Course Topics

CHEM 151: Chemical Principles I

General course intended primarily for students concentrating in the science area. Algebra skills are assumed.

CHEM 241: Organic Chemistry I

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.

CHEM 242: Organic Chemistry II

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 multi-step organic syntheses. Three lectures per week, one three-hour lab per week.

CHEM 379: Inorganic Synthesis Lab

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.

CHEM 472: Inorganic Chemistry: Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry

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

CHEM 475: Advanced Topics In Chemistry

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

HONR 130: Scholars Colloquium

This is a discussion-based course that provides small-group discussions of readings, local or national current events or issues, and cultural and intellectual events available on campus. These events may include lectures (by Luther faculty members and visiting scholars and dignitaries), concerts (ranging from classical to jazz to contemporary), theater and dance performances, films, poetry readings, and art shows.