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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a wide variety of courses for majors and non-majors. View the graduation requirements for the Chemistry major and the Biochemistry majors. Also, view the departmental course offerings and please stop by the departmental office if you have questions about course schedules, requirements, or any other questions.


100 Studies in Chemistry. Selected topical areas, such as forensic science, materials science, environmental science, history of chemistry, chemistry and art, or nutritional, medicinal and consumer chemistry taught at the introductory level from a chemical perspective. Intended for (but not typically limited to) non-science majors, these courses will usually include moderate lab or fieldwork and independent or group research projects. Some topics may give Scientific Inquiry and Natural Science Lab credit. 1 or 2 units — Department.

104 Topics in Chemistry.  Selected topics in chemistry taught at the introductory level. 0.5 units - Department.

107 General Chemistry I. This is the entry-level chemistry for all science majors. CH107 emphasizes the basic principles of atomic structure, periodic properties, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Two years high school algebra and one year high school chemistry or consent of instructor. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.) 1 unit - Bower, Bowman, Brasuel, Daugherty, Kovacs, Lindeman, Meyer, Vaghoo.

108 General Chemistry II. CH108 emphasizes kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and solution chemistry of acid-base and redox reactions. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Chemistry 107. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.) 1 unit - Bower, Bowman, Brasuel, Kovacs, Lindeman, Meyer.

113 Art and Alchemy-Investigating the Origins of Chemistry. Prerequisite: FYE Course, Must take Studies in Natural Science 109 for credit. (Not offered 2016-17.) 1 unit.

117 General Chemistry I with Environmental Emphasis. (Not offered 2016-17.)

148 Physics and Chemistry by Experimentation. (Not offered 2016-17.)

149 Physics and Chemistry by Experimentation. (Not offered 2016-17.)

199 Computational Chemistry. An examination of the tools available for studying models of chemical systems. FORTRAN programming, Evolution Algorithms, Neural Networks, Molecular Modeling software, and Computer Graphics will all be introduced. This is a project based course with topics chosen to match the level of individual students' chemistry backgrounds. Prerequisite: Mathematics 128. (Not offered 2016-17.) 0.5 unit.

201 Investigations in Chemistry. Independent experimental practice research in areas such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, catalysis, analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry performed in affiliation with a staff member. A total of three units of Investigations may be taken for credit. 1 unit — Department.

202 Investigations in Chemistry. Independent experimental practice research in areas such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, catalysis, analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry performed in affiliation with a staff member. A total of three units of Investigations may be taken for credit. Extended format course. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 0.5 unit — Department.

210 Environmental Chemistry. A focus on the thermodynamics and kinetics of pollutants in the air, water, and soil, as well as some toxicology. Statistical methods and the analysis of environmental samples using instrumental methods as well as techniques in chemical waste treatment are covered. Prerequisite: Chemistry 250 or (CH 108 and (BY 208 or Geology 130 or Geology 140)). (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Also listed as Southwest Studies 210.) (Not offered 2016-17.) 1 unit — Bower.

241 Analytical/Bioanalytical Chemistry. Quantitative and qualitative techniques applied to univariate analytical, bioanalytical and/or environmental problems. Basic techniques of separation, spectroscopy, and electrochemistry are introduced through studies of chemical speciation and the activity of chemicals in aqueous solution and guided projects tailored to students’ interest areas. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Chemistry 108 and a 200 level science course. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) 1 unit - Bower, Brasuel.

250 Structures of Organic Molecules. Basic concepts necessary for understanding chemical reactions. Nomenclature, structure, physical properties and spectroscopy of simple organic molecules. Fundamentals of thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Chemistry 108. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) 1 unit — Dounay, Grover, Vaghoo.

251 Reactions of Organic Molecules. Characteristic reactions of common organic functional groups. Mechanisms, rates and equilibria. The course depends heavily on concepts developed in 250. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Chemistry 250. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) 1 unit — Dounay, Vaghoo.

275 Foundations of Inorganic. Atomic structure, models and theories of bonding, bond types underlying metals, semiconductors, ionic solids and materials. Lewis acid-base interactions, coordination complexes, associated reaction mechanisms, and other aspects of transition metal chemistry. Atomic-level origins of special material properties such as ferromagnetism and electroluminescence. Prerequisite: Chemistry 107, 108. 1 unit — Bowman.

296 Special Topics in Chemistry. Selected by the student with the advice of the instructor. Class and laboratory arranged. No more than six of these courses, i.e., 1.5 units, can be counted toward graduation. Only a total of three units of Investigations in Chemistry and Special Topics in Chemistry combined can be counted toward graduation. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 0.25 unit — Department.

300 Topics in Chemistry or Biochemistry.   This course provides opportunity for topical work. No more than three units of Investigations, Topics, and Advanced Topics may be taken for department credit. (Not offered 2016-17). 0.5— 1 unit.

301 Investigations in Chemistry. Independent experimental practice research in areas such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, catalysis, analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry performed in affiliation with a staff member. A total of three units of Investigations may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 unit — Department.

302 Investigations in Chemistry. Independent experimental practice research in areas such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, catalysis, analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry performed in affiliation with a staff member. A total of three units of Investigations may be taken for credit. Extended format course. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 0.5 unit — Department.

342 Introduction to Instrumental Methods. The principles and theory of modern instrumental analysis taught through topics selected from electrochemistry, spectroscopy and chromatography. The design and analysis of optimized experiments will be illustrated through research-oriented topics that also teach the instrumental methods being emphasized. Prerequisite: Chemistry 241 and Physics 242 (CH 365, 366 or consent of instructor). 1 unit — Bower, Brasuel.

351 Synthesis of Organic Molecules. Application of structural concepts and functional group reactions to the synthesis of organic compounds. Factors in the design of multistep syntheses such as functional group transformation, elaboration of carbon chains, protecting groups and reaction stereochemistry. Examples from the literature of laboratory syntheses of complex molecules such as steroids, alkaloids and pharmaceuticals will be examined. Laboratory included. Students are required to propose multi-step syntheses and then work to complete proposed syntheses in the laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 251. 1 unit — Dounay, Vaghoo.

352 Physical Organic Chemistry.  Application of thermodynamics and kinetics to the study of organic reaction mechanisms. Elucidation of mechanisms via the use of molecular orbital theory, isotope effects, substituent effects and linear free-energy relationships, solvent effects, characterization of reactive intermediates, gas-phase chemistry and computations. Laboratory included. (Either 351 or 352 will count as the advanced organic chemistry requirement for the chemistry major, or as an elective for the biochemistry major. The two courses, however, are not the same and both can be applied toward graduation requirements.) Prerequisite: Chemistry 250, 251 & 366. (Not offered 2016-17). 1 unit.

365 Biophysical Chemistry. Thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and dynamics as applied to living systems and biopolymers. Homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria and chemical potential as a driving force in biological reactions. Measurement and interpretation of rate behavior in biochemical systems. Diffusion, osmotic pressure and sedimentation. Laboratory focusing on biophysical experiments and error analysis included. Prerequisite: Chemistry 108, Physics 241, Mathematics 128. (Not offered 2016-17). 1 unit

366 Physical Chemistry I. Thermodynamics and chemical kinetics, especially as applied to practical aspects of technology and living systems. Equilibrium relationships in various homogeneous and heterogeneous states. Measurement and interpretation of rate behaviors in chemical reactions. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Chemistry 241, Physics 241, Mathematics 128 and knowledge computer programming. 1 unit — Lindeman, Meyer.

367 Physical Chemistry II. Structures and dynamics of physical systems, from a molecular point of view. The central aspects of quantum behavior, elementary statistical mechanics and theories of reaction rates. Emphasis on analyzing spectroscopic data, and on computational approaches to quantum-mechanical systems. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Chemistry 366, 365 or COI Prerequisite: Chemistry 366, 365 or consent of instructor. 1 unit — Lindeman, Meyer.

382 Biochemistry I. An introduction to modern biochemistry using fundamental chemical principles in the study of complex natural systems. Topics covered are proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, bioenergetics, enzymology, and metabolism with an emphasis on interrelationships between metabolic pathways and regulation. Laboratory included. Limited to 16 students. Prerequisite: Chemistry 251. 1 unit — Daugherty, Grover, Kovacs.

383 Biochemistry II. Study of nucleic acids organization and structure, DNA replication and transcription, RNA processing and protein biosynthesis, and the regulation of gene expression. A special emphasis on the use of the original literature. Laboratory included. Limited to 16 students. Prerequisite: Chemistry 382. 1 unit — Grover.

395 Chemistry Tutoring Practicum. This course is designed for students who wish to tutor general and organic chemistry. It includes methods for improved listening skills, assessing student content knowledge, teaching problem solving, and conceptual analysis. Methods used in the course include peer tutoring, experiential exercises, journal writing, and supervised tutoring. The class is recommended for those students desiring chemistry department payment for tutoring. Prerequisite: Chemistry 250 or consent of instructor. 0.25 — 1 unit — Department.

396 Special Topics in Chemistry. Selected by the student with the advice of the instructor. Class and laboratory arranged. No more than six of these courses, i.e., 1.5 units, can be counted toward graduation. Only a total of three units of Investigations in Chemistry and Special Topics in Chemistry combined can be counted toward graduation. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 0.25 unit — Department.

400 Advanced Topics in Chemistry. This course provides opportunity for advanced topical work. Topics will vary from year to year. No more than three units of Investigations, Topics and Advanced Topics may be taken for department credit. (Not offered 2016-17). 1 unit — Department.

401 Investigations in Chemistry. Independent experimental practice research in areas such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, catalysis, analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry performed in affiliation with a staff member. A total of three units of Investigations may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 unit — Department.

402 Investigations in Chemistry. Independent experimental practice research in areas such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, catalysis, analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry performed in affiliation with a staff member. A total of three units of Investigations may be taken for credit. Extended format course. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 0.5 — 1 unit — Department.

403 Research Problems in Biochemistry. An independent research project based on laboratory investigation in biochemistry. The student should choose the original research topic with advice from member(s) of the department prior to registration in the class. Prerequisite: Chemistry 382 and consent of instructor. 1 unit — Department.

452 Topics in Advanced Organic Chemistry. One of the following topics will be investigated in both the literature and the laboratory: (1) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; (2) Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy; (3) Mass Spectrometry/Gas Chromatography; (4) Spectroscopic Methods in Structure Determination. Extended-format course. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Chemistry 367 and 351. (Not offered 2016-17). 0.5 unit — Department.

467 Spectroscopy and Quantum Mechanics. The detailed interpretation of molecular structure and spectra. Quantum theory and chemical statistics are applied to the interactions of electromagnetic radiation with molecules. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Chemistry 367 and Mathematics 203. (Not offered 2016-17). 1 unit — Meyer.

475 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Application of fundamental inorganic reactions and bonding models to the detailed study of topics such as, but not limited to, coordination compounds, organometallic compounds, ionic compounds, metal clusters, inorganic polymers, bioinorganic reactions and single-molecule magnets. Emphasis on characterization of inorganic molecules/materials and analysis of spectroscopic data, as well as the use and analysis of primary literature. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Chemistry 250, Chemistry 275 or consent of instructor. 1 unit - Bowman.

476 Topics in Transition Metal Chemistry.One of the following topics will be investigated in both the literature and the laboratory: (1) Electronic Spectra; (2) Magnetic Properties; (3) Biochemical Aspects; (4) Metal Cluster Compounds; (5) Ligand Substitution Reactions; (6) Electron Transfer Reactions. Extended-format course. (Not offered 2016-17). Prerequisite: Chemistry 475. 0.5 unit — Department.

480 Advanced Metabolic Pathways. Investigation of the regulation and energy transductions in protein metabolism and cholesterol synthesis, with emphasis on integration of material with carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Special emphasis will be on presentation of scientific literature related to inborn errors of metabolism. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Chemistry 382. 1 unit - Daugherty.

490 Senior Seminar. An adjunct course spread out over the whole year in which guest lecturers and juniors and seniors present their independent research (either literature or laboratory) to the department in both oral and poster disciplinary presentation formats. One semester required in the senior year for both chemistry and biochemistry majors. Prerequisite: Required for Chemistry Majors. 0.5 unit – Department.

495 Special Topics in Chemistry. Selected by the student with the advice of the instructor. Class and laboratory arranged. No more than six of these courses, i.e., 1.5 units, can be counted toward graduation. Only a total of three units of Investigations in Chemistry and Special Topics in Chemistry combined can be counted toward graduation. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 0.25 —1 unit — Department.

499 Senior Thesis. A thesis topic to be chosen by student with advice from a member (or members) of the department. Upon presentation of thesis proposal by the student, department faculty will authorize or deny registration in 499. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 0.5 — 1 unit — Department.