Chemistry Course Descriptions – Graduate

CHEM 701. Introduction to Laboratory Safety. 1 Credit.
Permission of the instructor for undergraduates.This introductory course in laboratory chemical safety is required for all entering chemistry graduate students. Topics include laboratory emergencies, chemical hazards, laboratory inspections and compliance, working with chemicals, waste handling, case studies of university accidents, laboratory equipment, biosafety, radiation, animals, and microfabrication and nanomaterials.


CHEM 721. Seminar in Materials Chemistry. 2 Credits.
Graduate standing required.
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for Credit.


CHEM 730. Chemical Biology. 2-4 Credits.
Application of chemical principles and tools to study and manipulate biological systems; in-depth exploration of examples from the contemporary literature. Topics include new designs for the genetic code, drug design, chemical arrays, single molecule experiments, laboratory-based evolution, chemical sensors, and synthetic biology.
Requisites: Prerequisite, CHEM 430.


CHEM 731. Seminar in Biological Chemistry. 2 Credits.
Graduate standing required. Literature survey dealing with topics in protein chemistry and nucleic acid chemistry.


CHEM 732. Advances in Macromolecular Structure and Function. 3 Credits.
In-depth analysis of the structure-function relationships governing protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions. Topics include replication, DNA repair, transcription, translation, RNA processing, protein complex assembly, and enzyme regulation. Course includes both the current and classic literature that highlight the techniques used to study these processes.


CHEM 733. Special Topics in Biological Chemistry. 0.5-21 Credits.
Modern topics in biological chemistry.


CHEM 741. Literature Seminar in Analytical Chemistry. 2 Credits.
Graduate standing required. Colloquium of modern analytical chemistry topics presented by graduate students and select invited speakers.


CHEM 742. Analytical Research Techniques. 2 Credits.
Introduction to chemical instrumentation including digital and analog electronics, computers, interfacing, and chemometric techniques. Two one-hour lectures a week.


CHEM 742L. Laboratory in Analytical Research Techniques. 2 Credits.
Experiments in digital and analog instrumentation, computers, interfacing and chemometrics, with applications to chemical instrumentation.
Requisites: Co-requisite, CHEM 742.


CHEM 744. Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry. 0.5-21 Credits.
Modern topics in analytical chemistry, including advanced electroanalytical chemistry, advanced mass spectrometry, chemical instrumentation, and other subjects of recent significance. Two lecture hours a week.


CHEM 752. Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry. 0.5-21 Credits.
Permission of the instructor. Research-level survey of topics in inorganic chemistry and related areas.


CHEM 754. Literature Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry. 2 Credits.
Graduate standing required.


CHEM 755. Inorganic Technical Writing Workshop. 1 Credit.
Students will participate in 11 workshop sessions co-presented by the instructor and TA covering the basics of technical writing. They are designed to help students prepare successful proposals for external graduate fellowships, but skills practiced are readily extended to the 2nd-year prospectus, 3rd-year proposal, manuscript preparation, the thesis, and beyond.


CHEM 758. X-Ray Structure Determination. 3 Credits.
Required preparation, knowledge of elementary and differential calculus is assumed. Permission of the instructor. This course is designed to introduce students to the techniques used in solving crystal structures by X-ray diffraction. Three lecture hours a week.


CHEM 761. Seminar in Organic Chemistry. 2 Credits.
Graduate standing required. One afternoon meeting a week and individual consultation with the instructor.


CHEM 764. Special Topics in Organic Chemistry. 0.5-21 Credits.
Two lecture hours a week.


CHEM 767. Organic Chemistry. 0.5-21 Credits.
Permission of the instructor. Three to six hours a week.


CHEM 781. Seminar in Physical Chemistry. 2 Credits.
Graduate standing required. Two hours a week.


CHEM 783. Special Topics in Physical Chemistry. 0.5-21 Credits.
Permission of the instructor. Modern topics in physical chemistry, chemical physics, or biophysical chemistry. One to three lecture hours a week.


CHEM 786. Special Topics in Physical Chemistry. 0.5-21 Credits.
Permission of the instructor. Modern topics in physical chemistry, chemical physics, or biophysical chemistry. One to three lecture hours a week.


CHEM 788. Principles of Chemical Physics. 3 Credits.
The quantum mechanics of molecules and their aggregates. Atomic orbitals, Hartree-Fock methods for atoms and molecules. Special topics of interest to the instructor and research students.
Requisites: Prerequisite, CHEM 781 or PHYS 321; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Same As: PHYS 827.


CHEM 791. Special Topics in Chemistry. 1-4 Credits.
Selected research-level, cross-disciplinary topics in modern chemistry.


CHEM 921. Research Methodology and Seminar in Polymer/Materials Chemistry. 1-21 Credits.
Seminar and directed study on research methods of polymer/materials chemistry. This course provides a foundation for master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research.
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for Credit.


CHEM 931. Research Methodology and Seminar in Biological Chemistry. 1-21 Credits.
Seminar and directed study on research methods of biological chemistry. This course provides a foundation for master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research.


CHEM 941. Research Methodology and Seminar in Analytical Chemistry. 1-21 Credits.
Seminar and directed study on research methods of analytical chemistry. The course provides a foundation for master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research.


CHEM 951. Research Methodology and Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry. 1-21 Credits.
Seminar and directed study on research methods of inorganic chemistry. The course provides a foundation for master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research.


CHEM 961. Research Methodology and Seminar in Organic Chemistry. 1-21 Credits.
Seminar and directed study on research methods of organic chemistry. The course provides a foundation for master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research.


CHEM 981. Research Methodology and Seminar in Physical Chemistry. 1-21 Credits.
Seminar and directed study on research methods of physical chemistry. The course provides a foundation for master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research.


CHEM 992. Master’s (Non-Thesis). 3 Credits.


CHEM 993. Master’s Research and Thesis. 3 Credits.
Requisites: Prerequisite, CHEM 921, 931, 941, 951, 961, or 981.
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for Credit.


CHEM 994. Doctoral Research and Dissertation. 3 Credits.
Requisites: Prerequisite, CHEM 921, 931, 941, 951, 961, or 981.
Repeat Rules: May be repeated for Credit.