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CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry Lecture and Lab

This course is intended for Chemistry majors and minors; this course contributes to Category 2 electives for the Chemistry major. Topics include chemistry of the main group and transition metals; structure, physical and chemical properties, synthesis, and spectroscopy. Includes 3 credits dedicated to lecture and 2 credits to lab.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.
5 Undergraduate credits

Effective January 12, 2015 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Describe different geometries available for metal-containing complexes.
  • Understand the factors contributing to different modes of bonding for inorganic compounds.
  • Describe reaction mechanisms for inorganic compounds.
  • Understand the methods of analyzing inorganic compounds.
  • Describe how the properties of inorganic compounds contribute to topics in material science.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 3: Natural Sciences

  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
  • Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students' laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty.
  • Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
  • Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.