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First-Year Seminars

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Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses

1058 {58} a - INS. Drug Discovery. Fall 2014. Danielle Dube.

The process of drug discovery of medicinal compounds has evolved over millennia, from the shaman’s use of medicinal herbs to the highly evolved techniques of rational design and high-throughput screening used by today’s pharmaceutical industry. Examines past and present approaches to drug discovery, with an emphasis on the natural world as a source of drugs, historical examples of drug discovery, and the experiments undertaken to validate a drug. Encourages students to take initial steps to identify novel therapeutics and to directly compare conventional versus herbal remedies in integrated laboratory exercises. Assumes no background in science. Not open to students who have credit for a chemistry course numbered 1100 {100} or higher.

[1059 {59} a - INS. Chemistry of Consumer Goods.]

1101 {101} a - INS. Introductory Chemistry I. Every fall. Michael P. Danahy and Jeffrey K. Nagle.

The first course in a two-semester introductory college chemistry sequence. Introduction to the states of matter and their properties, stoichiometry and the mole unit, properties of gases, thermochemistry, atomic structure, and periodic properties of the elements. Lectures, review sessions, and four hours of laboratory work per week. To ensure proper placement, students must take the chemistry placement examination and must be recommended for placement in Chemistry 1101. Students continuing in chemistry will take Chemistry 1102 {102}, not Chemistry 1109 {109}, as their next chemistry course.

1102 {102} a - MCSR, INS. Introductory Chemistry II. Every spring. The Department.

The second course in a two-semester introductory college chemistry sequence. Introduction to chemical bonding and intermolecular forces; characterization of chemical systems at equilibrium and spontaneous processes; the rates of chemical reactions; and special topics. Lectures, review sessions, and four hours of laboratory work per week. Students who have taken Chemistry 1109 {109} may not take Chemistry 1102 {102} for credit.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1101 {101} or permission of the instructor.

1105 {105} a - MCSR, INS. Perspectives in Environmental Science. Every spring. Phil Camill and Dharni Vasudevan.

Functioning of the earth system is defined by the complex and fascinating interaction of processes within and between four principal spheres: land, air, water, and life. Leverages key principles of environmental chemistry and ecology to unravel the intricate connectedness of natural phenomena and ecosystem function. Fundamental biological and chemical concepts are used to understand the science behind the environmental dilemmas facing societies as a consequence of human activities. Laboratory sessions consist of local field trips, laboratory experiments, group research, case study exercises, and discussions of current and classic scientific literature. (Same as Biology 1158 {158} and Environmental Studies 2201 {201}.)

Prerequisite: One course numbered 1100 {100} or higher in biology, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, or physics.

1109 {109} a - MCSR, INS. General Chemistry. Every fall and spring. Fall 2014. Soren N. Eustis and Simbarashe Nkomo. Spring 2015. The Department.

A one-semester introductory chemistry course. Introduction to models of atomic structure, chemical bonding, and intermolecular forces; characterization of chemical systems at equilibrium and spontaneous processes; the rates of chemical reactions; and special topics. Lectures, review sessions, and four hours of laboratory work per week. Students who have taken Chemistry 1102 {102} may not take Chemistry 1109 {109} for credit. To ensure proper placement, students must take the chemistry placement examination and must be recommended for placement in Chemistry 1109.

2050 {205} a - INS. Environmental Chemistry. Spring 2015. Dharni Vasudevan.

Focuses on two key processes that influence human and wildlife exposure to potentially harmful substances—chemical speciation and transformation. Equilibrium principles as applied to acid-base, complexation, precipitation, and dissolution reactions are used to explore organic and inorganic compound speciation in natural and polluted waters; quantitative approaches are emphasized. Weekly laboratory sections are concerned with the detection and quantification of organic and inorganic compounds in air, water, and soils/sediments. (Same as Earth and Oceanographic Science 2325 {206} and Environmental Studies 2255 {211}.)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1102 {102} or 1109 {109}, placement in chemistry at the 2000 level, or a course numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} in chemistry.

2100 {210} a - MCSR, INS. Chemical Analysis. Every fall. Elizabeth Stemmler.

Methods of separating and quantifying inorganic and organic compounds using volumetric, spectrophotometric, electrometric, and chromatographic techniques are covered. Chemical equilibria and the statistical analysis of data are addressed. Lectures and four hours of laboratory work per week.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1102 {102} or 1109 {109}, placement in chemistry at the 2000 level, or any course numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} in chemistry.

2250 {225} a. Organic Chemistry I. Every fall. Richard D. Broene, Michael P. Danahy, and Benjamin C. Gorske.

Introduction to the chemistry of the compounds of carbon. Describes bonding, conformations, and stereochemistry of small organic molecules. Reactions of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, and alcohols are discussed. Kinetic and thermodynamic data are used to formulate reaction mechanisms. Lectures, review sessions, and four hours of laboratory work per week.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1102 {102} or 1109 {109}, placement in chemistry at the 2000 level, or any course numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} in chemistry.

2260 {226} a. Organic Chemistry II. Every spring. The Department.

Continuation of the study of the compounds of carbon. Highlights the reactions of aromatic, carbonyl-containing, and amine functional groups. Mechanistic reasoning provides a basis for understanding these reactions. Skills for designing logical synthetic approaches to complex organic molecules are developed. Lectures, review sessions, and four hours of laboratory work per week.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 2250 {225}.

2310 {231} a. Fundamentals of Biochemistry. Fall 2014. Danielle H. Dube.

Focuses on the fundamentals of biochemistry. Topics include the influence of water on biomolecules; how structure dictates function; properties of the major classes of biomolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids); enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, and regulation; metabolic transformations; energetics and metabolic control. Emphasis will be on how the physical and chemical properties of the universe impact living systems. This course does NOT satisfy a requirement for the biochemistry major and it is not open to students who have credit for Chemistry 2320 {232}. Students who intend to enroll in Chemistry 2320 {232} should not register for Chemistry 2310 {231}.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 2260 {226}.

2320 {232} a - MCSR. Biochemistry. Every spring. Danielle H. Dube.

Focuses on the chemistry of living organisms. Topics include structure, conformation, and properties of the major classes of biomolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids); enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, and regulation; metabolic transformations; energetics and metabolic control. Lectures and four hours of laboratory work per week. This course satisfies a requirement for the biochemistry major; it is not open to students who have credit for Chemistry 2310 {231}.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 2260 {226}.

2400 {240} a - MCSR, INS. Inorganic Chemistry. Every spring. Jeffrey K. Nagle.

An introduction to the chemistry of the elements with a focus on chemical bonding, periodic properties, and coordination compounds. Topics in solid state, bioinorganic, and environmental inorganic chemistry are also included. Provides a foundation for further work in chemistry and biochemistry. Lectures and four hours of laboratory work per week.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1102 {102} or 1109 {109}, placement in chemistry at the 2000 level, or any course numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} in chemistry.

2510 {251} a - MCSR, INS. Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics. Every fall. Simbarashe Nkomo.

Thermodynamics and its application to chemical changes and equilibria that occur in the gaseous, solid, and liquid states. The behavior of systems at equilibrium and chemical kinetics are related to molecular properties by means of statistical mechanics and the laws of thermodynamics. Lectures and four hours of laboratory work per week. Mathematics 1800 {181} is recommended.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1102 {102} or 1109 {109}, or any course numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} in chemistry; Mathematics 1700 {171} or higher, or placement in Mathematics 1800 or 2000 level; and Physics 1140 {104}; or permission of the instructor.

2520 {252} a - MCSR, INS. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy. Every spring.
Soren N. Eustis.

Development and principles of quantum chemistry with applications to atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactivity, and molecular spectroscopy. Lectures and four hours of laboratory work per week. Mathematics 1800 {181} is recommended. Note: Chemistry 2510 {251} is not a prerequisite for Chemistry 2520 {252}.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1102 {102} or 1109 {109}, or any course numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} in chemistry; Mathematics 1700 {171} or higher, or placement in Mathematics 1800 or 2000 level; and Physics 1140 {104}; or permission of the instructor.

2970– 2979 {291–294} a. Intermediate Independent Study in Chemistry. The Department.

Laboratory- or literature-based investigation of a topic in chemistry. Topics are determined by the student and a supervising faculty member. Designed for students who have not completed at least four of the courses numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} required for the chemistry major.

2999 {299} a. Intermediate Collaborative Study in Chemistry. The Department.

3060 {306} a. Transformation of Organic Chemicals in the Environment. Fall 2014. Dharni Vasudevan.

Human activities result in the intentional or inadvertent release of organic chemicals into the natural environment. Interconnected physical, chemical, and biological processes influence the environmental fate of chemicals and the extent of human and ecosystem exposure. Focuses on the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical transformations in the natural environment via nucleophilic, redox, photolytic, and biological (microbial) reactions. (Same as Environmental Studies 3906 {306}.)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 2250 {225}.

[3100 {310} a. Instrumental Analysis.]

[3200 {320} a. Advanced Organic Chemistry: Organometallic Chemistry]

3250 {325} a. Structure Determination in Organic Chemistry. Spring 2015. Richard D. Broene.

The theory and application of spectroscopic techniques useful for the determination of the molecular structures of organic molecules are discussed. Mass spectrometry and infrared, ultraviolet-visible, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies are applied to structure elucidation. Heavy emphasis is placed on applications of multiple-pulse, Fourier transform NMR spectroscopic techniques. Lectures and at least two hours of laboratory work per week.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 2260 {226}.

[3270 {327} a. Biomimetic and Supramolecular Chemistry.]

[3310 {331} a. Chemical Biology.]

3400 {340} a. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Spring 2015. Jeffrey K. Nagle.

Inorganic chemistry is incredibly diverse and wide-ranging in scope. Symmetry, spectroscopy, and quantum-based theories and computational methods are employed to gain insight into the molecular and electronic structures and reaction mechanisms of inorganic compounds. Examples from the current literature emphasized, including topics in inorganic photochemistry and biochemistry. Chemistry 2520 {252} is recommended.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 2400 {240} or permission of the instructor.

3520 a. Methods in Computational Chemistry. Fall 2014. Soren N. Eustis.

Modern computational tools have deepened our understanding of nearly all aspects of chemistry. Introduces a wide array of computational methods to solve problems ranging from atomic and molecular structure to experimental data analysis. Students work with commercial and open-source tools such as Matlab, R, GAMESS, Gaussian, and LabView.

Prerequisite: Chemistry 1102 {102} or 1109 {109} and Computer Science 1101 {101}.

4000–4003 {401–404} a. Advanced Independent Study in Chemistry. The Department.

Advanced version of Chemistry 2970–2979 {291–294}. Students are expected to demonstrate a higher level of ownership of their research problem and to have completed at least four of the intermediate courses (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289}) required for the major.

4029 {405} a. Advanced Collaborative Study in Chemistry. The Department.

4050–4051 a. Honors Project in Chemistry. The Department.


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