Courses

CHEM-102. The Chemistry Of Drugs. 3 Hours.

CHEM-103. Chemistry And Society. 3 Hours.

Introduction to chemistry based on the study of some of the processes and materials which chemistry contributes to our civilization. Elementary chemical principles are used to explain the behavior of synthetic polymers, toxic substances, food additives, cleaning products, and other chemically manufactured materials. Knowledge of basic algebra skills assumed. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: (MATH-091 - 499 or MATH-091A - 499Z or NEIU Math Placement Result 02 - 45 or ACT Math 19 - 36 or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra 060 - 084 or Accuplacer College Level Math 020 - 120).

CHEM-108. Chemistry Concepts For Educators. 4 Hours.

This course covers the basic principles of chemistry including atomic theory, solution chemistry, organic and biochemistry, states of matter and its various physical and chemical properties, appropriate use of nomenclature, chemical bonding, and use of quantitative calculations based on chemical equations including scientific notation, significant figures and dimensional analysis. The historical development of how chemistry contributes to our civilization will also be considered. Elementary chemical principles will be used to explain the behavior of synthetic polymers, toxic substances, food additives, cleaning products and other chemically manufactured materials. Issues of contemporary critical technologies such as biomaterials, natural products, alternative fuels, bioremediation, fuel cells, green technology, bio-defense and smart materials may be examined. This course is aligned to the ISBE Standards for General Science Educators, National Science Teachers Association Standards and the Next Generation of Science Standards. Course outcomes include developing students' ability to apply knowledge of chemistry to a variety of real world problems and settings with particular emphasis on scientific inquiry, the nature of science, civic engagement and applications to teaching. CHEM-108 is an interdisciplinary lab-oriented course that integrates concepts from the life, physical, social sciences, and mathematics and is linked to MATH-281.
Prerequisites: (MATH-180 minimum grade of C or MATH-199A minimum grade of C) and (MATH-280 minimum grade of C or MATH-199G minimum grade of C).
Corequisite: MATH-281.

CHEM-109. First Year Experience: One Hundred Years Of Public Health In America. 3 Hours.

This course will discuss how public health policies have changed over the last century. It will emphasize Chicago relationships, and NEIU. The land on which NEIU stands was, at one time, the Chicago TB Sanatorium. The change in public health policies from TB sanatoriums and "Typhoid Mary" to AIDS is an interesting commentary on the change in American life.

CHEM-110. Chemical Concepts. 3 Hours.

Lab-oriented survey course in chemistry designed for the non-science major including such topics as the historical development of chemistry, atomic theory, solution chemistry, organic and biochemistry. Knowledge of basic algebra skills assumed. Lecture 2 hours, lab, 2 hours.
Prerequisite: (MATH-092 - 499 or MATH-092A - 499Z or NEIU Math Placement Result 30 - 40 or ACT Math 22 - 36 or Accuplacer College Level Math 020 - 120).

CHEM-200. Introduction To General Chemistry. 3 Hours.

Basic principles of chemistry with particular emphasis on solving simple numerical problems and writing and balancing chemical equations; especially for students planning to take CHEM-211. Lecture 3 hours.

CHEM-211. General Chemistry I. 5 Hours.

Introduction to general inorganic chemistry, including stoichiometry, concentration units, gas laws, atomic structure, bonding, periodic laws, states of matter, solutions, acid-base theories, rate, equilibrium and oxidation-reduction theory. Lecture and Laboratory. Lecture 4 hours, lab 3 hours.
Prerequisite: (MATH-092 - 499 or MATH-092A - 499Z or NEIU Math Placement Result 30 - 40 or ACT Math 22 - 36 or Accuplacer College Level Math 020 - 120).

CHEM-211C. Enrichment Seminar In General Chemistry I. 1 Hour.

Enrichment seminar accompanying CHEM-211. Students do problem solving in collaborative learning groups on material derived from and supplementing General Chemistry I to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and applications. Lecture 2 hours.
Corequisite: CHEM-211.

CHEM-212. General Chemistry II. 4 Hours.

Continuation of General Chemistry I with emphasis on reaction rates, equilibria in aqueous solutions, thermochemistry, oxidation-reduction reactions and the methods of qualitative analysis. Lecture and Laboratory. Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours. Can be taken concurrently with MATH-185.
Prerequisites: CHEM-211 minimum grade of C and MATH-185 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-212C. Enrichment Seminar In General Chemistry II. 1 Hour.

Enrichment seminar accompanying CHEM-212. Students do problem solving in collaborative groups on material derived from and supplementing General Chemistry II to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and applications. Lecture 2 hours.
Corequisite: CHEM-212.

CHEM-213. Writing Intensive Program: Quantitative Analysis. 5 Hours.

Statistical analysis of data, chemical equilibrium, simultaneous equilibria, classical and non-classical gravimetric and volumetric techniques, acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions, spectrophotometric and potentiometric measurements. Lecture 3 hours, lab 6 hours.
Prerequisites: CHEM-212 minimum grade of C and ENGL-101 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-231. Organic Chemistry I. 4 Hours.

Study of the structure, properties, reaction mechanisms and nomenclature of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and their derivatives. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CHEM-212 minimum grade of C and CHEM-211 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-231C. Enrichment Seminar In Organic Chemistry I. 1 Hour.

Enrichment seminar accompanying CHEM-231. Students do problem solving in collaborative learning groups on material derived from and supplementing Organic Chemistry I to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and applications. Lecture 2 hours.
Corequisite: CHEM-231.

CHEM-232. Organic Chemistry II. 4 Hours.

Continuation of CHEM-231. A study of structure, properties, reaction mechanisms, synthesis and infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of the alcohols, acids, amines and other monofunctional compounds. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-231 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-232C. Enrichment Seminar In Organic Chemistry II. 1 Hour.

Enrichment seminar accompanying CHEM-232. Students do problem solving in collaborative learning groups on material derived from and supplementing Organic Chemistry II to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and applications. Lecture 2 hours.
Corequisite: CHEM-232.

CHEM-305. Independent Study In Chemistry. 3 Hours.

An introduction to original chemical research under faculty supervision. Independent Studies require the approval of the instructor, department chair and the College Dean.
Prerequisites: CHEM-213 minimum grade of C and CHEM-232 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-311. Physical Chemistry I. 4 Hours.

Theoretical and experimental study of the structure and properties of matter, including the gaseous state, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, liquids and phase equilibria, solutions of nonelectrolytes and ionic solutions. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours. It is strongly suggested that the student has completed a year of physics with laboratory.
Prerequisites: CHEM-213 minimum grade of C and CHEM-232 minimum grade of C and MATH-187 minimum grade of C and PHYS-203 minimum grade of C and (PHYS-201 minimum grade of C or PHYS-206 minimum grade of C).

CHEM-311C. Physical Chemistry I Seminar. 1 Hour.

This course accompanies Physical Chemistry I, CHEM-311. Students will do problem solving in collaborative learning groups on material derived from and supplementing Physical Chemistry I lecture, in order to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and applications.
Corequisite: CHEM-311.

CHEM-312. Physical Chemistry II. 4 Hours.

Continuation of CHEM- 311, including the kinetic-molecular theory, transport properties, chemical kinetics, statistical mechanics, quantum theory, atoms and diatomic molecules and spectroscopy. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CHEM-311 minimum grade of C and MATH-202 minimum grade of C and PHYS-204 minimum grade of C and (PHYS-202 minimum grade of C or PHYS-207 minimum grade of C).

CHEM-312C. Physical Chemistry II Seminar. 1 Hour.

This course accompanies Physical Chemistry II, CHEM-312. Students will do problem solving in collaborative learning groups on material derived from and supplementing Physical Chemistry II lecture, in order to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and applications.
Corequisite: CHEM-312.

CHEM-316. Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Hours.

A thorough study of bonding in non-transition and transition elements, periodic trends and tendencies, structural relationships and mechanisms of inorganic reactions. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-232 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-318. Industrial Chemistry. 3 Hours.

A study of the industrial aspects of chemistry, including economics, design and operation of process equipment and a study of a variety of chemical industries. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-231 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-319. Chemical Aspects Of Environmental Chemistry. 3 Hours.

A survey of the chemical principles involved in environmental problems. Topics include atmospheric, aquatic and geographic chemistry, sources of pollutants and the consequences of pollution. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CHEM-212 minimum grade of C and CHEM-232 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-320. Industrial Aspects Of Environmental Chemistry. 3 Hours.

Industrial aspects of environmental chemistry covering specific topics such as energy, water and wastewater treatment, treatment and disposal of domestic and industrial wastes, techniques for detecting and analyzing chemical pollutants, environmental modeling and analyzing chemical pollutants, environmental modeling and recycling strategies. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisites: CHEM-213 minimum grade of C and CHEM-232 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-321. Environmental Chemistry In The City. 2 Hours.

This is a laboratory and field course that will concentrate on topics of environmental interest in the city of Chicago. Field work will include visits to the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, the Chicago Forest Preserve, and other locations in the metropolitan area. Students will learn proper methods of sample collection, storage, and transport. Chemical analysis of collected samples by titrimetric, gravimetric, spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical methods will take place in the field and in the laboratory. Lecture 1 hr, Lab/Field 2.5 hrs. Prerequisite: CHEM-213 with a Grade of C or better.
Prerequisite: CHEM-213 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-326. Chemical Literature. 2 Hours.

Introduction to library research in chemistry and preparation of a review paper in some current field of chemistry. Lecture 2 hours. One 300-level course in chemistry is required.

CHEM-328. History Of Chemistry. 3 Hours.

CHEM-330. Instrumental Analysis: Spectroscopy. 4 Hours.

Intensive laboratory introduction to infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and the qualitative, quantitative and research aspects associated with them. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours, lab 6 hours. Consent of instructor.
Prerequisites: CHEM-213 minimum grade of C and CHEM-232 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-331. Instrumental Analysis: Quantitative Methods. 4 Hours.

Introduction to the theory and practice of instrumental methods used to determine composition of materials, including gas and liquid chromatography, atomic absorption and emission, X-ray diffraction and fluorescence and potentiometry. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 3 hours, lab 6 hours.
Prerequisites: CHEM-213 minimum grade of C and CHEM-231 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-332. Identification Of Organic Compounds. 4 Hours.

Chemical, physical and spectroscopic methods and their use in the separation, purification and identification of organic compounds. Lecture and laboratory. Lecture 2 hours, lab 6 hours.
Prerequisites: CHEM-213 minimum grade of C and CHEM-232 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-346. Radiochemistry. 4 Hours.


Prerequisites: CHEM-213 minimum grade of C and CHEM-231 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-347. Advanced Organic Chemistry: Polyfunctional Compounds. 3 Hours.

Chemistry of polyfunctional compounds, condensed aromatic and heterocyclic systems, electrocyclic reactions and molecular rearrangements. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-232 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-348. Advanced Organic Chemistry: Bio-Organic Compounds. 3 Hours.

The chemistry of complex molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids and carbohydrates is studied from the point of view of their physical properties and their reaction, synthesis and structure-function relationships. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-232 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-349. Organic Synthesis. 4 Hours.

A systematic approach to the synthesis of complex organic compounds will be developed. The retrosynthetic approach will be taken, with a final target molecule being the goal of the synthesis. It will be taken apart step-by-step to arrive at reasonable starting materials for the synthesis. Availability and expense of potential starting materials, necessity of protecting groups, and production of isomeric and/or stereoisomeric mixtures will be among the points of consideration for each synthesis. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-232 minimum grade of C or CHEM-330 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-350. Principles Of Toxicology. 3 Hours.

This course offers an introduction to the basic principles of the broad field of toxicology. The mechanisms involved in what constitutes a toxic response will be explored, including examples of toxic chemicals targeting specific biochemical pathways in the human body. Major groups of toxic chemicals such as pesticides, metals, solvents, vapors, radiation and radioactive materials, animal venoms and poisons, will be surveyed. Also addressed are the applied areas of food, forensic/ analytical, and occupational toxicology.
Prerequisite: CHEM-231 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-353. Principles of Pharmacology. 3 Hours.

This course will focus on the action of drugs on major organ systems, including the nervous, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and reproductive systems, as well as drugs for cancer, infectious, and inflammatory diseases. It is also covers pharmacokinetics, drug-receptor interactions, and drug metabolism for these categories of therapeutic agents.
Prerequisite: CHEM-231 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-355. Principles Of Medicinal Chemistry. 3 Hours.

This course offers an introduction to the principles of drug design and the molecular mechanism by which drugs act on the human body. It covers basic structure and function of drug targets, lead compound identification, optimization of drug-target interaction and improvement of pharmacokinetic properties of drugs. Tools in the modern drug discovery and development such as high-through-put synthesis and screening, structure–activity relationships, and computer-aided drug design will be also addressed.
Prerequisite: CHEM-231 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-356. Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory. 2 Hours.

This course offers a laboratory introduction to bioorganic chemistry, with experiments involving each of the main classes of biomolecules, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids.
Prerequisites: CHEM-231 minimum grade of C and CHEM-232 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-357. Chemical Kinetics. 3 Hours.

The study and evaluation of various theories of reaction rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-311 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-365. Internship In Chemistry I. 6 Hours.

Experience in chemistry in an off-campus location, e.g. business or government. The student registering selects well-defined academic goals to be achieved. These goals will be selected in cooperation with an on-campus advisor. Independent studies require the approval of the instructor, department chair and the College Dean.

CHEM-366. Internship In Chemistry II. 6 Hours.

Continuation of CHEM-365. Independent studies require the approval of the instructor, department chair and the College Dean.

CHEM-372C. Chemistry For Precollege Teachers II:Organic Chemistry For Elementary School Teachers. 2 Hours.

CHEM-390. Seminar In Chemistry. 1 Hour.

Critical review of research presented by visiting university and industrial chemists and student preparation and presentation of original and library chemical research topics.
Prerequisite: CHEM-311 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-391. Chemistry Capstone Seminar. 3 Hours.

Critical review of research presented by visiting university and industrial chemists and student preparation of original and library research topics. The course will also explore issues related to becoming a morally responsible scientist and will include ethical problem solving. Lecture 4 hours. May be taken concurrently with CHEM-311.
Prerequisite: CHEM-311 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-399. Undergraduate Research. 3 Hours.

Original laboratory research conducted with a faculty member. The course will usually require some library research, 10-12 hours per week laboratory work and the preparation of a formal, typed report. The course is useful for those students seeking recognition under the guidelines authorized by the American Chemical Society.
Prerequisites: CHEM-311 minimum grade of C and CHEM-330 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-401. Carbohydrates. 3 Hours.

Structure, stereochemistry and reactions of monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides. Lecture 3 hours. Graduate Standing.
Prerequisite: CHEM-312 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-402. Organometallic Chemistry. 3 Hours.

The metal-carbon bond including organometallic synthesis, structure, reaction mechanisms and thermodynamics. Main group metal-carbon compounds, transition metal-carbon compounds and such special topics as Grignard compounds, ferrocenes, carbonyl complexes and inorganic mutiple bonding. Lecture 3 hours. Graduate Standing.
Prerequisites: CHEM-312 minimum grade of C and CHEM-316 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-403. Physical Methods Of Organic Chemistry. 3 Hours.

Various physical techniques of interest to the organic chemist are discussed including spectroscopic methods as proton and carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared and electronic spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, with emphasis on interpreting the combined data. The three credit hours include 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of lab. Graduate standing.
Prerequisite: CHEM-312 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-404. Chemical Thermodynamics. 3 Hours.

Principles of thermodynamics and their application to chemical problems with particular emphasis on partial molal qualities, the chemical potential and the thermodynamics of chemical equilibria. Lecture 3 hours. Graduate Standing.
Prerequisite: CHEM-312 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-405. Quantum Chemistry. 3 Hours.

Application of quantum mechanism to chemistry. Topics include the Schrodinger equation and simple applications, the postulates and general principles of quantum mechanics, the harmonic oscillator, three-dimensional systems, atoms and molecules, and molecular spectroscopy. Lecture 3 hours. Graduate standing.
Prerequisite: CHEM-312 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-406. Coordination Chemistry. 3 Hours.

Scope of transition metal coordination complexes, coordination number and structure, ligand types, isomerization, complex stability, bonding, reaction mechanisms, magnetic moments. Lecture 3 hours. Graduate Standing.
Prerequisites: CHEM-312 minimum grade of C and CHEM-316 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-407. Symmetry In Chemistry. 3 Hours.

Introduction to those aspects of group theory and symmetry which are particularly relevant to chemistry including point groups, molecular vibrations, hybrid orbitals and crystal field theory. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-312 minimum grade of C or PHYS-335 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-408. Independent Study In Chemistry. 3 Hours.

Research in a particular area of chemistry under faculty supervision.

CHEM-408A. Independent Study In Chemistry. 3 Hours.

CHEM-411. Organic Reaction Mechanisms. 3 Hours.

Reaction pathways in organic chemistry including isotope effects, linear free energy relationships, stereochemistry, configurational analysis and pericyclic reactions. Lecture 3 hours. Graduate Standing.
Prerequisite: CHEM-312 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-412. Reaction Kinetics. 3 Hours.

Methods of studying reaction rates and mechanisms, derivation of mechanisms from rate laws. Theories of unimolecular and bimolecular reactions, and chain mechanisms and appropriate mathematical analysis. Lecture only. Lecture 3 hours. Graduate Standing.
Prerequisite: CHEM-312 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-413. Modern Inorganic Chemistry. 3 Hours.

In-depth survey of modern developments in inorganic chemistry, including noble gas chemistry, multiple bonding in coordination complexes, unusual oxidation states of elements, template reactions , inorganic polymers, and inorganic catalysis. Lecture 3 hours. Graduate Standing.
Prerequisite: CHEM-316 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-414. Advanced Analytical Chemistry. 3 Hours.

Electronic and computer-instrument interface, practical aspects of modern instrumental techniques based on various methods of optical spectroscopy and chromatography. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-331 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-416. Nanoscience. 3 Hours.

This course introduces the students to the modern field of nanoscience and develops concepts and methodology for creation of new functional nanomaterials. Emphasis is put on the molecular self-assembly approach. The methods of film deposition, lithography, chemical synthesis and atom optics are covered as well. Scanning probe microscopy is introduced as a method of choice for studying and building nanoscale materials. Applications in the fields of electronic devices and nanomedicine are discussed.
Prerequisite: CHEM-312 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-430. Fourier Transform Spectroscopy. 3 Hours.


Prerequisites: CHEM-311 minimum grade of C and CHEM-312 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-431. Separation Methods. 3 Hours.

Review of thermodynamic and kinetic parameters as their impact on selectivity and efficiency of separation process, classification and application of modern chromatographic techniques. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-331 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-450. Gas Chromatography. 3 Hours.

Principles and instrumentation, including classification and methods for selection of stationary phases, optimization of operational parameters, and various detection systems. Separation techniques prior to analysis, applications and hyphenated methods will be discussed. Lecture 3 hours. Graduate Standing and Consent of Instructor.
Prerequisite: CHEM-331 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-451. Liquid Chromatography. 3 Hours.

Review of thermodynamic and kinetic parameters as they impact on selectivity and efficiency of liquid chromatographic separations. Classification of mobile phases, including selection and ways to improve resolution. Principles of conventional liquid chromatographic techniques and their applications, including hyphenated methods. Lecture 3 hours. Consent of instructor. Graduate Standing.
Prerequisites: CHEM-331 minimum grade of C and CHEM-450 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-455. Method Development And Validation In Liquid Chromatography. 3 Hours.

Systematic approaches to the successful development of HPLC-based analytical methods and their optimization. Practical tools based on the use of computer simulation in method development. HPLC-methods validation presented on the basis of the currently accepted United States Pharmacopeia terminology.
Prerequisite: CHEM-451 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-456. Advanced Chromatographic Methods. 3 Hours.

Principles, methods and applications of various advanced chromatographic techniques of interest to the analytical chemist, including such chromatographic methods as chiral separations, ligand exchange chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, micellar chromatography, micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography, and supercritical fluid chromatography. Lecture 3 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM-451 minimum grade of C.

CHEM-5901. Thesis Hours: Chemistry. 1 Hour.

Guidance of students conducting research and writing a thesis to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry.

CHEM-5902. Thesis Hours: Chemistry. 2 Hours.

See course description for CHEM-5901.

CHEM-5903. Thesis Hours: Chemistry. 3 Hours.

See course description for CHEM-5901.