Undergraduate Course Descriptions

For an offical course listing, please refer to the Cal Poly General Catalog:

2014- 2015 University Catalog

The notations F, W, Sp, Su (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), and the even or odd numbers indicate which quarter(s) of even or odd numbered calendar years the course is normally offered. Courses not designated "even" or "odd" are offered each year.

100

CHM 101/101L Consumer Chemistry (3/1)

Introduction to atoms, molecules and bondings. Petrochemicals, plastics and fibers. Air and water pollution. Body chemistry, foods, drugs and poisons. Chemical and nuclear energy. Not open to students who have credit for CHM 103 or 121. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Concurrent enrollment required.

CHM 103/103A Fundamentals of Chemistry (3/1) FWSp

Atoms, molecules and physical states of matter. Important classes of chemical compounds and chemical reactions. Experimentation as the approach to solving problems of natural phenomena. Not open to students who have credit for CHM 121. 3 lectures, 1 recitation. Concurrent enrollment required.

CHM 121, 122, 123 General Chemistry (3) (3) (3) FWSpSu

Atomic theory of structure and bonding, chemical equations, gas laws, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, states of matter, equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics and reaction kinetics and their applications to chemistry, physics, and engineering sciences. 3 lectures/problem-solving. To be taken in sequence. Prerequisite to CHM 121: high school chemistry or CHM 103/103A and high school algebra. Concurrent: CHM 121L, 122L, 123L, respectively.

CHM 121L, 122L, 123L General Chemistry Laboratory (1) (1) (1) FWSpSu

Laboratory to accompany General Chemistry lecture series. Experiments in basic quantitative analysis techniques, gas measurements, acid-base, pH, and redox titrations, electrochemistry, kinetics, thermo-dynamics, and ionic equilibria and qualitative analysis procedures. 1 three-hour laboratory. To be taken in sequence concurrently with CHM 121, 122, 123, respectively.

200

CHM 200 Special Study for Lower Division Students (1-2)

Individual or group investigation, research, studies or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 4 units, with a maximum of 2 units per quarter.

CHM 201 Elements of Organic Chemistry (3) FWSpSu

The fundamental concepts of organic chemistry with emphasis on practical applications. For students who are required to take one quarter of organic chemistry. Not open for credit to chemistry majors. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 122. Concurrent: CHM 250L.

CHM 210 Chemistry in Life, Civilization and the World (4) FWSp

A study of the impact of chemistry on life, civilization, and the world. How applications of chemical knowledge, science and technology affect the human experience. Chemistry as a central science of technology. Benefits and risks of science and technology. 4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisites: One course each in GE Areas 2A, B, and C.

CHM 221/221L Quantitative Analysis (2/2) FWSpSu

Fundamentals of gravimetric and volumetric analysis. Acid-base concepts and pH calculations. Statistical concepts including data reduction and error analysis. Focus on laboratory work, with class discussion supplying supporting theory. 2 lectures/problem-solving, 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: CHM 123/123L. Students are advised to take 221/221L as soon as possible after completing 123/123L. Concurrent enrollment required.

CHM 250L Elements of Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) FWSpSu

Introduction to general techniques of the organic laboratory for the separation, purification and identification of organic substances. Survey of the laboratory preparation and reactions of different functional groups with emphasis on the practical application. 1 three-hour laboratory. Not open for credit to chemistry majors. Prerequisite: CHM 122/122L. Concurrent: CHM 201.

CHM 256L Glassblowing (1) Sp

Fundamental techniques of laboratory glassblowing. A practical course to teach students to construct and repair special pieces of glass apparatus used in advanced chemistry courses and senior project work. 1 three-hour laboratory, scheduled by arrangement.

CHM 260 Introduction to Molecular Modeling (4) SpF

Conformational analysis using molecular mechanics (MM3) as a tool. Illustration of structure determinations, energies, and related background principles. Unifying theme is the coupling of computational predictions with experimental results. RISC/6000 Unix machines to be used. 4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisites: CHM 314, 315 or 201.

CHM 299/299A/299L Special Topics for Lower Division Students (1-4)

Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance. Total credit limited to 8 units, with a maximum of 4 units per quarter. Instruction is by lecture, laboratory or a combination. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

300

CHM 301/301A Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3/1) FSp

Thermodynamic properties of chemical species and their application; kinetics, measurements of physical properties of molecules. Not open to students whose majors require CHM 304 or CHM 311. 3 lectures/problem-solving, 1 recitation. Prerequisite: CHM 123.

CHM 304/304A, 305 Elements of Physical Chemistry (3/1) (3) FW

A two-quarter sequence of physical chemistry covering properties of gases, chemical thermodynamics, solutions, electrochemistry, reaction kinetics, and atomic and molecular structure. To be taken in sequence. 3 lectures/problem-solving, 1 recitation for 304, 3 lectures/problem-solving for 305. Prerequisite: MAT 116, CHM 123, PHY 133, or their equivalents. Concurrent with CHM 305: CHM 352L.

CHM 306 History and Philosophy of Chemistry (4) W

The history of chemistry from antiquity to the present, milestones in the development of chemistry and their impact on science and technology. How the chemistry way of knowing (using the scientific method) differs from that used in other disciplines. The philosophical atmosphere in which a particular chemist lived and its limiting or directing influence on the making of that chemist. 4 lectures per week.

CHM 311, 312, 313 Physical Chemistry (3) (3) (3) FSu, WSu, SpF

Properties of gases, kinetic molecular theory, chemical thermodynamics, phase equilibria, solutions, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, photochemistry, colloids and macromolecules. To be taken in sequence. Required for certification by the American Chemical Society. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: MAT 216 or equivalent, CHM 123 and one year of college physics.

CHM 314, 315, 316 Organic Chemistry (3)(3)(3) FWSpSu

Modern concepts of chemical bonding, molecular structure, principles of stereochemistry and conformation, reaction mechanisms and synthetic pathways. All common classes and substituents of organic compounds treated. Carbohydrates, heterocyclics and other biologically significant compounds may be introduced. To be taken in sequence. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 123/123L. Concurrent: CHM 317L, 318L, 319L, respectively for Chemistry majors.

CHM 317L Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) FWSpSu

Introduction to general techniques of the organic laboratory for the separation, purification and identification of organic substances. Interpretation of IR spectra of organic compounds. 1 three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 123/123L. Concurrent: CHM 314.

CHM 318L Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) FWSpSu

Application of reaction mechanisms toward the synthesis of organic molecules. Interpretation of IR and NMR spectra of organic molecules. 1 three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 317L. Concurrent: CHM 315.

CHM 319L Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) FWSpSu

Multistep syntheses. Extensive interpretation of IR and NMR spectra of organic compounds. 1 three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 318L. Concurrent: CHM 316.

CHM 321/321L Elements of Biochemistry (3/1) FWSpSu

The fundamental concepts of biochemistry with emphasis on structure-function relationships as they relate to carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Designed for students who are required to take one quarter of biochemistry. Not open for credit to Chemistry majors with a Biochemistry Option. 3 lectures/problem-solving, 1 three-hour laboratory. Concurrent enrollment required. Prerequisite: CHM 201 and 250L, or CHM 315 and 317L.

CHM 327 Biochemistry (3) FW

Chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and enzymes. Enzyme reactions and kinetics; glycolysis and the citric acid cycle metabolism. Prerequisite: CHM 316 and 317L. Corequisite: CHM 327L.

CHM 327L Biochemistry Laboratory (1) FW

Laboratory work includes the study of pH and buffers, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and enzyme kinetics. Qualitative and quantitative methods employing instrumental analysis are included. Corequisite: CHM 327.

CHM 328 Biochemistry (3) WSp

Chemistry of vitamins, trace metals and important agents in metabolic control; glyoxalate cycle, pentose phosphate pathway, electron transport, cellular control, photosynthesis and nucleic acid structures. Nutritional chemistry, as it relates to vitamin function, is also covered. Prerequisite: CHM 327, 327L. Corequisite: CHM 328L.

CHM 328L Biochemistry Laboratory (1) WSp

Standard curve for protein analysis as well as spectrophotometric quantitation, isolation and partial purification of biomolecules using centrifugation, liquid column chromatography, salts, heat treatment and electrophoresis. Laboratory work includes study of tissue extracts and other instrumental methods in biochemistry. Corequisite: CHM 328.

CHM 329 Biochemistry (3) SpSu

Metabolism of lipids and nucleic acids, biochemistry of DNA replication, RNA transcription, protein translation and membrane dynamics. Prerequisite: CHM 328, 328L. Corequisite: CHM 329L.

CHM 329L Biochemistry Laboratory (1) SpSu

Purification and analysis of membranes, analysis of protein ligand interactions, extraction and denaturation of DNA. Laboratory work includes denaturing electrophoresis, spectrophotometry and other instrumental methods in biochemistry. Corequisite: CHM 329.

CHM 331/331L Clinical Chemistry (2/2) WSp

Introduction to the principles and procedures used in the clinical laboratory for the analysis of blood and urine specimens. 2 lectures/problem-solving, 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: CHM 221/221L and 327/327L or 321/321L. Concurrent enrollment required.

CHM 340 The Chemist in Industry (4) Sp

Survey of roles and expectations for chemists in industry and applications of chemical reactions and principles in the petroleum, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food, inorganics, polymers, aerospace, coatings and metal industries. Interfaces with economics, patents, chemical engineering and communication. Guest speakers and plant visits. 4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisites: CHM 123/123L and 201 or 314.

CHM 342/342L Spectroscopic Methods (2/2) (F)

Theory and practice of modern analytical techniques based primarily on optical spectroscopy such as UV, IR, AAS, AFS, AES and fluorescence. 2 lectures/problem-solving, 2 three-hour laboratories. Involves some inorganic synthesis. Prerequisite: CHM 221/221L. Concurrent enrollment required.

CHM 343/343L Separation Methods (2/2) (W)

Theory and practice of modern analytical separation methods primarily encompassing various chromatographic techniques. 2 lectures/problem-solving, 2 three-hour laboratories. Involves some inorganic synthesis. Prerequisite: CHM 221/221L. Concurrent enrollment required.

CHM 344/344L Electroanalytical Methods (2/2) (Sp)

Theory and practice of modern analytical electrochemistry, with particular emphasis on potentiometry, voltammetry, amperometry, coulometry, chronopotentiometry and cyclic and pulse methods. 2 lectures/problem-solving, 2 three-hour laboratories. Involves some inorganic synthesis. Prerequisite: CHM 221/221L.

CHM 347/347L Theory of Chemical Instrumentation (1/1) Sp

Theory of chemical instrument systems with emphasis on the selection of instrumentation appropriate to a measurement or control problem. 1 lecture/problem, 1 three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 344/344L.

CHM 352A/352L Physical Chemistry Laboratory (1/2) W

Laboratory experiments illustrating principles of physical chemistry. 1 recitation and 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: CHM 221/221L; CHM 304 or 311. Concurrent: CHM 305 or 312.

CHM 353L Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2) Sp

Advanced laboratory applications of physical chemistry. Required for certification by the American Chemical Society. 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: CHM 352L. Concurrent: CHM 313.

CHM 360 Introduction to Molecular Simulations (4) Sp

Modeling of electrostatic interactions between atoms and molecules, fundamentals of statistical mechanics. Use of methods such as Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations to demonstrate these concepts. 4 lectures/problem solving. Prerequisites: CHM 123, 260, MAT 116, PHY 133 and CS 128 or their equivalents.

400

CHM 400 Special Study for Upper Division Students (1-2)

Individual or group investigation, research, studies or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 4 units, with a maximum of 2 units per quarter.

CHM 401, 402 Inorganic Chemistry (3) (3) FW

Modern concepts of inorganic chemistry including chemical bonding, acid/base, coordination chemistry, kinetics, organo-metallics and catalysis. To be taken in sequence. Required for certification by the American Chemical Society. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 313 or 305.

CHM 409 Polymer Chemistry (3) Sp, odd years

Types of polymers and polymerization reactions; properties of polymer solutions and the determination of molecular weights; elasticity and other bulk properties. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisites: CHM 316 and 305 or 313.

CHM 411 Reaction Kinetics (3) W

Kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Transition state theory, collision theory, photochemical excitation and dissociation, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Analysis and solution of problems. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 305 or 313.

CHM 413 Introduction to Colloid and Surface Chemistry (3) Sp, even years

Gas-liquid, gas-solid and solid-liquid interfaces. Adsorption and surface area determination. The electrical double layer and its relation to flocculation and electrokinetic phenomena. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 305 or 313.

CHM 415 Chemical Thermodynamics (3) F

Fundamental aspects of chemical thermodynamics, including the first, secon, and third laws. Studies of chemical and phase equilibria, enthalpy, entropy, work and free energy. Relationship to molecular structure and statistical mechanics. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 305 or 313.

CHM 416 Macromolecular Modeling (4) F, even years

Theoretical studies and applications of computational techniques to macromolecular (i.e. polymers, proteins, and nucleic acids) structure, stability and function. Brownian dynamics, Poisson-Boltzmann electrostatics, potential of mean force, and homology modeling. Molecular graphics to aid in application of methods and interpretation of results. 4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisites: CHM 260, and either CHM 327 or 321 or consent of instructor.

CHM 417 Computational Biochemistry (4) W, even years

Theoretical underpinnings of computational methods in modern biochemistry and practical training in use of them. Sequence entry, and editing, sequence alignment, phylogenetic analysis, homology searching, elementary protein structure prediction, display and evaluation of 3D molecular structures. 4 lectures/problems-solving. Prerequisites: CHM 260, 321, 327 or BIO 450 or consent of instructor.

CHM 418 Methods of Data Acquisition (4) Sp

Concepts behind collection of experimental data in chemistry. Methods required for the analysis of data. Methods and experimental considerations required for implementation of electron/photon counting for quantitative analysis. 3 lectures/one recitation. Prerequisites: CHM 352A/352L.

CHM 419 Introduction to Quantum Chemistry (3) F, even years

Mathematical preliminaries, postulates of quantum chemistry, wave functions for some simple chemical models, the central force problem, the Aufbau principle, hybrid orbitals, approximation methods and Hund's multiplicity rule. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 305 or 313.

CHM 420 Computational Chemistry (4) Sp, odd years

Applied quantum mechanical studies of molecular geometries, electronic excited states, potential energy surfaces and conformational structures spanning from small diatomic species to large biochemical molecules. Spectroscopic problems emphasized. Molecular graphics used to aid in both ab initio and molecular mechanics. 4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 313, MAT 216.

CHM 421 Solution Equilibria in Analytical Chemistry (2) F

Study of advanced acid-base theory, complexation, nonaqueous acid-base, solvent extraction and ion-exchange equilibria. 2 lectures. Prerequisite: CHM 313 or 305.

CHM 422/422L Organic Synthesis (2/2) W

Theoretical and practical study of synthetic strategies in organic chemistry. 2 lectures/problem-solving, 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: CHM 221/221L, 316 and 319L. Concurrent enrollment required.

CHM 423/423L Physical Organic Chemistry (2/2) W, odd years

Theoretical and practical study of experimental techniques used by organic chemists to investigate problems in reaction mechanisms, catalysis, solution chemistry and substituent effects. 2 lectures/problem-solving, 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: CHM 221/221L, 316 and 319L and 313 or 305.

CHM 424/424L Organic Analysis (2/2) F

Structure determination of organic compounds by elemental and functional group analysis using classical methods and modern chromatographic and spectroscopic methods. 2 lectures, 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisites: CHM 221/221L, 316 and 319L. Concurrent enrollment required.

CHM 446/446L Corrosion Chemistry (3/1) W

The basic principles of theoretical and applied electrochemistry as it pertains to corrosion. Thermodynamics and kinetics of oxidation. Aqueous corrosion, stress corrosion, hydrogen cracking, fatigue. Corrosion testing, inhibition and design. Cathodic and anodic protection, metal and chemical coatings. 3 lectures/problem-solving, 1 three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 305 or 313 or consent of instructor.

CHM 448/448L Modern FT-NMR (3/1) F

Fundamentals of one- and two-dimensional NMR and basic understanding of the pulse sequences for a variety of NMR experiments (proton, C-13, SPT, INEPT, DEPT, COSY, HETCOR and NOE). Interpretation of such spectra to determine organic structures. Experience on FT-NMR instrument in weekly sessions to be arranged with instructor. Prerequisites: CHM 316, 319 and CHM 305 or 313, or consent of instructor.

CHM 450 Bioanalytical Chemistry (4) Sp, odd years

Application of instrumental analytical techniques to problems in biotechnology and clinical medicine. Uniqueness of problems inherent in analysis of biological samples and the application of state-of-the-art separation and assay techniques. Prerequisites: CHM 221/221L and CHM 327/327L or CHM 221/221L and CHM 321/321L with consent of instructor. 4 lectures/problem-solving.

CHM 451/451L Enzymology (3/1) F, even years

The nature of enzymes including enzyme kinetics, mechanisms of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, enzyme inhibitors, classification of enzymes. 3 lectures/problem-solving, 1 three-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 329/329L or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment required.

CHM 452/452L Biochemical Preparations (1/2) W, even years

Isolation of some eight different materials from plant and animal sources, such as a blood protein fraction, a plant nucleic acid, a plant terpene, a hormone preparation, a metabolic intermediate and a urinary excretion product. 1 lecture/problem, 2 three-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: CHM 329/329L or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment required.

CHM 453 Recombinant DNA Biochemistry (3) Sp

Fundamental aspects of the biochemistry of Recombinant DNA and its applications to current biochemical research and industry. Includes germane aspects of the chemistry, structure and biochemistry of RNA and DNA macromolecules. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 329/329L or taken concurrently.

CHM 454 Nutrient Biochemistry and Metabolism (3) W, odd years

An advanced course covering the biochemistry of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. For example: absorption, transport metabolism and storage of these important biochemicals. 3 lectures/ problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 329/329L or consent of instructor.

CHM 460 Air Pollution Problems (3) W

Concepts of air pollution: major air pollutants; sources; future problems. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor.

CHM 491, 492 Senior Research Project (3) (3) FWSpSu

Senior level research or project. Individual consultation and supervision. Independent literature review, project design, data collection and interpretation of results. Formal report. Prerequisite: minimum GPA of 2.0 in major.

CHM 493 Undergraduate Seminar (2) FWSp

A study of current developments in chemistry and a discussion of periodical literature at an appropriate level. 2 lecture discussions. Prerequisites: All required 300-level chemistry courses.

CHM 499/499A/499L Special Topics for Upper Division Students (1-4)

Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance. Total credit limited to 8 units, with a maximum of 4 units per quarter. Instruction is by lecture, laboratory or a combination. Prerequisite: permission of Instructor. Graduate courses are listed in the "Graduate Studies" section of the catalog.