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Graduate Course Descriptions

   Department of Chemistry
   Research Center for Science and Technology, 
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Graduate Course Descriptions

CHE 412. Instrumental Methods
3 credits
Fundamental principles, construction, and operational characteristics of instrumentation and the application in chemical research and analysis.

CHE 521. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
3 credits
Treatment of bonding theory, oxidation-reduction and acid-base theory and their correlation with chemical reactivity.

CHE 433-434. Organic Synthesis and Structure
Two Semesters, 8 credits
Identification of organic compounds, organic synthesis, and physical methods in organic chemistry.

CHE 500. Independent Study
Variable credit
Designed to satisfy special needs. It involves reading, laboratory work, and/or tutoring. Grade, P or E.

CHE 507-508. Seminar in Chemistry
Two semesters, 1 credit
Required of all graduate students in the department.

CHE 509. Scientific Communication
3 credits
Effective writing of scientific reports, proposals, and papers, and of oral communication.

CHE 522. Physical Inorganic Chemistry
3 credits
Treatment of bonding theory, chemical kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions.

CHE 531. Mechanistic Organic Chemistry I
3 credits
Treatment of bonding, resonance, inductive and steric effects and discussion of reactive intermediates, nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions from a mechanistic point of view.

CHE 532. Organic Synthesis
3 credits
The chemistry of aromatic, heterocyclic and alicyclic compounds with emphasis on mechanisms.

CHE 533. Physical Organic Chemistry
3 credits
Introduction to molecular orbital theory, a survey of organic reactions from a mechanistic point of view, and treatment of linear free energy relationships.

CHE 534. Physical Organic Chemistry II
3 credits
Application of group theory to molecular orbital calculations, frontier molecular orbital calculations, advanced linear free energy relationships and kinetic methods.

CHE 541. Thermodynamics
2 credits
Study of solution thermodynamics, electrochemistry and statistical thermodynamics.

CHE 542. Quantum Mechanics
3 credits
Study of kinetics, quantum chemistry, and equilibrium in ideal systems.

CHE 544. Molecular Spectroscopy
3 credits
Discussion of intermolecular forces and the fundamentals of rotational, vibrational, Raman, and electronic spectra.

CHE 545. Statistical Thermodynamics
3 credits
Statistical methods as applied to thermodynamics: molar partition functions of mono-, di-, and polyatomic molecules and their applications to the interpretation of chemical phenomena.

CHE 547. Magnetic Resonance
3 credits
Treatment of basic theory of NMR and EPR including the Bloch equation, fourier transform NMR and spin relaxation mechanisms, discussion of theoretical and experimental determination of NMR parameters, applications, and solid state experiments.

CHE 551-552. Advanced Biochemistry I and II
Two Semesters, 6 credits
Chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, and other compounds of biological significance and their applications to biological systems.

CHE 561. Topics in Industrial Chemistry
3 credits
Industrial topics such as paints, resins, colloids, surface chemistry, aerosols, etc. introduced by industrial personnel. Laboratory experiments to give practical experience.

CHE 562. Scale-Up for Chemists
3 credits
Principles of scale-up from the bench to larger commercial units. Topics such as bulk transfer and packaging, heat and stability problems, economic factors, reaction vessels, and product quality.

CHE 571. Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
3 credits
Synthesis, structure-property relationships, characterization and rhelogical properties of organic polymers.

CHE 573. Physical Chemistry of Polymers
3 credits
Application of physical techniques in the study of biopolymers and discussion of topics such as thermodynamics, diffusion, sedimentation, electrophysics, viscosity, optical spectroscopy, fluorescence, magnetic resonance, and nuclear chemistry.

CHE 621. Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
3 credits
In depth treatment of areas of inorganic chemistry of current interest.

CHE 631. Advanced Organic Synthesis
3 credits
Chemi-, regio-, and stereo selective methods for the efficient synthesis of multifunctional organic compounds utilizing the concepts of structural and reactivity equivalency.

CHE 632. Stereochemistry
Organic molecules containing centers, planes and axes of chirality in terms of their absolute and relative configurations and such topics of prochirality, conformational analysis, resolution and introductory asymmetric synthesis.

CHE 637. Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
3 credits
In depth treatment of areas of organic chemistry of current interest.

CHE 641. Introductory Quantum Mechanics
3 credits
Concepts and general principles of wave mechanics, with mathematical discussion of the hydrogen atom and harmonic oscillator. Introduction to matrix mechanics, angular momentum operators applications to small molecules. Variational and perturbation techniques.

CHE 644. Topics in Physical Chemistry
3 credits
In depth treatment of areas in physical chemistry of current interest.

CHE 651. Physical Biochemistry
3 credits
Survey of various spectroscopic techniques and hydrodynamic, non-hydrodynamic and electric charge methods for determination of size, shape, and molecular weight of biomacromolecules with discussion of selected topics such as relaxation spectrometry, solutions of macromolecule, and X-ray diffraction.

CHE 652. Topics in Biochemistry
One Semester, 3 credits
In-depth treatment of areas of biochemistry of current interest.

CHE 655. Membrane Biochemistry
3 credits
Physical and chemical structure and properties of lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates in model and native membranes correlated with membrane function, topics including membrane biogenesis, membrane dynamics, lipase action, and detergent solubilization.

CHE 662. Medicinal Chemistry
3 credits
Study of physical and chemical properties of substances of medicinal interest with special consideration of the relationship between structure, physical and chemical properties, and pharmacological activity of compounds used in medicine.

CHE 674. Topics in Polymer Chemistry
3 credits
In-depth treatment of areas of current interest in polymer chemistry.

CHE 680. Tools for Teaching
3 credits
Methods and materials used to teach college chemistry.

CHE 681. Higher Education in the United States
3 credits
History, present status, curricula models and projections of higher education involving outside speakers, lectures, and papers, and study of the significant trends in establishment and operation of community colleges.

CHE 682. History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science
3 credits
Study of major past and current trends and writings on the history, philosophy, and sociology of science.

CHE 683. Prelude Internship
3 credits
Study of chemistry curriculum in a community and/or four-year college. The student designs a detailed outline of a course that he/she will later teach.

CHE 684. Internship I
3 credits
Student develops media material, lab procedures and computer programs for a course in chemistry and observes classes and discusses the class situation with the instructor and produces a critical summary paper accompanied by a monthly seminar.

CHE 685. Internship II
3 credits
Student has major responsibility for one course accompanied by a monthly evaluation seminar.

CHE 700. Thesis Consultation
1 credit

CHE 705. Thesis Research
Variable credit

CHE 710. Research in Analytical Chemistry
One semester. Variable credit.

CHE 720. Research in Inorganic Chemistry
One semester. Variable credit.

CHE 730. Research in Organic Chemistry
One semester. Variable credit.

CHE 731. Research in Physical Biochemistry
One semester. Variable credit.

CHE 740. Research in Physical Chemistry
One semester. Variable credit.

CHE 750. Research in Biochemistry
One semester. Variable credit.

CHE 760. Research in Industrial Chemistry
One semester. Variable credit.

CHE 770. Research in Polymer Chemistry
One semester. Variable credit.

CHE 790. External Research
One semester. Variable credit.

CHE 901. Dissertation Consultation
One semester. 1 credit.

CHE 905. Dissertation Research
Variable credit.