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  • CAS CH 101: General Chemistry 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two years of high school algebra.
    For science majors and minors who require a two-semester general chemistry course. Topics include: atoms and molecules; molecular connectivity, infrared spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry; stoichiometry and introduction to reactions in aqueous solutions; thermochemistry and the first law of thermodynamics; quantum aspects of light and matter; and bonding in diatomic and polyatomic molecules. Laboratory exercises include: the size of an atom, qualitative analysis, thermochemistry, and quantum aspects. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
  • CAS CH 102: General Chemistry 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 101.
    For science majors and minors who require a two-semester general chemistry course. Topics include the following: properties of gases; solutions and solubility; equilibrium; acids, bases and buffers; electrochemistry; spontaneity; free energy and the second law of thermodynamics; and chemical kinetics. Students must have completed CAS CH 101 prior to enrolling in CAS CH 102. Students must register for the following four (4) course components: lecture, discussion, pre-lab lecture, and laboratory. Carriers natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
  • CAS CH 109: General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra.
    First of two-semester sequence for students concentrating in the sciences. Stoichiometry, acids, bases, liquids, solids, solutions, equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, atomic structure, bonding, and selected chemical systems. Correlated laboratory experiments emphasizing quantitative analysis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour lab lecture, four hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CH 110: General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 109.
    Second of two-semester sequence for students concentrating in the sciences. Buiilding from the basis of the first semester, the second semester will cover acids, bases, equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry,and selected chemical systems as case studies. Correlated laboratory experiments emphasizing quantitative analysis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour lab lecture, four hours lab. Carries scientific inquiry II credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CH 111: Intensive General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one year of high school chemistry, two years of high school algebra, and departmental chemistry placement exam.
    First semester of intensive two-semester sequence for well-prepared students concentrating in chemistry or other sciences. Priority given to chemistry concentrators. Brief review of stoichiometry, gas laws; extensive consideration of equilibrium, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, kinetics; application of principles to selected elements and compounds. Correlated laboratory experiments emphasizing applications of quantitative analysis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, four hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Critical Thinking, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CAS CH 112: Intensive General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 111.
    Second semester of intensive two-semester sequence for well-prepared students concentrating in chemistry or other sciences. Priority given to chemistry concentrators. Brief review of stoichiometry, gas laws; extensive consideration of equilibrium, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, kinetics; application of principles to selected elements and compounds. Correlated laboratory experiments emphasizing applications of quantitative analysis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour lab lecture, four hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Writing, Research and Inquiry, Research and Information Literacy, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Writing, Research, and Inquiry
    • Critical Thinking
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS CH 121: Chemistry in Culture & Society
    The course is intended to provide scientific fluency in the basic concepts of chemistry, to understand basic, scientific principles and make informed decisions as an essential feature of an advanced society and culture. Contemporary topics including sustainable energy, nutrition, 3D printing, scientific ethics and many others will be explored. Carries natural science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Scientific Inquiry I, Critical Thinking.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CH 131: General Chemistry for the Engineering Sciences
    A one-semester, terminal general chemistry course for students who do not require a two-semester sequence. Lecture topics include stoichiometry; atomic and molecular structure; theories of bonding; chemistry of the solid, liquid, and gaseous states; properties of solutions; chemical thermodynamics; equilibrium; acids and bases; electrochemistry. Laboratory includes training in basic laboratory techniques such as data collection and recording, statistical interpretation of data, solution preparation, titrations, conducting chemical reactions, use of spectrophotometers, pH and voltmeters. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
  • CAS CH 171: Principles of General Chemistry
    Introduction to chemistry: separation and purification of matter, atomic theory, structure of atoms, molecules and chemical bonding, chemical formulas, equations, stoichiometry; water, solutions, concentration, acids, bases, pH and buffers; gases; reaction kinetics and equilibrium, and radioactivity. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, and three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
  • CAS CH 172: Principles of Organic and Biochemistry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 171 or CAS CH 102 or CAS CH 110 or CAS CH 112 or CAS CH 131.
    Organic chemistry: structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of carbon compounds; emphasis on compounds of biochemical interest: polysaccharides, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins. Biochemistry: structure and function of molecules of biological importance; metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, and three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. CAS CH 171 combined with CAS CH 172 is intended as a terminal sequence.
  • CAS CH 174: Principles of Organic Chemistry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 171 or CAS CH 102 or CAS CH 109 or CAS CH 112.
    Structure, stereochemistry, functional groups, and reactions of carbon-containing compounds; spectroscopic techniques; emphasis on compounds and molecules of biochemical interest. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, and three hours lab.
  • CAS CH 181: Intensive General and Physical Chemistry 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: students in the Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program only.
    First semester of intensive two-semester sequence for well-prepared students concentrating in chemistry or other sciences. Priority given to chemistry concentrators. Brief review of stoichiometry, gas laws; extensive consideration of equilibrium, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, kinetics; application of principles to selected elements and compounds. Correlated laboratory experiments emphasizing applications of quantitative analysis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, four hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Critical Thinking, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CAS CH 182: Intensive General and Quantitative Analytical Chemistry 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: students in the Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program only.
    Second semester of intensive two-semester sequence for well-prepared students concentrating in chemistry or other sciences. Priority given to chemistry concentrators. Brief review of stoichiometry, gas laws; extensive consideration of equilibrium, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, kinetics; application of principles to selected elements and compounds. Correlated laboratory experiments emphasizing applications of quantitative analysis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour lab lecture, four hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Writing: Research & Inquiry, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Writing, Research, and Inquiry
    • Critical Thinking
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS CH 191: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: freshman standing; consent of instructor.
    Experimental or theoretical investigation of problems including the use of the literature. Attendance at group research seminars and the writing of a report at the end of each semester required. Application must be made through the Department of Chemistry office during the first two weeks of the semester.
  • CAS CH 192: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: freshman standing; consent of instructor.
    Experimental or theoretical investigation of problems including the use of the literature. Attendance at group research seminars and the writing of a report at the end of each semester required. Application must be made through the Department of Chemistry office during the first two weeks of the semester.
  • CAS CH 195: Freshman Seminar in the Chemical Sciences
    Seminar for first semester freshmen interested in the molecular sciences. Explores the role of the chemical sciences in society, becoming familiar with a research-oriented approach to problem solving. Workshops train students with the tools used to attain research and information literacy. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Research and Information Literacy.
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS CH 201: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 102.
    Principles of quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis. Introduction to error analysis, basic statistics, quantitative lab skills, basic statistics, acid-base chemistry, chromatography, and electronic spectroscopy (atomic and molecularUV, AAS). Lab exercises apply concepts in redox chemistry, acid/base reactions, transition metal chemistry, and other general chemistry topics. One hour lecture, four hours lab.
  • CAS CH 203: Organic Chemistry 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 102 or CAS CH 110 or CAS CH 112.
    Fundamentals of contemporary organic chemistry, including skeletal and electronic structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of important functional groups. Applications of organic reactions to important synthetic targets in materials and drug discovery will be highlighted, as will reactions pertinent to biochemistry. Laboratory includes training in basic organic chemistry skills, such as extraction, reaction performance, spectroscopy interpretation and chromatography. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
  • CAS CH 204: Organic Chemistry 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 203.
    Fundamentals of contemporary chemistry, including electronic structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of important functional groups, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and multistep synthesis. Laboratory includes extraction, reactions, spectroscopy, and chromatography. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion; one hour prelab lecture and three-and-a-half hours lab in alternate weeks.
  • CAS CH 211: Intensive Organic Chemistry 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 102 or CAS CH 110 or CAS CH 112.
    Recommended for Chemistry majors. Organic compounds and their reactions; functional groups, stereochemistry, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and laboratory methods including qualitative organic analysis. Industrial applications and relevance to biological systems. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, four hours lab. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Critical Thinking, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
    • Teamwork/Collaboration