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  • CHEM 502  Equilibrium & Thermodynamics of Chemical Reactions

    Description:
    This course is a graduate-level science content course designed for pre-service and in-service high school science teachers and contextualized to the standards/inquiry-based high school curricula. It provides graduate-level content while modeling sound pedagogy. Using current and future curriculum materials, as well as State and National standards for the teaching of chemistry at the high school level, this course offers an in-depth exploration of fundamental principles of equilibrium, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Topics will include heat of reactions, LeChatliers principle, solubility, common ion effect, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 597  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course addresses a specific topic within this subject discipline. Courses under this title are offered as one-time supplements to the sponsoring department's curriculum.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 601  Thermodynamics & Kinetics

    Description:
    Advanced physical chemistry with an emphasis on thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and statistical mechanics with applications to problems in chemistry.   More Info

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  • CHEM 602  Quantum Mechanics & Spectroscopy

    Description:
    Advanced physical chemistry with an emphasis on modern theories of the structure of matter, including the principles of quantum mechanics, the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, chemical bonding, and atomic and molecular spectra.    More Info

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  • CHEM 611  Inorganic Chemistry: Synthesis and Analysis

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    Study of the determination of chemical structures by various methods such as UV-Vis, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 612  Inorganic Chemistry: Structure and Reactivity

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    Study of structural aspects of modern chemistry based bond and molecular orbital theories. Group theoretical principles are used to understand structural and spectroscopic properties of molecules. Topics include: Walsh diagrams, projection operators, ligand field theory, angular overlap model, and symmetry controlled reactions. Examples are taken from representative and transition metal compounds.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 621  Organic Synthesis & Mechanisms

    Description:
    Discussion of the mechanisms of fundamental reactions used in organic synthesis. Critical analysis of the tactics and strategy of the use of these reactions for the construction of organic compounds.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 622  Physical Organic Chemistry

    Description:
    Modern theories of organic reaction mechanisms, particularly the use of physical-chemical principles to predict the effect of changing reaction variables, especially reactant structures, on reactivity. The structure, stability, and reactivity of carbanions and carbocations, as well as SN1 and SN2 reactions, are discussed. Molecular orbital theory and symmetry as applied to organic reactions is also a focus.   More Info

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  • CHEM 631  Chemical Toxicology

    Description:
    Designing safer chemicals requires a comprehensive and systematic approach based on the contribution of multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary investigators. This course focuses on understanding the structure-hazard relationship, and on minimizing the intrinsic toxicity of new drug candidates before synthesis even begins.   More Info

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  • CHEM 641  Chemistry and Biochemistry Education Research on Learning, Learning Environments, and Teaching

    Description:
    This course is a survey of research in chemistry and biochemistry education on learning, learning environments, and instructional approaches. Students will learn from major research studies in each of the three areas, and will focus on implications for the practice of teaching chemistry and biochemistry in undergraduate courses, and also high school courses where appropriate. Topics on learning include cognitive models of reasoning in problem solving, visuo-spatial abilities and visualization in chemistry and biochemistry, conceptual change theories underlying learning progressions, and metacognition. Topics on learning environments include social discourse models applied to laboratory learning environments and online course/web-based environments. Topics on instructional approaches include studies on student impacts of popular and widespread pedagogical approaches, such as clickers, peer-tutoring, problem-based learning, and Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). The overarching theoretical paradigm on learning, learning environments, and teaching that will be analyzed critically through all topics studied is constructivism. The course provides a basic introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods as used in papers that are studied for each topic. Each student will conduct a mini-experiment, and will collect and analyze pilot data either in an undergraduate or high school chemistry or biology class, and then compare to the results or implications of one of the research papers studied in the course.   More Info

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  • CHEM 651  Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds

    Description:
    A survey of spectral methods for organic structure determination. This course will introduce the major spectroscopic techniques with an emphasis on the application to structural analysis. The basic theory and methodology of each type of spectroscopy will be presented. Topics covered include IR, UV-vis, NMR, and mass spectrometry.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 658  Medicinal Chemistry

    Description:
    This graduate and upper-level professional course presents the principles of medicinal chemistry. Organized along pharmacological lines, the course considers the development and design of drugs, those a) acting on the central and peripheral nervous system; b) acting on the cardiovascular, hematopoietic and renal systems; and c) acting as chemotherapeutic agents, vitamins, and hormones. Special emphasis is given to drugs used in emergencies and to drugs described in the United States Pharmacopoeia and the National Formulary. Syntheses of important compounds in the various categories are presented.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 661  Analytical Instrumentation

    Description:
    Chem 661is the graduate version of our undergraduate Analytical Instrumentation course, Chem 361. This course provides a survey of the different types of instrumentation that is in the chemists tool box. The advantages and disadvantages will be stressed in effort to develop the insight necessary to choose the right tool for the problem at hand. We will use several of these tools in the laboratory portion of the course.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 662L  Applied Chemometrics

    Description:
    Applied Chemometrics will cover the fundamentals of many commonly used chemometric methods such as principal components analysis (PCA) and partial least squares (PLS) regression. Emphasis will be on applying these techniques in the chemical process and laboratory environment for instrument calibration, sample classification, Multivariate Statistical Process Control (MSPC), experimental design, and hypothesis testing. The class begins with a brief review of linear algebra and basic statistics and moves quickly into multivariate methods. Advanced methods and variable selection will be covered. The course includes broad coverage of common applications and discussion of common mistakes in chemometrics and how to avoid them.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 666  Electrochemistry

    Description:
    This course provides an advanced study in the field of electrochemistry. Electro-chemistry will include an overview of the theories of ionics, electrodiscs, and charge transfer. These theories will then be applied to the understanding of a variety of electroanalytical techniques and electrochemical applications such as contemporary batteries and fuel cells. Electroanalytical techniques to be discussed include static and dynamic methods for application of controlled voltage (potentiometric) and controlled current (coulometric) as well as ion detection, electro-separation, and conductometric methods. Specific topics emphasized will include electrochemical instrumentation, reference electrodes, cyclic voltammetry, microelectrochemistry, and contemporary ion selective electrode analysis.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 671  Introduction to Green Chemistry

    Description:
    The goal of this course is to provide a global perspective on Green Chemistry. The first of three sections will identify an environmental problem such as global warming, ozone depletion, or water pollution. The second section will look at real-world implications of Green Chemistry-for example, from a manufacturing, toxicological, or economic perspective. The third section will present an array of representative topics: renewable energy, atmospheric chemistry, chemical reactions in water and soil, or benign chemical syntheses, for example. Combined, the three sections provide an understanding of chemistry designed to benefit society and provide pathways to minimize environmental impact.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 680L  Physical Biochemistry

    Description:
    This course serves as an introduction to analytical methods and instrumentation available to the interdisciplinary scientist. While no course can be comprehensive in this field, this course will examine a broad base of analytical methods through introductory theory and will highlight applications and recent developments in these methods through current primary literature. BIOL 680L and CHEM 680L are the same course.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 681  Medical Biochemistry

    Description:
    Chem 681 is an overview of the biochemical reactions of the human body in health and disease. A previous knowledge of fundamental biochemistry is necessary for understanding the course material. The connections of basic biochemical concepts to physiological and pathophysiological processes will be discussed during this lecture. Topics include among others, Protein Folding & Misfolding, Organ Specialization of Human Metabolism, Metabolic Diseases, Free Radicals and Ageing, Nutrition, Molecular Biology of Diseases, Hormones, Biochemistry of Blood, the Extracellular Matrix, Muscle and the Cytoskeleton, and the Sensory Systems.   More Info

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  • CHEM 687  Topics in Chemistry

    Description:
    Graduate-level readings in various areas of chemistry under the supervision of a faculty member.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 688  Topics in Physical Chemistry

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    Topical discussions, each based on elementary principles of physical chemistry and progressing toward recent developments in the field. Open to graduates and advanced undergraduates.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 689  Topics in Organic Chemistry

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    Discussions of selected topics of current interest in organic chemistry. Open to graduates and advanced undergraduates.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 691  Seminar I

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    Students take CHEM 691 or 692 during every semester they are enrolled in the program.   More Info

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  • CHEM 692  Seminar II

    Description:
    Students take CHEM 691 or 692 during every semester they are enrolled in the program.   More Info

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  • CHEM 696  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of chemistry under the supervision of a faculty member.   More Info

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  • CHEM 697  Special Topics

    Description:
    A field of current interest in chemistry is examined in detail.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • CHEM 699  Master's Thesis

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    Open to degree candidates.   More Info

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  • CHEM 899  Dissertation Research

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    Research, conducted under faculty supervision, which leads to the presentation of a doctoral dissertation.   More Info

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