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Gradaute Course Schedule

The following are the descriptions for the various courses offered by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.
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Chemistry 503 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisite: Physical Chemistry 
Offered every Spring 

Selected topics include: theories of chemical bonding as it relates to chemical structure and reactivity; acid-base theories and important practical applications; kinetics and mechanisms of inorganic reactions; the solid state; coordination chemistry; catalysis; and bioinorganic chemistry. Two lecture hours and four laboratory hours. Four credits. 

Chemistry 525 Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Prerequisite: Chemistry 136 
Special Fee: $40.00 
Offered every Fall

A hands-on approach to instrumental analysis and its application to research. The student will use several analytical techniques, including: voltammetry and polarography; high performance liquid chromatography 
(HPLC); gas chromatography (GC); uv- visible and infrared spectrophotometry; atomic absorption spectroscopy; and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Students are also encouraged to use the computer for data analysis and presentation. One-hour lecture and six-hour laboratory. Four credits. 

Chemistry 531 Neurochemistry
(Same as Biology 531) 
Prerequisite: At least one semester of biochemistry 
Offered on occasion 

This course discusses the morphology, biochemical composition, metabolism, physiology and pharmacology of the nervous system will be discussed. It begins with the general principles of synaptic transmission and deals in depth with biosynthesis of  neurotransmitters, storage, release, inactivation in the synapse, receptor types and how they mediate their signals in the post-synaptic cells. There will also be discussions on aging and development in the nervous system, drug addictions and the role of dietary nutrients on nervous system function. Three credits. 

Chemistry 541 Special Topics in Chemistry
Offered on occasion 

Subjects of unusual current interest are presented in this one-semester course. Three hours of lecture including selected demonstrations. Course may be repeated. Three credits. 

Chemistry 551 Environmental Chemistry
Offered on occasion 

This course is a survey of chemistry of the environment.  Topics include the role of energy in modern societies, ranging from fossil fuels and nuclear power to alternative and renewable energy sources (solar, hydroelectric, wind, biomass, geothermal); chemistry of the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and the biosphere.  There will be discussions of toxicology as it relates to environmental pollutants.  Three credits.

Chemistry 555 NMR Sectroscopy
Special Fee: $45.00 
Offered on occasion

A study of modern 1D, 2D, and nD NMR techniques in routine analysis, diffusion studies, chemical structure elucidation in biological systems, and their medical applications.  The laboratory component includes experiments involving 1D and 2D NMR techniques to identify unknown compounds by assigning 1H and 13C NMR spectra.  Three lecture hours, three hour lab.  Four credits.

Chemistry 581 Computational Chemistry
Prerequisite: One year of Physical Chemistry 
Special Fee: $40.00 
Offered on occasion

This course is an investigation into the use of modern mainframe and microcomputers to solve problems in data processing, molecular energetics and molecular structure. The course progresses gradually, beginning with simple computational problems such as numerical integration, computer handling of matrices and determinants and curve-fitting through multivariate analysis. The second half of the course is directed to various molecular orbital theories and includes self-consistent field and ab initio calculations. Hands-on work with the computers will enable the student to carry out computations in all topic areas. Facility in FORTRAN or BASIC will be helpful but is not required. Enough language to handle I/O files will be taught during the course. Three credits. 

Chemistry 603, 604 Biochemistry
(Same as Biology 603, 604) 
Chemistry 603 offered every Fall and Summer 
Chemistry 604 offered every Spring and Summer 

An inquiry into the chemistry of biologically important compounds, including amino acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, vitamins, biological oxidation, intermediary metabolism, and enzyme systems. Three credits per semester.

Chemistry 606 Advanced Physical Chemistry
Offered every Fall 

A review of advanced topics in physical chemistry and their applications in thermodynamics, kinetics and quantum mechanics. Three credits. 

Chemistry 610 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Offered every Spring 

This course focuses on modern analytical techniques, with emphasis on spectroscopic methods in one half of the semester and chemical separation techniques in the other half.  Spectroscopy topics include: uv-vis, ir, atomic, x-ray, magnetic and mass spectroscopy.  Chemical separation techniques include: gas and liquid chromatography, electrophoresis and extraction (solid phase and supercritical fluid).  Three credits.

Chemistry 614 Solid State Chemistry
Offered on occasion 

Electrical, diffraction, magnetic, optical and thermal properties of solids are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on crystal structure determination by X-ray diffraction techniques. Three credits. 

Chemistry 621 Advanced Organic Chemistry I
Prerequisites: Physical chemistry and two semesters, preferably totaling ten credits, in organic chemistry 
Offered every Spring 

The major classes of organic reactions are studied with respect to their applications to synthesis, their mechanisms, and the effect of structure on reactivity. Substitutions, additions, eliminations, rearrangements and oxidations. Three credits. 

Chemistry 622 Advanced Organic Chemistry II
Prerequisite: Chemistry 621 
Offered on occasion 

An extension of Chemistry 621 with emphasis on synthesis in various areas of modern organic chemistry. Three credits. 

Chemistry 624 Heterocyclic Chemistry
Prerequisite: Chemistry 621 
Offered on occasion 

A survey of the heterocyclic molecules containing nitrogen, oxygen and sulphur. The synthesis, chemical reactions and properties of these compounds will be discussed. Reference to their biochemical significance will be made when appropriate. Three credits.

Chemistry 623 Organometallic Chemistry
Prerequisite: Chemistry 621 
Offered on occasion 

Synthesis and properties of sigma and pi bonded organometallic complexes. Oxidative addition, reductive elimination, insertion and elimination reactions, nuclophillic and electrophillic additions and abstractions. Synthetic and catalytic aspects of organometallic chemistry. Biological applications and environmental aspects of organometallic compounds. Three credits.

Chemistry 626 Polymer Chemistry
Prerequisite: Chemistry 621 
Offered on occasion 

A study of synthetic and natural macromolecules, including polymerization, depolymerization, structure determination, and physical and chemical properties. Three credits. 

Chemistry 701, 702 Seminar in Chemistry
Chemistry 701 offered every Fall 
Chemistry 702 offered every Spring 

Presentation of selected topics in the branches of chemistry, with attention to recent literature. One one-hour meeting per week. Attendance at departmental seminars is mandatory for all matriculated students. Pass/Fail only. One credit per semester.

Chemistry 707, 708 Research and Preparation of Thesis
Open only to matriculated students in good academic standing 

A thesis problem is assigned to each student for investigation. Original laboratory work is required and a satisfactory thesis submitted and accepted by the Department. Pass/Fail only. Three credits per semester. 

Chemistry 709, 709X Continuing Graduate Advisement
Prerequisite: Chemistry 708

If the thesis is not accepted by the Department during the semester in which the student is registered in Chemistry 708, he/she will be required to register in each successive semester until the thesis is accepted by the Department.  Pass/Fail only.  One credit per semester.

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