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100a–100b. Introductory Chemistry Laboratory.
Laboratory to accompany 101a–101b. Corequisite: 101a–101b. One three-hour laboratory per week. [1-1]

101a. Introductory Chemistry.
General principles for non-science majors or those not planning on taking additional chemistry courses. The periodic table, chemical reactions, properties of solutions, and atmospheric chemistry with connections to global environmental issues. No prior chemistry experience required. Not a prerequisite for advanced courses in chemistry. [3]

101b. Introductory Chemistry.
General principles for non-science majors or those not planning on taking additional chemistry courses. Chemistry of water, basic nuclear chemistry, organic and biochemistry, with discussion of the chemistry of common medicines and nutritional chemistry. No prior chemistry experience required. Not a prerequisite for advanced courses in chemistry. [3]

102a–102b. General Chemistry.
General principles of chemistry for science and engineering students. Composition and structure of matter, chemical reactions, bonding, solution chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry, coordination compounds. Corequisite: 104a– 104b, 106a–106b and Mathematics 150a–150b or equivalent. Three lectures per week and a recitation period (106a–106b). [3–3]

104a–104b. General Chemistry Laboratory.
Laboratory to accompany 102a–102b. Corequisite: 102a–102b. One three-hour laboratory per week. [1-1]

106a–106b. General Chemistry Recitation.
The recitation portion of the Chemistry 102a–102b course. One one-hour period per week. All students registering for Chemistry 102a–102b must concurrently register for Chemistry 106a–106b. [0–0]

202. 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: 218a-218b or 220a–220b. [3]

203. 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: Either 218b or 220b and either 230 or 231. [3]

204. Inorganic Preparations.
Synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds or materials; one laboratory per week. Pre-or corequisite: 203. [1]

207. 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: 203 and either 218a-218b or 220a–220b. [3]

210. Introduction to Analytical Chemistry.
Fundamental quantitative analytical chemistry with emphasis on principles of analysis, separations, equilibria, stoichiometry and spectrophotometry. No credit for graduate students in chemistry. Must be accompanied by 212a. [3]

211. Instrumental Analytical Chemistry.
Chemical and physical principles of modern analytical chemistry instrumentation. Credit allowed for chemistry graduate students having deficiency. Prerequisite: 210 and either 218a-218b or 220a–220b. Must be accompanied by 212b for undergraduates. [3]

212a–212b. Analytical Chemistry Laboratory.
Laboratory to accompany Chemistry 210 (212a) and 211 (212b). No credit for graduate students in chemistry. Corequisite: 210–211. One four-hour laboratory per week. [1–1]

218a–218b. Organic Chemistry for Advanced Placement Students.
Fundamental types of organic compounds, their nomenclature, classification, preparations, reactions, and general application. Prerequisite: enrollment limited to first-year students with advanced placement chemistry scores of 5, or the approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Equivalent to 220a-220b. No credit for students who have completed 220a-220b. Corequisite: 219a-219b. [3-3]

219a–219b. Organic Chemistry Laboratory.
Laboratory to accompany 220a–220b. Corequisite: 220a–220b. One four-hour laboratory per week. [1–1] List.Laboratory to accompany 220a–220b. Corequisite: 220a– 220b. One four-hour laboratory per week. [1–1]

220a–220b. Organic Chemistry.
Fundamental types of organic compounds, their nomenclature, classification, preparations, reactions, and general application. Serves as repeat credit for 218a-218b. Prerequisite: 102a–102b, 104a–104b. No credit for graduate students in chemistry. Corequisite: 219a –219b. [3–3]

220c. Organic Chemistry Structure and Mechanism.
Advanced topics in organic chemistry. Stereochemistry and conformational analysis, mechanisms of organic reactions, linear free-energy relationships, reactive intermediates. Three lectures and one recitation hour per week. Prerequisite: both 230 and 231 and either 218b or 220b. [4]

222. Physical Organic Chemistry.
Structure and bonding in organic molecules. Reactive intermediates and organic reaction mechanisms. Prerequisite: 220c, 231. [3]

223. Advanced Organic Reactions.
A comprehensive study of organic reactions and their application to the preparation of small molecules. Prerequisite: 220c. Three lectures per week. [3]

224. Bioorganic Chemistry.
Essential metabolites including vitamins, steroids, peptides, and nucleotides. Consideration of phosphate esters and the synthesis of oligodeoxynucleotides. Prerequisite: 218a-218b or 220a–220b. Three lectures per week. [3]

225. 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: 218b or 220b. [3]

226. Chemical Principles of Drug Design and Development. (Formerly Medicinal Chemistry)
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: 224 or BSCI 220. [3]

227W. Forensic Analytical Chemistry.
Techniques, methodologies, data collection, and interpretation. Laboratory experience with drug analysis, toxicology, trace, and arson analysis. Two hours of lecture and one four-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 210 and 212a. [3]

230. Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics, Spectroscopy, and Kinetics.
Chemical kinetics and principles of quantum chemistry applied to molecular structure, bonding, and spectroscopy. MATH 175 is recommended. Prerequisite: Either MATH 150b or 155b and either PHYS 116a-116b or PHYS 121a-121b. No credit for graduate students in chemistry. [3]

231. Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics in Chemical and Biological Systems.
Chemical thermodynamics and equilibrium, their statistical foundation, and applications to chemical and biological phenomena in biomedical research. MATH 175 is recommended. Prerequisite: Either MATH 150b or 155b and either PHYS 116a–116b or 121a-121b. No credit for graduate students in chemistry. [3]

233. 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: 230 and 231. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. [4]

235. Macromolecular Chemistry: Polymers, Dendrimers, and Surface Modifications.
Synthesis and characterization of macromolecular materials including linear, branched, dendrimetric, and star polymers. Mechanical and physiochemical properties of polymeric types. Kinetics of living polymerization. Applications to nanostructures, templates, and advanced devices. Prerequisite: 102a-102b. [3]

236. Physical Chemistry Laboratory.
Experiments in chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Data analysis and presentation. No credit for graduate students in chemistry. One three-hour laboratory or one lecture per week. Calculus through Math 175 recommended. Prerequisite: 219b and either MATH 150b or 155b. [1]

237. Experimental Spectroscopy.
Experiments in ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and Raman spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, with application to lasers, photochemistry, and kinetics. Data analysis and presentation. No credit for graduate students in chemistry. One three-hour laboratory and one lecture per week. Prerequisites: 230 and 236; Math 175. [2]

238. Computational Structural Biochemistry.
Theoretical and practical aspects of modeling protein structure and interactions computationally. Sequence-sequence alignments, secondary structure prediction, fold recognition, de novo structure prediction. Protein design, protein-protein docking, protein-ligand docking. Prerequisite: 231. [4]

240. Intro to Nanochemistry.
Synthesis, characterization, and assembly of nanoscale materials. No credit for graduate students in chemistry. Prerequisite: 102b. [3]

250. Chemical Literature.
Assigned readings and problems in the nature and use of the chemical literature. Prerequisite: 218b or 220b. [1]

282. Undergraduate Research.
Open to students who have earned at least 8 hours of credit and a minimum GPA of 2.7 in chemistry, upon request to the director of undergraduate studies, with consent of the sponsoring faculty member. May be repeated for credit if there is no duplication of topic. [1–3 each semester]

291a–291b. Readings for Honors.
Open only to students in the Honors Program. 291a: general reading supervised by research adviser. 291b: continuation, with emphasis on research planned. [2–2]

292a–292b–292c. Honors Research.
Open only to students in the Honors Program. Original research supervised by research adviser, to be reported in thesis form with oral examination thereon. [2–2–2]

295a–295b. Advanced Integrated Laboratory.
For chemistry majors with senior standing. Multidisciplinary laboratory projects. Experimental design, synthetic techniques, chemical analysis, spectroscopy, and computational methods. Equivalent to the combination of 204, 212b, and 237. Prerequisite: 210, 212a. [2-2]

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