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Chemistry 1.1: General Inorganic Chemistry I Lecture (3 units)

This is a basic freshman course that gives a sound foundation in Chemistry covering the general and basic chemical principles and its various applications. It includes topics like matter and energy, structure and properties of atoms and molecules, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, properties and theories on gases, liquids, solids, solutions, and concepts on acids and bases.

Chemistry 1L: General Inorganic Chemistry I Laboratory (2 units)

This laboratory course trains the students on the common laboratory operations and techniques and reinforces the learning of chemical concepts and principles by the practice of the scientific method through hands-on experimentation.

Chemistry 2.1: General Inorganic Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis   (5 units: 3 lec + 2 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 1.1, Chem 1L

This is a basic Chemistry freshman course that continues the learning of the foundations of general chemistry. The course includes topics like: gases, solutions, colloids, redox equations, acid-base equilibria, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, nuclear chemistry, coordination chemistry and molecular geometry. This course also introduces the students to Qualitative Chemistry. The rigors of the course enhance the problem solving and laboratory skills of the students.

Chemistry 3: Organic Chemistry 1 (5 units: 3 lec + 2 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 1.1, Chem 1L

This course deals with the study of the different carbon-containing compounds as to their structure, nomenclature, physical properties (as related to structures), preparation and reactions (including reaction mechanisms). Stereochemistry, structural effects, and kinetics are incorporated in the discussion of the evidence for some mechanisms. The laboratory part trains the students on the common organic laboratory operations and basic techniques in organic analysis and synthesis. Students are also taught to appreciate and respect the role of organic chemicals in the lab, keeping in mind the observance of their safe handling and use, and disposal and waste management.

Chemistry 4: Organic Chemistry 2 (5 units: 3 lec + 2 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 3

This course is an advanced level of study of the different organic compounds, thus a continuation course of Chemistry 3. It provides a thorough understanding of the principles and applications of the following major topics like spectroscopy, stereochemistry, carbanions, conjugate addition to unsaturated carbonyl compounds, rearrangements and neighboring group effects, aromatic compound and heterocyclic compounds. It also includes the introductory study of the macromolecules like fats, carbohydrates, amino acids, polymers and natural products. The laboratory part trains the students to advanced laboratory operations and techniques in organic analyses and syntheses.

Chemistry 5: Biochemistry (5 units: 3 lec + 2 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 3

This course is a study of chemical processes at the molecular level in life systems.  In particular, it correlates the special structural characteristics of the different biomolecules (nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates) with their respective functions and whenever possible, the effects of some environmental hazards on them are included. Digestion, absorption, metabolic and biosynthetic reactions and their regulation are explained through reactions mechanisms. Life processes are explained in terms of the chemical compounds present in the cell. The laboratory portion trains the students on common laboratory operations and techniques in the analyses of biomolecules.

Chemistry 6.1: Quantitative Analysis (5 units: 3 lec + 2 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 2.1, Math 2, Math 11

This is a course on principles of quantitative chemical analysis covering the classical and instrumental techniques and the requirements of the analytical method. Topics include: volumetric and gravimetric analysis, and the many instrumental methods - their importance and applications. Statistical treatment techniques suitable for chemical data are introduced to stress the importance of reliability of the data. The laboratory part challenges the student’s laboratory skills through use of samples of unknown quantitative content and therefore reinforces the training in good laboratory practices and proper handling of chemicals and equipment with the primacy of safety in constant attention.

Chemistry 7.1: Chemical Instrumentation I (3 units: 2 lec + 1 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 3, Chem 6.1, Math 11

This course builds the foundation on basic instrumentation, emphasizing on elementary electronics, optical methods and its uses and applications in analysis. It includes an introduction on electroanalytical chemistry, chromatography, and other separation techniques and their applications.

Chemistry 9: Physical Chemistry I (5 units: 3 lec + 2 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 3, Chem 6.1, Math 5

This course considers the appropriate data required to define the properties of gases, liquids, solids, solutions, and colloidal dispersions, to systematize them into laws, and to give them a theoretical foundation. The energy relations obtained in physical and chemical transformations and the nature and structure of matter are included.

Chemistry 11.1: Practicum Internship in Industries and Community (2 lec units)        
Prerequisite: Chem 3, Chem 6.1, Chem 7.1, Chem 14.1

This course introduces students to all aspects of a Chemist’s professional life, i.e., research, lab analysis, teaching, and others. This includes internship in industry during summer for a minimum of 120 hours, teaching training and lab class assistantship training. The course also executes the formative integration of the Ignatian principle of Persons-for-Others by providing opportunity of integration with an underdeveloped communities and conducting a community outreach project aligned with the students’ chemistry training.

Chemistry 12: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chem 2.1, Chem 3, Chem 6.1, Chem 13, Chem 20, Math 5, Math 6

This course serves to “fine-tune” one’s understanding of basic chemistry principles learned in earlier courses. It includes concepts that the inorganic chemists studies such as atom and periodicity, bonding, structure and reactivity, and the theory, structure, reactions, kinetics as well as mechanisms of coordination chemistry. Some descriptive chemistry of the transition metals and organometallic chemistry are also discussed.

Chemistry 13: Physical Chemistry II (5 units: 3 lec + 2 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 3, Chem 6.1, Chem 9, Math 5, Math 6

This course is a continuation of Chemistry 9 which introduced the properties of bulk matter and the thermodynamic principles that govern thermal, chemical and phase equilibria. The thermodynamic concepts will be further developed in specific chemical and phase equilibria systems. Towards the end of the course, the focus shifts to molecular transport and chemical kinetics which is the study of the rates of chemical reactions and other processes. Among the topics included are: statistical mechanics, solutions and electrolytes, electrochemical cells, the phase rule, kinetics, colloids, ionic equilibria, transport properties of substances, ionic mobilities and diffusion. The laboratory component exposes the students to experiments on chemical kinetics and equilibrium, electrochemistry and phase diagrams.

Chemistry 14.1: Chemical Instrumentation II (3 units: 1 lec + 2 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 4, Chem 6.1, Chem 7.1

This is a hands-on training course on instrumentation available in the Department. Discussions include strengths and limitations of the method and the equipment. This covers instrumentation such as Infrared Spectroscopy (IR), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Mass Spectroscopy, UV-Vis and Raman Spectroscopy. This further strengthens the student’s knowledge in Chemistry 8 with experimentation in the corresponding principles.

Chemistry 16.1: Senior’s Research I (1 lab unit)
Prerequisite: Chem 2.1, Chem 4, Chem 6.1, Chem 14.1

This course requires individual chemistry research, with literature review, and experimentation.

Chemistry 16L: Senior’s Research II (2 lab units)
Prerequisite: Chem 16.1

This course requires students to present and defend the results of their research project.

Chemistry 17: Chemistry of Natural Products (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chem 4, Chem 5

This course deals with the different classes of natural products, their occurrences and biosynthetic mechanisms and the known laboratory syntheses of commercially and biologically important secondary metabolites. This class is designed to serve as a comprehensive overview of secondary metabolism and the origin of small molecule natural products from sources such as plants, fungi and bacteria. Emphasis in this course will be on the organic chemistry behind the various biotransformations utilized in the biosynthesis of each important class of molecule. A mechanistic approach will be used to understand the chemical basis of each transformation. By the conclusion of the course a student will be familiar with the biosynthetic origins of the major classes of secondary metabolites and the biological relevance of each.

Chemistry 20: Quantum Chemistry (3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chem 3, Chem 4, Chem 9, Math 6

This course studies the application of quantum mechanics to atoms and molecules with emphasis on wave functions of diatomic molecules and study of resonance. Mathematical and conceptual formulation of quantum theory of electronic structure of atoms and molecules will be emphasized, including eigenvalue solution of one-dimensional Schrödinger equation and application of this method to chemical problems. The course includes discussions on classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and spectroscopic measurements, rotation and vibration spectroscopy, electron and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, electronic structure of conjugated systems, and others.

Chemistry 21.1: Introduction to Computational Chemistry (Elective - 3 units: 2 lec + 1 computer lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 4, Chem 5, Chem 6.1, Chem 9

Computational chemistry is the field that involves the mathematical description of chemistry by employing sufficiently well-developed computational methods and algorithms that can be automated for implementation on a computer. It has developed into an increasingly useful tool for the everyday scientist due in part to the advent of more powerful computers, new computational methods and user-friendly software. The primary focus of this course is on the practical aspects of employing computational chemistry on molecular modeling and virtual simulation of reaction systems or molecular behavior using computer software. Topics covered include ab initio methods, density functional, semi-empirical approaches as well as some recent new developments in linear scaling and QM/MM methods.    

Chemistry 22: Environmental Chemistry (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chem 2.1, Chem 4, Chem 5, Chem 6.1

This course introduces the fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry; its interactions, pollution causes and treatment. Also included are topics on toxicological chemistry and environmental chemical analysis. A discussion of Environmental Impact Assessment is included.

Chemistry 23: Industrial Chemistry (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chem 4, Chem 6.1

This course starts with a discussion on industrial organizational set-up and continues on with units operations, chemical process design, selection, economics and operations. On an industry setting, quality assurance systems, good laboratory practices, environmental protection and waste management are discussed.  A number of relevant and exciting chemical process industries are taken up to expose the would-be chemist to life in the industry.

Chemistry 24: Advanced Instrumentation (Elective - 3 units: 2 lec + 1 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 4, Chem 14.1

This course strengthens the fundamental principles of modern instrumental analysis learned in Chem 14.1. Students will be oriented to more specific types of optical spectroscopy, electroanalytical chemistry & chromatography, state-of-the-art methods on Telemetry, olfaction and use of electronic nose for bacteriological, medical & environmental applications.

Chemistry 25.1: Polymer Chemistry (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chem 2.1, Chem 4, Chem 7.1

This course is designed to provide an introduction to polymer chemistry, the chemistry of synthesis according to their type – stepwise, free radical, ionic and copolymerization – their characterization, and applications of polymer macromolecules. The special emphasis is on understanding the relationships between macromolecular architecture (and how it can be controlled and characterized), and the resulting chemical, physical and mechanical properties. Introduction to the fabrication techniques of polymers is also covered.

Chemistry 26.1: Advanced Analytical Chemistry (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chemistry 6.1, 7.1, Math 11

This course describes the practice of Analytical Chemistry as an information science, emphasizing statistics, introductory chemometrics and quality assurance.

Chemistry 27.1: Food Chemistry (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chem 4, Chem 5, Chem 6.1, Chem 7.1

This course focuses on chemistry of foodstuffs. It introduces the concepts of the important food constituents and food groups, including food additives and contaminants. The physical and chemical properties of food constituents are discussed as basis for understanding the reactions which occur or expected to occur during the production, processing, storage and handling of foods or the methods used in analyzing them. Manufacturing processes and their parameters are also discussed. Students evaluate the chemical, physical and functional properties of food constituents and the variable effects of processing on those constituents using an array of both basic and recently developed chemical, biochemical and instrumental technologies in accordance with current food industry and regulatory agency practices.

Chemistry 28: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (Elective - 3  lec units)
Co-requisite: Chem 12

This course is a continuation of Advanced Inorganic Chemistry.  It deals in detail with the descriptive chemistry of the elements and their compounds, excluding the hydrocarbons and their derivatives. Particular topics may include the origin, Cosmo chemistry and geochemistry of the elements, industrial preparations and practical uses of the elements and their compounds, synthesis and reactivity, and introductions to organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry (as time permits). Main group and transition elements will be briefly surveyed.  Familiarity with the basic principles of spectroscopic methods is assumed.

Chemistry 29.1: Advanced Physical Chemistry: Kinetics (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chem 4, Chem 13, Math 6

This course provides a detailed investigation of connections between the macroscopic and microscopic elements of modern physical chemistry. The bulk properties displayed by gases, including their pressures, heat capacities and distribution of molecular speeds will be described through the appropriate physical relationships. These concepts builds upon to introduce and describe the kinetics of chemical reactions, including the derivation of rate laws, describing the concentration, temperature and other dependences of a chemical reaction, and the subsequent formulation of reaction mechanisms, are explored in detail, from simple gas phase reactions to more complex biochemically-relevant enzyme kinetics. The course concludes with a brief foray into reaction dynamics, where the detailed molecular properties important to each elementary step of a reaction mechanism will be described.

Chemistry 30: Advanced Biochemistry (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chemistry 5

This course includes advanced concepts and current reviews on selected special topics in biochemistry. Special topics may include the following: molecular biology and biochemistry, peptide chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, enzyme chemistry, protein chemistry, carbohydrate chemistry, recombinant DNA techniques, protein engineering and biotechnology, biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, plant biochemistry, and others.

Chemistry 31: Advanced Organic Chemistry (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chemistry 4

This is a special course for organic chemistry at the advanced undergraduate level. The course includes advanced concepts and current reviews on special topics: theory and applications of molecular orbital theory in structure and physico-chemical properties of organic compounds, their reactivities and spectroscopic properties. The course also includes a survey of classical, modern, novel and named organic reactions and their reaction mechanisms.

Chemistry 32.2: Seminar, Readings and Research in Chemistry (1 lec unit)
Prerequisite: Chem 4, Chem 5, Chem 6.1, Chem 7.1

This is a course aimed at teaching the student in Chemistry the rudiments of research. It is principally devoted to the conceptualization, organization and planning of an original chemistry project. The course seeks to familiarize the student with the chemical literature and the current methods for searching as well as with the various issues involving researchers and the conduct of scientific research. This course intensifies the student’s training to be updated on the latest researches and technological development through journal readings and internet communications as tools to revitalize seminar presentations. This course also facilitates the formulation and presentation of thesis proposal of the students. Guidelines for scientific writing, oral presentations and the preparation of chemistry research proposals will be discussed.

Chemistry 34: Organic/Inorganic Synthesis (Elective - 3 units: 1 lec + 2 lab)
Prerequisite: Chem 4, Chem 14.1    Co-requisite:   Chem 12

This course deals with the strategy of chemical synthesis of organic, organometallic compounds and inorganic complexes, with particular emphasis on selectivity and synthetic design. It introduces a wide variety of the modern chemical reactions now available to the organic chemist and includes some of the methods and techniques for the isolation and identification of pure compounds.  The course is designed to stimulate the students’ interest in, and increase their knowledge and understanding of, advanced organic chemistry through the medium of organic synthesis. This course trains the student on the laboratory syntheses of inorganic and organic compounds in micro- and semi-micro level preparations, illustrating different reaction mechanisms.

Chemistry 35: Sustainable Development, Issues and Interventions (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chem 13, Chem 22, Econ 20.1, Socio 01.1, Philo 30.2, RS 55

This course examines the issue of sustainable development and demonstrates the need for examination of linkages among economic, social, technological, and environmental issues in achieving a sustainable, global society through the use of science.  It accentuates the multi- disciplinary nature of environmental studies as it relates to a sustainable global society, incorporating various aspects of science, engineering, ethics, politics, and economics. This course is the curriculum- based extension subject for the BS Chemistry students where they conduct a study on the sustainability of a certain environmental area.

Chemistry 36: Agricultural Chemistry (Elective - 3 lec units)
Prerequisite: Chem 2.1, Chem 3, Chem 4, Chem 5, Chem 6.1     Co-requisite:  Chem 12

This course aims to provide a basic understanding and an appreciation of the role of chemistry in agriculture. The objectives of the course are: (a) To enable the student to recognize the main groups of chemicals used in agriculture and relate their physiological and agronomic effects to their molecular structure and action, and (b) To understand the basic principles and applications of biotechnology to agriculture.

IPRO 016: Inter-Professional Project (Elective - 3 lab units)
Prerequisite: Chem 13, Chem 14.1, Chem 22

This course trains the students to collaborate on a multi-disciplinary level to do an inter-professional project to be sponsored by an industry or any government agency. IPRO project allows students to learn teamwork, leadership and project management skills while working as a multi-disciplinary team.