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CHEM 101 Introduction to Modern Chemistry (3:3:0)

Fundamental principles of chemistry. Physical and chemical discoveries and properties of matter are presented along with their application and their impact on our way of life. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, chemistry in the earth and atmosphere. No previous knowledge of chemistry is assumed or required. Course is not open to students majoring in chemistry. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 103.

CHEM 102 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 101 or 103 or 211
Structure and properties of the major classes of organic compounds with particular reference to organic molecules and their relationship to polymers, both manmade and biopolymers such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science such as genetics, microbiology, physiology, and nutrition. Not open to students majoring in chemistry. Course cannot be used in place of 303 or 314. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 104.

CHEM 103 Chemical Science in a Modern Society  I (4:3:3)

Terminal course in chemistry for nonscience and nursing majors. Principles and application of chemistry. Topics are those described for CHEM 101 and 102 but with a lab to enhance the scientific experience. Credit will not be given for both this course and for CHEM 211-212. Not open to students majoring in chemistry.

CHEM 104 Chemical Science in a Modern Society II (4:3:3)

Terminal course in chemistry for non-science and nursing majors. Principles and application of chemistry. Topics are those described for CHEM 101 and 102 but with a lab to enhance the scientific experience. Credit will not be given for both this course and for CHEM 211-212. Not open to students majoring in chemistry.

CHEM 201 Introductory Chemistry I (3:3:0)

General chemistry course for students with interests in science, engineering, mathematics, or computer science who do not require a lab. Fundamental principles of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, basic concepts of chemical reactions and thermochemistry, and properties of gases, liquids, and solids. Does not fulfill degree requirements for a laboratory science course. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 103 or 211.

CHEM 202 Introductory Chemistry II (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 201 or 211.  Basic facts and principles of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, gas laws, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and the properties and uses of the more important elements and their compounds. Students majoring in science, engineering, or mathematics should choose this course. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 104 or 212.

CHEM 211-212 General Chemistry (4:3:3)-(4:3:3)

CHEM 211 is a prerequisite to CHEM 212.  CHEM 211-212 is a prerequisite to all other undergraduate courses numbered 301 or above.  Basic facts and principles of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, gas laws, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and the properties and uses of the more important elements and their compounds. Students majoring in science, engineering, or mathematics should choose this course. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 103, 104.

CHEM 251 General Chemistry for Engineers (4:3:3)

Fundamental principles of chemical structure and reactivity including atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, structures of ionic, covalent, and metallic lattices, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, chemistry of metals, and introduction to organic chemistry and polymers. Enrollment restricted to students intending to major in engineering. Students who need two semesters of chemistry should enroll in CHEM 211-212. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 211.

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CHEM 300 Chemistry of Semiconductor Processing (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: completion of 30 credits or permission of instructor.  Chemical aspects of the manufacture of semiconductor devices. Topics include oxidation of silicon, photoresists, plasma etching, and analysis of semiconductor thin films. Cannot be used as a chemistry elective toward a B.A. or B.S. minor in Chemistry and does not fulfill premedical requirements. Does not satisfy the chemistry course requirements for a B.S. in Biology.

CHEM 211-212 is a prerequisite to all other undergraduate courses numbered 301 or above.

CHEM 313, 314 Organic Chemistry (3:3:0)(3:3:0)

Corequisite CHEM 315 for CHEM 313; CHEM 318 for CHEM 314.  Theoretical, synthetic, industrial and biological aspects of the chemistry of carbon compounds.

CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Lab I (2:1:3)

Corequisite CHEM 313.  Lab techniques and reactions arranged to accompany CHEM 313. One-hour recitation.

CHEM 318 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2:1:3)

Prerequisite CHEM 315. Corequisite CHEM 314.  Continuation of CHEM 315, arranged to accompany CHEM 314. One-hour recitation.

CHEM 321 Elementary Quantitative Analysis (4:2:6)

Prerequisite: MATH 113, CHEM 212
Principles of chemical analysis with emphasis on ionic equilibria. Lab consists of gravimetric, volumetric, and instrumental methods illustrating the principal types of quantitative determinations.

CHEM 331, 332 Physical Chemistry I, II (3:3:0)(3:3:0)

Prerequisite:CHEM 314, CHEM 318, CHEM 321, MATH 114, and PHYS 243 or PHYS 160.
Yearlong survey covering topics including thermodynamics, equilibria, kinetics, solution properties, elementary quantum theory, electrochemistry, atomic and molecular structure, and nuclear chemistry.

CHEM 336 Physical Chemistry Lab I (2:1:3)

Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 331. Quantitative experimental study of physiochemical principles. CHEM 336 and 337 constitute an introduction to the practice and theory of experimental physical chemistry. One-hour recitation.

CHEM 337 Physical Chemistry Lab II (2:1:3)

Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 332. Continuation of CHEM 336. One-hour recitation.

CHEM 341 Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 212, CHEM 313, CHEM 315
Descriptive chemistry including chemical properties, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of inorganic elements and compounds. Topics include main group and transition elements, organometallic compounds, and bioinorganic chemistry.

CHEM 355, 356 Undergraduate Research (1-3:0:6)

Prerequisites:30 credits, chemistry major or minor. Original research project. May involve lab study, computer modeling and analysis, or other original research as appropriate. Research formulated and completed under instructor’s guidance. Culminates in a written and oral final report. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

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CHEM 211-212 is a prerequisite to all other undergraduate courses numbered 301 or above.

CHEM 422 Instrumental Analysis (3:3:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 314, 321, and 331.  Introduction to the theories of analysis by instrumental methods. Basic electronics are appled to chemical measurements. Topics include an introduction to the theory of spectroscopy--ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and others--and electrochemical methods of analysis; the theory of Fourier transform techniques--FT-IR and FT-NMR--and the theory of advanced pulse techniques.

CHEM 423 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (2:0:6)

Prerequisite: CHEM 422.  Laboratory-based introduction to the quantitative analysis of organic and inorganic substances by the use of modern analytical instrumentation. Laboratory highlights the practice of atomic and molecular spectroscopy, sprectrophotometry, chromatography, voltammetry, and potentiometry in relation to chemical experimentation.

CHEM 427 Aquatic Environmental Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisites:CHEM 321 or permission of the instructor. Thermodynamic and kinetic processes regulating the chemistry of surface and groundwater in natural and polluted environments with particular emphasis in explaining the aqueous concentrations of chemical species and controlling geochemical factors in the hydrosphere. Structure, sources and transformations of organic matter in the aquatic environment and interactions with aqueous solutes will be covered as related to contemporary issues in water quality.

CHEM 438 Atmospheric Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 331 and 332 or permission of instructor. The fundamental chemical processes of the Earth’s atmosphere including chemical cycles, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, photochemistry, radiative balance, ozone chemistry and environmental issues, including air pollution, acid rain and global change.Equivalent to CLIM 438.

CHEM 441 Properties and Bonding of Inorganic Compounds(3:3:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 212.  Interpretation of physical and chemical properties of inorganic compounds in terms of currently used bonding concepts. Topics include molecular symmetry and applications of symmetry, structure and bonding in ionic solids, and the stereochemical, electronic, and magnetic properties of transition metal complexes and metal atom cluster compounds.

CHEM 445 Inorganic Preparations and Techniques (2:0:6)

Prerequisites: CHEM 321 and 441.
Application of techniques of inorganic chemistry to preparation, purification, and spectroscopic characterization of selected substances.

CHEM 446 Bioinorganic Chemisty (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 314 and CHEM 463.  Application of inorganic coordination chemistry and physical methods in the study of structure and function of metal ion sites in biomolecules. Properties of transition metal ions, ligand field theory. Topics include iron cytochromes, zinc and copper enzymes, cobalamins, iron sulfur proteins, oxygen transport, iron storage, electron transfer, inorganic model compunds, metals in medicine, and toxicity of inorganic species.

CHEM 451, 452 Special Projects in Chemistry (2:0:6), (2:0:6)

Prerequisites:CHEM 314, CHEM 318, CHEM 321, CHEM 331, CHEM 336 . 
Includes literature search, conferences, and lab. Written and oral technical reports are required.

CHEM 455, 456 Honors Research in Chemistry (3:1:6), (3:1:6)

Prerequisites: CHEM 313, 314, 321, 331, 332; admission to Chemistry Department Honors Program and permission of department research committee. Credit will not be given for both these courses and CHEM 451, 452.  Introduction to research on a current problem in the chemical sciences under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Includes literature search, laboratory and/or theoretical work, conferences with the faculty advisor, attendance at regularly scheduled seminars, and both oral and written presentations.

CHEM 458 Chemical Oceanography (3:3:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 212, and CHEM 321 or GEOL 309 The world’s oceans, including a variety of closed basins and estuaries, comprise a complex and dynamic system of chemical processes that interact with biological, geological, physical, and atmospheric processes to play a significant role in defining the earth’s fragile environment. This course will present an overview of the origin, occurrence, and distribution of the chemical components in sea water and an introduction to the basic principals of the chemical processes taking place in the marine environment.Equivalent to GEOL 458.
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CHEM 463/BIOL 483/583 General Biochemistry I (4:4:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 313, BIOL 213.  Survey course dealing with the structure of biomolecules, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, fundamentals of enzymology, and the molecular basis of metabolism.

CHEM 464 General Biochemistry II (3:3:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 463/BIOL 483  Continuation of general biochemistry, focusing on secondary metabolism, cell signaling, and processes of replication, transcription, and translation.  Special emphasis is placed on important biochemistry research topics during the last quarter of the semester for which much material is drawn from the current biochemical literature.

CHEM 465 Biochemistry Lab (2:0:6)

Corequisite: CHEM 463.  Introduction to modern biochemical experimental methods of studying chemical and physical properties of biological molecules. Includes the separation, identification, and characterization of biomolecules.

CHEM 467 The Chemistry of Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions  (3:3:0)

Examples of enzyme mechanisms are used to demonstrate how chemical principles are employed by living organisms. Specific enzyme mechanisms are used to illustrate principles from organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry.  The techniques used to monitor enzyme reactions are also discussed.

CHEM 468 Bioorganic Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 314 and 463.  Basic understanding of the chemical nature of biomolecules and biomacromolecules.  Students are introduced to biomolecules such as amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids.  Lectures focus on their biophysical properties and synthesis, using practical examples and visual aids.

CHEM 470 Laboratory Instructional Methods for Chemistry (3:1:6)

Prerequisites: CHEM 314Lecture and laboratory experience teaching chemistry in laboratory. Students work closely with faculty member and are responsible for all aspects of teaching undergraduate laboratory techniques. Students also learn techniques for acquisition and storage of chemicals and laboratory apparatus, safety, disposal of chemical waste, and literature of chemical education.

CHEM 490 Undergraduate Seminar (1:0:0)

Prerequisites: 60 credits and must be a chemistry major or minor.Selected topics from recent chemical theory and applications, generally consisting of research presentations by invited faculty from other institutions. Attendance is required at 80% of the seminars and students must write up a one-page summary of each talk attended. This course will also be used to teach students how to give effective presentations. May be repeated for a total of 2 credits.

 
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CHEM 500 Selected Topics in Modern Chemistry (3:3:0)

Topics of interest in analytical, biological, environmental, geological, geochemical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. May we repeated for credit with different topics. Credit is not allowed toward a major in chemistry.

CHEM 505 Hazardous Materials Waste Management (1-3:1-3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 313 and permission of instructor.  Comprehensive review of those subjects most frequently encountered in hazardous chemicals management.

CHEM 513 Synthetic and Mechanistic Organic Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 313 and 314.  General review of synthetic pathways and application of this background to new topics emphasizing applications to fused ring aromatics, heterocyclics, natural products, and biologically active compounds. Relationship of applied organic chemistry to consumer products, including drugs and agricultural chemicals, is also included. Organic core course.

CHEM 521 Theory of Analytical Processes (3:3:0) 

Prerequisite: CHEM 422 or permission of instructor.  Theory of signal and noise, mass transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and ionics in analytical chemistry. Applications are made to Fourier transform techniques (FT-IR, FT-NMR), convolution and correlation spectroscopy, chemical sensors, chromatography, flow injectin analysis, ion transport in membrane, and interpretation of analytical signals. Analytical core course.

CHEM 529 Instrumental Techniques of Analysis (2:0:6)

Prerequisites: CHEM 321 and 422 or 521 or permission of department.  Principles and operation of modern instrumentation with emphasis on applications to the analysis of chemical, biological, and environmental samples. Methods include combined capillary column gas chromatograpy/mass spectrometry, high-performance liquid chromatography, opti-spectroscopy, atomic emission and absorption spectrometry, and electroanalytical methods. The student, with approval of his or her research committee, is free to choose the methods studied.

CHEM 531 Elements of Physical Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 211, 212, (general chemistry), CHEM 313, 314 (organic chemistry), PHYS 243, 245 (college physics), MATH 113 (calculus), or permission of instructor.  Intensive overview of the concepts, techniques, and models of physical chemistry as they apply in many branches of chemistry and allied science. Topics include properties of gases, first and second laws of thermodynamics, phase and chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy. Emphasis on developing practical skill in using the conceptual tools of physical chemistry. Extensive use of spreadsheet models to investigate chemical and physical systems.

CHEM 554 Geochemistry of Environmental Hazards (3:2:3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 314 or permission of instructor.  Introduction to the origins and reactions of hazardous substances in air, water, and soil environments. Covers movement of trace organic and inorganic substances in the geochemical cycle, with particular reference to transport processes that influence air and water quality.

CHEM 563/ BIOL 483/583 General Biochemistry I (4:4:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 313, BIOL 213.  Survey course dealing with the structure of biomolecules, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, fundamentals of enzymology, and the molecular basis of metabolism.

CHEM 564 General Biochemistry II (3:3:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 563  Continuation of general biochemistry, focusing on secondary metabolism, cell signaling, and processes of replication, transcription, and translation.  Special emphasis is placed on important biochemistry research topics during the last quarter of the semester for which much material is drawn from the current biochemical literature.

CHEM 567 The Chemistry of Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions (3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 313 and 463 or permission of instructor.Examples of enzyme mechanisms demonstrate how chemical principles are employed by living organisms. Specific enzyme mechanisms used to illustrate principles from organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. Discusses techniques to monitor enzyme reactions.

CHEM 579 Special Topics (1-6:1-6:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 313 and 314 or permission of instructor.  Current topics in chemistry. Topic depends on the specialty of the instructor. May be repeated with different topics with approval of the department.

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CHEM 613 Modern Polymer Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 513 or permission of instructor.  Synthetic and analytical chemistry of synthetic macromolecules. Topics include polymer solutions, molecular weight determmination, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, x-ray crystallography, crystallinity, types of polymerization, commercial polymers, and electroactive polymers.

CHEM 614 Physical Organic Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 314 or permission of instructor.  Principles underlying molecular structure, reactivity, and reaction mechanisms. Topics include valence-bond and molecular-orbital theory, the electronic interpretation of organic reactions, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, the kinetics and thermodynamics of organic reactions, and photochemistry. Organic core course.

CHEM 617 Organic Structural Spectroscopy (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 314 or equivalent.  Spectroscopic determination of organic molecular structure using 1H, 13H, 19F, and 31P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy.

CHEM 620/PHYS 533 Modern Instrumentation (3:2:2)

Prerequisite: CHEM 422 or permission of instructor.  Methods of sensing and measurement of radiation, particles, pressure, concentrations of specific elements and compounds. Topics include basic operational amplifier circuits for analog signals, digitizing devices and computerized data collection, noise and noise-reduction methods, and specialized instrumentation systems for various areas of chemistry and physics.

CHEM 624 Principles of Chemical Separation (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 422 or 521, or permission of instructor.  Theories and models of separation with applications to the analyses of a wide range of chemical, biological, and environmental samples. Topics include high-resolution gas chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography. Emphasis is on the theory of reverse-phase, normal-phase, ion-exchange, size-exclusion, and affinity-based separations. Instrumentation such as detectors, pumps, and columns, and data acquisition and analysis are also presented. Analytical core course.

CHEM 625 Electroanalytical Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisites: Chem 321 and 331.  Review of basic electrochemistry. Applications of modern electrochemical techniques such as chronoamperometry, pulse polarography, stripping voltammetry, AC Voltammeetry, coulometry, electrochemical sensors, and instrumentation are presented with emphasis on their use in analysis and research.

CHEM 633/CSI 711 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3:3:0)

Prerequisites: CHEM 331 and 332.  Advanced study of thermodynamics and kinetics. Covers application of kinetics to the elucidation of reaction mechanisms and application of statistical thermodynamics to the theory of elementary reaction rates. Physical core course.

CHEM 641 Solid State Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: Chem 441 or permission of instructor.  This course will focus on the design and synthesis, structure and bonding of solid state compouonds; physical properties and characterization of solids.  Topics of current interest will also be included.  Inorganic core course.

 

CHEM 646 Bioinorganic Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: Chem 441 or permission of instructor.  Application of inorganic coordination chemistry and physical methods in understanding the structure and function of metal ion sites in biomolecules. Biochemical roles of metal centers in oxygen transport, metalloenzymes and electron transfer. Topics include iron cytochromes, zinc and copper enzymes, cobalamins, iron sulfur proteins, inorganic model compounds, and metals in medicine. Inorganic core course.

CHEM 651 Environmental Chemistry of Organic Chemicals (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: One semester of physical chemistry or permission of instructor.  Study of the principles governing the multimedia distribution and fate of organic chemicals in the environment. Overview of the origin and occurrence of major classes of natural and anthropogenic organic chemicals in the environment. Environmental core course.

CHEM 660 Protein Biochemistry (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 463 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Proteins play critical roles in most biological processes. Therefore, to understand these processes, it is necessary to understand proteins. This course will introduce students to proteins, their biosynthesis/biodegradation and their biophysical and biochemical properties. Biochemistry core course.

CHEM 662 Modern Methods of Drug Discovery (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 463 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor. Introduction to the process of drug discovery. Covers modern methods and strategies of target identification, lead identification, and lead optimization. Biochemistry core course.

CHEM 665  Protein-Protein Interactions: Methods and Applications (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 463 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor. Introduction to the fundamental principles of protein-protein interactions, including experimental design considerations and methods for quantification of these interactions.

CHEM 670 Teaching Practicum (1-2:0:0)

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the graduate program and a demonstrated proficiency in the English language.
Lecture and laboratory experience teaching chemistry in the laboratory. Student works closely with a faculty member and is responsible for all aspects of teaching undergraduate laboratory techniques.

 

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CHEM 728/CSI 712 Introduction to Solid Surfaces (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 422 or equivalent.  Introduction to the properties of solid surfaces. Topics include gas adsorption isotherms, surface area measurement techniques, real and clean surfaces, physisorption and chemisorptions, methods of gas absorption, desorption kinetics, electron spectroscopies and their surface sensitivities, instrumentation needed, and principles of vacuum technology.

CHEM 730/CSI 782/PHYS 711 Statistical Mechanics (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  Statistical methods, systems of particles, thermodynamics, macroscopic parameters, the ideal gas, kinetic theory, quantum statics, and transport processes.

CHEM 732/CSI 713 Quantum Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 332.  Illustration of the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics with applications to chemical systems, including atomic and molecular electronic structure and properties, molecular symmetry, and intermolecular forces. Physical core course.

CHEM 733 Polymer Physical Chemistry (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: CHEM 332 or permission of instructor.  Physical chemistry of macromolecules including molecular weight, conformation, configuration, characteristics of the glassy state, methods for studying polymer morphology (XRD, SEM, TEM, optical microscopy), electronic structure and behavior, band theory, conduction mechanisms, intrinsically conductive polymers, polarization, dielectric behavior, triboelectric behavior, piezo/pyroelectric behavior, and non-linear optical properties.

CHEM 735 Astrophysical Chemistry of Planetary Bodies (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 331, or ASTR 403, or permission of instructor. In depth review of the chemistry of planets, comets and other bodies in the Solar System. Emphasis will be placed on the laboratory techniques and measurements made in order to understand and predict astronomical observations.

CHEM 736/CSI 783/PHYS 736 Computational Quantum Mechanics (3:3:0)

Prerequisite: PHYS 502, 510, or permission of instructor.  Study of the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics from computational point of view, review of systems with spherically symmetric potentials, electron-atom solutions to Schroedinger's equation, electron spin in many electron system, atomic structure calculations, algebra of many electron calculations, Hartree-Fock, self-consistent field method, molecular structure calculations, scattering theory computations, and solid-state computations.

CHEM 790 Graduate Seminar (1:1:0)

Prerequisite: Attendance at a minimum of 70 percent of departmental seminars in semester preceding each enrollment.  Selected topics from recent chemical theory and applications, designed to inform students about current developments in the chemical sciences. Seminar presentation on the student's own research or another topic acceptable to the department is required in the student's last semester. Three credits of CHEM 690 are required for the M.S. degree; an additional 3 credits are required after admission to a Ph.D. program.

CHEM 796  Directed Reading and Research (1-6)

Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program in chemistry and biochemistry or affiliated programs. Reading and research on a specific topic in chemistry or biochemistry under direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

CHEM 798 Research Project (3-6:0:0)

Prerequisite: Permission of department.
Experimental or theoretical research project chosen and completed under of the guidance of a graduate faculty member. Comprehensive report acceptable to the student's advisory committee and a final oral examination on that report are required. Six credits of either CHEM 798 or &(( are required, but credit will not be given for both.

CHEM 799 Master's Thesis (1-6:0:0)

Prerequisite: Permission of department.  Laboratory thesis research and writing under the direction of a supervisor. Minimum of 3 credit hours can be taken for this course the first two enrollment periods. Graded S/NC.

CHEM 814 Advanced Bioorganic Chemistry (3)

Prerequisite :CHEM 313, 314, and 463 or equivalent; or permission from instructor.This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to the chemical nature of biomolecules, with a focus on their organic properties. The course will focus on the chemical principals that underlie the diverse structures, properties and reactions of biomolecules.  This is a core course in the Chemistry and Biochemistry doctoral program.

CHEM 821 Theory of Analytical Processes (3)

Prerequisite : Admission to Chemistry and Biochemistry doctoral program. Theory and application of contemporary analytical processes and methods used in chemistry research.  Emphasis on analytical signals and accompanying noise, sample preparation techniques, and quality assurance in measurements.  This is a core course in the Chemistry and Biochemistry doctoral program.

CHEM 833  Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry (3)

Prerequisite : CHEM 331 or permission of instructor. The theory and practical use of thermodynamics, kinetics, spectroscopy and quantum chemistry in chemical and biochemical research.  This is a core course in the Chemistry and Biochemistry doctoral program.

CHEM 891 Doctoral Scientific Critique, Writing and Presentation (3)

Prerequisite : Permission of academic advisor, research advisor and/or research committee. Development of skills associated with scientific communication and research such as oral presentation of scientific material, analysis of scientific research and preparation of scientific proposals. In preparing scientific proposals, students will learn how to identify scientific questions of interest and how to plan a course of experiments to address these questions. This is a core course in the Chemistry and Biochemistry doctoral program.

CHEM 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-12)

Prerequisite : Permission of research advisor and/or graduate committee.Development of a research proposal under the guidance of the research advisor and graduate committee. The resulting proposal, once approved by the student’s research advisor and committee forms the basis of the student’s doctoral dissertation. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 24 combined credits from CHEM 998 and CHEM 999 may be applied toward satisfying doctoral degree requirements, with no more than 12 credits of CHEM 998.

CHEM 999  Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-12)

Prerequisite : Admission to candidacy in Chemistry and Biochemistry Doctoral Program. Research in the concentration pertinent to student’s program of study under the direction of their research advisor and committee. Students may enroll for credits in this course once their research proposal has been approved. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 24 combined credits from CHEM 998 and CHEM 999 may be applied toward satisfying doctoral degree requirements, with no more than 12 credits of CHEM 998.

 

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