Marymount University Undergraduate Catalog 2007-2008
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NOTE: All 4-credit courses require a laboratory. A minimum grade of C- is required in any course that serves as a prerequisite for a higher-numbered course.

CHM 125 Life Chemistry
An introduction to the fundamental principles and theories of chemistry. It includes the study of atomic structure and bonding, kinetic molecular theory, nomenclature, periodic classification of elements, chemical equilibrium, and oxidation-reduction reactions. The course stresses the structure of organic molecules and functional groups and their characteristic reactions. Basic metabolic reactions of the cell are studied including enzyme inhibition, kinetics, and feedback mechanisms. Laboratory work includes quantitative and qualitative analysis and reactions of functional groups and enzymes. This course does not meet chemistry requirements for Health Sciences (Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis) majors. This course should also not be taken by Psychology majors with an interest in health-related fields. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: NS. (4)

CHM 151 Principles of Chemistry I
This course is part of the chemistry sequence for Biology majors. The course covers inorganic nomenclature, oxidation-reduction reactions, elementary thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, Lewis dot structures, the shapes of molecules, and ideal gases. The laboratory also covers introductory visible spectroscopy. Prerequisite: placement into MA 171 or higher. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: NS. (4)

CHM 152 Principles of Chemistry II
This course is part of the chemistry sequence for Biology majors. The course covers intermolecular interactions, structure of crystals, properties of solution, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, precipitation equilibrium, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 151. (4)

CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I
This course is part of the chemistry sequence for Biology majors. It covers the nomenclature, structure, reactions, and synthesis of organic compounds. The course is mainly devoted to aliphatic and cycloaliphatic compounds, and covers infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The laboratory emphasizes the techniques of distillations, recrystallization, extraction, and spectroscopic identification. Prerequisite: CHM 152. (4)

CHM 222 Organic Chemistry II
This course is part of the chemistry sequence for Biology majors. A continuation of CHM 221, this course covers the chemistry of carbonyl-containing compounds, aromatics, polyenes, amines, and carbohydrates. Also covered are UV-visible and mass spectroscopy. An emphasis is placed on organic synthesis and mechanisms. The laboratory applies techniques learned in CHM 221 to synthesize a variety of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHM 221. (4)

CHM 421 Project
An investigation of a selected topic in physical science in collaboration with or under the direction of a faculty advisor. The project is intended to demonstrate the ability to conduct and report independent research. Prerequisite: approval of the department chair. (1-3)

CHM 433 Research
A student in this course will conduct collaborative research (scholarly work leading to new knowledge) under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: application and approval of department chair. (1-6)


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