: CHEM 2423; CHEM 3132 or 4262; and PHYS 2423
This is an introduction to the basic concepts of applied analytical chemistry. It includes an introduction to instrumentation as applied to routine chemical analysis, including spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemical methods. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

CHEM 4171, Biochemistry Laboratory
Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 4373
This is an upper level laboratory course which exposes students to the principles and experimental techniques underlying common biochemistry methods such as buffer preparation, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, protein and nucleic acid purification, enzyme kinetics, protein and nucleic acid electrophoresis, and polymerase chair reactions which are widely used in research pertaining to the biochemical sciences.

CHEM 4181 Special Topics
Topics are selected on basis on students¿ need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

CHEM 4190, The Professional Chemist
Prerequisites: Completion of thirty semester hours of chemistry courses.
Discussion of topics from the current chemical literature and the ethical behavior expected of chemists.

CHEM 4191, Senior Research Project
Prerequisites: Completion of thirty semester hours of chemistry courses.
Students conduct a laboratory research project, write a research report, and give an oral presentation to the class.

CHEM 4281 Special Topics
Topics are selected on basis on students¿ need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

CHEM 4292 Senior Seminar: Laboratory Research Project
Prerequisite: Note 9 under Undergraduate Degree Requirements; completion or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 4290
One quarter of laboratory research (4292) is required for a student majoring in two areas of science. The execution of the research will emphasize the application of the fundamentals presented in 4290. At the conclusion of the research, a written paper will be presented to the student¿s seminar advisor and an oral presentation of the results will be presented to the research group. Attendance is required.

CHEM 4324, Physical Chemistry II
Prerequisite: CHEM 4414
This course is a survey of the fundamental aspects of thermodynamics including the First and Second Laws as well as Gibbs and Helmholtz Energy and their applications. Acids and bases, basic quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, photochemistry reactions, and macromolecules are also discussed. A working knowledge of calculus is necessary.

CHEM 4351, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 3131, 3132, 3313, 3333, 3351
This course is an introduction to the structure, bonding, and reactivity of organotransition metal compounds. The focus is on physical organometallic chemistry, with an emphasis on the mechanisms of organometallic transformations and methods for their elucidation. The fundamental reaction types of organotransition metal complexes will be covered including: oxidative addition/reductive elimination, migratory insertion, attack on coordinated ligands, and the reactivity of metallocycles, carbenes, and carbynes. Some applications of organotransition metal complexes in catalysis and in organic chemistry will be featured.

CHEM 4361, Advanced Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 3131, 3132, 3313, and 3313
Study of advanced topics in organic chemistry.

CHEM 4373 Biochemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 3333
This course is a study of the more important principles of biochemistry, with emphasis placed on the physical and chemical properties of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, the three major components of the living organism.

CHEM 4374, Biochemistry II
Prerequisites: CHEM 4373
This course is a study of the principles of gene expression, replication, and metabolic pathways. Emphasis is placed on replication, transcription, translation and carbohydrate metabolism. Additional topics will include the citric acid cycle, lipid metabolism, electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation.

CHEM 4381 Special Topics
Topics are selected on basis on students¿ need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.

CHEM 4414 Introductory Physical Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 2423, PHYS 2413, 2423, MATH 1452
A survey of the fundamental principles which govern chemical phenomena. Emphasis is placed on gases, basic thermodynamics, solutions, chemical equilibria, phase equilibria, chemical kinetics and electrochemical phenomena. A working knowledge of basic calculus is necessary. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions.

CHEM 4481 Special Topics
Topics are selected on basis on students¿ need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. Laboratory may or may not be included.