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  • CAS CH 100: Special Topics in Chemistry
    May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Pre-requisites vary with topic.
  • 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, but have little prior experience with chemistry. Topics include: atoms and molecules; quantum theory and atomic structure, chemical periodicity; bonding in diatomic and polyatomic molecules; stoichiometry and introduction to reactions in aqueous solutions; properties of gases; and thermochemistry and the first law of thermodynamics.Laboratory exercises include basic training in lab safety and handling of chemical and experiments complementing the lectures, such as investigations of the size of an atom, gas laws, thermochemistry, and quantum aspects. Students must register for the following four (4) course components: lecture, discussion, pre-lab lecture, and laboratory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, 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.
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 101. Second semester general chemistry for students who have completed CAS CH101. Topics include: properties of solids and liquids; colligative properties; chemical kinetics; equilibrium; acids, bases, and buffers; solubility and precipitation; electrochemistry; and spontaneity, free energy, and the second law of thermodynamics. Laboratory exercises include experiments complementing the lectures, such as investigations of the freezing point of solutions, kinetics, acid-base titrations, and electrochemistry. 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. Effective Fall 2018, 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: Advanced General Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis Lab 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one year of high school chemistry and two years of high school algebra, and online department placement exam.
    First of an advanced two-semester general chemistry sequence for students in the sciences with a strong interest and prior preparation in chemistry. Students in CH109 must possess a good working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry as well as high school chemistry. Topics include: atomic structure and quantum theory; molecular connectivity; properties of gases and kinetic theory; and thermodynamics. The complementary laboratory emphasizes quantitative analysis. Three hours lecture, discussion, lab lecture, and four hours lab. Effective Fall 2018, 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: Advanced General Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis Lab 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 109.
    Second of the advanced two-semester sequence for students concentrating in the sciences. Building on the foundation from the first semester, the second semester will cover equilibrium; acids, bases, and buffers; solubility; kinetics; electrochemistry; and selected chemical systems as case studies. The complementary laboratory experiments continue to emphasize quantitative analysis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour lab lecture, four hours lab. Effective Fall 2018, 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 Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis Lab 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: at least one year of high school chemistry, two years of high school algebra, and departmental chemistry placement exam.
    Undergraduate Corequisites: CAS MA 123; or credit for calculus 1.
    First semester of an intensive sequence for well-prepared students concentrating in chemistry or other sciences. Students in CH111 have typically completed more than one year of high school chemistry and are expected to apply their high school chemistry knowledge. Additionally, they need a strong foundation in algebra and basic concepts from introductory calculus and physics. Topics include: quantum theory and atomic structure; theories of molecular bonding and interaction; and thermodynamics. The complementary laboratory experience emphasizes quantitative analysis, training in scientific communication, and brief review of stoichiometry and reactions. Three hours lecture, discussion, lab lecture, and four hours lab. Effective Fall 2018, 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 Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis Lab 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 111.
    Second semester of intensive two-semester sequence for well-prepared students concentrating in chemistry or other sciences. Topics focus on physical and chemical equilibrium; acids, bases, buffers, and solubility; chemical kinetics and mechanism of reactions; electrochemistry; and case studies relating to advanced topics. The complementary laboratory experience emphasizes quantitative analysis and training in scientific communication. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour lab lecture, and four hours lab. Effective Fall 2018, 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 116: General Chemistry 2 with Integrated Science Experience 1 Lab
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 101.
    Undergraduate Corequisites: CAS BI 116 or CAS NE 116.
    Integration of general chemistry with biology and neuroscience, with an emphasis on how each discipline interacts experimentally. Laboratory focuses on projects relating to enzymes and their function. Lecture portion meets with CAS CH 102 lecture (3 hours), 1 discussion hour (meets with CAS CH 102 discussion), 3 hours lab, and 1 hour lab lecture. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Teamwork/Collaboration, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, 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
    Undergraduate Corequisites: CAS MA 123.
    A one-semester, terminal general chemistry course for engineering students who do not require a two-semester general chemistry 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. Effective Fall 2018, 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 141: Freshman Research in Chemistry 1 (2 Credits)
    First semester of research including the use of the research literature. Attendance at group research meetings and the writing of a report at the end of semester as required by research group. Application must be made through the Department of Chemistry office. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Research and Information Literacy.
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS CH 142: Freshman Research in Chemistry 2 (2 Credits)
    Second semester of research including attendance with oral presentations at group research meetings, and the writing of a report at the end of semester as required by research group. Application must be made through the Department of Chemistry office. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CAS CH 161: Freshman Research in Chemistry 1 (4 Credits)
    First semester of research including the use of the research literature, attendance with oral presentations at group research seminars and the writing of a report at the end of semester as required by research group. Application must be made through the Department of Chemistry office. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS CH 162: Freshman Research in Chemistry 2 (4 Credits)
    Second semester of research including attendance with oral presentations at group research meetings, critical analysis of the research project, and the writing of a report at the end of semester as required by research group. Application must be made through the Department of Chemistry office. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Critical Thinking.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Critical Thinking
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, 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.
    Introduction to organic and biochemistry: Classes of organic compounds and biomolecules; nomenclature, physical properties and reactions of organic molecules; techniques for synthesizing, isolating and characterizing molecules; structure, reactivity and properties of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids; structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids and membranes; and the biochemical pathways associated with sugar and lipid metabolism. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour pre-lab lecture, and three hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Scientific Inquiry II.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
  • CAS CH 174: Principles of Organic Chemistry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CH 171 or CAS CH 102 or CAS CH 110 or CAS CH 112 or CAS CH 131.
    Structure, stereochemistry, functional groups, and reactions of carbon- containing compounds; emphasis on compounds and reactions of biochemical interest. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, and three hours lab. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Scientific Inquiry II.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
  • 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. Students registering for CAS CH181 have typically completed more than one year of high school chemistry and will be expected to apply their high school chemistry knowledge. Additionally, students in CH181 need a strong foundation in algebra and basic concepts from introductory calculus and physics. Topics focus on quantum theory and atomic structure; theories of molecular bonding and interaction; and thermodynamics. Brief review of stoichiometry, chemical reactions, and gas laws. The complementary laboratory experience emphasizes quantitative analysis and training in scientific communication. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, four hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, 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. Topics focus on physical and chemical equilibrium; acids, bases, buffers, and solubility; chemical kinetics and mechanism of reactions; electrochemistry; and case studies relating to advanced topics. The complementary laboratory experience emphasizes quantitative analysis and training in scientific communication. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour lab lecture, four hours lab. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Writing: Research & Inquiry, Research and Information Literacy, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Writing, Research, and Inquiry
    • Critical Thinking
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Research and Information Literacy.
    • Research and Information Literacy