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Effective Fall 2015, Vanderbilt University has introduced a new course catalog numbering scheme. For assistance with the translation between old (3-digit) and new (4-digit) numbers, please consult the Course Renumbering Lookup Tool.

CHEM 5010.  Inorganic Chemistry. A survey of modern inorganic chemistry including coordination compounds and the compounds of the main group elements. Representative reactions and current theories are treated.  Prerequisite or corequisite: 3300 or 5310. [3]

CHEM 5020. Introduction to Bioinorganic Chemistry. Functions of inorganic elements in living cells. The manner in which coordination can modify the properties of metallic ions in living systems. Prerequisite:  2212 or 2222. [3]

CHEM 5030.  Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry. Application of spectroscopic methods to inorganic chemistry. Discussion of symmetry and group theory as required for the use of spectroscopic methods is also included. [3]

CHEM 5040. Nanoparticles. Bottom-up synthetic schemes for nanoparticle construction; characterization techniques; consequences of quantum confinement, and surface area enhancement; design for specific applications. No credit for students who earned credit for 304 section 1 in fall 2011 or spring 2013. Prerequisite or corequisite:  5010. [3]

CHEM 5050. Introduction to Organometallic Chemistry. A general description of the preparation, reaction chemistry, molecular structure, bonding, and spectroscopic identification of organometallic compounds of the transition metals. Prerequisite:  5010. [3]

CHEM 5120.  Instrumental Analytical Chemistry. Chemical and physical principles of modern analytical chemistry instrumentation. Prerequisite: 210 and either 2212 or 2222. [3]

CHEM 5130.  Advanced Analytical Chemistry II. Signal processing, separation science, and electrochemical methods. [3]

CHEM 5140.  Analytical Mass Spectrometry. Analytical spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, design and analysis of experiments. [3]

CHEM 5150.  Electrochemistry:  Theory and Analysis. [3]

CHEM 5160. Separation Methods: A Practical Approach. Theories of separation science; distillation, capillary electrophoresis, membrane separation, and supercritical fluid extraction; emphasis on chromatography. [3]

CHEM 5170.  Optical Methods. [3]

CHEM 5209. Organic Chemistry Structure and Mechanism. The first half of 5210. Theory, models, and description of chemical bonding. Stereochemistry, and conformational analysis. Reaction thermodynamics, kinetics, and mechanism. No credit for students who have earned credit for 4210 or 5210. Prerequisite: One year of organic chemistry. [2]

CHEM 5210.  Organic Structure, Mechanism, and Reactions. Theory, models, and description of chemical bonding. Stereochemistry, and conformational analysis. Reaction thermodynamics, kinetics, and mechanism.  Synthetic transformations employed in small molecule synthesis. No credit for students who have earned credit for 4210. Students who have earned credit for 5209 will earn two hours of credit for this course. Prerequisite:  One year of organic chemistry. [4]

CHEM 5220.  Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds. Theoretical and practical aspects of spectroscopic methods, with an emphasis on NMR spectroscopy, for structural characterization of organic compounds. Prerequisite:  2212 or 2222. [3]

CHEM 5230.  Physical Organic Chemistry. Structure and bonding in organic molecules. Reactive intermediates and organic reaction mechanisms.  Prerequisite: 4210 or 5210. [3]

CHEM 5240.  Advanced Organic Reactions. A comprehensive study of organic reactions and their application to the preparation of small  molecules.  Prerequisite: 4210. Three lectures per week. [3]

 CHEM 5310. Biophysical Chemistry: Thermodynamics in Chemical and Biological Systems. Chemical thermodynamics and equilibrium.Their statistical foundation and applications to chemical and biological phenomena in biomedical research. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 1501, 1601, or 1901. Prerequisite: MATH 1201 or 1301. [3]

 CHEM 5320.  Quantum Chemistry. Limits of classical mechanics at the atomic and molecular level; postulates of quantum mechanics applied to problems in one, two, and three dimensions; perturbation and other methods. Prerequisite: 3300 or equivalent. [3]

 CHEM 5330. Spectroscopy. Experimental and theoretical aspects of spectroscopy. Energy levels, selection rules, and spectral transitions related to atomic and molecular structure. Design of contemporary magnetic resonance and optical spectroscopy measurements. Prerequisite: 3310. [3]

 CHEM 5340. Applications of Group Theory. Molecular symmetry, point groups, and character tables. Application to molecular orbitals, vibrational spectra, organic and inorganic systems. [3]

 CHEM 5360.  Advanced Quantum Chemistry. Advanced topics in the application of quantum mechanics to chemical bonding and spectroscopy.  Prerequisite:  5320. [3]

 CHEM 5410.  Molecular Modeling Methods. Computer simulation studies of molecules with emphasis on applications to biological molecules and complexes. Background theory, implementation details, capabilities and practical limitations. Prerequisite: 3300 and 3310. Includes one three-hour laboratory per week. Serves as repeat credit for students who completed 233 prior to fall 2010. [4]

 CHEM 5420.  Computational Structural Biochemistry. Theoretical and practical aspects of protein sequence alignments, secondary structure prediction, comparative modeling, protein-protein and protein-ligand docking.  Structure-based drug design, virtual screening, quantitative structure activity relations, cheminformatics, and pharmacophore mapping in therapeutic development. Prerequisite: 3310. Serves as repeat credit for students who completed 238 prior to fall 2010. [4]

 CHEM 5600.  Chemical Literature. Assigned readings and problems in the nature and use of the chemical literature. Prerequisite:  2212 or 2222. [1]

 CHEM 5610. Chemistry of Inorganic Materials. Chemical synthesis, processing, characterization, and applications of inorganic materials. Molecular precursor routes to inorganic solids. Structure and bonding properties of materials at the atomic, molecular, or extended molecular level and their relationship to desired properties. Carbon-based materials (graphene, fullerenes, diamond), ceramics and zeolites, semiconductors, electronic, magnetic, and optical materials, and nanomaterials. Prerequisite: General chemistry. Serves as repeat credit for students who completed 350 in fall 2011, fall 2009, or fall 2007. [3]

 CHEM 5620. Chemistry of Biological Materials. The synthesis, directed self-assembly, and hierarchical organization of naturally occurring materials. Engineering of new bioinspired artificial materials for diverse applications.  Materials and devices from DNA, genetic reprogramming of the design of   new materials. Peptide-, protein-, and carbohydrate-based materials.  Biomineralization, biomimetic systems, and complexity in self-assembly. [3]

 CHEM 5630. Macromolecular Chemistry: Polymers, Dendrimers, and Surface Modifications. Synthesis and characterization of macromolecularmaterials including linear, branched, dendrimetric, and star polymers.Mechanical and physiochemical properties of polymeric types. Kinetics ofliving polymerization. Applications to nanostructures, templates, and advanceddevices. Prerequisite: 1602. [3]

 CHEM 5710.  Bioorganic Chemistry. Essential metabolites including vitamins, steroids, peptides, and nucleotides. Consideration of phosphate esters and the synthesis of oligodeoxynucleotides. Three lectures per week.  Prerequisite:  2212 or 2222. [3]

 CHEM 5720. Drug Design and Development. Concepts of drug design; physical chemistry of drug interactions with receptors, enzymes, and DNA; drug absorption and distribution. Organic chemistry of drug metabolism; mechanism of action for selected therapeutic classes. Prerequisite: 3710 or BSCI 2520FOR. [3]

 CHEM 6050.  Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry. [3]

 CHEM 6150.  Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry. [3]

 CHEM 6250.  Special Topics in Organic Chemistry. [3]

 CHEM 6340.  Special Topics in Chemical Physics. [3]

 CHEM 6900.  Professional Development. [1]

CHEM 6901. Introduction to Research. Introduction to chemical research under the guidance of individual faculty members. Students participate in three rotations among faculty research groups and provide graded work.  For chemistry graduate students only. [1-2]

CHEM 6902. Practicum in Chemistry Instruction. Preparation for and the teaching of chemistry to undergraduate students.  No credit for chemistry graduate students. [0]

CHEM 6903.  Advanced Reading in Chemistry. Specialized topics under the guidance of a departmental faculty member. Open to qualified graduate students only. [3]                                                                                                                                                                                                          

CHEM  7999.  Master’s Thesis Research. [0-12]

CHEM 8999.  Non-candidate Research.  Research prior to entry into candidacy (completion of Qualifying Examination) and for special non-degree students. [Variable credit: 0-12]

 CHEM 9999.  Ph.D. Dissertation Research. [0-12]