Chemistry

CHEM 311 Physical Chemistry I

This is an upper level course that explores the interface of Physics and Chemistry. Calculus, group theory and matrix algebra are used extensively in deriving chemical concepts. Derivatives, integration, programming, matrix algebra and basic group theory are required to complete assignments.

An introduction to quantum mechanics and spectroscopy as applied to molecules and small molecular clusters. Includes discussion of NMR, lasers, and ab initio calculations.

Co-requisites: PHYS 109 or PHYS 111

CHEM 312 Physical Chemistry II with Lab

An introduction to chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, and statistical mechanics as applied to chemical and biochemical systems.

Experimental study of physico-chemical systems using modern instrumental techniques. Designed to be taken with Chemistry 312. One laboratory period a week. Additional time outside lab hours may be required.

CHEM 406 Instrumental Analysis

A study of the principles and practice modern instrumental analyses, including absorption and emission spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, chromatography, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on understanding the major instrumental methods chemists use to study chemical phenomena. One hour of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week.

CHEM 408 Inorganic Chemistry with Lab

An in-depth study of d-block coordination compounds including topics of molecular symmetry, group theory, bonding, vibrational spectroscopy, ligand field theory, organometallics, and catalysis. Includes an interdisciplinary synthetic laboratory involving inorganic synthesis and catalysis of organic reactions.

CHEM 411 Medicinal and Computational Chemistry with Lab

This course will cover a variety of topics in organic, physical and biochemistry, all related to the overall theme of medicinal chemistry. Topics may include natural products, organic synthesis, computational modeling, toxicology, and drug design. This course counts towards the neuroscience major if the student completes their independent project on a topic in neuroscience.

This lab course will cover topics in advanced organic chemistry, spectroscopy and characterization, biochemistry, and modelling techniques.

CHEM 414 Biochemistry

A study of the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, The kinetics and bioenergetics of enzymatic reactions in metabolic pathways will also be studied.

CHEM 415 Advanced Biochemistry

The course consists of an independent project designed to integrate topics in biochemistry, and to hone the students’ writing and oral presentation skills.

CHEM 416 Mechanisms of Drug Action

A study of chemicals that produce change in function of biological systems and the mechanisms by which these chemicals act. The course focuses on the main classes of drugs as well as some of the more popular contemporary drugs and how they affect their target biological systems. Applicable pharmacology-related literature is also emphasized to give students exposure to the types of techniques used in drug research.

Prerequisites:

BIOL 130/131

BIOL 140/141

CHEM 211

CHEM 212

CHEM 240 or CHEM 414

CHEM 422 Advanced Organic Chemistry: Topics

A study of the principles and practice of modern methods of organic chemistry, including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectroscopy. The course will focus on structure determination and the original design and synthesis of molecules. Hours may be distributed between lecture and laboratory.

CHEM 451 Research in Chemistry

Original investigations of chemical or biochemical problems usually related to research being carried on by members of the department. The first semester is probationary, and enrollment in the second semester and beyond requires approval of the instructor. For degree purposes four credits of 451 and/or 452 will be equivalent to a course even if these credits are not all taken in the same semester.