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Chem 100:
Applications of Chemistry I
Fundamental chemistry with emphasis on concepts underlying Air Force and other practical applications. Provides a foundation in inquiry- based learning to facilitate the development of critical thinking skills, data driven decision- making, and technical writing skills. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, electronic structure, oxidation-reduction reactions, stoichiometry, chemical bonding and structure, chemical analysis, environmental chemistry, and special topics. Laboratories emphasize both quantitative and qualitative analysis with computer interface for data collection and analysis. It is highly recommended that technical majors take this course in the 4o fall. This course must be taken in the 4o fall by any cadet interested in the medical career field or a science major to include Chemistry, Biochemistry, Material Chemistry, and Biology to allow proper sequencing for Chem 110 in the 4o  spring.

Chem 110:
Applications in Chemistry II
A continuation of Chem 100 for Chem advance placed fourth-class cadets, or those considering the Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Chemistry, or Biology majors or interested in any Pre-Med program. The application of the principles of science in the development of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation skills while integrating foundational knowledge to comprehend the capabilities and limitations of air power in the 21't century. Topics may include gas laws. thermodynamics, acids and bases, electrochemistry. kinetics, chemical equilibrium, biochemistry and special topics. Chemical principles are taught within the framework of Air Force and other practical applications. Laboratories emphasize both quantitative and qualitative analysis with computer interface for data collection and analysis. This course must be taken during the fourth-class year by the abovementioned cadets for major, accreditation. and medical school application timelines.

Chem 200:
Applications of Chemistry II
A continuation of Chem 100. The application of the principles of science in the development of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation skills while integrating foundational knowledge to comprehend the capabilities and limitations of air power in the 21" century. Topics may include gas laws, thermodynamics, acids and bases, electrochemistry. kinetics, chemical equilibrium, biochemistry and special topics. Chemical principles are taught within the framework of Air Force and other practical applications. Laboratories emphasize both quantitative and qualitative analysis with computer interface for data collection and analysis.

Chem 222:
Analytical Chemistry
Lecture and laboratory experience in quantitative analysis using both classical wet techniques and modern instrumentation with a focus on statistical analysis. Topics include wet chemical methods, chromatographyl, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and other advanced techniques. Precision of measurement. statistical treatment of data during analysis and collection, and graphical techniques are emphasized. Freshmen will be sectioned separately and take this course as Che111222FR.

Chem 230:
Introductory Organic Chemistry
Introduction to the fundamentals of organic chemistry. Topics include: nomenclature of organic compounds; stereochemistry; reaction mechanisms; structure and function of organic functional groups; introduction to carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and proteins. and nucleic acids; basic aspects of polymer chemistry. This is a service course primarily designed for Biology and Basic Sciences majors. Chemistry majors and those cadets desiring to apply for medical school will not take this course in lieu of Chem 333 and Chem 334.

Chem 235:
Physical Chemistry I
An integrated lecture/laboratory course which explores the fundamentals of chemical thermodynamics and equilibria involving gases, liquids, and solutions, the analysis of phase equilibria, electrochemistry, and chemical  kinetics.

Chem 236:
Physical Chemistry II
An integrated 1ecture/laboratory continuation of Chem 235; includes the fundamentals of quantum in chemistry, including computational applications, spectroscopy. statistical mechanics, properties of solids and liquids, transport properties, and surface chemistry.

Chem 325:
Space Chemistry
This course examines the integral role chemistry plays in our efforts to effectively utilize space. Topics may include the chemical derivation of the elements found in the universe. materials science, propulsion chemistry, how the Air Force exploits the space environment to accomplish the missions, and other subjects or current interest.

Chem 333:
Organic Chemistry I
The scientific study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of organic compounds. Topics include classification and naming of organic compounds, stereochemistry and conformational analysis, reaction and synthesis of alcohols, alkyl halides, alkenes, and alkynes; conjugated systems; spectroscopy and structure determination.

Chem 334:
Organic Chemistry II
Continuation of Chem 333. Topics include mechanisms and reactions of aromatic compounds, organometallic, alcohols, ethers, and carbonyl-containing functional groups to include enolate chemistry. Multi-step syntheses integrating the knowledge of multiple functional groups is emphasized. Other topics such as carbohydrates, polynuclear aromatics, heterocyclic compounds, amino acids, and proteins may be introduced.

Chem 343:
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Experiments in the preparation, purification and identification of representative organic compounds. The lab is designed to illustrate the principles discussed in Chem 333 and develop techniques needed for the isolation, purification, and characterization of organic materials. Sample preparation techniques include recrystallization, distillation, melting point determination. including sample preparation of IR, NMR, GC, and GCIMS, as well as instrument operation and data interpretation.

Chem 344:
Instrumental Organic Chemistry
This is a continuation of Chem 343. Techniques studied include applications of infrared, proton magnetic resonance, mass spectra, and chromatographic analysis of organic materials synthesized in the laboratory. The principles of organic chemistry are tied together at the end of the semester in a special project designed to familiarize the student with library research, independent lab work, and illustrate the chemical principles studied in Chem 333 and Chem 334.

Chem 350:
Chemistry of Weapons
The primary focus of this course is on the chemistry associated with weapons, from construction to delivery to by-products and detection as a result of delivery or destruction. Topics covered include conventional explosives, propellants, chemical weapons, biochemical effects, munitions design, and current topics. Emphasis is on understanding the chemical principles and thermodynamic processes involved in a variety of current and future weapon systems.

Chem 353:
Theory of Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis
Basic theory and real- world examples of modem analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include ultraviolet, visible, infrared absorption, Raman and emission spectroscopies; mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy; chromatography; thermal methods, and other methods as appropriate. Applied numeric methods will also be discussed, with an emphasis on error analysis and determination of signal-to-noise ratio. Focus is placed on theory of methods currently applied in advanced courses offered in the USAFA Department of Chemistry.

Chem 381:
Chemistry of the Environment
Discussion of the chemistry and alteration of the natural environment due to human impacts. Areas of study include atmospheric, soil, water, and industrial chemistry. environmental contaminant properties, hazardous materials, waste disposal. toxicology and environmental analytical techniques. Special topics of current or regional interest may be included. Emphasis is on understanding the chemical principles. phenomena, and basic chemistry associated with protecting and improving our environment.

Chem 399:
Independent Study Techniques
Methods and strategies for proposing. planning. and executing independent research. A useful lead-in to Chem 499. Knowledge and skills gained will facilitate the initiation of research projects and improve efficiency of the research process. Exercises in searching the chemical literature. reading journal articles, and preparation of proposals. With DFC permission, this course may be combined with Chem 499B for three semester hours of independent study credit.

Chem 431:
Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry
Theoretical approach to atomic structure, covalent bonding, and molecular structures. Topics include ionic compounds, a general survey of the periodic table, coordination chemistry, organometallics, transition metal chemistry, bio- inorganic chemistry, and inorganic synthesis.
Chem 432:
Systematic Inorganic Chemistry
Applications of Chem 431 with emphasis on a systematic study of the behavior of chemical elements and theoretical inorganic compounds. Lecture topics include chemistry of transition metals, organomettalics. boron, bio-inorganic, fluxional molecules, kinetics, and mechanisms of inorganic reactions and special topics. Laboratories provide hands-on experience in inorganic fundamentals and the reaction and characterization of metallic compounds.

Chem 433:
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced studies of chemical bonding and molecular structure; molecular orbital theory, aromaticity, structure-reactivity relationships, kinetics, mechanisms, and linear free energy relationships. Topics include concerted reactions, conservation of orbital symmetry, frontier molecular orbitals, photochemistry, selected synthetic methods, nucleophilic carbon species, carbonyl compounds, principles of stereochemistry, and asymmetric synthesis. Laboratories provide hands-on experience in advanced organic chemistry concepts and the synthesis and characterization of organic compounds.

Chem 434:
Biochemistry
Chemistry of the life processes. Topics covered include the chemistry of biomolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleotides; energetics and metabolic control; enzymes; mechanisms and kinetics; intermediary metabolism; biosynthesis and function of macromolecules including DN-4, RNA, and proteins; introduction to biotechnology and recombinant DNA techniques. Laboratories provide hands-on experience in biochemistry fundamentals, the interface between molecules and materials, and the characterization of biomolecules.

Chem 435:
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Development of molecular quantum mechanics and its application to molecular spectroscopy and chemical reaction dynamics. Topics include rotational, vibrational. and electronic spectroscopy; chemical reaction dynamics with emphasis on theoretical calculations for reactions, and advanced theoretical chemical methods. Laboratories provide hands-on experience in advanced physical chemistry concepts and characterization of the physical world.

Chem 440:
Polymer Chemistry
An introduction to polymer chemistry. Lecture topics include discussions on the interrelations between molecular and gross physical properties; polymer structure; methods of polymerization; polymer development; and Air Force applications for polymers. Laboratories provide hands-on experience in synthesis of polymeric materials.
Chem 445:
Advanced Laboratory Techniques
This course is designed to enhance cadets' experience in advanced laboratory techniques in inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry. Experiments include preparation, purification, identification, and analysis of representative organometallic and inorganic compounds.
Chem 453:
Instrumental methods of Chemical Analysis
Advanced theory and application of modern analytical instruments for chemical analysis. Experiments include ultraviolet, visible, infrared absorption and emission spectroscopies; nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy: chromatography; thermal methods; and electrochemical techniques. Emphasizes hands-on experience with modern instrumentation, applications to real-world and Air Force problems. computational data analysis. and modeling.

Chem 465:
Chemistry of Advanced Materials
Chemical studies in modern and high-tech materials emphasizing physical chemistry fundamentals, the interface between molecules and materials. and the development of these materials. Topics include chemical computational models, materials for energy storage, electronics, structures. optics, and glasses. Laboratories provide hands-on experience in synthesis and characterization of materials.

Chem 481:
Biochemistry I
Chemistry of living organisms emphasizing the roles played by biomacromolecules and macromolecular assemblies.  Topics covered include an introduction to primary literature in biomedical research, cells and organelles, amino acids, nucleic acids, protein structures and enzymes, sugars, and polysaccharides, lipids and membranes, and an introduction to metabolism.

Chem 482:
Biochemistry II
Chemistry of living organisms emphasizing the central metabolic processes and the transmission of genetic information.  Topics covered include glycolysis and other pathways of carbohydrate metabolism, the citric acid cycle, lipid and amino acid metabolism, signal transduction, DNA replication, transcription of DNA and RNA, and translation of mRNA into protein.

Chem 491:
Biochemistry Laboratory
Experiments to manipulate DNA, RNA, and proteins.  Techniques covered include agarose and acrylamide gel electrophoresis, recombinant DNA techniques, microbial culture and transformation, cell culture, and production and purification of recombinant proteins.  This lab is designed to illustrate the conceptual principles presented in Chem 481.

Chem 492:
Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
This class is a continuation of Chem 491 and supplements material covered in Chem 482.  This course will emphasize advanced laboratory techniques in biochemistry.  The class includes the use of advanced chemical instrumentation (including selections from the following:  infrared spectroscopy, UV/VIS spectroscopy, NMR and EPR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, fluorescence spectroscopy) to problems in the life science area.  Techniques learned in Chem 482 will be applied to current problems in the biochemistry literature. 

Chem 495:
Special Topics
Selected topics in chemistry.
Chem 499:
Independent Study
The capstone course for all Chemistry majors.  A hands-on laboratory experience applying the culminated knowledge and skills gained in the major towards a novel research project.  Individual research using state-of-the-art equipment under the direction of a faculty member.  Includes use of chemical literature.
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