Courses

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

01:160:111  Frontiers of Chemistry (1.5)
For non-science majors. Topics currently at the forefront of chemical research and their social implications. Presented by experts in layperson's terms. Recombinant DNA, chemistry of planets, chemical approaches to the harnessing of solar energy, chemical basis of disease, and drug action.

01:160:111 Chemistry of Drugs (1.5)
For non-science majors. A nontechnical chemical approach to the drug phenomenon in our world. Oral contraceptives, psychedelics, stimulants, and depressants.

01:160:126  Chemistry of Art (3)
For non-science majors. Explores the intersection of chemistry with the visual arts. Chemistry as it applies to color, paint, paper, clay, glass, metals, photography, art restoration, forgeries, sustainable art and the impact of climate change. Satisfies the Natural Sciences Core requirement for SAS. Prerequisite: 01:640:025 or placement (Elementary Algebra).

01:160:127  Impact of Chemistry (3)
For non-science majors. Relation of chemistry to human life, culture, and everyday decisions. Case studies used to illustrate chemical principles and examine issues of current concern, such as global warming, drug testing, ozone depletion, and heavy-metal poisoning.

01:160:128  Chemistry of Life (3)
Topics chosen from fields of organic chemistry and biochemistry including proteins, DNA, RNA, and chemical origins of life. Emphasis given to the nature of chemical and biochemical discoveries and the social responsibility of scientists. Does not sequence with 01:160:161.

01:160:133 Preparation for General Chemistry (2)
For students who start General Chemistry and encounter serious difficulties. Beginning after five weeks of the semester. Fall semester only. Prerequisites: 01:640:026, or equivalent, and permission of instructor.

01:160:134  Introduction to Chemistry (3)
For students who are advised that they are not ready to undertake General Chemistry. Students who have taken higher-level chemistry courses for science majors not eligible. Fall semester only. Corequisite: 01:640:111 or 115, or appropriate performance on the placement test in mathematics.

01:160:140  The Greenhouse Effect (3)
For non-science majors, not for major credit in science or engineering. Physical and chemical bases of the "greenhouse effect" and its global impact: biological, climatic, economic, and political. Reducing the emission of "greenhouse" gases, nuclear energy, and other alternative energy sources. Lecture 2 hours, lab 1.5 hours. Credit not given for both this course and 01:450:140, 01:556:140, or 01:750:140.

01:160:159-160 General Chemistry for Engineers (3,3)
Introduction to chemical principles and their application. Stoichiometry, states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, solutions, thermodynamics, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, kinetics, nonmetals, metals and coordination compounds, and nuclear chemistry. Lecture 2 hours, recitation 1 hour. 159 pre- or corequisite 01:640:112 or 115, or equivalent. 160 prerequisite: 01:640:112 or 115, or equivalent. 160 pre- or corequisite: 01:160:171. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:160:161-162 or 163-164.

01:160:161-162 General Chemistry (4,4)
For science majors. Introduction to chemical principles and their application. Stoichiometry, states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, solutions, thermodynamics, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, kinetics, nonmetals, metals and coordination compounds, and nuclear chemistry. Lecture 3 hours, recitation 1 hour. 161 prerequisite: 01:640:111 or 115, or appropriate performance on the placement test for mathematics. 162 prerequisite: 01:640:111 or 115, or equivalent. 162 pre- or corequisite: 01:160:171. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:160:159-160 or 163-164.

01:160:163-164 Honors General Chemistry (4,4)
For students with a strong interest in chemistry and/or those considering majoring in a science or an engineering discipline requiring a strong background in chemistry. In-depth coverage of topics in 01:160:161-162. Material related to current research topics and other fields of scientific interest. Prerequisite: a year of high school chemistry. 163 corequisite: 01:640:151 or permission from instructor. 164 pre- or corequisites: 01:640:152 and 01:160:171, or permission from instructor. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:160:159-160 or 161-162.

01:160:171 Introduction to Experimentation (1)
Laboratory illustrating basic chemical methods. Lab 3 hours, fee required. Prerequisite: 01:640:111, 115, or equivalent. Pre- or corequisite: 01:160:159, 161, or 163.

01:160:191 Topics in Chemistry (1.5)
Chemical principles in organic chemistry. Bonding and structure, acids and bases, thermodynamics and kinetics. Prerequisites: 01:160:160, 162,164, or 166. Corequisites: 01:160:307 or 315.

01:160:192 Topics in Chemistry (1.5)
For first-year students with a strong interest in chemistry. Seminar on current applications of chemistry to real-world problems and issues. Practice in use of computational tools and the internet in chemical applications. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Pre- or corequisites: 01:160:161 or 163, or advanced placement and permission of department.

01:160:209 Elementary Organic Chemistry (3)
Carbon compounds, including biologically and nutritionally interesting compounds, and textile polymers. Prerequisites: 01:160:127 and 128, 162, or 164. Not for major credit. Credit not given for both this course and 01:160:307-308.

01:160:211 Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Synthesis and analysis of organic compounds. Lab 3 hours, fee required. Prerequisite: 01:160:171. Pre- or corequisite: 01:160:209.

01:160:251 Analytical Chemistry (3)
Quantitative applications of gravimetric, volumetric, and instrumental methods of analysis to samples of environmental significance. Fall and spring semesters. Lecture 1.5 hours, lab 4.5 hours, fee required. Prerequisites: 01:160:171 and 160, 162, or 164.

01:160:305-306 Organic Chemistry (3,3)
Basic theory. Survey of structure, properties, and reactivity of main classes of compounds, including a number of biological interest. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: 01:160:160, 162, or 164. 01:160:305 does not substitute for 01:160:209. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:160:307-308 or 315-316.

01:160:307-308 Organic Chemistry (4,4)
Basic theory. Survey of structure, properties, and reactivity of main classes of compounds, including a number of biological interest. Lecture 3 hours, recitation 1 hour. Prerequisite: 01:160:160, 162, or 164. 307 does not substitute for 01:160:209. Credit not given for both 01:160:307-308 and 305-306 or 315-316.

01:160:309-310 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2.5,2.5)
Develops proficiency in preparation and manipulation. Hands-on use of modern spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumentation (FT-NMR, FT-IR, GC, GCMS). Lab fee required. Lecture 1 hour, lab 4.5 hrs. 309 prerequisite: 01:160:171. 309 pre- or corequisite: 01:160:308 or 316. 310 prerequisites: 01:160:308, 309, or 316. Open only to students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, and molecular biology and biochemistry, or by permission of instructor.

01:160:311 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
Develops facility in both preparation and manipulation. Applies chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques to solutions of problems. Lab fee required. Lecture 1 hour, lab 4.5 hours. Prerequisites: 01:160:171 and 307.

01:160:313-314  Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1,1)
Develops proficiency in preparation and manipulation. Chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques applied to solutions of problems. Qualitative organic analysis. Offered in summer only. Lab 3 hours. 313 prerequisites: 01:160:160, 162, 164, or 171. 313 pre- or corequisite: 01:160:305 or 307 or 315. 314 prerequisites: 01:160:305, 307, 313, and 315. 314 pre- or corequisite: 01:160:306, 308, or 316. 01:160:313-314 is equivalent to 01:160:311.

01:160:315-316 Honors Organic Chemistry (4,4)
Recommended for students planning to pursue graduate work in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, or medicine. Survey of structure, properties, and reactivity of main classes of organic compounds with a focus on qualitative molecular orbital theory, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis. Lecture 3 hrs., recitation 1 hour. Prerequisite: 01:160:160, 162, or 164. 316 corequisite: 01:160:309. 01:160:209 does not substitute for 01:160:315. Credit not given for both 01:160:315-316 and 305-306 or 307-308. 

01:160:323-324 Physical Chemistry (3,3)
Fundamental principles of physical chemistry. Quantum theory, spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Prerequisites: 01:160:160, 162, or 164; 01:640:251; 01:750:203-204, or 227 and 228. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:160:327-328 or 341-342.

01:160:327-328 Physical Chemistry (4,4)
Fundamental principles of physical chemistry. Quantum theory, spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Lecture 3 hours, recitation 1 hour. Prerequisites: 01:160:160, 162, or 164; 01:640:251; 01:750:203-204, or 227 and 228. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:160:323-324 or 341-342. Equivalent to 01:160:323-324 but includes a recitation.

01:160:329 Experimental Physical Chemistry (2.5)
Experiments in physical chemistry illustrating principles and techniques. Use of computers to process experimental data. Lecture 1 hour, lab 4.5 hrs. Prerequisites: 01:160:251 and 323, 327, or 341.

01:160:341-342  Physical Chemistry: Biochemical Systems (3,3)
Fundamental principles of physical chemistry: thermodynamics, ideal and nonideal solutions, chemical dynamics, catalysis, electrochemistry, and phase equilibria. Biologically relevant examples and applications stressed. Prerequisites: 01:160:160, 162, or 164; 01:640:251; 01:750:203-204, or 227 and 228. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:160:323-324 or 327-328.

01:160:344  Introduction to Molecular Biophysics Research (3)
Basic principles and methods of research, followed by a research project involving preparation of biopolymer analogs, X-ray crystallography, spectroscopy, calorimetry, computer simulation, and other relevant physical techniques. Description of research opportunities at the university available to undergraduates. Prerequisites: 01:160:309 and 323, 327, or 341, and permission of instructor.

01:160:348 Instrumental Analysis (3)
Intended for chemistry majors. Theory and practice of instrumental analysis, including electrochemistry, separations, and spectroscopy. Lecture 80 minutes, lab 5 hours. Prerequisite: 01:160:251. 

01:160:361 Chemical Bonding (1.5)
Theories of ionic and covalent bonding. Elementary molecular orbital theory applied to simple molecules. Prerequisites: 01:160:305, 307, or 315 and 01:640:152, or equivalent.

01:160:371 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Introduction to the bonding, electronic structure, and chemical properties of transition metal and main group inorganic compounds. Prerequisites: 01:160:308 and 361, or permission of instructor.

01:160:391-392 Independent Study in Chemistry (1-3,1-3)
Research on an original problem under the direction of a member of the department. Written report and one oral or poster presentation required. Not open to seniors. Prerequisite: Permission of department.

01:160:409 Organic Chemistry of High Polymers (3)
Introduction to the synthesis and reactions of macromolecules, free-radical polymerization, stereospecific polymerization, and stepwise polymerization. Prerequisites: 01:160:308 and 324, 328, or 342.

01:160:410 Introduction to Molecular Modeling (3)
Introduction to computer-assisted molecular modeling techniques for the study of chemical problems. Lectures on theoretical principles. Instruction in use of modern modeling programs. Computer projects involving solution of chemical problems. Prerequisites: 01:160:307-308 and 323-324 or equivalent.

01:160:411-412 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3,3)
Advanced survey of organic chemistry; structure and stereochemistry of organic molecules, chemistry of reactive intermediates, structure-reactivity relationships, molecular rearrangements, molecular orbital theory, and orbital symmetry correlations. Prerequisites: 01:160:308 and 324, 328, or 342.

01:160:415 Theory and Interpretation of Organic Spectra (3)
Theory and interpretation of nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, ultraviolet, and mass spectra. Prerequisites: 01:160:308 and 324, 328, or 342.

01:160:418 Bioorganic Mechanisms (3)
Catalysis of organic reactions that are model systems for enzymatic processes. Emphasis on mechanisms of enzyme catalyzed reactions. Prerequisites: 01:160:308 and 324, 328, or 342.

01:160:421 Atomic and Molecular Structure (3)
Introduction to quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. Elementary solutions of the Schrödinger wave equation, valence bond and molecular orbital theory, Boltzmann distribution, partition functions. Prerequisites: 01:160:324, 328, or 342; 01:640:250 and 251 or equivalent.

01:160:422 Statistical Mechanics (3)
Basic concepts and methods of equilibrium statistical mechanics. Applications to systems and phenomena of chemical interest, including ideal and real gases, chemical equilibria, phase transitions, classical liquids, and polymer solutions. Use of Monte-Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations to solve problems of current interest. Prerequisites: 01:160:324, 328, or 342; 01:640:250 and 251 or equivalent.

01:160:425 Thermodynamics I (3)
Principles of classical and statistical thermodynamics, treated in an integral manner. Interrelations of molecular properties with the energy and entropy of macroscopic systems. Applications include phase changes and chemical reactions. Prerequisites: 01:160:327-328 or equivalent.

01:160:426 Thermodynamics II (3)
Application of thermodynamics to solutions of nonelectrolytes and electrolytes. Prerequisite: 01:160:425.

01:160:433 Chemical Application of Group Theory (3)
Aspects and consequences of molecular symmetry, point groups and character tables, group theory and quantum mechanics, symmetry aspects of the electronic structure in organic and inorganic molecules, selection rules for electronic and vibrational spectroscopy, ligand field theory. Prerequisite: 01:160:421, or permission of instructor.

01:160:434 Kinetics (3)
Chemical reaction rates in homogeneous systems and at interfaces. Experimental and mathematical methods of elucidating reaction mechanisms. Photochemical and ultrafast reactions. Prerequisite: 01:160:324, 328, 342 or equivalent.

01:160:437 Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems (3)
Introduction to the physical chemistry of proteins, nucleic acids, and their complexes. Forces that determine biopolymer structure. Principles of protein and nucleic acid structure. Transitions and interactions of biopolymers. Prerequisite: 01:160:324, 328, 342, or equivalent. Recommended: 11:115:403,404 or 01:694:407,408 previously or concurrently.

01:160:438 Introduction to Computational Chemistry (3)
Solution of chemical problems using computer and graphics equipment. Applications to molecular structure and reactivity, conformational analysis, molecular interactions, and dynamics.Prerequisite: 01:160:324, 328, 342, or permission of instructor.

01:160:439 Physical Chemistry of the Environment (3)
Application of physical chemical principles to environmental problems. Prerequisite: 01:160:324, 328, or equivalent.

01:160:446 Chemical Separations (3)
Principles of chemical separations by various chromatographic techniques. Prerequisite: 01:160:324, 328, or equivalent.

01:160:451 Analytical Spectroscopy (3)
Theory of spectroscopy and spectrophotometry, including the analytical applications of spectrochemical methods. Prerequisites: 01:160:324 or 328, and a course in analytical chemistry.

01:160:459 Electroanalytic Chemistry (3)
Theory and instrumental techniques that encompass static and dynamic electroanalytical measurements. Topics include potentiometry, voltammetry, coulometry, basic instrumentation/operational amplifiers, and new applications. Focus on analytical applications and utilizing the correct technique for solving specific analysis problems. Prerequisite: Permission of department. Credit not given for both this course and 16:160:549.

01:160:461 Concepts in Nanochemistry (3)
Nanochemistry: synthesis and characterization of organic and inorganic materials with nanoscale dimensions. Electronic and magnetic properties, as well as applications in medicine, energy, and toxicology. Prerequisite: 01:160:361 or 327.

01:160:471 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Advanced treatment of bonding, electronic-spectral, magnetic, and chemical properties of transition metal complexes.Prerequisites: 01:160:371 and 421, or equivalent.

01:160:475 Organometallic Chemistry (3)
A detailed survey of the mechanisms of organometallic reactions. Prerequisites: 01:160:308, 324 or 328, 371.

01:160:476 Bioinorganic Chemistry (3)
Spectroscopic, chemical, and other properties of metal-containing biological systems such as hemoglobin, vitamin B12, carboxypeptidase. Prerequisite: 01:160:371 or equivalent.

01:160:480 Structural Biology, Structural Biophysics, and Chemical Biology of Transcription (3)
Transcription and transcriptional regulation. Structures and mechanisms of RNA polymerase, initiation factors, elongation factors, activators, repressors, promoters, and terminators. Protein-DNA interactions, protein-protein interactions, and use of energy to drive conformational changes and translocation. Emphasis on RNA polymerase as a molecular machine. Prerequisites: 01:160:305-306, 307-308, 315-316, or equivalent; 01:160:323-324, 327-328, 342, 11:115:409, 16:160:537, or equivalent (may be taken concurrently); 01:694:407-408, 11:115:403-404, 16:115:501-502, 511-512, and permission of the instructor.

01:160:487-488 Special Topics in Chemistry (3,3)
Study of selected areas in chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

01:160:491-492 Seminar in Chemistry (1,1)
Development of communication skills needed by professionals in chemistry and related fields. Oral reports, discussions of topics of current interest, journal club, and poster sessions. Introduction to the chemical research literature. Open only to seniors.

01:160:493-494 Internship in Chemistry (1-8)
Work in chemistry with a designated community partner. An appropriately designed academic project resulting in a written and/or oral report. Corequisites: 01:160:491-492. Open only to seniors. Graded Pass/No Credit.

01:160:495-496 Senior Research Project: Chemistry (1-6,1-6)
Research on an original problem under the direction of a member of the department. Written report and one oral or poster presentation required. Prerequisite: Permission of department. Open only to seniors.

01:160:497-498 Honors Research in Chemistry (3-6,3-6)
Research on an original problem under the direction of a member of the department. Written report and one oral presentation required. Prerequisite: Permission of department. Open only to senior honors students.

01:160:499 Introduction to Teaching Chemistry Lab (3)
Provides outstanding science majors with the opportunity to teach at the undergraduate level. Supervision of a first-year chemistry laboratory, under the direction of a senior faculty member. Prerequisites: 01:160:159-160 or 161-162 or 165-166; 01:160:307-308 or 315-316; and labs: 01:160:171, 309 or 310 or 311. Minimum GPA: 3.5, by invitation only.