Chemistry

Course Descriptions

 

1210 General Chemistry I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Nova Scotia Grade 12 Chemistry and Nova Scotia Grade 12 Mathematics or equivalent

An introduction to general topics in chemistry including composition and properties of matter, reaction stoichiometry, chemical reactions, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular geometry and gases. The course is intended for students interested in the physical sciences, life sciences and for students in the engineering program.


1211 General Chemistry II for Physical Sciences
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1210 and MATH 1210 (which may be taken concurrently)

A continuation of the introduction to general topics in chemistry including chemical equilibrium and applications to aqueous systems, physical equilibrium, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, molecular structure, electrochemistry and organic chemistry. Emphasis is placed on applications to the physical sciences, including chemistry, geology and physics.

Note: This course is intended for students in the physical sciences.

Note: Credit is only given for one of CHEM 1211, 1212, or 1213.


1212 General Chemistry II for Life Sciences
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1210; and three (3) credit hours in CSCI or MATH (except MATH 1202 and MATH 1203) (which can be taken concurrently)

A continuation of the introduction to general topics in chemistry including chemical equilibrium and applications to aqueous systems, physical equilibrium, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, molecular structure, electrochemistry and organic chemistry. Emphasis is placed on applications to the life sciences, including biology.

Note: This course is intended for students in the life sciences. This course satisfies the requirement for the Chemistry Major or Honours only if MATH 1210/1211 is completed successfully.

Note: Credit is only given for one of CHEM 1211, 1212, or 1213.


1213 General Chemistry II for Engineering
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1210 and MATH 1210 (which may be taken concurrently)

A continuation of the introduction to general topics in chemistry including chemical equilibrium and applications to aqueous systems, physical equilibrium, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, molecular structure, electrochemistry and organic chemistry. Emphasis is placed on applications to the related field of engineering.

Note: This course is intended for students in the engineering program.

Note: Credit is only given for one of CHEM 1211, 1212, or 1213.


1221 Chemicals
3 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the chemistry of everyday life for non-science major students who have an interest in improving their scientific literacy and understanding of the world around them. Theory is presented on a need-to-know basis as real-world subjects ranging from the chemistry of global warming to designer drugs are encountered.

Note: There is no lab component for this course.

Note: This course may not be used to satisfy the requirement of a science elective under regulations 3.e., 6.e., 10.c., and 12.b. for B.Sc. degrees.


2100 Green Chemistry [ENVS 2100]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1211 or CHEM 1212 or CHEM 1213.

Green chemistry, or environmentally benign chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.
This course will examine the chemical principles and processes in the development of technology and in the effects that this technology has on the environment. The course will avoid traditional approaches that only consider the treatment of pollution after it was created, and will focus on alternative routes that limit the production of waste.

Note: There is no lab component for this course.


2312 Physical Chemistry I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1211, CHEM 1212 or CHEM 1213, and MATH 1211.

In this introduction to Physical Chemistry, a study of the underlying physical principles that govern the properties and behaviour of chemical systems from a macroscopic viewpoint will be undertaken. Topics covered will include: Laws of Thermodynamics; Temperature; Work, Heat, Enthalpy; Entropy; Carnot Cycle; Free Energy, Colligative Properties of Solutions; Phase Equilibrium; Phase Diagrams of Pure Substances and Simple Mixtures; Chemical Potentials and Chemical Equilibrium.


2313 Physical Chemistry II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1211, 1212 or 1213, and MATH 1211.

In this second course in Physical Chemistry, the focus is on processes by which change occurs in chemical systems and the rates of these changes. The first part of the course examines molecular motion in gases and liquids and the mobility of ions in solution. In the second part, the focus is on the branch of Physical Chemistry called Kinetics. The rates and mechanisms of simple and complex chemical reactions will be examined, including polymerization and reactions at surfaces. Topics may include catalysis and kinetics of crystallization.


2322 Inorganic Chemistry I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1211, 1212 or 1213.

This course will examine the structure and bonding of the main group elements. Topics covered will include electronic structure of atoms, bonding theories, ionic solids, and an introduction to point group symmetry and group theory; descriptive chemistry of the main group elements and their compounds.


2332 Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Wet Methods
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1211, 1212 or 1213.

An integrated lecture-laboratory course with emphasis on basic analytical methods. The practical application of analytical methods will be stressed by analyzing geological and environmental samples. Lecture topics will include treatment of data, theory of gravimetric and titrimetric analyses and chemical equilibria.


2333 Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Instrumental Methods
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2332

An integrated lecture-laboratory course with emphasis on basic analytical methods. The practical application of analytical methods will be stressed by analyzing geological and environmental samples. Lecture topics will include an introduction to electrochemistry, spectroscopy, chromatography and extractions.


2344 Organic Chemistry I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1211, 1212 or 1213.

An introduction to organic chemistry designed for all students in life science, physical science, general science, engineering or non-science. Topics covered include the structure, nomenclature, physical properties, synthesis, reactions and spectroscopic properties of all classes of hydrocarbons: alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, arenes, alicyclic compounds, polyenes, as well as the principle heterocyclic compounds. The course emphasizes the mechanistic approach to the reactivity of organic compounds and provides a thorough introduction to stereochemistry and nuclear magnetic resonance.


2345 Organic Chemistry II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2344

A course for chemistry majors and other physical science students intending to go on to more advanced organic chemistry. Introduction to the mechanisms of the reactions of monofunctional organic compounds. Introduction to stereochemistry. Simple spectroscopy. Macromolecules. Introduction to synthesis design.


2346 Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1211, 1212 or 1213.

A course for students in the life sciences. The course covers the chemistry of the principle functional groups in organic molecules with special emphasis on the relevance of organic functional group chemistry to molecules of biological importance. The functional group classes include: alcohols, thiols, phenols, ethers, epoxides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amides, anhydrides, acid chlorides, nitriles, amines, amino acids, proteins, and carbohydrates. The course emphasizes the mechanistic approach to functional group reactivity and makes the connection to biochemistry at every opportunity. The stereochemical features of molecules of biological interest are emphasized.

Note: This course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for the Chemistry Major; Honours; or double Major or Honours. Students planning to go to some professional schools in Life Sciences are strongly advised to take CHEM 2344 and CHEM 2345.


2373 Environmental Chemistry I [ENVS 2373]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 1211, 1212 or 1213.

Students examine sources, movements and ultimate destinations of chemicals in air, water and soil. Topics include: principles of green chemistry; reactions of the ozone layer; chemistry of ground-level air pollution; greenhouse effect; fossil fuel energy; global warming; alternative energy sources; polycyclic organic compounds; and the chemistry of natural waters including pollution and disinfection.

Note: There is no laboratory component for this course.


3424 Inorganic Chemistry II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2322

This course examines the structure, bonding, and reactivity of transition metal complexes. Topics will include crystal field theory, ligand field theory, magnetism and electronic structure of coordination compounds; oxidation and reduction and substitution reactions of square planar and octahedral complexes. Ligands and an introduction to organometallic chemistry will also be covered.


3432 Instrumental Analysis I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2333.

Students examine advanced aspects of instrumental analysis including (i) atomic spectroscopy including atomic absorption and emission; (ii) inductively coupled plasma (ICP) techniques such as ICP-mass spectrometry and ICP- atomic emission spectroscopy; iii) analogue circuits and devices and digital electronics, and additional topics at the discretion of the Instructor.


3443 Organic Reaction Mechanisms
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2345.

A study of the more important mechanisms of reactions of organic molecules and the methods by which they are elucidated: applications of kinetic data, isotope effects, linear free energy relationships, orbital symmetry control and acid and base catalysis.


3445 Organic Spectroscopy
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2345

An introduction to the interpretation of 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectra. Infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and ultra-violet spectrophotometry will also be applied to the problems of organic and organometallic structural determination.


3451 Introductory Biochemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2345 or 2346

This course reviews and/or presents an introduction to the chemistry and biochemistry of macromolecules such as proteins, enzymes, simple and complex carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and coenzymes. A relationship between the molecular structure of a given macromolecule, its properties, and its function in the living system is explored. The laboratory work concentrates on the isolation, purification, and analysis of naturally occurring macromolecules and includes study of their properties, using micro chemical measurements.


4412 Quantum Chemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2312, 2313 and MATH 2311.

The basic principles of quantum physics are used to develop an understanding of atomic and molecular structure.


4413 Physical Chemistry III
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2312, CHEM 2313 and MATH 2311

An introduction to statistical thermodynamics and the study of chemical reaction rates and mechanisms.


4414 Symmetry and Chemical Applications of Group Theory
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 4412 and three credit hours in MATH at the 2000 level or higher.

An introduction to symmetry and group theory for the experimental chemist. Applications of point groups and space groups in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, atomic and molecular structure and crystallography.


4421 Organometallic Chemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3424 or permission of the instructor.

This course will deal with synthesis, structure, and reactivity or organotransition metal complexes. Topics will include transition metal-alkyls, -carbonyls, -alkenes, -alkynes and - bonded complexes, fundamental reactions and applications to organic synthesis and catalysis. Characterization of organometallic complexes using spectroscopic techniques (IR, Raman, NMR, and ESR) and X-ray crystallography will also be covered.


4422 Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3424 or permission of the instructor.

Current topics and applications of inorganic chemistry will be covered, and may include the following: cluster chemistry, chemistry of the lanthanides and actinides, inorganic and organometallic materials, bioinorganic chemistry and inorganic photochemistry.


4433 Instrumental Analysis II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2333.

Students examine advanced aspects of instrumental analysis including (i) separation techniques including high performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography; (ii) organic mass spectrometry; and (iii) hyphenated techniques with organic mass spectrometry and additional topics at the discretion of the Instructor.


4444 Synthesis in Organic Chemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 2345.

A study of the principles involved in the planning and execution of the synthesis of organic molecules. Laboratory experiments are designed so that students learn to identify their products by the use of spectroscopic and other techniques.


4452 Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3451.

A course presenting principles of metabolism of biomolecules involved in energy production, formation of biosynthetic substrates and metabolism of nucleic acids. Both catabolic and anabolic processes as well as transport of biomolecules within cells and organs are considered.


4453 Biochemistry: Secondary Metabolism II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CHEM 3451.

A course presenting principles of metabolism of molecules commonly referred to as the secondary metabolites, i.e. involved neither in energy nor in biosynthetic substrates formation. Thus biosynthetic pathways leading to formation of major secondary metabolite (or natural products) classes,
i.e. fatty acids derivatives, polyketides, isoprenoids including sterols, alkaloids, and shikimic acid pathway products such as phenols, lignans, and flavonoids, will be presented. Some major enzymes involved in formation of these biomolecules as well as the methods of pathway and structure elucidation will be presented along with biological activity, ecological and taxonomic significance of metabolites. The laboratory component will provide an opportunity to complete an individual research project, including literature search, experimental work, analysis of results, and writing a comprehensive report.


4499 Selected Research Topics in Chemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Enrolment is permitted to declared Chemistry Majors or Honours students who have successfully completed twenty-four (24) credit hours in CHEM.

A weekly seminar course that covers a broad range of research topics that are of current relevance, including ethics in science. Speakers include faculty from within and outside Saint Mary’s University and students will normally be expected to present two seminars.


4500 Research Thesis
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Enrollment is permitted to declared Chemistry Honours students only.

Students will carry out a research project under the direction of one of the Chemistry Department faculty members and will prepare a thesis on their work. The thesis is presented orally.


4876 – 4899 Directed Study in Chemistry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

These courses cover advanced topics in chemistry chosen according to the needs and interests of the students and instructor. These courses provide an opportunity to study a particular subject in detail and require some measure of independence and initiative from the student.