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Thompson Rivers University

Chemistry Courses

All chemistry courses are one-semester courses. Third- and fourth-year lectures and laboratories are separate courses. The first number in a course label indicates the academic year in which the course will usually be taken, followed by the number of credits gained upon successful completion, followed by the vectoring of lecture hours, seminar hours and laboratory hours in parenthesis.

First year
CHEM 1310
CHEM 1310
The World of Chemistry (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This course will look at a variety of chemistry issues that have changed history or are in the news today. Everything from Napoleon's buttons to climate change will be covered. No backgrounds in Science or Mathematics is required. This is an introductory chemistry course for non-Science students. This is a credit course for all bachelor degrees except Science.
Prerequisite: First Year Standing
Note: CHEM 1310 is designed as an introductory science course for those who have taken no previous Chemistry and who do not intend to major in the sciences. No credit will be given for CHEM 1310 towards a B.Sc. Credit will be given towards a B.A. degree.
CHEM 1500
CHEM 1500
Chemical Bonding and Organic Chemistry (4,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This course provides an overview of general concepts of chemical bonding, Lewis structures, molecular shape, and valence bond theory of bonding. The organic chemistry portion of the course focuses on the bonding and structure of organic compounds, functional groups, conformational and stereochemical features, oxidation-reduction reactions, substitution and elimination reactions, and enolate chemistry. The laboratory work stresses basic precision techniques in quantitative analytical chemistry as well as experiments in instrumental analysis and organic chemistry. The laboratory also introduces students to some spectroscopic techniques.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 11 or 12; CHEM 0500 or 0600; and Pre-Calculus 12 or MATH 0600/0610
CHEM 1510
CHEM 1510
Fundamentals of Chemistry (4,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This is the second half of a fundamental first year chemistry course, designed for students who have completed CHEM 1500: Chemical Bonding and Organic Chemistry, and have a Chemistry 11 background. The topics include a brief review of stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, equilibrium and electrochemistry. Students are expected to become familiar with these topics, and demonstrate their proficiency in various laboratory techniques. The laboratory stresses fundamental precision techniques in quantitative analytical and physical chemistry.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1500 (minimum C-) and Chemistry 11 or CHEM 0500 Required Lab: CHEM 1510L
CHEM 1520
CHEM 1520
Principles of Chemistry (3,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This course is the second half of first year chemistry designed for students with a strong background in Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry defines a strong background as at least a B in Chemistry 12 or CHEM 0600; however, the course is available to any student with CHEM 1500 and Chemistry 12 or CHEM 0600. The topics include gas laws, equilibrium, redox reactions, electrochemistry, thermochemistry, entropy and free energy. Students are expected to become familiar with these topics during the course, and demonstrate their proficiency in various laboratory techniques. The laboratory stresses fundamental precision techniques in quantitative analytical and physical chemistry.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1500 (C- minimum) and Chemistry 12 or CHEM 0600 (a grade of B or better is recommended) or acceptance into the Engineering Program Required Lab: CHEM 1520L
Second year
CHEM 2000
CHEM 2000
Relativity and Quanta (3,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students explore special relativity: Lorenz transformations; and dynamics and conservation laws. The quantum physics section of this course includes the experimental evidence for quantization, and a qualitative discussion of the concepts of quantum mechanics and their application to simple systems of atoms and nuclei. This course is identical to PHYS 2000.
Prerequisite: PHYS 1100/1200 or PHYS 1150/1250, MATH 1130/1230 or MATH 1140/1240 or MATH 1150/1250
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of either CHEM 2000 or PHYS 2000 Required Seminar: CHEM 2000S
CHEM 2100
CHEM 2100
Introductory Analytical Chemistry (3,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students are introduced to the principles of analytical chemistry and their practical application to solution samples. Topics include statistical method of data analysis, quantitative principles of chemical equilibrium, and fundamental concepts of gravimetric, spectrophotometric, electrochemical, and chromatographic methods of analysis. In the laboratory component, students perform experiments using the same state-of-the-art instrumentation used in many commercial and research laboratories. An analysis of samples of clinical, environmental, and biochemical interest is completed to illustrate the material discussed in lectures.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1500 (minimum C- grade) and either CHEM 1510 or 1520 (minimum C- grade) Required Lab: CHEM 2100L
CHEM 2120
CHEM 2120
Organic Chemistry 1 (3,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This course is a study of the compounds of carbon with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms, to illustrate the basic principles of organic chemistry. The topics include structure and bonding, preparations and reactions of the functional groups, and stereochemistry. Biological and biochemical applications are also discussed. The laboratory work illustrates basic separation, purification and identification techniques, and spectroscopic techniques are introduced.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1500 (minimum C- grade) and either CHEM 1510 or 1520 (minimum C- grade)
Note: ECHE 1110/ECHE 1210 are not prerequisites for 2nd year Chemistry courses. Engineering students who may wish to take 2nd year Chemistry courses should meet with their Engineering Advisor and the Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences as early as possible.
CHEM 2160
CHEM 2160
Structure, Bonding and Spectroscopy (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students develop fundamental quantum ideas in chemistry and apply them to topics in chemical bonding and spectroscopy. Bonding concepts revolve around electrostatic models applied to ionic compounds and transition metal complexes. Covalent bonding is approached from the molecular orbital point of view, while students survey homo- and heteronuclear diatomics, and briefly consider larger molecules. Fundamental concepts in spectroscopy are introduced, and vibrational, electronic, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy is discussed. Fundamental aspects of symmetry guide several of these treatments.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1500 (minimum C- grade) and either CHEM 1510 or 1520 (minimum C- grade)
CHEM 2220
CHEM 2220
Organic Chemistry 2 (3,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This course is a continuation of CHEM 2120: Organic Chemistry 1, in which students further explore the principles of organic chemistry. Topics include structure and bonding; preparations and reactions of the functional groups; stereochemistry; biological and biochemical applications; and basic separation, purification, identification, and spectroscopic techniques in the laboratory.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2120 (C- minimum) Required Lab: CHEM 2220L
CHEM 2250
CHEM 2250
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry (3,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This course, intended for science majors, introduces chemical kinetics and thermodynamics with applications to gas behaviour and phase and reaction equilibria. The laboratory work involves preparative and kinetic studies, as well as the experimental study of the aspects of thermodynamic measurements.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1500 (minimum C- grade) and either CHEM 1510 or 1520 (minimum C- grade); MATH 1230 or 1240 or 1250 (MATH 2110 is strongly recommended)
Note: Students with credit for CHEM 2110 and CHEM 2210 will not receive credit for CHEM 2150 and CHEM 2250 Required Lab: CHEM 2250L
Third year
CHEM 3010
CHEM 3010
Aqueous Environmental Chemistry (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students are introduced to the properties and composition of natural waters. Topics include hydrologic cycle, water quality, partitioning, transport, chemical equilibria, pH, complexation, redox processes, and water treatment.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2100/2250 (C- minimum), CHEM 2120/2220 (C- minimum) is recommended
CHEM 3020
CHEM 3020
Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This course is an introduction to structure, composition, and chemical processes occurring in the Earth's atmosphere. These include interactions with solar radiation, stratospheric ozone layer, photochemical smog, and acid rain.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2160/2250 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3060
CHEM 3060
Physical Chemistry 1 (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Prior knowledge of physical chemistry is required for this upper-level course. Students explore four main topics: phase equilibrium, chemical equilibrium, solutions of electrolytes, and electrochemistry.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2160/2250 (C- minimum); CHEM 2120/2220 (C- minimum) is recommended
CHEM 3070
CHEM 3070
Physical Chemistry 2 (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This course is a continuation of CHEM 3060. The course topics include chemical kinetics, elements of spectroscopy and introductory statistical thermodynamics. This course assumes prior knowledge of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium and basic chemical kinetics.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3060 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3080
CHEM 3080
Physical Chemistry Laboratory (0,0,4)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
PHYS
In this laboratory course, students perform a selection of physical chemistry experiments to illustrate various physical chemical principles.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3060 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3100
CHEM 3100
Instrumental Analysis (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students are introduced to the wide range of instrumental methods used in chemical analysis, as they are applied to modern analytical chemistry. The topics include statistical evaluation of chemical data, electrochemical methods, optical spectroscopic methods, mass spectrometry and chromatography.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2100/2250 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3120
CHEM 3120
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (0,0,4)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
PHYS
This laboratory course is designed to accompany CHEM 3100: Instrumental Analysis. Students acquire practical, hands-on laboratory experience in performing chemical analysis using the chemical instrumentation encountered in CHEM 3100. Students perform statistical evaluations of experimental chemical data.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2100/2250 (C- minimum), CHEM 3100
Corequisite: CHEM 3100
CHEM 3140
CHEM 3140
Method Development and Applications in Analytical Chemistry (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This course will focus on analytical method development, including sampling and sample handling, extraction, determination, and data acquisition. The analysis of organic and inorganic compounds in a variety of matrices will be discussed. Case studies from the literature will illustrate typical applications.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3100/3120 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3170
CHEM 3170
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory for Chemical Biology (0,0,4)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
PHYS
This is a laboratory course designed to give students practical hands-on experience with the instrumentation discussed in CHEM 3100: Instrumental Analysis. Students focus on the needs of chemical biologists while performing a variety of chemical analyses and gaining independent experience in analytical experimental design and method application to real samples.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2100 and 2250 (minimum C- grade)
CHEM 3220
CHEM 3220
Advanced Organic Chemistry (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This is a lecture course that covers the theory and practice of modern organic synthesis. The emphasis is on important carbon-carbon bond forming reactions, significant reactions of functional groups and the use of protecting group strategies in organic synthesis. In addition, the chemistry of amino acids, peptides, carbohydrates and heterocycles is studied in the context of the above topics.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2120/2220 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3230
CHEM 3230
Organic Spectroscopy (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This is a lecture course that covers the theory and practice of modern spectroscopic techniques for the structural elucidation of organic compounds. The emphasis is on both the theory and practice of spectroscopic techniques, particularly NMR spectroscopy, for determining the structures of pure organic compounds.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2120/2220 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3240
CHEM 3240
Organic Chemistry Laboratory (0,0,4)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
PHYS
In this laboratory course, students perform a selection of organic chemistry experiments that are designed to develop synthetic skills and application of spectroscopic techniques to organic molecules.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2120/2220 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3310
CHEM 3310
Inorganic Chemistry 1 (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students are introduced to the varied aspects of transition metal chemistry and a wide variety of techniques which have been applied to these systems. Topics include coordination numbers, stereochemistry, diastereomers, enantiomers, coordination equilibria, and the kinetics and mechanisms of substitution and electron transfer reactions. Crystal field and molecular orbital descriptions of bonding are developed and applied to electronic spectra and magnetic properties. Application to some bioinorganic systems are introduced.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2160/2250 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3320
CHEM 3320
Inorganic Chemistry 2 (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students are introduced to the varied aspects of main group chemistry and a wide variety of techniques which have been applied to these systems. Topics include ionic bonding and the solid state, simple ideas of covalent bonding, and molecular orbital descriptions of main group compounds. A systematic survey of selected chemistry of main group elements may be conducted.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3310 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3330
CHEM 3330
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (0,0,4)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
PHYS
In this laboratory course, students perform a selection of inorganic chemistry experiments that are designed to develop synthetic skills and application of spectroscopic and magnetic techniques to inorganic systems.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3310 (C- minimum)
CHEM 3730
CHEM 3730
Introduction to Biochemistry (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
BIOL
Students are introduced to cellular chemistry and the structure and function of biological molecules including nucleic acids, enzymes and other proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and vitamins. Students also explore metabolic pathways and bioenergetics including DNA synthesis, transcription and translation, glycolysis, fermentation and respiration, oxidation of fatty acids, and photosynthesis.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1500 (minimum C- grade) and either CHEM 1510 or 1520 (minimum C- grade); CHEM 2120 and 2220; BIOL 1110 and acceptance into the Major in Chemistry or the Major in Environmental Chemistry Programs
Note: This course is the same as BIOL 3130 except it is only available to Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry majors
Fourth year
CHEM 4070
CHEM 4070
Selected Topics in Physical/Environmental Chemistry (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This lecture course will consider in depth a selection of topics drawn from the areas of Physical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. The particular topics chosen may vary each time the course is offered.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3010, CHEM 3020 and CHEM 3060 (C- minimum)
Corequisite: CHEM 3010 and/or CHEM 3020
Note: CHEM 4070 is offered in odd numbered years.
CHEM 4220
CHEM 4220
Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry (3,0,0)(Options A and B)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students consider (Option A) the isolation, structural identification, and synthesis of secondary metabolites produced by living things, either as a defence strategy against other organisms or for some other biochemical purpose; OR (Option B) principles and factors which govern the course of organic chemical reactions and the reactivity of organic molecules.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3220 (C- minimum)
Note: CHEM 4220 is offered in the winter semester of 'even' numbered years
CHEM 4320
CHEM 4320
Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3,0,0)(Options A and B)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students consider (Option A) the chemistry of compounds containing organic groups directly bonded to metals and metalloids via a metal-carbon bond, with emphasis placed on the structure and bonding of the compounds and their use in synthetic, catalytic and industrial chemistry; OR (Option B) the chemistry of inorganic compounds in the functioning of biological systems, with emphasis on the structure and bonding of the metal in biologically active systems, and the use of inorganic compounds as drugs and diagnostic probes.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3310 (C- minimum)
Note: CHEM 4320 is offered in the winter semester of 'even' numbered years
CHEM 4400
CHEM 4400
Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (0,1*,3*)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
PHYS
This is a half-semester (6-week) advanced laboratory course in analytical chemistry in which students apply instrumental methods to the chemical analysis of real sample types.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3100/3120 (C- minimum)
CHEM 4410
CHEM 4410
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (0,1*,3*)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
PHYS
This is a half-semester (6 week) advanced laboratory course in Inorganic Chemistry which is concerned with the development of synthetic skills, especially using modern, air-sensitive reagents. The application of spectroscopic techniques to inorganic and organometallic systems will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3330 (C- minimum) Required Lab: CHEM 4410L
CHEM 4420
CHEM 4420
Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (0,1*,3*)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
PHYS
This is a half-semester (6-week) advanced laboratory course in organic chemistry which illustrates advanced techniques and modern synthetic methods found in recent organic chemistry research literature.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3220/3230/3240 (C- minimum)
Note: CHEM 3230 may be acceptable as a corequisite with permission of the instructor Required Lab: CHEM 4420L
CHEM 4430
CHEM 4430
Advanced Physical and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (0,1*,3*)(L)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
PHYS
This is a half-semester (6-week) advanced laboratory course in physical and environmental chemistry which illustrates relevant physical chemistry principles in selected areas of physical and environmental chemistry.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3020/3080 (C- minimum)
Note: CHEM 3020 may be acceptable as a corequisite with permission of the instructor Required Lab: CHEM 4430L
CHEM 4450
CHEM 4450
Advanced Chemical Biology (2,1,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Lectures and seminars examine the interface of chemistry and biology, and practical laboratory experience introduces students to advanced chemical biology techniques. The emphasis is on providing the knowledge and theory behind biological systems from a chemical perspective, while exposing students to the modern laboratory techniques that are of current value in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. These industries require professionals who have a strong background in organic chemistry, molecular biology and genomics. Current journal articles are incorporated into a problem-based learning approach that has students researching background material in order to complete an assigned project experiment.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3220/3230/3240 (C- minimum); BIOL 3230/3350 (C- minimum) Required Lab: CHEM 4450L Required Seminar: CHEM 4450S
CHEM 4480
CHEM 4480
Directed Studies in Chemistry (L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students investigate a specific topic involving experimental work as agreed upon by the student and her/his faculty supervisor and co-supervisor. This course provides experience with research techniques and the presentation of results.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry Major; approval of supervisor and co-supervisor
CHEM 4600
CHEM 4600
Selected Topics in Applied Chemistry (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
This lecture course is divided into modules that focus on applied aspects of several branches of chemistry. The selection of modules available in any particular year may vary due to instructor availability. Topics may include advanced extraction techniques and instrumentation, catalysis, chemometrics, combinatorial chemistry, materials science, medicinal chemistry, petroleum chemistry, polymer chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and water and waste treatment.
Prerequisite: CHEM 3060/3100/3220/3310 (C- minimum) and permission of the instructor
Note: CHEM 4600 is offered in the winter semester of 'odd' numbered years