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CHEM: Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

CHEM 500 Special Studies 1-6 cr.

Intensive survey of literature in a particular area as well as individual instruction on recent advances in chemical instrumentation, methods of research, and specialized subject areas. To be arranged with instructor.

CHEM 521/* Advanced Instrumental Methods of Analysis 3 cr.

Modern instrumental analysis, including electrical, spectrophotometric, x-rays, gas chromatography, and other methods. Four-hour lecture/laboratory.

CHEM 531/* Organic Molecular Structure Determination 3 cr.

Gives student experience in systematic identification of various classes of organic compounds by both chemical and physical methods. Four-hour lecture/laboratory.

CHEM 535/* Current Topics in Organic Chemistry 3 cr.

With selections to meet the needs of the students, possible topics may include reaction mechanisms, molecular spectroscopy, stereochemistry, natural products, heterocyclics, polymer chemistry, and organic synthesis.

CHEM 540/* Physical Chemistry (core course) 3 cr.

An introduction to spectroscopy and molecular structure. Lecture—three hours.

CHEM 581 Special Topics 3 cr.

CHEM 600 Seminar 1 cr.

A study of modern chemical research and research techniques. Scientific communication, including the role of the science laboratory in research. The student will present one oral report. Lecture—one hour.

CHEM 610 Inorganic Chemistry (core course) 3 cr.

Theoretical inorganic chemistry and, in particular, structure, periodicity, coordination chemistry, bonding, and chemistry of nonaqueous solvents. Lecture—three hours.

CHEM 620 Analytical Chemistry (core course) 3 cr.

Theoretical principles of analytical chemistry. Lecture—three hours.

CHEM 623 Physical and Chemical Methods of Separation 3 cr.

Application of chromatographic methods to the quantitative separation and analysis of chemical systems. Topics will include gas, column, paper and ion exchange chromatographic methods, and other methods of separation as time permits. Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—4 hours.

CHEM 630 Organic Chemistry (core course) 3 cr.

Principles of physical chemistry will be applied to the study of organic reaction mechanisms. Lecture—three hours.

CHEM 646 Biochemistry 3 cr.

Topics covering and emphasizing most recent developments in the areas of biochemistry, such as amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, proteins, enzymes, metabolism, and metabolic control. Lecture—three hours.

CHEM 681 Special Topics 3 cr.

CHEM 690 Research 1-6 cr.

Laboratory and literature investigation of student’s thesis problem, done under the direction of a faculty member. Within the first 15 hours of course work, the student must schedule at least one credit of research for which the student performs the literature review and writes a research proposal.

CHEM 699 Independent Study 1-6 cr.

Available to students who seek to deepen their knowledge in some specific aspect of chemistry. The student must discuss the nature of the independent study with a faculty member having expertise in the area prior to registration. Special attention to development of new ideas and new ways of presenting scientific principles.

CHEM 795 Thesis 4 cr.

For students writing the thesis. Should be scheduled for the semester in which the student plans to complete work. A committee thesis (four semester hours), for which the student’s advisor, two additional faculty members, and the dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics constitute the committee.

CHEM 799 Internship Experience 4 cr.

Students must complete a 3-6 month internship with a company sponsor. Students must initiate and secure an internship with the industrial sponsor with guidance from the Graduate PSM Coordinator for internship sites. The work will focus on solving a technical problem of interest to the corporate sponsor and should meet the outcomes defined by the student's advisory committee. The internship work may be completed in whole, or in part, in residence with approval of the student's committee. An internship committee will be comprised of the student's academic advisor, one additional faculty member, an industry supervisor and the dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Prerequisites: The student must have a minimum of 12 IUP graduate credits earned and a minimum 3.0 grade point average 

*Indicates dual-listed class

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