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Elective list for Majors Fall 2019

UMBC Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Electives for Fall 2019

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 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 Advanced Analytical Methods, Dr. Minjoung Kyoung

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 470 Toxicological Chemistry*, Dr. James Fishbein

Areas: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry.  Chemical/Biochemical basis of toxin action including activation and protection by metabolism.

CHEM 490 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 Bioanalytical Lab-on-a-Chip*, Dr. Chengpeng Chen

Area: Analytical Chemistry. This course will focus on fabrication of microfluidic devices and their application in bioanalytical chemistry. The course material will mainly come from literature published in high-impact journals. In this class, students will learn the general ideas of microfluidics, as well as how to implement this technology to answer specific biological questions.

CHEM 490, 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 Polymer Chemistry, Dr. Lisa Kelly

Areas: Materials Science, Physical Chemistry.  This introductory polymer chemistry course emphasizes fundamental aspects of polymer synthesis, characterization of polymer properties and specialty materials based on different polymer architectures.  Current literature will be used to survey useful polymer architectures (nanoparticles, conducting polymers, specialty materials) in the context of fundamental polymer properties. 

CHEM 490 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.




*Approved as an elective for the undergraduate major in Biochemistry



Important Scheduling Note

Beginning in Fall 2018, CHEM405 is only offered in spring semesters and CHEM405L is only offered in fall semesters.  BS Chemistry majors should take CHEM 405 in the spring of their junior year.