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The course offerings at Clarion University of PA go through an extensive review process by the Committee on Courses and Programs of Study (CCPS).  This course offerings list is a comprehensive list of courses that could be offered; it does not mean they are currently being offered.

For a complete list of courses offered on the current or upcoming schedules, see the Registrar's page Schedule of Classes.

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Course IdCourse Title (currently sorted in Descending order) Course Description
CHEM 400
Special Topics
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CHEM 211
Science And Society
Describes the process of science as an ongoing and continuously developing means of describing the natural world. Examines what science is and how it is done. Promotes science literacy. Emphasizes written and oral communication skills as well as the,ability to understand important topics in science, along with the policy and ethical questions raised. Open to students in all academic areas.|
CHEM 485
Prob Chem Ed
In-depth exploration of a problem area in chemistry education according to the student's need or interest under the direction of a faculty member. Admission only by consent of instructor and approval of department chair. Prerequisite: Junior standing, or consent of the department. Not open to chemistry majors in the liberal arts or Bachelor of Science curriculum.|
CHEM 50
Prep For Chemistry
Emphasizes development of verbal, mathematical, and abstract reasoning skills, and a basic scientific vocabulary needed to more fully explore the science of chemistry. Designed for students who may not have sufficient background for college chemistry,. Placement is recommended by the Department of Chemistry or it may be taken by students who feel a need to strengthen their skills prior to entering the normal sequence of chemistry courses. Course credits do not count toward graduation or general e,ducation science requirement. Offered occasionally.|
PHSC 111
Physical Science Chem
Explores selected chemical principles with the purpose of providing a background that will enable students to understand issues involving the interaction of science and society. Intended for non-science majors and does not assume prior familiarity w,ith chemistry. Does not count toward requirements for science majors, but can be applied to fulfill the general education math-science requirements for non-science majors. Students who prefer a more traditional chemistry course may elect either CHEM,151 or 153 to fulfill their general education requirements. No prerequisites. Each semester.|
CHEM 355
Physical Chem II
Develops both the classical wave formulation and the concept of operators as approaches to the study of quantum mechanics. Students solve simple one-electron problems. Extends groundwork to molecular problems. Examines spectroscopy in detail, particu,larly as a tool in the determination of molecular structures. Discusses powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction techniques and investigates their use as research tools. Prerequisite: CHEM 354. Three hour lecture. Spring, annually.|
CHEM 354
Physical Chem I
Concerned primarily with the principles of thermodynamics. Discusses kinetics in the latter portion of the term. Applies the laws of thermodynamics to many problem-solving situations. Uses calculus heavily, and requires a basic familiarity with the h,andling of simple differentials and integrals. Kinetics is treated from experimental and mechanistic points of view. Prerequisites: CHEM 152, 162; PH 252 or 259; MATH 271. Three hours lecture. Fall, annually.|
CHEM 365
Phys Chem II Lab
Taken concurrently with CHEM 355. Involves experiments in the areas of quantum mechanics, molecular spectroscopy, and crystallography. Experiments include obtaining rotational-vibrational spectra of a diatomic molecule utilizing Fourier Transform Inf,rared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and analyzing a powdered crystalline sample using X-ray diffraction. Prerequisite: CHEM 355 and 364. Three hours laboratory. Spring, annually.|
CHEM 364
Phys Chem I Lab
Involves experiments in the areas of thermodynamics and kinetics to reinforce what is taught in the lecture course. To be taken concurrently with CHEM 354. Experiments include bomb calorimetry, construction of a simple two-component phase diagram, an,d stopped-flow, fast-action kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 355. Three hours laboratory. Fall, annually.|
PHSC 320
Phy Sci Antiquity To 20th Cent
Focuses on the most important and influential theories that scientists have developed to explain the natural world and examines how those theories were conceived and refined. Considers both the process and the content of Western science and examine,s the progression of science from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia through the quantum revolution of the early 20th century. Explores how the work of scientists has been affected by the historical and cultural settings in which they lived. Prerequisite,s: PHSC 111 or 112 or permission of instructor|
CHEM 257
Organic Spectroscopy
Applies modern spectroscopic techniques to the determination of the structures of organic compounds. Discusses the techniques of infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectroscopy, emphasizing their application toward the elucidation of stru,ctures of organic compounds. Presents necessary theoretical background and applications. Required of all chemistry majors. Prerequisites CHEM 252 or consent of instructor.|
CHEM 262
Organic Chem II Lab
Complex synthesis and organic qualitative analysis using modern instrumentation. Emphasizes the important spectroscopic methods of infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Must be taken with CHEM 252 unless it is be,ing repeated. Prerequisite: CHEM 261. Three hours laboratory. Spring, annually.|
CHEM 252
Organic Chem II
Continuation of CHEM 251. A discussion of functional groups, their preparation and reactions. Emphasizes synthesis and mechanisms. Students must concurrently schedule CHEM 262. Prerequisite: CHEM 251. Three hours lecture. Spring, annually.|
CHEM 261
Organic Chem I Lab
Consists of experiments using important techniques, natural product isolation, and synthesis using modern instrumental methods. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 251 unless it is being repeated. Three hours laboratory. Fall, annually.|
CHEM 251
Organic Chem I
Examines bonding, structure, stereochemistry, nomenclature, and the mechanisms of free radical substitution, nucleophilic substitution, electrophilic addition and electrophilic aromatic substitution. Emphasizes organic syntheses, reactions, and metho,ds. Students must concurrently schedule CHEM 261. Prerequisites: CHEM 151, 152 or 153, 154. Three hours lecture. Fall, annually.|
CHEM 205
Nutrition
Introduces the basic principles of human nutrition. Explores the structure of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals and their role in metabolism. Analyzes nutritional needs of various age groups, nutrition and disease, and recent rese,arch in nutritional problems. Prerequisite: One semester of general chemistry or consent of instructor.|
PHSC 110
Intro To Environ Chemistry
Provides a knowledge of basic chemical principles. Applies this knowledge to environmental issues such as water resources and water pollution, air quality, ozone depletion, and disposal of dangerous wastes. Three hours lecture. Open to all student,s in all academic areas. No prerequisites. Each semester.|
CHEM 254
Intro Organic Chem
Surveys the field of elementary organic chemistry, emphasizing nomenclature, simple reactions and mechanisms, and the structure of organic compounds, together with their relation to biology. Does not count toward the requirements for a major in chemi,stry and must be taken concurrently with CHEM 264 unless it is being repeated. Prerequisite: CHEM 152 or 154. Three hours laboratory. Fall, annually.|
CHEM 264
Intro Org Chem Lab
Introduces important techniques, synthesis, and functional group analyses of organic compounds. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 254 unless it is being repeated. Three hours laboratory. Fall, annually.|
CHEM 271
Intro Inorganic Chem
Introduces coordination and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory focuses on the properties and reaction chemistry of the elements and inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 152/162. Fall, annually.|
CHEM 361
Intro Analy Chem Lab
Laboratory exercises exemplify and augment topics included in CHEM 351. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 351 unless it is being repeated. Three hours laboratory. Spring, annually.|
CHEM 351
Intro Analy Chem
Explores the theory and applied techniques and instrumentation of analytical chemistry for majors in the allied health and other biological professions. Includes separation procedures and spectrophotometric, volumetric, and electroanalytical methods., Geared toward the analytical chemistry needs of the allied health and biological professions. Does not count toward the requirements for a major in chemistry. Students must concurrently schedule CHEM 361. Prerequisite: CHEM 152 or 154. Three hours l,ecture. Spring, annually.|
COOP 412
Intrn-Chemistry
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CHEM 154
General Chemistry II
Continuation of CHEM 153. Includes a discussion of solutions, thermodynamics, equilibria, kinetics, acids and bases, and oxidation-reduction.. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 164. Prerequisite: CHEM 153. Three hours lecture. Spring, annually.|
CHEM 153
General Chemistry I
Initial course in the fundamental concepts of chemistry for students not majoring in chemistry; it can serve as a preparation for CHEM 254 or as a general education elective. Includes atomic theory and structure, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, and,the physical states of matter. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 163. Three hours lecture. Fall, annually.|
CHEM 164
General Chem II Lab
Laboratory exercises to exemplify and augment the material in CHEM 154. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 154 unless it is being repeated. Prerequisites: CHEM 153, 163. Three hours laboratory. Spring, annually.|
CHEM 163
General Chem I Lab
Laboratory exercises to exemplify and augment the material in CHEM 153. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 153 unless it is being repeated. Three hours laboratory. Fall, annually.|
CHEM 141
Freshman Seminar
Required of all freshman chemistry majors, this course provides an orientation to the university, to the faculty, and to the programs within the chemistry department including, among other topics, advisement, opportunities, curriculum and scheduling,, faculty expectations, laboratory safety procedures, facilities, career options, professional societies. The academic component, involving common readings, assignments, discussions, and attendance at seminars, is part of the course requirements.|
CHEM 311
Drugs: From Discovery To Mkt
A study of the drug development and the pharmaceutical industry. The course will, follow the path that new drugs take from their discovery in the laboratory, through in vitro testing, clinical trails, to final Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appro,val and post-market survellance. Attention will be paid to the role of the FDA, and ethical issues at every step along the path to market. Students will also examine drugs as molecules and how they function physiologically, as well as a look at the, major in vivo targets of drugs. Prerequisite: PHSC 111 or BIOL 111 or equivalent. Spring annually|
CHEM 459
Demos In Chemistry
Studies are made of various demonstration techniques with students devising and applying each with many examples. Emphasizes the study of material the Chem. Study Committee of the American Chemical Society prepared for the purpose of vitalizing high,school chemistry courses. Prerequisites: CHEM 151, 152, and at least one other major course. Offered occasionally.|