Chemistry Courses

Chemistry Courses (CHEM)

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)

42. Chemistry in the Modern World (4)

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 and Spring)

51. Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3)

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 24 and Chemistry 42. (Fall)

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

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 and Physics 51 or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

53. Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2)

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

56. Organic Chemistry I (3)

Brucks, Haushalter, Vosburg. 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 24 and Chemistry 42. (Fall)

58. Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)

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

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 24 and Chemistry 42. (Fall)

104. Inorganic Chemistry (3)

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

105. Organic Chemistry II (3)

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

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 II Laboratory (1)

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

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 79 advised.  (Spring)

122. Nanomaterials (2)

Van Ryswyk. New strategies for the synthesis and preparation of materials on the nanoscale length scale, 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 86, or Physics 54.

150. Research (1-2)

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

151–152. Research Problems (2-3)

Staff. A yearlong 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: Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics (2)

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

163. Advanced Physical Chemistry: Advanced Group Theory (2)

Johnson, Van Hecke. 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.

164. Advanced Physical Chemistry: Electronic Structure Theory (2)

Staff. 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.

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.

167. 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. (Spring)

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

Staff. Introduction to principles of lasers and laser safety.  Case studies illustrating the applications of lasers to chemical studies.  Prerequisite: Juniors and seniors only.  (Fall and Spring)

171. Advanced Organic Chemistry: Organic Synthesis (2)

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

173. Advanced Organic Chemistry: Pericyclic Reactions (2)

Vosburg. 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 Chemistry 105 or equivalent.

182. Biochemistry (3) (Cross-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. Biochemistry Laboratory (1) (Cross-listed as Biology 184)

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

187. HIV-AIDS: Science, Society, and Service (3) (Cross-listed as Biology 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.  Prerequisites: Biology 113 and Biology 182 or Chemistry 182 or instructor approval.

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

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

190.  Bioinorganic Chemistry (2)

Van Heuvelen. 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. Corequisites: Chemistry 104 or permission of the instructor.

192. Materials Science of Energy Conversion and Storage (2) (Cross-listed as Engineering 147 and Physics 147)

Van Ryswyk, Saeta (Physics). Materials science of energy conversion and storage, dealing with photovoltaics, fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectrics, and other devices. Seminar format. Prerequisite: Chemistry 52 or Physics 52 or Engineering 86.

193. Special Topics in Chemistry (2)

Staff.  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.

194. Chemistry of Modern Materials (2)

Staff. A survey of the chemistry, synthesis and physical properties, of modern materials which include, but not limited to: polymers, glasses and ceramics, alloys and composites, semiconductors and related materials, advanced materials for energy storage, membranes, optical and photonic materials, biomedical materials, nanomaterials.  Prerequisites: Chemistry 51 and Chemistry 56, and preferably Chemistry 52 and Chemistry 104 or permission of instructor.

195.  Physics and Chemistry of Stuff (2)

Van Hecke, Eckert (Physics). 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. One meeting per week for the semester.  Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing or permission of 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 can be earned for departmental seminars/colloquia. Pass/No Credit grading. (Fall and Spring)

Chemistry at other Claremont Colleges

Harvey Mudd Chemistry majors also have the opportunity to cross-register for chemistry courses at the Keck Science Department and Pomona.  Among the three Claremont chemistry departments, a rich variety of electives are offered.

Other Courses

Many courses at Harvey Mudd in other departments have a significant chemistry component.  Here is a nonexhaustive list of courses that chemistry majors have taken as electives:

Biol 111, 113
CLES 101
Eng 82, 106, 133, 134, 136, 231
Phys 116, 117, 161, 162
Psyc 180C JT