Chemistry

The Math & Science Department prides itself in preparing students for careers in science-related fields. The Chemistry major can prepare students for professional programs including chemical analysis, industrial chemistry, and laboratory management. In addition, graduates may pursue research careers in the area of chemical engineering and environmental chemistry. Concordia also has a highly-respected program for those who wish to teach chemistry at the junior and senior high school levels. To be admitted to the Chemistry major, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, demonstrate competency in basic chemistry, and attain junior status.

Michael Godsey, Ph.D., Professor, mgodsey@cu-portland.edu

Thomas O. Munson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

Matthew E. Wise, Ph.D., Professor, mawise@cu-portland.edu

CHM 100      INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY      Credits: 4

An introduction to the basic chemical and mathematical concepts used in the chemistry, biology and pre-nursing programs. For students that have not successfully completed high-school level chemistry and desire to enter the chemistry, biology and pre-nursing programs. Laboratory portion included in course.

CHM 101      CHEMISTRY FOR LIFE WITH LAB      Credits: 3

This is a laboratory course designed for students with little or no background in chemistry. The course will investigate areas of everyday life in which chemistry plays an important role with a strong emphasis on applications to health care.
Prerequisites: MTH 097.

CHM 101L      CHEMISTRY FOR LIFE LAB      Credits: 0

CHM 102      PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY WITH LAB      Credits: 3

An introduction to health care related topics in the chemistry of organic molecules and the chemical reactions of living organisms.
Prerequisites: CHM 101 with a C or higher.

CHM 102L      PRIN ORGANIC AND BIOCHEM LAB      Credits: 0

CHM 211      INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I      Credits: 4

A study of atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, the periodic table, states of matter, and solutions.
Prerequisites: MTH 123 with a C or higher
Corequisites: CHM 211L.

CHM 211L      INORGANIC CHEM I LAB      Credits: 0

CHM 212      INORGANIC CHEMISTRY II      Credits: 4

A continuation of CHM 211 with a study of thermodynamics, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, acid-base equilibrium, electrochemistry, transition elements, and nuclear chemistry.
Prerequisites: CHM 211 with a C or higher
Corequisites: CHM 212L.

CHM 212L      INORGANIC CHEM II LAB      Credits: 0

CHM 288      DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR      Credit: 1

A reading and discussion course that has topics of general interest to both science majors and general audiences. Upper division credit will require greater participation. An opportunity to explore new ideas with faculty and fellow students.

CHM 321      ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY      Credits: 3

A laboratory approach to current problems in environmental chemistry. A study of the chemistry of water resources, pollution and treatment, oil spills, solid waste disposal, hazardous chemicals and pesticides, stratospheric ozone, greenhouse gases, photochemical smog, particulates, acid rain, trace metals, and nuclear waste disposal.
Prerequisites: CHM 212 with a C or higher.

CHM 321L      ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY LAB      Credits: 0

CHM 344      ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I      Credits: 4

An introduction to the chemistry of carbon compounds. Particular emphasis is given to the nomenclature, structure, properties, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis of hydrocarbons and haloalkanes. Stereoisomerism is also included in this course.
Prerequisites: CHM 212 with a C or higher.

CHM 344L      ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB      Credits: 0

CHM 345      ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II      Credits: 4

A study of IR, NMR, and UV spectroscopy. This course also includes a study of the nomenclature, structure, properties, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis of alcohols, aromatic compounds, esters, and carbonyl compounds.
Prerequisites: CHM 344 with a C or higher.

CHM 345L      ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II - LAB      Credits: 0

CHM 360      CHEMICAL QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS      Credits: 4

Introduction to chemical quantitative techniques including volumetric and gravimetric methods. Students will gain experience in experimental design, data processing and statistical methods of data analysis.
Prerequisites: CHM 212 with a C or higher.

CHM 361      INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS      Credits: 4

A study of the theory and practice of modern chemical instrumental analysis including optical spectroscopy, atomic spectroscopy, chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared spectrometry, and luminescence spectrometry.
Prerequisites: CHM 360 with a C or higher.

CHM 399E      EXPERIMENTAL COURSE-CHEMISTRY      Credit: 1

Experimental course option varies by term. Please see academic department for course description.

CHM 414      BIOCHEMISTRY I      Credits: 4

Overview of the structure and function of biomolecules with an emphasis on protein structure and protein synthesis. Cellular energy metabolism including a thorough study of enzyme kinetics, glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.
Prerequisites: CHM 345 and BIO 211 and MTH 231 with a C or higher.

CHM 414L      BIOCHEMISTRY LAB      Credits: 0

CHM 415      BIOCHEMISTRY II      Credits: 4

Detailed study of the structure and function of lipids and nucleic acids. Biochemistry of nitrogen-containing compounds including nitrogen fixation and the urea cycle. Additional topics may include integration of mammalian metabolism, physiology of metabolic diseases, bioinformatics and genomics.
Prerequisites: CHM 414 with a C or higher.

CHM 415L      BIOCHEMISTRY II - LAB      Credits: 0

CHM 421      TOXICOLOGY AND RISK ASSESSMENT      Credits: 3

Introduction to the use of toxicology and risk assessment in the management of hazardous substances. The course will explore the sources, emissions, distributions and fate of various classes of contaminants, the theory and method of toxicology and ecotoxicology, exposure analysis, and selected toxicant modes of action.
Prerequisites: CHM 321 with a C or higher
Corequisites: ENV 431.

CHM 441      PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY      Credits: 3

Atomic and molecular properties including such areas as thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, macroscopic chemical systems, and molecular spectroscopy.
Prerequisites: CHM 345 and MTH 212 with a C or higher.

CHM 442      PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I      Credits: 3

Students in the course will learn the fundamental physical principles of chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics.
Prerequisites: MTH 211 and PHY 212 and CHM 345 with a C or higher.

CHM 443      PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II      Credits: 3

The emphasis in the course will be the development of fundamental principles of quantum theory and its applications to atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy.
Prerequisites: CHM 442 and MTH 212 with a C or higher.

CHM 488      DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR      Credit: 1

A reading and discussion course that has topics of general interest to both science majors and general audiences. Upper division credit will require greater participation. An opportunity to explore new ideas with faculty and fellow students.

CHM 490      RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY      Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide the chemistry major experience with hands-on research of a topic agreed upon by the student and the department. It includes the construction of the experimental format, actual research, a written report, and an oral defense of the research before the department.
Prerequisites: CHM 492 with a C or higher, Upper division standing and Instructor Permission.

CHM 492      SENIOR THESIS PREPARATION      Credit: 1

This course is required for students planning to complete a senior thesis. The product of this course will be a thesis proposal.

CHM 493      CHEMISTRY THESIS I: LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT DESIGN      Credits: 2

The first of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the initial components of the thesis, including literature review and experimental or project design, obtain approval from Concordia's Institutional Review Board (IRB) to proceed with the proposed research or project, and begin to implement the research or project.
Prerequisites: CHM 492 with a B or higher, upper division standing, and agreement of a faculty member to serve as Faculty Supervisor for thesis project.

CHM 494      CHEMISTRY THESIS II: RESEARCH, WRITING, AND DEFENSE      Credits: 2

The second of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the final components of the thesis, including the research or project itself, data gathering and analysis, and writing and defense of the thesis. The defense of the thesis will be a public event open to faculty, staff, students, and community members.
Prerequisites: CHM 493 with a C or higher.

CHM 496      CHEMISTRY SENIOR PROJECT      Credits: 1.5-3

Supervised experience in a setting related to the student's concentration of choice. Requires a final written summary of activities by the student.
Prerequisites: Senior status as a Chemistry major.

CHM 499      CHEMISTRY TEACHING ASSISTANT      Credit: 1

An opportunity for junior or senior chemistry majors to design labs, prepare lessons, and assist in teaching chemistry courses they have completed successfully.
Prerequisites: Upper division standing and Instructor permission.