Department of Chemistry Courses

CHEM 100: Chemistry of Everyday Things (3)

This course surveys basic concepts in chemistry as they apply to everyday life. Topics may include energy resources, the environment, food supplies, forensic tests, personal care products and pharmaceuticals.

CHEM 103: Environmental Science (3)

This course surveys scientific laws, principles, models and concepts to help the students understand both environmental and resource problems and their possible solutions and how these concepts, problems and solutions are connected. Topics may include applied aspects of environmental chemistry, global warming, biomass energy, green chemistry and the effects on non-industrialized agricultural societies and industrialized societies on the environment.

CHEM 106: Chemistry Essentials (3)

*Offered fall
*Credit does not apply toward a minor in science. 
This course reviews fundamental concepts in arithmetic and algebra, introduces basic concepts in chemistry and teaches problem-solving skills used in chemical calculations. Emphasis is on the use of dimensional analysis techniques.

CHEM 107: Principles of Inorganic Chemistry (4)

*Lecture /3/ and Laboratory /2/
*Prerequisite: High school chemistry or CHEM 106 with a grade of C or better and placement into or completion of a college level math course. All incoming students wishing to enroll in CHEM 107 must take the COMPASS Math Placement Test at Saint Xavier unless they have transferred in a college level math course. Any student who wishes to repeat CHEM 107 must take the COMPASS Math Placement Test and place into a college level math course.
*Offered fall and spring
This introductory course presents fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry and appropriate mathemtaics as applied to allied health fields. Lecture and laboratory topics include physical/chemical/nuclear changes, stochiometry problems, bonding and molecular geometry, gas laws, solutions, equilibrium, buffers, and acid/base and oxidation/reduction reactions.  

CHEM 108: Principles of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry (4)

*Lecture /4/ and Laboratory /2/
*Prerequisite: CHEM 107 with a grade of C or better or completion of CHEM 112
*Offered fall, spring and summer
This course is a lecture with laboratory work that includes the study of organic chemistry and presents the fundamental principles and theories of biochemistry. 

CHEM 111: General Chemistry I (5)

*Lecture /3/ Discussion and Laboratory /4/
*Prerequisite: High school chemistry or CHEM 106 course with a grade of C or better and MATH 112 (can be taken concurrently)
*Offered fall
This course focuses on the study of atomic structure, periodicity, basic quantum theory, bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, the gaseous state, physical changes and states of matter, properties of solutions and acids and bases.

CHEM 112: General Chemistry II (5)

*Lecture /3/ Discussion and Laboratory /4/
*Prerequisite: CHEM 111
*Offered spring
This course focuses on the study of acid-base and solubility equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics, electro-chemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry and descriptive topics in inorganic chemistry. 

CHEM 150: Special Topics in Chemical Science (1-3)

*Prerequisite: A high school or college chemistry course or consent of instructor
This course focuses on the study of topics not regularly scheduled and not covered in other courses. Suggested topics concern nuclear science, forensic science and environmental science.

CHEM 211: Analytical Chemistry (5)

*Lecture /3/ and Laboratory /4/
*Prerequisite: CHEM 112
*Offered fall even years
This course involves theories and applications of analytical methods. Environmental, household and industrial samples are quantitatively assayed using gravimetric, volumetric, electroanalytical and spectrometric methods. 

CHEM 250: Special Topics in Chemistry (1-3)

*Prerequisite: CHEM 112 and consent of instructor
This course includes formal courses covering individual topics or groups of topics not regularly scheduled and not covered in other courses. Suggested topics include clinical, environmental, food, forensic, geochemistry, industrial and nuclear chemistry.

CHEM 251: Organic Chemistry I (3)

*Lecture and Discussion /4/
*Prerequisite: CHEM 112 or equivalent as determined by the department
*Offered fall
This course discusses bonding, structure, reactivity, isomerism, nomenclature and stereochemistry of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons (saturated and unsaturated). Particular emphasis is placed on the mechanism of organic reactions (physical-organic chemistry) and spectroscopy. 

CHEML 251: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2)

*Laboratory /4/
*Prerequisite: CHEM 251 (can be taken concurrently)
*Offered fall
This course explores methods of purification and separation of organic compounds: distillation, extraction, crystallization, thin layer, column and gas-liquid chromatography and resolution. The preparation of several simple organic compounds is included. 

CHEM 252: Organic Chemistry II (3)

*Lecture and Discussion /4/
*Prerequisite: CHEM 251
*Offered spring
This course discusses the structure and reactivity of a variety of functional groups (halides, alcohols, ethers, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aldehydes, ketones, and amines). Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms of reactions and the spectral properties of the various functional groups. The knowledge of functional group chemistry is extended to compounds of biological importance: fats, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, alkaloids and organic pesticides. 

CHEML 252: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2)

*Laboratory /4/
*Prerequisite: CHEML 251 and CHEM 252 (can be taken concurrently)
*Offered spring
This course explores reactions and properties of typical organic functional groups. Preparation of typical classes of organic compounds is also included. 

CHEM 301: Biochemistry I (3)

*Prerequisite: CHEM 252
*Offered fall
This course discusses structures and properties of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, enzymes, coenzymes and nucleic acids. Introductions to bioenergetics and metabolism are included. 

CHEML 301: Biochemistry I Laboratory (1)

*Laboratory /3/
*Prerequisite: CHEM 301 (May be taken concurrently)
*Offered fall
This course is an introduction to biochemical laboratory techniques. Experiments include purification and characterization of various biomolecules and enzyme kinetics. 

CHEM 302: Biochemistry II (3)

*Prerequisite: CHEM 301
*Offered spring even years
This course discusses metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins and nucleic acids. Biosynthesis of macromolecules and regulatory processes are included. 

CHEML 304: Syntheses and Characterization Laboratory (2)

*Laboratory /4/
*Prerequisite: CHEML 252 (can be taken concurrently)
*Offered fall odd years
This course includes syntheses of a variety of organic and inorganic compounds. Products are characterized using both chemical and spectral techniques. 

CHEM 305: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)

*Prerequisite: CHEM 332
*Offered spring even years
Topics explored in this course include atomic structure, periodicity, bonding theory, acid-base concepts, coordination and organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry. 

CHEM 311: Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)

*Lecture /2/ and Laboratory /4/
*Prerequisite: CHEM 112, MATH 201 and PHYS 201 or 211
*Offered spring odd years
This course covers spectrometric, electro-chemical, chromatographic and calorimetric methods of analysis. 

CHEM 331: Physical Chemistry I (4)

*Lecture /3/ and Laboratory /4/
*Prerequisite: CHEM 112, MATH 202, and PHYS 202 or 212
*Offered spring even years
This course discusses the laws and applications of thermodynamics; reaction and phase equilibria; reaction kinetics. The laboratory component explores: thermochemical and cryoscopic studies phase diagrams, measurement of thermodynamics quantities and studies of surface phenomena. 

CHEM 332: Physical Chemistry II (4)

*Lecture /3/ and Laboratory /3/
*Prerequisite: CHEM 331
*Offered fall odd years
This course discusses electrochemical systems; transport phenomena; atomic and molecular quantum mechanics; spectroscopy, statistical mechanics. The laboratory component explores: electrochemical measurements, macromolecular characterization, spectroscopic determination of physical properties of molecules, quantum mechanical computations with application of group theory to chemical symmetry. 

CHEM 350: Special Topics in Chemistry (1-3)

*Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
This course includes formal courses covering individual topics or groups of topics not regularly scheduled and not covered in other courses. Suggested topics include advanced quantum, environmental, industrial, materials, medicinal, organometallic, physical-organic and polymer chemistry.

CHEM 351: Introduction to Research I (1-3)

*Prerequisite: Science majors with junior or senior status and consent of the department supervisor
*Offered at the request of students
This is the first part of a research course in the use of the chemical library and individual laboratory study of some problem in chemistry. 

CHEM 352: Introduction to Research II (1-3)

*Prerequisite: Science majors with junior or senior status and consent of the department supervisor
*Offered at the request of students
This is the second part of a research course in the use of the chemical library and individual laboratory study of some problem in chemistry. 

CHEM 353: Independent Study (1-3)

*Prerequisite: Science majors with junior or senior status and consent of the department supervisor
*Offered at the request of students
This course is an informal study of advanced topics in chemistry on a tutorial basis. 

CHEM 356: Intro to Senior Seminar (0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 252
Offered fall and spring
In this course students identify a mentor and research topic and begin assembling materials for Senior Seminar. 

CHEM 357: Senior Seminar (1)

*Prerequisite: CHEM 356 and senior status
*Offered fall and spring
In this course students conduct library or laboratory research. A paper is written and a presentation is given to faculty and students. 

CHEM 360: Internship (0-3)

*Offered by special arrangement
The student will spend a specified number of hours in a chemical work setting, report regularly to an academic supervisor and receive assignments appropriate to his/her type of work. 

Physical Science Courses

PHSCI 100: Chemistry of Everyday Things (3)

*Cross Reference: CHEM 100
This course emphasizes material from chemistry, one of the physical sciences. Basic concepts of chemistry will be applied to some of these areas of everyday life: energy resources, environment, food supplies, forensic tests, personal care products and pharmaceuticals.

PHSCI 101: Physical Science (3)

*Prerequisite: Placement into or completion of a college level math course
*Offered fall and spring
This course presents basic concepts of science and technology and explores the social and environmental impact of resource use. 

PHSCI 102: Introduction to Astronomy (3)

*Offered fall and spring
This course introduces the tools, techniques and concepts used in modern astronomy and uses them to present and understand current theories for the past, present and future of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. 

PHSCL 102: Astronomy Laboratory (1)

*Laboratory /2/
*Co-requisite: PHSCI 102
*Generally offered fall and spring
In this course, experiments are performed to give students experience with the scientific method and to enhance their understanding of topics presented in the astronomy lecture. Conditions permitting, outdoor observations of celestial objects will be made using Saint Xavier University telescopes. 

PHSCI 103: Introduction to Meteorology (3)

*Offered fall odd years and spring even years
This is an introductory course on the science of the atmosphere, weather and climate. The emphasis is on conveying meteorological concepts while at the same time providing students with a comprehensive background in basic meteorology. Lecture and demonstrations cover topics directly related to one's everyday experience and stress the understanding and application of principles. 

PHSCL 103: Meteorology Laboratory (1)

*Laboratory /2/
*Co-requisite: PHSCI 103
*Offered even years
The laboratory's main emphasis is on conveying meteorological concepts in a visual and practical manner. Experiments are intended to provide the students with direct observation in the area of measurement and monitoring of the atmospheric environment. 

PHSCI 104: Introduction to Earth Systems/Geology (3)

*Offered fall and spring
This course introduces students to the study of the planet Earth, including its physical composition, geologic time, surficial processes and tectonic activity. 

PHSCL 104: Earth Systems/Geology Laboratory (1)

*Laboratory /2/
*Co-requisite: PHSCI 104
*Offered fall and spring
In this course students are introduced to maps, methods of identifying geological specimens and geologic time exercises. 

PHSCI 150: Special Topics in Physical Science (1-2)

*Prerequisite: A college-level course in science or consent of instructor
This course includes formal courses covering topics not regularly scheduled and not covered in other courses. Suggested topics include: nuclear science, forensic science and interdisciplinary environmental science.

PHSCI 201: Physical Science for Elementary School Teachers (4)

*Integrated Lecture and Laboratory /6/
*Prerequisite: ENGL 120 or consent of instructor
*Offered fall even years and spring odd years
This course covers concepts of energy and matter and their phenomenology in the physical world are explored using hands-on activities appropriate for use in the elementary classroom. 

PHSCI 237: Criminalistics (3)

*Integrated Lecture and Laboratory /3/
*Cross Reference: CJ 337
*Offered spring even years
This course introduces students to the basic concepts and methods of the physical sciences that are used in the forensic laboratory. Laboratory work, including using instruments, is integrated into the course. 

Hands-On Science for Teachers Workshop Series

PHSCI 360: Patterns/Workshop: Hands-On Science for Teachers (2)

PHSCI 361: Changes/Workshop: Hands-On Science for Teachers (2)

PHSCI 362: Potpourri/Workshop: Hands-On Science for Teachers (2) 

*Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor
*Cross Reference: EDU 360, 361, 362 EDUG 460, 461, 462 PHSCG 460, 461, 462
This course is designed for Pre-service and in-service elementary teachers to participate in hands-on interdisciplinary explorations of the physical and natural sciences. Science content and pedagogy are integrated in learning activities employing games, arts and crafts, collaborative inquiry and writing-to-learn techniques.

Physics Courses

PHYS 101: Physics for Nonscientists (3)

*Offered fall and spring
This course discusses the scientific method, Newton's laws of dynamics, thermal physics, laws of electromagnetism and optics, nuclear and modern physics. 

PHYS 201: General Physics I (4)

*Lecture /3/ Laboratory /3/
*Prerequisite: MATH 112 and 113 or MATH 201 and competency in basic trigonometry
*Offered fall and summer
Topics explored in this course include kinematics, Newton's laws of dynamics, periodic motion, fluid and solid mechanics, heat and thermodynamics. The course also includes the application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines including life sciences. 

PHYS 202: General Physics II (4)

*Lecture /3/ Laboratory /3/
*Prerequisite: PHYS 201
*Offered spring and summer
Topics explored in this course include electricity and magnetism, Gauss', Ampere's and Faraday's laws, wave motion, laws of geometrical and physical optics, and introduction to modern physics. 

PHYS 211: University Physics I [Calculus Based] (5)

*Lecture /4/ Laboratory /3/
*Prerequisite: Competency in basic trigonometry, MATH 201 or concurrent registration in MATH 201 with consent of teacher
*Offered fall
Topics explored in this course include kinematics, Newton's laws of dynamics, periodic motion, fluid and solid mechanics, heat and thermodynamics with a more mathematical treatment than PHYS 201. 

PHYS 212: University Physics II [Calculus based] (5)

*Lecture /4/ Laboratory /3/
*Prerequisite: PHYS 211, MATH 202 or concurrent registration in MATH 202
*Offered spring
Topics explored in this course include electricity and magnetism, Maxwell's laws, wave motion, laws of geometrical and physical optics and introduction to modern physics. 

PHYS 250: The Physics of Sound (3)

*Integrated Lecture and Laboratory /4/
*Prerequisite: High school algebra
This course is a basic introduction to the physics of sound. Topics include physics of vibrations and waves, harmonic decomposition of wave forms, propagation of sound waves in air, standing waves and resonance, measurement of sound loudness, musical acoustics, and the physics of microphones, loudspeakers and digital media. Hands-on experimentation will be encouraged. The course is especially suited for students majoring in Music and Communication Sciences and Disorders, but also to anybody interested in the physics of sound. The course does not assume a prior knowledge of physics. 

PHYS 350: Special Topics in Physics (1-3)

*Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and either PHYS 202 or 212
This course includes formal courses covering individual topics or groups of topics not regularly scheduled and not covered in other courses.

PHYS 353: Independent Study (1-3)

*Prerequisite: Science majors with junior or senior status and consent of the department supervisor
*Offered at the request of students
This course is an informal study of advanced topics in physics on a tutorial basis. 

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