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. Fall and Spring.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 101L
CHEM 101L General Chemistry Lab 1.00 credit
Taken concurrently with CHEM 101. One laboratory per week. Fall and Spring.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 101
CHEM 104 Scientific Inquiry 2.00 credits
This lecture and lab course content will be determined by the instructor to meet the learning objectives of the Scientific Inquiry requirement of the University Core. Fall and Spring.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 104L
CHEM 104L Science Inquiry Lab 1.00 credit
Taken concurrently with CHEM 104. Fall and Spring.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 104
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. Spring.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 123L
CHEM 123L Environmental Chemistry Lab 1.00 credit
See CHEM 123 course description. Taken concurrently with CHEM 123. Spring.
 
Concurrent: CHEM 123
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 Chemistry 3.00 credits
This lecture only course is designed for non-science majors. Different subfields of chemistry will be explored depending on the instructor. On sufficient demand.
 
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 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 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. Begins 2018.
 
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. Begins 2018.
 
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
Principles of foundational analytical techniques and methods are presented in three lectures per week. These include gravimetric, volumetric, electrochemical, spectrometric, chromatographic, and mass spectrometry topics as well as basic descriptive statistics.
 
Prerequisite: 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 analysis, and reporting are emphasized. Two laboratory periods per week.
 
Prerequisite: 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 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. Beginning 2019.
 
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. Beginning 2018.
 
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. Beginning 2018.
 
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. Beginning 2019.
 
CHEM 385L Advanced Chemistry Lab 3.00 credits
In-depth laboratory course featuring projects, often interdisciplinary, within the analytical, inorganic, physical, and organic sub-disciplines of chemistry. Literature engagement and scientific writing are emphasized. Two laboratory periods per week. Spring. Beginning 2019.
 
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
CHEM 399 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. Beginning 2018.
 
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. Beginning 2018.
 
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 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 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. Beginning 2019.
 
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. Fall.
 
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. Fall.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 471 Minimum Grade: D
CHEM 498B Thesis 1.00 credit
Required of all B.S. majors. Continuation of CHEM 498A. Spring.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 498A Minimum Grade: D