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Chemistry (CHEM)

Chemistry (CHEM)
Faculty of Arts and Science

Chemistry 0500

Introduction to Modern Chemistry
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Selected subjects in Chemistry, with emphasis on material necessary as background preparation for Chemistry 1000. This course is intended for students with little or no background in Chemistry.
Recommended Background:
One of Chemistry 20 or Science 30;
One of Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 30, Mathematics 0500, or [Applied Mathematics 30 and at least 75 percent standing in Athabasca University’s Mathematics 101]
Note:
Credit for Chemistry 0500 will not normally be granted to those with Chemistry 30 or equivalent. Students may be able to take this course for credit with permission of the Department.

Chemistry 1000

General Chemistry I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
An introduction to the discipline and essential concepts of Chemistry.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Chemistry 30 or Chemistry 0500;
One of Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 30, Mathematics 0500, or [Applied Mathematics 30 and at least 75 percent standing in Athabasca University’s Mathematics 101]
Recommended Background:
Mathematics 31;
Physics 30
Substantially Similar:
Chemistry 1110;
Chemistry 2100 (prior to 2007/2008);
Chemistry 2110 (prior to 2009/2010)

Chemistry 1110

Chemistry for Life Sciences I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
A survey of general and organic chemistry with an emphasis on the life sciences.
Recommended Background:
One of Chemistry 30 or Chemistry 0500;
One of Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 30, Mathematics 0500, or [Applied Mathematics 30 and at least 75 percent standing in Athabasca University’s Mathematics 101]
Equivalent:
Chemistry 2110 (prior to 2009/2010)
Substantially Similar:
Chemistry 1000;
Chemistry 2100 (prior to 2007/2008)
Note:
Chemistry 1110 cannot be used to meet the requirements for the major in Chemistry.

Chemistry 2000

General Chemistry II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Continuation of the introduction to the discipline and advanced concepts of Chemistry.

Chemistry 2120

Chemistry for Life Sciences II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Continued survey of organic chemistry with an emphasis on the life sciences.
Prerequisite(s):
Chemistry 1110
Substantially Similar:
Chemistry 2500;
Chemistry 2200 (prior to 2007/2008)
Note:
Chemistry 2120 cannot be used to meet the requirements for the major in Chemistry.
Students who have credit for Chemistry 1000 and are interested in completing this course should contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Chemistry 2310

Chemistry and Biochemistry in Society
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
A course designed for non-Chemistry or non-Biochemistry majors. The course will examine the history of basic chemistry and its impact on society. This will include energy, synthetic materials, pollution, consumer chemistry, drugs and other current topics of interest.
Note:
This course is intended for non-science majors and will not be counted toward the B.Sc. degree in Chemistry or the B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors will be blocked from registering in this course.

Chemistry 2320

History of Chemistry
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
An introduction to key figures and major discoveries throughout the history of chemistry. Topics include the origins of chemistry; the development of fundamental theories; the beginnings of organic chemistry; and the rise of inorganic, analytical, physical, and industrial chemistry.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Chemistry 30 or Chemistry 0500;
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)

Chemistry 2410

Analytical Chemistry I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Principles of quantitative analysis: gravimetric and volumetric analysis; acid-base, complexation and oxidation-reduction titrations; statistical treatment of data.
Recommended Background:
Mathematics 2560

Chemistry 2500

Organic Chemistry I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
An introduction to the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds. This course builds a foundation for the study of organic compounds by examining their structure, bonding, and stereochemistry. Methods of structure determination and investigations of reaction mechanism are also introduced.
Corequisite(s):
Chemistry 2000
Recommended Background:
Mathematics 2560;
Physics 1000
Substantially Similar:
Chemistry 2120;
Chemistry 2100 (prior to 2007/2008)
Note:
Some familiarity with calculus and physics is recommended.

Chemistry 2600

Organic Chemistry II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
A continuation of Chemistry 2500 with an emphasis on the transformations of organic compounds and the mechanistic processes involved.
Prerequisite(s):
Chemistry 2500
Substantially Similar:
Chemistry 2200 (prior to 2007/2008)

Chemistry 2740

Physical Chemistry
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Basic theories of thermodynamics and kinetics with applications in chemistry, biochemistry, and the life sciences. The laboratory will emphasize experimental methods of physical chemistry, data handling, and report writing.
Corequisite(s):
Physics 2000
Equivalent:
Chemistry 2720 (prior to 2007/2008);
Chemistry 2850 (Physical Chemistry I) (prior to 2007/2008)
Substantially Similar:
Chemistry 2710 (prior to 2007/2008)

Chemistry 3250

Contemporary Chemistry
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
A survey of current developments in chemistry. Current research interests and recent applications of chemistry in industry. Specific topics will be presented each week by invited speakers and staff. Student presentations; effective searching of chemical literature and databases.
Prerequisite(s):
Chemistry 2410;
Chemistry 2600;
Chemistry 2740;
Mathematics 2560;
Physics 2000;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Chemistry 3000 (General Topics in Contemporary Chemistry) (prior to 2009/2010)
Note:
Credit will only be given once for Chemistry 3250; however, Chemistry Majors are encouraged to attend seminars offered in the context of this course.

Chemistry 3410

Analytical Chemistry II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Introduction to the major instrumental methods of analytical chemistry; atomic and molecular spectrophotometry; gas and liquid chromatography.
Corequisite(s):
Chemistry 2740
Recommended Background:
Chemistry 3730

Chemistry 3730

Advanced Physical Chemistry
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Principles of quantum mechanics and applications in chemistry; applications to molecular structure and spectroscopy. The computational laboratory includes both a computer algebra module in support of the theoretical developments and an introduction to ab initio quantum chemical calculations.
Corequisite(s):
Chemistry 2740

Chemistry 3830

Inorganic Chemistry I
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-4-0
Basic concepts of inorganic chemistry; bonding and symmetry; chemistry of the elements with an emphasis on main group elements and their inorganic and organometallic compounds. Laboratory experiments illustrate the lecture topics with an emphasis on chemical synthesis and characterization.
Substantially Similar:
Chemistry 3810 (prior to 2007/2008)

Chemistry 3840

Inorganic Chemistry II
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-4-0
Chemistry of the elements with an emphasis on transition metals and their inorganic and organometallic compounds. Laboratory experiments illustrate the lecture topics with an emphasis on chemical synthesis and characterization.
Prerequisite(s):
Chemistry 3830
Substantially Similar:
Chemistry 3820 (prior to 2007/2008)

Chemistry 4000

Advanced Chemistry (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0 or 3-3-0
In each offering, an area of chemistry will be explored in depth. Examples include solid-state chemistry, crystallography polymer chemistry, mathematical modelling, electroanalytical chemistry, practical spectroscopy, advanced NMR spectroscopy, and applications of group theory in chemistry.
Prerequisite(s):
Chemistry 2600;
Chemistry 2740;
Mathematics 2560;
Physics 2000;
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Chemistry 3420 (Electroanalytical Chemistry) (prior to 2007/2008) is equivalent to the same offering in the Chemistry 4000 Series;
Chemistry 3510 (Practical Spectroscopy) (prior to 2007/2008) is equivalent to the same offering in the Chemistry 4000 Series;
Chemistry 3550 (Organic Chemistry III) (prior to 2007/2008) is equivalent to the same offering in the Chemistry 4000 Series;
Chemistry 3710 (Physical Chemistry II) (prior to 2007/2008) is equivalent to the same offering in the Chemistry 4000 Series

Chemistry 4995

Undergraduate Thesis
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: Variable
This is a research-oriented course in which students will conduct an original research project, report orally on the work, and submit a final report in the form of an undergraduate thesis. The thesis, which will normally be submitted in both print and electronic forms, will be made publicly available. Students will define a research plan in consultation with their Thesis Supervisor.
Prerequisite(s):
Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours);
A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher;
At least 10 courses completed in the Chemistry major
Corequisite(s):
Chemistry 3250
Note:
Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as a considerable amount of independent work.
Faculty regulations require extensive preparatory work prior to registration, including the submission of a thesis proposal. Students interested in the undergraduate thesis option should therefore discuss the matter with potential supervisors at least several weeks prior to the registration deadline.
See Part 7 - Arts and Science, Sections 5.c. (p. 98), 6.c. (p. 100), and 7.c. (p. 101).