Chemistry Graduate Course Descriptions

CH-521 Advanced Organic Chemistry  3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-222 Organic Chemistry II or equivalent. Explores the effects of structure and environment on reaction rates and equilibria and the use of statistical and quantum mechanics in organic chemical reactions. Topics include organic reaction mechanism, Huckel theory, orbital symmetry, photochemistry and standard concepts of physical organic chemistry.

CH-522 Organic Synthesis   3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-222 Organic Chemistry II or equivalent. Surveys three general classes of reactions, namely reduction, oxidation and the formation of carbon-carbon bonds. Each reaction will be used as a tool in chemical synthesis.

CH-523 Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry  3 Cr
Prerequisites: CH-222 Organic Chemistry II and CH-351 Instrumental Analysis or equivalent. Identification and structure determination of organic molecules by modern spectroscopic techniques. Emphasis on IR, NMR, CMR and mass spectrometry. Hands-on work in NMR and FT-IR.

CH-524 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry  3 Cr
Heterocyclic Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Polymer Chemistry; Supramolecular Chemistry; Organometallic Chemistry; Radical and Photochemistry; Combinatorial Chemistry.

CH-530 Physical Chemistry II  3 Cr
Prerequisite: Physical Chemistry or equivalent. Explores advanced kinetics and quantum mechanics.

CH-531 Advanced Physical Chemistry I: Molecular Structure  3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-332 Physical Chemistry II or equivalent. Topics in quantum chemistry, molecular structure, group theory and applications of these topics to spectroscopy

CH-532 Advanced Physical Chemistry II: Molecular Dynamics  3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-332 Physical Chemistry II or equivalent. Topics in statistical thermodynamics, collision theory, and reaction dynamics and mechanism.

CH-534 Special Topics in Physical Chemistry   3 Cr
Topics include: Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; Statistical Mechanics; Mathematical and Computer Concepts in Chemistry.

CH-541 Advanced Biochemistry    3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-342 Biochemistry II or equivalent. Explores the integration of the basic chemistry of biomolecules into living systems. Topics include bioenergetics and metabolic pathways; biosynthesis and biodegredation of amino acids, proteins, nucleotides and DNA; chemical communication; hormones and the cell cycle.

CH-549 Special Topics in Biochemistry   3 Cr
Topics include: Medicinal Chem & Pharmacology; Electrically Excitable Cells; Computer Aided access to Proteins and Data Bases; Cell Motility; Chemical Concepts in Genetic Engineering.

CH-550 Instrumental Analysis   3 Cr
Prerequisites: CH-252 Analytical Chemistry and CH-331 Physical Chemistry or equivalent. Explores theory and practice of instrumental methods of analysis: spectrophotometric, electroanalytical, and chromatographic methods of separation and quantification.

CH-551 Advanced Analytical Instrumentation I: Spectroscopy   3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-351 Instrumental Analysis or equivalent. Fundamentals and practical aspects of analytical spectroscopy. Special emphasis will be given to theory and instrumentation; methods and applications will be covered.

CH-552 Advanced Analytical Instrumentation II: Chromatography3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-351 Instrumental Analysis or equivalent. Fundamentals and practical aspects of analytical separation and chromatography. Special emphasis will be given to theory and instrumentation; methods and applications will be covered.

CH-553 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry    3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-332 Physical Chemistry I or equivalent. The physical and chemical properties of the elements and their compounds are correlated with their positions in the periodic table. Bonding theory and coordination chemistry are emphasized. This undergraduate-graduate level course also has an undergraduate course number of CH 355. Three credits will be given for the completion of this course with a grade “B” or better.

CH-554 Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry   3 Cr
Topics include: Data Acquisition and LIMS; Aquatic Chemistry; GC-MS: Theory, Instrumentation and Method; Thermal Analysis; Applications of Super Critical Fluids.

CH-555 Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry   3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-355 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. An advanced theoretical study of bonding and spectroscopy of inorganic compounds. Topics include crystal field, ligand field and molecular orbital theories of inorganic complexes; magnetic susceptibility and electronic, infrared and raman spectroscopy.

CH-556 Chemical Applications of Group Theory   3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-355 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Basic principles of group theoretical methods. Topics include molecular symmetry, normal coordinate analysis, molecular bonding and energy levels and theoretical basis for selection rules.

CH-559 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry   3 Cr
Topics include: Electronic Spectra of Transition Metal Complexes; Reactions of Transition Metal Complexes; Ionic Liquids; Bioinorganic Chemistry.

CH-561 Environmental Chemistry    3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-221 Organic Chemistry I and MA-151 Introductory Calculus or equivalent. Focuses on the chemical aspects of the human environment. The course will examine the sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in water, soil, air and living environments and the effects of technology thereon.

CH-565 Environmental Sampling and Analysis   3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-561 Environmental Chemistry or equivalent. Discusses methods and protocols of environmental sampling and analysis in water, air and biological matrices. Addresses EPA quality assurance and quality control plan. Laboratory and field work include sampling of sur and groundwater, chemical and biological analyses of water, monitoring, treated effluent quality control, and detection of hazardous contaminants.

CH-567 Design of Experiments   3 Cr
Prerequisite: All students are assumed to have an introductory level of statistics.  The objective of this course is to teach students the statistical tools used by scientists to design, conduct, and analyze experiments effectively and efficiently.  Also to teach students how to obtain information for characterization and optimization of systems.  In this process the students will learn how to use Minitab software to conduct their analysis.

CH-569 Special Topics in Environmental Chemistry    3 Cr
Topics include: Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems; Hazardous Waste Management; Environmental Regulations; Environmental Hydrology and Water Resource Management; Atmospheric Chemistry and Air pollution; Chemical Toxicology.

CH-571 Polymer Chemistry    3 Cr
Prerequisite: CH-222 Organic Chemistry II or equivalent. Introduction to polymer chemistry through a study of step and chain polymerization and copolymerization as well as block and graft copolymers. Polymerization techniques in solution, emulsion, and microemulsion. Polymer structure and characterization with an overview of the properties of commercial polymers. Prerequisites: Ch 222 and Ch 331 or permission of program director.

CH-590 ChemInformatics: Sources and Technology   3 Cr
Information is a vital key to success in today's chemical industry. The premier chemical information sources will be reviewed with emphasis on Chemical Abstracts Service & Beilstein. Chemical information retrieval applications will be highlighted including STN International, Scifinder, & Crossfire, in addition to Internet resources. Students will gain an appreciation for chemical database design and content as well as formulating queries for keyword & structure-based searches.

CH-595 Advanced Integrated Laboratory    3 Cr
The central theme for this laboratory is inorganic coordination chemistry. Students will be required to work on unified projects rather than a series of unrelated experiments. Projects will involve synthesis and analysis of a complex or a pair of isomers. Emphasis will be on analytical and instrumental methods that are fundamental for the characterization of inorganic compounds. Six hours of laboratory work per week.

CH-598 Comprehensive Test    0 Cr
Chemistry graduate students (non-thesis track) are required to pass a comprehensive test (after the completion of 33 Crs in course work) in fulfillment of the MS degree.

CH-599 Thesis    3 + 3 Cr
Original research under the supervision of faculty member(s) leading to a written thesis.