Course Descriptions

Courses Primarily for Freshmen and Sophomores

CHEM 101-0 General Chemistry
Descriptive chemistry, elements and compounds; basic chemical calculations, mole problems, stoichiometry, and solution concentrations; gas laws; thermochemistry; quantum theory and electronic structure of atoms; periodic properties of the elements; nuclear chemistry; chemical bonding. With laboratory.

CHEM 102-0 General Inorganic Chemistry
Descriptive chemistry, inorganic reactions; chemical bonding; condensed phases; introduction to chemical equilibria; phase equilibria; solutions and colligative properties; metal complexes. With laboratory. Prerequisite: 101 (C or better). AP credit for 101 does not allow registration for 102.

CHEM 103-0 General Physical Chemistry
Chemical equilibrium; equilibria in aqueous solution; thermodynamics; chemical kinetics; electrochemistry and oxidation-reduction reactions; solid-state chemistry; industrial chemical processes. With laboratory. A grade of C orbetter in 103 required to enroll for any higher-level chemistry course. Prerequisites: 102 (C or better); MATH 220.

CHEM 171-0 Accelerated General Inorganic Chemistry
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. With laboratory. Prerequisite: department placement exam or appropriate AP credit.

CHEM 172-0 Accelerated General Physical 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. With laboratory. Prerequisites: 171 (C or better); MATH 220.

CHEM 201-0 Chemistry of Nature and Culture Chemistry for the nonscientist.
Chemicals commonly encountered in everyday life. With laboratory.

CHEM 210-1,2,3 Organic Chemistry
1. Basic concepts of structure, stereochemistry, and reactivity of organic compounds. The chemistry of hydrocarbons and alcohols. With laboratory. No P/N registration. Prerequisite: 103 or 172 (C or better).
2. The chemistry of aromatic, carbonyl, and nitrogen compounds; characterization of organic substances by chemical and spectral methods; reaction mechanisms. With laboratory. No P/N registration. Prerequisite: 210-1 (C or better).
3. The chemistry of polyfunctional compounds of biological and medicinal interest. Modern organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, and recent developments in organic chemistry. With laboratory. No P/N registration. Prerequisite: 210-2 (C or better).

CHEM 212-1,2,3 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. No P/N registration. Prerequisites: 103 or 172 (C or better) and consent of department, enrollment in ISP, or department placement.

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: 103 or 172 or equivalent.

Courses Primarily for Juniors and Seniors

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 and 1 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.

CHEM 305-0 Chemistry of Life Processes
Topics in the chemistry and biochemistry of life processes. Taught with 405. Prerequisite: 210-3; or 212-2 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 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.

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.

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, 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, 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 or 172 (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; MATH 281-1,2,3; or consent of department.

CHE M 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 corequisite.

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 orequivalent and 350-2; 342-3 or 348 corequisite.

CHE M 360-0 Nanoscale Patterning: Top-down Meets Bottomup
Introduction to current problems in nanoscale science and technology; hands-on experience with nanoscale characterization tools and bench-top nanoscale experiments. With laboratory. Prerequisite: 103 (C- or better) or 172.

CHE M 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 or 212-3.

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.

Weekly Bulletin


Organic Seminar: Richard Payne
April 17, 20144:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Organic Seminar: Michael Pollastri
April 24, 20144:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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