Chemistry Courses

  • CHEM024 HM

    Credit: 1

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and spring

    Description: Applications of thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, structure/property relationships, synthesis and spectroscopy.

  • CHEM040 HM

    Credit: 1

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Spring

    Description: A rotation through multiple research laboratories in the chemistry department. Open to first-year students only.

  • CHEM041 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructor: Hawkins

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Principles of the chemical and physical basis of global climate change, including direct evidence from paleoclimate archives and model projections for future climate conditions. Includes discussion of written works addressing climate policy and climate change skepticism and recent findings from behavioral science on climate change engagement.

  • CHEM042 HM

    Credits: 4

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and spring

    Description: 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.

    Corequisites: CHEM024 HM 

  • CHEM047 HM

    Credit: 1

    Instructors: Johnson, Van Heuvelen

    Offered: Fall and spring

    Description: The chemistry of food, as explored through hands-on experiments in a cooking laboratory.

  • CHEM051 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructor: Karukstis and Van Hecke

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Applications of thermodynamics to chemical and phase equilibria. Chemical kinetics in the gas phase, in solution and on solid surfaces.

    Prerequisites: CHEM024 HM and CHEM042 HM 

  • CHEM052 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructors: Hernandez-Castillo, Van Hecke

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Chemical group theory. Introduction to quantum mechanics with application to atoms and molecules. Applications of group theory and quantum mechanics to spectroscopy.

    Prerequisites: CHEM051 HM and PHYS051 HM 

  • CHEM053 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Karukstis and Van Hecke

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Physical and chemical measurements of molecular properties.

    Corequisites: CHEM051 HM 

  • CHEM056 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructors: Brucks, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Fall

    Description: 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: CHEM042 HM and CHEM024 HM 

  • CHEM058 HM

    Credit: 1

    Instructors: Brucks, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Laboratory taken concurrently with CHEM056 HM.

    Prerequisites: CHEM024 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM056 HM 

  • CHEM103 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructors: Hawkins, Van Ryswyk

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Applications of chemical equilibria in qualitative and quantitative analysis with emphasis on inorganic systems. Introduction to electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, and chromatography.

    Prerequisites: CHEM042 HM and CHEM024 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: CHEM109 HM is recommended

  • CHEM104 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructors: Johnson, Van Heuvelen, Van Hecke

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Systematic study of the preparation, properties, structures, analysis, and reactions of inorganic compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM; CHEM052 HM recommended

  • CHEM105 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructors: Brucks, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: A continuation of the chemistry of carbon compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: CHEM111 HM is recommended 

  • CHEM109 HM

    Credit: 1

    Instructors: Hawkins, Van Ryswyk

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Cooperative, project-based application of chemical analysis in a tropical marine ecosystem. Techniques include spectrophotometry, potentiometry, chromatography, and redox and complexometric titrations.

    Corequisites: CHEM103 HM 

  • CHEM110 HM

    Credit: 1

    Instructors: Johnson, Van Heuvelen

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM058 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM104 HM 

  • CHEM111 HM

    Credit: 1

    Instructors: Brucks, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Synthesis, characterization, and analysis of organic compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM058 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM105 HM 

  • CHEM112 HM

    Credit: 1

    Instructors: Hawkins, Van Ryswyk

    Offered: Spring

    Description: 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.

    Prerequisites: CHEM109 HM and PHYS051 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM114 HM 

  • CHEM114 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructors: Hawkins, Van Ryswyk

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Fundamentals of modern instrumental design, application, and usage with an emphasis on the underlying principles of operation. Chemometrics.

    Prerequisites: CHEM103 HM and PHYS051 HM; ENGR079 HM recommended

  • CHEM122 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Van Ryswyk

    Offered: Fall

    Description: New strategies for the synthesis and preparation of materials on the nanometer length scale, their characterization, and potential applications. Examples may include solids (insulators, semiconductors, conductors, superconductors, magnetic materials) and soft materials (polymers, gels, liquid crystals).

    Prerequisites: (CHEM052 HM or ENGR086 HM or PHYS054 HM) and PHYS051 HM  

  • CHEM150 HM

    Credit: 1-2

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and spring

    Description: Independent study or research in a field agreed upon by student and instructor. Credit hours to be arranged.

    Prerequisites: Sophomore or junior standing, and permission of instructor

  • CHEM151 HM

    Credits: 2-3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall

    Description: A yearlong experimental or computational investigation in chemistry under the direction of a faculty advisor. Two oral reports and a written thesis are required. Two or three credit hours per semester (2 credit hours equals a minimum of 6 hours of laboratory per week, 3 credit hours equals a minimum of 10 hours of laboratory per week: additional library time is required).

    Prerequisites: Senior standing

  • CHEM152 HM

    Credits: 2-3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Spring

    Description: A yearlong experimental or computational investigation in chemistry under the direction of a faculty advisor. Two oral reports and a written thesis are required. Two or three credit hours per semester (2 credit hours equals a minimum of 6 hours of laboratory per week, 3 credit hours equals a minimum of 10 hours of laboratory per week: additional library time is required).

    Prerequisites: Senior standing

  • CHEM161 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Van Hecke

    Description: Classical and statistical thermodynamics. Classical thermodynamics, a review of equilibrium thermodynamics, and an introduction to statistical thermodynamics.

    Prerequisites: CHEM051 HM 

  • CHEM163 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructors: Johnson, Van Hecke

    Description: 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.

    Prerequisites: CHEM052 HM 

  • CHEM164 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: An examination of modern methods for approximating the solution to the electronic Schroedinger Equation and its application to chemical systems.

    Prerequisites: CHEM052 HM and PHYS051 HM 

  • CHEM165 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Johnson

    Description: Study of the metal carbon bond: synthesis, structure, bonding, reactivity, and catalysis.

    Corequisites: CHEM105 HM 

  • CHEM166 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Van Hecke

    Description: Elements of chemical engineering for chemists. Organization and goals of industrial research. Readings, case studies, and seminar discussions.

    Prerequisites: CHEM051 HM 

  • CHEM167 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Karukstis

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Physical chemistry applied to answer questions involving the conformation, shape, structure, dynamics, and interactions of biological macromolecules and complexes.

    Prerequisites: CHEM051 HM 

  • CHEM168 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and spring

    Description: Introduction to principles of lasers and laser safety. Case studies illustrating the applications of lasers to chemical studies.

    Prerequisites: CHEM051 HM and PHYS051 HM 

    Corequisites: Juniors and seniors only.

  • CHEM171 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructors: Brucks, Vosburg

    Description: Critical analysis of strategies for the preparation of medicinal natural products.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM and CHEM105 HM 

  • CHEM173 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Vosburg

    Description: 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.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM and CHEM105 HM 

  • CHEM182 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructors: Brucks, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Relation of molecular structure and energy flow to metabolic reactions, signal transduction, and transport across membranes in living systems.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM 

  • CHEM184 HM

    Credit: 1

    Instructors: Brucks, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Experiments in biochemistry.

    Corequisites: CHEM182 HM or BIOL182 HM 

  • CHEM187 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructor: Haushalter

    Description: 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: BIOL 113 HM and (BIOL182 HM or CHEM182 HM)

  • CHEM189 HM

    Credits: 3

    Instructors: Haushalter, Schulz (Biology), Stoebel (Biology)

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Advanced topics at the interface between chemistry and biology. Counts as a seminar course for Biology majors.

    Prerequisites: BIOL113 HM and senior standing

  • CHEM190 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Van Heuvelen

    Description: 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: CHEM104 HM 

  • CHEM192 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructors: Saeta (Physics), Van Ryswyk

    Description: Materials science of energy conversion and storage, dealing with photovoltaics, fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectrics, and other devices. Seminar format.

    Prerequisites: CHEM052 HM or PHYS052 HM or ENGR086 HM 

  • CHEM193 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: A course devoted to exploring topics of current interest. Topics announced prior to registration.

    Prerequisites: Dependent on topic

  • CHEM194 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructor: Staff

    Description: 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: CHEM051 HMCHEM056 HM, and PHYS051 HM  

  • CHEM195 HM

    Credits: 2

    Instructors: Van Hecke, Eckert

    Description: 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.

  • CHEM197 HM

    Credit: 1-3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Special readings in chemistry. Open to juniors and seniors only. One to three credit hours per semester.

  • CHEM198 HM

    Credit: 1-3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Special readings in chemistry. Open to juniors and seniors only. One to three credit hours per semester.

  • CHEM199 HM

    Credit: 0.5

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and spring

    Description: 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.