- Department of Chemistry
The list below includes descriptions of all undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Department of Chemistry, though some courses may be taught more often than others.
Visit the undergraduate and graduate pages for course requirements for specific programs. For up-to-date information on course offerings, schedules, room locations and registration, please visit the Student Information System (SIS).
Undergraduate Only (CHEM 0001-0092)
0001 Chemical Fundamentals with Lab. Atomic and molecular structure, chemical nomenclature, intermolecular forces and states of matter, the relation of structure and bonding to physical and chemical properties of matter, patterns of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, and properties of solutions. Three lectures, one laboratory, one recitation. Only one of Chemistry 1, 11, or 16, may be counted for credit.
0002 Chemical Principles with Lab. Chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, physical and chemical equilibria, aqueous equilibria (acid-base, precipitation, and complex formation), electrochemistry, introduction to organic chemistry (families of organic compounds, basic stereochemistry and nomenclature). Additional topics may include environmental, nuclear, coordination chemistry; chemistry of selected elements; and introduction to biological chemistry. Three lectures, one laboratory, one recitation. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1, 11, 16, or consent. Only one of Chemistry 2 or 12 may be counted for credit.
0006 From the Big Bang to Humankind. Course will explore the origins of the Universe, the formation of Earth and its structure, the chemistry of life, the development of complex organisms, and the development of modern humans. Students will learn the evidence for the various ideas presented, the scientific method used by scientists, and how the community of scientists evaluates the evidence. This course does not fulfill pre-medical requirements for a lab-based chemistry course.
0008 Environmental Chemistry. An introductory course designed primarily to give non-science majors an appreciation of basic chemical principles underlying the causes of and possible solutions to current environmental problems. The concept of equilibrium in complex systems; thermodynamic limits and kinetic realities. Case studies from current literature. Prerequisite: High-school chemistry. Spring 2000 and alternate years.
0011, 0012 General Chemistry. Topics covered are the same as in Chemistry 1 and 2, but discussed in greater detail and with a higher degree of mathematical rigor. Designed to provide a strong foundation for advanced courses in chemistry. For well-prepared students intending to be science majors. Some familiarity with elementary calculus concepts assumed. Three lectures, one seminar on frontiers in chemistry, one laboratory, one recitation. Three courses. Prerequisites: Score of at least 4 on the AP chemistry exam or consent; Mathematics 32 (may be taken concurrently). Only one of Chemistry 1, 11, or 16 and one of Chemistry 2 or 12 may be counted for credit.
0016 Chemistry of Materials. An introductory course investigating the fundamentals and principles of chemistry through exploration of modern materials, e.g., thin films, superconductors, ultrasmall structures, modern electronics and photonics. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, intermolecular forces, ionic and covalent bonding. This one-semester course may be used in conjunction with Chemistry 2 to fulfill the basic chemistry requirement for a chemistry major. Three lectures, one recitation, one laboratory. Prerequisite: Good background in mathematics. Only one of Chemistry 1, 11, or 16 may be counted for credit.
0031 Physical Chemistry I. Introduction to the principles of modern physical chemistry:elementary wave mechanics, atomic structure, and chemical bonding, elementary statistical thermodynamics, and the thermodynamic basis for phase behavior, chemical reactivity and equilibrium in gases and liquid solutions. Prerequisites: Chemistry 2 or 12, Mathematics 34 or equivalent, and Physics 2 or 12, or consent. Physics may be taken concurrently.
0032 Physical Chemistry II. Applications of the principles of modern physical chemistry to problems in chemical bonding, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: Chemistry 2 or 12, Mathematics 34 or equivalent, and Physics 2 or 12, or consent. Physics may be taken concurrently. Spring.
0033 Physical Chemistry Lab. Experiments investigate the quantum behavior of atoms and molecules, thermodynamics, and equilibria. Prerequisites: Chemistry 31 or concurrent registration.
0034 Physical Chemistry Lab. Spectroscopic, kinetic, and advanced physical chemistry experiments. Prerequisites: Chemistry 32 or concurrent registration.
0042 Quantitative Analysis. Introduction to the methods and scientific basis of quantitative analysis including, sampling, error & statistical analyses, data treatment & presentation, basic concepts and operation of chromatographic, electroanalytical, and spectroscopic instrumentation. For chemistry majors, as well as students enrolled in Earth sciences, environmental studies, or engineering. The course will provide students in chemistry or any related discipline with the necessary foundation, understanding, and basic tools for doing good science and operating common analytical instrumentation. Two lectures, two laboratories. One and one-half courses. Prerequisites: Chemistry 2 or 12. Spring.
0043 Bioanalytical Chemistry. Characterization, separation, detection, identification, and quantification of analytes in complex biological samples. Alternative to CHEM 0042 (Quantitative Analysis), but designed for students majoring in biochemistry or with interests in biotechnology, chemical biology, and biomedical engineering. Modern instrumentation, experimental methodology, and data analysis in a hands-on laboratory environment supported by a formal lecture to introduce fundamental concepts and reinforce experimental design and methods in data interpretation and error analysis. Three lectures, one laboratory. Fall.
0050 Survey of Organic Chemistry. One semester survey of organic chemistry. Topics include structure and bonding in organic molecules, spectroscopy, stereochemistry, reactivity, synthesis, polymer chemistry, and bioorganic chemistry. Will not fulfill the organic chemistry requirement for chemistry majors, premedical, pre-dental, or pre-veterinary students. May not be taken for credit in conjunction with Chemistry 51 or 52. Students needing a laboratory should register for Chemistry 53. Three lectures. Prerequisite: Chemistry 2 or 12.
0051 Organic Chemistry I. Structure, bonding, conformational analysis, functional groups, and stereochemistry. Organic reactions, synthesis, and mechanisms including acid/base reactions, nucleophilic substitution and elimination, reactions of alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, and amines. Tools for structure determination including nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopy. Two 75-minute lectures, one recitation. One course. (Note: The laboratory course, CHEM 53, is normally taken concurrently with CHEM 51.) Prerequisites: CHEM 2 or 12.
0052 Organic Chemistry II. Continuation of CHEM 51. Structure, properties, and reactions of alkenes, alkynes, conjugated unsaturated systems and aromatic compounds. Radical reactions. Mechanisms, retrosynthetic analysis and synthetic strategy. Additional topics such as the chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleic acids. Two 75-minute lectures, one recitation. One course. (Note: The laboratory course, CHEM 54, is normally taken concurrently with CHEM 52.) Prerequisites: CHEM 51
0053 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I. Experiments based on topics in Chemistry 51. One laboratory, one lecture. One-half course. Co-requisite or prerequisite: Chemistry 50 or 51. Fall.
0054 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II. Experiments based on topics in Chemistry 52. One laboratory, one lecture. One-half course. Prerequisite: Chemistry 53. Co-requisite or prerequisite: Chemistry 52. Spring.
0055 Advanced Synthesis Laboratory. Introduction to advanced laboratory techniques in synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry. Emphasis on synthetic methods that involve organometallics, catalysts, and enzymes. Techniques include inert atmosphere manipulations, chromatography, and spectroscopic analysis. Nine hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: Chemistry 52 and 54.
0061 Inorganic Chemistry. Chemistry illustrative of the kinds of bonding in inorganic compounds, including discussions of ionic, covalent, electron-deficient, and coordination compounds. Three lectures. Prerequisites: Chemistry 31 and 52. Only one of Chemistry 61 or 161 may be taken for credit. Fall.
0063 Inorganic and Synthetic Chemistry Laboratory. Experiments include those based on topics in Chemistry 61. Techniques in synthesis, spectroscopy, and reactivity studies. Applications of inorganic compounds in synthesis, catalysis, materials sciences, and biology. One laboratory, one lecture, one-half course. Prerequisites Chemistry 61 or 161. Fall
0081 Research I. (Previously CHEM 91) Training in the methods of chemical research. Frequent conferences and library assignments. Open to qualified advanced students. Requires at least fifteen hours per week of laboratory and/or other research work in chemistry during the fall or spring semesters, or 35-40 hours per week during the summer sessions. Pass-fail grading.
0082 Research II. (Previously CHEM 92) Continued training in the methods of research. Requires at least fifteen hours per week of laboratory and/or other research work in chemistry during the fall or spring semesters, or 35-40 hours per week during the summer sessions. Students write a report of research accomplished. Recommendations: CHEM 81 and permission of instructor.
0083-0088 Research III-VIII. Continued training in the methods of research. Requires at least fifteen hours per week of laboratory and/or other research work in chemistry during the fall or spring semesters, or 35-40 hours per week during the summer sessions. Students write a report of research accomplished. Recommendations: permission of instructor. Courses must be taken in numerical order, starting with CHEM 81. One-credit courses.
0094 Science & the Human Experience. For non-chemistry majors - does not count towards the chemistry undergraduate major.
Undergraduate & Graduate (CHEM 0131-0199)
0131 Chemical Thermodynamics. A detailed application of the laws of thermodynamics to chemical and phase equilibria. Thermodynamics of solutions and solids. Introductory statistical thermodynamics. Three lectures. Prerequisites: Chemistry 31 and Mathematics 42, or consent. Spring 2021 and alternate years.
0132 Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics. Study of chemical reaction rates in the gas phase and solution. Topics include kinetic models, experimental methods, molecular reaction dynamics, kinetic theory of gases, potential energy surfaces, and transition state theory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 32 or consent. Fall 2021 and alternate years.
0133 Quantum Mechanics. Covers Schrödinger equation and basic quantized systems, statistical interpretation and uncertainty, perturbation theory, scattering, symmetries and invariance, approximation methods, energy calculations. Prerequisite: Chemistry 32; Mathematics 51 recommended. Fall.
0134 Statistical Mechanics. Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein, and Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics. Ensembles, most probable distribution, and fluctuations. Calculation of chemical potential from molecular constants; determination of equilibrium in gas-phase reaction systems; transport properties; simple theories of solids, liquids, and solution. Prerequisite: Chemistry 32; Mathematics 51 recommended.
0135 Biophysical Chemistry. Thermodynamics of biochemical systems, biochemical and biological dynamics, biochemical spectroscopy and structure determination, statistical thermodynamics and transport properties, electrochemistry in the biological context, and membrane biophysics. Three lectures. Prerequisites: Chemistry 52 and 31.
0136 Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure. Electronic, vibrational, and rotational energy levels of molecules, and transitions between these levels. Molecular symmetry. Time dependence and symmetry requirements of spectroscopic transitions. Born-Oppenheimer approximation, Franck-Condon principle, potential surfaces, other spectroscopic methods. Prerequisite: Chemistry 133 or consent. Spring 2013 and alternate years.
0138 Atomic Scale Structure and Properties of Surfaces. Foundational concepts relevant to surface and interfacial chemistry, with a focus on solid surfaces. Topics include surface and adsorbate structure (both geometric and electronic), adsorbate bonding motifs (including chemisorption and physisorption), thermodynamics, kinetics and dynamics of adsorption and reaction, heterogeneous catalysis, and impacts of surface modification on reactivity. Prerequisite: Chemistry 31 or instructor's consent.
0139 Chemistry of Complex Interfaces, Catalysts, and Devices. Application of scientific principles to understand the preparation, characterization of and mechanistic operation of important interfacial chemical processes. Topics include controlled surface preparation and characterization, self-assembly, lithography, and molecular beam, chemical vapor, and atomic layer deposition methods and their application to single molecule studies, heterogeneous catalysis, self-assembly, two-dimensional device operation, and design and function in nanoscience. Characterization methods include optical and electron-based surface spectroscopies, beam and desorption-based methods, scanning probe and other surface microscopies.
0141 Instrumental Analysis. Theory, operation, and application of principal instruments used in chemical analysis and research. Selected special topics such as molecular, atomic, and mass spectroscopies; electrochemistry; and chromatography are included. Designed to acquaint the student with modern laboratory techniques used in all areas of chemistry. Students will select an analytical project of their choosing (with instructor approval) incorporating analytical metrics of precision, accuracy, selectivity, and sensitivity as well as develop experiments and questions that relate theory to experimental data. Recommendations: Chemistry 31, 42, and 51, or consent. Fall.
0142 Advanced Analytical Methods. Student lead case studies of modern analytical instrumentation and its application to chemically-related problems in a broad variety of research areas such as environmental, materials, biomedical, and others. Course requires in-depth oral and written presentations based on recently published literature. Recommendations: Chemistry 42 or 141, or equivalent taken elsewhere, or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 9 students. Spring.
0144 Spectroscopic Methods of Analysis. Spectroscopic analytical techniques, including principles and applications of spectroscopic measurements, fundamental interaction of radiation and matter, emission spectroscopy, atomic absorption, UV-visible fluorescence, Fourier transform IR, X-ray techniques, mass spectroscopy, and surface techniques such as AES, ESCA, and SIMS. Three lectures. Recommendations: Chemistry 42 or 141, or consent.
0145 Separation Science. Basic separation theory, practice, and instrumentation in gas, liquid, and other chromatographies, membrane and affinity separations, extraction techniques, electrophoresis, and separations based on phase equilibria. Three lectures. Recommendations: Chemistry 42 or 141, or consent.
0150 Intermediate Organic Chemistry. Survey of the principles of organic chemistry. Topics include reaction mechanisms, synthesis, and spectroscopic methods of structure determination. Three lectures. Prerequisite: Chemistry 52. Fall.
0151 Physical Organic Chemistry. Advanced organic chemistry with emphasis on structure and reaction mechanisms, uses of kinetics and other physical methods, and dynamic interaction between current theoretical concepts and experiment. Three lectures. Prerequisite: Chemistry 52.
0152 Advanced Organic Synthesis. Study of noteworthy syntheses of complex molecules with a view to developing a rationale and methodology for synthesis. Examination of the mechanism and scope of new bond-forming methods and functional group transformations. Three lectures. Prerequisite: Chemistry 52.
0155 Organic Spectroscopy. Applications of NMR, IR, UV, and mass spectrometry to the identification of organic compounds. Three class meetings. Prerequisite: Chemistry 52.
0157 Medicinal Chemistry. Molecular-level mechanism of action of compounds useful in human medicine. Introduces the biochemistry of a biological system relevant to a particular disease process, then focuses on the detailed interaction of chemotherapeutic agents with the system. Material is drawn principally from the primary literature. Course is not comprehensive. Topics may include antiviral/antitumor agents, compounds affecting immunity and inflammation, antibiotics, nucleic-acid-based therapeutics, and combinatorial drug discovery methods. Prerequisites: Biology 13 and Chemistry 52. Spring 2014 and alternate years.
0161 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Atomic and molecular structure. Symmetry operations and symmetry point groups. Chemical bonding in inorganic and coordination compounds. Types of inorganic reactions and their mechanisms. Reactivity of major classes of inorganic compounds. Descriptive chemistry of selected main-group elements. More rigorous than Chemistry 61. May receive credit for only one of Chemistry 61 or 161. Prerequisites: Chemistry 32 and 52. Fall.
0162 Chemistry of Transition Elements. Descriptive and theoretical chemistry of transition elements; structure, bonding, reactivity, and spectroscopic properties of metal complexes. Prerequisite: Chemistry 61 or 161. Spring 2015 and alternate years. Members of the Department
0163 Diffraction Methods of Structure Determination. Introduction to structure determination methods that give detailed information on atomic arrangements in crystalline solids. Emphasis on single-crystal X-ray diffraction, with some attention to neutron diffraction, and powder methods. Space group symmetry, structure factors, methods of structure solution, and measures of structure accuracy. Prerequisite: consent.
0164 Bioinorganic Chemistry. The role of metal ions in living organisms; understanding and modeling. Metal ion transport and storage, biocoordination chemistry of ion pumps. Metal ion folding and cross-linking of biomolecules. Small molecule (oxygen, nitrogen) binding and activation. Hydrolytic and redox metalloenzymes. Structure-function relationships in metalloenzyme mimics. Bioinorganic chemistry and drug design. Prerequisite: Chemistry 61 or 161, or consent. Fall 2016 and alternate years.
0165 Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry. Spectroscopic methods in inorganic and coordination chemistry: UV-Vis, infrared, Raman, electron paramagnetic resonance, nuclear quadrupole resonance, Mossbauer spectroscopy. Multinuclear NMR, NMR of paramagnetic compounds. Magnetism applications of different methods to electronic structure determination and to studies on complexation in solution. X-ray crystallography. Prerequisite: Chemistry 61 or 161, or consent. Spring
0170 Scientific Writing. A writing laboratory based on scientific material encountered in current chemical research, with a focus on the writing and preparation of scientific manuscripts. One-half course. Prerequisite: consent.
0171 Organic Chemistry of Living Systems: Biochemistry. Structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. Mechanisms and molecular function of binding proteins, enzymes, and membrane transporters. In-depth explorations of metabolic pathways and regulation with connections to physiology and human disease. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51 or two semesters of organic chemistry taken elsewhere. Recommended Biology 13. Spring.
0172 Advanced Biochemistry. Understanding human health and disease at the molecular level. Synthesis and breakdown of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, nucleic acids, and proteins. Molecular understanding of human metabolism and cellular signaling. Special topics in modern biomedical science.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 171. Fall.
0191, 0192 Seminar in Chemistry. Discussion of specialized problems and current chemical research. Prerequisite: open to qualified advanced students in chemistry. Credit as arranged. Required for all first year graduate students. Invited Speakers
0193, 0194 Special Topics. Guided individual study of an approved topic. Credit as arranged. Members of the Department
0195 Senior Thesis I. Intensive research investigation, to be combined with Chemistry 0199 leading to a written thesis. At least 20 hours per week of research work is required. Application is made during the sixth or at the start of the seventh semester. One course credit. Prerequisites: At least one summer or semester of research prior to the senior year, senior standing as a major in chemistry, biochemistry, ACS certified chemistry, or chemical physics, and department approval. Fall
0199 Senior Thesis II. Continuation of Chemistry 0195, culminating in a written thesis and oral defense. At least 20 hour per week of research is required. One course credit. Prerequisites: CHEM 195. Spring.
Graduate Only (CHEM 0237-0502)
0237, 0238 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry. Selected topics of contemporary interest in physical chemistry. Three lectures. Prerequisite: consent. Two courses.
0247, 0248 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry. Selected topics of contemporary interest in analytical and instrumental chemistry. Three lectures. Prerequisite: consent. Two courses.
0257, 0258 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry. Selected topics of contemporary interest in organic chemistry. Three lectures. Prerequisite: consent. Two courses.
0267, 0268 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry. Selected topics of contemporary interest in inorganic chemistry. Three lectures. Prerequisite: consent. Two courses.
0291, 0292 Professional Skills in Chemical Research. Topics will include: joining a research group, scientific writing, public speaking, study topic and original proposal success, literature management, thesis preparation, research group specific safety, shipping of chemicals, public communication, careers in science, involvement the local scientific community, and outreach. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
0293, 0294 Special Topics. Guided individual study of an approved topic. Credit as arranged.
0295, 0296 Graduate Research MS. Guided research on a topic that has been approved as a suitable subject for a master's thesis. Credit as arranged.
0297, 0298 Graduate Research. Guided research on a topic suitable for a doctoral dissertation. Credit as arranged.
0401PT Master's Continuation, Part-time.
0402FT Master's Continuation, Full-time.
0501PT Doctoral Continuation, Part-time.
0502FT Doctoral Continuation, Full-time.