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Academic Year

2013-2014

School

School of Science, Engineering and Technology School Web site

School Dean

Winston F. Erevelles, Ph.D. werevelles@stmarytx.edu

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department Chair

Michael D. Losiewicz, Ph.D. mlosiewicz@stmarytx.edu

Description of Program/Major

The Chemistry and Biochemistry majors at St. Mary's University provide excellent preparation for graduate school, professional school, or entering a career in industry. The degree programs offered include the B.S. in Chemistry, B.A. in Chemistry, B.S. in Chemistry with Biochemistry Emphasis, B.S. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Forensic Science with Chemistry Option, and also a major in Chemistry with Secondary Teaching Certification. Our programs place a strong emphasis on critical problem solving. Students learn to work as part of a laboratory team yet also develop the ability to work independently. The Chemistry and Biochemistry programs promote versatility and prepare students for a wide range of options after graduation. The programs stress not only the fundamentals of chemistry, but the development of the intellectual skills necessary to apply them. The department offers small class sizes, close interaction with the faculty and a variety of tutoring options.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (SMC)
St. Mary's University Core (30 Hours)
All St. Mary's Core SMC13## "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC23## "Practice" courses. "Reflection" courses can be taken in any order followed by "Practice" courses in any order.
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection: Self3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice: Fine Arts and Creative Process3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community and Civilization3

School Specific Core (SSC)
School of Science, Engineering, and Technology Specific Core (21 Hours)

SpeechSE 1321 (for international students), SE 1341, SE 2333, SE 33913
Composition and Rhetoric (grade of "C" or better)EN 1311, EN 1313 (for international students)3
Foreign LanguagesSix hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year; Or, 6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied; Or, 12 hours of CLEP credit for a language previously studied.6
Social ScienceBA 1310, BA 3325, CJ 2300, CJ 3300, EC 2301, EC 2303, PO 1311, PO 1312, PO 1314, PS 1301, PS 3386, SC/CR 1311, SC 3321, HU 3300, HU 33033
TheologyAdvanced Theology 33XX3
Fine ArtsAR, DM, MU or Literature: EN 2321, 2322, 2353, 2354, 2355, 23563

Four Year Degree Plan

Department Courses and Descriptions

Department Courses and Descriptions
CH 1303
Preparatory Chemistry (3)
This course is designed for students with inadequate background for CH1401. Manipulative skills and basic concepts requiring problem solving will be stressed. Not accepted in lieu of CH1401,1402. This course satisfies the general education requirement.

CH 1304
Chem Concepts & Applications (3)
This course is designed for the non-science major as part of one's general education. Chemistry is a fundamental science, some of its basic concepts will be developed as well as some of its applications to every day life. No prerequisites.

CH 1401
General Chemistry I (4)
Fundamental principles; descriptive chemistry of more important elements; brief study of qualitative analysis by semimicro methods. Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor based on the Toledo Chemistry Placement Test performance and other relevant factors. This course may also be used to fulfill the general education requirement. Prerequisite for ALL of the following courses. (Lecture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours.)

CH 1402
General Chemistry II (4)
Fundamental principles; descriptive chemistry of more important elements; brief study of qualitative analysis by semimicro methods. Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor based on the Toledo Chemistry Placement Test performance and other relevant factors. This course may also be used to fulfill the general education requirement. Prerequisite for ALL of the following courses. (Lecture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours.)

CH 1404
Intro to Organic & Biochem (4)
This course is designed to provide a general overview of these two specific areas of chemistry for non- majors. It will provide the general basics of organic chemistry including basic carbon chemistry, nomenclature, structures of organic compounds, chemical characteristics and function,reactions, and mechanisms. This will provide the background necessary to study the concepts of organic chemistry that apply to the structure and function of biological macro molecules. Topics in this course will cover the main biological macro molecules of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids, and their role in cellular metabolism, states of disease, and drug applications. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental chemical concepts needed to pursue studies in related professional fields. Prerequisite: CH 1401. (Lec ture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours.)

CH 3411
Organic Chemistry I (4)
The study of the compounds of carbon. The major functional groups are examined on their basis of the physical and chemical properties. Fundamental theories of bonding, structures, mechanisms, synthesis, and spectros copy are topics covered in the organic chemistry curriculum. (Lecture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours.)

CH 3412
Organic Chemistry II (4)
The study of the compounds of carbon. The major functional groups are examined on their basis of the physical and chemical properties. Fundamental theories of bonding, structures, mechanisms, synthesis, and spectros copy are topics covered in the organic chemistry curriculum. (Lecture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours.)

CH 3423
Analytical Chemistry (4)
An introduction to traditional methods of chemical analysis, i.e. wet chemistry. Emphasis is on lab performance. Experiments cover volumetric, gravimetric colorimetric, potentiometric, and other techniques. (Lecture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours)

CH 3424
Instrumental Analysis (4)
An introduction to chemical analysis via instrumentation. Emphasis is on lab performance. Instruments are spectroscopic and chromographic. (Lecture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours)

CH 3433
Physical Chemistry I (4)
An introduction to chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Prerequisites: Calculus, CH 3423; PY1402 is recommended. (Lecture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours). The Lab is writing intensive.

CH 3434
Intermediate Physical Chem (4)
An introduction to chemical analysis via instrumentation. Emphasis is on lab performance. Instruments are spectro scopic and chromographic. (Lecture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours)

CH 3440
Toxicology (4)


CH 4100
Seminar in Chemistry (1)
Presentation and discussion of current research in the field of chemistry. (May be repeated for a maximum of 2 semester hours.) Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

CH 4125
Chemical Reseach (1)
Practical literature and laboratory experience with an original problem in chemical research. (May be repeated for a maximum of 4 semester hours.) Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor.

CH 4150
Spec. Topics Chemistry/Biochem (1)
This advanced course introduces a field of chemistry that is of current interest in the chemistry community of today. Examples of possible topics are material sciences, polymer chemistry, chemical separations, and chemical spectroscopy. This course may be repeated only if the current topic is different from any previous enrollment of that student. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

CH 4225
Chemical Research (2)
Practical literature and laboratory experience with an original problem in chemical research. (May be repeated for a maximum of 4 semester hours.) Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor.

CH 4250
Spec. Topics Chemistry/Biochem (2)
This advanced course introduces a field of chemistry that is of current interest in the chemistry community of today. Examples of possible topics are material sciences, polymer chemistry, chemical separations, and chemical spectroscopy. This course may be repeated only if the current topic is different from any previous enrollment of that student. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

CH 4310
Intermediate Organic Chemistry (3)
Elaboration and extension of fundamentals of Organic Chemistry. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: CH 3411, 3412.

CH 4325
Chemical Research (3)
Practical literature and laboratory experience with an original problem in chemical research. (May be repeated for a maximum of 4 semester hours.) Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor.

CH 4330
Chemical Thermodynamics (3)
Introduction to the principles and chemical applications of thermodynamics for chemists and engineers. Prerequisite: CH 3433.

CH 4340
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
A study of molecular symmetry, structure and bonding, inorganic solid state chemistry, solution chemistry, chemistry of the representative elements, transition metal chemistry, and organometallic chemistry. Prerequisite: CH 3412.

CH 4350
Spec. Topics Chemistry/Biochem (3)
This advanced course introduces a field of chemistry that is of current interest in the chemistry community of today. Examples of possible topics are material sciences, polymer chemistry, chemical separations, and chemical spectroscopy. This course may be repeated only if the current topic is different from any previous enrollment of that student. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

CH 4353
Biochem of Specialized Tissues (3)
Biomolecular aspects of the structure and controlled functioning of specialized systems in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, highlighted by studies of the sensory and immune systems, muscle contraction/mobility and membrane transport phenomena. Prerequisites: CH/BL4451 or concurrent registration.

CH 4354
Biochemistry of the Hormones (3)
The biochemical basis of normal versus abnormal functioning of the hormonal control mechanisms in mammalian systems; this will include a detailed discussion of molecular mechanisms for hormonal control of the path ways of intermediary metabolism and of the absence/aberration of such regulatory processes evidenced in metabolic disease. Prerequisites: CH/BL4452 or concurrent registration.

CH 4355
Immunochemistry (3)
The molecular basis of the normal operation of the vertebrate immune system and studies of aberrations of immune mechanisms in disease processes. The latter is exemplified by the biomolecular aspects of infectious diseases (caused by pathogenic microorganisms) autoimmune disorders, tissue damage, and cancer. Prerequisites: CH/BL 4451 or concurrent registration.

CH 4356
Enzyme Chemistry (3)
The molecular architecture of enzymes and the dynamics of enzyme mediated catalysis. Topics include a classification of enzyme systems, enzyme kinetics, mechanisms of enzyme action and the regulation of the activity of enzymes. Prerequisites: CH/BL 4451.

CH 4451
Biochemistry I (4)
Study of the processes of life at the molecular level. The physiochemical properties of the biologically important molecules and macromolecules is presented with the goal of understanding their structure vs. biological activity relationships. Major topics include the study of enzymes, metabolism, bioenergetics, and regulation of biochemical processes, membranes and molecular genetics. Prerequisites: CH 3411, 3412 (Lecture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours)

CH 4452
Biochemistry II (4)
Study of the processes of life at the molecular level. The physiochemical properties of the biologically important molecules and macromolecules is presented with the goal of understanding their structure vs. biological activity relationships. Major topics include the study of enzymes, metabolism, bioenergetics, and regulation of biochemical processes, membranes and molecular genetics. Prerequisites: CH 3411, 3412 (Lecture 3 hours; Lab 4 hours)

Department Faculty

Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty Website

Department Website

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