Chemistry Courses

CHEM 114 The Environment: A Chemical Perspective

4 hours

A study of the environment with emphasis on the relationship between technology and our surroundings. Laboratory work may include field studies in the surrounding area. The course is designed for non-science students with little or no science background. No prerequisite. Students who earn credit for 114 may not earn credit for 116. (NWL)

CHEM 116 Chemistry and Crime

4 hours

An introductory course in forensic chemistry. Designed to acquaint nonscience students with the chemical principles involved in the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of data from crime scenes. Laboratory work will include the preparation and analysis of fingerprints, explosive residues, and simulated human biological samples. No previous background in science or mathematics is required. No prerequisite. Students who earn credit for 116 may not earn credit for 114. (NWL)

CHEM 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics

Credit arr.

CHEM 141 Essentials of Chemistry

4 hours

A one-semester general chemistry class for students who require or wish to take just one semester of college chemistry with a laboratory component. Topics will be chosen from the Chemical Principles sequence (CHEM 151-152), and laboratories will introduce students to basic chemistry lab skills and techniques. This course is not intended for students going on in chemistry or biology. No prerequisite but algebra skills are assumed. Students who earn credit for 141 may not earn credit for 114, 116, 151 or 152. (NWL, Quant)

CHEM 151, 152 Chemical Principles I, II

4, 4 hours

General course intended primarily for students concentrating in the science area. Algebra skills are assumed. No prerequisite for CHEM 151. Prerequisite for CHEM 152: CHEM 151. Students who earn credit for 151 may not earn credit for 114, 116 or 141. (NWL, Quant)

CHEM 185 First-Year Seminar

4 hours

A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.

CHEM 201 Advanced Chemical Principles

4 hours

A faster paced introduction to chemistry than CHEM 151 and 152. Material from both CHEM 151 and 152 will be included, but basic chemical knowledge and competence in algebra will be assumed. Lab will emphasize an introduction to several instruments and to data-handling with spreadsheets. Prerequisites: a good high school chemistry course and testing into at least MATH 151 on mathematics placement test. In order to have a full year of chemistry as required by many professional schools, students must take CHEM 202 in addition to this course. Students who earn credit for 201 may not earn credit for 114 or 116. (NWL, Quant)

CHEM 202 Analytical Chemistry

4 hours

An introduction to quantitative analysis. The course provides a detailed examination of equilibrium chemistry and its application to gravimetry and titrimetry. The theory and practice of chromatographic separations and spectroscopic detection are introduced. Prerequisite: CHEM 152 or 201. (NWL)

CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I

4 hour

The first of a two-course sequence that examines the structure and reactivity of compounds containing carbon. Topics include bonding, nomenclature, conformations, stereochemistry, and organic acid/base chemistry. An introduction to reaction mechanism and reaction pathways is achieved through the study of the reactivity of aliphatic hydrocarbons. Spectroscopic identification of organic molecules by IR and NMR spectroscopy is also examined in detail. Three lectures per week, one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 152 or 201. (NWL)

CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II

4 hours

The second of a two-course sequence that examines the structure and reactivity of compounds containing carbon. Topics include the reactivity of aromatic hydrocarbons and molecules containing the carbonyl functional group; parallels between the behavior of these compounds and biomolecules are illustrated. Emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms and the design of multistep organic syntheses. Three lectures per week, one three-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 241.

CHEM 285/295 Directed Study

2, 4 hours

An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. CHEM 285 can be taken only during January Term, CHEM 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

CHEM 301 Biochemistry I

4 hours

An introduction to the chemistry of the four major classes of biological molecules: proteins, sugars, lipids, and nucleic acids. The relationship between the functional roles of these molecules and their structure and reactivity will be examined using the chemical principles mastered in the prerequisite courses of general chemistry and the first semester of organic. This course will fulfill the one-semester biochemistry prerequisite of typical health professional programs. Prerequisite: CHEM 241.

CHEM 344 Instrumental Methods: Spectroscopic Techniques

2 hours

A detailed look at the instrumentation and applications of optical spectroscopy associated with chemical analyses. Topics will include molecular and atomic absorption, fluorescence, NMR, and IR spectrometries, as well as selected advanced spectroscopic techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 241.

CHEM 345 Instrumental Methods: Separations and Electrochemistry

2 hours

A detailed look at methods of separation and electroanalytical techniques including GC, HPLC, MS, SFC, potentiometry, amperometry, and voltammetry. Prerequisite: CHEM 202 and 241 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 349 Biochemistry Laboratory

2 hours

A laboratory introduction to the isolation and analysis of biological molecules. Techniques employed will include cell culture, protein purification, use of fluorescent tags, and immunochemical methods of analysis. Prerequisites: CHEM 241 and one of the following: CHEM 301, BIO 243, 248, 363, or 364; CHEM 202 and 365 recommended.

CHEM 351 Chemical Kinetics

2 hours

An introduction to the area of chemistry involving the rates at which chemical reactions occur. Topics will include classical kinetics, kinetics of fast reactions, and enzyme kinetics. Prerequisites: CHEM 152 or CHEM 201; MATH 152.

CHEM 361 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

4 hours

An introduction to the formalism of quantum mechanics through the core quantum mechanical models of the particle in the box, the harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotor, and the hydrogen atom. Applications of these models are then made to describe various types of spectroscopy used to study chemical systems. Prerequisites: MATH 152, PHYS 181, 182 (or PHYS 151, 152), or consent of instructor.

CHEM 362 Thermodynamics

2 hours

Mathematical treatment of the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and how those laws govern chemical and physical changes. Prerequisites: CHEM 152 or 201, MATH 152, PHYS 181, 182 (or PHYS 151, 152).

CHEM 365 Spectroscopy and Separations Lab

2 hours

A laboratory introduction to various types of spectroscopy and separation techniques and how they are used in the chemistry laboratory. Techniques will include UV/VIS, IR, fluorescence, and NMR spectroscopy, and liquid and gas phase chromatography. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, 242. (W)

CHEM 366 Thermodynamics and Kinetics Lab

2 hours

A laboratory introduction to the study of the energetics and rates of chemical reactions. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, 242.

CHEM 379 Inorganic Synthesis Lab

2 hours

A laboratory introduction to the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Syntheses will include coordination and organometallic compounds of both historical and contemporary interest. Techniques will include inert atmosphere manipulations. Offered alternate years. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, 242; CHEM 365 recommended.

CHEM 389 Directed Research

1, 2, or 4 hours

Directed research involves students in research projects conducted under supervision of department faculty. Recommended for students who expect to attend graduate school in chemistry. With the approval of the department, students may register for more than one semester (cumulative total may not exceed four semester hours). Prerequisites: 16 hours of chemistry, approval of the research director and the department head.

CHEM 395 Independent Study

1, 2, or 4 hours

CHEM 472 Inorganic Chemistry: Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry

2 hours

An advanced course including properties and reactions of coordination compounds, and organometallic compounds. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: CHEM 241.

CHEM 473 Inorganic Chemistry: Solid State and Bioinorganic Chemistry

2 hours

An advanced course covering the solid state and bioinorganic chemistry. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: CHEM 361.

CHEM 474 Physical Inorganic Chemistry

2 hours

An introduction to the use of symmetry for qualitative predictions of energy levels, molecular orbitals, and spectra of molecules. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: CHEM 361.

CHEM 475 Advanced Topics In Chemistry

2 hours

Faculty will select an advanced topic of interest to students. Examples include: Advanced NMR Spectrometry, Environmental Chemistry, and Molecular Modeling. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: CHEM 361.

CHEM 490 Senior Project

2 hours

Each student will write a research paper reporting the results and significance of the project completed to satisfy the CHEM 490L requirement. In addition, the seminar meets weekly for lectures and discussions led by students, faculty, and visiting scholars. Students who have not completed the prerequisites before the fall semester of their senior year must complete the prerequisites and register for this course in January. Prerequisites: CHEM 365 and 4 additional hours of chemistry numbered above 300.

CHEM 490L Senior Project Lab

2 hours

A semester-long laboratory experience in which students work as a group (minimum of 6 hours per week) on a project defined by the chemistry faculty. This course requirement for majors may be waived for students who have an approved summer research experience in chemistry or a related area, or who have done research in chemistry or a related area at Luther for the equivalent of 2 semester hours. The course is graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 365. (R)

CHEM 493 Senior Honors Project

4 hours

A yearlong independent research project. Applications are completed on the Honors Program form available at the registrar's office, requiring the signatures of a faculty supervisor, the department head, the honors program director, and the registrar. Interdisciplinary projects require the signatures of two faculty supervisors. The project must be completed by the due date for senior projects. The completed project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the faculty supervisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from outside the major department. All projects must be presented publicly. Only projects awarded an "A-" or "A" qualify for "department honors" designation. The honors project fulfills the all-college senior project requirement.