Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Course Descriptions 

CHM 501. Introduction to Chemical Research (2) Scientific proposal and manuscript preparation.Communication techniques. Experimental design and data analysis. Computer applications. Library use. Laboratory safety. Two hours each week.

CHM 512. Mass Spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (3) Prerequisite: Two semesters of organic chemistry. Pre-requisite: CHM 211 and 212 or equivalent
Introduction to advanced structural elucidation techniques using advanced mass spectrometry and NMR. One hour of lecture and two hours of lab per week.

CHM 516. Advanced Organic Chemistry (3) Prerequisite: Two semesters of organic chemistry. Study of contemporary synthetic organic chemistry. Topics may include chiral synthetic methods, natural products synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, relationships between structure and reactivity and the role of reactive intermediates, with emphasis placed on examples from the recent literature.

CHM 517. Medicinal Chemistry (3) Prerequisite: Two semesters of organic chemistry. Systematic study of the chemistry and biological activity of hormones, vitamins, drugs affecting the nervous system, and other miscellaneous agents.

CHM 521. Advanced Physical Chemistry (3) Prerequisite: CHM 520 (420) or equivalent. The study of quantum statistical mechanical basis of thermodynamics, including the behavior of solids and liquids. Kinetics of chemical reactions, particularly the microscopic picture of chemical reactions based on quantum statistical mechanics.

CHM 536. Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3) Prerequisite: Organic chemistry, quantitative analysis. Application of modern analytical methods to chemical problems. Emphasis upon chemical information, structural and quantitative, obtainable from these techniques. Topics may include modern spectroscopic, chromatographic, electrochemical, bioanalytical or isotropic techniques.

CHM 545. (445) Inorganic Chemistry (3) Prerequisite: Physical chemistry and quantitative analysis, or equivalent. Study of periodic relationships: crystal lattice theory; transition metals and ions; crystal field theory; organometallic structures and reactions; and reaction mechanisms.

CHM 546. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3) Prerequisite: CHM 545 or equivalent. Study of contemporary inorganic chemistry. Topics may include organometallic, bioinorganic chemistry, group theory, and/or current topics in contemporary inorganic chemistry.

CHM 568. Advanced Biochemistry (3) Prerequisite: CHM 365 or equivalent and CHM 321. Topics may include protein structure, stability, and visualization, enzyme kinetics and mechanisms including enzyme activators, inhibitors, and inactivators, ligand recognition and binding, and enzyme regulation.

CHM 574. Aquatic Chemistry (3) Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. The chemistry of aqueous solutions, including use of activity coefficients, acid-base and buffer concepts, gas solubility, results of carbon dioxide dissolution, trace metal speciation, oxidation-reduction processes, photochemistry and mineral solubility. Concepts will be applied to laboratory solutions and natural waters.

CHM 575. Chemical Oceanography (3) Prerequisite: General chemistry. An oceanography course is recommended. Sources, distribution, forms of occurrence, and reactions of chemical species in seawater. Chemistry of concentrated aqueous solutions. Patterns of global ocean circulation. Air-sea and sediment-seawater interactions. Estuarine processes and reactions. Human impact on the oceans.

CHM 576. Chemical and Physical Analysis of Seawater (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Study of modern chemical and physical measurements of seawater including salinity, alkalinity, pH, nutrients, and dissolved oxygen. Several class periods may also be devoted to working aboard an oceanographic research vessel while at sea.

CHM 579/MSC 579. Role of the Oceans in Human Health (3) Prerequisite: CHM 212, BIO 110, or consent of instructor. Discovery, structure, and biological activity of marine bioactive compounds, chemotaxonomy, pharmaceutical leads, marine biotoxins, structure, mode of action, regulation and monitoring, the producing organisms, how (biosynthesis) and why these compounds are made. Two lectures per week.

CHM 585. (485) Industrial and Polymer Chemistry (3) Prerequisites: Physical chemistry and two semesters of organic chemistry. Properties, synthesis, and reactions of major industrial chemicals; synthetic plastics, soaps and detergents; petrochemicals; paints and pigments; dyes; pharmaceutical and nuclear industries; mechanism of polymerization; copolymerization; physical and chemical properties of polymers; polymer characterization; advances in polymer techniques.

CHM 586 Fundamentals of Heterocycles with emphasis on Pharmaceuticals (3)Prerequisite: 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry. Well over half of all known organic compounds and most pharmaceuticals are heterocyles (containing an atom other than C in the ring). This course will examine their chemistry. Topics include the nomenclature, properties, synthesis, and pharmaceutical applications of heterocycles.

CHM 591. Directed Individual Study (1–6) Directed Independent Study.

CHM 592. Special Topics (1–3) Study of a topic or technique in chemistry not covered in regular courses. May be repeated for credit

CHM 595. Graduate Seminar (1) Discussion by students, faculty, and guest lecturers of research ideas and/or research results. May be repeated two times for credit.

CHM 599. Thesis (3–6) Laboratory research for thesis and thesis preparation.