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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 227 Analytical Chemistry (4) Analytical methods used in the biological and physical sciences with special e emphasis on acid-base and complexation equilibria, electrochemistry, and the fundamental principles of spectroscopy and separations.

CHEM 227 Analytical Chemistry (4)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive exposure to the analytical techniques and methods used in biotech, environmental, forensic, and pharmaceutical industrial and research laboratories. Laboratory and lecture are fully integrated emphasizing the importance of the laboratory component to achieving mastery of overall course content. The laboratory combines skill-building exercises with open-ended, hands-on and inquiry-based thematic experiments that combine the concepts of precipitation, acid-base equilibria, chelation, redox, UV/VIS spectroscopy, extraction equilibria and their pH dependencies, and forensic applications of chromatography. Along with learning the chemistry, students will develop experience with computer-interfaced instrumentation, computer-assisted data acquisition, and manipulation of large data sets using computers. These are all crucially important skills that must be developed in students training to be scientists. Students are evaluated on their ability to write, speak clearly, work effectively as part of a team, have good organizational skills, be able to define a problem, gather and analyze samples, suggest solutions based on the data, and the application of these core competencies to real-world problems, in complex and challenging environments while paying attention to quality assurance, controls, external and internal standards and validation.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 113 andMATH 140

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.