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Choosing Advanced Electives

Chemistry students have a variety of advanced electives that they can take. Below is a quarterly list of lecture and lab electives organized by chemistry division.


AU
Offered Autumn Quarter
WI
Offered Winter Quarter
SP
Offered Spring Quarter
LAB
Course includes laboratory component
 
 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
AU
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CHEM 416
Transition Metals 3 cr.
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WI
CHEM 417
Organometallic Chemistry 3 cr.
WI
CHEM 418
Nuclear Chemistry 3 cr.
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 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
AU
CHEM 425
Meso & Microfluidics in Chemical Analysis 3 cr.
WI
CHEM 426
Instrumental Analysis   LAB   3 cr.
   
SP
CHEM 428
Bioinstrumental Analysis    LAB   3 cr.
AU
CHEM 429
Chemical Separation Techniques 3 cr.
 
 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
AU
CHEM 430
Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
WI
CHEM 431
Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
SP
CHEM 432
Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
AU
CHEM 434
Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
WI
CHEM 436
Chemical Biology 3 cr.
AU
CHEM 460
Spectroscopic Molecular Identification 3 cr.
AU
CHEM 462
Techniques of Synthetic Organic Chemistry    LAB   2-3 cr.
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WI
CHEM 463
Spectroscopic Techniques for Structural Ident.    LAB   3 cr.
 
 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
AU
CHEM 458
Air Pollution Chemistry 4 cr.
AU
CHEM 464
Computers in Data Acquisition & Analysis    LAB   3 cr.
WI
CHEM 465
Computational Chemistry 3 cr.
AU
CHEM 466
Energy Materials, Devices, & Systems    LAB   3 cr.
AU
CHEM 484
Electronic & Optoelectronic Polymers 3 cr.
WI
CHEM 485
Electronic Structure & Application of Materials 3 cr.
SP
CHEM 486
Electronic Dynamics in Organic & Inorganic Materials 3 cr.
 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
AUTUMN
CHEM 416 Transition Metals 3 cr.
 

This course will introduce students to transition metal chemistry with an emphasis on the structure, bonding, spectroscopy, and reactivity. Transition metals are noteworthy for forming highly colored complexes. Group Theory and Molecular Orbital Theory will be utilized to understand the chemistry of the transition metals.


• Recommended for students who enjoyed Inorganic Chemistry 312 and who are interested to learn more about colorful transition metal chemistry. Prerequisite: either CHEM 165 or CHEM 312; either CHEM 453, CHEM 455, or CHEM 475, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: A.

WINTER
CHEM 417
Organometallic Chemistry 3 cr.
 

This course educates students about the organometallic chemistry of the transition elements. The course includes understanding the bonding, structure, and reactivity of organotransition metal compounds and the use of these complexes in homogenous catalysis. Organotransition metal complexes are widely used in both academic and industrial labs as catalysts for many chemical transformations. They are also used in electronics and in energy production. The course will include industrial applications and the use of metal catalysts in the production of chemicals. Students will also perform a literature review on the latest research in organometallic chemistry.


Recommended for students interested in studying the structure, synthesis, reactivity, and catalytic properties of organometallic complexes and exploring the latest research in organometallic chemistry. Prerequisite: either CHEM 224, CHEM 239, CHEM 337, or B CHEM 239; and CHEM 312. Offered: W.

WINTER
CHEM 418
Nuclear Chemistry 3 cr.
 

This is an online course in nuclear chemistry. Lectures are posted with audio and available as pptx or mp4 files. Radiochemistry is introduced through the physics of radioactive decay and the chemistry of radioisotopes. Nuclear properties, nuclear forces and nuclear structure are described. Relationships between nuclear and electronic structure are explored. Details on alpha decay, beta decay, gamma decay and fission are discussed. The interaction of radiation with matter is presented. The chemistry of the radioelements is provided, focusing on technetium and the actinides. The use of radiochemistry in research is explored with attention given to chemical analyses in the physical and biological sciences.


Recommended for students interested in the study of natural radioactivity, radioactive decay processes, and applications of radioactivity. Prerequisite: either CHEM 453, CHEM 455, or CHEM 475.

 
 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
AUTUMN
CHEM 425
Meso & Microfluidics in Chemical Analysis 3 cr.
 

This course will cover the fundamentals of meso and microfluidics. Students will learn about topics such as laminar flow, surface tension, viscosity, diffusion, partitioning, and wetting. Droplet-based microfluidics, high throughput assays, cell-based assays, and ‘organ on a chip’ models will be discussed, among other techniques. Students will explore analytical methods using microfluidics for separation and detection-based assays. Students will be expected to delve into current literature in these topics, and course evaluation will primarily be based on group design projects and a relevant term paper.


Recommended for students with a strong interest in learning about the latest technologies in fluidics. Prerequisite: Chem 321. Offered: Sp.

WINTER
CHEM 426
Instrumental Analysis   LAB   3 cr.
 

This course will introduce students to modern instrumental methods of chemical analysis. Students will learn the principles of operation of the major classes of chemical instrumentation, and in a practical laboratory setting will use instrumentation to analyze samples. This course will teach students to evaluate the performance of an instrument in figures of merit such as limit of detection, linear dynamic range, and resolution. Classes of instrumentation covered include spectroscopy, chromatography, flow injection analysis, and electroanalytical chemistry.


Recommended for students looking to broaden their theoretical and practical knowledge in chemical instrumentation. Prerequisite: CHEM 321. Offered: W.

SPRING
CHEM 428
Bioinstrumental Analysis    LAB   3 cr.
 

This laboratory course introduces students to modern instrumental methods of chemical analysis, with a specific focus on biomolecules. Students will learn to operate the major classes of chemical instruments to analyze samples. Biweekly lectures will cover topics ranging from chromatography and mass spectrometry to protein bioinformatics and nucleic acid sequencing. In the laboratory, students will utilize several modern-day techniques, including agarose gel electrophoresis, PCR, Sanger sequencing, ELISA, SDS-PAGE, and LC/MS-MS.


Recommended for students who wish to increase their theoretical and practical knowledge in biomolecule analysis using instrumentation. Prerequisite: BIOC 405 or BIOC 440 or CHEM 321. Offered: Sp.

AUTUMN
CHEM 429
Chemical Separation Techniques 3 cr.
 

This course provides students with an introduction to modern chemical separation techniques. Lectures will focus on current issues in the field of chemical separations. Students will learn the theory behind separation instrumentation and will delve into methods of data analysis. Topics covered will include gas chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, electrophoresis, and field flow fractionation, among others.


Recommended for students with an interest in cutting edge separation technology. Prerequisite: either CHEM 224, CHEM 239, CHEM 337, or B CHEM 239 and either CHEM 241, CHEM 321, CHEM 346, or B CHEM 241. Offered: A.

 
 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
AUTUMN
CHEM 430
Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
 

The main goal of this course is to provide an advanced study of organic chemistry reactions with an emphasis on the reaction mechanisms and their applications in organic synthesis. Topics covered include a description of the electronic and three-dimensional structure of organic molecules, as well as the mechanisms of major classes of organic reactions (additions, substitutions, pericyclic reactions, enolate chemistry and organocatalysis). Descriptions of major physical organic chemistry techniques will be introduced and utilized to determine the mechanisms of organic reactions.


Recommended for students interested in extending their knowledge of synthetic Organic chemistry. Prerequisite: either CHEM 239, CHEM 337, or B CHEM 239. Offered: A.

WINTER
CHEM 431
Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
 

This course will introduce students to the classic and contemporary reactions that have shaped the current state-of-the-art in synthesis of complex molecules. Students will learn to create multi-step synthetic strategies for complex molecules with an emphasis on the control of stereochemistry. Students will also review current literature at the forefront of organic chemistry research and design experiments aimed at elucidating mechanistic details of sophisticated reactions.


Recommended for students interested in extending their knowledge of synthetic Organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 430. Offered: W.

SPRING
CHEM 432
Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
 

This course introduces students to the application of chemical methods to the study of biological processes that occur in cells. Students will learn about protein post-translational modifications, chemical protein modifications, peptide synthesis, peptide ligation, protein ligand interactions, and chemical genetics. Students will have homework related to journal club readings and each student will present a research proposal on a topic relevant to the course.


Recommended for students interested in exploring the latest research in Biological Chemistry.

Prerequisite: CHEM 239, CHEM 337, or B CHEM 239; CHEM 242 or CHEM 347. Offered: Sp.

AUTUMN
CHEM 434
Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
 

This course focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of polymer synthesis including classic methods and mechanisms for macromolecular synthesis and contemporary breakthroughs in the field. Polymer science is a widely utilized and diverse field at the interface of chemistry and engineering. This course will teach students how to control structure in macromolecules and relate structure to properties.


Recommended for advanced undergraduates in Chemistry as well as students in Material Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Bioengineering. Prerequisite: CHEM 239, CHEM 337, or B CHEM 239. Offered: A.

WINTER
CHEM 436
Chemical Biology 3 cr.
 

This course aims to give students knowledge of protein structure and activity, mechanistic enzymology, DNA synthesis, and additional topics in chemical biology that have come to the forefront in recent years. The curriculum includes protein 3D structure; forces that hold proteins together; mechanistic enzymology; protein ligand binding; protein analysis; activity based protein profiling; DNA synthesis; and recombinant protein expression.


Recommended for students interested in Biological Chemistry that would like an in-depth study of protein structure, protein activity, mechanistic enzymology, DNA synthesis, and applications in Chemical Biology that produce recombinant proteins. Prerequisite: either CHEM 224, CHEM 239, CHEM 337, or B CHEM 239; recommended: either BIOC 405 or BIOC 440.

AUTUMN
CHEM 460
Spectroscopic Molecular Identification 3 cr.
 

This course covers the theory of spectral techniques including infrared and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, NMR, and mass spectrometry with an emphasis on the spectral interpretation skills needed for the elucidation of structure, conformation, and dynamics in organic and biological chemistry.


Recommended for students interested in learning how spectroscopy can be utilized to determine the structure and conformation of organic molecules. Prerequisite: either CHEM 224, CHEM 239, CHEM 337, or B CHEM 239. Offered: A.

AUTUMN
CHEM 462
Techniques of Synthetic Organic Chemistry    LAB   2-3 cr.
 

This course will teach students the advanced laboratory techniques of synthetic organic chemistry. Students will utilize vacuum distillation, multistep synthesis, air sensitive reagents, photochemistry, chromatography, and separation techniques.


Recommended for students interested in learning advanced techniques in multi-step organic synthesis. Prerequisite: either CHEM 242, CHEM 347, or B CHEM 242; CHEM 460 which may be taken concurrently. Offered: A.

WINTER
CHEM 463
Spectroscopic Techniques for Structural Ident.    LAB   3 cr.
 

In this course students will utilize spectroscopic techniques to elucidate the structure of organic compounds. Students will utilize UV, IR, NMR, and mass spectroscopy to determine the identity of materials that have been assigned to them.


Recommended for students wishing to utilize the spectroscopy theory learned in CHEM 460 in a laboratory setting and utilize this information to identify the structure of samples assigned to them. Prerequisite: CHEM 460. Offered: W.

 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
AUTUMN
CHEM 458
Air Pollution Chemistry 4 cr.
 

This course will examine the global atmosphere as a chemical system. Emphasis will be on physical factors and chemical processes that give rise to elevated surface ozone, particulate matter, and air toxics. Students will develop skills using numerical models of these phenomena for hypothesis testing and mechanism development.


Recommended for students with an interest in learning about the chemistry of the atmosphere, methods of analysis of air quality, and international regulatory control strategies and challenges. Offered: jointly with ATM S 458. A.

AUTUMN
CHEM 464
Computers in Data Acquisition & Analysis    LAB   3 cr.
 

This course provides students with the tools they need to use computers to control their experiments and to acquire and analyze data. Weekly lectures will cover relevant topics for that week’s laboratory assignment. Students will be taught to use the LabVIEW programming software in order to successfully carry out computer-controlled experiments in the laboratory. They will be able to integrate individual skills and techniques into a complete system for experimental control, data acquisition and analysis.


Recommended to students who wish to gain programming experience in the chemistry laboratory. Prerequisite: either CHEM 453, CHEM 455, or CHEM 475. MATH 136, or both MATH 307 and MATH 308. Offered: A.

WINTER
CHEM 465
Computational Chemistry 3 cr.
 

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of computational chemistry. The course will combine molecular electronic structure theory (Hartree-Fock, density functional theory, and correlation methods) with practical computer simulations. Students will learn the basics of programming/coding in order to apply and implement concepts through writing scripts using Matlab. No prior coding experience is required.


Recommended for students with an interest in computational chemistry and those who would like to learn how to use Matlab to enhance their research. Prerequisite: either CHEM 455 or CHEM 475. Offered: W.

AUTUMN
CHEM 466
Energy Materials, Devices, & Systems    LAB   3 cr.
 

This laboratory course provides project-based training for students interested in synthesis and characterization of new energy materials. Students will gain experience with energy material generation and storage. Instruments at the Clean Energy Research Training Testbed will be used to integrate renewables into energy systems. Students will explore nanoparticle synthesis, solar cells, impedance analysis, characterization with a solar simulator, coin cell battery assembly and testing, photochemistry, semiconductors with 2D materials, and grid simulation.


Recommended for students interested in cutting edge technology in the field of energy materials. Prerequisite: CHEM 455 or CHEM 475, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: jointly with CHEM E 440/MSE 466. A.

AUTUMN
CHEM 484
Electronic & Optoelectronic Polymers 3 cr.
 

This course will cover the chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering applications of semiconducting and metallic conjugated polymers. Lectures will examine the structural origins of the diverse electronic and optoelectronic properties of conjugated polymers. Students will learn about real life applications of electronically conducting polymers, including light-emitting diodes, lasers, solar cells, thin film transistors, memory devices, electrochromic devices, biosensors, and batteries.


Recommended for students interested in exploring conductivity in polymers with real-world applications. Prerequisite: either CHEM 453 or CHEM 455. Offered: jointly with MSE 484. ASp.

WINTER
CHEM 485
Electronic Structure & Application of Materials 3 cr.
 

This course introduces students to basic electronic structure theory from a chemical perspective. Lectures will delve into band theory and the electronic structure of inorganic solids. Students will learn about modern trends in research in inorganic materials in the bulk and on the nanometer scales. The second half of the course consists of a survey-style discussion, in which students will explore topics such as LEDs, solar cells, and transistors from the point of view of the materials we use to make them. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for relevant inorganic materials and their applications.


Recommended for students who wish to explore band theory and electronic structure, and who have an interest in current electronic structure research. Prerequisite: CHEM 455. Offered: W.

SPRING
CHEM 486
Electronic Dynamics in Organic & Inorganic Materials 3 cr.
 

This course will introduce students to chemical principles governing charge dynamics in materials relevant for energy conversion and storage devices such as thin-film photovoltaics and next-generation batteries. Lecture material will cover energy and charge transfer, exciton formation and migration, photophysical dynamics in optoelectronics, and kinetic processes in electrochemical energy conversion. Students will learn to relate properties of oscillators to properties of electronic excitations in solutions and solids, calculate electron transfer rates and theoretical energy conversion efficiencies, etc.


Recommended for students who are interested in increasing their knowledge of and quantitative skills in energy transfer. Prerequisite: CHEM 455. Offered: Sp.

 

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