Coursework

Graduate Coursework

Graduate students in chemistry may not use the following courses to fulfill degree requirements:
5/70000, 5/70093, 5/70361, 5/70362, 5/70481, 5/70555, 5/70556, 5/70557, 5/70558, 5/70570 and 50795.

Non-chemistry majors may take any of these courses for credit with the permission of their major department and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Unless otherwise indicated, the prerequisite for 50000-69999 level courses is graduate standing. Unless otherwise indicated, the prerequisite for courses 70000 and higher is doctoral standing.

CHEM 50093/70093
Variable Title Workshop in Chemistry (1-6)
S/U grading. Prerequisite: Special approval and graduate standing.

CHEM 50795
Current Topics in Chemical Education (1-3)
Designed to present recent advances in chemical research, instrumentation and theory to chemistry educators.  Prerequisite: Special approval and graduate standing.

CHEM 60894/70894
College Teaching of Chemistry (1)
Experience in teaching of chemistry at the college level. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Analytical Chemistry

CHEM 50109/70109
Bioanalytical Chemistry (3)

Covers traditional as well as newly emerging topics in the field of bioanalytical chemistry.  The course will provide an overview of the fundamental biological targets for the bioanalytical assays, such as lipids, peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, and cells.  The course will then briefly introduce traditional tools, such as chromatography, electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, fluorescence techniques, immunoassays, and biosensors.  Finally, the course will discuss approaches most recently developed in the field, which include lab-on-a-chip and single molecule techniques.  Prerequisite: CHEM 30105; and graduate standing; and special approval.  Corequisite: CHEM 30482 or 40245 or 40261.

CHEM 50113/70113
Chemical Separations (3)
Theory, instrumentation and applications of chemical separations for chemical analysis.  Emphasis on gas and liquid chromatography. Prerequisite: CHEM 30106 and graduate standing.

CHEM 60111/70111
Theory of Chemical Instrumentation (2)
General surgey course on theory of instruments. Special emphasis on data interpretation and problem solving. Prerequisite: Permission.

CHEM 61191/71191
Seminar: Problem Solving in Analytical Chemistry (1)
Discussion of recent chemical analysis methods, sample preparation and data handling, as well as practical student experience involving characterization of real samples. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 62191/72191
Seminar: Analytical Chemistry (1)
Students register once each year. Participation extends throughout the academic year. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 70195
Advanced Topics, Analytical (1-3)
Advanced topics in analytical chemistry. Repeat registration permitted. Prerequisite: Special approval and doctoral standing.

Biochemistry

CHEM 50245
Biochemical Foundations of Medicine (4)
Introduction to chemistry and metabolism of important compounds in biological systems; enzymes and characteristics of enzyme catalysis; regulation of metabolism at molecular, cellular and organism levels; inborn and induced errors of metabolism. Designed and scheduled for, and priority given to, students in integrated life sciences program. Prerequisite: CHEM 30481.  Graduate standing.

CHEM 50248/70248
Advanced Biological Chemistry (3)
Chemistry of biologically important molecules. Advanced topics in: metabolic and enzyme regulation; enzyme kinetics and mechanism; DNA replication, recombination, and repair; gene transcription and translation; recombinant DNA technology; selected areas in molecular physiology. Three hours weekly. Prerequisite: CHEM 30284 or CHEM 40245 or CHEM 40247; graduate standing.

CHEM 50261/70261
Principles of Biochemistry I (3)

Introduction to biochemical principles regarding the structure, function and metabolism of biomolecules including water, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids; emphasis on enzymes, membranes and bioenergetics.  Prerequisite: graduate standing.

CHEM 50262/70262
Principles of Biochemistry II (3)
Supramolecular and cellular aspects of biochemistry including DNA replication, repair, and recombination and modification; transcription and translation; signal transduction, post-translational modification; transcriptomics and proteomics.  Prerequisites: CHEM 60261 or CHEM 70261; special approval; and graduate standing.

CHEM 50263/70263
Physical Biochemistry I (3)
Principles and techniques of physical chemistry used in studying biomacromolecules and biological systems. Topics covered are thermodynamics, spectroscopy, structure and properties of biological molecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 40555 or 40567.  Graduate standing.

CHEM 60253/70253
Biomacromolecular Structures (1)
Structure/function of motile processes in bacteria and eukaryotic cells; supermolecular structure and self-organization of proteins and nucleic acids in chromatin, spliceosomes, viruses and ribosomes.  Prerequisite: graduate standing.

CHEM 60294/70294
Biomembranes (2)
Biological membranes; composition, structure, dynamics and biogenesis; structure/function of protein mediated membrane transport.  Prerequisite: graduate standing.

CHEM 60291/70291
Seminar: Recent Developments in Biochemistry (1)
Presentation and discussion of original papers from current literature.  Participation by students and faculty.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 62291/72291
Seminar: Biochemistry (1)
Students register once each year. Participation extends throughout the academic year. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 70295
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
Advanced topics in biochemistry. Prerequisite: special approval and doctoral standing.

Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 50302
Inorganic Chemistry II (3)
Physical techniques in inorganic chemistry, molecular structure and bonding, metallic and ionic solids, organometallic chemistry, homogenous and heterogeneous catalysis; solid-state and materials chemistry, nanomaterials, nanoscience and nanotechnology. Prerequisite: CHEM 30301 and graduate standing.

CHEM 50303
Inorganic Chemistry III (2)
Molecular symmetry, molecular orbital theory of polyatomic molecules and octahedral complexes, electronic spectra and reaction mechanisms of d-block complexes, periodic trends Groups 1 and 2 and d-block, bioinorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 50302 and graduate standing.

CHEM 50352/70352
Inorganic Materials Chemistry(3)
Broad survey of the synthesis, properties, characterization and applications of inorganic materials.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 50365/70365
Biological Inorganic Chemistry(3)
Physical methods, s-block metals, metal-induced stabilization, electron transfer proteins, oxidoreductases, hydrolases and lyases, metal transport and storage, nitrogenases, group-atom transfer and metals in medicine. Prerequisite: CHEM 30360 and graduate standing.

CHEM 60327/70327
Modern Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Synthesis, structure and reactivity of inorganic compounds, including transition metal and organometallic complexes. Prerequisite: CHEM 40362.  Graduate standing.

CHEM 60347/70347
Chemical Crystallography (3)
Structure solution and refinement methods of X-ray diffraction data. Emphasis will be placed on single-crystal techniques.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 60391/70391
Seminar: Recent Developments in Inorganic Chemistry (1)
Presentation and discussion of current research papers in inorganic chemistry. Participation by students and faculty. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 62391/72391
Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry (1)
Students register once each year. Participation extends throughout the academic year. IP permissible.

CHEM 70395
Advanced Topics, Inorganic (1-3)
Advanced topics in inorganic chemistry.  Prerequisite: Special approval and doctoral standing.

Organic Chemistry

CHEM 50451/70451
Organic Materials Chemistry (3)
Broad survey of the synthesis, properties, characterization and applications of organic and polymeric materials.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 50476/70476
Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds (2)
Strategies for structural elucidation of organic compounds from analysis of infrared, proton and carbon NMR and mass spectrometric data through lectures and problem solving. Prerequisite: CHEM 30482 and graduate standing.

CHEM 50478/70478
Synthesis of Organic Liquid Crystals (3)
Synthesis of organic thermotropic liquid crystals including nematic, smectic and discotic variants. Evaluation of the phase types using polarizing microscopy and DSC. Brief introduction into their use in display devices. Prerequisite: CHEM 30482; graduate standing.

CHEM 60471/70471
Advanced Organic Chemistry - Mechanistic Aspects (3)
Discussion of organic reaction mechanisms. Chemistry of reactive intermediates, aromaticity, addition/elimination, nucleophilic/electrophilic substitution, bonding theories and other fundamental topics governing organic reactions. Prerequisite: CHEM 30482.  Graduate standing.

CHEM 60472/70472
Advanced Organic Chemistry - Synthetic Aspects (3)
Disconnection approach to organic synthesis. Modern methods for carbon-carbon bond formation and functional group interconversion, and their application to natural product synthesis. Prerequisite: CHEM 30482.  Graduate standing.

CHEM 60473/70473
Stereoselective Organic Synthesis (3)
Modern methods of asymmetric synthesis; introduction to selected methods for stereoselective N-heterocycle synthesis; application of these methods in natural product synthesis. Prerequisite: CHEM 30482; graduate standing.

CHEM 61491/71491
Seminar: Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry (1)
Practical experience in solution of current problems of structure, synthesis and mechanism in organic chemistry. Participation extends throughout nine-month academic year. Repeat registration permitted.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 62491/72491
Seminar: Organic Chemistry (1)
Students register once each year. Participation extends throughout the academic year. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 70495
Advanced Topics, Organic (1-3)
Advanced topics in organic chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission.

Physical Chemistry

CHEM 50556/70556
Elementary Physical Chemistry (3)
A continuation of CHEM 50555. Areas covered are chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry and the solid state. Prerequisite: CHEM 50555 or PHY 45301; graduate standing.

CHEM 50571/70571
Surface Chemistry (2)
Treatment of basic principles and concepts in surface and colloid chemistry. Relationship to practical systems emphasized. Prerequisite: CHEM 40555 or 40567.  Graduate standing.

CHEM 50575/70575
Molecular Spectroscopy (3)
Survey of the fundamental principles of the interaction of radiation with matter, with an emphasios on the interpretation of microwave, infrared and ultraviolet-visible spectra. Introduction to group theory and its application to spectroscopic interpretation. Description of modern experimental techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 40556 and graduate standing.

CHEM 60541/70541
Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)
Covers basic materials of modern physical chemistry in two broad areas: thermodynamics and introductory quantum mechanics. Prerequisite: CHEM 50556.  Graduate standing.

CHEM 60591/70591
Seminar: Recent Developments in Physical Chemistry (1)
Presentation and discussion of original papers from current literature. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 62591/72591
Seminar: Physical Chemistry (1)
Students register once each year. Participation extends throughout the academic year. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 70595
Advanced Topics, Physical (1-3)
Advanced topics in physical chemistry.  Prerequisite: Special approval and doctoral standing.

Research, Thesis & Dissertation

CHEM 60050/70050
Chemistry Research Proposal (3)
The student will prepare an independent and original research proposal that is completely distinct from the thesis project.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 60199
Thesis I (2-6)
Thesis students must register for a total of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in a single semester, distributed over several semesters if desired. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 60299
Thesis II (2)
Thesis students must continue registration until all degree requirements are met. Prerequisite: CHEM 60199 and graduate standing.

CHEM 60898
Master's Research (1-15)
Research for master's students. Credits earned may be applied toward degree if department approves. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CHEM 80199
Dissertation I (15)
Doctoral dissertation, for which registration in two semesters is required, first of which will be semester in which dissertation work is begun and continuing until the completion of 30 hours. Prerequisite: Special approval and doctoral standing.

CHEM 80299
Dissertation II (15)
Continuing registration required of doctoral students who have completed the initial 30 hours of dissertation and continuing until all degree requirements are met. Prerequisite: CHEM 80199 and doctoral standing.

CHEM 80898
Research (1-15)
Research for doctoral students. Credits earned may be applied toward degree if department approves. Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

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