Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Science (2006/2007)
5.3 Chemistry
5.3.1 Programs in Chemistry

The following undergraduate programs are available in the department:

  1. Major* or Honours* in Chemistry

  2. Joint Honours in Chemistry and Earth Sciences*

  3. Joint Honours in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics*

  4. Joint Honours in Chemistry and Biochemistry*

  5. Joint Honours in Chemistry and Physics*

  6. Minor in Chemistry

* These programs are accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.

Details of joint programs are given after the Honours B.Sc. Regulations.

5.3.2 Undergraduate Handbook

Additional information about the undergraduate program, individual courses and suggested timetables can be found in the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Handbook which is available on the web at www.chem.mun.ca.

5.3.3 Faculty Advisors

Each student majoring in Chemistry will be assigned a Faculty Advisor who should be consulted on all academic matters. Individual programs must be drawn up in consultation with the advisor.

Note:

Students who have obtained a grade of 3 or better on the Advanced Placement courses in Chemistry will normally be eligible for direct entry into Chemistry 1031 or second year courses. Such students must consult the department before registration.

5.3.4 Minor in Chemistry

Candidates who take a minor in Chemistry will complete Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010, 1011 and 1031) or equivalent, 2400, 2401, 2210, 2300 and 6 credit hours in courses chosen from 3100, 3211, 3300, 3301, 3410, 3411 and 3500.

5.3.5 General Degree - Major in Chemistry

The courses required for a Major in Chemistry are:

  1. Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010, 1011 and 1031) or equivalent, 2300, 2210, 2400, 2401, 3100, 3211, 3300, 3301, 3410, 3411, 3500 and 4110.

  2. Physics 1050 (or 1020 and 1021) and 1051.

  3. Mathematics 1000, 1001, 2000, 2050 and Applied Mathematics 3260.

  4. Biochemistry 2101

Recommended courses: Biochemistry 2101, Mathematics 2051, Physics 2820 and/or 2750, and 6 credit hours in one of the following languages: French, German, or Russian.

Students considering declaring Chemistry as their Major are encouraged to contact either the Department Head or the Deputy Head (Undergraduate Studies).

5.3.6 Honours Degree in Chemistry

Students wishing to take Honours should consult those sections of the Calendar dealing with Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science. The Honours program in Chemistry consists of at least 66 credit hours in Chemistry courses. It is recommended that candidates also take groups of 18 or more credit hours in each of two other science subjects, normally Biochemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences, Physics, or Mathematics.

Required Courses

  1. Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010, 1011 and 1031) or equivalent, 2300, 2210, 2400, 2401, 3100, 3211, 3300, 3301, 3410, 3411, 3500, 4110, 4300, 4302, 490A/B, 6 credit hours selected from courses with initial digits 42, and a selection from the remaining 4000-level courses.

  2. Physics 1050 (or 1020 and 1021) and 1051.

  3. Mathematics 1000, 1001, 2000, 2050 and Applied Mathematics 3260.

  4. Biochemistry 2101

Recommended courses: Biochemistry 2100, Mathematics 2051, Physics 2820 and/or 2750.

A thesis based on a selected research topic carried out under the supervision of a member of the department is to be submitted in the final year.

Chemistry 490A/B will normally require the equivalent of 9 hours/week for 2 semesters. Registration in Chemistry 490A/B is restricted to those students who have honours standing. Evaluation of the dissertation will be pass/fail, assessed by a committee comprising the supervisor and two other faculty members.

With approval of the Heads of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments prior to registration, a number of courses in Biochemistry may be substituted for a like number of Chemistry courses.

Six credit hours in one language are recommended: French, German or Russian should be selected in consultation with the Department Head.

Prospective Honours students in Chemistry in their first year should take

  1. Six credit hours in English.

  2. Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010, 1011 and 1031) or their equivalents.

  3. Physics 1050 and 1051 or 1020 and 1021.

  4. Mathematics 1000 and 1001

  5. Six credit hours in other courses.

Given appropriate circumstances the Honours Chemistry program may be completed in four years. Students should consult the Undergraduate Student Handbook for timetabling details.

Note:

Students completing first year requirements for any of Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics via the three course options (i.e. Chemistry 1010, 1011, 1031 (or 1800, 1200, 1001), Mathematics 1090, 1000, 1001, Physics 1020, 1021, 1051) instead of the two course options (Chemistry 1050, 1051, Mathematics 1000, 1001, Physics 1050, 1051) will require the corresponding number of extra credits to obtain an Honours degree.

Arrangements for subsequent years will depend on the other science subjects being studied and should be made in consultation with the Head of the Department.

Note:

Certain advanced courses may only be offered in alternate years. Candidates therefore should consult the Head of the Department before registration.

Certain of the Graduate courses may be taken in the final year of the Honours Program with the permission of the Head of the Department.

Note:

Details of Joint Honours programs with Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Physics as outlined under Joint Programs.

5.3.7 Course Restrictions

Credit will be given for no more than one of Chemistry 1000, 1010, 1050, 1200, 150A/B, no more than one of Chemistry 1001, 1031, 1051, 150A/B, and no more than one of Chemistry 1001, 1011, 1051, 150A/B.

5.3.8 Course List

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

Note:

Attendance for all Chemistry Laboratory sessions is mandatory. Failure to attend may result in a failing grade or deregistration from the course.

1010 and 1011

Introductory Chemistry I and II

examines descriptive chemistry; atomic structure; chemical bonding; periodicity illustrated by the chemistry of selected elements; mole concept and stoichiometry; physical properties of matter; energetics; rates of reaction; chemical equilibrium; electrochemistry.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1010 is a prerequisite for Chemistry 1011.

Lectures: Four hours per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

1031

Introductory Chemistry III

(F) & (I)

prepares students who have completed Chemistry 1010 and 1011 for Chemistry 2210, 2300 and 2400. It augments the topics covered in Chemistry 1010 and 1011 with the greater depth and problem solving emphasis of Chemistry 1050 and 1051.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 1011 and Mathematics 1000.

Lectures: Four hours per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

1050 and 1051

General Chemistry I and II

has topics that will be similar to 1010/1011 but will be treated in greater depth with an emphasis on problem solving.

Prerequisites: Mathematics 1000. Mathematics 1000 may be taken concurrently with Chemistry 1050. Chemistry 1050 and Mathematics 1000 are prerequisites for Chemistry 1051.

Lectures: Four hours per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

Notes:

  1. For entry to Chemistry 1050 students must have

    1. achieved at least 75% in high school Chemistry 3202 and

    2. successfully completed high school Advanced Mathematics 3205.

  2. Other students, including those with no high school chemistry background, will take Chemistry 1010. It is recommended that students taking Chemistry 1010 have at least 70% in high school Academic Mathematics 3204, or a pass in any university level mathematics course.

  3. Only six science credit hours will be awarded for a major or honours in Chemistry from the following course groups: Chemistry 1010/1011/1031, or Chemistry 1800/1200/1001 (Sir Wilfred Grenfell College).

2210

Introductory Inorganic Chemistry

(W)

studies the chemistry of selected s, p, and d block elements. Introduction to crystal and molecular structures and to molecular orbital and crystal field theories.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 1051 (or 1001 or 1031), Mathematics 1000.

Lectures: Three per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

2300

Introductory Physical Chemistry

(F) & (W)

examines introductory chemical thermodynamics and equilibria. Complementary laboratory work with an emphasis on quantitative analysis.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 1051 (or 1001 or 1031), Mathematics 1001, Physics 1051 or 1021.

Lectures: Three per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

2400

Introductory Organic Chemistry I

(F)

is a course on bonding involving carbon; conformations and sterochemistry; introduction to functional groups and nomenclature; properties, syntheses and reactions of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides and alcohols.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1051 or 1031; or Chemistry 1010 and 1011 with a grade of at least 80% in each; or Chemistry 1011 with a grade of at least 85%; or Chemistry 1001 with a grade of at least 65%.

Lectures: Three per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

Note:

Credit will not be given for more than one of Chemistry 2400, 2420, 2440 and 240A/B.

2401

Introductory Organic Chemistry II

(W)

is an introduction to the interpretation of infrared, H and C-13 NMR spectra; properties, syntheses and reactions of ethers, simple aromatic compounds, ketones, aldehydes, amines, carboxylic acids and their derivatives; aldol and related reactions.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 2400.

Lectures: Three per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

Note:

Credit will not be given for more than one of Chemistry 2401, 2420, 2440, and 240A/B.

2440

Organic Chemistry for Biologists

(F) & (W)

is an introduction to the principles of organic chemistry with an emphasis on material relevant to biological molecules. The laboratory will introduce techniques and illustrate concepts covered in the course.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1011 (or 1001 or 1051).

Lectures: Three per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

Note:

This course is designed primarily for Biology Majors. It may not be used for credit by Chemistry or Biochemistry Majors and may not serve as a prerequisite for any other Chemistry course. Credit may be obtained for only one of Chemistry 2400, 2420, 2440, 240A/B.

3100

Analytical Chemistry I

(F) & (W)

is a treatment of data, gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis including oxidation-reduction titrations using electrochemical techniques, the use of specific ion electrodes, and titrations in non-aqueous systems. Spectrophotometric trace analysis and titration.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 2300.

Lectures and Laboratories: Not more than seven hours per week.

3211

Inorganic Chemistry

(W)

is a detailed examination of the structure, bonding, and chemistry of the d block elements.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 2210 and 2300.

Lectures: Three per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

3300

Physical Chemistry I

(F)

examines the laws of thermodynamics, calorimetry, thermochemistry, equilibrium constants. Introduction to thermodynamics of non-ideal gases. Topics will include partial molal quantities, phase equilibria, thermodynamics of solutions, activity coefficients of non-electrolytes, the Gibbs-Duhem equation.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 2300, Mathematics 2000.

Lectures: Three per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

3301

Physical Chemistry II

(W)

examines electrical conductivity of solutions, electrochemical cells, equilibrium constants of weak electrolytes, activity coefficients of electrolytes. Elementary theoretical chemistry, introduction to quantum mechanics, statistical interpretation of thermodynamic functions of ideal gases, and kinetic theory of gases. Chemical kinetics including relaxation techniques and mass transport phenomena.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 3300 and Applied Mathematics 3260.

Lectures: Three per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

3410

Bio-organic Chemistry

(F)

is a study of the major classes of biomolecules, their structure, function, and in vitro chemistry. An introduction to natural products. Synthetic polymers compared to biopolymers. Heteroaromatic molecules and derived biomolecules.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 2401. It is recommended that Chemistry 3500 be taken concurrently.

Lectures: Three hours per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

Note:

Students may obtain credit for only one of Chemistry 3410 and the former Chemistry 3401.

3411

Synthetic Organic Chemistry I

(W)

is a survey of some important reactions used in organic synthesis, including pericyclic reactions and those based on carbocation, carbene, nitrene and carbanion intermediates. Emphasis is placed on multifunctional compounds.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 3410, or all of Chemistry 2401, Biochemistry 2100 and Biochemistry 2101.

Lectures: Three hours per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

Note:

Students may obtain credit for only one of Chemistry 3411 and the former Chemistry 3400.

3500

Spectroscopic Analysis: Spectroscopy and Structure

(F)

is the application of spectroscopic methods to the determination of molecular structure. Emphasis will be placed on electronic, vibrational and rotational spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 2210, 2300, 2401. Physics 2750 is strongly recommended.

Lectures and Laboratory: Not more than six hours per week.

3600

Marine Chemistry

(W)

- inactive course.

4110

Analytical Chemistry II

(F)

examines error treatment, atomic emission and absorption spectroscopy, chromatographic and other separation techniques, electroanalytical chemistry, mass spectrometry, x-ray spectroscopy, ion and electron spectroscopy.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 3100 and 3300. Chemistry 3300 may be taken concurrently with Chemistry 4110.

Lectures and Laboratories: Not more than six hours per week.

Note:

Students may obtain credit for only one of Chemistry 4110 and the former Chemistry 4100 and for only one of Chemistry 4110 and the former Chemistry 4101.

4150

Advanced Spectrometric Techniques

- inactive course.

4151

Analytical Separations and Organic Mass Spectrometry

examines advances in the traditional chromatographic techniques, the development of new analytical tools in separation science, the interfacing of mass spectrometers to chromatographic instruments, and other mass spectrometric techniques.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 4110, which may be taken concurrently (or Chemistry 4100 or Chemistry 4101)

Lectures and Laboratories: Not more than six hours per week.

4152

Electroanalytical Techniques

examines the principles and theory of dynamic electrochemistry, voltammetry, stripping analysis, electro-chemical sensors and detectors.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 4110, which may be taken concurrently (or Chemistry 4100 or Chemistry 4101).

Lectures and Laboratories: Not more than six hours per week.

4201

Coordination Chemistry in Biological Molecules - Structural, Mechanistic and Magnetic Studies

examines the role of certain transition elements e.g. iron, copper, cobalt, and zinc, in proteins and enzymes will be discussed in terms of structural features, the natural ligands, magnetic properties, mechanisms, etc., and reinforced with examples of 'model compounds'. Magnetic theory, in particular for polynuclear transition metal complexes, will also be developed.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 3211.

Lectures: Three per week.

4202

Selected Topics in Main Group Chemistry

- inactive course.

4203

Organometallic Chemistry

- inactive course.

4204

Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms and Catalysis

is a survey of inorganic and organometallic reactions, their mechanisms and kinetic characteristics. In addition, stereochemical non-rigidity, reactions of coordinated ligands and homogeneous catalysis are discussed.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 3211.

Lectures: Three per week.

4205

Photochemistry of Transition Metal Complexes

is an introduction to the theory of electronic excited states in transition metal complexes. Applications to artificial photosynthesis, photodynamic therapy, molecular photovoltaics and molecular electronics.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 3211 and 3301 (which may be taken concurrently).

Lectures: 3 hours per week.

4300

Advanced Physical Chemistry I: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy

(F)

examines solutions of the Schrodinger wave equation by means of second order differential equations and operator and matrix methods. Electronic spectra of atoms, and the rotational, vibrational and electronic spectra of diatomic and triatomic molecules. Chemical bonding.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 3301.

Lectures: Three per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

4302

Statistical Thermodynamic

(W)

examines probability theory, ensembles, quantum statistical thermodynamics of ideal gases, perfect crystals, metals and radiation. Semiclassical statistical thermodynamics, distribution functions, dense gases and liquids.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 4300.

Lectures: Three hours per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week

Note:

Students may obtain credit for only one of the former Chemistry 4301 and Chemistry 4302.

4350

Advanced Physical Chemistry III: Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry

(W)

- inactive course.

4411

Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

- inactive course.

4420

Physical Organic Chemistry

(F)

is an introduction to the quantitative and qualitative theories of reactions and reactivity and their application to organic reaction mechanisms and to mechanism elucidation.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 3301, and 3401 or 3411. Chemistry 3500 is strongly recommended.

Note:

Students may obtain credit for only one of Chemistry 4420 and the former Chemistry 4400 and for only one of Chemistry 4420 and the former Chemistry 4401.

4430

Synthetic Organic Chemistry II

(W)

examines modern synthetic methods with particular attention placed on the synthesis of enantiomerically enriched compounds and newer methods for the formation of carbon-carbon bonds. Designing syntheses of complex organic molecules.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 3401 or 3411. Chemistry 4420 is strongly recommended.

Note:

Students may obtain credit for only one of Chemistry 4430 and the former Chemistry 4410.

490A/B

Honours Thesis