Chemistry

  • Department Information

    Chemistry

    Department of Chemistry

    Christopher L. Stevenson, Chair
    Professors Dattelbaum, Donald, Downey, Hamm, Leopold, Parish
    Associate Professors Abrash, Dominey, Goldman, Nolin, Pollock, Stevenson
    Assistant Professor Johnson, Norris, Williams
    Director of Chemistry Laboratories Miller
    Director of Instrument Facilities Kellogg
    Director of NMR and Computational Support Simpson
    Director of Organic Laboratories O'Neal

    Managers of Laboratories Cheatham, Collins
    Stockroom Manager Joseph
    Visiting Senior Research Scholars Seeman, Zeldin
  • Major

    The Chemistry Major

    Note: A grade of not less than C- (1.7) is required in each chemistry course applied to the major.

    For the Bachelor of Arts degree

    12 units, including:

    CHEM 141 or CHEM 192, Chemistry: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics or Science, Math and Research Training II

    CHEM 205-CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry

    CHEM 300 Measurement Statistics

    CHEM 301 Quantitative Methods of Chemical Analysis

    CHEM 309 and CHEM 314 or CHEM 310 and CHEM 315 Physical Chemistry

    CHEM 317 Inorganic Chemistry

    CHEM 322 Junior Seminar

    CHEM 421-CHEM 422 Senior Seminar

    One additional 1-unit upper-level course in chemistry (other than CHEM 320 or CHEM 321)

    MATH 212 Calculus II

    PHYS 127 Algebra-Based General Physics 1 with Lab or PHYS 131 Calculus-Based General Physics 1 with Lab

    PHYS 132 Calculus-Based General Physics 2 with Lab

    Participation in undergraduate research is encouraged as an important part of the program.

    For the Bachelor of Science degree

    13.5-14.5 units, including:

    CHEM 141 or CHEM 192, Chemistry: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics or Science, Math and Research Training II

    CHEM 205-CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry

    CHEM 300 Measurement Statistics

    CHEM 301 Quantitative Methods of Chemical Analysis

    CHEM 309 and CHEM 314 Physical Chemistry I and Lab

    CHEM 310 and CHEM 315 Physical Chemistry II and Lab

    CHEM 317 Inorganic Chemistry

    CHEM 322 Junior Seminar

    CHEM 421-CHEM 422 Senior Seminar

    One additional 1-unit upper-level course in chemistry (other than CHEM 320 or CHEM 321)

    An approved research experience (CHEM 406 or one unit of CHEM 320 or CHEM 220) that culminates in a written report or in a formal presentation outside the Chemistry Department.

    MATH 212 Calculus II

    PHYS 127 Algebra-Based General Physics 1 with Lab or PHYS 131 Calculus-Based General Physics 1 with Lab or PHYS 132 Calculus-Based General Physics 2 with Lab

    And for either of the above degrees

    Additional upper-level elective courses in chemistry and two full years of either biology or physics are highly recommended.

    Students may only receive credit for one of the following: CHEM 141 or CHEM 192

    Please note that CHEM 326 (Biochemistry) and CHEM 324 (Experimental Biochemistry) may only count towards a Biology degree (major or minor) or a Chemistry degree (major or minor), not both.

  • Minor

    The Chemistry Minor

    Note: A grade of not less than C- (1.7) is required in each course in the minor.

    Six and a half units, including:

    CHEM 141 or CHEM 192, Chemistry: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics or Science, Math and Research Training II

    CHEM 205-CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry

    CHEM 317 Inorganic Chemistry

    At least two and a half units of additional course work at the 300 or 400 level. Please note that CHEM 300, research (CHEM 320 or CHEM 321), and seminar (CHEM 322, CHEM 421 and CHEM 422) cannot be used to satisfy coursework for the minor.

    Students may only receive credit for one of the following: CHEM 141 or CHEM 192

    Please note that CHEM 326 (Biochemistry) may only count towards a Biology degree (major or minor) or a Chemistry degree (major or minor), not both.

  • Certifications

    ACS Certified Degree in Chemistry

    Certifications by the department, based on American Chemical Society specifications, require:

    For Chemistry Majors

    The Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with the addition of CHEM 326. Note that CHEM 326 is in addition to, not in place of, the upper-level elective required for the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. In addition, a written research report must be submitted to the chemistry department and approved by at least two chemistry faculty members or their designees.

    For Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Majors

    The completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and CHEM 317, as well as either CHEM 300/ CHEM 301 or CHEM 302 also meets the certification requirements. Note that CHEM 317, as well as either CHEM 300/CHEM 301 or CHEM 302 are in place of, not in addition to, the upper-level elective required for the Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. In addition, a written research report must be submitted to the chemistry department and approved by at least two chemistry faculty members or their designees.

  • Honors

    Honors Program

    Departmental honors in chemistry requires

    • A GPA of 3.3 overall and in the major
    • Completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry
    • CHEM 326 (Biochemistry)
    • Honors research, which may be satisfied by
      • Two summers of CHEM 406; or
      • One summer of CHEM 406 and one unit of research from CHEM 220/320; or
      • Two units of research from CHEM 220/320/321.
    • Thesis that has been approved by at least two chemistry faculty members

    Note that CHEM 326 is in addition to, not in place of, the upper-level elective required for the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.

    To obtain honors in chemistry, a student must apply to the University honors program. An application can be submitted through the chemistry honors coordinator after a student has completed 18.5 units total coursework and three and a half units in chemistry past CHEM 141.

    Students may contact the Chemistry Honors Program Coordinator, Dr. Michael Norris, for additional information.

  • Cooperative

    Cooperative Program

    Engineering Opportunities for University of Richmond students at Virginia Commonwealth University

    A fundamental understanding of chemistry, physics, and biology coupled with problem-solving and analytical skills in chemical and life science engineering represents a unique opportunity to position students for broad employment opportunities in chemical process technology and in the rapidly growing areas of biotechnology, bioengineering, and nanoscience. Toward this end, opportunities have been created for University of Richmond students who seek the advantages of a liberal arts education coupled with a strong background in the fundamentals of engineering.

    A sequence of four courses offered in the School of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University has been approved for University of Richmond students. The requisite math background for this core and for easy transfer into the VCU M.S. program upon graduation is three semesters of calculus and one semester each of differential equations and statistics (which may be satisfied with CHEM 300). A course in computer programming is also required.

    The core courses taken at VCU are:

    CLSE 201 Material Balances (3 semester hours)

    CLSE 202 Energy Balances and Engineering Thermodynamics (3 semester hours)

    CLSE 301 Transport Phenomena I (3 semester hours)

    CLSE 305 Thermodynamics of Phase Equilibria and Chemical Reactions (3 semester hours)

    The core courses listed above will be accepted as transfer credit. Up to one unit will count as required elective credit within the chemistry major. For a Richmond student to qualify, the following criteria would have to be met:
    • Junior or senior standing at Richmond
    • Enrollment in at least three and half units at Richmond during each term coursework is taken at VCU
    • Minimum GPA of 3.00 at Richmond
    • Enrollment in no more than one course at VCU in any given semester
    • Prerequisites for elective courses must be completed
    • Payment of any lab fees required by VCU
    • Acceptance by the School of Engineering at VCU
    • Student's registration must be approved in advance by VCU registrar (case-by-case approval)
  • Related

Courses

Expand All
  • CHEM 110 Pollutants in the Environment

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSNC)

    Description

    Sources, behavior, and effects of chemical pollutants in the air, water, and soil. Topics include global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, pesticides, and radioactive waste. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Does not count toward the chemistry major or minor. Same as Environmental Studies 110.

    Prerequisites

    None (high school chemistry desirable).

  • CHEM 111 Chemistry Detectives: Solving Real-World Puzzles

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSNC)

    Description

    A laboratory-based course in which students learn the language and techniques used in industrial and forensic laboratories to conduct organic chemical analysis. Students become "chemistry detectives," able to solve the types of "chemistry puzzles" that are characteristic of the fun part of doing chemistry (e.g. how chemists, such as forensic and pharmaceutical chemists, determine the structure of real-world unknown compounds). A range of applications of this chemistry is discussed, including such topics as environmental, medicinal, polymer, forensic and industrial chemistries, government regulations, natural products, pheromones, and information retrieval. In the process, students will gain hands-on experience using modern instrumentation, including IR, NMR, GC-Mass Spec, and UV-Visible spectroscopy. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Does not count toward the chemistry major or minor.

    Prerequisites

    High school chemistry or permission of instructor.

  • CHEM 112 Biochemistry in the Real World

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSNC)

    Description

    The genomics revolution of the last 10 years has given birth to the "proteome," emphasizing the central role that proteins play in virtually all life and death processes. This course will explore central features of what proteins look like and how they perform their varied functions in a variety of biological and chemical processes. These will include aspects of cell differentiation, cell death, and disease states such as cancer, Alzheimer's, and viral infections by Epstein-Barr virus, papillomavirus, and AIDS. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Does not count toward the chemistry major or minor.

  • CHEM 113 Catching Criminals with Chemistry

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSNC)

    Description

    Investigation of how chemistry can be applied to solving crimes. The nature of physical evidence will be discussed, along with the chemical techniques used to gather and analyze that evidence. The course will also introduce students to the legal aspects surrounding the introduction of evidence into a court of law, thus providing an interdisciplinary focus for those interested in science and law. By combining case studies with applicable technology, students will gain a heightened understanding of the important roles that chemistry plays in forensic science. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. This course does not count towards the chem major or minor.

  • CHEM 114 The Chemistry of Cooking and Modernist Cuisine

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSNC

    Description

    Improves understanding of the scientific principles of food and cooking. Investigates how scientific principles and techniques have revolutionized the culinary industry. Focuses on the molecular bases of food and their reactivity under various conditions. A hands-on look at applied chemical principles as seen in cooking during three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. One year of High School Chemistry is recommended. This course does not count towards the chemistry major or minor.

  • CHEM 115 Chemistry in Art

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSNC

    Description

    A rigorous, math- and science-based approach to the chemical processes employed in various arts. The nature of color, creating color, and fastening color will be explained chemically and quantified mathematically, along with the chemical techniques used in developing/following these processes. Covers a range of laboratory techniques commonly used in various art mediums, but through a physical science lens. Combines theoretical science concepts with current art practices for a more developed understanding of the vital contributions that chemistry provides to art. Topics covered will include the properties of light, native metals and their compounds, ceramics, polymers, film formation, and paint binders. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Does not count toward the chemistry major or minor.

  • CHEM 141 Chemistry: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSNC)

    Description

    Fundamental principles of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, bonding, periodicity; chemical reactions, including stoichiometry, acid base chemistry, oxidation-reduction; and an introduction to kinetics and thermodynamics, chemical reactions and, equilibria. Introductory course for science majors and those pursuing degrees in the health sciences. It is a prerequisite for upper-level courses. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Previous knowledge of chemistry is helpful but not assumed. Students may only receive credit for one of the following: CHEM 141, CHEM 191, or CHEM 192.

  • CHEM 192 Science, Math and Research Training II

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSNC

    Description

    Year-long course provides an, interdisciplinary, integrated introduction to biology and chemistry, with an accompanying integrated lab. Based on the material in the first course of the major in each of these disciplines, this course will focus on current scientific problems facing today's world such as HIV/AIDS or antibiotic resistance. The course is team taught by two faculty members, one from each discipline. Teaching will be integrated so that links between concepts are readily apparent and students are stimulated to think beyond traditional science methodology. The laboratory will be comprised of hands-on and investigation based experiences using both experimental and computer simulation approaches. The SMART course is designed for students considering a major in either biology or chemistry and also meets requirements for students who go on to study medicine or other health sciences fields. To be taken in consecutive semesters in the first year and with an accompanying year-long calculus course. Completion of the full year of SMART (CHEM 192) will substitute for CHEM141 and BIOL 199. 3 lecture and 3 laboratory hours per week. Students may only receive credit for one of the following: CHEM 141 or CHEM 192.

    Prerequisites

    BIOL 192.

  • CHEM 204 Organic Chemistry I SA

    Units: 1.5

    Description

    Chemistry of compounds of carbon, which is fundamental to understanding of both chemistry and biology. Nomenclature, structure-physical property relationships, reactions, reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy and introduction to macromolecules, including those of biological significance. This course is only offered at St. Andrews.

    Prerequisites

    Departmental approval required.

  • CHEM 205 Organic Chemistry I

    Units: 1

    Description

    Chemistry of compounds of carbon, which is fundamental to understanding of both chemistry and biology. Nomenclature, structure-physical property relationships, reactions, reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy and introduction to macromolecules, including those of biological significance. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 141 or 192 with a grade of C- or better.

  • CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Chemistry of compounds of carbon, which is fundamental to understanding of both chemistry and biology. Nomenclature, structure-physical property relationships, reactions, reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy and introduction to macromolecules, including those of biological significance. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 205 with a grade of C or better.

  • CHEM 220 Projects

    Units: .25-.5

    Description

    Laboratory, literature, or community-based learning experience with a faculty member.

  • CHEM 230 Special Topics in Chemistry

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Considers subject matter not covered in other chemistry courses. See the chemistry department home page for special topics currently scheduled.

  • CHEM 300 Measurement Statistics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Overview of statistics of measurements on chemical systems. Includes characteristics of data which contain random error. Statistics used to describe and summarize trends of measured data will be introduced, as well as a number of statistical tools needed to draw meaningful and objective conclusions based on data. Should be taken simultaneously with, or prior to, Chemistry 301. Three lecture hours per week.

  • CHEM 301 Quantitative Methods of Chemical Analysis

    Units: 1.5

    Description

    Principles and techniques of chemical and instrumental methods used for quantitative analysis. Includes lecture coverage and extensive laboratory use of gravimetric, titrimetric, electrochemical, and spectroscopic methods. Three lecture and four laboratory hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 300 and 317. Chemistry 300 may be taken concurrently.

  • CHEM 302 Spectroscopy and Instrumentation

    Units: 1.5

    Description

    Principles and techniques of chemical and instrumental methods used for compound identification. Focus on modern instrumental methods for compound structure elucidation and the principles underlying both the spectroscopic methods and the instrumentation itself. Three lecture and four laboratory hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 206.

  • CHEM 308 Statistical Mechanics

    Units: 1

    Description

    (See Physics 308.)

  • CHEM 309 Physical Chemistry I

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of the principal laws and theories of chemistry: gas laws and kinetic molecular theory, classical and statistical thermodynamics, wave mechanics and molecular structure, and chemical kinetics. Principles and properties of liquids, solids and solutions, and phase equilibria are also examined along with electrochemistry. Three lecture hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 141 or 192; Physics 132; and Mathematics 212; or permission of instructor. Chemistry 317 is highly recommended.

  • CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of the principal laws and theories of chemistry: gas laws and kinetic molecular theory, classical and statistical thermodynamics, wave mechanics and molecular structure, and chemical kinetics. Principles and properties of liquids, solids and solutions, and phase equilibria are also examined along with electrochemistry. Three lecture hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 141 or 192; Physics 132; and Mathematics 212; or permission of instructor. Chemistry 317 is highly recommended.

  • CHEM 313 The Natures of the Chemical Bond

    Units: 1

    Description

    Builds on the bonding ideas introduced in the general and introductory chemistry curriculum. Enables meaningful access to the chemical literature on experimental and computational studies of bonding in molecules and solids for systems spanning the entire periodic table. Spans orbital and atoms-in-molecules models of bonding (with perspectives on functional group), phenomena such as halogen, aurophilic (metallophilic) interactions, aromaticity (organic and inorganic), thermodynamic vs. kinetic stability of compounds, and chemical views on extended solids.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 141 or 192 and Mathematics 212.

  • CHEM 314 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

    Units: .5

    Description

    Experimental course corresponding to Chemistry 309. Covers critical experiments related to the theoretical treatments of gas laws, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics. Introduction to scientific writing and basic error propagation.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 309

  • CHEM 315 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II

    Units: .5

    Description

    Experimental course corresponding to Chemistry 310. Covers critical experiments related to the theoretical treatments of quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and to a lesser extent, statistical mechanics.

    Prerequisites

    CHEM 310 is a co-requisite for CHEM 315.

  • CHEM 316 Environmental Chemistry

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of the fate, transport, and distribution of chemicals in the environment. The chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere will be covered, highlighting effects of inorganic and organic pollutants. Topics such as global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, photochemical smog, and groundwater contamination will be discussed in detail. Three lecture hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 205 or permission of instructor.

  • CHEM 317 Inorganic Chemistry

    Units: 1

    Description

    Inorganic chemistry embraces the chemistry of all of the elements. This course will focus on the synthesis and behavior of inorganic materials. As such, it will include certain aspects of thermodynamics, atomic and molecular bonding theories, kinetics, and electrochemical processes as they pertain to inorganic compounds and materials. Three lecture and four laboratory hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 206.

  • CHEM 320 Introduction to Research

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Laboratory research experience with a faculty member. Please note that students are not allowed to take both CHEM 320 and CHEM 321 in the same term.

  • CHEM 321 Advanced Independent Research

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Advanced laboratory research experience with a faculty member. Students are limited to two units of CHEM 321. Please note that students are not allowed to take both CHEM 320 and CHEM 321 in the same term.

    Prerequisites

    CHEM 406 or 2 semesters of CHEM 320.

  • CHEM 322 Junior Seminar

    Units: 0

    Description

    Regular attendance in departmental seminar program. Normally taken in the junior year. One class hour per week

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 206.

  • CHEM 324 Experimental Biochemistry

    Units: .5

    Description

    Experimental course will cover critical techniques in biochemistry, including protein purification, enzyme kinetics, and protein structural analysis.

    Prerequisites

    CHEM 326 (may be taken concurrently)

  • CHEM 325 Experimental Biophysical Chemistry

    Units: .5

    Description

    Experimental course that will cover critical techniques in biophysical chemistry, including thermodynamics, bioinformatics, and macromolecular function.

    Prerequisites

    CHEM 309, 326 (326 may be taken concurrently)

  • CHEM 326 Biochemistry

    Units: 1

    Description

    Structure and chemistry of biologically important macromolecules and chemical processes involved in cellular synthesis degradation, and assembly of these macromolecules. Three lecture hours and an extra experience per week. Please note that CHEM 326 may be used to satisfy program requirements in only one department. For example, it cannot count as elective credit for both the Biology major (or minor) and a Chemistry major (or minor).

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 206.

  • CHEM 329 Protein Structure, Function and Biophysics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Advanced topics in protein structure, function, and biophysics. Commences with brief treatment of essential elements of kinetics, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics necessary for a thorough understanding of topics to be presented later and continues with detailed coverage of enzyme kinetics and ligand binding, chemical modification, site-directed mutagenesis, x-ray crystallography, spectroscopic techniques used to investigate conformation, and the folding of proteins, including Circular Dichroism, Fluorescence and NMR; and computational approaches used to compute and visualize both structure and reaction. Second half of course focuses on three classes of proteins and associated themes: 1) kinases, phosphatases, and regulation, 2) proteases and processes and 3) oligomeric enzymes and allosteric models. Three lecture hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 326.

  • CHEM 330 Special Topics in Biochemistry

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Special course areas in biochemistry will be covered when sufficient interest exists. Considers subject matter not covered in other chemistry courses. See the chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology department home pages for special topics currently scheduled.

    Prerequisites

    CHEM 326 or permission of instructor.

  • CHEM 333 Chemical Biology

    Units: 1

    Description

    Application of chemistry methods and techniques to the study of biological phenomena. Current topics in chemical biology, including how chemical methods help us probe disease development, how organic synthesis enables us to optimize drugs, and how we can manipulate biological systems to facilitate novel chemical syntheses. Provides a toolbox of innovative approaches to understanding biological problems.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 326.

  • CHEM 342 Medicinal Chemistry

    Units: 1

    Description

    Provides basic principles of the drug discovery process. Topics include general considerations, mode of action, quantitative structure activity relationships, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and inactivation of medicinal agents. Three lecture hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 326.

  • CHEM 343 Organic Reactions and Mechanisms

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Topics may include reaction mechanisms, physical organic chemistry concepts, the development of catalysts for organic reactions, stereochemically controlled reactions, and/or the application of inorganic chemistry to organic reactions. Three lecture hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    CHEM 206.

  • CHEM 344 Organic Synthesis

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Topics may include modern synthetic methods, organic reaction mechanisms, examples of syntheses from recent literature, and the design of synthetic approaches to target molecules of interest. Three lecture hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 206.

  • CHEM 401 Quantum Mechanics

    Units: 1

    Description

    (See PHYS 309-PHYS 310.) Please note that CHEM 401 (PHYS 309) may be used to satisfy program requirements in only one department. For example, it cannot count toward both a Physics major (or minor) and a Chemistry major (or minor).

  • CHEM 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

  • CHEM 417 Organometallic Chemistry

    Units: 1

    Description

    Overview of the structure, reactivity, and applications of organometallic compounds. Topics include main group and transition metal complexes, catalysis, applications to organic synthesis, and bioorganometallic chemistry. Three lecture hours per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 317 or permission of instructor.

  • CHEM 421 Senior Seminar

    Units: 0

    Description

    Participation in departmental seminar program, to include regular attendance and one presentation during one of the two semesters. Presentation will include both written and oral component, each prepared on specific topic in chemistry. One class hour per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 322 or Biology 387.

  • CHEM 422 Senior Seminar

    Units: .5

    Description

    Participation in departmental seminar program, to include regular attendance and one presentation during one of the two semesters. Presentation will include both written and oral component, each prepared on specific topic in chemistry. One class hour per week.

    Prerequisites

    Chemistry 421.

  • CHEM 427 Independent Study

    Units: .25-1

    Description

    In-depth exploration of subjects not included in other courses, done independently but under faculty member's supervision.

    Prerequisites

    Four semesters of chemistry and permission of instructor.

  • CHEM 433 Special Topics

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Special course areas covered when sufficient interest exists. Considers subject matter not covered in other chemistry courses. See chemistry department home page (chemistry.richmond.edu) for special topics currently scheduled.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of instructor.

Courses

Expand All
  • BIOL 192 Science, Math and Research Training I with lab

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSNB)

    Description

    Year-long course provides an, interdisciplinary, integrated introduction to biology and chemistry, with an accompanying integrated lab. Based on the material in the first course of the major in each of these disciplines, this course will focus on current scientific problems facing today's world such as HIV/AIDS or antibiotic resistance. The course is team taught by two faculty members, one from each discipline. Teaching will be integrated so that links between concepts are readily apparent and students are stimulated to think beyond traditional science methodology. The laboratory will be comprised of hands-on and investigation based experiences using both experimental and computer simulation approaches. The SMART course is designed for students considering a major in either biology or chemistry and also meets requirements for students who go on to study medicine or other health sciences fields. To be taken in consecutive semesters in the first year and with an accompanying year-long calculus course. Completion of the full year of SMART (CHEM 192) will substitute for CHEM141 and BIOL 199. 3 lecture and 3 laboratory hours per week.

  • CHEM 192 Science, Math and Research Training II

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSNC

    Description

    Year-long course provides an, interdisciplinary, integrated introduction to biology and chemistry, with an accompanying integrated lab. Based on the material in the first course of the major in each of these disciplines, this course will focus on current scientific problems facing today's world such as HIV/AIDS or antibiotic resistance. The course is team taught by two faculty members, one from each discipline. Teaching will be integrated so that links between concepts are readily apparent and students are stimulated to think beyond traditional science methodology. The laboratory will be comprised of hands-on and investigation based experiences using both experimental and computer simulation approaches. The SMART course is designed for students considering a major in either biology or chemistry and also meets requirements for students who go on to study medicine or other health sciences fields. To be taken in consecutive semesters in the first year and with an accompanying year-long calculus course. Completion of the full year of SMART (CHEM 192) will substitute for CHEM141 and BIOL 199. 3 lecture and 3 laboratory hours per week. Students may only receive credit for one of the following: CHEM 141 or CHEM 192.

    Prerequisites

    BIOL 192.