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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)
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Experiments in physical chemistry, with emphasis on the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy as applied to chemical systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 646. LAB
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Emphasizes the thermodynamics of molecular systems with application to the structure and properties of gases, liquids, solids, materials, statistical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and reaction dynamics. Prerequisite: CHEM 646 and MATH 290 or consent of instructor. LEC
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One four-hour laboratory and one one-hour lecture per week. Experiments in physical chemistry, with emphasis on the fundamental principles of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 648 or consent of instructor. LEC
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A systematic study of the elements and their compounds, emphasizing the relationship between properties of substances and their atomic and molecular structures and the positions of the elements in the periodic systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 640 or CHEM 646 or CHEM 648, or CHEM 648 concurrently. LEC
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Experiments concerning the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 667 or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 667. LAB
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Courses on special topics in chemistry, given as the need arises. Course may be repeated for different topics. Prerequisite: 20 hours of Chemistry. Each section may have additional prerequisites to be determined by the instructor. LEC
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Special topics and presentations by students and faculty in areas of current interest such as recent advancements in chemistry, professional development, societal issues facing chemists, and reports of ongoing research. This is a half-semester capstone course. Recommended for seniors. Prerequisite: CHEM 295. LEC
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May be repeated to accumulate a maximum of 10 credit hours. An undergraduate research course, in any of the fields of chemistry, consisting of either experimental work or the preparation of an extensive paper based on library investigation of a selected topic. A final report must be submitted to the department at the end of the semester. Open by permission of the department to those with at least 20 hours of chemistry. IND
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To be taken two semesters for a total of no more than 8 hours. An undergraduate research course, in any of the fields of chemistry. At the completion of the research, a written thesis, and an oral presentation will be required. Prerequisite: Admission to Chemistry Honors Program. IND
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A course for beginning graduate students with particular emphasis on scholarship issues relevant to the chemical sciences. Topics will include scientific ethics, codes of conduct, record keeping, authorship, and the responsibilities of a scientist. Group discussions, particularly centered around case studies, will be a significant component of the course. LEC
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Review of all complex variable theory; introduction to the partial differential equations of physics; Fourier analysis; and special functions of mathematical physics. (Same as PHSX 718.) Prerequisite: Two semesters of junior-senior mathematics. LEC
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An introductory graduate level course in analytical chemistry, in which the principles of electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and separation science are utilized to solve analytical problems in inorganic, organic and biochemistry. Prerequisite: An undergraduate course in analytical chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, and a year of physical chemistry. LEC
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An examination of the basic foundations of coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry including symmetry methods, bonding, magnetism, and reaction mechanisms. Prerequisite: Two semesters of organic chemistry and one semester of physical chemistry in which quantum chemistry is introduced. The latter course may be taken concurrently with CHEM 737. LEC
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A consideration of the structural features and driving forces that control the course of chemical reactions. Topics will include acid and base properties of functional groups; qualitative aspects of strain, steric, inductive, resonance, and solvent effects on reactivity; stereo-chemistry and conformations; an introduction to orbital symmetry control; basic thermodynamic and kinetic concepts; and an overview of some important classes of mechanisms. Prerequisite: Two semesters of undergraduate organic and one semester of physical chemistry or concurrent enrollment. LEC
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An examination of the methods used to probe the mechanisms of organic reactions and of the chemistry of some important reactive intermediates. Topics will include isotope effects, kinetics, linear free energy relationships, solvent effects, a continuing discussion of orbital symmetry, rearrangements, carbocations, carbanions, carbenes, radicals, excited states, and strained molecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 740. LEC
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An introductory study of the application of quantum mechanics to atomic and molecular systems. Includes an introduction to the basic principles of quantum theory, description of electronic structure of atoms and molecules, and the foundations of spectroscopy. Contains a brief presentation of group theory and its applications to the analysis of molecular symmetry, spectra and structure. Prerequisite: Two semesters of physical chemistry. LEC
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Thermodynamics and introduction to equilibrium statistical mechanics with emphasis on problems of chemical interest. The course consists of two roughly equal parts: 1) An advanced overview of the laws and concepts of thermodynamics with application to specific problems in phase and chemical equilibria and 2) An introduction to equilibrium statistical mechanics for both classical and quantum systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 750 or its equivalent. LEC
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Chemical kinetics and introduction to chemical reaction dynamics. The course consists of two parts: 1) An advanced overview of chemical kinetics including reaction mechanisms and rate laws with applications to unimolecular and bimolecular reactions, catalysis, and energy transfer, and 2) An introduction to reaction rate theory including transition state theory. Marcus electron transfer theory, and collision theory. Prerequisite: CHEM 750 or its equivalent. LEC
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A discussion of fundamental reactions for the formation of carbon-carbon bonds, oxidation, reduction, and functional group interchange. Prerequisite: CHEM 740. LEC
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The use of techniques such as infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and ultraviolet spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry for elucidating the structure of organic molecules. A lecture and workshop course. Prerequisite: CHEM 626 and CHEM 627, or CHEM 707. LEC
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A study of the overall concept of central nervous system functioning. A brief introduction to neuroanatomy and neurophysiological techniques as well as a relatively detailed discussion of the chemistry of neurotransmitters is included. (Same as BIOL 775, MDCM 775, NURO 775, P&TX 775, and PHCH 775.) Prerequisite: One year of undergraduate organic chemistry. LEC
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Original investigation on the graduate level. RSH
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Review of important aspects of analytical chemistry not covered in the regular graduate courses. LEC
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Colloquia in various topics of current interest are presented by students, faculty, and visiting scholars. LEC
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Review of important aspects of inorganic chemistry not covered in the regular courses. LEC
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Colloquia on various topics of current interest are presented by students, faculty, and visiting scientists. LEC
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Credit on presentation of colloquium. LEC
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Individual studies of certain advanced phases of chemistry not covered in the regular graduate courses. IND
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Research work (either experimental or theoretical) in chemistry for students working toward the M.S. degree. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. THE
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Original investigation in chemistry at the graduate level. Prerequisite: Advancement to doctoral candidacy. RSC
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An advanced treatment of selected electroanalytical techniques and methodology. The theory is augmented by applied laboratory work. Prerequisite: CHEM 731 or its equivalent. LEC
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An advanced treatment of analytical separations techniques. The theory of separation science will be augmented with discussion of practical aspects of instrumentation and experiment design. Prerequisite: CHEM 731 or permission of instructor. LEC
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Lecture and laboratory course; general concepts of encoding chemical information as electromagnetic radiation; major instrumental systems for decoding, interpretation, and presentation of the radiation signals; atomic emission, absorption, and fluorescence; ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and microwave absorption; molecular luminescence; scattering methods; mass spectrometry; magnetic resonance; automated spectrometric systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 731 and CHEM 750. LEC
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Advanced computer applications in physical science. General discussion and illustration of problem organization and solution by numerical and other methods with examples from physics, astronomy, and other physical sciences. Students will design, write, validate, and document a computer program to solve a physical problem. (Same as ASTR 815 and PHSX 815.) Prerequisite: Six hours of computer science courses numbered 300 or above, and six hours of physics and/or astronomy courses numbered 300 or above. LEC
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The mathematical and physical principles of quantum chemistry, including vector spaces, operators and operator algebra, matrix theory, eigenvalue problems, postulates of quantum mechanics, the Schrodinger equation, angular momentum, approximation methods, and atomic and molecular systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 750 or its equivalent. LEC
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Quantitative molecular spectroscopy and its chemical applications. The basic principles of the molecular energy levels, selection rules and spectral transition intensities, and spectral interpretation will be discussed and applied to nuclear and electron magnetic resonance, rotational, vibrational, vibration-rotation, Raman, electronic and Mossbauer spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 750 or its equivalent. LEC
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Advanced equilibrium statistical mechanics and introduction to nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. Topics include: the theory of liquids, critical phenomena linear response theory and time correlation functions, Langevin dynamics, and molecular hydrodynamics. (Same as PHSX 971.) Prerequisite: CHEM 909 or equivalent. LEC
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An introduction to mass spectrometry. The various ionization techniques and mass analyzers will be discussed, and many examples of different mass spectrometric applications will be introduced. Prerequisite: CHEM 731 or permission of instructor. LEC
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A course covering important aspects in modern chemical measurement with particular emphasis placed on bioanalysis. This course will survey the modern analytical challenges associated with the ongoing efforts in genomics and proteomics and discuss future trends in methods in instrumentation. Prerequisite: CHEM 731 or permission of instructor. LEC
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A survey of important techniques in organic chemistry with respect to scope, limitations, mechanism, and stereochemistry. Emphasis will be placed on new synthetic methods and application of such methods to the synthesis of structurally interesting compounds, particularly natural products. Prerequisite: CHEM 763. LEC
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A detailed consideration of the mechanistic features of some important classes of organic reactions. Discussions will include an examination of molecular orbital theory, linear free energy relationships, and acid-base catalysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 742 and one semester of physical chemistry. LEC
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A course covering special advanced topics in chemistry not included in other graduate courses. One or more topics will be covered in a given semester and an announcement of the course content and prerequisites will be made at the end of the previous semester. This course may be taken more than once when the topic varies. LEC
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The use of quantum theory and group theory in interpreting bonding and physical and chemical properties in inorganic compounds. Mechanistic aspects of transition metal chemistry including substitution reactions, electron transfer reactions, rearrangement reactions, ligand reactions and inorganic photochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 737. LEC
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A survey of modern spectroscopic and non-spectroscopic physical methods in chemistry with emphasis on methods applicable to inorganic compounds. For each method, a brief introduction to underlying theoretical principles will be given and examples of applications from the literature will be discussed in detail. Prerequisite: CHEM 982. LEC
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A survey of metalloproteins and metalloenzymes and their structures and functions, including recent advances in biomimetic modeling. Principles and applications of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalytic processes emphasizing catalysis at transition metal centers. LEC
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A student will engage in a semester-long, planned instructional activity that shall include college classroom teaching under supervision. The planning will be done with the adviser and/or member of the faculty who will supervise the experience. The activity will be done under the supervision of a chemistry department faculty member or by an individual or individuals designated by the candidate's committee. Prerequisite: 1) CHEM 716, 2) two semesters as a graduate teaching assistant or doctoral candidate status, and 3) CHEM 980 or permission of coordinator. LEC
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Research work (either experimental or theoretical) in chemistry for students working toward the Ph.D. degree. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. THE
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Three hours of class per week plus outside use of recorded text materials. Basic spoken language instruction intended primarily for beginners planning travel or work in China and Taiwan. Introduction to basic written characters. Does not fulfill College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language distribution requirements or department major and minor requirements. LEC
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Continuation of CHIN 100. Prerequisite: CHIN 100 or equivalent. LEC
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Taught mainly in the summer, this course covers about 75% of the material in CHIN 104, upon which this course is modeled. LEC
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Three hours of lecture and three hours of spoken drill each week. An introduction to spoken and written modern standard Chinese (Mandarin). Not open to students with native ability in Mandarin or Chinese dialect. Students who have any previous knowledge of Chinese must take a placement exam before enrolling in Chinese classes at K.U. Consult Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures for details. LEC
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Continuation of CHIN 102. Takes students through the end of CHIN 104 and the first half of CHIN 108. LEC
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Continuation of CHIN 104. Prerequisite: CHIN 101, CHIN 104, or equivalent. LEC
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An accelerated one semester course in elementary Chinese, covering the material of CHIN 104 and CHIN 108. Classes meet for two hours of lecture and one hour of drill daily. Emphasis on spoken language with grammar and readings in selected texts. No prerequisite. LEC
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Five hours of class and two hours of spoken drill. Readings in selected texts in modern Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 108 or equivalent. LEC
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Practice in speaking, presentation of prepared talks, and guided discussions. This course is primarily used to award transfer credit and does not fulfill any portion of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: CHIN 204 or equivalent. FLD
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Continuation of CHIN 204. Prerequisite: CHIN 204. LEC
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Designed for those who speak modern standard (Mandarin) Chinese but lack reading and writing skills. Focuses on acquiring knowledge of the Chinese writing system and preparing students for possible entry into advanced courses in Chinese, e.g. CHIN 504 (Advanced Modern Chinese I), or, after appropriate testing, for possible exemption from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. Students should take the online Chinese placement exam and consult with the Chinese Language Program Coordinator. Enrollment by permission of the Chinese Language Program Coordinator only. LEC
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Continuation of CHIN 251. Prerequisite: CHIN 251 or permission of the instructor. LEC
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Instruction in reading and writing Chinese for students who already possess a degree of oral/aural proficiency. This course will prepare students for enrollment in CHIN 504, Advanced Modern Chinese I. No prerequisites. Consent of instructor required. LEC
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An introduction to Classical Chinese through detailed analysis of short original passages from a variety of early Chinese texts. Students gain a foundation in the grammar and vocabulary of Classical Chinese, preparing them for CHIN 544. The course is offered at the 300 and 500 levels, with additional requirements for students taking the 500 level. Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Chinese characters (e.g. from CHIN 108 or JPN 108) and consent of the instructor, or CHIN 208 or JPN 208. Not open to students who have completed CHIN 542. LEC
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Guided discussions designed to increase fluency and further improve pronunciation. Prerequisite: CHIN 504 or equivalent. LEC
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Readings in Chinese on a subject selected by a student with the advice and direction of the instructor. Individual meetings and reports. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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Five hours of class and two of drill. Readings in selected modern Chinese literary texts and discussion in Chinese of recordings of stories and dramas. Prerequisite: CHIN 208 or equivalent. LEC
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Continuation of CHIN 504. Prerequisite: CHIN 504 or equivalent. LEC
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Readings in modern Chinese texts on a variety of subjects and discussion in Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 218 or equivalent. LEC
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Continuation of CHIN 512. Prerequisite: CHIN 512 or equivalent. LEC
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An introduction to Classical Chinese through detailed analysis of short original passages from a variety of early Chinese texts. Students gain a foundation in the grammar and vocabulary of Classical Chinese, preparing them for CHIN 544. The course is offered at the 300 and 500 levels, with additional requirements for students taking CHIN 542. Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Chinese characters (e.g. from CHIN 108 or JPN 108) and consent of instructor, or CHIN 208 or JPN 208. Not open to students who have completed CHIN 342. LEC
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Classical Chinese is the language of the most famous works of Chinese philosophy and most Chinese literature before the twentieth century. The course introduces readings from a specific philosophical school or literary genre, for example: Confucian Philosophical Texts, Daoist Philosophical Texts, Poetry, Ming/Qing fiction, etc. Prerequisite: CHIN 342 or CHIN 542 or consent of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC
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Readings and interpretation of varied modern Chinese texts. Continued study of the language in the form of oral discussion and written reports. Prerequisite: CHIN 504 or equivalent. LEC
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A continuation of CHIN 562 with materials of increasing difficulty. Prerequisite: CHIN 562. LEC
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An introduction to basic reference works in Chinese and Western languages, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances, and bibliographies. Library organization and research methods will also be discussed. (Five week course.) Prerequisite: CHIN 208 or equivalent. LEC
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Students will read selections from materials on a given topic or topics. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CHIN 564 or permission of instructor. IND
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Varying topics with varying prerequisites. LEC
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Advanced language training for the study of Chinese sources in the humanities or social science field of the student. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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A detailed examination of various Chinese language reference works and research materials. Emphasis will be placed on the use of different types of reference works to carry out research strategies. Prerequisite: CHIN 504 or equivalent and CHIN 580. LEC
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Open through audition. Study and performance of significant choral music from the major periods of music history. For freshmen and sophomores. LAB
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Open through audition. Study and public performance of significant choral music from the major periods of music history. For freshmen and sophomores. LAB
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A choral ensemble for male singers. The group will study, rehearse, and perform traditional and contemporary choral music for men's chorus. A formal audition is not required. ACT
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A select choral ensemble of 16-20 singers specializing in challenging music of all periods. Open by audition to experienced sight readers and ensemble singers. Concurrent membership in another choir encouraged. For freshmen and sophomores. LAB
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A choral ensemble for women singers. The group will study, rehearse, and perform traditional and contemporary choral music for women's chorus. For freshmen and sophomores. ACT
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A choral ensemble that meets during the summer term. ACT
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Intensive study and public performance of significant choral literature. Membership by audition. For freshmen and sophomores. LAB
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May be repeated for credit. (Same as MUSC 254.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. ACT
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A choral ensemble directed by student conductors under the supervision of the choral faculty. ACT
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Open through audition. Study and performance of significant choral music from the major periods of music history. For juniors and seniors. LAB
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Open through audition. Study and public performance of significant choral music from the major periods of music history. For juniors and seniors. LAB
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A choral ensemble for male singers. The group will study, rehearse, and perform traditional and contemporary choral music for men's chorus. A formal audition is not required. ACT
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A chorus for opera or musical theatre productions. Open by audition in conjunction with the theatre department. LAB
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A choral ensemble for women singers. The group will study, rehearse, and perform traditional and contemporary choral music for women's chorus. For juniors and seniors. LAB
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A select choral ensemble of 16-20 singers specializing in challenging music of all periods. Open by audition to experienced sight readers and ensemble singers. Concurrent membership in another choir encouraged. For juniors, seniors, and graduate students. LAB
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A choral ensemble that meets during the summer term. ACT
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A survey of selected choral repertoire available for the high school choral conductor. Both sacred and secular choral literature from the major periods of music history will be studied and analyzed in terms of the problems therein which may be encountered by high school choral conductors. Fall semester and summer only. Prerequisite: MEMT 246, MEMT 330, MEMT 700, and/or consent of instructor. LEC
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Intensive study and public performance of significant choral literature. Membership by audition. For juniors, seniors, and graduate students. LAB
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May be repeated for credit. (Same as MUSC 654.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. ACT
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May be repeated for credit. LEC
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A study of the essential factors necessary for the understanding and subsequent interpretation of various compositions of advanced choral music. Offered in the summer session only. LEC
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Stylistic, expressive, and technical considerations essential for making effective bowing decisions. Prerequisite: A course in conducting. LAB
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Study of methods to teach and learn diction in choral music contexts. Attention to International Phonetic Alphabet, acoustic implications of particular phonemes, and contributions of emerging technologies. Application of various languages, including English, Latin, Italian, French, German, and Spanish. (Same as MEMT 825.) LEC
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Scientific approaches to the pedagogy of adolescent male and female voices during voice change. (Same as MEMT 826.) LEC
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