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Elective list for Majors Fall 2021

CHEM 401 Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics, Dr. Chris Geddes

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 451/651 Mechanisms of Organic Reactions, Dr. Paul Smith

Area: Organic Chemistry.  Methods used to determine the mechanisms of organic reactions and factors affecting reactivity are discussed, along with a limited survey of specific reaction types and practice using arrow-pushing formalisms.

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 Introduction to Fluorescence Sensing, Dr. Marcin Ptaszek

Areas: Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Spectroscopy.  This course introduces the principles of fluorescence sensing as well as selected applications of fluorescence spectroscopy in analytical chemistry, medicine and biochemistry. Topics include a survey of fluorophores, examples of intracellular sensing of physicochemical parameters and small molecules of biological importance, labeling of biomacro-molecules, fluorescence enzyme activity assays, and the application of fluorescence spectroscopy in diagnosis of various diseases.  The course is partly based on current literature readings.

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, 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.  


 *All courses are approved as electives for the undergraduate major in Biochemistry


Important Note

CHEM405 is a spring-only course and CHEM405L is a fall-only course.  Because 405 is a pre-requisite for 405L, B.S. Chemistry majors MUST take 405 in the spring of their junior year for on-time graduation.