Courses


CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3.00 credits
A systematic treatment of the fundamental laws and theories of chemistry and their applications. Designed for science and engineering majors. Taken concurrently with CHEM 101L.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 101L
CHEM 101L General Chemistry Lab 1.00 credit
Taken concurrently with CHEM 101. One laboratory per week.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 101
CHEM 104 Scientific Inquiry 3.00 credits
This lecture and lab course content will be determined by the instructor. Fall and Spring.
 
CHEM 111 Chemistry in Context 3.00 credits
A survey of chemical topics related to contemporary social issues. Specifically designed for non-science majors. CHEM 111L optional. On sufficient demand.
 
CHEM 111L Chemistry in Context Lab 1.00 credit
See CHEM 111 for description. Taken concurrently with CHEM 111.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 111
CHEM 123 Environmental Chemistry 3.00 credits
This course will cover the fundamental principles of chemistry necessary to understand the source, transport, and fate of substances in the environment due to human activity. Additional topics will be chosen by the instructor but may include the environmental implications of various energy-generation methods; the chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere; climate change; and water quality, pollution, and treatment of water sources. Taken concurrently with CHEM 123L.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 123L
CHEM 123L Environmental Chemistry Lab 1.00 credit
See CHEM 123 course description. Taken concurrently with CHEM 123.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 123
CHEM 180 Art and Chemistry 3.00 credits
This course investigates the molecular basis of color and form with a focus on artists' materials such as pigments, dyes, paints, paper, clay, glass and metals. Chemistry applications include ceramics, printmaking, fresco painting, photography, art authentication, and art restoration. Designed for non-science majors. On sufficient demand.
 
CHEM 180L Art and Chemistry 1.00 credit
Hands-on activities and experiments that are integrated with the lecture material presented in CHEM 180. Taken concurrently with CHEM 180.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 180
CHEM 190 Special Topics .00 - 3.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
 
CHEM 193 FYS: 3.00 credits
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces new Gonzaga students to the University, the Core Curriculum, and Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission and heritage. While the seminars will be taught by faculty with expertise in particular disciplines, topics will be addressed in a way that illustrates approaches and methods of different academic disciplines. The seminar format of the course highlights the participatory character of university life, emphasizing that learning is an active, collegial process.
 
CHEM 198 Topics in Chem, Lecture only 3.00 credits
This course is designed for non-science majors. Different subfields of chemistry will be explored depending on the instructor. On sufficient demand.
 
CHEM 199 Topics in Chem, Lecture & Lab 3.00 credits
This course is designed for non-science majors. Different subfields of chemistry will be explored depending on the instructor. On sufficient demand. Taken concurrently with CHEM 199L. On sufficient demand.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 199L
CHEM 199L Topics in Chem Lab 1.00 credit
See CHEM 199 course description. Taken concurrently with CHEM 199.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 199
CHEM 205 Inorganic Chemistry 3.00 credits
Introduction to foundational concepts in inorganic chemistry with emphasis on atomic structure, bonding, and reactivity. Topics will include nuclear chemistry, quantum mechanics, periodic trends, covalent bonding, ionic bonding, metallic bonding, coordinate covalent bonding, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, and thermodynamics. Three lectures per week. Fall annually.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 101 Minimum Grade: C-
CHEM 206 Inorganic Chemistry 3.00 credits
Chemistry of the elements with an emphasis on periodic trends including atomic structure, bonding, and chemical reactivity. Introduction to solid-state materials, transition metal coordination chemistry, and f-block elements. Everyday aspects of inorganic chemistry and environmental applications emphasized. Three lectures per week. Taken concurrently with CHEM 206L. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 101 Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent: CHEM 206L
CHEM 206L Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1.00 credit
Preparation and analysis of inorganic compounds. One laboratory per week. Taken concurrently with CHEM 206. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 101L Minimum Grade: C
Concurrent: CHEM 206
CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 4.00 credits
Essential concepts in bonding and structure, acid-base chemistry, reactivity and synthesis of functional groups, nomenclature, and mechanisms of fundamental organic reactions. Three lectures and one recitation per week. Taken concurrently with CHEM 230L. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 101 Minimum Grade: C-
Concurrent: CHEM 230L
CHEM 230L Organic Chemistry Lab I 1.00 credit
Preparation and analysis of representative organic compounds. One laboratory per week. Taken concurrently with CHEM 230. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 101L Minimum Grade: C-
Concurrent: CHEM 230
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry II 3.00 credits
Continuation of CHEM 230. A significant focus of the course will be on aromatic compounds and carbonyl chemistry. Other topics include organometallic chemistry, radicals, mass spectrometry and synthetic polymers. Three lectures per week. Fall annually.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 230 Minimum Grade: C-
Concurrent: CHEM 231L
CHEM 231L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1.00 credit
Preparation and analysis of representative organic compounds. One laboratory per week. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 230L Minimum Grade: C-
Concurrent: CHEM 231
CHEM 240 Intro to Bioanalytical Chem 3.00 credits
Topics include acid-base chemistry, spectrometry, chromatography, electrochemistry, chemical thermodynamics, and kinetics. Emphasis on biological applications. Three lectures per week. Taken concurrently with CHEM 240L. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 230 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent: CHEM 240L
CHEM 240L Intro Bioanalytical Chem Lab 1.00 credit
Applications of selected analytical methods to biological problems. One laboratory per week. Taken concurrently with CHEM 240. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 230L Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent: CHEM 240
CHEM 245 Biochemistry 3.00 credits
Structure and function of the major classes of biomolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids). Fundamental concepts of protein structure and function, kinetics and enzymology, bioenergetics and thermodynamics, metabolism and regulation, will be discussed. Three lectures per week. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 231 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent: CHEM 245L
CHEM 245L Biochemistry Lab 1.00 credit
Laboratory methods and techniques relevant to biochemistry. One laboratory per week. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 231L Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent: CHEM 245
CHEM 270 Career Development I 1.00 credit
This course will introduce chemistry and biochemistry majors to research and career opportunities related to their major, the use of primary literature, and scientific ethics. One lecture per week. Restricted to chemistry and biochemistry majors. Spring annually.
 
CHEM 295 Science Outreach .00 credits
The Biology and Chemistry departments run a variety of outreach programs that include class visits, field trip tours, special summer programs and more. All of our programs strive to engage participants with opportunities for hands-on scientific discovery and inspiration.
 
CHEM 304 Practice in Lab Teaching .00 - 1.00 credits
Introduction to the methods of laboratory teaching. Emphasis on safety, time management, direct student-teacher interaction, and class presentation.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 230 Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry 3.00 credits
The principles of foundational analytical techniques and practices are presented in three lectures per week. These include gravimetric, volumetric, electrochemical, spectrometric, and chromatographic, and mass spectrometry techniques as well as basic descriptive statistics.
 
Prerequisite: (CHEM 206 Minimum Grade: C- and CHEM 230 Minimum Grade: C-) or CHEM 231 Minimum Grade: C-
Concurrent: CHEM 310L
CHEM 310L Analytical Chemistry Lab 2.00 credits
Laboratory experiments including titrations, gravimetric analysis, molecular and atomic spectroscopy, potentiometry, and chromatography. Sample preparation, instrument calibration, data treatment and analysis, and reporting are emphasized in quantitative analysis. Two laboratory periods per week.
 
Prerequisite: (CHEM 206L Minimum Grade: C- and CHEM 230L Minimum Grade: C-) or CHEM 231L Minimum Grade: C-
Concurrent: CHEM 310
CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry I 3.00 credits
Quantum mechanics, group theory, and spectroscopy. Three lectures per week. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: MATH 258 Minimum Grade: D and (PHYS 103 Minimum Grade: D or PHYS 101 Minimum Grade: D) and CHEM 310 Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry II 3.00 credits
Thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetics. Three lectures per week. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 310 Minimum Grade: C- and MATH 258 Minimum Grade: D and (PHYS 103 Minimum Grade: D or PHYS 101 Minimum Grade: D)
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry II 3.00 credits
Continuation of CHEM 230. Three lectures per week. Taken concurrently with CHEM 331L. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 230 Minimum Grade: C-
Concurrent: CHEM 331L
CHEM 331L Organic Chemistry Lab II 1.00 credit
Preparation and analysis of representative organic compounds. One laboratory per week. Taken concurrently with CHEM 331. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 230L Minimum Grade: C-
Concurrent: CHEM 331
CHEM 340 Unified Laboratory Session I 2.00 credits
Laboratory projects combining analytical, inorganic, and organic chemistry. Two laboratories per week. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 310L Minimum Grade: D and CHEM 331L Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 341 Unified Laboratory II 2.00 credits
Laboratory experiments emphasizing physical chemistry methods. Two laboratories per week. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 310L Minimum Grade: D and CHEM 320 Minimum Grade: D and CHEM 331L Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 345L Advanced Biochemistry Lab 3.00 credits
In-depth exploration of concepts and techniques used to study biomolecules and biomolecular systems with additional emphasis on scientific writing and communication in biochemistry. Fulfills one Writing-Enriched (WE) designation in the University Core. Two laboratories per week. Fall and Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 245 Minimum Grade: D and CHEM 245L Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 355 Physical Chemistry 3.00 credits
Introduction to foundational concepts in physical chemistry with emphasis on quantum mechanics, gases, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Three lectures per week. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 310 Minimum Grade: C- and CHEM 205 Minimum Grade: D and PHYS 204 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent: CHEM 355L
CHEM 355L Physical/Inorganic Chem Lab 1.00 credit
Experiments that emphasize synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds, as well as physical chemistry methods ranging from spectroscopy to thermodynamics and kinetics. One laboratory period per week. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 310L Minimum Grade: C- and CHEM 205 Minimum Grade: D and PHYS 204 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent: CHEM 355
CHEM 370 Career Development II 1.00 credit
This course will focus on scientific oral presentations and scientific writing and will prepare the students for their senior project. This course will also include outside speakers from graduate schools and the chemistry and biochemistry industry to further provide educational opportunities about continued study and employment in the field. One lecture per week. Spring annually.
 
CHEM 385L Advanced Chemistry Lab 3.00 credits
In-depth laboratory course featuring projects with problems, often interdisciplinary, from the analytical, inorganic, physical, and organic sub-disciplines of chemistry. Literature engagement and scientific writing are emphasized. Projects are more open-ended than in the foundational laboratory courses and require students to demonstrate increased independence and proficiency in experimental design, execution, and data evaluation. Two laboratory periods per week. Spring annually.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 355 Minimum Grade: C- and CHEM 355L Minimum Grade: C-
CHEM 390 Directed Research .00 - 3.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
 
CHEM 395 Research Assistantship .00 credits
Undergraduate research assistantships are opportunities for student to earn a stipend while performing independent research in the laboratory of a Biology or Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty member.
 
CHEM 399 Advanced Topics: 2.00 credits
This courses will focus on reading the primary literature in a particular content area, and will emphasize in-class discussion, writing, and/or presentations. Topics will vary. Two lectures per week. Fall and Spring. Prerequisites vary depending on topic.
 
CHEM 405 Special Topic in Chem/Biochem 2.00 credits
Special topics in chemistry or biochemistry. Two lectures per week. Fall and Spring. Pre-requisites vary depending on topic.
 
CHEM 406 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3.00 credits
Application of quantum mechanics, group theory, and molecular orbital theory to inorganic compounds including transition metal complexes. Special topics include recent advances in inorganic chemistry. Two lectures per week. Spring, even years.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 320 Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 410 Instrumental Analysis 3.00 credits
Theory and practice of representative instrumental analytical techniques and methods. Topics include basic electronics for signal and noise treatment, optical and mass spectroscopy, chemical separations, and electrochemistry. Special topics may include surface or miniaturized analytical techniques. Three lectures per week. Spring, odd years.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 310 Minimum Grade: D and CHEM 320 Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 432 CIS: 3.00 credits
The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) engages the Year Four Question: “Imagining the possible: What is our role in the world?” by offering students a culminating seminar experience in which students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the Core, and their disciplinary expertise. Each section of the course will focus on a problem or issue raised by the contemporary world that encourages integration, collaboration, and problem solving. The topic for each section of the course will be proposed and developed by each faculty member in a way that clearly connects to the Jesuit Mission, to multiple disciplinary perspectives, and to our students’ future role in the world.
 
CHEM 440 Biochemistry I 3.00 credits
Structure and function of the major classes of biomolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids) with an emphasis on proteins and enzymology. The central metabolic pathways of glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, and the citric acid cycle are discussed from a mechanistic, energetic and regulatory viewpoint.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 331 Minimum Grade: D and (CHEM 310 Minimum Grade: D or CHEM 240 Minimum Grade: D)
CHEM 443L Biochemistry Laboratory I 2.00 credits
An investigation of the techniques used to examine biomolecules and biological systems. Integrated laboratory experiments in biochemistry. Two laboratories per week. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 440 Minimum Grade: D or BIOL 440 Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 445 Biochemistry II 3.00 credits
Continuation of CHEM 440, including an examination of the primary processes of cellular energy production, oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis. The major metabolic pathways of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides are covered. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: (CHEM 440 Minimum Grade: D or BIOL 440 Minimum Grade: D)
CHEM 450 Biophysical Chemistry 3.00 credits
An introduction to quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, kinetics and physical methods as they relate to the study of biological macromolecules. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: MATH 157 Minimum Grade: D and (CHEM 440 Minimum Grade: D or BIOL 440 Minimum Grade: D)
CHEM 455 Special Topic in Chem/Biochem 2.00 credits
Special topics in chemistry or biochemistry. Fall and Spring. Prerequisite CHEM 355 Foundational Physical Chemistry. Additional pre-requisites may be required depending on topic.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 355 Minimum Grade: C-
CHEM 471 Chemical Bibliography 1.00 credit
Survey of the chemical literature as background for the senior thesis or senior literature review. Presentation, both written and oral, of scientific material will be emphasized. Spring.
 
CHEM 485 Seminar I 1.00 credit
Required of all fourth year chemistry majors.
 
CHEM 486 Seminar II 1.00 credit
Required of all fourth year chemistry majors. Continuation of CHEM 485. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 485 Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 488 Senior Literature Review 1.00 credit
Literature review of special chemical problem or topic under the direction of a faculty member.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 471 Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 490 Directed Reading .00 - 3.00 credits
Material and credit to be arranged.
 
CHEM 497 Internship .00 - 6.00 credits
Professional work experience in a chemistry-related field.
 
CHEM 498A Thesis 1.00 credit
Investigation of special chemical problems and topics under the direction of a faculty member. Required of all B.S. majors for the ACS-approved program. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 471 Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 498B Thesis 1.00 credit
Required of all B.S. majors for the ACS-approved program. Continuation of CHEM 498A. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 498A Minimum Grade: D