Chemistry Course Descriptions

Chemistry 101 - Molecular Structure and Properties

Full course for one semester. Introduction to the chemist’s description and use of light and matter in the context of larger issues such as astronomy, the greenhouse effect, and fats in our diet. Specific topics include the interaction of light and matter (spectroscopy), the structure of the atom and the atomic structure of matter, chemical bonds and intermolecular forces, and chemical descriptions of color and solubility. Lecture-conference-laboratory.

Chemistry 102 - Chemical Reactivity

Full course for one semester. An introduction to the reactions of atoms and molecules, focusing on examples from environmental chemistry. Specific topics include gas laws, solution phenomena, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, and kinetics. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101. Lecture-conference-laboratory.

Chemistry 201, 202 - Organic Chemistry

Full course for one semester each. Introduction to theories describing the structure and reactivity of organic compounds. Theoretical principles are illustrated using computer-based molecular models. Structure, methods of preparation, and reactions of important classes of organic compounds are examined. Laboratory work introduces techniques used in the preparation, purification, and spectroscopic identification of organic compounds. Prerequisite for 201: Chemistry 101/102 or consent of the instructor. Prerequisite for 202: Chemistry 201 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference-laboratory.

Chemistry 212 - Introductory Inorganic Chemistry

Full course for one semester. A descriptive exploration of the chemistry of inorganic compounds including the structure, bonding, and reactions of main-group molecules, transition metal complexes, and extended solids. Laboratory work includes the synthesis and characterization of molecular compounds and extended solids, and introduces useful characterization techniques including infrared and electronic spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and thermal analysis. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101/102 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference-laboratory. May be taken without the lab for one-half unit.

Chemistry 225 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar

One-half course for one semester. This course will deal with the chemical reactions and behavior of compounds in the environment, both generally and in case studies of environmental problems that may be related to specific classes of compounds. It is anticipated that the case studies will be facilitated by student presentations. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101/102 or consent of the instructor. Conference. Not offered 2008-09.

Chemistry 311 - Analytical Chemistry

Full course for one semester. An examination of the principles of chemical equilibria and the principles and methods of chemical and instrumental analysis. The functions of classical volumetric and gravimetric techniques, along with electronic, optical, and mechanical instrument components and features of their organization into measurement systems are discussed. Applicability and limitations of representative electrochemical, spectroscopic, and nuclear instruments are assessed. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101/102 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory.

Chemistry 316 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory

One-half course for one semester. An exploration of various experimental strategies and techniques in physical chemistry, as applied to inorganic, organic, and/or biochemical problems. Laboratory work includes investigations of energetics, molecular structure, and reaction dynamics requiring the use of large instrument systems and critical analysis and interpretation of experimental data. Prerequisites: Chemistry 311 and 333, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory.

Chemistry 324 - Advanced Mechanistic Organic Chemistry

One-half course for one semester. An introduction to experimental, computational (molecular modeling), and theoretical methods for investigating the properties of short-lived species relevant to organic chemistry. Topics include the transition states of thermally induced concerted reactions and excited state species found in concerted photochemical reactions. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201/202 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference.

Chemistry 332 - Statistical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics

Full course for one semester. An introduction to statistical mechanics, which provides a bridge between the quantum mechanical description of properties pertaining to microscopic systems and the classical thermodynamic description of properties pertaining to macroscopic systems. An examination of the relations between molecular dynamics, observed rates, and inferred mechanisms of chemical reactions will be included. Prerequisites: Mathematics 111 and 112, Physics 100 (corequisite is acceptable), or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference.

Chemistry 333 - Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Structure

Full course for one semester. An introduction to principles of quantum mechanics and their application to problems in atomic and molecular structure. Prerequisites: Mathematics 111, and Physics 100. Lecture-conference.

Chemistry 334 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

One-half course for one semester. A discussion of the use of symmetry and group theory in inorganic chemistry to enhance understanding of structure and bonding, including applications in vibrational and electronic spectroscopy and molecular orbital theory. Translational symmetry, crystallography, and band theory for extended solids will also be introduced. Examples will be drawn from the literature to highlight frontier research in the field of inorganic chemistry. Prerequisites: Chemistry 212 and 333, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference. 

Chemistry 343 - Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Full course for one semester. A study of synthetic methods and design. Topics discussed include methods of building carbon skeletons and changing functional groups, strategies for organic synthesis, and exemplary syntheses of natural products. Laboratory work introduces students to multistep synthesis. The laboratory and lecture focus on the use of high field NMR spectroscopy as a tool for structure determination. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201/202. Lecture-laboratory.

Chemistry 348 - Organometallic Chemistry

One-half course for one semester. A study of the basic principles of the organometallic chemistry of d-block elements. Topics will include a survey of the properties and reactions of organometallic complexes and applications of organotransition metal compounds in catalysis, organic synthesis, bioinorganic chemistry, and medicinal chemistry. Lectures will be supplemented by discussions of current literature in the field. Students will use bibliographic and electronic searching software to prepare research papers based on the current literature. Lecture-conference. Prerequisites: Chemistry 212 and 333 (corequisite is acceptable) or consent of the instructor. Not offered 2008-09.

Chemistry 391 - Structural Biochemistry

One-half course for one semester. An examination of the structure and function of biomolecules, particularly proteins and polynucleic acids. Areas of study include protein stability and folding, protein-ligand interactions, enzyme kinetics and catalysis, and the molecular mechanisms for gene regulation and protein biosynthesis. Computer-based molecular models are used to examine biomolecular structures in an interactive fashion. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201/202. Lecture.

Chemistry 392 - Metabolic Biochemistry

One-half course for one semester. An exploration of the regulatory interrelationships among the numerous catalytic activities found in living cells with the goal of learning how and why cells molecularly maintain homeostasis. This will be accomplished by a detailed analysis of carbohydrate metabolism and its associated regulatory proteins (primarily enzymes) and related pathways. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the underlying thermodynamic and kinetic bases of energy metabolism and its regulation. Other related topics may include a survey of crucial biosynthetic and catabolic pathways, conservation of mechanism in catalyses of diverse reactions, supermolecular organization and channeling of metabolites, recent developments in understanding nitrogen metabolism, and the mechanism of ATP synthesis. Prerequisites: Chemistry 201/202 and 391, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference.

Chemistry 394 - Biochemical Methods

One-half course for one semester. An introduction to the laboratory techniques commonly used in biochemistry. Experiments demonstrate methods used in the purification and characterization of proteins and polynucleotides and illustrate principles of enzyme kinetics, inhibition, and stereochemistry. Independent projects allow students to probe specific areas of interest. Prerequisites: Chemistry 391 or 392, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory.

Chemistry 401 - Seminar in Structural Biochemistry

One-half course for one semester. An examination of current topics relating to structural biochemistry with an emphasis on the primary literature. Written assignments will support readings and discussion. The focus of the course in 2008-09 will be on the chemical biology. Corequisite: Chemistry 391. Conference.

Chemistry 470 - Thesis

Full course for one year.

Chemistry 481 - Individual Work in Special Fields

One-half course for one semester.




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