Department of Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene

Course Descriptions

CHEMISTRY (CH)

Lecture courses annotated with an asterisk (*) and their corresponding laboratory courses (L) must be taken concurrently unless either the lecture course or the corresponding laboratory course was passed previously. If a student passes only one course of the combination and elects not to repeat the course that was failed, elective credit—not major, minor, or general studies credit—shall be given for the course passed.

*CH 101. (3) Introductory Chemistry. A course in the fundamental principles of chemistry designed for students who have not had high school chemistry or students whose curriculum requires only one year of chemistry. Acceptable for credit toward general studies and certain majors including fashion merchandising and nursing. Not applicable for credit toward a chemistry major or minor. No prerequisite. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

CH 101L. (1) Introductory Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 101 consisting of basic laboratory operations and techniques used in measuring physical and chemical properties. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Special fee: $50.00. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

*CH 102. (3) Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry. Continuation of Chemistry 101. Includes an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Acceptable for credit toward general studies or a major in nursing. Not applicable for credit toward a chemistry major or minor. Prerequisite: CH 101 or 111. (Spring, Summer)

CH 102L. (1) Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 102 provides further experience for developing laboratory skills and illustrating concepts presented in CH 102 lecture. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Special fee: $50.00. (Spring, Summer)

*CH 111. (3) General Chemistry. The fundamental principles and laws governing inorganic substances. Introductory materials, subatomic and atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, chemical equations and calculations, thermochemistry, kinetic theory of matter and gas laws, and the periodic table. Prerequisites: one unit of high school chemistry or CH 101; three units of high school mathematics through Algebra II, or MA 100 as a corequisite. (Fall, Spring)

CH 111L. (1) General Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 111 consisting of the determination of densities, chemical formulas, combining ratios, molar masses, molecular structure, group reactivities, ion identities, and specific heats and heats of solution. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Special fee: $50.00. (Fall, Spring)

*CH 112. (3) General Chemistry. Continuation of Chemistry 111. A study of chemical reactions in solution including solutions, spontaneity of reactions, free energy change, entropy change, equilibrium systems, rates of reaction, precipitation reactions, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, and coordination compounds. The laboratory work consists of classical qualitative and quantitative procedures. A student must have a grade of C or better in CH 111 and 112 before enrolling in more advanced chemistry courses. Prerequisites: CH 111, 111L, or advanced placement. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

CH 112L. (1) General Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 112 consisting of the qualitative and quantitative analysis of selected chemicals; the determination of rates of reaction and equilibrium constants; and the measurement of pH and acid-base titrations. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Special fee: $50.00. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

CH 299H. (1) Honors Science Symposium. A cultural, historical, and technical exploration of natural science surveying a selection of major discoveries, failed paradigms, and unresolved questions.  CH 299H is open to Honor Program students having more than 48 hours' credit or by permission of the instructor. (Spring)

*CH 311. (4) Organic Chemistry. Basic principles of organic chemistry with reference to an integrated study of aliphatic and aromatic compounds, nomenclature, classification, reactions, mechanisms, and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: Grades of C or better in CH 111, 111L, 112 and 112L. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

CH 311L. (1) Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 311. Illustrates organic chemistry laboratory techniques and preparations of selected organic compounds. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CH 112, 112L. Special fee: $50.00. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

*CH 312. (4) Organic Chemistry. A continuation of Chemistry 311, with consideration given to heterocyclic compounds, photochemistry, polymers, and natural products. Prerequisites: CH 311, 311L. (Spring, Summer)

CH 312L. (1) Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 312. A continuation of CH 311L. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CH 311L. Special fee: $50.00. (Spring, Summer)

*CH 321. (2) Quantitative Analysis. Principles and techniques of gravimetric and volumetric chemical analysis. Prerequisite: grades of C or better in CH 111, 111L, 112 and 112L. (Fall)

CH 321LW.(2) Quantitative Analysis Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 321 illustrating the principles and techniques of gravimetric and volumetric chemical analysis. Includes training in the preparation of technical reports. Two 3-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisites: CH 112, 112L. Special fee: $50.00. (Fall)

*CH 322. (3) Instrumental Analysis. Principles of operation and application of instrumental methods of chemical analysis involving spectrophotometry, spectroscopy, electroanalytical methods, and chromatography. Not applicable for credit for students taking the professional chemistry major or who may otherwise have credit for CH 432. Prerequisites: CH 311 and CH 311L. (Spring)

CH 322LW. (2) Instrumental Analysis Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 322 consisting of experiments illustrating the calibration and operation of and use of data from instruments discussed in CH 322. Includes training in the preparation of technical reports. Two 3-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisites: CH 311 and CH 311L. Special fee: $50.00. (Spring)

*CH 341. (3) Applied Physical Chemistry. A survey course of physical chemistry studying equilibrium thermodynamics and chemical kinetics with a focus on environmental health and life science applications. Prerequisites: grades of C or better in CH 111, 111L, 112, 112L; MA 122 or 125. (Fall)

CH 341L. (1) Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 341 presents diverse experimental methods for determining properties for chemical systems. Topics covered include data reduction techniques and precision analysis. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Special fee: $50.00. (Fall)

CH 371L. (1) Laboratory Arts. Construction and repair of glass apparatus. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: two years of chemistry or consent of department. Special fee: $50.00. (Offered on sufficient demand)

*CH 381. (4) Physical Chemistry. Equations of state, equilibrium thermodynamics, and ideal and nonideal solutions. Prerequisites: Grades of C or better in CH 111, 111L, 112 and 112L; MA 126 or concurrently; PH 251. (Fall)

CH 381L. (1) Physical Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 381 consisting of experimental techniques for measuring properties of physicochemical systems. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Special fee: $50.00. (Fall)

*CH 382. (4) Physical Chemistry. A continuation of Chemistry 381 covering multicomponent phase equilibrium, electrochemistry, physical and chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular theory, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: CH 381, 381L. (Spring)

CH 382L. (2) Physical Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 382 consisting of experiments in atomic and molecular spectroscopy, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and chemical kinetics. Two 3-hour laboratory periods per week. Special fee: $50.00. (Spring)

*CH 432. (3) Chemical Instrumentation. Principles of operation and application of instrumental methods of chemical analysis requiring calculus and physical chemistry in selected problems relating to spectrophotometry, spectroscopy, electroanalytical methods, and chromatography. Prerequisites: CH 311, 311L, 381, 381L. (Spring)

CH 432LW. (2) Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 432 consisting of the calibration, operation and use of data from instruments discussed in CH 432. Includes training in the preparation of technical reports. Two 3-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisites: CH 381, 381L. Special fee: $50.00. (Spring)

*CH 434. (3) Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. An intensive study of selected topics of inorganic chemistry including atomic structure, acid base systems, selected groups of elements, group theory, and crystal field and ligand field theory as applied to coordination compounds. Prerequisites: CH 381, CH 381L, or concurrently or by permission of instructor. (Spring)

CH 434L. (1) Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 434 including modern methods of synthesizing, characterizing, and measuring kinetic and thermodynamics properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CH 381, CH 381L, or concurrently or by permission of instructor. Special fee: $50.00. (Spring)

*CH 437. (3) Advanced Organic Chemistry. A study of the application of spectroscopic methods to the determination of organic structures. A review of selected organic mechanisms emphasizing classical reactive intermediates, stereochemistry, photochemistry, and orbital symmetry. Introduction to natural products chemistry. Prerequisites: CH 312, 312L, 381, 381L, or by permission of instructor. (Fall)

CH 437L. (1) Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory for Chemistry 437 emphasizing the application of spectroscopic techniques such as FT-NMR (1H and 13C) and FT-IR to the characterization of organic and organometallic compounds, and requiring completion of a complex multi-step synthesis. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CH 312, 312L, 381, 381L, or by permission of the instructor. Special fee: $50.00. (Fall)

CH 441. (3) Biochemistry. Chemical interpretations of biological phenomena; compounds of biological significance as related to metabolism; carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, and enzymes. Also listed as BI 441 but creditable only in field for which registered. Prerequisites: CH 312, 312L. (Fall)

CH 444. (3) Quantum Mechanics. An introduction to quantum mechanics studying the postulates, the wave equation, operator techniques, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy. Also listed as PH 444 but creditable only in field for which registered. Prerequisites: CH 382, 382L, or MA 126, PH 343. (Spring)

CH 456. (3) Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. Elements of classical statistical mechanics and thermodynamics with an introduction to quantum statistical mechanics. Also listed as PH 456 but creditable only in field for which registered. Prerequisites: CH 381, 381L. (Fall, even-numbered years)

CH 465. (3) Environmental Regulations. A study of the fundamental environmental laws and regulations of the United States. Primary emphasis will be on the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Prerequisites: CH 311, 311L. (Spring)

CH 471. (1) Chemical Literature. Training in the use of chemical literature as found in technical libraries. One class period per week plus additional library assignments. Prerequisites: CH 312, 312L, 322, 322LW. (Offered on sufficient demand)

CH 480. (1) Pre-Health Professional Internship. Designed to provide pre-health professions (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-podiatry, and pre-veterinary) students direct contact with the health professions and the variety of aspects of health care delivery through supervised observation and instruction at an approved area hospital and/or private practice. Open to junior and senior pre-health students with a GPA not less than 3.0 and with approval of the pre-health professions advisor. Not applicable for credit toward a major or minor in biology; may be used as a general elective. Also listed as BI 480 but creditable only in field for which registered. (Fall, Spring)

CH 495-498. (1-2) Senior Research/lnternship. Independent research or internship on individual projects under faculty supervision for selected chemistry majors who have completed at least 84 credit hours with a minimum 3.0 overall scholastic average. Scheduled work and conferences require a minimum average of four hours per week per credit hour. Research or internship may be off campus at a preapproved site with credit depending on scope of project. May be repeated for a maximum of three credit hours. Students must receive departmental approval during the semester prior to enrolling in this course. Special fee: $50.00 for on-campus projects. (Fall, Spring, Summer)



INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE (IH)

IH 301. (3) Occupational Safety and Health. Principles of occupational health and safety covering standard techniques for the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace and environmental health hazards with emphasis on the role of regulatory agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and workplace safety and health regulations. (Fall, Spring)

IH 310. (2) Industrial Ergonomics and Physical Agents. This course studies the role of industrial ergonomics in preventing cumulative trauma, improving occupational safety and health, and the recognition/evaluation of physical agents including microwaves, electromagnetic fields, optical and ionizing radiation. Topics in industrial ergonomics include cumulative trauma, physical and cognitive ergonomics, work physiology, biomechanics and principles of workstation design. Prerequisites: BI 242, IH 301. (Spring)

IH 310L. (1) Industrial Ergonomics and Physical Agents Laboratory. This laboratory presents techniques for assessing ergonomics risk factors, physical work demands, biomechanical and manual handling loads, and exposure to electromagnetic fields, UV and ionizing radiation. The design of workstations including office ergonomics is also included. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Field trips may be required. Prerequisites: BI 242, IH 301. Special fee: $50.00. (Spring)

IH 311. (3) Industrial Safety. Review of the voluntary compliance outreach program (OSHA 501) for general industry. This program includes a review of the OSHAct; recordkeeping and recording requirements; the use of the Code of Federal Regulations and the application of safety standards. General principles of occupational safety are discussed along with the regulatory issues. Term projects may be required. Prerequisites: CH 311, 311L; IH 301. (Fall)

IH 322. (3) Industrial Hygiene Problems. Case studies of known industrial hygiene hazards: disease symptoms, analyses and developments leading to hazard recognition; legal and scientific efforts necessary to correction. Typical case studies will include hazards associated with silica, radium, asbestos, coal, vinyl chloride, lead, inorganic acids, and others. Field trips and/or terms projects may be required. Prerequisites: CH 112, 112L; IH 301. (Summer)

IH 333. (3) Industrial Toxicology. Review of human physiology and recognition of physiological effects of toxic agents; TLV and LD concepts; use of medical technology; modes of contact and entry of toxic agents and dosage, time, and concentration effects; recognition of toxic agents, occupational diseases, and epidemiology. Term projects may be required. Prerequisites: BI 242; MA 147. (Spring)

IH 401. (3) Health and Safety Applied to Business Operations. A study of laws, guidelines, and standard practices concerning occupational health and safety as applied to business operations. Topics included in this course are the administration of occupational health and safety programs, recordkeeping of injuries and illnesses, measures of safety performance, exposure assessment processes, control interventions, emergency preparedness and contingency planning, and ergonomics programs. This course is not applicable for credit toward a degree in industrial hygiene. Prerequisite: IH 301. (Spring)

IH 422. (3) Control of Airborne Hazards. This course present principles for hazard analysis and control of airborne contaminants. Emphasis is given to general ventilation, local exhaust ventilation, and noise control. A term paper may be required. . Prerequisites: IH 322, 311. (Fall)

IH 422L. (1) Control of Airborne Hazards Laboratory. This laboratory presents principles of design and methods for the evaluation of controls with emphasis given to general and local exhaust ventilation. The use of band frequency analysis for noise characterization and fit testing techniques for personal respirators are also illustrated. One 3-hour laboratory period per week. Fields trips may be required. Prerequisites: IH 322, 311. Special fee: $50.00. (Fall)

IH 444. (3) Sampling Methods in Industrial Hygiene. This course presents air sampling techniques used for the evaluation of airborne gases, vapors, aerosols and biological agents found in the workplace. Quantitative methods of frequent use in occupational hygiene are illustrated following an integrated approach that includes components of sampling strategies, collection techniques, data analyses, and exposure assessment principles. A term paper may be required. Prerequisites: IH 333, 311. (Spring)

IH 444L. (1) Sampling Methods in Industrial Hygiene Laboratory. This course presents techniques and equipment used for collection of airborne contaminants, including integrated and real time methods. Experiments also focus on quality control including calibration techniques, preparation of test atmospheres, and statistical methods of data analysis. One 3- hour laboratory period per week. Fields trips may be required. Prerequisites: IH 333, 311. Special fee: $50.00. (Spring)

IH 490. (3) Special Topics in Occupational Health and Safety. An in-depth study of a particular topic of current interest in the field of industrial hygiene. Topics will vary but will be listed in the Schedule of Classes when offered and on students’ transcripts. A $50 laboratory fee or field trips may be required according to topic. Prerequisite: departmental approval. (Fall)

IH 495. (1-3) Senior Research/lnternship. Independent research or internship on individual projects under faculty supervision for selected industrial hygiene majors who have completed at least 84 credit hours with a minimum 3.0 overall scholastic average. Scheduled work and conferences require a minimum average of four hours per week per credit hour. Research or internship may be off campus at a preapproved site with credit depending on scope of project. May be repeated for a maximum of three credit hours. Departmental approval required. Special fee: $30.00 for on-campus projects. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

IH 496. (1) Capstone Project in Industrial Hygiene. This course requires the application of comprehensive and cumulative knowledge acquired in industrial hygiene and supporting courses to an assigned case study or industrial operation. Students will be required to complete three reports during the semester addressing, in succession, the areas of recognition, evaluation and control. In addition, students will be given a comprehensive exit exam. Open to industrial hygiene majors in their last semester of studies. Departmental approval required. (Fall, Spring)