General Chemistry I (CHE 121) is designed to introduce you to a variety of elementary scientific and chemical topics.  In addition to conceptual understanding of the topics, applications and problem-solving are emphasized.

Building on the course material in CHE 121, the student will learn about and apply fundamental chemical concepts that will lay the groundwork for future study in the fields of chemistry, bio-chemistry, and related fields.


1.  Learn problem-solving techniques.

2.  Learn about fundamental concepts including:

a.     Gas laws

b.     Reaction kinetics

c.     Acid-base chemistry

d.     Thermochemistry

e.     Spectroscopy (interaction between light    and matter)

f.      Molecular structure (VSPER, hybridization)

g.     Chemical equilibrium

h.     Reduction-oxidation chemistry (including electrochemistry and oxidation states)

3.     Explore other chemical phenomena including biochemical processes of photo-synthesis and fermentation

As a course with a focus on obtaining and using chemical information this course will involve a discussion of ethical issues pertaining to obtaining, creating, and disseminating chemical information. An overview of parameters involved in ethical decision-making will be introduced, with presentations of case studies. Students will be introduced to the use of chemical literature and techniques of technical writing. The course is designed to expose students to the various resources used by chemists to research a chemical topic. During the first part of the semester, students will learn about techniques for searching for chemical information and about available resources for accessing chemical information. A field trip to Linda Hall Library will expose students to this premiere science and technology library in Kansas City. The course culminates in a final oral research report presented in a technical report format about a chemical compound family using Powerpoint®. As a rule, one-hour lecture periods are scheduled; however, the field trip to Linda Hall Library will require a two to three-hour session.

The studies begun in CHE 301 continue in this course. Typical

topics explored include the synthesis and reactions of aromatic compounds, alcohols, ethers, carbonyl compounds, and amines. An emphasis is placed on the functional groups involved in the chemistry of biological molecules.

Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life.  Thus, this course explores the molecular interactions of biomolecules.  With this focus, it will incorporate concepts from organic and inorganic chemistry, genetics, microbiology, cell biology and molecular biology.  The student will be required to build on concepts he/she has learned in previous biology and chemistry courses to successfully complete this course.  With this in mind, the outcomes of this course will be: 

  1. to understand the relationship between structure and function of biomolecules
  2. to understand the inter-relationship of biochemical reactions
  3. to incorporate these concepts into a well-rounded understanding of the activity of organelles and cells
  4. to gain skills in reading and understanding primary literature discussing biomolecules
  5. to gain more knowledge of the following chemical concepts:        a.  chemical kinetics, especially in relationship to enzyme                   kinetics
        b.  thermochemistry

        c.  oxidation-reduction chemistry

Biochemistry Laboratory (CHE 450L) will introduce students to laboratory techniques commonly employed in Biochemistry, with an emphasis on protein purification and characterization.