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Choosing the Right General Chemistry Course: CAS CH 101, CH 131, or CH 171.

CAS CH 101 is the first semester of a two-semester sequence of introductory chemistry. The course is designed for science majors who require a two-semester general chemistry sequence (biology, chemistry, biochemistry, premedical/dental concentrations).

CAS CH 131 is a one-semester course designed for students who do not require two semesters of general chemistry (engineering sciences majors). CAS CH 131 does not fulfill the prerequisite requirement for any second semester general chemistry course offered at Boston University.

CAS CH 171 is a one-semester course designed for students who do not require two semesters of general chemistry (some biological and health science majors). CAS CH 171 does not fulfill the prerequisite requirement for any second semester general chemistry course offered at Boston University.

Please note that CH 171 and CH 172 are not two semesters of general chemistry.

General Chemistry 1

CAS CH 101

Prereq: 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 of light and matter. Students must register for three sections: lecture, discussion, and laboratory. 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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Binyomin Abrams

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Kimberly Stieglitz

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General Chemistry 2

CAS CH 102

Prereq: (CAS CH 101). For science majors and minors who require a two-semester general chemistry course. Topics include 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 three sections: lecture, discussion, and laboratory. 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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Dan Dill

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Binyomin Abrams

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General Chemistry for the Engineering Sciences

CAS CH 131

Coreq: (CAS MA 123). 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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Dan Dill

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Principles of General Chemistry

CAS CH 171

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. Students must register for three sections: lecture, discussion, and laboratory. 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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Rebecca Loy

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Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

CAS CH 201

Prereq: (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 molecular UV, AAS). Lab exercises apply concepts in redox chemistry, acid/base reactions, transition metal chemistry, and other general chemistry topics. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. 2 cr. Tuition: $1400; lab fee: $200; total charge: $1600

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Binyomin Abrams

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Choosing the Right Organic Chemistry Course: CAS CH 203/204 or CH 203/214.

CAS CH 203/204 is a two-semester sequence of organic chemistry. The sequence of courses usually satisfies the requirements of students who are interested in pre-medicine/dentistry, other medical/health sciences, or biological sciences.

CAS CH 203/214 is a two-semester sequence of organic chemistry. The sequence of courses is designed for students who need a more intense laboratory experience than is provided by the CH 203/204 sequence. The CH 203/214 sequence is acceptable toward chemistry and BMB (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) concentration credit.

Organic Chemistry 1

CAS CH 203

Prereq: (CAS CH 102 or CAS CH 110 or CAS CH 112). CAS CH 203 and CH 204 meet premedical requirements for organic chemistry. 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 are highlighted, as are reactions pertinent to biochemistry. Laboratory includes training in basic organic chemistry skills, such as extraction, reaction performance, spectroscopy interpretation, and chromatography. Students must register for four sections: lecture, discussion, prelab, and laboratory. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Bruno Rubio

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Organic Chemistry 2

CAS CH 204

Prereq: (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. Students must register for four sections: lecture, discussion, prelab, and laboratory. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Bruno Rubio

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Organic Chemistry Lecture 1

CAS CH 205

Prereq: (CAS CH 102) or equivalent. For description, see CAS CH 203. Not acceptable for credit toward the chemistry major or minor. For students who do not require laboratory credit. Students must register for two sections: lecture and discussion. 3 cr. Tuition: $2100

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Bruno Rubio

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Organic Chemistry Lecture 2

CAS CH 206

Prereq: (CAS CH 203 or CAS CH 205). For description, see CAS CH 204. Not acceptable for credit toward the chemistry major or minor. For students who do not require laboratory credit. Students must register for two sections: lecture and discussion. 3 cr. Tuition: $2100

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Bruno Rubio

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Organic Chemistry with Qualitative Analysis

CAS CH 214

Prereq: (CAS CH 203). For description, see CAS CH 204. Students must register for four sections: lecture, discussion, prelab, and laboratory. Lecture and discussion sections meet with CAS CH 204 lecture and discussion sections. This course with the more advanced lab is suitable for chemistry or BMB concentrators. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Bruno Rubio

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Organic Chemistry Laboratory with Qualitative Analysis

CAS CH 220

Prereq: (CAS CH 204). Laboratory methods in organic chemistry including multistep synthesis, organic qualitative analysis, and instrumental analysis. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory. Meets with CAS CH 214 prelab and laboratory. 2 cr. Tuition: $1400; lab fee: $200; total charge: $1600

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Bruno Rubio

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Choosing the Right Biochemistry Course: CAS CH 373 or CH 421.

CAS CH 373 is a one-semester course designed for students who do not require two semesters of biochemistry (some biological and health science majors). CAS CH 373 does not fulfill the prerequisite requirement for any second semester biochemistry course offered at Boston University.

CAS CH 421 is the first semester of a two-semester sequence of biochemistry. The course is designed for science concentrators who require a two-semester biochemistry sequence (chemistry, biochemistry).

Principles of Biochemistry

CAS CH 373

Prereq: (CAS BI 105 or CAS BI 108 or CAS NE 102 or ENG BE 208) and (CAS CH 204 or CAS CH 214 or CAS CH 212 or CAS CH 174) or equivalent. Introductory biochemistry focusing on structure/function with applications to medicine, nutrition, and biotechnology, including acid/base chemistry, protein structure, enzyme mechanisms, thermodynamics, and kinetics; nucleic acid structure/function, lipids and carbohydrates; bioenergetics of glycolysis and oxidative energy metabolism; lipid and nitrogen metabolism. Students must register for two sections: lecture and a discussion. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 1-August 8)

Blair Szymczyna

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Biochemistry I

CAS CH 421

Prereq: (CAS CH 204 or CAS CH 212 or CAS CH 214) or equivalent. Introductory biochemistry. Protein structure and folding, enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, and allostery; nucleic acid structure; macromolecular biosynthesis with emphasis on specificity and fidelity; lipids and membrane structure; vitamins and coenzymes; introduction to intermediary metabolism. Students must register for three sections: lecture, discussion, and laboratory. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800; lab fee: $200; total charge: $3000

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

Blair Szymczyna

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Biochemistry Lecture I

CAS CH 423

Prereq: (CAS CH 204 or CAS CH 212 or CAS CH 214) or equivalent. For description see CAS CH 421. Not acceptable for credit toward the chemistry major or minor. For students who do not require laboratory credit. 3 cr. Tuition: $2100

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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