Course Requirements

Graduate Common Core (9 courses/32 credit hours) :

Special topics courses may be repeated as long as the topic of the course is different.

CHE 422

INORGANIC STRUCTURE AND REACTIVITY

One of two courses in inorganic chemistry for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the M.S. program. The course emphasis is variable, but topics covered will include the structure of inorganic compounds and inorganic reaction chemistry.
Prerequisites:
CHE 320 is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 424

GROUP THEORY

One of two courses in inorganic chemistry for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the M.S. program. The course emphasis is variable, but the primary topics will be group theory and its application to inorganic compounds.
Prerequisites:
CHE 320 is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 442

PROTEIN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

One of two courses in biochemistry for advance undergraduates and graduate students in the M.S. program. An in-depth exploration of protein structure and function, this course surveys the common experimental and bioinformatics methods used by modern biochemists to study protein structure, folding, evolution, engineering, conformational dynamics, and enzymatic reactivity. Students will gain experience with and working knowledge of online databases and tools used by biochemists to formulate and test hypotheses related to the topics of the course.

CHE 444

ADVANCED TOPICS IN PROTEIN BIOCHEMISTRY

One of two courses in biochemistry for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the M.S. program. Discussion and seminars in selected areas.
Prerequisites:
CHE 344 is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 450

ADVANCED MECHANISTIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

One of two courses in organic chemistry for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the M.S. program. This course emphasizes physical organic chemical models and experimental methods that are used to understand, predict, and control the outcomes of reactions in organic chemistry.

CHE 452

ADVANCED SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

One of two courses in organic chemistry for advanced undergraduates and graduate student in the M.S. program. This course emphasized classic and modern synthetic methods.
Prerequisites:
CHE 234 or CHE 238 is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 490

ADVANCED PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

This course introduces students to statistical methods that can be used in error analysis of experimental data. Computers are used to apply concepts discussed in lecture to actual data sets. Offered: Winter of even-numbered years. Familiarity with Excel or a modern programming language is strongly recommended.

CHE 480

SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

This course may be any topic related to chemical analysis, such as mass spectroscopy, electrochemical analysis, principles of chromatography, polymer properties, coatings, sampling methods, design of experiments, etc. This course may be repeated if the topics are different..
Prerequisites:
CHE 204 is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 482

SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY

This course may cover any topic related to biochemistry or medicinal chemistry. This course may be repeated if the topics are different.

CHE 484

SPECIAL TOPICS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

This course may cover any topic related to inorganic chemistry. This course may be repeated if the topics are different.

CHE 486

SPECIAL TOPICS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

This course may cover any topic related to organic chemistry. This course may be repeated if the topics are different.

CHE 488

SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

This course covers specific topics in the area of physical chemistry. Examples of topics include single molecule techniques, molecular electronic spectroscopy, interaction of electromagnetic radiation with particulate matter, and hydrogen bonding. This course may be repeated if the topics are different.

CHE 470

STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS

One of three courses in physical chemistry for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the M.S. program. CHE470 is a course designed to provide an in-depth presentation of thermodynamics from a molecular perspective. The course builds upon foundations given in undergraduate courses on quantum chemistry, and thermochemistry. Starting with some basic principles of probability and probability distribution, it proceeds to the Boltzmann distribution law, and an introduction to microcanonical ensembles; then using the expressions of the quantum energy levels of some simple models, a systematic exploration of the proper formulation, evaluation, and application of partition functions is given. In short, this course develops a methodology to compute thermodynamic properties of macroscopic systems from knowledge of the quantized energies of individual molecules.

CHE 472

MOLECULAR DYNAMICS

One of three courses in physical chemistry for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the M.S. program. CHE472 builds upon topics covered in a typical undergraduate-level course on chemical kinetics. Here, focus is placed on kinetics at the molecular level with an aim to understand how a reaction system behaves as it passes over a potential energy surface. Depending on time and student interest, specific topics in this course may include reaction rate theory, scattering theory, and surface interactions. Computer simulations may also be incorporated in this course.