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The following courses are offered through the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course offerings vary from year to year. Check Generate a Timetable for available course offerings.

CHEM 112  (4)  Chemistry Fundamentals II (Ends Sep 2017)

Course material is very similar to that of CHEM 122, but with an extra hour of lecture. Not recommended for students with Chemistry 12. CHEM 112 may not be offered every year. Students requiring first-year Chemistry should register in CHEM 122 during the second semester. Credit will only be granted for one of CHEM 122 or CHEM 112. (5:0:3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 111 or CHEM 121 (with permission of instructor).

CHEM 140  (4)  Chemistry Fundamentals I (Ends Feb 2018)

Chemistry Fundamentals I includes an examination of atomic structure and periodicity, chemical bonding theories, molecular geometry, and the properties of gases, liquids and solids. An introduction to organic structures, functional groups and reactions is included. Related laboratory work includes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. CHEM 140 was formerly called CHEM 122; credit will not be granted for both courses. Credit will only be granted for one of CHEM 150 or CHEM 140. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C+" in either Chemistry 11 or Chemistry 12, or equivalent, and min. "C+" in one of Principles of Mathematics 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, Pre-calculus 12, or MATH 152. Chemistry 12 is recommended.

CHEM 140  (4)  Chemistry Fundamentals I (Effective Mar 2018)

This course examines atomic structure and periodicity, chemical bonding theories, molecular geometry, with an emphasis on material properties. An introduction to organic molecules, functional groups and properties of polymers is included. The laboratory sessions focus on qualitative and quantitative analysis. CHEM 140 was formerly called CHEM 122; credit will not be granted for both courses. Credit will only be granted for one of CHEM 150 or CHEM 140. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C+" in either Chemistry 11 or Chemistry 12, or equivalent, and min. "C+" in one of Foundations of Mathematics 12, Pre-calculus 12, or MATH 152. Chemistry 12 and Pre-Calculus 12 are recommended.

CHEM 141  (4)  Chemistry Fundamentals II

A continuation of first year chemistry. CHEM 141 is designed for students who do not meet the Chemistry 12 pre-requisite for CHEM 142. It shares the same lecture topics, laboratories, and final examination as CHEM 142 but it includes an extra hour of lecture instruction per week. CHEM 141 was formerly called CHEM 111; credit will not be granted for both courses. Credit will only be granted for one of CHEM 142 or CHEM 141. (5:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 140.

CHEM 142  (4)  Chemistry Fundamentals II (Ends Feb 2018)

A continuation of first year chemistry covering stoichiometry, thermochemistry, properties of solutions, kinetics, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Laboratory work includes inorganic systems, quantitative techniques, and problem solving. Open only to students who have a Chemistry 12 background. CHEM 142 was formerly called CHEM 121; credit will not be granted for both courses. Credit will only be granted for one of CHEM 141 or CHEM 142. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C+" in either Chemistry 12 or equivalent, and min. "C-" in either CHEM 140 or CHEM 150.

CHEM 142  (4)  Chemistry Fundamentals II (Effective Mar 2018)

This course examines stoichiometry, thermochemistry, properties of gases, kinetics, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry with an emphasis on the environment. Laboratory sessions focus on quantitative and qualitative skills. Open only to students who have a Chemistry 12 background. CHEM 142 was formerly called CHEM 121; credit will not be granted for both courses. Credit will only be granted for one of CHEM 141 or CHEM 142. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C+" in either Chemistry 12 or equivalent, and min. "C-" in either CHEM 140 or CHEM 150.

CHEM 142A  (3)  Chemistry Fundamentals II for Engineers

Topics include stoichiometry, thermochemistry, properties of solutions, kinetics, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. NOTE: This course has no laboratory component and cannot be used as a prerequisite for second year CHEM courses. CHEM 142A combined with CHEM 142L is equivalent to CHEM 142. (4:0:0)

Prerequisite: Min. "C+" in either Chemistry 12 or equivalent, and min. "C-" in either CHEM 140 or CHEM 150.

CHEM 142L  (1)  Chemistry Fundamentals II Lab

This course is the laboratory associated with CHEM 142. The laboratory work includes inorganic systems, quantitative techniques, and problem solving. Note: CHEM 142A combined with CHEM 142L is equivalent to CHEM 142. (0:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C+" in either Chemistry 12 or equivalent, and min. "C-" in either CHEM 140 or CHEM 150. CHEM 142A (may be taken concurrently).

CHEM 150  (4)  Engineering Chemistry

A survey of general first year chemistry. Topics include thermochemistry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, solutions and phase equilibria, equilibrium, chemical thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Credit will only be granted for one of CHEM 121 or CHEM 150. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C+" in Chemistry 12 and min. "C+" in one of Pre-calculus 12, Principles of Mathematics 12, MATH 152, or equivalent.

CHEM 213  (3)  Practical Spectroscopy

An introduction to the theory and application of infrared, UV-visible mass and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy with emphasis on organic compounds and computer simulation (NMR). (3:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 231.

CHEM 221  (3)  Introduction to Physical Chemistry (Ends May 2018)

An introduction to the fundamentals of chemical thermodynamics, including internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy as they apply to physical and chemical equilibria. Topics also include chemical kinetics including rate laws, integrated rate laws, and common mechanisms for gas/solution phase reactions. The laboratory emphasizes fundamental measurements in physical chemistry. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: MATH 101 or MATH 122; and min. "C-" in CHEM 141 or CHEM 142. (Min. "C" in CHEM 141 is strongly recommended.)

CHEM 222  (3)  Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry (Ends Feb 2018)

An introduction to descriptive inorganic chemistry of transition metal elements; relationships between atomic periodicity, bonding, and chemical properties. Related laboratory studies emphasize the synthesis and properties of representative transition metal compounds. (3:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 141 or CHEM 142.

CHEM 222  (3)  Inorganic Chemistry (Effective Mar 2018)

An introduction to the properties of main group and transition metal compounds. Topics include electronic and molecular structure of inorganic compounds; periodic trends; acid/base and redox properties; molecular symmetry and group theory; and an introduction to coordination compounds. (3:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in one of CHEM 141, CHEM 142 or CHEM 150.

CHEM 231  (3)  Organic Chemistry I (Ends Feb 2018)

A study of the fundamentals of organic structure, nomenclature, properties, preparations and reactions of the common classes of aliphatic and aromatic compounds, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and related laboratory work. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 141 or CHEM 142.

CHEM 231  (3)  Organic Chemistry I (Effective Mar 2018)

This course examines carbon-containing compounds, which are ubiquitous in everyday life, through the study of their structure and function (acid/base, stereochemistry, aromaticity), IR and NMR spectroscopy, and an introduction to chemical reactions. The course includes green chemistry principles and more environmentally-benign alternatives to traditional methods. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in either CHEM 141 or CHEM 142.

CHEM 232  (3)  Organic Chemistry II (Ends Sep 2017)

A study of the properties, preparations, and reactions of aromatic and carbonyl compounds, and related laboratory work. An emphasis is placed on concepts and reaction mechanisms. Also included are an introduction to nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, organic synthesis, green chemistry, and the organic chemistry of bio-molecules. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 231.

CHEM 232  (3)  Organic Chemistry II (Ends Feb 2018)

A continuation of CHEM 231. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 231.

CHEM 232  (3)  Organic Chemistry II (Effective Mar 2018)

This course continues the examination of carbon-containing compounds from CHEM 231. It focusses on the reactivity of functional groups, their preparation and inter-conversion, with applications to bio-molecular chemistry and organic synthesis. The course includes green chemistry principles and more environmentally-benign alternatives to traditional methods. (4:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 231.

CHEM 241  (3)  Physical Chemistry

An introduction to the fundamentals of chemical thermodynamics, including internal energy, enthalpy, entropy and free energy as they apply to physical and chemical equilibria. Topics also include chemical kinetics including rate laws, integrated rate laws, and common mechanisms for gas/solution phase reactions. The laboratory emphasizes fundamental measurements in physical chemistry. CHEM 241 was formerly called CHEM 221; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:3)

Prerequisite: MATH 101 or MATH 122, and min "C-" in one of CHEM 141, CHEM 142, or CHEM 150.

CHEM 300  (3)  Seventeen Molecules that Changed the World (Ends Feb 2018)

Introduces non-science students to the fascinating world of scientific discovery through 17 groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. The course provides a novel perspective on the contemporary world and speculates on impacts of hydrogen fuel cells, nanotechnology, and biomimickery. Ineligible for Chemistry Degree chemistry course requirements. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing.

CHEM 300  (3)  Green Chemistry and Toxicology (Effective Mar 2018)

This course will introduce the principles of chemical toxicology and green chemistry, culminating in the study of real-world case studies. Students will conduct human health risk assessments, analyze for environmental toxicity, and compare the toxicological consequences and environmental impacts of traditional and green chemistry practices. (3:1:0)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing with a min. "C-" in CHEM 231.

CHEM 301  (3)  Aqueous Environmental Chemistry

An introduction to the properties and chemical composition of natural waters with an emphasis on chemical equilibria in controlling solubility and gas exchange. The role of pH, redox, complexation, and ion-exchange on chemical speciation, distribution, and remediation will be examined. Topics include acid mine drainage, wastewater treatment, and water purification technologies. (3:1:0)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 141 or CHEM 142. (Min "C" in CHEM 141 is strongly recommended.) CHEM 221 and CHEM 222 are recommended.

CHEM 302  (3)  Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry

An introduction to the structure, composition, and chemical processes occurring in the Earth's atmosphere with an emphasis on the application of kinetics to gas phase reactions. The fate, distribution, and abatement of atmospheric contaminants will be examined. Topics include acid rain, photochemical smog, stratospheric ozone depletion, and greenhouse gases. (3:1:0)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 141 or CHEM 142. (Min "C" in CHEM 141 is strongly recommended.) CHEM 221 is recommended.

CHEM 311  (3)  Environmental Chemical Analysis

An introduction to quantitative chemical analysis of water, sediments, and biological samples. Additional topics include environmental sampling, quality control, and the application of statistics in a laboratory setting. Labs include the analysis dissolved gases, nutrient ions, metals, and organic contaminants by volumetric, electrochemical, spectroscopic, and chromatographic methods. (3:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 141 or CHEM 142. (Min "C" in CHEM 141 is strongly recommended.) CHEM 221 is recommended.

CHEM 312  (3)  Principles of Instrumental Analysis (Ends Sep 2017)

An examination of the theory and principles of quantitative instrumental methods. Topics include classical and current analytical methods, including chromatography, electrochemistry, and mass spectrometry. The lab will expose students to method development in the analysis of air, water, and sediments with an emphasis on instrument design, calibration, and data evaluation. (3:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 211 or CHEM 311.

CHEM 312  (3)  Principles of Instrumental Analysis (Effective Sep 2017)

An examination of the theory and principles of chemical analysis. Topics include classical and current analytical methods, with an emphasis on instrumental techniques. (3:0:3)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 311.

CHEM 321  (3)  Applications of Physical Chemistry

A systematic review of fundamental physical chemistry concepts with applications to natural systems and the life sciences. Topics include colloidal science, diffusion processes, electrophoresis, surface phenomena as well as methods of determining molecular weight, size and shape of macromolecules. Note: Course is only offered every other year. (3:1:2)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 221.

CHEM 322  (3)  Bio-Inorganic Chemistry (Ends May 2018)

An introduction to the principles governing the formation, properties and investigation of metal-ligand complexes with special reference to the role of metals in biological processes. Laboratory emphasizes physiochemical methods used in organometallic and bio-inorganic chemistry. Note: This course is only offered every other year. (3:1:2)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 222. (CHEM 213 and CHEM 232 recommended.)

CHEM 323  (3)  Bio-Inorganic Chemistry

An introduction to the properties, function, and spectroscopic study of biological metal complexes. Topics will include the management of trace metals in biological systems, metal complexes responsible for oxygen transport and redox processes, and the structure and function of metalloenzymes. Not offered every year. CHEM 323 was formerly called CHEM 322; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 222.

CHEM 325  (3)  Coordination Chemistry

Introduction to the coordination chemistry, sources, and industrial applications of transition metal elements. Topics include the geometric and electronic structure of transition metal complexes; spectroscopic and magnetic properties; and concepts applied to processes of environmental relevance involving chelation and speciation. Not offered every year. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 222.

CHEM 331  (3)  Environmental Organic Chemistry (Ends May 2018)

An examination of mechanisms of organic transformations and the fate of molecules of environmental significance. Topics include partitioning, oxidation-reduction, hydrolysis and photolysis. Laboratory emphasizes techniques used in physical organic chemistry, including LFER, kinetics and distribution phenomena. Note: This course is only offered every other year. (3:1:2)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 232. (CHEM 213 recommended.)

CHEM 332  (3)  Bio-Organic Chemistry (Ends May 2018)

Survey of advanced concepts in organic chemistry through the study of organic molecules and mechanisms occurring in nature. Strategies employed in the modification of biomolecules for the design of novel pharmaceuticals and biocatalysts will be presented. Other topics: in vitro preparation of biomolecules, biomimetics, and molecular recognition. (3:1:2)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 232. (CHEM 213 recommended.)

CHEM 333  (3)  Natural Products Chemistry (Ends May 2018)

A study of the biosynthesis of natural products that are fundamental to the ecological interactions between organisms, including humans. Topics include organic structural diversity, biosynthetic pathways, marine and terrestrial chemical ecology and the use of natural products as medicine. (3:1:2)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 232. CHEM 213 is recommended.

CHEM 334  (3)  Bio-Organic Chemistry

A survey of advanced concepts in organic chemistry through the study of organic molecules and mechanisms occurring in nature. Strategies employed in the modification of biomolecules for the design of novel pharmaceuticals and biocatalysts will be presented. Topics also include molecular recognition and biomimetics. Not offered every year. CHEM 334 was formerly called CHEM 332; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 232.

CHEM 362L  (3)  Integrated Organic/Inorganic Laboratory (Ends Sep 2017)

This laboratory course emphasizes techniques used in organic/inorganic synthesis, separations and spectroscopic characterization, and builds on skills acquired in second year courses. Procedures for handling air and water sensitive reagents will be introduced. Students work independently and are evaluated on a combination of technique, lab reports, and oral presentations. (0:0:6)

Prerequisite: CHEM 213, CHEM 222, and CHEM 232.

CHEM 390  (3)  Field Studies in Environmental Chemistry

Designed to introduce students to project planning, environmental sampling, quality control, and data analysis in a real world setting. Students will work on a project conducting an on-site environmental assessment. The course will be divided between classroom presentation and field-work at a site to be determined. (10:3:0 —40 for 4 weeks)

Prerequisite: CHEM 301 or CHEM 311 or permission of instructor.

CHEM 398  (3)  Topics in Advanced Chemistry

This course presents an extension of a core area of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical, analytical) that will be unique to each offering. The topics to be covered, and the specific 200-level CHEM prerequisites, will be announced on the Chemistry Department's website each spring. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Six credits of 200-level CHEM courses. Additional prerequisites, depending on the topic to be studied, may be in effect.

CHEM 401  (3)  Chemical Oceanography

A study of the distribution and fate of elements in seawater including both chemical and physical interactions with the atmosphere, biosphere and sediments. Topics include the history of oceanography, ocean circulation, the carbon cycle, production, export, and remineralization of organic matter, micronutrients, and human-induced changes. Not offered every year. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing with a min. "C-" in CHEM 141 or CHEM 142.

CHEM 412  (3)  Advanced Instrumental Analysis

An examination of selected advanced instrumental analytical techniques, including emerging methods from the literature. Core topics include a thorough examination of mass spectrometric methods, advanced separation science spectroscopic methods, and QA/QC validation. Special topics may include surface electrochemistry and nano scale lab-on-a-chip technologies. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 213 and CHEM 312.

CHEM 431  (3)  Environmental Organic Chemistry

This course will examine mechanisms of organic transformations and the fate of molecules of environmental significance. The course will focus on structure-reactivity relationships in physical organic chemistry. Topics include environmental partitioning, hydrolysis, oxidation-reduction and photolysis reactions under environmental conditions. CHEM 431 was formerly called CHEM 331; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 231 and CHEM 241.

CHEM 432  (3)  Macromolecular Chemistry of Biomolecules

An introduction to the characterization and organic reactivity of the major biomolecules including chemical strategies applied to their synthesis and study. Emphasis will be on the mechanistic and methodological aspects of chemistry used to synthesize, label or modify biomolecules and biomolecule characterization using modern techniques. Not offered every year. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in CHEM 232 and BIOL 201.

CHEM 433  (3)  Natural Products Chemistry

A study of the biosynthesis of natural products that are fundamental to the ecological interactions between organisms, including humans. Topics include structural diversity, biosynthetic pathways, marine and terrestrial chemical ecology, the use of natural products as medicine, and indigenous perspectives on natural products. This course is not offered every year. CHEM 433 was formerly called CHEM 333; credit will not be granted for both courses. (3:1:0)

Prerequisite: Min. "C-" in BIOL 201 and CHEM 232.

CHEM 441  (3)  Bonding, Structure, and Properties

This course uses molecular orbital theory to describe the bonding and properties of discrete organic and inorganic molecules, crystalline and amorphous solids, and nanomaterials. Structure-property relationships are examined as well as selected methods for the characterization of structure and properties of materials. Students will gain experience with computational modelling methods. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Min "C-" in both CHEM 222 and CHEM 231.

CHEM 490  (3)  Undergraduate Research Project

Designed to allow an undergraduate student to be involved in a research project in the Chemistry department under the direct supervision of faculty. A report on the research is due at the end of the semester. Note: to register, a faculty advisor endorsement form is required. (0:0:6)

Prerequisite: 9 credits of 300-level or higher CHEM courses and permission of instructor. CHEM 312 is strongly recommended.

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