MSU Billings Course Descriptions
CHMY - Chemistry
CHMY 104 Preparation for Chemistry
3 cr. (3 lec/wk) (F and/or Sp) Prepares students to succeed in the one-semester CHMY 121 or two-semester CHMY 141/CHMY 143 College Chemistry series by developing necessary mathematical and scientific problem-solving skills. This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills required to look at the world on the atomic scale. Students will solidify thinking patterns used to solve chemical problems, such as recognizing mathematical relationships in data and manipulating mental models to explain macroscopic phenomena. The course will demystify the theories and concepts for incoming students. The course will focus on the following topics: scientific method and measurement, the periodic table, chemical formulas and equations, stoichiometry, and gas laws. Each topic will include a special focus on the procedural math associated with related problem-solving tasks.
* CHMY 121 Introduction to General Chemistry
[formerly CHEM 104 Fundamentals of General Chemistry]
3 cr. Prerequisite: M 095 or equivalent. (F, Sp, Su) Covers the fundamental definitions of chemistry, structure, chemical equations, solutions, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, and acid/base chemistry. This is primarily a course for pre-nursing and allied health students.
* CHMY 122 Introduction to General Chemistry Laboratory
[formerly CHEM 105 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: CHMY 121. (F, Sp, Su) Provides laboratory experiences that complement and extend the lecture materials.
CHMY 123 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
[formerly CHEM 106 Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry]
3 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 121 and CHMY 122. (Sp, Su) Covers the basic functional groups, nomenclature and reactions of organic chemistry and provides an overview of biomolecules, biocatalysis and metabolism with clinically relevant correlations.
* CHMY 141 College Chemistry I
[formerly CHEM 115 General Chemistry I]
3 cr. Prerequisite: M 095 or satisfactory math placement score. Corequisite: CHMY 142. (F, Su) Introduces the student to the fundamental concepts of chemistry, including: elements and compounds, the periodic table, atomic structure, chemical equations, stoichiometry, solution concentrations, gas laws, heat and energy, quantum theory, and chemical boding. Primarily intended for science majors/minors, pre-engineering, and allied health students.
* CHMY 142 College Chemistry Laboratory I
[formerly CHEM 118 General Chemistry I Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: CHMY 141. (F, Su) Lab to accompany CHMY 141. Introduces the tools and techniques of experimental chemistry such as weighing, solution preparation, titration and standardization.
CHMY 143 College Chemistry II
[formerly CHEM 116 General Chemistry II]
3 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 141 and CHMY 142. Corequisite: CHMY 144. (Sp, Su) Introduces the student to the additional fundamental concepts of chemistry, including: molecular geometry, solutions and condensed phases, chemical and phase equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.
CHMY 144 College Chemistry Laboratory II
[formerly CHEM 119 General Chemistry II Lab]
1 cr. Prerequisite: CHMY 142. Corequisite: CHMY 143. (Sp, Su) Lab to accompany CHMY 143. Introduces qualitative analysis and other topics to complement the lecture material.
CHMY 145 College Chemistry Recitation
1 cr. (1 lec/wk) R Corequisite: CHMY 141 or CHMY 143. (F, Sp) Provides a small class environment where students can ask questions that require answers too extensive or too specific for the lecture setting. The course is designed to enhance the CHMY 104/CHMY 141/CHMY 143 lecture experience by actively engaging students in real life chemical problem solving. Students will use their newly acquired chemistry skill sets to solve multi-faceted chemical problems in small group settings. Students can ask questions about lecture material or homework assignments and receive more individual attention.
CHMY 170 Applied Brewing Chemistry
3 cr. (2 lec/3 lab/wk) (F)
Introduces the fundamental aspects of malting and fermentation chemistry. Some basic chemical principles will be presented, followed by explanations of the underlying chemistry of steps in the brewing process and quality control monitoring. This course includes laboratory exercises.
CHMY 211 Elements of Organic Chemistry
[formerly CHEM 220 Principles of Organic Chemistry]
3 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 143, CHMY 144. (Sp) Covers the unique characteristics of carbon, bonding, structure, reactions, nomenclature, and a look into the major organic functional groups. This is a one-semester introduction to organic chemistry.
CHMY 212 Elements of Organic Chemistry Laboratory
[formerly CHEM 221 Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab]
1 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 143, CHMY 144. Corequisite: CHMY 211. (Sp) Introduces the basic techniques used in an organic chemistry lab including crystallization, extraction, distillation, chromatography, and synthesis.
CHMY 292 Independent Study
[formerly CHEM 291 Independent Study]
V1-4 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and department chairperson. Provides an opportunity for freshman and sophomore students to explore material not covered by regular Chemistry courses. A contract describing this study must be completed at the time of enrollment.
CHMY 298 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly CHEM 296 Cooperative Education/Internship]
V1-9 cr. Provides university credit for a sophomore work experience in the area of Chemistry, supervised by faculty. Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).
CHMY 311 Analytical Chemistry-Quantitative Analysis
[formerly CHEM 320 Quantitative Chemical Analysis]
3 cr. Prerequisite: CHMY 143 and CHMY 144. Corequisite: CHMY 312. (F) Covers the theoretical foundations of quantitative chemical analysis, as well as an introduction to fundamental instrumental techniques.
CHMY 312 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory-Quantitative Analysis
[formerly CHEM 325 Quantitative Chemical Analysis Lab]
1 cr. Prerequisite: CHMY 144. Corequisite: CHMY 311. (F) Lab to accompany CHMY 311 covering gravimetric, titrimetric, electrochemical and spectrometric analysis techniques.
CHMY 321 Organic Chemistry I
[formerly CHEM 330 Organic Chemistry I]
3 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 143 and CHMY 144. Corequisite: CHMY 322. (F) Covers the nomenclature, structure, reactions and reaction mechanisms of organic functional groups - alkanes through alcohols.
CHMY 322 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
[formerly CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: CHMY 321. (F) Introduces the common techniques used in an organic chemistry lab, including crystallization, extractions, distillations, chromatography, and synthesis.
CHMY 323 Organic Chemistry II
[formerly CHEM 334 Organic Chemistry II]
3 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 321 and CHMY 322. Corequisite: CHMY 324. (Sp) Continuation of CHMY 321. Covers the functional groups: aromatics, aldehydes, ketones, acids, acid derivatives, and amines. Also introduces organic spectroscopy.
CHMY 324 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
[formerly CHEM 335 Organic Chemistry II Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: CHMY 323. (Sp) Continuation of CHMY 322. Provides additional techniques and skills common in an organic chemistry lab, including synthesis and spectroscopic techniques.
CHMY 371 Physical Chemistry-Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
[formerly CHEM 340 Physical Chemistry I]
3 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 323, M 171, M 172 and PHSX 232. Corequisite: CHMY 372. (odd F) Introduces the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and the theoretical basis of experimental spectroscopy.
CHMY 372 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
[formerly CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry I Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: CHMY 371. (odd F) Demonstrates and amplifies concepts presented in CHMY 371.
CHMY 373 Physical Chemistry-Kinetics and Thermodynamics
[formerly CHEM 344 Physical Chemistry II]
3 cr. Prerequisite: M 171, M 172, PHSX 232, CHMY 143. Corequisite: CHMY 374. (even Sp) Introduces the fundamental concepts of equilibrium, thermodynamics equilibria, and phenomenological kinetics.
CHMY 374 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
[formerly CHEM 345 Physical Chemistry II Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: CHMY 373. (even Sp) Demonstrates and amplifies concepts presented in CHMY 373.
CHMY 401 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
[formerly CHEM 355 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry]
3 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 143 and CHMY 144. Corequisite: CHMY 402. (even Sp) Covers the chemistry of the main group and transition elements. The course includes group theory and its application to modern bonding theories. These bonding theories will be used to explore topics in coordination, organometallic, and bioinorganic chemistries.
CHMY 402 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
[formerly CHEM 356 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab]
1 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 143 and CHMY 144. Corequisite: CHMY 401. (even Sp) Includes advanced techniques in inorganic synthesis, spectroscopy, and computational chemistry.
CHMY 411 Advanced Organic Chemistry
[formerly CHEM 430 Advanced Organic Chemistry]
3 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 323 and CHMY 324. Corequisite: CHMY 412. (odd F) Covers additional and more advanced topics in organic synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy.
CHMY 412 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
[formerly CHEM 431 Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab]
1 cr. Corequisite: CHMY 411. (odd F) Provides exposure to more advanced techniques used in organic synthesis and the spectroscopy used for structure determination.
CHMY 421 Advanced Instrument Analysis
[formerly CHEM 420 Instrumental Analysis]
3 cr. Prerequisites: CHMY 311 and CHMY 371. Corequisite: CHMY 422. (odd Sp) Covers the foundations of modern instrumental analysis theory and techniques. Techniques studied include instrumental design, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, electrochemistry and chromatography. Lab required.
CHMY 422 Advanced Instrument Analysis Laboratory
[formerly CHEM 421 Instrumental Analysis Lab]
2 cr. Prerequisite: CHMY 312. Corequisite: CHMY 421. (odd Sp) Lab to accompany and demonstrate the techniques covered in CHMY 421.
CHMY 490 Undergraduate Research
[formerly CHEM 499 Chemical Research]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Students will carry out a contained research project under the supervision of a faculty member, including library and experimental research as appropriate, analysis of the results and the submission of a formal research report upon completion of the project.
CHMY 491 Special Topics
V1-12 cr. Prerequisite: determined as needed. Provides students with an opportunity to take courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.
CHMY 492 Independent Study
[formerly CHEM 491 Independent Study]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chairperson. Provides outstanding students an opportunity for research in chemistry. A contract describing the study must be completed at the time of enrollment.
CHMY 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly CHEM 475 Senior Seminar]
1 cr. Prerequisite: senior standing in a science major or consent of the instructor. Students are expected to research and give an hour seminar on a topic from chemistry or a closely related field, and write a paper on the topic as if for publication.
CHMY 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly CHEM 492 Seminar]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Chemistry major or minor, or consent of instructor. Provides advanced students an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of Chemistry.
CHMY 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly CHEM 493 Workshop]
V1-4 cr. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of Chemistry.
CHMY 498 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly CHEM 490 Internship]
1 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson and an “A” or “B” grade in the course in which the internship is to be done. Provides experience in a position of responsibility in some aspect of the chemistry program with an opportunity for early exploration of teaching interests.
CHMY 498 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly CHEM 496 Cooperative Education/Internship]
V1-9 cr. Provides university credit for a work experience in the area of Chemistry, supervised by faculty. Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).
CHMY 499 Senior Thesis/Capstone
[formerly CHEM 498 Honors Thesis]
1 cr. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing in Chemistry and/or concurrent enrollment in CHMY 490. Involves an intensive study of a specific problem related to chemistry requiring the writing and submission of a thesis to graduate with departmental honors. To graduate with honors, it is also necessary to have an overall GPA of 3.25 or better and a GPA of 3.5 or better in the major. A thesis proposal describing the study and a thesis review committee must be completed at the time of enrollment.