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Graduate Course Descriptions

Service Courses

Chem 501 Biochemistry I - 3 cr.

Primary emphasis is on the structure, function, and chemistry of proteins, and the molecular mechanisms of action and regulation of enzymes. This course encompasses a detailed discussion of carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism, including bioorganic mechanisms and the regulation and integration of these metabolic pathways. Additional topics include biomembrane structure and its role in transport and energy transductions.

Chem 502 Biochemistry II - 3 cr.

Continuation of CH 501 with a primary focus on the biosynthesis of the components of living cells and regulation of cellular processes at the biochemical level. Topics include the biosynthesis of lipids, amino acids and nucleotides as well as the synthesis and processing of DNA, RNA and proteins. The latter part of the course includes a discussion of biological information processing at the chemical level, including basic aspects of the regulation of gene expression.

CHEM 503 Advanced Organic Chemistry - 3 cr.

The major emphasis of this course will be to examine organic reactions of synthetic importance within a mechanistic context. Topics to be covered include carbonyl chemistry, nucleophilic substitution, oxidation and reduction reactions, organometallic compounds, cycloaddition reactions and synthetic strategy.

CHEM 504 Microwave Enhanced Sample Preparation - 3 cr.

This course teaches fundamental and advanced concepts of microwave sample preparation with emphasis on understanding and predicting behavior in the microwave environment. Microwave decomposition procedures for botanical, environmental, clinical, geological, aqueous, and other sample types are also discussed and demonstrated.

CHEM 505 Environmental Chemistry - 3 cr.

The course provides the fundamental background and theory of environmental chemistry, including correlation, interpretation, and analysis of related topics and issues in environmental modeling as evaluative and predictive tools for assessing environmental outcomes. Additional topics include basic principles of aqueous interactions, phase interactions with water, soil and air, and applications of simultaneous equilibria in environmental settings.

Research Rotations

CHEM 521 Research Rotation I - 6 cr.

First year students select a faculty advisor and pursue a research project in the laboratory of the faculty mentor. The studentÕs progress and activity are monitored by a three-member faculty advisory committee. This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply the skills and techniques mastered in applied courses to a research problem.

CHEM 522 Research Rotation II - 6 cr.

Continuation of CH 521. Students select a second faculty mentor, advisory committee, and research project. At the conclusion of this rotation, the student selects his/her dissertation mentor and dissertation topic. APPLIED COURSES

CHEM 534 Basic NMR Techniques - 3 cr.

Course will cover aspects of 1H, 2 H, 13 C, 31 P, and 19 F, diamagnetic and paramagnetic NMR, beginning with the basic experiment and proceeding through standard two-dimensional experiments. Considerable time will be spent on discussions of the interpretation of spectra including chemical shifts and spin-spin coupling. Hands on exercises will include sample preparation, pulse sequences , and instrument function.

CHEM 539 Scientific Presentation - 1 cr.

Introduces the organizations and presentation of scientific research both orally and in writing. Students will give brief seminars and prepare outlines and introductions to scientific papers.

CHEM 540 Applied Quantitative Methods of Computational Chemistry - 3 cr.

Course will focus on the use of modern workstation and software to address computational problems in chemistry. Topics will include platform choice, operation systems, and system requirements. Additional topics will survey software for modeling the behavior of chemical systems with emphasis on hands on experiments. Problems addressed will include topics in condensed-phase matter, molecular dynamics, spectroscopy prediction, energy minimization , and biological systems.

CHEM 548 Applied Separations - 2 cr.

Covers practical aspects of analytical and preparative separations, with emphasis on chromatography (gas and liquid, including open column and high-performance modes) and electrophoresis (capillary and gel). Intended for all experimental chemists. Theory will be covered as necessary, but emphasis will be primarily on laboratory problem solving.

Fundamental Courses

CHEM 581 Reaction Mechanisms and Structure I - 2 cr.

Enzyme Mechanisms and Biotransformations. Course emphasized molecular mechanisms of enzyme catalyzed reactions and the application and role of these reactions in natural product biosynthetic pathways.

CHEM 582 Reaction Mechanisms and Structure II - 2 cr.

Covalent Bond Reaction Chemistry. Continuation of CHEM 551. Course covers aspects of organic and inorganic reaction mechanisms, emphasizing reaction of central importance to the fields of biological, inorganic, and organic chemistry. Topics will include reactions involving ...

CHEM 583 Reaction Mechanisms and Structure III, 2 cr.

Organometallic Chemistry. Continuation of CHEM 552. This course emphasized chemical bonding in organometallic compounds and the use of organometallic reagents as catalysts in chemical synthesis.

CHEM 584 Thermodynamics and Kinetics I - 3 cr.

Course covers classical thermodynamics and equilibrium, including interfacial equilibrium and transport mechanisms. The kinetics module includes classical solution and gas phase kinetics as well as enzyme kinetics.

CHEM 585 Thermodynamics and Kinetics II - 3 cr.

Continuation of CHEM 584. Topics include statistical thermodynamics and kinetics, interfacial kinetics, and the kinetics of electron transfer reactions.

CHEM 586 Quantum Structure and Dynamics I - 4 cr.

Quantum Chemistry and Group Theory. Course emphasized current concepts of atomic and molecular structure. Topics include modern methods in quantum theory and group theory as applied to molecular symmetry, orbital symmetry, and applied spectroscopy.

CHEM 587 Quantum Structure and Dynamics II - 2 cr.

Spectroscopy. Continuation of CHEM 556. Spectroscopy develops naturally from principles of quantum dynamics and group theory. Topics include the application of quantum dynamics in spectroscopy and selected aspects of applied spectroscopy, including a discussion of how atomic and molecular spectroscopic methods are used to derive chemical and quantitative information.

CHEM 611 Special Topics - 1-3 cr.

CHEM 640 Synthetic Methods of Organic Chemistry - 3 cr.

Miscellaneous Courses

CHEM 691, Seminar

CHEM 699, Thesis Research (M.S.)

CHEM 700, Dissertation Research (Ph.D.)

CHEM 957, MS Degree Chemistry (Plan A)

CHEM 958, MS Degree Chemistry (Plan B)

CHEM 961, Ph.D. Degree Chemistry