The Analytical/Physical Chemistry Track offers a variety of courses at the upper-level to prepare for advanced study or employment in the areas of analytical chemistry or physical chemistry

Course Requirements

In addition to the Undergraduate Common Core in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, students must take

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

CHE 234

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III

Third in a sequence of courses designed to investigate what organic chemistry is and how it works, by emphasizing the relationship between structure and function of organic molecules. Specific topics investigated include the reactivity and synthesis of carbonyl compounds; amines; and bio-molecules. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE235.
Prerequisites:
CHE 232 and CHE 233 are a prerequisite and CHE 235 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 235

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE234. CO-REQUISITE(S):CHE 234. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
CHE 232 and CHE 233 are a prerequisite and CHE 234 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 306

KINETICS AND MOLECULAR DYNAMICS

Kinetics and molecular dynamics. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE307.
Prerequisites:
CHE 302 and CHE 303 are a prerequisite and CHE 307 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 307

EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY III

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE306. The goal of this laboratory course is to teach students essential skills and techniques of physical chemistry. Experimental work will focus on thermodynamics at the outset and then kinetics for the final two experiments of the quarter. Formerly CHE 211LAB. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE306. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
CHE 302 and CHE 303 are a prerequisite and CHE 306 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 378

APPLIED SPECTROSCOPY

Organic structure determination through the interpretation of spectral information.
Prerequisites:
(CHE 125 or CHE 175) and CHE 261 are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 264

ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY

Atmospheric chemistry with a focus on physical and chemical processes in the troposphere and stratosphere. CO-REQUISITE(S):CHE265.
Prerequisites:
CHE 204 and CHE 205 are a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 265

ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 264, with emphasis placed on gas phase and particulate measurements. CO-REQUISITE(S):CHE264. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
CHE 205 is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 268

SOLID WASTE CHEMISTRY

Fundamental chemical processes involved in the processing of solid wastes. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE269.
Prerequisites:
CHE 269LEC

CHE 269

SOLID WASTE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE 268. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE 268. Lab fee.
Prerequisites:
CHE 205 or CHE 207 is a prerequisite for this class and CHE 268 is a corequisite for this class.

CHE 310

NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY

This is a course for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The course emphasizes the theory of radioactive decay, nuclear properties, mass-energy systematics, and nuclear applications.

CHE 318

BIOPHYSICAL CHEMSTRY

This course is designed for advanced undergraduate students with an interest in the interdisciplinary field of biophysics. The course will focus on several subfields of biophysical chemistry, including: fluorescence as a tool in biophysics; protein folding; biophysical applications of single molecule fluorescence, atomic force microscopy, X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and NMR spectroscopy. Additional topics will be selected by students from a list of possible choices.

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.

CHE 474

ADVANCED QUANTUM CHEMISTRY

One of three courses in physical chemistry for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the M.S. program. CHE474 is focused on quantum mechanics and will build on fundamental principles introduced in undergraduate quantum chemistry, including an examination of the particle-in-a-box, rigid rotor, and harmonic oscillator models. More advanced quantum mechanical topics such as the Dirac representation, wave packet motion, and time-dependent perturbation theory may also be explored. These topics can be used to understand phenomena such as coherent control of reactions, vibrational energy redistribution, and electronic energy transfer. The primary goals of this course are to: 1) increase students? understanding of quantum mechanical principles; 2) apply quantum mechanics to spectroscopic problems; and 3) expose students to modern literature related to quantum mechanics.

CHE 476

COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY

This course is designed to provide an accessible and practical introduction to computational chemistry. The course provides an overview of different methods commonly used in the field ranging from classical to quantum mechanical ab initio and density functional methods. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE477.

CHE 477

COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

Laboratory to be taken in conjunction with CHE476. The laboratory experiments students will perform will reinforce material presented in lecture and allow students to explore lecture topics in more detail. The writing of laboratory reports will also offer students the opportunity to develop their scientific writing skills. CO-REQUISITE(S): CHE476. Lab fee.

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.