Chemistry Courses

Chemistry Courses (CHEM)

23A–23B. Chemistry in the Modern World (4.5)

Staff. Chemistry plays a powerful role in addressing an array of current and future global and societal challenges. This course examines contemporary applications of chemistry to describe innovative advances in such areas as energy, medicine, technology, materials, to name a few. These applications illustrate such fundamental concepts as molecular and electronic structure in dictating chemical and physical properties; intermolecular forces, phase behavior, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, and equilibria. Lecture and individual and group exercises conducted in class are used as a context for introducing chemistry principles. (Fall semester and Spring first half-semester)

24. Chemistry Laboratory (1)

Staff. Applications of thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, structure/property relationships, synthesis, and spectroscopy. (Fall and Spring)

40. Introduction to Chemical Research (1)

Staff. A rotation through multiple research laboratories in the Chemistry department. Open to first-year students only. (Spring)

51. Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3)

Cave, Karukstis, Van Hecke. Applications of thermodynamics to chemical and phase equilibria. Chemical kinetics in the gas phase, in solution, and on solid surfaces. Prerequisites: Chemistry 23A, 23B and 24. (Fall)

52. Physical Chemistry: Group Theory, Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy (3)

Cave, Van Hecke. Chemical group theory. Introduction to quantum mechanics with application to atoms and molecules. Applications of group theory and quantum mechanics to spectroscopy. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51 or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

53. Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2)

Cave, Karukstis, Van Hecke. Physical and chemical measurements of molecular properties.
Corequisite: Chemistry 51. (Fall)

56. Carbon Compounds (3)

Daub, Haushalter, Vosburg. A systematic study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and the relation of structure to observable physical and chemical properties. Prerequisites: Chemistry 23A, 23B, and 24. (Spring)

58. Carbon Compounds Laboratory (1)

Daub, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg. Laboratory taken concurrently with Chemistry 56. Prerequisite: Chemistry 24 or instructor approval. Corequisite: Chemistry 56. (Spring)

103. Chemical Analysis (3)

Hawkins, Van Ryswyk. Applications of chemical equilibria in qualitative and quantitative analysis with emphasis on inorganic systems. Introduction to electrochemistry and chromatography. Prerequisites: Chemistry 23A, 23B, and 24. (Fall)

104. Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Johnson, Van Heuvelen, Van Hecke. Systematic study of the preparation, properties, structures, analysis, and reactions of inorganic compounds. Prerequisites: Chemistry 56; Chemistry 52 advised. (Spring)

105. Organic Chemistry (3)

Daub, Haushalter, Vosburg. A continuation of the chemistry of carbon compounds. Prerequisite: Chemistry 56. (Fall)

109. Chemical Analysis Laboratory (1)

Hawkins, Van Ryswyk. Cooperative, project-based application of chemical analysis in a tropical marine ecosystem. Techniques include spectrophotometry, potentiometry, chromatography, and redox and complexometric titrations. Corequisite: Chemistry 103. (Fall)

110. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1)

Johnson, Van Heuvelen. Synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: Chemistry 58. Corequisite: Chemistry 104. (Spring)

111. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)

Daub, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg. Synthesis, characterization, and analysis of organic compounds. Prerequisite: Chemistry 58. Corequisite: Chemistry 105. (Fall)

112. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (1)

Hawkins, Van Ryswyk. Application of advanced analytical techniques to food, pharmaceutical, materials, forensics, biochemical, and archaeological problems. Techniques include atomic absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence, mass spectrometry, NMR, chromatography, voltammetry, and a range of surface analyses. Prerequisite: Chemistry 109. Corequisite: Chemistry 114. (Spring)

114. Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3)

Hawkins, Van Ryswyk. Fundamentals of modern instrumental design, application, and usage with an emphasis on the underlying principles of operation. Chemometrics. Prerequisites: Chemistry 103; Engineering 59 advised.  (Spring)

122. Materials Chemistry Laboratory (1)

Van Ryswyk. New strategies for the synthesis and preparation of materials on the meso- and nanoscale, their characterization, and potential applications. Examples may include solids (insulators, semiconductors, conductors, superconductors, magnetic materials) and soft materials (polymers, gels, liquid crystals). Prerequisite: Chemistry 52, Engineering 106, or Physics 56.

150. Research (1-2)

Staff. Prerequisites: Sophomore/junior standing and instructor approval. (Fall and Spring)

151–152. Research Problems (2-3)

Staff. A year-long experimental or computational investigation in chemistry under the direction of a faculty adviser. Two oral reports and a written thesis are required. Two or three credit hours per semester. (Two credit hours equal a minimum of six hours of laboratory per week, three credit hours equals a minimum of ten hours of laboratory per week: additional library time is required.) Prerequisites: Senior standing. (Fall and Spring)

161. Advanced Physical Chemistry (2)

Cave, Van Hecke. Classical and statistical thermodynamics. Classical thermodynamics, a review of equilibrium thermodynamics and an introduction to statistical thermodynamics. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51 or equivalent.

165. Organometallic Chemistry (2)

Johnson. Study of the metal-carbon bond: synthesis, structure, bonding, reactivity, and catalysis. Corequisite: Chemistry 105 or equivalent.

166. Industrial Chemistry (2)

Van Hecke. Elements of chemical engineering for chemists. Organization and goals of industrial research. Readings, case studies, and seminar discussions. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51 or permission of the instructor.

168A. Advanced Physical Chemistry: Lasers in Chemistry (2)

Van Hecke. Lasers in chemistry. Introduction to the principles of the operation of lasers. Prerequisite: Chemistry 52 or equivalent.

168B. Advanced Physical Chemistry: Biophysical Chemistry (2)

Karukstis. Biophysical chemistry. Physical chemistry applied to answer questions involving the conformation, shape, structure, dynamics, and interactions of biological macromolecules and complexes. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51 or equivalent.

168D. Advanced Physical Chemistry: Electronic Structure Theory (2)

Cave. Electronic structure theory. An examination of modern methods for approximating the solution to the electronic Schroedinger Equation and its application to chemical systems. Prerequisite: Chemistry 52 or equivalent.

168E. Advanced Physical Chemistry: Advanced Group Theory (2)

Van Hecke, Johnson. Advanced group theory. A survey of topics selected from: space groups and crystals; permutation groups and molecular isomerization; rotation groups and angular momenta; double groups and magnetism; groups of non-rigid molecules; the symmetry of graphs. Prerequisite: Chemistry 52 or equivalent.

168F. Advanced Physical Chemistry: Surface Science (2)

Van Ryswyk. Surface science. Structure and chemical properties of surfaces as detailed by a range of analytical techniques. Prerequisite: Chemistry 52 or equivalent.

171. Advanced Organic Chemistry: Organic Synthesis (2)

Vosburg, Daub. Organic synthesis. Critical analysis of strategies for the preparation of medicinal natural products. Prerequisite: Chemistry 56 and 105 or equivalent.

173. Advanced Organic Chemistry: Pericyclic Reactions (2)

Daub, Vosburg. Pericyclic reactions. The application of molecular orbital theory and symmetry considerations to certain types of organic reactions in order to gain insight on the mechanisms and stereochemistry of the processes. Prerequisite: Chemistry 56 and 105 or equivalent.

182. Chemistry in Living Systems (3) (Also listed as Biology 182)

Haushalter, Vosburg. Relation of molecular structure and energy flow to metabolic reactions, signal transduction, and transport across membranes in living systems. Prerequisite: Chemistry 56. Chemistry 105 advised. (Spring)

184. Methods in Biochemistry (1) (Also listed as Biology 184)

Haushalter, Vosburg. Experiments in biochemistry. Corequisite: Chemistry 182. (Spring)

187. HIV-AIDS: Science, Society and Service (3) (Also listed as Biology 187 and Science, Technology, and Society 187)

Haushalter. The molecular biology of HIV infection, the biochemistry of antiviral interventions, and the causes and impact of the global HIV-AIDS pandemic, including the inter-relationships among HIV-AIDS, prejudice, race, and stigma. Includes a community engagement project in partnership with a local organization. Prerequisites: Biology 113 and Chemistry 182 or instructor approval.

189. Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (3) (Also listed as Biology 189)

Staff. Advanced topics at the interface between chemistry and biology. Prerequisites: Chemistry 182/Biology 182 and senior standing. (Fall)

193. Special Topics in Chemistry (2)

A course devoted to exploring topics of current interest. Topics announced prior to registration. Junior/senior standing or instructor approval required. Prerequisites vary by topic. Recent topics include:

193A. Van Ryswyk. Materials science of energy conversion and storage. Materials science of energy conversion and storage, dealing with photovoltaics, fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectrics, and other devices. Seminar format. Prerequisite: Chemistry 52, Engineering 106, or Physics 52. Cross-listed as ENGR190D HM and PHYS178A HM.

193C. Karukstis. Exploring the U.S. Scientific Enterprise.  A survey of how academia, industry, government, and society constructively and collectively impact the scientific enterprise. Topics to be addressed include the roles of the individual investigator and the university in shaping science and spurring innovation; the importance of federal investment in basic research; science policy decision-making at the federal level; the objectives of the national laboratories; the role of and trends in corporate research and development; the rise of research, science, & technology parks; public attitude toward science; public involvement in scientific research and in decision-making about scientific research directions; communication of scientific research in the media and via social media.

193D. Hawkins. Atmospheric Chemistry and Geoengineering is the intentional, large-scale modification of the Earth’s climate. Current proposals for combating global climate change in the context of atmospheric chemistry will be evaluated for scientific merit, efficacy, and likelihood of success. Ethical issues related to geoengineering will also be addressed. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51 or Engineering 80.

193E. Van Hecke. Chemistry of Modern Materials. A survey of how chemical structure influences the physical properties and applications of modern materials. Examples are selected from topics in crystalline materials, amorphous materials, semiconductors, polymeric materials, and nanomaterials. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51, Chemistry 56, and preferably Chemistry 52 and Chemistry 104 or permission of instructor.

193F. Van Hecke, Eckert. Physics and Chemistry of Stuff. A survey of techniques important for laboratory science in chemistry and physics including but not limited to: Vacuum pumps and vacuum systems; pressure measurement; temperature measurement; handling high pressure gases; safe material handling; safety data sheets; thermal baths and thermal control; metal, plastic, and rubber tubing; tools and their proper use. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

193G. Van Heuvelen. Bioinorganic Chemistry. An examination of the role of metals in biological systems. Topics may include electron transport, small molecule activation, signaling pathways, metals in medicine, metals in environmental science, metal storage and trafficking, and bioinorganic chemistry and energy. Prerequisites: Chemistry 104 or permission of the instructor.

197, 198. Chemistry (1–3)

Staff. Special readings in chemistry. Open to juniors and seniors only. One–three credit hours per semester. (Fall and Spring)

199. Seminar (0.5)

Staff. Presentations of contemporary research by students, faculty and visiting scientists. Attendance by junior and senior majors is required. No more than 2.0 credits of credit can be earned for departmental seminars/colloquia. Pass/No Credit grading. (Fall and Spring)

Available at the Other Claremont Colleges

  • CHEM 118 KS. Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 119 KS. Natural Products Chemistry
  • CHEM 124 KS. Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 134 KS. Introduction to Molecular Modeling
  • CHEM 136 KS. Modern Molecular Photochemistry
  • CHEM 139 KS. Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 172 KS. NMR Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 106 PO. Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 172 PO. NMR Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 174 PO. Bio-organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 175 PO. Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry with Computational Laboratory
  • CHEM 180 PO. Advanced Biochemistry
  • CHEM 185 PO. Soft Nanomaterials
  • CHEM 187 PO. Proteins and Enzymes
  • CHEM 188 PO. Atmospheric Chemistry
  • GEO PO 20A. Geohazards
  • GEO PO 20B. Planetary Geology
  • GEO PO20D. Paleontology and Evolution of Earth’s Biosphere
  • GEO PO 120. Introduction to Geochemistry
  • GEO PO 127. Mineralogy with Laboratory