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CHEM131
Chemistry I - Fundamentals of General Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with CHEM132) or DSNS
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Corequisite: CHEM132.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM131, CHEM135, CHEM153 or CHEM146.
Formerly: CHEM103.
An overview of the Periodic Table, inorganic substances, ionic and covalent bonding, bulk properties of materials, chemical equilibrium, and quantitative chemistry. CHEM131 is the first course in a four-semester sequence for students majoring in the sciences, other than Chemistry and Biochemistry majors.
CHEM132
General Chemistry I Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Corequisite: CHEM131.
Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM132, CHEM136, CHEM143, CHEM147 or CHEM177.
Formerly: CHEM103.
Introduction to the quantification of chemical substances, including the concept of the mole and chemical stoichiometry. Additional work involves the synthesis of ionic substances and their qualitative characterization. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM131.
Laboratory sessions will begin after the first lecture. Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM134
Chemical Principles for Engineering
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM131; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM146.
Credit only granted for: CHEM 134 or CHEM 135.
Basic chemistry for engineering students. Introduction to organic structures and polymers, gas laws, liquids, solids, phase changes, chemical kinetics and electrochemistry.
CHEM135
General Chemistry for Engineers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with CHEM136) or DSNS
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM113, CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146.
The nature and composition of matter, solutions, chemical reactions, equilibria, and electrochemistry, with applications to various fields of engineering.
CHEM136
General Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM135 and must have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher.
Restriction: Must be in a major in ENGR-A. James Clark School of Engineering.
A laboratory course for engineering majors intending to take CHEM231 and CHEM232.
CHEM231
Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146; and (CHEM132, CHEM136, CHEM147, or CHEM177); and a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required of College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM232.
Credit only granted for: CHEM104, CHEM231, CHEM233 or CHEM237.
Formerly: CHEM233.
The chemistry of carbon: aliphatic compounds, aromatic compounds, stereochemistry, arenes, halides, alcohols, esters and spectroscopy.
CHEM232
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136); or (CHEM146 and CHEM147). And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM231.
Credit only granted for: CHEM104, CHEM231, CHEM233 or CHEM237.
Formerly: CHEM233.
Provides experience in developing some basic laboratory techniques, recrystallization, distillation, extraction, chromatography.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM232S
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136); or (CHEM146 and CHEM147). And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM231.
Credit only granted for: CHEM104, CHEM231, CHEM233 or CHEM237.
Formerly: CHEM233.
Provides experience in developing some basic laboratory techniques, recrystallization, distillation, extraction, chromatography.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM237
Principles of Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146; and (CHEM132, CHEM136, or CHEM147); and a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required of College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students. Or permission of CMNS-Chemistry & Biochemistry department.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Chemistry; Biochemistry) ; or must be in a major in ENGR-A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Credit only granted for: CHEM233, (CHEM231 and CHEM232), or CHEM237.
The chemistry of carbons: aliphatic compounds, aromatic compounds, stereochemistry, arenes, halides, alcohols, esters, and spectroscopy.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM241
Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM231 and CHEM232; or CHEM237. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Credit only granted for: CHEM241, CHEM243 or CHEM247.
Formerly: CHEM243.
A continuation of CHEM231 with emphasis on molecular structure; substitution reactions; carbonium ions; aromaticity; synthetic processes; macromolecules.
CHEM242
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: CHEM231 and CHEM232; or CHEM237. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM241.
Credit only granted for: CHEM243 or CHEM247.
Formerly: CHEM243.
Synthetic organic chemistry through functional group manipulation, introduction to instrumentation essential to analysis and structure elucidation.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM271
General Chemistry and Energetics
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM241 and CHEM242; or CHEM247. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM272.
Credit only granted for: CHEM113, CHEM153, CHEM271 or CHEM276.
Formerly: CHEM113.
An introduction to the physical aspects of chemistry; chemical kinetics, thermodynamics and electrochemistry in the context of current chemistry research.
CHEM272
General Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: CHEM241 and CHEM242; or CHEM247. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM271.
Credit only granted for: CHEM227, CHEM272 or CHEM277.
An introduction to analytical chemistry with an emphasis on bio-analytical instrumentation and techniques.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM276
General Chemistry and Energetics - Majors
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM241 and CHEM242; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM247.
Corequisite: CHEM277.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Chemistry; Biochemistry).
Credit only granted for: CHEM113, CHEM153, CHEM271 or CHEM276.
Formerly: CHEM153.
An introduction to the physical aspects of chemistry for Biochemistry and Chemistry majors. Chemical kinetics, thermodynamics and electrochemistry in the context of current chemistry research.
CHEM277
Fundamentals of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM241 and CHEM242; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM247.
Corequisite: CHEM276.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Chemistry; Biochemistry).
Credit only granted for: CHEM153, CHEM227, CHEM272 or CHEM277.
Quantitative analysis, inorganic analytical chemistry, and an introduction to bio-analytical instrumentation and techniques.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM395
Professional Issues in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in one of the following programs (Chemistry; Biochemistry).
Seminar on professional issues. Professional responsibilities, ethics, interview techniques, career opportunities, graduate/professional school, race and gender issues.
CHEM398
(Perm Req)
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Limited to chemistry honors students. Consult with Dr. Montague-Smith.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM399A
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Chemical Research
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM399B
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Chemical Research
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM399C
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Chemical Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM399X
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Chemical Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequsite: permission of department.
CHEM401
Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM276 or CHEM271; and (CHEM247 or CHEM241).
An overview of basic concepts of the electronic structure of the elements, chemical bonding and reactivity, from simple diatomic molecules to coordination compounds. These are viewed from simple (Lewis) to the most comprehensive molecular orbital theory. Symmetry and group theory are used throughout the course.
CHEM425
Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM272 and CHEM271; or (CHEM276 and CHEM277).
Modern instrumentation in analytical chemistry. Electronics, spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM433
Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146. And MATH241; or permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department; or permission of CMNS-Chemistry & Biochemistry department.
Cross-listed with AOSC433.
Credit only granted for: AOSC433, AOSC633, CHEM433, or CHEM633.
Formerly: CHEM434.
The effects of human activity on atmospheric composition, focused on global warming, the carbon cycle, air pollution, and the ozone layer. Fundamentals of atmosphereic chemistry (spectroscopy, kinetics, isotopic analysis, and biogeochemical cycles) are related to the modern understanding of climate change, air quality, and ozone depletion, based on resources such as satellite missions, field campaigns, and scientific assessments published by international agencies. We also examine how society's energy needs could be met, in the future, in a manner with less impact on atmospheric composition than the present heavy reliance on combusion of fossil fuels.
CHEM480
Principles of Physical Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: (CHEM276 or CHEM271); and (CHEM277 or CHEM272); and (MATH141 or MATH136); and (PHYS260 and PHYS261) or PHYS132.
Covers elementary thermodynamics, principles of kinetics and catalysis and selected topics in molecular quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and statistical mechanics. Topics will emphasize core subjects along with applications to biosciences, materials science, environmental science and related areas.
CHEM481
Physical Chemistry I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM135; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM271 and CHEM272; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM276 and CHEM277. And minimum grade of C- in MATH141. And minimum grade of C- in PHYS260 and PHYS261; or minimum grade of C- in PHYS141.
Thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical and molecular systems. Topics may include internal energy, heat, work, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, and spontaneity as well as reaction order, differential rate laws, integrated rate laws, and rate laws for multi-step processes.
CHEM482
Physical Chemistry II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM135; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM271 and CHEM272; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM276 and CHEM277. And minimum grade of C- in MATH141. And minimum grade of C- in PHYS260 and PHYS261; or minimum grade of C- in PHYS141.
Credit only granted for: CHEM482 or BCHM485.
Quantum mechanical nature of atoms and molecules. Topics may include model systems for electronic, vibrational, rotational and translational energies as well as connections to molecular spectroscopy and thermal distributions.
CHEM483
Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM481.
An introduction to the principles and application of quantitative techniques in physical chemical measurements. Experiments will be coordinated with topics in CHEM481.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM484
Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM481 and CHEM483; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM482.
A continuation of CHEM 483. Advanced quantitative techniques necessary in physical chemical measurements. Experiments will be coordinated with topics in CHEM 482.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM498E
Special Topics in Chemistry; Chemistry for Energy and Sustainability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CHEM498N
Special Topics in Chemistry; Natural Products in Medicine and Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM247 or CHEM241; and BCHM461 or BCHM462.

Chemical and biosynthetic pathways leading to important natural products. Special emphasis on the synthesis, biosynthesis and application of plant-derived secondary metabolites and their use as pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals and chemical feedstocks.
CHEM608P
Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry; Polymer chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
CHEM623
Optical Methods of Quantitative Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM482; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
The quantitative applications of various methods of optical spectroscopy.
CHEM633
Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146.
Cross-listed with: AOSC633.
Credit only granted for: AOSC433, AOSC633, CHEM433, or CHEM633.
The effects of human activity on atmospheric composition, focused on global warming, the carbon cycle, air pollution, and the ozone layer. Fundamentals of atmosphereic chemistry (spectroscopy, kinetics, isotopic analysis, and biogeochemical cycles) are related to the modern understanding of climate change, air quality, and ozone depletion, based on resources such as satellite missions, field campaigns, and scientific assessments published by international agencies. We also examine how society's energy needs could be met, in the future, in a manner with less impact on atmospheric composition than the present heavy reliance on combusion of fossil fuels.
CHEM647
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The use of new reagents in organic reactions; multistep syntheses leading to natural products of biological interest; stereospecific and regiospecific reactions and their use in total synthesis.
CHEM648N
Special Topics in Organic Chemistry; Natural Products in Medicine and Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: CHEM641.

Chemical and biosynthetic pathways leading to important natural products. Special emphasis on the synthesis, biosynthesis and application of plant-derived secondary metabolites and their use as pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals and chemical feedstocks.
CHEM687
Statistical Mechanics and Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM684; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
CHEM699
Special Problems in Chemistry
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Open only to non-thesis Master's degree candidates.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM705
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Nuclear structure models, radioactive decay processes, nuclear reactions in complex nuclei, fission, nucleosynthesis and nuclear particle accelerators.
CHEM799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM889A
Seminar; Analytical, Nuclear and Environmental Chemistry
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
CHEM889C
Seminar; Inorganic Chemistry
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
CHEM889D
CHEM889E
Seminar; Physical Chemistry
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with CHEM889F and CHPH709A. Credit granted for CHEM889E, CHEM889F, or CHPH709A.
CHEM889F
Seminar; Chemical Physics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with CHEM889E and CHPH709A. Credit granted for CHEM889F, CHEM889E, or CHPH709A.
CHEM889G
Seminar; Physical Organic Chemistry
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
CHEM889M
Seminar; Materials Chemistry
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.