Chemistry (CHEM)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
CHEM 100 Chemistry and Life 5 hours. Principles of structural and environmental chemistry underlying the phenomenon of life on Earth, discussed in a historical, cultural and philosophical framework. Includes weekly two-hour laboratory.  Natural World - With Lab course.
CHEM 101 Preparatory Chemistry 4 hours. Emphasis on problem solving. Metric units, dimensional analysis, chemical nomenclature, the mole concept, chemical stoichiometry. For students without entrance credit in high school chemistry or inadequately prepared. Prerequisite(s): Adequate performance on the UIC chemistry placement examination. 
CHEM 102 Preparatory Chemistry with Cooperative Intermediate Algebra 4 hours. Metric units, dimensional analysis, the mole concept, chemical stoichiometry and nomenclature, chemical equilibria. Equivalent to CHEM 101, but with particular emphasis on the methematics required for success in the study of chemistry. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 101 or MATH 090. For students without entrance credit in high school chemistry or inadequately prepared. Recommended in place of CHEM 101 for students concurrently taking intermediate algebra. Prerequisite(s): Adequate performance in the UIC chemistry placement examination. Must enroll concurrently in MATH 092. 
CHEM 112 General College Chemistry I 5 hours. Topics in general chemistry, including stoichiometry, periodicity, reaction types, the gaseous state, solution stoichiometry, chemical equilibria, acid-base equilibria, dissolution-precipitation equilibria. Includes a weekly 3-hour lab. Credit is not given for CHEM 112 if the student has credit for CHEM 116. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 101 or adequate performance on the UIC chemistry placement examination. Students with credit in a course equivalent to CHEM 101 from another institution must take the UIC chemistry placement examination.  Natural World - With Lab course.
CHEM 114 General College Chemistry II 5 hours. Topics in general chemistry including phase transitions, thermochemistry, spontaneity/equilibrium, electrochemistry, kinetics, bonding, order/symmetry in condensed phases, coordination compounds, descriptive chemistry. Includes a weekly 3-hour lab. Credit is not given for CHEM 114 if the student has credit for CHEM 118. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 112 or the equivalent. Students with an equivalent course from another institution must take the chemistry placement examination.  Natural World - With Lab course.
CHEM 116 Honors General Chemistry I 5 hours. Primarily for students in chemistry, chemical engineering, and physics curricula. First of a two-semester sequence covering the same topics as Chemistry 112 in greater depth. Includes a weekly three-hour laboratory. Includes a weekly three-hour laboratory. Credit is not given for CHEM 116 if the student has credit for CHEM 112. Prerequisite(s): Superior performance on the UIC chemistry placement examination.  Natural World - With Lab course.
CHEM 118 Honors General Chemistry II 5 hours. Primarily for students in chemistry, chemical engineering, and physics curricula. Second of a two-semester sequence covering the same topics as Chemistry 114 in greater depth. Includes a weekly three-hour laboratory. Credit is not given for CHEM 118 if the student has credit for CHEM 114. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 116.  Natural World - With Lab course.
CHEM 130 Survey of Organic and Biochemistry 5 hours. Chemistry of classes of carbon compounds relevant to life sciences, and an introduction to the structure and metabolism of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 112 or the equivalent.  Natural World - With Lab course.
CHEM 201 Elements of Glass Blowing 1 hour. Demonstrations and practice in glass blowing and the construction of simple laboratory equipment. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in chemistry and consent of the instructor. 
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry 4 hours. Theory and application of chemical equilibria and instrumentation in quantitative analysis. Includes two weekly three-hour laboratories. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 114 or grade of C or better in CHEM 118 or the equivalent. 
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry I 4 hours. First semester of a one-year sequence. Structure, reactivity, and synthesis of organic molecules. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 114 or grade of C or better in CHEM 118. Recommended background: Concurrent registration in CHEM 233. 
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 hour. Introductory organic chemistry laboratory. Basic organic techniques (distillation, crystallization), reactions (esterification, oxidation, addition, substitution, elimination), instruments (gas and liquid chromatography). Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in CHEM 232. 
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry II 4 hours. Continuation of CHEM 232. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 232. 
CHEM 305 Environmental Chemistry 3 hours. The chemistry of the environment and the consequences of pollution brought about by natural and synthetic materials and modern energy usage. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 234. 
CHEM 314 Inorganic Chemistry 4 hours. Chemistry of the main-group elements, coordination chemistry and the transition elements, bioinorganic chemistry. Includes a weekly laboratory. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 232 and grade of C or better in CHEM 233. 
CHEM 333 Advanced Synthetic Laboratory 3 hours. Advanced organic chemistry laboratory. Synthesis, stereochemistry, spectrometry (IR, NMR), organic analytical chemistry (TLC, HPLC), microscale techniques. Design of multi-step synthesis and alchemistic studies. Previously listed as CHEM 235. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 233 and credit or concurrent registration in CHEM 234. 
CHEM 340 Physical Chemistry for Biochemists I 3 hours. Thermodynamics of gases, solutions, reaction equilibria, and phase transitions. Credit is not given for CHEM 340 if the student has credit for CHEM 342. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MATH 181 and grade of C or better in CHEM 114; and grade of C or better in PHYS 107 or grade of C or better in PHYS 142. 
CHEM 342 Physical Chemistry I 3 hours. Thermodynamics of gases, solutions, reaction equilibria, and phase transitions.  Credit is not given for CHEM 342 if the student has credit for CHEM 340. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in MATH 181; and grade of C or better in PHYS 142; C or better in or concurrent registration in MATH 210. 
CHEM 343 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 3 hours. Experiments demonstrating principles of thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, spectroscopy and quantum mechanics in chemical systems using modern instrumentation and methods of data analysis. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 340 or grade of C or better in CHEM 342. 
CHEM 344 Physical Chemistry for Biochemists II 3 hours. Introduction to quantum mechanics and spectroscopy with applications of principles of physical chemistry to biochemical systems and macromolecules. Intended as a substitute for Chemistry 346. Credit is not given for CHEM 344 if the student has credit for CHEM 346.  Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 340 or grade of C or better in CHEM 342.
CHEM 346 Physical Chemistry II 3 hours. Kinetic and molecular theory of gases; introduction to the principles of quantum mechanics with application to model systems, multi-electron atoms, diatomic molecules, and bonding. Credit is not given for CHEM 346 if the student has credit for CHEM 344. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 342 and grade of C or better in MATH 210. 
CHEM 352 Introductory Biochemistry 3 hours. Structure and function of cellular constituents; enzymology; metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, nucleotides; molecular biology of biosynthesis of proteins and nucleic acids. Same as BIOS 352. No credit toward the biological sciences major for students completing BIOS 452 and/or BIOS 454. No credit toward the degree in biochemistry. Prerequisite(s): BIOS 100 and CHEM 232. 
CHEM 402 Chemical Information Systems 2 hours. Introduction to chemical information, including the use of databases for searching chemical information and the use of molecular modeling and related computational systems to determine calculated properties of chemical substances. Previously listed as CHEM 302. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 234 or consent of the instructor. 
CHEM 414 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 2 OR 3 hours. Introduction to the principles of inorganic chemistry. Structural and descriptive chemistry of the main-group elements. 2 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 314; and grade of C or better in CHEM 340 or grade of C or better in CHEM 342; or consent of the instructor.
CHEM 415 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 0 TO 4 hours. Advanced inorganic chemistry laboratory. Preparative methods, Schlenk techniques, dry box, Fourier-transform infra-red and UV-visible  spectroscopy, crystal growth. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 314. 
CHEM 416 Inorganic Chemistry II 3 OR 4 hours. Structural and descriptive chemistry of the transition elements. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 414. 
CHEM 421 Instrumental Analysis 4 hours. A survey of contemporary instrumentation for chemical analysis. Emphasis on fundamentals of instrumental methods with actual experience on typical equipment. Includes two weekly three-hour laboratories. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 222; and grade of C or better in CHEM 340 or grade of C or better in CHEM 342. 
CHEM 432 Advanced Organic Chemistry 2 OR 3 hours. Rigorous treatment of the principles upon which modern organic chemistry is developed. 2 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 333; and grade of C or better in CHEM 340 or grade of C or better in CHEM 342.
CHEM 444 Advanced Physical Chemistry 2 OR 3 hours. Application of quantum mechanics to molecular spectroscopy, statistical mechanics and activated complex theory. 2 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHEM 346.
CHEM 448 Statistical Thermodynamics 3 OR 4 hours. Introduction to statistical mechanics, partition functions, chemical equilibrium, ensembles, fluctuations, real gases, Einstein and Debye models of solids, magnetic materials, electrolytes, introduction to liquids. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 346. 
CHEM 452 Biochemistry I 4 hours. Chemistry of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. Same as BIOS 452. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in CHEM 234. 
CHEM 454 Biochemistry II 4 hours. Continues Chemistry 452. Carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, electron transport. Metabolism of amino acids, nucleic acids, proteins. Biosynthesis of macromolecules and regulation of macromolecular synthesis. Same as BIOS 454. Prerequisite(s): BIOS 452 or CHEM 452. 
CHEM 455 Biochemistry Laboratory 3 hours. Introduction to modern biochemistry & molecular biology research. Includes recombinant DNA techniques, protein purification, site-directed mutagenesis, polymerase chain reaction, enzyme kinetics, protein structure data analysis & molecular graphics.  Prerequisite(s): CHEM 222 and CHEM 452.  
CHEM 456 Natural Products 3 OR 4 hours. Biogenetic approach to secondary metabolites. General principles and selected studies of phenolic compounds, terpenes, alkaloids, and other interesting natural products. Same as BIOS 416. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): One year of organic chemistry. 
CHEM 458 Biotechnology and Drug Discovery 3 OR 4 hours. Molecular and gene therapy, using small molecules including antisense, aptamers, and proteins.  Structure-based drug design. Structural bioinformatics and drug discovery program. High-throughput screening. Combinatorial chemistry technology. Same as BIOS 458. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): BIOS 352 or CHEM 352; or credit or concurrent registration in BIOS 452 or credit or concurrent registration in CHEM 452; or consent of the instructor.
CHEM 470 Educational Practice with Seminar I 6 hours. The first half of a two-segment sequence of practice teaching, including seminar, to meet certification requirements for teaching in grades six through twelve. Graduate credit only with approval of the department. Prerequisite(s): Good academic standing in a teacher education program, completion of 100 clock hours of pre-student-teaching field experiences, and approval of the department. 
CHEM 471 Educational Practice with Seminar II 6 hours. The second half of a two-segment sequence of practice teaching, including seminar, to meet certification requirements for teaching in grades six through twelve. Graduate credit only with approval of the department. Prerequisite(s): Good academic standing in a teacher education program, completion of 100 clock hours of pre-student-teaching field experiences, credit or concurrent registration in CHEM 470, and approval of the department. 
CHEM 472 Teaching Methods in Chemistry 2 OR 3 hours. A course in the methods of teaching high school chemistry, including the integration of technology. 2 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): 24 semester hours of undergraduate chemistry, including two semesters of laboratory chemistry. Recommended background: ED 210.
CHEM 474 Teaching Chemistry in High Schools 1 hour. Modern ways to help beginning learners construct in their own minds an understanding of scientific concepts and scientific method. Emphasis on the concepts of chemistry. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department. 
CHEM 488 Cooperative Chemistry Practice 1 hour. Off-campus participation in a governmental or industrial training program. Credit is contingent on the submission of a final report. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. A maximum of 6 hours of CHEM 488, CHEM 492 and CHEM 499 combined may be credited toward departmental undergraduate degree course requirements. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent registration in LAS 289 or consent of the instructor. 
CHEM 492 Independent Study 1 TO 2 hours. Individual study under supervision of a faculty member in areas not covered in standard courses. Credit is contingent on the submission of a final report. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. A maximum of 6 hours of CHEM 488, CHEM 492 and CHEM 499 combined may be credited toward departmental undergraduate degree course requirements.  Prerequisite(s): 2.50 grade point average in science courses and consent of the instructor. 
CHEM 494 Special Topics in Chemistry 1 TO 4 hours. Course content is announced prior to each term in which the course is given. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department. 
CHEM 499 Supervised Research 3 hours. Individual research performed under supervision of a faculty member. Credit is contingent on the submission of a final report. Research experience is strongly encouraged for career students. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. A maximum of 6 hours of CHEM 488, CHEM 492 and CHEM 499 combined may be credited toward departmental undergraduate degree course requirements. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above, approval of the department, consent of the instructor and a grade point average of 2.50 in science courses; or graduate standing. Recommended background: Credit in CHEM 333 or CHEM 314.