Course Descriptions

CHEM103, 104. General Chemistry. (1.25 units each)

An introduction to chemistry for science and non-science majors.
Both courses use in-class experimentation, discussion and lecture to ask and answer questions of general chemical interest, including applications in biology, physics, astronomy and geology. Topics include water and its unique properties, atomic structure and properties, molecular structure, types of chemical bonding and reactions, redox systems and electrochemistry, reaction equilibria, thermodynamics and kinetics. 
Three class periods plus one laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: secondary school algebra or enrollment in a college mathematics course.   Fulfills the natural science with lab distribution requirement.

CHEM105. Accelerated General Chemistry. (1.25 units)

A one-semester introductory chemistry course designed primarily for those with strong high school preparation in chemistry. Atomic theory, periodic trends, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium chemistry and electrochemistry are presented. Completion of 105 with a grade of 2.0 or higher satisfies the general chemistry prerequisite for enrollment in 200-level courses. Prerequisites: secondary school algebra or enrollment in or completion of a college mathematics course. It is suggested that students contemplating enrollment in this course consult with the instructor 
or department chair. Offered only in the fall semester.

CHEM106. Chemistry and the Environment. (1 or 1.25 units)

This course is designed for non-science majors and environmental
studies majors. Basic chemical concepts are examined with special
reference to the environment. Topics include elements and compounds;
atomic structure and the periodic table; chemical change,
energy and entropy; oxidation and reduction; acidity; and the 10
questions a chemist needs to answer before fully characterizing
a chemical reaction. These topics are related to pollution, waste
management, recycling, energy sources and the limits to growth.
Lecture only (1 unit) or lecture plus one laboratory per week (1.25
units). Also offered as Environmental Studies 106.

CHEM107. Chemistry in Forensic Science.

This course is designed for non-chemistry majors who are interested in
criminal justice, fine arts, environmental studies or anthropology. An
appropriate breadth and depth of chemical concepts are introduced
to provide the means to understand and solve mysteries involving
violent crimes, art and document forgery, violations of environmental
regulations, and archeology and anthropology discoveries. Topics
include elements and compounds; chemical reactions of inorganic
and organic compounds; radioactive decays; spectroscopic properties;
and biomolecules. Examples and case studies show application
to identification of a wide range of crime scene evidence, analysis
of poisons and clandestine drugs, identification of forged artifacts
and questioned documents, identification of archeological finds,
and DNA analysis for contemporary and historical cases. Fulfills the
natural science distribution requirement. Offered spring semester
in alternate years.
 

CHEM205. Quantitative Analysis. (1.25 units)

An introductory course dealing with the chemical, physical and
logical principles underlying quantitative chemical analysis. Among
the broad topics treated are data evaluation, titrimetry, solution
equilibria, potentiometry and absorption spectroscopy. Lectures
plus one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 104 or 105
(with a 2.0 grade or higher) or permission of instructor. Also offered
as Environmental Studies 205. Offered only in the fall semester. 

CHEM221, 222. Organic Chemistry. (1.25 units each)

An introductory course focusing on the chemistry of naturally occurring
and synthetic carbon compounds; description and determination
of structure with an emphasis on spectroscopic methods; reactivity
and its theoretical basis; mechanism; and synthesis of organic
compounds. The microscale laboratory emphasizes preparation,
purification and identification of organic compounds, isolation of
organic substances, mechanistic studies and separation techniques.
Spectroscopic methods are applied to structure elucidation. Prerequisites:
Chemistry 104 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Acceptance
into 222 requires a grade of 2.0 or higher in 221. Chemistry 221 is
required for the neuroscience major.
 

CHEM306. Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology.

This course is designed for chemistry majors and students in environmental
studies who have a strong background in chemistry. It
explores the sources and levels of chemical pollutants, the pathways
along which they move through the environment, and the toxicological
effect they have on humans and other living things. A laboratory
program accompanies the lecture. Prerequisite: Chemistry 221 or
permission of instructor. Also offered as Environmental Studies 306.
Offered spring semester in alternate years.
 

CHEM309. Biochemistry.

The course is organized around several themes: the relationship of
structure to function in biomolecules, production of energy, regulation
and control of metabolism. Topics covered to illustrate these themes
include enzyme action and regulation, hemoglobin and the transport
of oxygen and carbon dioxide, metabolism of carbohydrates for
energy production, structure and function of biological membranes,
and structure and function of molecules involved in transmission
and expression of genetic information. Prerequisite: Chemistry 222
or permission of instructor. Counts toward the neuroscience major
(cellular track). Also offered as Biochemistry 309 and Biology 309.
 

CHEM324. Synthesis of Pharmaceutical Substances.

An advanced course in organic synthesis applied to the production
of pharmaceuticals. Both strategic planning of synthetic routes and
methodology for execution are focal points. Methods for carboncarbon
bond formation, functional group interconversion and
manipulation of oxidation state are emphasized, as are all relevant
control and selectivity issues. Differences among discovery syntheses,
pilot plant scale-up and commercial routes are discussed. Emphasis
on the organic chemistry utilized to create these substances is supplemented
by consideration of the molecular basis of their biological
activities. Offered only in the spring semester.
 

CHEM341. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy.

A study of the sometimes unexpected consequences of quantization
and the wave-particle duality of light and matter in chemical
systems that will uncover the foundations of quantum chemistry.
Experimental evidence, usually collected from spectroscopic
results, is used to support postulates and gain further insight into
the macroscopic properties of atoms and molecules. Topics include
tunneling, molecular motions, quantum mechanical origins of orbitals
and energy levels of the hydrogen atom, molecular orbitals, chemical
bonding and related spectroscopic methods. Offered only in the
fall semester. Prerequisites: Chemistry 104 or 105, Physics 104 or
152, Mathematics 136.
 

CHEM342. Biophysical Chemistry.

The foundations of chemical equilibria in thermodynamics are
used to ask why some reactions are always favorable, some are
only possible under particular conditions and others are impossible.
We will study reaction kinetics to determine the timescales
and possible reaction mechanisms of favorable reactions, and read
and discuss journal articles relevant to thermodynamic and kinetic
questions of current importance in biochemistry. Offered only in
the spring semester. Prerequisites: Chemistry 104 or 105, Physics
104 or 152, Mathematics 136.
 

CHEM351. Advanced Organic Laboratory: Synthesis,
Separation, Analysis. (0.5 unit)

Experimental emphasis on advanced laboratory techniques associated
with organic synthesis, structure elucidation and study of reaction mechanism. 
Examples include diastereo- and enantio-selective
reactions, low temperature reactions, organometallic reagents,
sample manipulation, multistep syntheses, natural product isolation
and structure determination. Various chromatographic separation
techniques are explored. Analysis by IR, GC GC-MS, multi nuclear
one- and two-dimensional NMR and UV-VIS is integral to experiments.
Classroom presentations on theory associated with reactions undertaken,
separation science and spectroscopic analysis accompany and
complement the laboratory work. This course is writing-intensive;
special emphasis is placed on written and oral presentation of
experimental results. Two lectures and two laboratories per week.
Normally taken by first-semester juniors. Offered only in the fall
semester for the first seven weeks. Prerequisite: Chemistry 222.
 

CHEM352. Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. (0.5 unit)

Laboratory experiments emphasize the synthesis, characterization,
properties and reactions of inorganic compounds. The experiments
may include investigation of physical, thermodynamic or kinetic
properties. Products of inorganic syntheses will be characterized
by a variety of techniques that include ultraviolet-visible, infrared
and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and magnetic susceptibility.
Synthesis in an inert atmosphere is presented. Written
assignments are designed to develop rhetorical skills using chemical
language, primary literature sources, practical data processing and
presentation software. The course is organized into two lectures and
two laboratories per week. Normally taken in the junior year. Offered
only in the spring semester for the first seven weeks. Prerequisites:
Chemistry 205 and 341 or 342.
 

CHEM353. Physical Chemistry Laboratory. (0.5 unit)

Laboratory experiments include examination of physical, thermodynamic
and kinetic properties of chemical reactions. Spectroscopic
methods such as ultraviolet-visible, fluorescence, infrared and Raman
are used to study fundamental properties of molecules. Written assignments
are designed to develop rhetorical skills using chemical
language, primary literature sources, practical data processing and
presentation software. The course is organized into two lectures
and two laboratories per week. The classroom material presents
the theoretical and practical background material to the laboratory
experiments. This course is normally taken by second-semester
juniors. Offered only in the spring semester for the second seven
weeks. Prerequisites: Chemistry 205 and 341 or 342.
 

CHEM389, 390. Research for Juniors. (.5 or 1 academic credit)

CHEM394. Research Methods in Biochemistry. (0.5 unit)

This course focuses on introducing basic laboratory techniques
and skills that are common in fields related to biochemistry, and
applying those techniques to a guided research project. Attention
is paid to both theory and application. Students keep a detailed
laboratory notebook, and write up an independent project in the
style of a journal article. Prerequisites: Chemistry 222 and any one
of Biology 231, 245, 246, 250, 391, or Chemistry 309 (which can
be taken as a co-requisite). Required for the biochemistry major and
also carries credit toward the biology major/minor. Offered only in
the spring semester for the first seven weeks. Also offered as Biology
394 and Biochemistry 394.
 

CHEM403. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry.

The central theme is understanding the periodic trends of the elements.
To conduct this survey of the periodic table, this course draws
upon and extends the skills and knowledge acquired in previous
chemistry courses. Topics include acid-base theories, chemical bonding
and molecular structure, descriptive chemistry of non-transition
elements and coordination chemistry. The course also explores the
application of the principles of inorganic chemistry to such active
fields of research as materials/nanoscale, organometallic and bioinorganic
chemistry. Offered only in the fall semester. Prerequisite:
Chemistry 341, 342, or permission of instructor.
 

CHEM415. Advanced Biochemistry.

A variety of topics are covered in depth, depending on student
interest. The course begins with an overview of metabolism and its
hormonal regulation. Other topics may include protein synthesis and
targeting, molecular immunology, sensory systems and neurotransmission,
hormone action, membrane transport, oncogenes and cancer,
photosynthesis and advanced topics in metabolism. Through both
written and oral presentation, students develop their abilities to use
the scientific literature and communicate in science. Prerequisite:
Chemistry 309 or permission of instructor. Counts toward neuroscience
major (cellular track). Also offered as Biochemistry 415.
 

CHEM452. Instrumental Analysis. (0.5 unit)

An advanced course emphasizing instrumentation in methods
of chemical analysis. Principal instrumental methods examined
include absorption and emission spectrometry, electroanalytical
methods and chromatographic and other separation methods. Some
introduction to analog and digital signal processing principles and
computer-assisted data acquisition and processing is presented.
Two lectures and two laboratories per week. Offered only in the
fall semester for second seven weeks. Prerequisites: Chemistry 205,
342, and 351 or 352.
 

CHEM489, 490. SYE: Research for Seniors. (0.5 or 1 unit of academic credit)