Undergraduate Courses-Chemistry

Subject course numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description represent the course equivalent in the Texas Common Course Numbering system.

CHEM 1111 (CHEM 1111) General Chemistry I Lab (0-2). This course consists of basic laboratory experiments such as recrystallization, crystal growing, redox reactions, metathesis reactions, basic organic chemistry, chromatography, and titrations to support the theoretical priniciples presented in CHEM 1311. This course introduces students to the scientific method, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports.Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or equivalent. Corequisite: CHEM 1311.

CHEM 1112 (CHEM 1112) General Chemistry II Lab (0-2). This course consists of laboratory experiments such as enthalpy of solutions, heat of reactions, polymerization, chemical kinetics, acid-base reactions, pH titrations, solubility products and qualitative analysis of ions to suppor the theoretical principles presented in CHEM 1312. Prerequisites: CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111. Corequisite: CHEM 1312.

CHEM 1311 (CHEM 1311) General Chemistry I (3-0) Students will study matter, atomic theory, atomic structure, concept of moles, chemical units of concentration, concept of balanced chemical reaction equation, chemical bonding, and kinetic molecular theory of gasses, periodic table of the elements, drawing Lewis structures, molecular geometry and hybridization of atomic orbitals. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or equivalent. Advanced placement in CHEM 1311 may be given upon successful completion of advanced placement examination. 

CHEM 1312 (CHEM 1312) General Chemistry II (3-0). Students will study colligative properties of solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base systems including the concept of pH, thermodynamics, energy relationships in chemistry reactions, detailed redox reactions and electrochemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111.

CHEM 2401 (CHEM 2401) Analytical Chemistry I (2-4). This course includes chemical equilibria, acid-base equilibria, buffers, solubility equilibria, and volumetric methods of analysis. Prerequisites: CHEM 1312 and CHEM 1112.    

CHEM 2402 Inorganic Chemistry I (3-3). Students will undertake an in depth study of atomic structure, crystalline solid state, wave mechanical principles, chemical bonds, comparison of valence bond and molecular bond theories and inorganic nomenclature. Prerequisite: CHEM 2401.  

CHEM 3402 Forensic Chemistry (3-2). This laboratory course is designed to introduce students interested in law enforcement professions to methodologies such as filtration, recrystallization, titration, pH determination, and chemical reactions. Students will use the optical microscope for testing pieces of evidence, develop and lift latent finger prints, perform micro-testing of drugs, and utilize a novel technique developed at SRSU for the preparation of hair fibers for SEM analysis.

CHEM 3407 Organic Chemistry I (3-3). This course is a thorough study of the chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and their derivatives. Special emphasis on nomenclature, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms and fundamental priciples of organic chemistry. Nuclear magnetic spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy will be introduced. Prerequsites: CHEM 1312 and CHEM 1112 or permission from instructor.

CHEM 3408 Organic Chemistry II (3-3). The study of aromatic heterocyclic and unsaturated compounds. The chemistry of aldehydes, ketones, ethers, alcohols, carboxylic acids, amines and carbonyl reactions will be discussed in detail. Prerequisite: Chemistry 3407. 

CHEM 3409 Inorganic Chemistry II (3-3). Students will undertake an in depth study of organometallic chemistry, chemistry of main group elements and coordination compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 2402.

CHEM 4300 Undergraduate Research (3-0) Individual research or studies on topics of general interest encouraged. May be repeated once for credit. (on demand)

CHEM 4301 Biochemistry I (3-0). Students will study the structure and function of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids. This course also introduces biological membranes, membrane transport, enzyme kinetics, enzyme regulation, DNA replication, transcription and RNA translation. Prerequisite: CHEM 3407

CHEM 4302 Biochemistry II (3-0). Students will study major metabolic pathways of the cell: glycolysis, pentose phosphate pathway, gluconeogenesis, glycogen metabolism, citric acid cycle, electron transport, oxidative phosphorylation, photosynthesis, lipid, amino acid and nucleotide metabolism. Students will gain a greater understanding of the chemistry of key enzymes and coenzymes, genetic diseases related to metabolism and the mechanisms of enzyme regulation. Recombinant DNA and other genetic methods will also be included. Prerequisite: CHEM 4301

CHEM 4311 Special Topics (3-0). A course covering various topics in Chemistry. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

CHEM 4401 Analytical Chemistry II (3-3). This course is an interdisciplinary approach to the theory application and use of modern analytical equipment including a scanning electron microscope (SEM), an x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer, an x-ray diffractometer (XRD), and Atomic Absorption (AA) spectrophotometer and an ion chromatography (IC) unit. Prerequisite: CHEM 2401.

CHEM 4402 Special Problems (3-3). Individual directed readings and conference on special topics in Chemistry.  A lecture or seminar format may be used when sufficient interest exists in a topic.

CHEM 4406 Physical Chemistry I (3-3). Students will undertake an in-depth study of gaseous systems, thermodynamics, phase equilibria, colligative properties of solutions, and surface chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 2401, PHYS 2326 and PHYS 2126.

CHEM 4407 Physical Chemistry II (3-3). Students will undertake an in-depth study of statistical thermodynamics, molecular reaction dynamics, reaction kinetics, electrochemistry, and homogenous and heterogenous equilibrium. Prerequisite: CHEM 4406.