The course descriptions provided here as a courtesy may not be the official descriptions given in the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin. These descriptions are accurate as of the 2015-2016 Bulletin.

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  • C500—Introduction to Research (3 cr.)

    C500 Introduction to Research (3 cr.) Objectives and techniques of chemical research. Assignment to research problem to be completed during two semesters.


  • C501—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..


  • M501—Materials Fundamentals I (3 cr.)

    To introduce the student to techniques for fabrication, characterization, and modeling of materials with an emphasis on nano-structures. Methods (top down) for the creation and characterization of nano-structures, band structure, conductivity, optical properties, and quantum confinement, assembly, liquids, and phase transitions.


  • C502—Inorganic Spectroscopy (3 cr.)

    Prerequisite:  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.


  • M502—Fundamentals of Materials II (3 cr.)

    To introduce the students to nano-scale and molecular materials. The first part will provide an overview of methods for bottom-up synthesis and assembly of nano-structures. The second part providing case studies from the recent literature; including: nano-particles, biological applications, molecular electronics, and machines, self-assembly in artificial and biological systems.


  • C503—Spectrometric Methods of Structure (3 cr.)

    Elucidation of molecular structure utilizing IR, UV, and NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and other methods.


  • M503—Supramolecular Chemistry (3 cr.)

    A one-semester overview of bottom-up fabrication of functional materials. Emphasis on the chemistry of molecularly defined assemblies constructed via non-covalent interactions. Topics include: synthetic strategies and physical properties, recognition, catalysis, sensing, switching, transport, and actuation, electron transfer and energy transfer, interfacial assemblies, mesoporous materials, polymers, dendrimers and liquid crystals.


  • C540—Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 cr.)

    Prerequisite:  C362 and C342
    Valence and molecule structure, electronic interpretation of organic reactions, stereochemistry.


  • C543—Organic Reactions (3 cr.)

    Synthesis of organic compounds, degradation reactions, selected topics in organic reactions.


  • C561—Atomic and Molecular Quantum Theory (3 cr.)

    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.


  • C562—Computational Quantum Chemistry (3 cr.)

    Prerequisite:  C561 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.


  • C565—Nuclear Chemistry (3 cr.)

    Prerequisite: C360, C361 or consent of instructor
    Introduction to nuclear science covering the properties, structure, and reactions of cuclei. The energetics and kinetics of radioactivity are studied. Model straggling ions in gases or solids, and other nuclear chemical phenomena.


  • C566—Molecular Optical Spectroscopy (3 cr.)

    Prerequisite:  C561 or consent of instructor
    Interaction of radiation with matter. Spectroscopic probes of the rotational, vibrational, and electronic structure of molecules. Advanced laser methods.


  • C567—Chemical Statistical Mechanics (3 cr.)

    Introduction to equilibrium and no equilibrium many-body systems using ensemble techniques. Emphasis on molecular systems and systems undergoing chemical transformation or transport. Both qualitative and rigorous approaches.


  • C568—Advanced Statistical Mechanics (3 cr.)

    Prerequisite:  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.


  • C581—Macromolecular Structure and Function (1.5 cr.)

    Prerequisite: B501 and consent of instructor
    Principals of inter-and intra-molecular interactions; structural stability of proteins and nucleic acids, thermodynamic and kinetic analysis of complex binding; experimental methods for analysis of macromolecular structure and binding. Credit given for only one of the following C581, B530.


  • C582—Biomolecular analysis and Interaction(1.5 cr.)

    Ligand Binding Models: Single Site Binding and Multiple and Competitive Site Binding; and Determination and Measurement of Binding Interactions and Antibody-based Interaction Methods. Credit given for only one of the following C582, B531.



  • C583—Analysis of Biochemical Literature (1.5 cr.)

    Prerequisite:  Concurrent or previous enrollment in B501/C584
    Critical evaluation of the biochemical literature using selected papers as examples; development of written and oral communication skills in the context of literature analysis. Meets with Bioc-B502. Credit given for only C583 or B502


  • C587— Integrated Biochemistry II(3 cr.)

    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 or B506


  • C588—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 their effects on enzymes will be covered. Students will gain facility with thermodynamics, catalytic mechanisms, kinetics and binding equilibria as they apply to proteins. Credit given for only one of the following: C588 or B540.


  • C589—Enzyme Mechanisms (1.5 cr.)

    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. Credit given for only one of the following: C589 or B541


  • M608—Seminar Materials Chemistry (1-3 cr.)

    Topics such as electrochemistry, biomaterials, polymers, solid state chemistry, computational chemistry, micro/nanofabrication, and environmental chemistry considered from the perspective of materials chemistry.


  • C608—Seminar in Green Chemistry (1 cr.)

    This seminar series will focus on the chemical aspects of sustainable chemistry, a chemical philosophy encouraging the design of products/processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. Invited speakers will consider sustainable design from multiple perspectives involving industry, academia and public policy.


  • C611—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.


  • C612—Spectrochemical Methods of Analysis (2-3 cr.)

    New instrumentation and techniques employed in spectrochemistry; indepth treatment of commonly used spectrochemical methods.


  • C613—Mass Spectrometry and Stable Isotopes (2-3 cr.)

    Topics in mass spectroscopic instrumentation and applications and in the natural chemistry of the stable isotopes of Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Sulfur, and rare gases.

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  • C614—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.

  • C615—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.)


  • C616—Surface Analysis and Surface Chemistry (3 cr.)

    Introduction to surface analysis methods used to characterize chemical properties and phenomena at surfaces: structure, composition, adsorption, kinetics, reactions, catalysis, and growth. Photoelectron and x-ray absorption spectroscopies, thermal desorption, ion scattering, and scanning probe methods (AFM, STM, etc.). Emphasis will be on research problems in the current literature. Meets with Chemistry C668. Credit only given for C668 or C616.


  • C620—Measurement Science (3 cr.)

    Topics related to measurement in the chemical sciences and interdisciplinary fields of science and engineering. Special attention to perspectives on advanced instrumentation and application of new hybrid techniques to areas such as biomedical, environmental, energy, or other areas of interest.


  • C630—Structure and Bonding (3 cr.)

    Prerequisite: 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.


  • C631—Chemical Crystallography (3 cr.)

    General understanding and hands-on laboratory experience in crystallography as analytical method. Topics will onsist 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.


  • C632—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.


  • C633—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.


  • C634—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, dorbitals 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.

  • C635—Mechanisms of Inorgnaic Reactions (3cr.)

          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.


  • C636—Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis (3 cr.)

           Synthesis and reactivity of organo-main group and transition metal compounds, including 

           application to organic synthesis.


  • C637—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 what techniques

          are optimal for particular questions, as well as the potential weaknesses of each.


  • C638—Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry (3 cr.)

          P: consent of instructor. Topics not ordinarily covered by regularly scheduled courses, such as                    baron hydrides, X-ray diffraction, metal-metal bonds, bioinorganic chemistry, platinum metals                       chemistry, inorganic photochemistry, etc.


  • C639—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 cluster, 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.


  • C643—Organic Natural Products (3 cr.)

           Prerequisite:  C540 ande C543; or consent of instructor
           Synthesis and chemical-physical analysis of the structure of alkaloids, antibiotics, bacterial

           metabolites, plant pigments, steroids, and terpenes.


  • C644—Physical Organic Chemistry (1-3 cr.)

           Prerequisite:  C342 and C362
           Application of physical-chemistry techniques to the study of structure and mechanism of 

           reaction of organic compounds.


  • C648—Seminar: Organic Chemistry (1-3 cr.)

           Recent developments in such areas as sulfur compounds, heterocycles, stereochemistry,

           polymers, and synthesis.


  • C668—Seminar Physical Chemistry (3 cr.)

          Prerequisite:   Consent of isntructor


          Topics such as materials chemistry or 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 r

          repeated with different topic.)


  • C680—Introduction to Quantitative Biology and Measurement (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).


  • C681—Introduction to Chemical Biology I (1.5 cr.)

           Basic elements of chemical biology with a chemistry-centered focus. This course will cover

           peptide synthesis and ligation methods, oligonucleotide synthesis, diversity oriented

           synthesis and combinatorial libraries, bio-orthogonal reactions, high-throughput screening

           methods and their use in drug discovery, and secondary metabolism. Credit given for only

           one of the following: C681 or B680.


  • C682—Introduction to Chemical Biology II (1.5 cr.)

           Basic elements of chemical biology applications and uses of technology. This course will

           cover microarray technology, protein labeling, chemical genetics, small molecule

           interactions with proteins/DNA, modulation of protein-protein interactions, RNA aptamers

           and molecular evolution. Credit given for only one of the following: B681 or B680.


  • C683—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 processing in gene expression; catalytic RNA molecules; applications

           of RNA molecules.


  • C687-Seminar Advanced Topics in Biochemistry (1.5-3 cr.)

    Topics vary yearly and include the following: physic-chemical techniques in the study of macromolecules; experimental methods in enzymology; organic chemistry of enzymatic reactions and enzyme models; conformational properties and macromolecules. May be retaken for credit with different topic. Credit given for only one of the following: C687 or B680


  • C688—Semester Biological Chemistry (1 cr.)

    Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor
    Recent advances in such areas as biological oxidations, energetics and equilibria, hormones, and nutrition. Meets with Bioc-B 600. Credit given for only one of the following C688, B600.


  • C689—Quantitative & Chemical Biology Journal Club (1.5 cr.)

          Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

          Molecular dynamics and special techniques for simulating nanosystems.

          Nanocharacterization measurements. Applications to microbiology, drug and vaccine         

          design, nanocapsules for drug delivery, design of nanocharacterization technologies, and

          contemporary problems in chemical biology and nanoscience.



  • A800—Analytical Chemistry Research Seminar

    Evaluation of second year analytical chemistry students.


  • B800—Biological Chemistry Research Seminar

    The preparation and presentation of student research lectures based on current journals and other research literature in biological chemistry and related areas not closed related to the student's own research.


  • N800—Inorganic Chemistry Research Seminar

    Preparation and presentation of second year inorganic chemistry research project.


  • M800—Materials Chemistry Research Seminar

    Preparation and presentation of student research lectures based on current journals and other research literature in materials chemistry and related areas on topics not closely related to the student's own research.


  • R800—Organic Chemistry Research Seminar

    Major topics in the filed of organic chemistry will be examined. A list of subjects will be provided at the beginning of the year.


  • P800—Physical Chemistry Research Seminar

    Preparation and presentation of student research lectures based on current journals and other research literature in physical chemistry and related areas on topics not closely related to the student's own research.


  • C810—Research Analytical Chemistry (1-12 cr.)

    Continued research in the field of analytical chemistry.


  • C820—Research Materials Chemistry (1-12 cr.)

    Continued research in the field of materials chemistry.


  • C830—Research Inorganic Chemistry (1-12 cr.)

    Continued research in the field of inorganic chemistry.


  • C840—Research Organic Chemistry (1-12 cr.)

    Continued research in the field of organic chemistry.


  • C860—Research Physical Chemistry (1-12 cr.)

    Continued research in the field of physical chemistry.


  • C880—Research Chemical Biology (1-12 cr.)

    Continued research in the field of biological chemistry.


  • G901—Advanced Research (6 cr.)

    Advanced research relating to the student's chosen research topic.