Elective list for Majors Fall 2022

CHEM 401/611 Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics, Dr. Lisa Kelly

Area: Physical Chemistry. Chemicals react and rearrange. Fluids boil, freeze, and evaporate. Solids
melt and deform. Rubber stretches and retracts. Proteins fold. We will study the forces that drive
these (and other) processes. Statistical thermodynamics gives us a set of tools for modeling
molecular behavior and how it is realized in the macroscopic realm. Most importantly, statistical
thermodynamics gives a language for interpreting experiments.

CHEM 490 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. Chris Geddes

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 Molecular Imaging for Drug Discovery, Dr. Songon An

Areas: Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, Cell Biology.  In this class, students will learn how chemistry and biology meet together to provide new insights in basic sciences and, further, how such interdisciplinary approaches are implemented for modern drug discovery platforms for human health.

CHEM 490/684 Nanoparticles, Dr. Marie-Christine Daniel-Onuta

Area: Inorganic Chemistry/Materials Chemistry. The goal of this course is to give an overview of the different kinds of nanoparticles and their multiple applications. After a brief explanation of the particularity of NANOparticles in general, and an overview of the main characterization techniques for nanomaterials, the course will cover the different existing types of semiconductor and metallic nanoparticles (synthesis, characterization, properties and applications). Due to time constraint, nanorods and other shapes of nanoparticles will not be discussed here. However, they can be the subject of the paper to be written as part of this course


CHEM 490/684 Advanced Mass Spectrometry: Fundamentals, Tissue Imaging, and
Applications in Precision Medicine, Dr. Herana Kamal Seneviratne

Areas: Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Toxicological Chemistry
This course will cover the fundamentals of mass spectrometry, tissue imaging, mass
spectrometry-based omics, and their applications in precision medicine. The course comprises
regular lectures, presentations (group and individual), and primary literature. In this class,
students will learn the principles of mass spectrometry including current methodologies, as well
as how these state-of-the-art technologies can be used to understand complex biological
processes. This class is intended for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students.



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