Elective list for Majors Fall 2023

CHEM 456 The Chemistry and Biochemistry of Brewing I, Steve Frazier and Dr. Paul Smith

Areas: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry.  This interdisciplinary course provides an in-depth exploration of the chemical and biochemical processes fundamental to the different stages of the brewing process.  Topics will include water chemistry, malting and grain processing, the organic chemistry of hops, and wort production.  Integral to the course is the exploration of how fundamental chemical and biochemical processes affect different aspects of the brewing process as well as specific qualities of the beer produced. 

CHEM 467/667 Advanced Analytical Methods, Dr. Zeev Rosenzweig

Area: Analytical Chemistry.  This course will focus on cutting-edge methods for chemical and biochemical analyses pulled from current literature. The focus of this course will be on providing insight into the fundamentals of each method as well as the molecular information that can be obtained from the various methodologies discussed as well as current advances in these areas.

CHEM 490/684 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry, Dr. Katherine Seley-Radtke

Areas: Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry.  Principles of medicinal chemistry, including modern rational approaches to drug design and development will be covered using a literature-based, discussion approach. Topics for discussion may include, for example, issues with various types and classes of drugs, current topics in the literature related to medicinal chemistry and drug design, as well as new approaches and tools for therapeutic uses, and specific case studies.

CHEM 490/684 Solid State Materials Chemistry, Dr. Joseph Bennett
Areas: Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry

This course will focus on the structure and properties of materials in the solid state, their chemical reactivity, and their uses in a variety of applications. Topics of discussion may include X-ray and neutron diffraction, crystalline structures and implications of their symmetries, electronic, optical, and magnetic materials, and energy materials and other intercalants. Discussions will be complemented by freely available online resources and searchable databases that have emerged as critical tools in the past decade of materials discovery. This course is intended for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

CHEM 490/684 Fundamentals of Light Microscopy, Dr. Minjoung Kyoung

Areas: Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics.  In this course, we focus on the principles and applications of how various types of light microscopy can be employed to understand a variety of biological processes and materials.

CHEM 490/684 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy, Dr. Chris Geddes

Area: Physical Chemistry.  In this advanced level course, we introduce quantum chemistry and how the interactions of electrons and nuclei give rise to our understanding of modern day spectroscopy.

CHEM 490/684 Organic Spectroscopy, Dr. Paul Smith

Area: Organic Chemistry.  An overview of spectroscopic methods used to determine the structures of organic compounds. NMR, UV/visible absorption, and infrared spectroscopy as well as mass spectrometry are covered, with particular emphasis on NMR and use of multiple types of spectral data for structure elucidation.



All elective courses listed above are approved for both CHEM and BIOC Majors.