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  • CHM 105 – Introductory Chemistry (3) II, S

    A one-semester introduction to the concepts and theories basic to the science of chemistry. Recommended as an entry-level course for those who have had no high school chemistry or who consider their high school preparation in chemistry weak. Topics covered include problem solving, scientific method, measurements, calculations, matter, energy, the periodic table, atomic theory, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, chemical composition, mole calculations, ionic and covalent bonding.

  • CHM 111 Fundamentals of General Chemistry (3) I

    A one-semester survey of general chemistry for nursing students. Topics covered include electronic structure and periodicity, molecular structure, chemical reactions, states of matter, acid-base chemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

  • CHM 112 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (3) II

    Survey of organic and biological chemistry for nursing students. Includes the study of organic functional groups and reactivity, plus the chemistry of biomolecules such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. P: CHM 111 or equivalent.

  • CHM 113 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (1) II

    Laboratory course to be taken in conjunction with CHM 112 which demonstrates basic chemical tools and illustrates basic chemical principles. CO: CHM 112.

  • CHM 201 – Chemistry of Consumer Products (3)

    Course in chemistry of consumer products. Topics include basic concepts of chemistry, molecular structure and chemical properties as related to consumer products including foods, paints, cleaning products, lawn and garden products, preservatives, petroleum products, plastics and materials and cosmetics

  • CHM 203 General Chemistry I (3) I, S

    Course in introductory chemistry which includes basic concepts: atomic structure, the mole, stoichiometry, gas laws, bonding theories, molecular structure and properties, thermochemistry, and some common reactions. This is the first half of a two semester sequence. P: Entering first-year students must have a 24 on their Math ACT or equivalent. CO: CHM 204.

  • CHM 204 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1) I, S

    Laboratory portion of Chemistry 203. Experiments relevant to the content of CHM 203 are performed. CO: CHM 203.  

  • CHM 205 General Chemistry II (3) II, S

    Continuation of CHM 203. Concepts and theories covered include thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibria, and applications of equilibrium theory to solubility, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, and coordination chemistry. P: CHM 203 with a grade of "C" or better. CO: CHM 206.


  • CHM 206 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1) II, S

    Laboratory portion of Chemistry 205. Experiments relevant to the content of CHM 205 are performed. P: CHM 203, CHM 204. CO: CHM 205.

  • CHM 215 – Natural Sciences I (4) OD

    Examination of fundamental concepts from the natural sciences with primary emphasis on conceptual understanding. Topics include: units of measure, scientific method, particle nature of matter, density, velocity/acceleration, force/work, Newton's Laws, energy, pressure, properties of gases, liquids and solids. Integrated laboratory involves basic investigations of these concepts. P: EDU 103.

  • CHM 216 – Natural Sciences II (4) OD

    Examination of fundamental concepts from the natural sciences with primary emphasis on conceptual understanding. Topics include: units of measure, scientific method, properties of solutions, chemical reactions, chemical analysis, pendulum motion, light, sound, electricity and magnetism. Integrated laboratory involves basic investigations of these concepts. P: EDU 103.

  • CHM 285 – Advanced General Chemistry II (3) II

    A second-semester general chemistry course designed for potential chemistry majors and for those students interested in the health sciences who want an advanced treatment of general chemistry topics. The course will focus on kinetics, thermodynamics, and expressions of solution equilibria with applications to quantitative chemical analysis. The approach will be from a conceptual understanding of solution chemistry leading into a quantitative treatment of solution phenomena. P: CHM 203 with a grade of "B" or better. CO: CHM 286.

  • CHM 286 – Chemical Analysis Laboratory (2) II

    A laboratory-based course covering the theories and methods used in classical chemical analysis. Topics include statistical methods for evaluating and interpreting data, theory of chemical analysis and sources of error, and experiments based upon the principles of stoichiometry and equilibrium as applied to titration, precipitation, electrochemistry, and spectroscopy. One hour of recitation and four hours of laboratory per week. P: CHM 203, CHM 204. CO: CHM 285.

  • CHM 297 Directed Research (1-2) I, II, S

    Participation in a research project under the direction of a member of the faculty. This course can be repeated for a total of 3 credits. P: IC.

  • CHM 315 Quantitative Analysis (4) II

    An integrated lecture and laboratory course that presents the theories and chemical methods for solving a variety of real problems in chemical analysis. Topics covered include: statistical methods for evaluating and interpreting data, sources of error in chemical analysis, principles of stoichiometry and equilibrium as applied to precipitation, acid-base, complexometric, electrochemical, and spectroscopic analysis. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. P: CHM 205; CHM 206.

  • CHM 321 Organic Chemistry I (3) I, S

    Study of the structure and properties of organic compounds, as exemplified by alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, and alkyl halides. Stereochemistry, molecular structure, principles of reaction theory, and reaction mechanisms. P: CHM 205 or CHM 285 with a grade of "C" or better. CO: CHM 322.

  • CHM 322 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1) I, S

    Fundamental techniques of experimental organic chemistry. Isolation, purification, and organic synthetic methods. P: CHM 205 or CHM 285 with a grade of "C" or better. CO: CHM 321.

  • CHM 323 Organic Chemistry Lecture II (3) II, S

    Continuation of Chemistry 321. Further study of the principles of organic structure and reaction theory, including delocalized systems. Exploration of the chemistry of aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, and others, with additional emphasis on organic synthesis and structural analysis by spectroscopic methods. P: CHM 321 with a grade of "C" or better. CO: CHM 324.

  • CHM 324 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1) II, S

    Further study of practical organic reactions, the use of spectroscopic methods (NMR and IR) to elucidate and confirm organic structures, and multistep organic synthesis. P: CHM 322. CO: CHM 323.

  • CHM 341 Physical Chemistry I (3) II

    An introduction to physical chemistry. Topics covered include thermodynamics, equilibrium, quantum chemistry, and spectroscopy. A combination of macroscopic and microscopic emphasis will be used. Topics will be introduced with some historical background and developed with an appropriate level of physics and mathematical rigor. P: PHY 211, CHM 532; P or CO: PHY 212; CO: CHM 342. 

  • CHM 342 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (2) II

    Experiments in thermodynamics, equilibrium and kinetics will be conducted in an introductory research format. The writing of manuscripts and the maintenance of a laboratory research journal will carry equal import with experimental work. CO: CHM 341.

  • CHM 351 – Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (2) II

    A systematic study of the main group elements with an emphasis on chemicals and chemical reactions and processes important to society. Twelve sessions of a lecture/discussion and laboratory format. Each laboratory session will include 8-12 short experiments or activities. The purpose of the course is to extend the participant's knowledge of descriptive chemistry by first hand laboratory experience. P: CHM 205 or 285.

  • CHM 371 – Biochemistry of metabolism (3) I, II

    A one-semester survey of biochemistry for pre-health professions. Topics covered include structure and function of biomolecules, metabolism and bioenergetics. An emphasis will be placed on medical/clinical examples. P: BIO 211, CHM 323.

  • CHM 381 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3) I

    A mechanistic approach to biochemistry for chemistry and biochemistry majors. Topics covered include a structural and mechanistic approach to studying the function of biomolecules, a mechanistic investigation of intermediary metabolism and nucleotide and protein synthesis, and bioenergetics. P: CHM 323; Open to chemistry/biochemistry majors or IC.

  • CHM 382 Biochemistry Laboratory (2) I,II

    A one-semester laboratory course designed to support CHM 381. Introduction to methods and instrumentation for biochemical measurements: analysis and isolation of biologically important compounds, strategies for assaying biological activity, cloning and purification techniques for DNA/RNA. P or CO: CHM 371 or CHM 381, IC.

  • CHM 421 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry (3) OD

    Study of classes of compounds and reactions of organic chemistry not covered in the regular two-semester sequence (CHM 321, 323). Possible topics include stereochemistry, natural products, computational methods in organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, photochemistry and other topics of current interest. P: CHM 323.

  • CHM 445 – Chemical Thermodynamics (2) OD

    This course will provide a more extensive introduction to classical thermodynamic theory, including treatments of the laws of thermodynamics, conditions of equilibrium, thermodynamics of gases and solutions, and ideal and non-ideal behavior. P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 446 – Statistical mechanics (2) OD

    The mathematical study of the connection between quantum mechanical behavior of individual atoms and molecules and their consequent macroscopic properties and phenomena. P: CHM 341

  • CHM 447 – Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules (2) OD

    The study of the effect of molecular weight, molecular weight distributions, and chain configuration of large molecules on physical and chemical properties. P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 448 – Group Theory (2) OD

    This course will present an introduction to the theory of group representations. Topics will include the mathematical foundations of abstract group theory, including reducible and irreducible representations. Physical applications of group theory will include crystallographic point groups, group theoretical techniques in quantum mechanics, angular momentum, and vibrational spectroscopy. P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 451 – Inorganic Chemistry I (3) I

    Relation of atomic and molecular structure to chemical and physical properties. Periodicity and descriptive chemistry of inorganic classes and groups. Topics covered include group theory, MO theory, molecular and ionic structures, redox reactions, acid/base theories, and coordination compounds. P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 456 – Instrumental analysis (3) I

    A senior level course on instrumental techniques used in analytical chemistry. Emphasis will be on modern instrumentation theory and applications in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and chromatography. P: CHM 341; CO: CHM 466.

  • CHM 466 – Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (2) I

    A laboratory-based course covering the theories and methods used in modern instrumental analysis. Topics include the theory and practice of instrumental techniques, statistical methods for evaluating and interpreting data, sources of noise and error, and experimental methods in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and chromatography. One hour of recitation and three hours of laboratory per week. P: CHM 286 or CHM 315; CO: CHM 456.

  • CHM 470 Chemical Literature (1) OD

    Introduction to the literature of chemistry. development of skills in chemical informatics through print and electronic resources. P: CHM 323.

  • CHM 491 Careers in Chemistry (1) II

    A seminar course in which students are introduced to some of the careers within chemistry by speakers who work in the areas represented. Open only to chemistry majors (both degree programs). (One meeting a week). P: CHM 321.

  • CHM 492 Industrial Internship (1-3) I, II

    Each student will spend one day per week or its equivalent in an industrial plant or laboratory. Registration must be preceded by the student submitting a resume, a letter of application, and arranging for a personal interview with one or more industrial concerns prior to the registration date. Each student must be accepted by or have worked for an industrial employer prior to registration. The course is repeatable for a max of 3 credits. P: CHM 315 or CHM 285, CHM 286.

  • CHM 493 Directed Independent Readings (1-3) I, II, S

    Assigned reading in a special area of interest. The course is repeatable for a max of 4 credits. P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 495 Directed Independent Study (1-3) I, II, S

    P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 496 Directed Independent Research I (1-2) I, II, S

    Initial participation in a pre-approved independent research project under the direction of a member of the department faculty. The course is repeatable for a max of 8 credits. P: CHM 324 or CHM 285, CHM 286; IC.

  • CHM 497 Directed Independent Research II (1-2) I, II, S

    Continuation in a pre-approved independent research project under the direction of a member of the department faculty. Students register for this course in their final semester of research. They are required to give a public presentation of their work and submit a research report. Research projects in chemistry conducted outside the department may also be acceptable. The course is repeatable for a max of 2 credits. P: CHM 324 or CHM 285, CHM 286; IC.

  • CHM 498 – Directed Independent Research - Special (1-2)

    Participation in a pre-approved independent research project conducted outside the Creighton University Chemistry Department. The course is repeatable for a max of 6 credits. P: CHM 324 or CHM 285, CHM 286; IC

  • CHM 502 Inorganic Chemistry II (3) II

    Additional topics in inorganic chemistry. Emphasis on organometallic chemistry of transition metals, synthesis and chemical reactivities of inorganic and organometallic compounds. P: CHM 451.

  • CHM 506 Environmental Chemistry and Natural Resources (3) II

    The nature, identification, and quantitative determination of air and water pollutants. Study of natural resources and energy production. Topics covered include the atmosphere, ozone, the troposphere, natural water, acid rain, drinking water, metals, organochlorine compounds and waste management. P: CHM 205 or CHM 285.

  • CHM 521 Advanced Organic Chemistry: Synthetic Organic Methods (3) OD

    A contemporary survey of the analysis, design, and execution of new methods and innovative total syntheses in organic chemistry. Approaches and techniques for critical reading, discussion, and application of the literature of organic chemistry will be introduced and developed. P: CHM 323.

  • CHM 523 Bioorganic Chemistry (3) OD

    A survey of current topics at the interface of organic chemistry and biology, with emphasis on a chemical understanding of biological infrastructure, the interactions of small organic molecules within biochemical systems, structure-activity relationship profiling of natural and synthetic drugs, and the relevance of small molecule therapeutics in modern society. P: CHM 381.

  • CHM 525 Organic Spectroscopic Analysis (3) OD

    A study of infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and ultraviolet spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Emphasis on both the theoretical basis of each method and the application of the methods to structure determination and other interesting chemical problems. P: CHM 324, CHM 341, or IC.

  • CHM 527 – Polymer Chemistry (3) OD

    The goal of this course is to expose students to the fundamentals of polymer chemistry. The course will focus on some of the key synthetic methods and physical properties of polymers. Practical applications of polymer chemistry in society will be a theme throughout the course. P: CHM 323 or IC.

  • CHM 528 – Polymer Chemistry Laboratory (1)

    The goal of this course is to expose students to the fundamentals of polymer syntheses and characterization. The course will focus on some of the key synthetic methods for making plastics and the characterization techniques for determining the physical properties of the polymers. Practical applications of polymer chemistry in society will be a theme throughout the course. P or CO: CHM 527.

  • CHM 532 Mathematical Concepts in Chemistry (3) I

    Applications utilizing statistics, mathematical operators, vectors, determinants, group theory, series expansions, and basic differential equations in the modeling of chemical systems. P: MTH 246.

  • CHM 543 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry (3) OD

    Selected topics from physical chemistry that match the interests of faculty and students will be discussed. The course will begin with review of related material from CHM 341 and end with current research. P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 544 Quantum Chemistry (3) OD

    This course is designed to teach the mathematical background of quantum chemistry. Topics covered include operator algebra, quantum mechanical postulates, rigid rotor and harmonic oscillator model systems, applications to chemical systems, and computational chemistry. P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 545 Advanced Kinetics (2) OD

    This course is designed to teach the mathematical skills necessary for modeling kinetic systems in chemistry. Topics covered include differential equation techniques, elementary rate laws, composite rate laws, collision theory, transition state theory, reaction dynamics, and potential energy surfaces. P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 546 Use of Demonstrations in the Teaching of Chemistry I (2-3) S

    This course concentrates on the use of demonstrations, activities, and other new ideas for use by the teacher in the presentation of chemical principles in the classroom. The theory behind each activity will be thoroughly discussed along with appropriate safety precautions.

  • CHM 548 – Chemical applications of Spectroscopy (2)

    This is a laboratory course designed to illustrate the theory and applications of spectroscopic analysis to chemical research. Techniques investigated will include IR, UV-Visible, Fluorescence/Phosphorescence, Raman, and NMR spectroscopy. Both gas-phase and solution-phase problems will be studied. P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 549 – Computational Chemistry (2)

    This course is designed to introduce students to the applications of computational chemistry in chemical research. Students will learn about the variety of computational methods available including molecular mechanics, semi-empirical, Hartree-Fock, and density functional theory. Laboratory projects will include application of these methods to problems in organic, inorganic, and biological chemistry P: CHM 341.

  • CHM 551 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (3) OD

    Descriptive inorganic chemistry and laboratory practicum. A systematic study of the main group elements with an emphasis on chemicals and chemical reactions and processes of importance to society. Includes ten seven-hour sessions consisting of a four-hour lecture/discussion and three-hour laboratory format. Each laboratory session includes 10-15 short experiments or activities. Many of the activities could be utilized at the high school level; however, the purpose of the course is to extend the participant’s depth of knowledge of descriptive chemistry by first-hand laboratory experience.

  • CHM 555 Microscale Gas Chemistry (1-3) S

    Lecture/Laboratory course designed to present the use of gases to teach or experimentally discover important concepts of the high school and college chemistry curriculum. Environmental issues, reaction stoichiometry, intermolecular forces, catalysis, combustion, and molar mass are a few examples. High school teacher participants will learn to safely and conveniently generate over a dozen gases for classroom and use in the teaching laboratory. Each gas can be used in a variety of experiments or classroom demonstrations. Each experiment will be linked to one or more chemistry concepts with discussion of pedagogy as appropriate.

  • CHM 556 – Electrochemical Methods (3)

    This lecture course covers the fundamentals of electrochemistry and the application of electrochemical methods to chemical problems. It describes electrochemical terms, electrode potentials and processes, along with a historical perspective of electrochemical methods. It covers specific electrochemical techniques and the role of electrochemistry when applied to other fields of science. P: CHM 456.

  • CHM 575 Nucleic Acid Biochemistry (3) OD

    This course presents an in-depth investigation of the current research in nucleic acid biochemistry. The class will focus on the structure and function of nucleic acids, biochemical processes involving nucleic acids, interactions of nucleic acids with proteins and drug molecules, catalytic nucleic acids, and the genome and genetic engineering. The current literature will serve as source material for study and discussion. P: CHM 371 or CHM 381.

  • CHM 576 – Protein Biochemisty (3)

    This course will introduce students to current views of protein structure and function. Students will become educated consumers of the wealth of information available in protein sequence and structure databases and will develop knowledge of techniques required to characterize their own proteins in the laboratory. P: CHM 371 or CHM 381.

  • CHM 586 Elementary School Science Demonstrations and Classroom Activities (3) S

    This course offers elementary teachers practical methods for doing science in the classroom. Demonstrations and classroom activities that use a hands-on, interactive approach with students will be presented. The current methodology for interfacing science with language arts will be presented.