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Syllabi for chemistry courses offered by the Pennsylvania State University at University Park.
PSU 016
PSU 016 First-Year Seminar Science (1)
CHEM 001
CHEM 001 (GN) Molecular Science (3) Selected concepts and topics designed to give non-science majors an appreciation for how chemistry impacts everyday life. Students who have received credit for CHEM 003, 101, or 110 may not schedule this course.
CHEM 101
CHEM 101 (GN) Introductory Chemistry (2-3) Selected principles and applications of chemistry. Prior study of chemistry is not assumed. Students may take only one course for General Education credit from CHEM 101 or CHEM 110.
CHEM 108
CHEM 108 Problem Solving in Chemistry (1) Techniques, strategies, and skills for solving problems in general chemistry for students potentially at risk in CHEM 110.
CHEM 110
CHEM 110 (GN) Chemical Principles I (3) Basic concepts and quantitative relations. Students may take only one course for General Education credit from CHEM 110 or CHEM 101.
CHEM 110H
CHEM 110H (GN) Chemical Principles I (3) Basic concepts and quantitative relations. Students may take only one course for General Education credit from CHEM 110 or CHEM 101.
CHEM 111
CHEM 111 (GN) Experimental Chemistry I (1) Introduction to quantitative experimentation in chemistry.
CHEM 112
CHEM 112 (GN) Chemical Principles II (3) Continuation of CHEM 110, including an introduction to the chemistry of the elements.
CHEM 112H
CHEM 112H (GN) Chemical Principles II (3) Continuation of CHEM 110, including an introduction to the chemistry of the elements.
CHEM 113
CHEM 113 (GN) Experimental Chemistry II (1) Continuation of CHEM 111, with emphasis on topics related to CHEM 112.
CHEM 202
CHEM 202 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I (3) Introduction to organic chemistry, with emphasis on the properties of organic compounds of biochemical importance. Because of duplication of subject matter, students may not receive credit for both CHEM 202 and CHEM 210.
CHEM 203
CHEM 203 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II (3) Introduction to organic chemistry, with emphasis on the identification of organic compounds by characteristic chemical reactions and by spectroscopy. The course involves both lecture and laboratory. Because of duplication of subject matter, students may not receive credit for both CHEM 203 and CHEM 213.
CHEM 210
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I (3) Principles and theories; nomenclature; chemistry of the functional groups; applications of spectroscopy. Because of duplication of material, students may not receive credit for both CHEM 210 and 202.
CHEM 210H
CHEM 210H Organic Chemistry I (4) Principles and theories; nomenclature; chemistry of the functional groups; applications of spectroscopy. Because of duplication of material, students may not receive credit for both CHEM 210 and 202.
CHEM 212
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II (3) Continuation of CHEM 210. Emphasis is placed on the role of organic reactions in biological chemistry.
CHEM 212H
CHEM 212H Organic Chemistry II (3) Continuation of CHEM 210. Emphasis is placed on the role of organic reactions in biological chemistry.
CHEM 213
CHEM 213 Laboratory in Organic Chemistry (2) Basic laboratory operations; synthesis and chemical or instrumental analysis. Because of duplication of subject matter, students may not receive credit for both CHEM 203 and CHEM 213.
CHEM 213B
CHEM 213B Laboratory in Organic Chemistry--Bioscience (2) Basic laboratory operations; synthesis and chemical or instrumental analysis of materials of biological significance. Because of duplication of subject matter, students may not receive credit for both CHEM 203 and CHEM 213.
CHEM 213H
CHEM 213H Laboratory in Organic Chemistry (2) Basic laboratory operations; synthesis and chemical or instrumental analysis. Because of duplication of subject matter, students may not receive credit for both CHEM 203 and CHEM 213.
CHEM 227
CHEM 227 Analytical Chemistry (4) Analytical methods used in the biological and physical sciences with special e emphasis on acid-base and complexation equilibria, electrochemistry, and the fundamental principles of spectroscopy and separations.
CHEM 233
CHEM 233 (GH;GN) (ENGL 233) Chemistry and Literature (3) Exploration of key concepts of chemistry, the reciprocal influence of chemistry and literature throughout history, and the relationship of science to society, culture, and values.
CHEM 310
CHEM 310 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry (3) Conceptual and descriptive aspects of inorganic chemistry, focusing on structures, bonding, and properties.
CHEM 316
CHEM 316 The Professional Chemist (1) Industrial employment opportunities and challenges; graduate and professional school opportunities; tailoring the chemistry curriculum to career goals.
CHEM 400
CHEM 400 Chemical Literature (1) Instruction in use of the library and of the literature of chemistry.
CHEM 402
CHEM 402 Chemistry in the Environment (3) Chemistry of the atmosphere, natural waters, and the land surface with particular focus on human influence on processes occurring therein.
CHEM 406
CHEM 406 (NUC E 405) Nuclear and Radiochemistry (3) Theory of radioactive decay processes, nuclear properties and structure, nuclear reactions, interactions of radiation with matter, biological effects of radiation.
CHEM 408
CHEM 408 Computational Chemistry (3) Introduction to numerical and nonnumerical computer uses in physical science.
CHEM 410
CHEM 410 Inorganic Chemistry (3) Conceptual and descriptive aspects of nontransition elements, covering structural, thermodynamic, and kinetic features.
CHEM 412
CHEM 412 Transition Metal Chemistry (3) Structure and bonding of compounds containing transition metals.
CHEM 423W
CHEM 423W Chemical Spectroscopy (4) Modern methods and instruments of spectroscopy and their applications to problems of chemical structure and analysis.
CHEM 425
CHEM 425 Chromatography and Electrochemistry (3) Gas, liquid, and other forms of chromatography; important techniques of electrochemistry.
CHEM 427W
CHEM 427W (FRNSC 427W) Forensic Chemistry (4) Analytical and instrumental methods used in the forensic sciences with special emphasis on the analysis and characterization of trace evidence.
CHEM 430
CHEM 430 Structural Analysis of Organic Compounds (3) Spectroscopic methods as tools in gross and detailed structural analysis and interpretation within the framework of modern theory.
CHEM 431W
CHEM 431W Organic and Inorganic Preparations (4) Preparation, purification, and characterization of both organic and inorganic compounds by modern methods.
CHEM 448
CHEM 448 Surface Chemistry (3) Surface chemistry, emphasizing the physical and chemical aspects of surfaces important for applications in colloids, catalysis, microelectronics and biocompatibility.
CHEM 450
CHEM 450 Physical Chemistry - Thermodynamics (3) Introduction to physical chemistry with primary emphasis on chemical thermodynamics and its molecular interpretation.(Graduate credit not allowed for students majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering.)
CHEM 452
CHEM 452 Physical Chemistry - Quantum Chemistry (3) Introduction to physical chemistry with primary emphasis on molecular structure, spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics. (Graduate credit not allowed for students majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering.)
CHEM 457
CHEM 457 Experimental Physical Chemistry (2) Laboratory experiments designed to illustrate the principles of physical chemistry and teach techniques of error analysis and the presentation of quantitative data. (Graduate credit not allowed for students majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering.)
CHEM 459W
CHEM 459W Advanced Experimental Physical Chemistry (4) Laboratory experiments and projects for students interested in advanced study in physical chemistry.
CHEM 460
CHEM 460 Advanced Thermodynamics (3) Chemical thermodynamics, with applications to pure phases, solutions, and chemical reactions.
CHEM 462
CHEM 462 Advanced Quantum Chemistry (3) Introduction to quantum chemistry, with emphasis on atomic and molecular structure.
CHEM 464
CHEM 464 Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics (3) Introduction to chemical kinetics and molecular dynamics.
CHEM 466
CHEM 466 Molecular Thermodynamics (3) Introduction to physical chemistry with a primary emphasis on the statistical and molecular interpretation of thermodynamics.
CHEM 476
CHEM 476 Biological Chemistry (3) Fundamentals of Biochemistry for Chemists. Students cannot receive credit for both CHEM 476 and B M B 401.
CHEM 497A
CHEM 497A Organic Reaction Mechanisms (3) This course focuses on the study and analysis of selected electron-pushing mechanisms or organic reactions.

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