College of Science and Mathematics

College of Science and Mathematics
2009-2011 College of Science and Mathematics Catalog

SCM 350 The Global Environment (4) GE Area F

Interdisciplinary investigation of how human activities impact the Earth's environment on a global scale. Examination of population, resource use, climate change, and biodiversity from scientific/technical and social/economic/ historical/political perspectives. Use of remote sensing maps. Sustainable solutions. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B. Crosslisted as AG/BUS/EDES/ENGR/HUM/SCM/UNIV 350. Fulfills GE Area F.

SCM 335 Nuclear Science and Society (4) GE Area F
Impact of nuclear phenomena on energy production, warfare, health and medicine, and the environment. Scientific and public policy aspects of reactor design, nuclear accidents, disposal of radioactive waste, nuclear medicine, food irradiation, nuclear weapons, and fusion as potential energy source. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B. Fulfills GE Area F.

Earth and Soil Sciences Department
2009-2011 Earth and Soil Sciences Department Catalog

SS 423 Soil and Water Chemistry (5)

Chemical processes governing weathering, soil mineral formation and stability, common solubility equilibria. Use of chemical principles to explain surface chemical properties of soils and environmental problems in water and soil chemical systems. Preparation of professional quality reports based on laboratory data and library research. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory, 1 activity. Prerequisite: SS 223, SS 345, CHEM 129, CHEM 212/312, or CHEM 216/316, MATH 118 or MATH 141.

SS 432 Soil Physics (5)
Matter and energy in soils, with emphasis on properties and behavior of solids, water, air, and heat. Applications to agriculture, forestry, range management, engineering, and environmental sciences. Preparation of professional reports based on laboratory data and library research. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory, 1 activity. Prerequisite: SS 121, SS 345, PHYS 121 or PHYS 131, CHEM 129, MATH 118 or MATH 141, or consent of instructor. 

Biological Sciences Department
2009-2011 Biological Sciences Department Catalog

MCRO 433 Microbial Biotechnology (3)

Principles and methods used for production of enzymes, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and food additives using micro-organisms. Topics include screening and strain improvement, regulation of metabolite production, genetic engineering, heterologous gene expression systems, large-scale production, and intellectual property. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: MCRO 221 or MCRO 224, and BIO 303, BIO 351 or equivalent, and CHEM 312, CHEM 316 or equivalent.

MCRO 436 Environmental Microbiology (4)
Ecology and interactions of microorganisms in natural environments. Fundamentals of microbial ecology, microbes and ecosystem function, and practical aspects of microbes in the environment: nutrient cycling, extreme environments, symbioses, bioremediation, biocontrol, biofuels. 2 lectures, 2 activities. Prerequisite: BIO 160 and BIO 161, or MCRO 221, or MCRO 224.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
2009-2011 Chemistry & Biochemistry Department Catalog

CHEM 341 Environmental Chemistry: Water Pollution (3)
Chemical aspects of water and water pollution: alkalinity; acid deposition, particularly relating to lake and stream acidification and forest decline; drinking water treatment and THMs; wastewater treatment; detergents, builders, and eutrophication; pesticides; other toxic organic compounds such as PCBs and dioxin; hazardous wastes; toxic elements such as Pb, Hg, Sn, Cd, and Se. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 129 and CHEM 212/312 or CHEM 216/316.

CHEM 342 Environmental Chemistry: Air Pollution (3)
Chemical aspects of the atmosphere and air pollution: greenhouse effect and global climate change; CFCs, the ozone layer, and the ozone hole; carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and photochemical smog, particulate matter; radon, asbestos, indoor air pollution; sulfur oxides and acid deposition, particularly relating to atmospheric reactions and control options. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 129 and CHEM 212/312 or CHEM 216/316.

CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry I (5)
Structure, bonding, nomenclature, isomerism, stereochemistry and physical properties of organic compounds. Introduction to spectroscopy. Reactions and mechanisms of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, cycloalkanes and aromatic compounds. Laboratory techniques in organic preparations. 4 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 125 or CHEM 128.

CHEM 317 Organic Chemistry II (5)
Reactions and reaction mechanisms of organic halides, alcohols, phenols, epoxides, ethers, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, aldehydes, ketones; acidity and basicity; infrared and NMR spectroscopy. 3 lectures, 2 laboratories. Prerequisite: CHEM 216/316.

CHEM 318 Organic Chemistry III (3)
Chemistry of amines, aromatic compounds, heterocycles, macromolecules, some biomolecules, carbanions, rearrangement and ultraviolet and mass spectrometry. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 217/317.

CHEM 319 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
Practice in multiple step organic synthesis, column chromatography, vacuum distillation, enzymes as chemical reagents, inert atmosphere techniques, introduction to FT NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, survey of organic chemical literature. 2 laboratories. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in CHEM 218/318.

CHEM 481 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
A systematic study of chemical and physical properties of inorganic compounds based on periodic groupings with emphasis on chemical bonding and structure. Topics will include coordination chemistry and kinetics, organometallic chemistry, advanced acid-base relationships and bonding theories plus other selected topics. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 352, and CHEM 231/331 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 544 Polymer Physical Chemistry and Analysis (3)
Physical properties of polymers and coatings and their measurement; molecular weight averages, glass transition, thermodynamics of polymers, viscoelastic properties, rheology; molecular weight determination, thermal analysis, spectroscopic analysis, mechanical testing, atomic force microscopy. Special individual project. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 444. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: CHEM 212/312 or CHEM 216/316 or equivalent; CHEM 351 or equivalent.