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Upper Division Chemistry Courses

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)
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. • Prerequisite: CHEM 231 (Organic Chemistry II), minimum grade of C.

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)
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. • Prerequisites: CHEM 231 with minimum grade of C, or CHEM 236 with minimum grade of C, and BIOL 105 with minimum grade of C- and BIOL 106 with minimum grade of C- or permission of instructor.

CHEM  351 - Biochemistry II (4)
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. • Prerequisite: CHEM 350 with minimum grade of C.

CHEM  352 - Experimental Biochemistry (4)
• Prerequisite: CHEM - 350 with 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)

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

CHEM  386 - Special Topics in Chemistry (2 - 4)
Topics not covered by other Chemistry curriculum offerings. Pre-requisites: CHEM 113 and varies by topic.

CHEM  397 - Research Methods and Practice (1)
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 - 4)
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)
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. • Prerequisite: CHEM 340 with minimum grade of C.

CHEM  420 - 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.