Chemistry (CHEM) Courses

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CHEM 100 Chemistry and Society (3) Introductory lecture on chemistry for non-science majors. A basic principles course designed for students in the humanities and social sciences. Current issues and the factors affecting them are presented from a simplified chemical viewpoint. Not repeatable for credit. Previously offered as CHEM 111. (Attributes: ALEX)

CHEM 100L Chemistry and Society Lab (1) (lab) Laboratory principles and techniques presented from the non- science major viewpoint. When possible, experiments will involve everyday phenomena. Not repeatable for credit. Previously offered as CHEM 111L

CHEM 141 Surv Organ Chem & Biochem (3) Brief introduction to organic chemistry and selected topics in biochemistry.

CHEM 151 Elementary Survey of Chemistry (3) Introduction to basic chemical principles. Pre: competence in high school algebra as demonstrated by (a) the math placement test or (b) the first 20 questions of the ACS chemistry placement exam. (Both exams are offered at UH Hilo). Previously offered as CHEM 114

CHEM 151L Elementary Survey of Chem Lab (1) (lab) Introduction to basic chemical laboratory principles and techniques. Pre: concurrent registration in CHEM 151 required. Previously offered as CHEM 114L

CHEM 161 General Chemistry I (3) A mathematically rigorous introduction to chemistry designed for majors in the natural sciences. Topics covered include measurement and problem solving, structure of atoms, molecules, and compounds; chemical equations, chemical quantities and aqueous reactions; behavior of gases; thermochemistry; quantum-mechanical model of the atom; periodic property of the elements; chemical bonding. Pre: Passing score on the chemistry placement exam. Previously Offered as CHEM 124

CHEM 161L General Chemistry I Lab (1) (lab) Experiments illustrating the fundamental principles and techniques of chemistry. Pre: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 161 or prior credit for CHEM 161. Previously offered as CHEM 124L

CHEM 162 General Chemistry II (3) A mathematically rigorous continuation of CHEM 161. Topics covered include liquids, solids and intermolecular forces; properties of solutions; chemical kinetics and equilibrium; acids and bases; aqueous ionic equilibrium; free energy and thermodynamics; electrochemistry. Pre: a grade of "C" (not "C-") or better in CHEM 161. Previously offered as CHEM 125

CHEM 162L General Chemistry II Lab (1) (lab) Experiments illustrating the fundamental principles and techniques of chemistry. Pre: concurrent enrollment in CHEM 162 or prior credit in CHEM 162. Previously offered as CHEM 125L

CHEM 241 Organic Chem I (3) The study of carbon compounds. Topics include molecular structure, stereochemistry, molecular spectroscopy, reactions and methods of preparation of principal classes of organic compounds. Reaction mechanisms. Pre: CHEM 162 and 162L or instructor's consent.

CHEM 241L Organic Chem I Lab (1) (lab) Techniques of organic chemistry, including synthesis and qualitative analysis. Applications include spectroscopy and chromatography. Pre: CHEM 241 which may be taken concurrently.

CHEM 242 Organic Chem II (3) The study of carbon compounds. Topics include molecular structure, stereochemistry, molecular spectroscopy, reactions and methods of preparation of principal classes of organic compounds. Reaction mechanisms. Pre: CHEM 241 and 241L or instructor's consent.

CHEM 242L Organic Chem II Lab (1) (lab) Techniques of organic chemistry, including synthesis and qualitative analysis. Applications include spectroscopy and chromatography. Pre: CHEM 242 which may be taken concurrently.

CHEM 274 Principles of Analytical Chem (3) Principles of data analysis and calibration of electroanalytical, spectroscopic, chromatographic, gravimetric, and volumetric methods. Pre: C or better in CHEM 162 and 162L.

CHEM 274L Princ Analytical Chem Lab (2) (lab) Principles of data analysis and calibration of electroanalytical, spectroscopic, chromatographic, gravimetric, and volumetric methods. Pre: C or better in CHEM 162L.

CHEM 320 Descriptive Inorganic Chem (3) The classification of inorganic compounds, their properties and fundamental theories. This course is followed by CHEM 421. Pre: CHEM 161 and 162.

CHEM 341 Qualitative Org Analysis (2) Identification and characterization of organic compounds and mixtures by chemical and spectroscopic techniques. Pre: CHEM 242 and 242L or instructor's consent.

CHEM 341L Qualitative Org Ana Lab (2) (lab) Identification and characterization of organic compounds and mixtures by chemical and spectroscopic techniques. Pre: CHEM 242 and 242L or instructor's consent.

CHEM 350 Phys Chem for Life Sci (3) Principles and theories of Physical Chemistry as applied to the life sciences. For chemistry majors and other natural science majors. Pre: CHEM 242, MATH 205 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 350L Phys Chem for Life Sci Lab (2) (lab) Laboratory techniques in Physical Chemistry with emphasis in the life sciences. Pre: CHEM 162L and CHEM 350 which may be taken concurrently.

CHEM 351 Physical Chemistry I (3) Principles and theories of physical chemistry at the macroscopic level such as thermodynamics, equilibria, states of matter and kinetic and molecular theory. For chemistry majors and other physical science majors. May be taken before or after CHEM 352. Pre: CHEM 242, MATH 231, PHYS 170.

CHEM 351L Physical Chem I Lab (1) (lab) Laboratory techniques in physical chemistry at macroscopic level. Pre: CHEM 351, which may be taken concurrently.

CHEM 352 Physical Chemistry II (3) Principles and theories of physical chemistry at the microscopic level such as kinetics and quantum mechanics; intended primarily for chemistry majors. May be taken before or after CHEM 351. Pre: CHEM 242, PHYS 272, MATH 231.

CHEM 352L Physical Chem II Lab (1) (lab) Laboratory techniques in physical chemistry at the microscopic level. Pre: CHEM 352, which may be taken concurrently.

CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry (3) Will include the use of chemical concepts and principles to explore and understand the environment. Natural and anthropogenic aspects of environmental chemistry will be addressed including chemical cycles and systems, pollution, 'green chemistry', and how chemical events can affect local and global processes. Pre: CHEM 162 with C or better grade.

CHEM 415 Chemistry of Biotechnology (3) This course will focus on the fundamentals of biotechnology beginning with the history and foundation of the field followed by detailed chemical and biochemical basis of well established applications of biotechnology in agriculture and the manufacture of pharmaceuticals. Pre: BIOL 410.

CHEM 415L Biotechnology Laboratory (2) (lab) Students will systematically develop skills and understanding of the basic laboratory methods used by biotechnologists. Students will gain experience in biological separation methods, enzyme and protein assays, recombinant DNA techniques, and growth of bacteria and mammalian cells. Pre or coreq: CHEM 415.

CHEM 421 Inter Inorganic Chem (3) The classification of inorganic compounds, description and fundamental theories. Course includes molecular orbital consideration. Pre: CHEM 352, which may be taken concurrently. Recommended: MATH 206.

CHEM 431 Instrumental Analysis (2) Introductory instrumental analysis for chemistry majors but recommended for other natural science majors. Pre: CHEM 274 with C or better grade, or instructor's consent.

CHEM 431L Instrumental Analysis Lab (2) (lab) Introductory instrumental analysis for chemistry majors but recommended for other natural science majors. Pre: CHEM 274L with C or better grade or instructor's consent.

CHEM 441 Inter Organic Chem (3) The study of more advanced topics in organic chemistry, such as physical organic chemistry, natural products, advanced synthesis, macromolecules, and molecular spectroscopy. Pre: CHEM 242.

CHEM 451 Inter Physical Chem (3) Advanced topics in Physical Chemistry such as chemical kinetics, molecular spectroscopy, electrochemistry, thermodynamics and statistical thermodynamics, surface chemistry, and crystallography. Pre: CHEM 352 or instructor's consent.

CHEM 487 Environmental Toxicology (3) Biochemical basis for toxicity. Chemical distribution and fate in the body; molecular mechanisms and effects of toxic action. Emphasis on environmental toxicants. Pre: upper-division courses in biochemistry and physiology or instructor's consent.

CHEM 495A Seminar (1) (other) Seminar presentations of topics in the physical sciences by faculty, enrolled students and invited speakers. Must be taken CR/NC. Pre: senior standing or instructor's consent. (Same as ASTR 495A, PHYS 495A, GEOL 495A, and MATH 495A)

CHEM 495B Seminar (1) (other) Seminar presentations of topics in the physical sciences by faculty, enrolled students and invited speakers. Students are required to take course for a letter grade. Pre: senior standing or instructor's consent. (Same as ASTR 495B, PHYS 495B, GEOL 495B, and MATH 495B)


CHEM x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

CHEM x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.