North Central College - Naperville, IL

Chemistry Courses

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

CHM 095 Preparation for College Chemistry (2.00)
Preparation for the level of problem-solving skills required in CHM 141. Topics include mathematical skills such as scientific notation, significant figures, logarithms, and graphing, as well as chemical topics selected from atomic structure, atomic and molecular weights, stoichiometry, chemical equations, molarity, solubility, acids and bases, equilibrium, and gas laws. This course is intended for students with limited prior background in chemistry or in need of review of basic chemical problem solving skills. This course does not count toward the 120 hours required for graduation. Instructor consent required.

CHM 100 Chemistry Today (3.50)
A chemistry course for non-science majors. A quest for understanding those facets of chemistry that most directly affect daily existence through a study of selected topics in inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry. Does not count toward a chemistry major. May not be taken after any higher level chemistry course. Laboratory. Prerequisite: H.S. Algebra or MTH 095. Core: Science (Lab).

CHM 141 General Chemistry I: Bio-Organic Molecules (3.75)
An introduction to chemical principles through examples from the chemistry of carbon compounds and the molecules found in living systems, such as simple organic compounds, synthetic polymers, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Major topics include atomic and electronic structure, ions, molecules, bonding energies, hybridization, acid/base chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, steroechemistry, and polymer chemistry. Laboratory. Prerequisites: One year H.S. chemistry; two years H.S. algebra or MTH 095. Core: Science (Lab).

CHM 142 General Chemistry II: Environmental Chemistry (4.00)
An introduction to chemical principles within the context of the environmental issues of building copper mines, water treatment, and acid rain. Major chemical topics include aqueous reactions, properties of solutions, thermochemistry, equilibria, acid/base, buffers, redox, electrochemistry, coordination chemistry, metallurgy, and kinetics. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: CHM 141. Core: Science (Lab).

CHM 190 ACCA Seminar (0.00)
Study of a current topic in chemistry. The topic is provided by the annual seminar series of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area, and attendance at the seminars is the major part of the course. May be repeated once with new content. May be substituted for one of the required non-credit CHM 475 courses. Prerequisite: One 100-level CHM course.

CHM 205 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (4.00)
Theoretical concepts of bonding, acid/base, and redox chemistry. Descriptive chemistry of the elements highlighting their relationship to the biological world. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: CHM 142.

CHM 210 Chemical Analysis (3.75)
Quantitative analysis including theory and techniques for gravimetric, volumetric, and spectrophotometric methods. Laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 142.

CHM 215 Organic Chemistry I (4.00)
Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, with emphasis upon molecular structure, stereochemistry, and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Techniques for isolating and purifying organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Prerequisite: Seven hours in CHM. Only offered in Summer.

CHM 216 Organic Chemistry II (4.00)
Continuation of CHM 215. This course builds on previously learned concepts to further explore the mechanisms of organic reactions. The emphasis shifts from physical organic to synthetic organic chemistry. Laboratory. Prerequisite: CHM 215. Only offered in Summer.

CHM 220 Organic Chemistry I (2.75)
Survey of the various classes of carbon compounds, emphasizing molecular structure, stereochemistry, and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Techniques for isolating and purifying organic compounds are learned in the laboratory. Prerequisite: Seven hours in CHM.

CHM 221 Organic Chemistry II (2.75)
Continuation of CHM 220, emphasizing the chemistry of aromatic compounds, carbonyl containing functional groups, and alcohols. The synthesis and chemical transformations of organic molecules is studied in more depth. Laboratory work focuses on synthetic techniques as well as physical and spectroscopic methods for molecular structure determination. Prerequisite: CHM 220.

CHM 222 Organic Chemistry III (3.00)
Continuation of CHM 221, with emphasis on the synthetic transformations of carbonyl containing functional groups, nitrogen containing compounds, biomolecules, and pericyclic reactions. Laboratory work involves an 8-9 week research project, poster presentation, and formal written report. Prerequisite: CHM 221.

CHM 272 Spectral Interpretation I (1.00)
This course will explore the variety of energy transitions involved in spectroscopic methods and the identification of organic structures by interpretation of the spectra produced from Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H & 13C), Infrared, Mass-Spectroscopy, and UV-Visible spectroscopy. This course will emphasize the individual problem solving techniques that can be utilized to identify organic structures by each of the techniques. Prerequisite: CHM 220.

CHM 273 Spectral Interpretation II (1.00)
This course will continue with the ideas presented in CHM 272 (Spectral Interpretation I) and focus on the identification of organic molecules from the synergistic information afforded by a combination of all the individual techniques previously learned. Also included is a more advanced study of Mass Spectral fragmentation patterns and Correlation (two-dimensional) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. The latter technique will include how to us COSY, HMBC, etc. to interpret 2-D NMR spectra towards acquiring further structural information on organic molecules. Prerequisite: CHM 272.

CHM 297 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

CHM 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

CHM 340 Thermodynamics (4.00)
A study of the relationship of temperature to other properties of matter, using both macroscopic and microscopic viewpoints. Applications to chemical equilibrium, phase transitions, and thermal properties of gases and solids. Laboratory. Same as: PHY 340. Prerequisites: MTH 152; PHY 143A or PHY 143C.

CHM 341 Kinetics, Quantum Theory, & Spectroscopy (4.00)
Survey of experimental and theoretical physical chemistry, including methods for determining rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions, quantum theory of atomic structure and chemical bonding, and spectroscopic methods used to determine molecular structure. Laboratory. Prerequisites: Seven hours in CHM; MTH 152; PHY 143A or PHY 143C.

CHM 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

CHM 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

CHM 405 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3.75)
Coordination chemistry of the transition metals including isomerism, symmetry, group theory, molecular orbital theory, crystal field theory, uv-visible spectroscopy, and kinetics and mechanisms of ligand substitution reactions. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: CHM 341.

CHM 410 Instrumental Analysis (4.00)
Theory and practice of instrumental analytical chemistry. Major topics include potentiometric and voltammetric methods, chromatography, spectrophotometry, mass spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry. Laboratory. Prerequisites: CHM 210; one of PHY 115, PHY 143A, or PHY 143C.

CHM 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3.75)
Topics in organic chemistry which build on the principles covered in CHM 220 and 221. The course explores one topic in depth, with emphasis on organic synthesis and natural products chemistry. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: CHM 216 or 222.

CHM 425 Organometallic Chemistry (3.75)
Structure and bonding, ligands, reactions, and catalysis in chemical industry and pharmaceuticals. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: CHM 341.

CHM 430 Special Topics (1.50-3.75)
Advanced topics in chemistry. May be repeated with new content. Prerequisite varies with content.

CHM 475 Seminar (0.00-1.00)
Each student presents the results of a laboratory research project in a scientific meeting format. Same as: BIO 475. Prerequisite: If taken for 0.00 credit, none; if taken for 1.00 credit, one 400-level CHM course.

CHM 480 Research (1.00-6.00)
Individual laboratory investigation of a problem in chemistry, undertaken with guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated up to a maximum of six credit hours. Instructor consent required.

CHM 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

CHM 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.