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Chemistry 101 - Molecular Structure and Properties

Full course for one semester. Introduction to the chemist’s description and use of light and matter. 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. Specific topics include gas laws, solution phenomena, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, and kinetics. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101. Lecture-conference-laboratory.

Chemistry 201 - Organic Chemistry

Full course for one semester. 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. Lecture-conference-laboratory.

Chemistry 202 - Organic Chemistry

Full course for one semester. A continuation of Chemistry 201. Structure, methods of preparation, and reactions of important classes of organic compounds will be stressed. Laboratory work includes the preparation, purification, and spectroscopic identification of organic compounds. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference-laboratory.

Chemistry 212 - Inorganic Chemistry

Full course for one semester. An introduction to inorganic chemistry, including the structure, bonding, and reactions of main-group molecules, transition metal complexes, and organometallic compounds. Laboratory work is focused on scientific inquiry, along with synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of inorganic compounds. Prerequisites: Chemistry 101, 102, and 201, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory. May be taken without the lab for one-half unit.

Chemistry 220 - Geology

See Environmental Studies 220 for description.

Environmental Studies 220 Description

Chemistry 230 - Environmental Chemistry

Full course for one semester. An introduction to the chemistry of natural and polluted environments. Fundamental principles of chemistry are used to understand the sources, reactivity, and fate of compounds in the Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Topics include the stratospheric ozone layer, photochemical smog and particulate air pollution, climate change and energy use, water toxics and treatment, and agricultural modification of the surface environment. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101/102. Lecture-conference.

Chemistry 311 - Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation

Full course for one semester. An examination of the principles of data acquisition and statistical analysis, 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. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101/102 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory.

Chemistry 313 - Quantitative Data Analysis for Chemists

Full course for one semester. An examination of the principles of experimental design, data acquisition and statistical analysis, and the principles and methods of chemical and instrumental analysis. Volumetric and gravimetric techniques and electronic, optical, and mechanical instrument components and their organization into measurement systems are discussed. Lab projects will focus on the rigorous quantitative analysis of chemical data sets, and a practical project will focus on the construction of a low-cost measurement device and the design, execution, and analysis of a field study. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101 and 102, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory.

Not offered 2021–22.

Chemistry 315 - 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. Corequisite: Chemistry 311, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory.

Chemistry 316 - Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Spectra of Diatomic Molecules

One-half course for one semester. An exploration of various experimental strategies and techniques in physical chemistry, as applied to the study of diatomic molecules. Laboratory work includes investigations of energetics, molecular structure, and/or 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 Physical 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 and 202 or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference.

Not offered 2021–22.

Chemistry 332 - Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics

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: Chemistry 102, Mathematics 111, and Physics 101, 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. Meets four days per week to incorporate study of multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations. Prerequisites: Mathematics 111 and Physics 101 and 102. Lecture-conference.

Chemistry 345 - Advanced Synthetic Chemistry

Full course for one semester. A study of advanced synthetic methods and design. Topics include methods of building carbon skeletons and changing functional groups as well as strategies for multi-step synthesis. Predictive models for selectivity and the use of organometallic reagents will be emphasized. Advanced spectroscopic techniques, such as multidimensional NMR, are discussed as critical tools for structure determination. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201 and 202. Lecture.

Chemistry 347 - Advanced Synthesis Lab

One-half course for one semester. An introduction to performing multistep synthesis in the context of a semester-long research project. The course focuses on the use of organometallic reagents, application of selectivity in synthesis, and the use of spectroscopic techniques, such as multidimensional high-field NMR, for structure determination. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201 and 202. Corequisite: Chemistry 345, or consent of the instructor. Laboratory.

Chemistry 391 - Structural Biochemistry

Full course for one semester. An examination of the structure and function of biological molecules, including lipids, polysaccharides, proteins, and nucleic acids. Areas of study include protein stability and folding, protein-ligand interactions, enzyme kinetics and catalysis, and protein biosynthesis. Special attention will be given to biophysical techniques employed in the characterization of biological molecules. Prerequisite: Chemistry 201, 202. Lecture-conference.

Chemistry 392 - Metabolic Biochemical Homeostasis

Full course for one semester. This course describes the energetics, bioinorganic, and bioorganic chemistry of the cell as it maintains stable internal conditions despite changes in external conditions. Focus will be placed on the origins and chemical evolution of metabolism, principles of metal ion homeostasis, and the energy-producing pathways: glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, and fatty acid oxidation. Prerequisites: Chemistry 201, 202, and 391, or consent of the instructor. Lecture.

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 with attention to a variety of biophysical techniques. Prerequisites: Chemistry 391 or 392, or consent of the instructor. Lecture-laboratory.

Chemistry 396 - Bioinorganic Chemistry Seminar

One-half course for one semester. A study of the role of metals in biological systems and biomedical applications. Topics will include the structure and function of metalloproteins, including electron transfer systems, small molecule transport, storage, and activation, and the use of metals in pharmaceuticals. Discussion will focus on techniques used to characterize the active sites of the native biomolecules and the mechanisms of the reactions they promote with an emphasis on spectroscopy and the use of small molecule model complexes. Prerequisites: Chemistry 212 or 391. Lecture-conference.

Chemistry 403 - Topics in Physical Chemistry

One-half course for one semester. An examination of current topics relating to the use of spectroscopy to study electronic structure, molecular dynamics, and chemical reactivity with an emphasis on the primary literature. Prerequisites: Chemistry 316, or 332, or 333, or consent of the instructor. Conference.

Chemistry 405 - Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar

One-half course for one semester. In conjunction with a planned cross-institutional virtual speaker series, which will feature weekly seminars spanning the cutting-edge topics in atmospheric chemistry research, students in this course will meet weekly to discuss a paper from the primary literature related to the seminar. The course will deepen students’ understanding of the frontiers of atmospheric chemistry, while we learn to evaluate scholarship, pose questions, and participate in scientific discourse. Students will also have opportunities to meet and network with undergraduates and graduate students around the United States with interests in atmospheric chemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry 101, 102, and 230, or consent of the instructor. Conference. May be repeated for credit.

Not offered 2021–22.

Chemistry 470 - Thesis

Two unit yearlong course; one unit per semester.

Chemistry 481 - Individual Work in Special Fields

One-half course for one semester.