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Courses Primarily for First-Year and Sophomore Students

CHEM 105-6 – Freshman Seminar

Topics vary.

CHEM 110-0 – Quantitative Problem Solving in Chemistry

Solution strategies for traditional word problems and their application to basic chemistry quantitative problems: dimensional analysis, chemical equations, stoichiometry, limiting reagents. Students with an AP Chem score of 5 or an IB (HL) Chem score of 7 are not eligble to take this course. Prerequisite: permission of department by assessment. Please contact Dr. Fred Northrup at f-northrup@northwestern.edu regarding permission. 

CHEM 131-0 – General Chemistry 1

Quantum mechanics, electronic structure, periodic properties of the elements, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, intermolecular forces, properties of solids and liquids, special topics in modern chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with the Chem 141-0 laboratory course. Prerequisite: Chem 110-0 (C- or better). Students may not start the sequence in this course. All Chemistry course sequences start in Fall Quarter.

CHEM 132-0 – General Chemistry 2

Solutions and colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, aqueous solution equilibria, chemical kinetics, metals in chemistry and biology, oxidation-reduction reactions and electrochemistry, special topics in modern chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with the Chem 142-0 laboratory course. Prerequisite: Chem 131-0 and Chem 141-0 (C- or better in both courses). Students may not start the sequence in this course. All Chemistry course sequences start in Fall Quarter.

CHEM 141-0 – General Chemistry Laboratory 1

No description available.

CHEM 142-0 – General Chemistry Laboratory 2

No description available.

CHEM 151-0 – Accelerated General Chemistry 1

Quantum mechanics, electronic structure, periodic properties of the elements, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, gas laws, intermolecular forces, properties of solids and liquids, special topics in modern chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with the Chem 161-0 laboratory course. Students with an AP Chem score of 5 or an IB (HL) Chem score of 7 are not eligble to take this course. Prerequisite: permission of department by assessment. Please contact Dr. Fred Northrup at f-northrup@northwestern.edu regarding permission.

CHEM 152-0 – Accelerated General Chemistry 2

Solutions and colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, aqueous solution equilibria, chemical kinetics, metals in chemistry and biology, oxidation-reduction reactions and electrochemistry, special topics in modern chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with the Chem 162-0 laboratory course. Prerequisites: Chem 151-0 and Chem 161-0 (C- or better in both courses). Students may not start the sequence in this course. All Chemistry course sequences start in Fall Quarter.

CHEM 161-0 – Accelerated General Chemistry Laboratory 1

No description available.

CHEM 162-0 – General Inorganic Chemistry Lab

No description available.

CHEM 171-0 – Advanced General Chemistry 1

Review of mole problems and stoichiometry; descriptive chemistry, elements, compounds, and inorganic reactions; gas laws; phase equilibria and colligative properties; chemical equilibrium; aqueous equilibria; topics in chemical bonding and molecular structure. Must be taken concurrently with Chem 181-0 laboratory course. Prerequisite: appropriate AP credit or permission of department by placement exam.

CHEM 172-0 – Advanced General Chemistry

Thermodynamics and equilibrium; chemical kinetics and mechanism; electrochemistry; electronic structure of the atom and quantum theory; advanced topics in chemical bonding; coordination compounds; solid-state chemistry; nuclear chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with the Chem 182-0 laboratory course. Prerequisites: Chem 171-0 and Chem 181-0 (C– or better in both courses); MATH 220. Students may not start the sequence in this course. All Chemistry course sequences start in Fall Quarter.

CHEM 181-0 – Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory 1

No description available.

CHEM 182-0 – Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory 2

No description available.

CHEM 201-0 – Chemistry of Nature and Culture Chemistry for the Nonscientist

Chemicals commonly encountered in everyday life.

CHEM 210-1 – Organic Chemistry

Basic concepts of structure, stereochemistry, and reactivity of organic compounds. The chemistry of hydrocarbons and alcohols. Prerequisite: Chem 103-0 and Chem 123-0 *or* Chem 172-0 and Chem 182-0 *or* Chem 152-0 and Chem 162-0 *or* Chem 132-0 and Chem 142-0 (C– or better in both courses), appropriate AP credit, or permission of department by placement exam.

CHEM 210-2 – Organic Chemistry

The chemistry of aromatic, carbonyl, and nitrogen compounds; characterization of organic substances by chemical and spectral methods; reaction mechanisms. Must be taken concurrently with laboratory course Chem 230-2. No P/N registration. Prerequisite: Chem 210-1 (C– or better).

CHEM 210-3 – Organic Chemistry

The chemistry of polyfunctional compounds of biological and medicinal interest. Modern organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, and recent developments in organic chemistry. Must be taken concurrently with laboratory course Chem 230-3. No P/N registration. Prerequisite: Chem 210-2 and Chem 230-2 (C– or better in both courses).

CHEM 212-1 – Organic Chemistry

Primarily for chemistry majors and students in ISP. Similar to 210-1,2,3 except with laboratory only in the first and second quarters. Must be taken concurrently with laboratory courses Chem 232-1, 2. Prerequisites: Chem 103-0 and Chem 123-0 *or* Chem 172-0 and Chem 182-0 *or* Chem 152-0 and Chem 162-0 *or* Chem 132-0 and Chem 142-0 (C– or better in both courses), appropriate AP credit, enrollment in ISP, or permission of department by placement exam.

CHEM 212-2 – Organic Chemistry

Primarily for chemistry majors and students in ISP. Similar to 210-1,2,3 except with laboratory only in the first and second quarters. Must be taken concurrently with laboratory courses Chem 232-1, 2. Prerequisites: Chem 103-0 and Chem 123-0 *or* Chem 172-0 and Chem 182-0 *or* Chem 152-0 and Chem 162-0 *or* Chem 132-0 and Chem 142-0 (C– or better in both courses), appropriate AP credit, enrollment in ISP, or permission of department by placement exam.

CHEM 212-3 – Organic Chemistry

Primarily for chemistry majors and students in ISP. Similar to 210-1,2,3 except with laboratory only in the first and second quarters. Must be taken concurrently with laboratory courses Chem 232-1, 2. Prerequisites: Chem 103-0 and Chem 123-0 *or* Chem 172-0 and Chem 182-0 *or* Chem 152-0 and Chem 162-0 *or* Chem 132-0 and Chem 142-0 (C– or better in both courses), appropriate AP credit, enrollment in ISP, or permission of department by placement exam.

CHEM 220-0 – Introductory Instrumental Analysis

An introduction to basic laboratory techniques in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy. Topics include infrared and UV-visible spectroscopy, gas and liquid chromatography, elemental and thermal analysis, simple X-ray diffraction, error analysis, and literature-searching techniques. Prerequisite: Chem 103-0 and Chem 123-0 *or* Chem 172-0 and Chem 182-0 *or* Chem 152-0 and Chem 162-0 *or* Chem 132-0 and Chem 142-0 *or* equivalent.

CHEM 230-2 – Organic Chemistry Lab

No description available.

CHEM 230-3 – Organic Chemistry Lab

No description available.

CHEM 232-1 – Organic Chemistry Lab

No description available.

CHEM 232-2 – Organic Chemistry Lab

No description available.

Courses Primarily for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Students

CHEM 301-0 – Principles of Organic Chemistry

An introduction to the field of physical organic chemistry. Topics include bonding and structure, conformational analysis, stereochemistry, acids and bases, reactivity and reaction. Prerequisite: one quarter of physical chemistry; or consent of instructor.

CHEM 302-0 – Principles of Inorganic Chemistry

Topics in advanced inorganic chemistry. Taught with 402. Prerequisite: 333 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 303-0 – Principles of Physical Chemistry

An overview of advanced topics in physical chemistry. Taught with 403. Prerequisite: 342-1,2,3; with consent of instructor

CHEM 305-0 – Chemistry of Life Processes

Topics in the chemistry and biochemistry of life processes. Taught with 405. Prerequisite: 210-3 and 230-3; or 212-2 and 232-2 and 1 biochemistry course; or consent of instructor.

CHEM 306-0 – Environmental Chemistry

Topics in the physical chemistry of the environment. Taught with 406. Prerequisites: 210-3 and 230-3 or 212-3; MATH 234, 250; PHYSICS 135-1,2; or consent of instructor.

CHEM 307-0 – Materials and Nanochemistry

Introduction to frontier research at the interface of chemistry and materials science. Taught with 407. Prerequisite: 212-3 or 210-3 and 230-3.

CHEM 308-0 – Design, Synthesis, and Applications of Nanomaterials

Approaches to the fabrication, chemical synthesis, assembly and characterization of controlled dimensionality materials including metals, semiconductors, oxides, polymers, and mesoporous scaffolds. Topics will include interfacial phenomena and particle stability, nano-forms of carbon, and applications-driven material design. Prerequisite: Chem 342-1 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 314-0 – Bioorganic Chemistry

Biosynthetic chemistry as basis for survey of major classes of biomolecules, carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, nucleotides, nucleic acids, and proteins. Current topics in bioorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: 210-3 and 230-3 or, 212-3, or consent of instructor.

CHEM 316-0 – Medicinal Chemistry: The Organic Chemistry of Drug Design and Action

Introduction to principles of drug design and mechanisms of drug action from a chemical viewpoint. Historical introduction, drug design and development, receptors, enzymes and enzyme inhibitors, DNA, drug metabolism, and prodrugs. Prerequisite: 210-3 and 230-3 or, 212-3, or consent of instructor.

CHEM 329-0 – Analytical Chemistry

Principles and applications of analytical methods, with emphasis on advanced separation science, dynamic electrochemistry, and advanced mass spectrometry. No P/N registration. Prerequisites: 342-1 or -2.

CHEM 333-0 – Inorganic Chemistry

Descriptive chemistry of some important elements. Current concepts and models of chemical bonding. Prerequisites: 2 units of 200- or 300-level chemistry.

CHEM 342-1 – Thermodynamics

Laws of applications of thermodynamics. Thermochemistry, chemical potentials, solution thermodynamics, nonideal gases. Prerequisites: 103 and 123 or 172 and 182 (C or better); MATH 230; PHYSICS 135-1,2 (students may take PHYSICS 135-2 concurrently).

CHEM 342-2 – Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy

Quantum mechanics with emphasis on atomic and molecular electronic structure. Electronic, vibrational, rotational, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Prerequisites: MATH 230 (234 recommended also); PHYSICS 135-1,2.

CHEM 342-3 – Kinetics and Statistical Thermodynamics

Chemical kinetics, including experimental techniques and theories of rate processes. Statistical mechanics, including Boltzmann distribution, partition functions, and applications to thermodynamics. Prerequisites: 342-1,2.

CHEM 348-0 – Physical Chemistry for ISP

Gas laws and properties; kinetic theory; first, second, and third laws; phase equilibria; mixtures, phase diagrams, statistical thermodynamics, kinetics. Prerequisites: ISP enrollment; 172 and 182; MATH 281-1,2,3; or consent of department.

CHEM 350-1 – Advanced Laboratory 1

Advanced laboratory techniques in synthetic and analytical chemistry and spectroscopy: mass spectrometry, chromatography, NMR spectroscopy, and organic synthesis techniques. Prerequisites: 220 and 212-3 or equivalent.

CHEM 350-2 – Advanced Laboratory 2

Advanced laboratory techniques in synthetic and analytical chemistry and spectroscopy, polymer characterization methods, electrochemistry, X-ray crystallography, atomic spectroscopy, and inorganic synthesis techniques. Prerequisites: 333 and 350-1 or equivalent; 342-2 co-requisite.

CHEM 350-3 – Advanced Laboratory 3

Advanced laboratory techniques in synthetic and analytical chemistry and spectroscopy: infrared and Raman spectroscopy, electronic spectroscopy, fast kinetics, organic and inorganic synthesis techniques in a self-guided project. Prerequisites: 342-2 or equivalent and 350-2; 342-3 or 348 co-requisite.

CHEM 360-0 – Nanoscale Patterning: Top-down Meets Bottom-up

Introduction to current problems in nanoscale science and technology; hands-on experience with nanoscale characterization tools and bench-top nanoscale experiments. With laboratory. Prerequisite: Chem 103-0 and Chem 123-0 *or* Chem 172-0 and Chem 182-0 *or* Chem 152-0 and Chem 162-0 *or* Chem 132-0 and Chem 142-0 *or* equivalent.

CHEM 380-0 – Cooperative Chemistry Education

Participation in approved industrial work experience away from the campus. No credit; no tuition. Prerequisite: consent of department.

CHEM 393-0 – Green Chemistry

Practices of environmentally benign chemistry as applied to the chemical industry. Introduction to the concept and discipline of green chemistry; growth and expansion of the discipline in historical context from its origins in the early 1990s to the present. Prerequisite: 210-3 and 230-3 or 212-3 (C- or better).

CHEM 398-0 – Undergraduate Seminar

Advanced work for superior students through supervised reading, research, and discussion. Prerequisite: consent of department.

CHEM 399-0 – Independent Study

Faculty-directed research. Must be taken P/N for first 2 quarters. Prerequisite: consent of department.

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