Chemistry at Aquinas College

Chemistry Courses

CY100 Preliminary Chemistry (3)

An introductory survey of elementary inorganic chemistry for those students who need preparation for CY111/112 (General Chemistry).Topics include measurement, nomenclature, structure of atoms and molecules, states of matter, stoichiometry, and acid/base theory. Three (3) hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: none. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY101 Environmental Chemistry (3) NL

Application of chemical concepts to eco-systems; implications of chemical technology to the social and physical environment. Prerequisites: High school chemistry recommended.

CY102 Chemistry for Non-Majors (3) NL

The basic principles of chemistry are applied to everyday living situations. Common elements and compounds will be used to illustrate principles, some of which are acid-base theory, oxidation-reduction, radioactivity, and toxicity. The presentation of these principles may vary each semester depending on the instructor’s use of history, household products or other perspective. Chemistry will be related to other disciplines, the national economy, other industries, and the future well-being of humans and the natural environment. Two (2) hours lecture and one lab period per week.

CY111 General Chemistry (4) NL

A first college course in chemistry designed primarily for science majors. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, properties of gases, solids, and liquids, stoichiometry, and thermochemistry. Three (3) hours of lecture and one 3-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CY100 or high school chemistry; math placement score of 18 or higher, co-registration in MS114, or completion of MS114 with a C or better. High school physics strongly recommended.

CY112 General Chemistry (4)

A continuation of CY111. Topics include coordination chemistry, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, electrochemistry, equilibria, kinetics, and thermodynamics. Three (3) hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: CY111 and CS152 with grades of C- or better. Co-enrollment in CY112 and CS152 is allowed with approval of the chemistry department chairperson. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY155 General, Organic, and Biochemistry I (3)

This is the first of two semesters of an introductory course in chemistry for students of nursing and other health-related disciplines. This course may not be applied to the chemistry major or minor. Topics in the first semester will include: measurements and chemical quantities, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, states of matter, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, solutions, and gases. Additional topics may also be introduced. Three (3) hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: CY157 (except UDM Nursing students) and MS101 or MS111 unless previously completed with grade of C or better. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

(NL, if CY157 is also completed)

CY156 General, Organic, and Biochemistry II (3)

This is the second semester of an introductory course in chemistry for students of nursing and other health-related disciplines. This course may not be applied to the chemistry major or minor. Topics will include: acids and bases, chemical equilibrium and reaction rates, nuclear chemistry, organic functional groups, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids and protein synthesis, metabolic pathways and energy production. Additional topics may also be introduced. Three (3) hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: CY155 with a grade of C or better, AP Chemistry exam score of 3 or higher, or passing score on the chemistry placement exam; MS101 or MS111 (or equivalent) with grade of C or better. Co-requisite: CY158 (except UDM Nursing students). This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY157 General, Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory I (1)

This is the laboratory course that may accompany CY155. The laboratory work will illustrate the principles in CY155. This class will meet for one laboratory session per week. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY158 General, Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory II (1)

This is the laboratory course that may accompany CY156. The laboratory work will illustrate the principles in CY156. This class will meet for one laboratory session per week. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY211 Organic Chemistry (4)

This is the first semester of a year-long course in organic chemistry for science majors. Topics include bonding, reaction mechanisms, structure, stereochemistry, and synthesis and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons and their derivatives. The correlation of molecular structure to physical properties and instrumentation is introduced. Three (3) hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CY112, with a grade of C- or better, or its equivalent. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY212 Organic Chemistry (4)

Continuation of CY211. Topics include carbonyl compounds and reactions, aromatic hydrocarbons, the application of instrumental methods (e.g. UV-vis, IR, NMR, MS) in the identification of the molecular structure, heterocyclic compounds. Multistep synthesis will be introduced. Three (3) hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CY211, with a grade of C– or better, or its equivalent. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY215 Quantitative Analysis (4) QR

A first course in chemical analysis. Topics include gravimetric and volumetric methods, statistical applications, ionic equilibria, chromatography, and spectroscopy. Two (2) hours of lecture and two three-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisite: CY112 (or equivalent) with a grade of C– or better. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY270 Secondary Science Practicum (3)

This course provides the student with an opportunity to work in an introductory laboratory classroom as an assistant to the supervising instructor for three (3) hours per week. Assistants will help the instructor with set up and take down of lab activities, preparation of lab materials, and teaching/tutoring during the class period. Practicum students will meet for two 50-minute periods per week for lecture and discussion on a variety of topics relevant to the job duties of a secondary science teacher. Participants will also keep journals and perform research on appropriate laboratory exercises for secondary students. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY310 Special Topics in Chemistry (4)

Intensive study determined by instructor. Credits may be earned under different specific titles. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY311/312 Physical Chemistry I and II (4/4)

A two-semester course in the theoretical principles of chemistry. Topics include thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, phase equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, and quantum chemistry. Three (3) hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week each semester. CY 311 offered fall of even-numbered years, CY 312 offered spring of odd-numbered years. Prerequisites for CY311: CY112 and MS122 with grades of C- or better. PC213 is also required but may be taken as a co-enrollment. Prerequisites for CY312: CY311 with a grade of C- or better. PC214 is also required but may be taken as a co-enrollment. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY314 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences (3)

This course focuses on the application of physical chemical topics (e.g. thermodynamics, equilibrium, kinetics, electrochemistry, quantum chemistry and spectroscopy) to biological systems. This course is intended for BMB majors and does not fulfill the physical chemistry requirement for the chemistry major. Prerequisites: CY112 and MS121 with grades of C- or better. PC213 is also required but may be taken as a co-enrollment.

CY315 Advanced Organic Chemistry (4)

An advanced course in organic chemistry. Topics will include qualitative organic analysis in both traditional and spectroscopic methods, reaction mechanisms and conditions, molecular structure, orbital symmetry, retrograde synthesis, and multistep synthesis. In the laboratory, classical and instrumental methods will be used to identify compounds. Three (3) hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Offered fall semester in odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: CY212, with a grade of C- or better, or its equivalent. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY325 Biochemistry (4)

A first course in biochemistry for science majors. Topics include biomolecules, enzymes and their mechanisms of action, biological energetics, nucleic acids (their structure and function), and carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism. Three (3) hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: CY212, with a grade of C- or better, or its equivalent. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY336 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4)

Principles of inorganic chemistry with emphasis on periodicity, molecular orbital theory, bonding, solid structure, acid/base, reduction/oxidation reactions, and systematic chemistry of the elements. Coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry will also be discussed. The laboratory will focus on the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Three (3) hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: CY112 with a grade of C- or better. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY346 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4) WI

An introduction to instrumental methods both theoretical and practical. Topics include spectroscopic methods (UV/Visible, IR, Raman, AA, AE, NMR), electrochemical methods (potentiometry and voltammetry), chromatographic methods (GC and HPLC), radiomethods, and thermal methods. Two (2) hours of lecture and two three-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisite: CY215 with a grade of C- or better. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY398 Readings in Chemistry (1–3)

Individually-negotiated program of readings primarily directed towards literature searches in chemistry. An independent study contract must be filed with the Registrar. Prerequisite: approval of the instructor and the department chairperson. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY399 Independent Projects (1–3)

Individually-negotiated projects. An independent study contract must be filed with the Registrar. Prerequisite: approval of the instructor and the department chairperson. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.

CY400/401 Undergraduate Seminar/Research (1/2) SC

A two-semester introduction to chemical research. The first semester will focus on development of an individual research topic, writing a proposal, and safety considerations, and may include beginning laboratory work. Chemical Abstracts and other data-retrieval systems will be used to locate information on the theory and method needed for the project. The second semester will consist of laboratory work and will conclude with a seminar and written report on the results of the project. CY400 will be offered each fall. CY401 will be offered each spring. Prerequisites: senior status and approval of department chairperson. This course is not accepted for the Natural World Physical Science requirement.