Chemistry Course Descriptions
104 Inside Chemistry (1.25) (PSL)
Basic aspects of structural chemistry and interaction of chemical and biochemical knowledge with society, emphasizing consumer chemistry. Offered occasionally.
110 Basic Chemistry (1.25) (PSL)
Basic aspects of structural chemistry with emphasis on physiological applications. Offered each fall.
130 Chemistry of the Environment (1.25) (PSL)
See Environmental Studies 130. A survey of chemistry principles with an emphasis on the application of these principles to environmental topics such as air and water pollution, global warming, and energy. Laboratory experiments may involve analysis of water from local stream and lakes and the analysis of vegetables for pesticide residue. Can be used toward the Environmental Studies minor. Offered occasionally.
135 Water Quality (PSL)
See Environmental Studies 135. A May Term investigation of water quality, with a double focus: (1) laboratory and field environmental work to describe local issues of water quality (drinking water, lakes, and rivers), focusing on the chemical analysis of water; and (2) study of global water quality issues and science, including uses, sources, shortages, and politics. Offered occasionally in May Term.
140 Chemistry in the Kitchen (PSI)
An introduction to the basic chemical concepts through an examination of food. The course examines the constitution of raw foodstuffs, and what happens on a molecular level as these substances are combined, cooked and metabolized. Offered occasionally.
150 Molecular Architecture 1.25 (PSL)
Introduction to the basic chemical principles emphasizing structure and reactivity.We will study how chemists determine the structure of molecules using a variety of instrumental techniques and discuss the role of structure in chemical behavior. The course will focus primarily on common organic molecules (e.g., drugs, pesticides, biomolecules, etc.). Offered occasionally.
Fundamental principles and concepts of chemistry. Prerequisites: 201 for 202. C- or better in 201 or consent of instructor for 202.201 offered each fall; 202 offered each spring.
301 Quantitative Analysis (1.25)
Introduction to modern analytical chemistry with emphasis on ionic equilibria. Prerequisite: 202. Offered each fall.
304 Instrumental Analysis
Principles of the design and use of modern electronic instrumentation in the chemistry laboratory with emphasis on spectral, electroanalytical and chromatographic instrumentation. Prerequisites: 301 and 321 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: 322 and 380 or consent of instructor. Offered each spring.
311, 312 Organic Chemistry (1.25) (311 - PSL)
Fundamentals of aliphatic and aromatic chemistry including mechanisms, syntheses, stereochemistry, and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: 202 (grade of C- or better); 311(grade of C- or better) for 312. 311 offered each fall; 312 offered each spring.
317 Survey of Biochemistry (cross listed as Bio 317)
An introduction to the fundamental principles of biochemistry and the application of chemical principles to biological problems. Topics include the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids as well as the major catabolic and biosynthetic pathways. Prerequisite: Biology 102 and Chemistry 312 (grade of C- or better) or the consent of the instructor. Offered each spring.
321 Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics (1.25)
Classical thermodynamics and its applications in chemistry. Prerequisites: 202, physics 102 or 106; math 156, 162 or 166; or consent of instructor. Offered each fall.
322 Physical Chemistry II: Kinetics
Kinetic molecular theory, mass transport, experimental and theoretical chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: 202, physics 102 or 106, math 156, 162, or 166. Corequisite: enrollment in 304 and 380. Or consent of instructor. Offered each spring.
323 Physical Chemistry III: Quantum Mechanics
See physics 407.
330 Topics in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
See Environmental Studies 330. Application of chemistry and biology fundamentals to the study of fate and behavior of chemicals in the environment. This course will consider natural chemical processes, reactivity and transport of pollutant chemicals, and exposure and toxicology of potentially toxic pollutants to humans and the biosphere. Prerequisites: Chemistry 311 and Biology 102, or consent of instructor. Offered in spring.
332 Inorganic Chemistry
An introduction to the fundamentals of inorganic chemistry including atomic structure; metallic, ionic, and covalent substances; acids and bases; coordination compounds; and descriptive chemistry of the elements. Students will use electronic structure, modern bonding theories, and models (tangible, virtual, and theoretical) to systematically understand the physical and chemical properties of inorganic substances. Prerequisite: 311 or consent of instructor. Offered each spring.
380 Advanced Inorganic Synthesis and Analysis (1.0) (W)
Individualized projects which emphasize techniques of advanced inorganic synthesis and instrumental analysis. Prerequisites: 301 and 321. Corequisites: 304 and 322. Offered each spring.
397 Internship in Chemistry
Internships in scientific research centers or industrial laboratories. Prerequisites: sophomore status and consent of the department chair. This course does not meet major requirements. Internship offered for 0.5 or 1.0 course units. Offered occasionally.
413 Advanced Organic Chemistry
A detailed examination of selected classical and modern topics within organic chemistry. Topics may include pericyclic reactions, spectroscopic methods of structure determination, physical-organic chemistry, synthetic transformations and strategy, and bio-organic/medicinal chemistry. Prerequisites: C- or better in 312 and 321, or consent of instructor. Offered each spring.
414 Biochemistry I(1.25) (cross listed as Bio 414)
The fundamentals of biochemistry, including an exploration of biomolecules and an introduction to experimental techniques. An emphasis is placed on understanding the structure and function of proteins, enzyme kinetics and regulation, nucleic acid chemistry, and bioenergetics. Primary literature will be used to explore topics in depth. One four-hour lab per week is required.The laboratory component will emphasize the use of molecular biology and spectroscopic techniques. Prerequisite: 312 (grade of C- or better) or the consent of the instructor. Offered each fall.
415 Biochemistry II
A continuation of Chemistry 414. Topics include the major catabolic and anabolic pathways, the integration and regulation of these pathways, cell signaling and biochemical genetics. The majority of the readings for this course will come from the current primary literature. Prerequisite: Chemistry 414 or the consent of the instructor. Offered each spring.
432 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
A detailed examination of advanced topics in inorganic chemistry. Topics will include the quantum atom and electronic states; the application of molecular symmetry and group theory to spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography; the mechanisms of inorganic reactions; bioinorganic chemistry; and catalysis. Prerequisites: 301 and 321 and 332 or consent of the instructor. Offered each fall.
470 Special Topics in Chemistry
Designed to offer topics not normally covered by the chemistry curriculum.May be used to meet major requirements.May be repeated for credit if subject matter is different. Prerequisite: 322 or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.
495 Directed Study
Individualized directed readings on a topic of interest to the student which is not normally a part of the curriculum. The work may include a laboratory component. It may also include the requirement for the preparation of a significant paper which brings together the results of the study. Offered for 0.5 or 1.0 course unit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered each semester.
499 Research/Thesis (W)
Directed or independent study of a specialized topic which may include laboratory research.May be repeated for a maximum of two course units. Offered for 0.5 or 1.0 course units. Prerequisites: junior standing, four previous course units in chemistry, and consent of instructor. Offered each semester.