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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry 2013-2014

Course Descriptions

CHEM 3110 Chemical Systems I (3 qtr. hrs.)
Advanced discussion of modern concepts of organic chemistry; bonding, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms. Prerequisites: CHEM 2453 and equivalent of one year of physical chemistry.

CHEM 3120 Chemical Systems II (3 qtr. hrs.)
Interpretation of trends in the chemistry of the elements in terms of orbital interactions. Most examples will be taken from the third row transition metals and the boron and carbon groups. Prerequisites: CHEM 2131, 3310 and 3110.

CHEM 3130 Chemical Systems III (3 qtr. hrs.)
Advanced-level physical biochemistry course intended for advanced-level undergraduates and graduate students. Focuses on kinetic, thermodynamic and dynamic aspects of biopolymers; delineates the relationship of these properties to the mechanism and function of biological macromolecules. Prerequisites: CHEM 3811, 3812, 3813, 3610 or the equivalent.

CHEM 3220 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 qtr. hrs.)
Principles of chemical instrumentation applied to analytical measurements; principles, instrumentation and applications of spectrometric and chromatographic measurements. Prerequisites: CHEM 2011 and 3621, or the equivalent.

CHEM 3310 Structure and Energetics I (3 qtr. hrs.)
Fundamentals of quantum chemistry, and introduction to symmetry and molecular structure of small and large systems. Prerequisite: one year of physical chemistry.

CHEM 3320 Structure and Energetics II (3 qtr. hrs.)
Computational methods in chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 3310, one year of physical chemistry.

CHEM 3410 Atmospheric Chemistry (3 qtr. hrs.)
The concepts of equilibrium thermodynamics, kinetics, and photochemistry will be applied to understanding atmospheric processes.  Covers urban air pollution in detail with focus on primary pollutants.  Also covers stratospheric chemistry with focus on ozone chemistry and the chemistry of climate change.  Prerequisites: CHEM 2011, 2041, 2131, 2453, and 2463, or instructor's permission.

CHEM 3411 Aquatic Chemistry (3 qtr. hrs.)
The circulation of the oceans and their chemical make-up. 'Classical water pollution problems' like biological oxygen demand and turbidity are discussed. Also presented: aquifer structure and flow, ground water chemistry, pollutant partitioning between stationary and mobile phases, heterogeneous surface chemistry, and the detection of trace contaminants. Prerequisites: CHEM 2011, 2041, 2131, 2453, 2463 or instructor's permission.

CHEM 3412 Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology (3 qtr. hrs.)
A survey of environmental toxicology concepts: animal testing, dose-response data, epidemiology, risk assessment. The course includes ecotoxicology, focusing on the alteration of biological and chemical systems beyond the simple response of an individual to an environmental chemical. Prerequisites: CHEM 2011, 2041, 2131, 2453, 2463 or instructor's permission.

CHEM 3610 Physical Chemistry I (3 qtr. hrs.)
Fundamentals of thermodynamics, including phase and reaction equilibria, properties of solutions, and electrochemistry needed for advanced study in life sciences and for Physical Chemistry II and III. May be taken for graduate credit by non-chemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 2011, calculus and physics.

CHEM 3620 Physical Chemistry II (3 qtr. hrs.)
Fundamentals of quantum chemistry, including theories of atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy. May be taken for graduate credit by nonchemistry majors. Prerequisite: CHEM 3610 or instructor's permission.

CHEM 3621 Physical Chemistry III (3 qtr. hrs.)
Fundamentals of kinetic theory and statistical mechanics. May be taken for graduate credit by nonchemistry majors. Prerequisite: CHEM 3620.

CHEM 3703 Topics in Organic Chemistry (3 qtr. hrs.)
May include organic photochemistry, organic synthesis, organic electrochemistry or natural products. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: CHEM 2453 or equivalent and others depending on topic.

CHEM 3705 Topics in Biochemistry (3 or 4 qtr. hrs.)
May include physical techniques for exploring biological structure, biological catalysis, and selected fields within biochemistry taught from original literature. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: CHEM 3811, 3812, 3813.

CHEM 3811 Biochemistry-Proteins (3 qtr. hrs.)
Protein structure and function, starting with the building blocks and forces that drive the formation of protein structure and the basic concepts of protein structure, and continuing with enzyme catalysis, kinetics, and regulation. Prerequisites: CHEM 2453 and 2011, or instructor permission.

CHEM 3812 Biochemistry-Membranes/Metabolism (3 qtr. hrs.)
Membranes and membrane mediated cellular processes, energy and signal transduction, and metabolic/biosynthetic pathways. Prerequisite: CHEM 3811.

CHEM 3813 Biochemistry-Nucleic Acids (3 qtr. hrs.)
Molecular processes underlying heredity, gene expression and gene regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Prerequisite: CHEM 2453.

CHEM 3831 Advanced Protein Biochemistry (3 qtr. hrs.)
This advanced biochemistry course provides fundamental insights into the chemistry and physics of proteins. It will investigate how amino acids form proteins with highly complex three dimensional structures and how these structures mediate function. Topics will range from protein folding to enzyme kinetics and will emphasize basic principles.  Prerequisites: CHEM 2453, 3610 or equivalent.

CHEM 3991 Independent Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)
May be repeated for credit.

CHEM 3992 Directed Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

CHEM 3995 Research in Chemistry (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)
Research project conducted under guidance of a faculty member.  Credit hours and projects arranged on an individual basis. May be repeated for credit.

CHEM 4400 Adv. Topics: Organic Chemistry (3 qtr. hrs.)
Physical organic chemistry; reaction mechanisms, structure reactivity relationships, kinetics, photochemistry, molecular orbital theory, etc.; current literature. May be taken for credit more than once.

CHEM 4900 Chemistry Seminar (1 qtr. hrs.)
Weekly presentations of research in progress and of current literature by outside speakers, faculty and graduate students.

CHEM 4991 Independent Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

CHEM 4992 Directed Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

CHEM 4995 Independent Research (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

CHEM 5991 Independent Study (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

CHEM 5995 Independent Research (1 to 10 qtr. hrs.)

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