Programs by Campus




  • CHEM-C 565 Nuclear Chemistry (3 cr.) P: C360 or C361. Introduction to nuclear science covering the properties, structure, and reactions of nuclei. The energetics and kinetics of radioactivity are studied. Models presented include the liquid drop (macroscopic properties) and the shell (microscopic properties) models. Topics covered include: origin of the elements, nuclear power, biological effects of radiation, and radiocarbon dating.
  • CHEM-C 315 Chemical Measurements Laboratory I (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 318 Spectrochemistry and Separations (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I Lectures (3 cr.) N&M P: C117 or C106. Chemistry of carbon compounds. Nomenclature; qualita­tive theory of valence; structure and reactions. Syntheses and reactions of major classes of monofunctional compounds. Credit given for only one of C341, S341, or R340.
  • CHEM-C 405 Principles of Chemistry (1-3 cr.) For teachers of high school chemistry; offered in summer session only. May be repeated.
  • CHEM-C 406 Lecture Demonstration Techniques in Chemistry (1-2 cr.) Nonmajors only.
  • CHEM-C 430 Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr.) P: C106 or C118, or S106 or S118, or N330 or S330, and C342 or S342. R: C362. Structure and bonding of inorganic compounds; survey of chemistry of nonmetal and metal elements, coordination compounds, orga­nometallic compounds, mechanism and reactions.
  • CHEM-C 460 Nuclear Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 483 Biological Chemistry (3 cr.) P: C342 or R340. R: Both C342 and N330 strongly recommended. Introduction to structure, chemical properties, and interrelationships of biological sub­stances. Credit given for only one of C483 or C484-C485.
  • CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 485 Biosynthesis and Physiology (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 500 Introduction to Research (2-6 cr.) Objectives and techniques of chemical research. Assignment to research problem to be completed during two semesters.
  • CHEM-C 501 Chemical Instrumentation (4 cr.) Electronics as applied to chemical instrumentation; design and construction of instru­ments used in chemical research, analysis, recording, and con­trol; maintenance and practice in modification to meet special needs.
  • CHEM-C 502 Spectroscopic Methods in Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr.) P: C361. Chemical applications of group theory and the elucida­tion of structure and bonding in inorganic molecules and com­plexes by vibrational, nuclear magnetic resonance, Mossbauer and electronic absorption spectroscopy.
  • CHEM-C 503 Spectrometric Methods of Structure Determination (3 cr.) P: Graduate standing. Elucidation of molecular structure utilizing IR, UV, and NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and other methods.
  • CHEM-C 506 Biogeochemistry (3 cr.) The formation and processing of organic material in natural environments. Microbiology of sedi­ments. The global biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur. Geochemistry of organic materials. Organic geo­chemical evidence of evolutionary events.
  • CHEM-C 509 Special Laboratory Problems (1-5 cr.) P: 8 credit hours of chemistry toward graduate degree, consent of instructor. P or C: 500-level lecture course in research field. Nonmajors only. Participation in scientific research to gain understanding of its philosophy and techniques.
  • CHEM-C 511 Advanced Analytical Methods I (4 cr.) Theory and prac­tice of analytical separation techniques and analytical spectros­copy; chromatographic methods of separation, fundamentals of gas and liquid chromatography, overview of spectroscopic in­strumentation, atomic and molecular spectroscopy for analysis.
  • CHEM-C 512 Advanced Analytical Methods II (4 cr.) Theory and practice of electrochemical (potentiometric and voltammetric) methods of analysis; introduction to analytical chemistry of the elements and statistics for analytical chemistry.
  • CHEM-C 540 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 cr.) P: C362 and C342. Valence and molecule structure, electronic interpretation of organic reactions, stereochemistry.
  • CHEM-C 543 Organic Reactions (3 cr.) Synthesis of organic compounds, degradation reactions, selected topics in organic reactions.
  • CHEM-C 561 Atomic and Molecular Quantum Theory (3 cr.) P: Gradu­ate standing or consent of instructor. Elements of quantum theory, solution of elementary problems with chemical applica­tions, approximate methods, atomic structure, molecular sym­metry and normal vibrations, the molecular orbital description of molecules.
  • CHEM-C 562 Computational Quantum Chemistry (3 cr.) P: C561 or consent of instructor. Electronic structure theory at the Har­tree-Fock and semiempirical levels, computer calculations on elementary systems, elements of group theory and linear vec­tor spaces, electron correlation, structure of potential surfaces.
  • CHEM-C 566 Molecular Optical Spectroscopy (3 cr.) P: C561 or consent of instructor. Interaction of radiation with matter. Spectroscopic probes of the rotational, vibrational, and electronic structure of molecules. Advanced laser methods.
  • CHEM-C 567 Chemical Statistical Mechanics (3 cr.) P: Graduate stand­ing or consent of instructor. Introduction to equilibrium and nonequilibrium many-body systems using ensemble tech­niques. Emphasis on molecular systems and systems undergo­ing chemical transformation or transport. Both qualitative and rigorous approaches.
  • CHEM-C 568 Advanced Statistical Mechanics (3 cr.) P: C567 or consent of instructor. Selected topics such as pair correlation functions in classical liquids, laser and reaction-transport, nonequilibrium phenomena, critical phenomena, reaction rates, condensed media, NMR, precipitation and polymer kinetics, Green’s func­tion methods, and computational methods.
  • CHEM-C 572 Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling (3 cr.) P: C571 or consent of instructor. Molecular modeling: com­puter models of molecules and their behavior in gas and con­densed phases; implicit and explicit solvation models; quantum and molecular mechanics; search strategies for conformational analysis, geometry optimization methods; information content from Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations. Statis­tics and chemometrics: multivariate statistics and experimental design, numerical methods, calibration and chemical analysis, optimization methods, artificial intelligence. Molecular design: de novo design techniques; quantitative structure activity rela­tionships (QSAR); comparative molecular field analysis (CoM­FA); docking; molecular diversity and combinatorial libraries.
  • CHEM-C 581 Macromolecular Structure and Function (1.5 cr.) P: BIOC-B501 or consent of instructor. Molecular Biology and Physical Chemisry Review; Recombinant DNA Techniques; Heterologous Protein Expression Systems; Description and Measurement of Stabilizing Forces in Macromolecular Structure; Protein Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Structures: Circular Dichroism and Analytical Ultracentrifugation; Nucleic and Structure and Probing; Protein Structure Determination by Neclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR); Protein Structure Determination by X-ray Crystallography; building and refinement of a Protein Structure from Crystallographic Data.
  • CHEM-C 582 Biomolecular Analysis and Interaction (1.5 cr.) P: BIOC-B501 or consent of instructor. Ligand Binding Models; Single Site Binding and Multiple and Competitive Site Binding; and Determination and Measurement of Binding Interactions and Antibody-based Interaction Methods.
  • CHEM-C 583 Analysis of Biochemical Literature (1.5 cr.) P: Concurrent or previous enrollment in B501/C584 or consent of instructor. Critical evaluation of the biochemical literature using selected papers as examples, development of written and oral commu­nication skills in the context of literature analysis. Credit given for only one of the following: C583, C502.
  • CHEM-C 584 Integrated Biochemistry (3-4.5 cr.) P: Undergraduate biochemistry (equivalent to C483 or C484) or consent of in­structor. Basic principles and methodologies of biochemistry: essentials of macromolecular biosynthesis; mechanism-based examination of biochemical aspects of cell biology; material is presented with an integrative approach design to illustrate the interrelationship of biochemical processes. Credit given for only one of the following: C584, B501.
  • CHEM-C 585 Structure and Function of Biological Membranes (3 cr.) Biochemistry and biophysics of lipids, membranes, and mem­brane proteins; fundamentals of membrane transport; interfa­cial catalysis; transmembrane signal transduction. Credit given for only one of the following: C585, B605.
  • CHEM-C 587 Integrated Biochemistry II (1.5 cr.) P: C584 or consent of instructor. Mechanism-based examination of biochemical aspects of control protein folding and function, signal transduction, and systems biology. Credit given for only one of the following: C587, B506.
  • CHEM-C 588 Fundamentals of Biochemical Catalysis (1.5 cr.) General properties of  enzymes and basic principles of enzymatic reactions are discussed. Enzyme kinetics; inhibitor types, their importance and there effects on enzymatic reaction rates; and specificity of enzymes will be covered. Students will gain facility with thermodynamics, catalytic mechanisms, kinetics and binding equilibria as they apply to proteins.
  • CHEM-C 589 Enzyme Mechanisms (1.5 cr.) P: CHEM-C588

    Enzyme mechanisms demonstrate how chemical principles are employed by living organisms. The course will cover several classes of enzymes, for example, hydrolases, phosphorylases, kinases, carboxylases, and transferases. Focus will also be placed on the roles of cofactors in catalysis.

  • CHEM-C 611 Electroanalytical Chemistry (1.5-3 cr.) Theory and prac­tice of electrochemical techniques (such as cyclic voltammetry, chronocoulometry, stripping analysis, thin-layer electrochem­istry, and spectroelectrochemistry) used for analysis and for the characterization of inorganic and organic systems. (May be offered in alternate years.)
  • CHEM-C 612 Spectrochemical Methods of Analysis (1.5-3 cr.) New instrumentation and techniques employed in spectrochemistry; in-depth treatment of commonly used spectrochemical meth­ods. (May be offered in alternate years.)
  • CHEM-C 613 Mass Spectrometry and Stable Isotopes (1.5-3 cr.) Topics in mass spectroscopic instrumentation and applications and in the natural chemistry of the stable isotopes of C, H, N, O, S, and rare gases. (May be offered in alternate years.)
  • CHEM-C 614 Chromatography (1.5-3 cr.) Theoretical and practical aspects of chromatographic methods of separation; fundamen­tals of gas and liquid chromatography, related instrumentation, and selected applications. (May be offered in alternate years.)
  • CHEM-C 615 Bioanalytical Chemistry (1.5-3 cr.) Survey of modern ana­lytical techniques, including spectrochemical, electrochemical, and separation methods used in biochemical analysis and their applications. (May be offered in alternate years.)
  • CHEM-C 616 Surface Analysis and Surface Chemistry (1.5 cr.) An over­view of the modern instrumental techniques of surface analysis will be presented, together with a survey of their applications to solve surface chemical problems. Topics include electron and ion spectroscopies, SIMS, LEED, thermal desorption spectros­copy, surface electron and ion microscopies, catalysis, micro­electronics fabrication, and corrosion.
  • CHEM-C 619 Seminar: Analytical Chemistry (1 cr.) P: Consent of in­structor. Individual student seminars covering new methods or applications of chemical analysis or characterization. Required of all analytical chemistry majors.
  • CHEM-C 630 Structure and Bonding (3 cr.) P: C502 and C561. Applica­tions of quantum mechanics to the electronic and geometric structure of inorganic molecules. Advanced ligand field and molecular orbital theories. The Jahn-Teller effects and orbital symmetry studies of stereochemistry. Inorganic photochemis­try. (May be offered in alternate years.)
  • CHEM-C 631 Chemical Crystallography (3 cr.) General understand­ing and hands-on laboratory experience in crystallography as analytical method. Topics will consist of theory on physics and mathematical concepts used in crystallography, the relation of physical and chemical properties to structure data, common databases, utilization of appropriate software for data work-up, solution, refinement, and visualization structures.
  • CHEM-C 632 Structure, Function, and Spectroscopy of Metal Ions in Biological Systems (3 cr.) Introduction to the field of bio­inorganic chemistry and spectroscopic methods for determin­ing structure/function relationship of metal ions in biology. Emphasis on oxygen carriers, metal ion transport and storage, as well as oxidoreductases involved in oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen metabolism. A discussion of electron transfer proteins, photosystems, and the role of metals in medicine will also be included.
  • CHEM-C 633 Inorganic Chemistry of Main Group Elements (3 cr.) The syntheses, structure, and industrial application of compounds and materials in which main group elements play a major role. All elements except the d-block transition metals are included as main group elements. This includes the f-block lanthanides and actinides as well.
  • CHEM-C 634 Transition Metal Chemistry (3 cr.) Survey of the prop­erties of the transition metals with emphasis on common oxidation levels, coordination geometries, and compounds with “classical” ligands; “hard” and “soft” acids and bases; d-orbitals and their energies in different geometries; formation constants and the Chelate Effect; the Jahn-Teller theorem; low-, inter­mediate-, and high-spin systems; mixed valency; metal-ligand multiple bonding, metal-metal bonds; coordination clusters and their biological relevance.
  • CHEM-C 635 Mechanisms of Inorganic Reactions (3 cr.) Analysis of the experimental and theoretical basis for our understanding of the reactions associated with main group and transition metal ions and inorganic reagents in solution. Classes of reactions include ligand substitutions, redox reactions, electron transfer reactions, reactions within the coordination sphere of metal ions including catalysis by photochemical and electrochemical activation.
  • CHEM-C 636 Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis (3 cr.) Synthesis and reactivity of organo-main group and transition metal com­pounds, including application to organic synthesis. Predictive principles and generic C-C and C-H bond-forming reactions, in­cluding hydrogenation, coupling, addition to olefins or alkynes, and metatheses. These reactions are also extended to reactions on surfaces and solid-state processes.
  • CHEM-C 637 Physical Methods in Structural Chemistry (3 cr.) Appli­cation of X-ray diffraction, dynamic NMR, and mass spectros­copy to structural and mechanistic problems throughout the periodic table, with emphasis on which techniques are optimal for particular questions, as well as the potential weaknesses of each.
  • CHEM-C 638 Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Topics not ordinarily covered by regularly scheduled courses, such as boron hydrides, X-ray diffraction, metal-metal bonds, bioinorganic chemistry, platinum metals chemistry, inor­ganic photochemistry, etc. (May be offered in alternate years.)
  • CHEM-C 639 Characterization of Paramagnetic Molecules (3 cr.) Definitions of diamagnetism, paramagnetism, magnetization and magnetic susceptibility; the Curie Law; orbital angular mo­mentum; the Van Vleck equation; zero-field splitting; exchange interactions in dinuclear and polynuclear metal clusters. Basic concepts of paramagnetic NMR; spin delocalization mecha­nisms and isotropic shifts; contact and dipolar contributions. EPR of transition complexes; g-value anisotropy as a function of coordination geometry.
  • CHEM-C 643 Organic Natural Products (3 cr.) P: C540 and C543; or consent of instructor. Synthesis and chemical-physical analysis of the structure of alkaloids, antibiotics, bacterial metabolites, plant pigments, steroids, and terpenes. (May be offered in alternate years.)
  • CHEM-C 644 Physical Organic Chemistry (1-3 cr.) P: C342 and C362. Application of physical-chemical techniques to the study of structure and mechanism of reaction of organic compounds.
  • CHEM-C 648 Seminar: Organic Chemistry (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Recent developments in such areas as sulfur com­pounds, heterocycles, stereochemistry, polymers, and synthe­sis. May be repeated.
  • CHEM-C 668 Seminar: Physical Chemistry (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Topics such as chemical applications of matrix algebra and group theory, digital computing techniques, solid state chemistry, high temperature processes, electrochemistry, theory of solutions, spectroscopy, and surface chemistry. May be repeated with different topics.
  • CHEM-C 681 Advanced Protein Biosynthesis and Processing (1.5 cr.) Detailed analysis of protein synthesis, post-translational modifi­cation, and macromolecular assembly, including the role these modifications play in mature protein function, biosynthesis, structure, function, and analysis of complex oligosaccharides. Credit given for only one of the following: C681, B602.
  • CHEM-C 683 Advanced Nucleic Acid Biochemistry (1.5 cr.) Mechanis­tic analysis of nucleic acid metabolism; specificity and role of DNA polymerases and repair pathways; DNA replication and recombination mechanisms; RNA structural motifs and physical properties; RNA synthesis and processing in gene expression; catalytic RNA molecules; applications of RNA molecules. Credit given for only one of the following: C683, B601.
  • CHEM-C 685 Advanced Macromolecular Structure and Interaction (1.5 cr.) Supplements and extends B503; emphasis on stabil­ity and folding mechanisms of proteins and nucleic acids and detailed thermodynamic analysis of binding interactions. Credit given for only one of the following: C685, B603.
  • CHEM-C 686 Structural Methods (3 cr.) In biology, structure and function are intimately connected. The aim of this class is to demystify macromolecular structure determination. We will examine X-ray crystallography and EM image reconstruction in detail, solving structures and studying the theoretical underpinnings of each technique. Class will be computer and mathematics intensive. Credit given for only one of the following: C686, B604.
  • CHEM-C 687 Seminar: Advanced Topics in Biochemistry (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Topics vary yearly and include the fol­lowing: physio-chemical techniques in the study of macromol­ecules; experimental methods in enzymology; organic chemis­try of enzymatic reactions and enzyme models; conformational properties and macromolecules. Credit given for only one of the following: C687, B680.
  • CHEM-C 668 Simulating Macromolecules and Their Assemblies I (1.5-6 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. General properties of  enzymes and basic principles of enzymatic reactions are discussed. Enzyme kinetics; inhibitor types, their importance and there effects on enzymatic reaction rates; and specificity of enzymes will be covered. Students will gain facility with thermodynamics, catalytic mechanisms, kinetics and binding equilibria as they apply to proteins.
  • CHEM-C 689 Quantitative and Chemical Biology Journal Club (1 cr.) P: Permission from Instructor. Current literature in chemical biology, biological imaging, mass spectrometry and structural biology of biomolecules and biomolecular assemblies will be discussed. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits.
  • CHEM-M 501 Fundamentals of Materials I: Making, Measuring, and Modeling (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Introduces techniques for fabrication, characterization, and modeling of materials with an emphasis on nanostructures. Methods (top down) for the creation and characterization of nanostructures; Band structure, conductivity, optical properties, and quantum con­finement; Assembly, liquids, and phase transitions.
  • CHEM-M 502 Fundamentals of Materials II: Nanoscale and Molecular Materials (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Introduces nanoscale and molecular materials. The first part provides an overview of methods for bottom-up synthesis and assembly of nanostruc­tures. The second part provides case studies from the recent literature; including: nanoparticles; biological applications; molecular electronics and machines; self-assembly in artificial and biological systems.
  • CHEM-M 503 Supramolecular Chemistry (3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. A one-semester overview of bottom-up fabrication of functional materials. Emphasis on the chemistry of molecu­larly defined assemblies and physical properties; recognition, catalysis, sensing, switching, transport, and actuation; electron transfer and energy transfer and energy transfer; interfacial assemblies; mesoporous materials; polymers, dendrimers and liquid crystals.
  • CHEM-M 608 Seminar: Materials Chemistry (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Topics such as electrochemistry, biomaterials, polymers, solid state chemistry, computational chemistry, micro/nanofabrication, and environmental chemistry considered from the perspective of materials chemistry.
  • CHEM-A 800 Seminar: Analytical Chemistry (1 cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-B 800 Seminar: Chemical Biology (1 cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-M 800 Seminar: Materials Chemistry (1 cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-N 800 Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry (1 cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-P 800 Seminar: Physical Chemistry (1 cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-R 800 Seminar: Organic Chemistry (1 cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-C 810 Research: Analytical Chemistry (arr. cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-C 820 Research: Materials Chemistry (arr. cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-C 830 Research: Inorganic Chemistry (arr. cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-C 840 Research: Organic Chemistry (arr. cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-C 860 Research: Physical Chemistry (arr. cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-C 880 Research: Chemical Biology (arr. cr.) This course is eligible for a deferred grade.
  • CHEM-C 680 Introduction to Quantitative Biology and Meansurement (1.5 cr.)

    Core topics in solution scattering methods, electron microscopy, light microscopy/imaging, and biological mass spectrometry. Course focuses on the capabilities of each type of measurement: data analysis, sensitivity, resolution, quantitation, and limitations. Introduction to cutting-edge instrumentation available for use in thesis research, research findings or new approaches used in C689.

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