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Chemistry (CHM)

Chemistry (CHM)

101 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
An introduction to the structural and functional relationships of matter and energy at the molecular level emphasizing atomic structure, bonding, chemical periodicity, stoichiometry, reaction rates and equilibria, the states of matter, and acid and base behavior and including laboratory experience. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in MTH 100 or High School Algebra I and II.
Six hours, four credits.

103, 104 General Chemistry
Introduction to the structure of atoms and molecules, stressing molecular electronic properties, periodic behavior, solutions, gas laws, chemical equilibrium, thermochemistry, and chemical properties.  Mathematical relations are stressed throughout.  Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in MTH 100 or High School Algebra I and II.  Additional prerequisite for 104: CHM 103.
Six hours, four credits each.

105 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
An introduction to the structural and functional relationship of organic and biological molecules including hydrocarbons and their derivatives, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acids, esters, amides, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and enzymes, and DNA and RNA. Prerequisites:  CHM 101 or CHM 103, or a “C” or higher in High School Chemistry.
Six hours, four credits.

180, 181, 280, 281, 380, 381, 480, 481 Practicum
Allows the student to gain firsthand experience and knowledge of procedures and practices common to the field by providing service to program, college, business, and/or the community.  Repeated for up to 8 credits, assuming a range of experiences.  Pass/Fail.
Forty-five service hours, one credit.

301, 302 Organic Chemistry
A comprehensive, two-semester study of the compounds of carbon using the functional group approach and emphasizing reactions, mechanisms, synthesis, and spectroscopy.  Three-hour laboratory each week.  Prerequisite: CHM 103 and 104 or CHM 101 and 105.  Additional prerequisite for 302: CHM 301.
Six hours, four credits each.

305 Analytical Chemistry
A theoretical base for the analytical process is developed in the classroom and applied in the laboratory.  Techniques for sample collection and preparation, data evaluation and the theory and methodology of the major chemical and instrumental techniques of analysis are presented.  Prerequisite: CHM 103 and 104 or CHM 101 and 105.
Seven hours, four credits.

315 Biochemistry
A study of the catabolic, anabolic, and energetic processes in living systems.  Emphasis is on the relationships between the molecular structure and the interactions of biological molecules.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course.  Prerequisite: CHM 105 or 301.
Three hours, three credits.   

331 Forensic Science
Laboratory-oriented course to develop a practical understanding of the scientific techniques used in forensic investigations.  Students receive hands-on experience working with techniques used in modern forensic laboratories as well as an understanding of the scientific principles involved in using and developing those techniques.  Emphasis is placed on the chain of evidence and appropriate statistical analysis of results obtained.  Prerequisites: CJU 335 and CHM 105 or 301.
Six hours, four credits.

341 Physical Chemistry
An introduction to physical chemistry for students in the life sciences.  Physical chemistry is the analysis and modeling of physical aspects of chemical systems.  Topics covered will include thermodynamics, physical behavior or matter, chemical equilibrium, chemical structure and dynamics, chemical kinetics, and spectroscopy.  Prerequisites: CHM 104 and MTH 103 or 112.
Three hours, three credits.

342 Physical Chemistry II
A continued study of physical chemistry for advanced students.  Physical chemistry is the analysis and modeling of physical aspects of chemical systems.  Topics covered will include electrochemistry, quantum mechanics, statistical thermodynamics, advanced chemical kinetics, and surface phenomena.  Prerequisites:  CHM 341 and MTH 203 or 212.
Three hours, three credits.

390, 490 Special Topics
A course that allows the chemistry faculty, in response to student interest, to offer a class not normally in the schedule.  Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
One to four credits.

395, 396, 495, 496 Independent Research
Under faculty supervision, a student will design and carry out a rigorous scientific study of a specific problem in chemistry.  Written and oral presentations of the research are required.  The course must be approved by the supervising faculty member and the School Dean.
One to three credits.

405 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory
This 3-week, interdisciplinary chemistry laboratory provides students with laboratory experience using biochemistry, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and instructional analysis through a laboratory rotation, intensive research projects, formal laboratory reports, and in-class presentations.  Trips to regional laboratories will provide exposure to the usage of equipment not available at Ferrum College.  Prerequisites:  CHM 301 and CHM 341.
Six hours, two credits.

412 Environmental Chemistry
Important concepts of chemodynamics (the science concerned with the movement and fate of chemicals within the three geospheres) are developed and applied in case studies.  Description of chemical movement from the site of release and their tendency to be transformed in the environment is emphasized, rather than pollution analysis, control, and health effects.   Prerequisite: CHM 103 and 104 or CHM 101 and 105.
Three hours, three credits.

425 Inorganic Chemistry
A presentation of chemical structure, bonding, and reactions emphasizing elements other than carbon.  Alternative theoretical approaches to bonding and structure are surveyed.  Non-metal and coordination chemistry, organometallics, catalysis, and biochemical inorganic systems are studied.

This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisites: CHM 104 and 105 or 301.
Three hours, three credits.