Chemistry Course Descriptions

CHE 120 CHEMISTRY AND SOCIETY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course combines the basic principles of chemistry with an examination of the role of chemistry in contemporary life. The non-science major will understand applications of chemistry theories to modern world conditions such as water and air pollution, use of drugs, food preservation and agriculture technology. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$30.

CHE 125 TOPICS in FORENSIC SCIENCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Forensic science is a significant element in the process of solving crimes. Careful analysis of materials collected at or from the crime scene requires knowledge of various sciences and chemistry is integral to most investigations. A non-science major will learn the application of chemical principles to the characteristics of soil, fiber, paint, body fluids, explosives, fingerprints, drugs and other forensic evidence of contemporary importance. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$30.

CHE 135 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Many recent changes in the environment involve the presence of natural and synthetic chemicals. In this course, students learn the impact on our planet and its inhabitants resulting from the ways that various chemicals are utilized, distributed and disposed. The laboratory component features practical methods for extending interest in the environment to activities that can be implemented in students’ households and communities. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered with sufficient student demand. Lab fee-$30.

CHE 140 INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY AND ART

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

The role of chemistry in the art world has historically been a close relationship, both in theory and in practice. This course allows students to experience creativity based on an appreciation of relationships and applications among chemical substances. Forgeries in art are also investigated. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Summer. Lab fee-$30.

CHE 150 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is an intensive study of the laws and concepts of chemistry; atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry and thermochemistry involved in chemical reactions. Bonding theories and intermolecular forces are related to chemical and physical properties and emphasis is placed on measurements in the laboratory. Prerequisite: Departmental approval. 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 5 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$60.

CHE 151 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

As a continuation of Chemistry 150, course topics include properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. Equilibrium is emphasized in its relation to thermodynamics, rates of reaction, acid-base chemistry, oxidation and reduction, electrochemistry. Nuclear chemistry is briefly considered. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in Chemistry 150 or departmental approval. 4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 5 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$60.

CHE 175 PRINCIPLES OF GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Designed for students pursuing positions in the health care industry, this course covers the concepts of atomic and molecular structure, phases of matter, stoichiometry, equilibrium, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, descriptive organic chemistry, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. The concepts are demonstrated and explored in laboratory experiments. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$30.

CHE 250 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The course introduces structure, bonding and the chemical properties of organic compounds. Also, students will investigate the chemistry of alkenes, alkynes and alkyl halides, which emphasizes the addition, substitution and elimination reaction mechanisms. The laboratory emphasizes basic organic techniques including distillation, extraction, chromatography and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in CHE 150, 151. 4 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 5 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$60.

CHE 251 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The course continues the integrated study of organic molecules, focusing on the reactions of aromatic, carbonyl compounds and amines, as well as on the multi-step synthesis of complex molecules. The laboratory emphasizes the preparation, purification and identification of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHE 250. 4 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 5 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$60.

CHE 260 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

The course studies the fundamental quantitative aspects of chemistry with laboratory procedures employing volumetric, gravimetric and instrumental methods. Prerequisite: CHE 151. 3 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$60.

CHE 270 PRINCIPLES OF ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Study the theory and practice of modern analytical chemistry. Emphasis is placed on contemporary instrumental techniques, especially spectroscopic and chromatographic methods of chemical analysis. Prerequisite: CHE 151 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

CHE 331 BIOCHEMISTRY I

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course introduces proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids, focusing on the relationship between the properties of these molecules and their unique biological functions. Areas of study include biological techniques used to study biological molecules, enzyme mechanism and catalytic strategies, protein-ligand interactions, the properties of membranes and biosignaling. Prerequisite: CHE 250. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

CHE 332 BIOCHEMISTRY II

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

This course is an advanced study of biological molecules, emphasizing fundamental metabolic pathways. Carbohydrate metabolism and cellular energy generation are studied, focusing on the thermodynamic, kinetic and regulatory aspects of these pathways. Also included are biomolecular oxidation-reduction processes, biological energy storage and biosynthesis of amino acids, lipids, nucleic acids and hormones. Applications to medical diagnosis and treatment are included. Prerequisite: CHE 331. 3 hours lecture, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring 2010.

CHE 349 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

Energy is the central concept of all branches of chemistry. This course investigates thermodynamics, molecular structure, kinetics, electrochemistry and solution chemistry within the context of the living system. The laboratory component provides experiences, reinforcing concepts such as enzyme kinetics, enthalpy, entropy and other aspects of the physical chemistry of life. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall 2009. Lab fee-$60.

CHE 350 THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

The course introduces the laws of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, covering real and ideal systems, phase equilibria, chemical equilibria, rate equations and mechanisms and collision and transition state theory. Biological applications of these concepts are presented where appropriate. Prerequisites: Calculus, CHE 151. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall 2009. Lab fee-$60.

CHE 351 QUANTUM MECHANICS AND MOLECULAR STRUCTURE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

The basic principles of quantum mechanics are introduced in the context of molecular structure, bonding theory, symmetry, energy level transitions, spectroscopic analysis of matter and computational methods for predicting molecular structure. Prerequisite: Calculus, CHE 151. 3 hours lecture, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall 2010.

CHE 360 INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

A study of the chemical substances used to supply the needs and wants of modern society, the processes by which these substances are produced and the impact of these processes on society. Prerequisite: CHE 251. 1-hour lecture, guided independent study, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered with sufficient student demand.

CHE 410 INTERNSHIP

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

The internship enables students to acquire skills appropriate to their career plans by gaining practical experience in a laboratory or other similar setting approved by the department. Prerequisite: junior or senior chemistry major, 3.0 cum in major courses, acceptance at the cooperative institution and departmental approval. A minimum of 130 hours is required. 3 credits.

CHE 420 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

An investigation into the chemical reactions that characterize the natural resources of our planet as they are utilized by today’s technological society, resources found in air, water and earth. This course offers the science major an opportunity to apply many of the scientific principles previously studied to the local, national and worldwide processes that are contributing to either the preservation or the destruction of the environment. Possible solutions to environmental problems will also be addressed. Prerequisite: CHE 260. 3 hours lecture, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered when there is sufficient student demand.

CHE 440 ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

This study of the groups of elements that are found in inorganic and organometallic compounds focuses upon bonding theories that explain the structures of these compounds. Elements are also examined for acid-base behavior as related to electron affinity. Advanced spectroscopic and resonance methods for deducing molecular structures are investigated. Special topics include boron chemistry, noble gas chemistry, the lanthanides and actinides. Prerequisite: CHE 349 or 350 or 351. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered when there is student demand.

CHE 450 SEMINAR IN CHEMISTRY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

A consideration of the use of the chemical literature and the methods of scientific research; presentation of a seminar paper and attendance at seminars given in universities in the metropolitan area. Required of majors in the senior year. 1 semester, 1 credit. Fall.

CHE 460 SENIOR PROJECT

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

A course allowing individual investigation in some special field of chemistry, may involve literature or laboratory research. Required of majors during senior year. 2 semesters, 3 credits for the year.

SCI 101 THE ASCENT OF MAN

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus

Based on the work of Dr. Jacob Bronowski, this course traces the development of science and arts as expressions of the special gifts that characterize homo sapiens and that have made the human species unique among the animal species. Emphasis is placed on processes of thought and imagination that are involved in the various attempts made by humans to analyze and understand the nature of the universe and of themselves. This course may be offered for the core curriculum requirements as a non-lab science course, or as a course in the humanities. The course is not open to freshmen. 1 hour lecture, 2 hours guided study a week. 3 credits. Fall and spring.

SCI 130 CHEMISTRY AND NUTRITION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This investigation of the chemicals in the diet includes nutrients and their sources, vitamins, food additives. Some of these chemicals are studied in terms of their reactions and interactions in metabolic pathways. Contemporary diets and fast foods are evaluated and disorders related to improper diet are considered. This course is appropriate to satisfy non-laboratory science core course requirements. Not open to students who have completed SCI 135. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Intersession.

SCI 135 CHEMISTRY IN NUTRITION AND PERSONAL HEALTH

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A basic nutrition course in which the roles of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber are considered in the context of personal health. The non-science major will evaluate diets, health foods, junk foods and calorie expenditures. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring. Lab fee-$30.

PHY 130 KEY CONCEPTS IN PHYSICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to concepts in physics encountered in everyday life. It is designed for personal growth and career enrichment, especially for elementary school teachers, through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on opportunities stemming from key ideas in mechanics, optics, heat, electricity, magnetism and sound. This course is for non-science majors. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered when there is sufficient student demand. Lab fee-$30.

PHY 150 GENERAL PHYSICS I – MECHANICS, MOLECULAR PHYSICS, HEAT, SOUND

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Newton’s laws of motion, mechanics and properties of matter, mechanics of rigid bodies, work and energy, fluids in motion, molecular and atomic theory, special properties of matter due to molecular forms, elasticity, temperature, quantity of heat, work and heat, transfer of heat, wave motion and sound. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Fall. Lab fee-$60.

PHY 151 GENERAL PHYSICS II – MAGNETISM, ELECTRICITY, OPTICS, ATOMIC PHYSICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Magnetism, electrostatics, electric circuits, electromagnetism; conduction through gases, radioactivity; nature of light propagation, photometry, reflection, refraction, lenses, optical instruments, interference, diffraction, polarization. Prerequisite: PHY 150. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 4 credits. Spring. Lab fee-$60.

SCI 150 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An investigation into the physical sciences designed for the non-science major. This course, which provides insights into modern developments in the areas of physics and chemistry, is specifically designed for students whose professional goal is education. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall, spring and summer. Lab fee-$30.

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