Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 805 – Chemical Management & Safety for HS Teachers     1 credit hour

This course addresses chemical management and safety issues that are commonly encountered in high school chemistry laboratories and stockrooms.

CHEM 810 – Environmental Chemistry for High School Teachers     3 credit hours

A study of the fate of chemicals in the air, water, and soil, and their impact on human health and the natural environment. Topics will include water pollution and water treatment, greenhouse gases and ozone-layer destruction, sources and management of hazardous wastes.

CHEM 820 – Inorganic Chemistry I for High School Teachers     1-4 credit hours

Designed specifically for high school teachers. The following topics will be covered in-depth; atomic theory, periodic trends, and chemical bonding. Laboratory exercises will emphasize materials that can be used with high school students.
Total Credits Allowed: 4.00

CHEM 821 – Inorganic Chemistry II for High School Teachers     1-4 credit hours

The following topics will be covered in-depth: descriptive inorganic chemistry, acid-base concepts, and coordination compounds.
Total Credits Allowed: 4.00
Prerequisite: CHEM 820

CHEM 822 – Transition Metal Chemistry for High School Teachers     2 credit hours

This course builds on CHEM 820 and emphasizes more advanced topics in Inorganic Chemistry pertaining to the structure and properties of transition metals and the complexes they form. Grade 7-12 teaching applications, demonstrations and laboratory exercises are discussed. Credit will not be granted for both this course and CHEM 821.
Prerequisite: CHEM 820 or department permission. Enrollment not allowed in CHEM 822 if CHEM 821 has been completed.

CHEM 823 – Nanoscience for High School Teachers     1 credit hour

This course provides an introduction to the preparation and properties of nanoscale materials in connection to current and future scientific applications. Approaches to integrating nanoscience in grade 7-12 instruction will be explored. Specific materials systems discussed will be influenced by the publicity of recent research breakthroughs and may include quantum dots, gold and silver nanosensors, semiconductor nanoparticles, and carbon nanotubes. Credit will not be granted for both this course and CHEM 821.
Prerequisite: Enrollment not allowed in CHEM 823 if CHEM 821 has been completed.

CHEM 840 – Organic Chemistry I for High School Teachers     3 credit hours

This course is designed for high school teachers to introduce organic chemistry emphasizing the concepts that will be important for the subject's students who will encounter these topics in their professional studies. Emphasis will be on traditional organic chemistry areas including nomenclature, reactions, and mechanisms. This class is offered for 3 credits without laboratory.

CHEM 855 – Biochemistry for High School Teachers     3 credit hours

Chemistry of fats, protein, carbohydrates, hormones, vitamins, and other biologically important compounds. A solid background in organic chemistry is needed for success in this course.

CHEM 864 – Analytical Chemistry for High School Teachers     2 credit hours

Designed specifically for high school teachers. The following topics will be covered in-depth; laboratory equipment and techniques, accuracy and precision, QA and QC, solubility, acid-base equilibrium, titrations, electrochemical methods, and spectroscopy. Students should have a strong background in general chemistry topics prior to enrolling in this course.

CHEM 865 – Instrumental Analysis for High School Teachers     3-4 credit hours

The following topics will be covered in-depth: titration, absorption and emission spectroscopy, chromatography. Laboratory exercises emphasize materials to be used with high school students.
Total Credits Allowed: 4.00

CHEM 866 – Analytical Instrumentation for High School Teachers     1 credit hour

Designed specifically for high school teachers. The following topics will be covered in-depth: laboratory equipment and techniques with a focus on advanced electrochemical methods, chromatography, and spectroscopy. Students should have a strong background in general chemistry topics prior to enrolling in this course.

CHEM 882 – Physical Chemistry for High School Teachers     3-4 credit hours

Will cover in-depth each of the following topics: thermodynamics, equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and electrochemistry.
Total Credits Allowed: 4.00

CHEM 883 – Chemical Kinetics for High School Teachers     2 credit hours

This course emphasizes the following topic areas: reaction rates, rate laws, integrated rate law, reaction mechanisms, parallel reaction, temperature dependent rate constants, reversible reactions, potential energy surfaces, activated complex theory, transition state theory, catalysis, radical-chain reactions, and photochemistry. This course is offered for 2 credits without laboratory. Credit will not be granted for both this course and CHEM 882.
Prerequisite: Enrollment not allowed in CHEM 883 if CHEM 882 has been completed.

CHEM 889 – Problems in Chemistry     1-3 credit hours

Independent investigations of chemistry problems. Three hours of laboratory work each week for each hour credit.
Department Consent Required
Total Credits Allowed: 3.00

CHEM 890 – Directed Research     1-3 credit hours

Independent original research of a selected topic in chemistry under the direction of a chemistry graduate faculty member.
Total Credits Allowed: 9.00

CHEM 896 – Thesis     6 credit hours

CHEM 899 – Special Topics     1-3 credit hours

This course will cover topics not addressed in other courses offered by the department. Most topics will consist of a highly specialized area of study or revolve around issues or recent trends and innovations related to high school chemistry teaching.
Total Credits Allowed: 10.00