Course Prerequisites

CHEM - 001. Foundations of Chemistry (4)
Designed for students intending to take CHEM - 111 and  CHEM - 113, with intensive study of problem solving. Offered every fall.

CHEM - 100. Getting a Grip on Science: From Mass and Motion to Molecules (4)

This multidisciplinary introductory course for non-science majors fulfills AREA B2 of the CORE. It explores several key topics including the solar system, energy and its forms, and the composition and behavior of atoms. Science is presented as a human endeavor through which we come to understand the natural world of which we are a part. Three lectures per week plus one two-hour lab session. Offered intermittently.

CHEM - 105/105L. Evolution & Human Origins (Core B2 Science, 4)
How can we understand ourselves? In this interdisciplinary course we will examine the evidence that all life forms on earth, including human beings, have evolved from a common ancestor by means of natural selection. We will draw on ideas from biology, geology, paleontology, philosophy and history in order to gain an evolutionary perspective on what it means to be human. This lecture/lab course fulfills the Core B2 Science requirement for non-science majors. Field trips during class time will include SF Zoo, SF Botanical Garden & Cal Academy of Sciences.

CHEM - 106106L. Chemistry in the Community (Core B2 Science, 4)
Corequisite: CHEM 106L Laboratory. This is an introductory chemistry course for non-science majors with a focus on green chemistry.  The course is designed to teach students the principles of green chemistry and the importance of sustainability.  We will consider issues that reflect today’s headlines such as ozone depletion, global warming, new energy sources, nutrition, genetic engineering and other topics that are connected to chemistry.  The course will prepare students to respond in a thoughtful manner to these socially important issues and help them to become well-informed citizens.  This lecture/lab course fulfills the CORE B2 Science requirement for non-science majors. Spring semester.

CHEM - 110/110L. Molecular Gastronomy: The Science of the Food We Eat (SII Students Only, 4)
The lecture/lab course Molecular Gastronomy fulfills the Core B2 Science requirement for non-science majors. This course will focus on the science of food and drink, including pasta, coffee and ice cream. What happens on the molecular level when eggs are whipped? And why does popcorn pop? Such questions will form the basis for the science you will learn in lecture and underlie our approach to the laboratory component of the course where we will cook, scientifically examine (and eat) food.

CHEM 111 – General Chemistry I (3)
Prerequisites: Chemistry Diagnostic Test or CHEM 001 Minimum Grade of C and Chemistry Diagnostic Test. The first in a two-semester course sequence, this course introduces the fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, periodicity of the elements, stoichiometry, properties of gases and of solutions. All students desiring Chem 111 must review tutorials and take the USF Chemistry Diagnostic Test on the USF Placement Test page. Based on your score you will be able to register for Chem 111/112L or Chem 001. Offered every semester and summer.

CHEM 112 – Laboratory (1)
Co/Prerequisites: concurrent registration in CHEM 111, or prior completion of that course with a grade of C or higher. A laboratory course designed to accompany General Chemistry I. Emphasis is placed on experiments that illustrate the fundamental principles and laws of chemical behavior and engage students in cooperative data acquisition and analysis.  Topics include accuracy/precision, qualitative analysis, titrations, atomic spectroscopy, properties of gases and of solutions.  Assessment based on laboratory technique, pre-lab assignments, written laboratory reports, accuracy of analyses, and a final exam. One four-hour lab per week. Offered every semester and summer.

CHEM 113 – General Chemistry II (3)
Prerequisites: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 Laboratory with a grade of C or higher; concurrent registration in CHEM 114 Laboratory. The second in a two-semester course sequence, this course covers the principles of modern chemistry with an emphasis on quantitative problem solving. Topics include energy, equilibrium, kinetics, acids, bases and buffers, thermochemistry, redox chemistry and coordination compounds. Offered every spring and summer.

CHEM 114 – Laboratory (1)
Co/Prerequisites: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 Laboratory with a grade of C or higher; concurrent registration in CHEM 113, or prior completion of that course with a grade of C or higher. A laboratory course designed to accompany General Chemistry II.  Topics include techniques of data analysis, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids, bases and buffers, electrochemistry and coordination chemistry. Wherever appropriate, computer skills are introduced and applied to data collection and analysis. Assessment based on laboratory technique, pre-lab assignments, written laboratory reports, accuracy of analyses, and a laboratory practical exam. One four-hour lab per week. Offered every spring and summer.

CHEM  191 - Wkshp in Gen Chem 111 (PLTL) (1)
Workshops are based on Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) which is a model of collaborative learning that supplements large lecture courses (www.pltl.org). In PLTL, 6-8 students work together to solve challenging problems in an active study group facilitated by a Peer Leader. The course instructor designs the problems based on the topics covered in Chem 111 and supervises/trains the Peer Leaders. Optional for Chem 111 students. Concurrent registration in Chem 111 is required. One session per week. Pass/Fail.

CHEM  193 - Wkshp in Gen Chem 113 (PLTL) (1)
Workshops are based on Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) which is a model of collaborative learning that supplements large lecture courses (www.pltl.org). In PLTL, 6-8 students work together to solve challenging problems in an active study group facilitated by a Peer Leader. The course instructor designs the problems based on the topics covered in Chem 113 and supervises/trains the Peer Leaders. Optional for Chem 113 students. Concurrent registration in Chem 113 is required. One session per week. Pass/Fail.

CHEM - 230. Organic Chemistry I (3)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 113 with grade of C (2.0) or higher. First semester of a two-semester course. This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts necessary for understanding organic molecules. These include nomenclature, conformational analysis, stereochemistry, radical and nucleophilic reactions, and spectroscopy. Offered every fall and summer.

CHEM - 231. Organic Chemistry II (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 230 with grade of C (2.0) or higher. Second semester of a two-semester course. Surveys the chemistry of functionalized organic compounds emphasizing mechanisms and multi-step syntheses. Offered every spring and summer.

CHEM - 232. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)

Pre- or corequisites: CHEM - 230 or CHEM - 236. Experimental course that highlights the concepts learned in lecture. Students will learn and employ techniques for the preparation, isolation, purification and characterization of organic molecules. Offered every fall.

CHEM - 233. Organic Chemistry Lab II for Majors (2)

Prerequisites: CHEM - 230 with minimum grade of C, and CHEM - 232 with minimum grade of C. Experimental course emphasizing advanced laboratory techniques and concepts in organic chemistry. These include the handling of air-sensitive reagents, spectroscopic analysis of compounds, and the use of computational methods to complement experimental results. In addition, students will learn literature searching techniques and ACS-style writing. Not available to Biochemistry Concentration Majors. Offered every spring.

CHEM - 234. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)

Prerequisites: CHEM - 230 with minimum grade of C, and CHEM - 232 with minimum grade of C. Not open to chemistry majors. A continuation of the first semester lab course. Students will gain more experience in multistep synthesis and analysis of products. Offered every spring.

CHEM - 236. Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 113 with minimum grade of C-. A survey of the fundamentals of organic chemistry. May be taken prior to, or along with, CHEM 232. This course may not be substituted for CHEM 230. Offered every spring.

CHEM - 260/260L. Analytical Chemistry (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 113 with grade of C (2.0) or higher. An introduction to the principles and practices of analytical chemistry with an emphasis on quantitative methods. Classical methods such as titrimetric and volumetric analyses as well as basic instrumental methods involving spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and chromatography will be performed. There will be an emphasis on developing skills in professional report writing in the ACS style and project type work. Two laboratory meetings and two lectures weekly. Offered every Spring.

CHEM  290 - Wkshp in Org Chem 230 (PLTL) (1)
Workshops are based on Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) which is a model of collaborative learning that supplements large lecture courses (www.pltl.org). In PLTL, 8-10 students work together to solve challenging problems in an active study group facilitated by an undergraduate Peer Leader. The course instructor designs the problems based on Chem 230 topics and trains the USF Student Peer Leaders. Optional for Chem 230 students. Concurrent registration in Chem 230 is required. One session per week. Pass/Fail.

CHEM  291 - Wkshp in Org Chem 231 (PLTL) (1)
Workshops are based on Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) which is a model of collaborative learning that supplements large lecture courses (www.pltl.org). In PLTL, 8-10 students work together to solve challenging problems in an active study group facilitated by an undergraduate Peer Leader. The course instructor designs the problems based on Chem 231 topics and trains the USF Student Peer Leaders. Optional for Chem 231 students. Concurrent registration in Chem 231 is required. One session per week. Pass/Fail.

CHEM - 311. Environmental Chemistry (4)

Prerequisites: CHEM - 113 with a grade of C- or higher, and one of the following: ENVS - 212, CHEM - 230 or CHEM - 236. This course provides in-depth coverage of major topics in the chemistry of the environment, including tropospheric air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, aquatic chemistry, water pollution and water treatment, soil chemistry, and toxic organic compounds. Offered intermittently. Cross Listed With: ENVS – 311

CHEM 332 - Medicinal Chemistry (4)
Prerequisite: CHEM - 231 (Organic Chemistry II), minimum grade of C. An overview of the principles underlying the discovery, design, and development of modern medicines. Topics include: target identification; pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; lead identification and optimization; and considerations for application to the clinic. Fulfills the elective option for the Major in Chemistry and the elective requirement for the Minor in Chemistry.

CHEM - 340. Physical Chemistry I (4)

Prerequisites: CHEM - 113, PHYS - 210 and MATH - 110 with minimum grade of C. First semester of a two-semester sequence. The main topics are: thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and kinetics. Offered every fall.

CHEM - 341. Physical Chemistry II (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 340 with minimum grade of C. Second semester of a two-semester sequence. The main topics are: quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, and statistical thermodynamics. Offered every spring.

CHEM - 350. Biochemistry I (4)

Prerequisites: CHEM - 231 with minimum grade of C or CHEM - 236 with minimum grade of C, BIOL - 105 with minimum grade of C- and BIOL - 106 with minimum grade of C- or permission of instructor. First semester of a two-semester course. Surveys the physical and chemical properties of biomolecules and how these properties lead to observed biological functions. Offered every fall.

CHEM - 351. Biochemistry II (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 350 with minimum grade of C. Second semester of a two-semester course. Surveys the major metabolic pathways and the control of metabolism at the nucleic acid and protein levels. Offered every spring.

CHEM - 352. Experimental Biochemistry (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 350 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: CHEM - 351. Techniques commonly used in biochemical research, with emphasis upon protein and enzyme isolation and characterization. Instructor approval required. Priority given to Chemistry Majors with a Concentration in Biochemistry. Offered every other year.

CHEM - 356. Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)

Prerequisites: CHEM - 231 with minimum grade of C, or CHEM - 236 with minimum grade of C. A survey of biochemical concepts emphasizing the nature of cell components, their interaction in metabolism and the regulation of metabolism. Offered every fall.

CHEM - 386. Special Topic for Spring 2014: Materials Chemistry (2)

Prerequisite: CHEM 113 and PHYS 210, minimum grade of C. This is a special topics chemistry course focused on materials. It is designed to give a suitable breath and depth of inorganic, organic, and nano-based materials. It will cover  solid state chemistry, metals, semiconductors, polymeric materials, and nanomaterials. Some characterization techniques will be introduced as well(This course is an elective option for the Major in Chemistry and the elective requirement for the Minor in Chemistry.)

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CHEM - 386. Special Topic for Fall 2013: History of Drug Discovery (4)
Prerequisite: CHEM 231, minimum grade of C. The history of drug discovery is fascinating and full of human interests. History is replete with examples of breakthrough medicines that have saved millions of lives. Ether as an anesthetic by Morton, penicillin as an antibiotic by Fleming, and insulin for diabetes by Banting are just a few examples. The discoverers of these medicines are certainly benefactors to mankind—for instance, without penicillin, 75% of us probably would not be alive now because some of our parents or grandparents would have succumbed to infections.

This course is divided into three parts. (1) Lectures on the history of drug discovery of 12 therapeutic areas including anti-cancer, antiviral, cardiovascular drugs etc. (2) Lectures on real world drug discovery by experts from Biotech Companies in the Bay Area. (3) Students will write a book chapter for the book “Drug Discovery Today” in lieu of a final exam. (This course fulfills the elective option for the Major in Chemistry and the elective requirement for the Minor in Chemistry.)

CHEM - 386. Special Topic for Spring 2013: Molecular Gastronomy: The Science of the Food we Eat  (4)
Prerequisite: CHEM 231, minimum grade of C. This course will focus on the physical and chemical properties of actual food and drink, including pickles, tea and ice cream, and the transformative nature of cooking.  What happens on the molecular level when eggs are whipped?  Why does popcorn pop? And why is some cheese so stinky? Such questions will form the basis of the science we will cover in the lectures, in-class exercises and demonstrations.  Parallel with the scientific content of the course we will read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivores Dilemma as a means for analyzing and debating American food culture. Students will have the opportunity to autonomously investigate selected topics in detail through independent projects. (This course fulfills the elective option for the Major in Chemistry and the elective requirement for the Minor in Chemistry.) 

Medicinal Chemistry (4)
Prerequisite: CHEM 231, minimum grade of C. This course will present an overview of the principles underlying the discovery, design, and development of modern medicines. Topics will include: target identification; pharmacodynamics & pharmacokinetics; lead identification & optimization; and considerations for application to the clinic. Students will have the opportunity to autonomously investigate selected topics in detail through independent projects. (This course fulfills the elective option for the Major in Chemistry and the elective requirement for the Minor in Chemistry.)

Chemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (4)
Prerequisite: CHEM-230 with a minimum grade of C. The objective of the course is to give students an overview of the principles underlying chemical methods for the conversion and storage of solar energy. Topics include: The Carbon Cycle, alternative energy solutions, light harvesting and photoredox processes including photobiomimetic systems, artificial systems for water splitting and oxygen evolution, approaches to photochemical CO2 reduction, dye–sensitized solar cells, synthesis and applications of metal oxides as photocatalysts, and commercial exploitation opportunities. (This course fulfills the Minor in Chemistry elective requirement.) 

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CHEM - 397. Research Methods and Practice (1)(4 semesters, 1 unit each maximum)
The primary purpose of the course will be a hands-on research experience as part of a faculty led research or scholarly project. Students must be accepted into a research group before adding the course, with priority given to majors who have completed Chem 231/260.  In fall all undergraduate researchers will meet periodically to evaluate the chemical literature, review safety and give an informal presentation. In addition, the faculty will assist students in writing a required research progress report from work completed in fall or the preceding summer. In spring, the course instructor will assist students in preparing a professional oral or graphical presentation of research for a campus, local and/or national meeting. A full written report is required for students in their final semester who are completing the optional ACS-certified degree. Offered every semester for 1 unit and can be repeated for a maximum of 4 units.

CHEM - 398. Directed Study (1-3)

Study of selected topic, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. The consent of the instructor is required.

CHEM - 410. Integrated Laboratory (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 340 with minimum grade of C. In this laboratory course students will perform experiments designed to deepen instrumentation skills and build upon the conceptual material being delivered in the second semester P-Chem lecture course (CHEM 341). The introduction of quantum mechanics will allow a deeper discussion of spectroscopy and reaction kinetics. The conceptual basis of NMR will be elaborated upon and NMR spectroscopy will form a major element of the course. Offered every other spring.

CHEM - 420/420L. Inorganic Chemistry (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM - 340 with minimum grade of C. Bonding, structure, and reactivity of the elements, inorganic, and organometallic compounds. In the laboratory students will perform experiments designed to: a) build upon foundational measurement taking and documenting skills learned in Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 260) as well as b) reinforce and extend the conceptual material being presented in the Physical Chemistry lecture course (CHEM 340), c) build upon previous lower division experience with Inorganic and Organic synthesis and characterization. Three lectures weekly and two laboratory periods. Offered every fall.

Updated March 14, 2014