Required Courses for Program
CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I
The course specifically focuses on basic descriptive and quantitative principles of
chemistry associated with the concepts of the mole, concentration, heat, atomic and
molecular structure, periodicity, bonding, physical states, stoichiometry, and reactions.
This is a very interesting full semester course with quite challenging study materials
in a very condensed manner for a relatively short time, and students need to work
very hard on a regular basis to achieve the desired level of success.
CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II
This General Chemistry course covers basic kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium,
electrochemistry, reactions of inorganic compounds, and an introduction to organic
CHEM 311 - Quantitative Analysis (Analytical Chemistry I)
This analytical chemistry course focuses on fundamental theory and techniques in traditional
chemical analysis with a specific focus on separation methods, measurement, statistics,
pH studies, basic electrochemical techniques, and introduction to instrumentation.
CHEM 422 / 522 - Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry course is designed for a concise study of chemical principles
of the environmental processes. This semester long course offers a rigorous introduction
to the chemical principles that govern the reactions, transport, effects and fates
of chemical species in water, soil, air and living environments. During this time,
students specifically focused on the effects of technology and man's activities on
the chemical composition and properties of the natural environment, and discuss policy
issues as they relate to chemical processes. The graduate and undergraduate versions
of the course will differ in the assignments and exams, while sharing the same lectures.
CHEM 491-02 - Environmental Toxicology
This course is designed to provide an overview of environmental toxicology, including
an examination of the major classes of pollutants, their fate in the environment,
their disposition in organisms, and their mechanisms of toxicity. An emphasis will
also be placed on assessing the toxicity of pollutants in biological and environmental
CHEM 493 & 494 - Senior Research and Thesis
This course focuses on problem‐oriented research under the direction of a faculty member. In their first semester (Chem 493), students research a topic, based on student's and faculty members interests, and begin to work on the research project. At the end of the semester, they are required to give a presentation and write a paper on the research topic.
Second semester (Chem 494), students continue the research begun in CHEM 493. They
are required to give a presentation and write a paper on their research project.
CHEM 528 - Surface Chemistry and Heterogeneous Processes
Fundamental and applied aspects of surface chemical processes; theories of molecular adsorption/desorption and surface complexation; kinetics; surface analysis and instrumentation; applications of surface chemistry in heterogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous environmental/atmospheric processes, and materials chemistry.