Saint Joseph's College
Department of Chemistry
Courses in Chemistry:
005. Preparatory Chemistry 3 hours
This is a general chemistry course for students who do not have the high school prerequisites to enter directly into Chemistry 121 or Chemistry 111, or who feel their prerequisites are too old. It can be used for continuing education credit by teachers. Five lectures per week. Offered only in the Summer.
Prerequisite: Math 7 or equivalent.
111. Introductory Chemistry 4 hours
This course covers the principles and theories of chemistry for students who are not majoring in a natural science. It may serve as preparation for Chemistry 121. Three lectures and one 2-hour laboratory period per week.
121. General Chemistry I 4 hours
This course combines the basic concepts of chemistry with practical application of these concepts in the laboratory. It is intended to build upon a foundation of high school chemistry. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week.
Prerequisite: High school chemistry or the equivalent.
122. General Chemistry II 4 hours
This course is a continuation of Chemistry 121 or an equivalent. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 121.
233. Organic Chemistry I 4 hours
A study of the structure, naming, properties, and reactions of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons. The material presented in the lecture will be supplemented by application studies in the laboratory with representative compounds. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 122.
234. Organic Chemistry II 4 hours
A study of the structure, naming, properties, and reactions of the functional groups of organic compounds. A study of these properties and reactions will be directed in the laboratory where spectroscopic methods will also be introduced. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 233.
246. Quantitative Analysis 4 hours
A study of the theoretical principles upon which analytical methods are based. Included are a survey of the field of analytical chemistry and a detailed investigation of the standard methods. Volumetric and gravimetric experiments are carried out in the laboratory. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 122.
255. Independent Study 1-3 hours
367. Physical Chemistry I 4 hours
A fundamental course based on the principles of physical chemistry. The role of energy in chemical reactions is treated both from the descriptive and the analytical viewpoints. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 246, Mathematics 126 and Physics 122.
368. Physical Chemistry II 4 hours
A continuation of Chemistry 367. This course emphasizes atomic and molecular structure and reaction dynamics. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 367.
379. Biochemical Physiology (same as Biology 379)
A study of the chemistry and properties of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids as they relate to cellular metabolism and organelles. Examination of molecular structure and active sites of some model enzyme systems and the elements of molecular biology are included. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week.
Prerequisites: Physics 122 and Chemistry 233 (Chem 234 preferred).
380. Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry 3 hours
This course is an introduction to the chemistry of medicinal substances. Emphasis is given to structural features of these substances and how they interact with body tissues. Coverage also includes dosage forms and drug metabolism.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 234.
440. Instrumental Methods of Analysis 4 hours
A study of the principles of chemistry underlying the use of instruments in analysis and a survey of the field. The laboratory work consists of analyses carried out with representative instruments. Three lectures and one 3-hour laboratory period per week.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 246.
455. Research in Chemistry 1 - 2 hours
This is an individual research project on some special problems in chemistry. The student makes a thorough search of the literature and carries out the experiments needed to reach a conclusion. Progress reports are made and discussed with the faculty director.
460. Seminar in Chemistry 1 hour
A seminar which focuses on chemical literature and careers in chemistry and related fields. Students will conduct literature research and present their results in writing and orally to the students and faculty of the department. Discussion topics include literature usage, writing in chemistry, professional ethics and research honesty, career exploration, job searching, resumes, and interviewing. Students may propose relevant topics for discussion.
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.