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CH 503. Thesis. 1-16 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 511. Physical Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Methods of physics applied to chemical problems, including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Introduction to chemical thermodynamics.

CH 512. Physical Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Methods of physics applied to chemical problems, including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Introduction to statistical mechanics and rate processes.

CH 513. Physical Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Methods of physics applied to chemical problems, including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Introduction to quantum chemistry.

CH 517. Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Experiments in thermodynamics, modern electronic measurements, computer modeling, and data reduction.

CH 518. Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Experiments in statistical mechanics, chemical kinetics, plasma chemistry, and mass spectrometry.

CH 519. Physical Chemistry Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Experiments in molecular spectroscopy, quantum chemistry, and laser-excited chemical and physical processes to illustrate theoretical principles.

CH 520. Physical Organic Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

Modern physical organic chemistry including chemical bonding, acid-base chemistry, thermochemistry, noncovalent interactions, and introduction to computational chemistry. Sequence with 521.

CH 521. Physical Organic Chemistry II. 4 Credits.

Modern physical organic chemistry including tools to study reaction mechanisms, kinetic analysis, isotope effects, and qualitative molecular orbital theory. Sequence with 520.
Prereq: 520.

CH 531. Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Introduction to group theory for molecular symmetry; syntheses, structures, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of coordination complexes and organometallic complexes.

CH 532. Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Bioinorganic chemistry: metals in biological systems; coordination chemistry, reactions, spectroscopy, metalloclusters, and synthetic modeling.
Prereq: CH 531 recommended.

CH 533. Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Solid-state inorganic chemistry: solid-state structure and its determination; the electrical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of materials and their physical description.
Prereq: CH 531 recommended.

CH 541. Quantum Chemistry. 4 Credits.

The principles of time-independent quantum mechanics and their application to model atomic and molecular systems.
Prereq: CH 513 or equivalent.

CH 542. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy. 4 Credits.

Molecular structure theory, perturbation theory, time-dependent quantum mechanics, theory of spectra, selection rules.
Prereq: CH 541 or equivalent.

CH 543. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy. 4 Credits.

Experimental spectra of atomic and molecular systems and surfaces.
Prereq: CH 542 or equivalent.

CH 544. Chemical Thermodynamics. 4 Credits.

The laws of thermodynamics and their applications, including those to nonideal chemical systems.
Prereq: CH 513 or equivalent.

CH 545. Statistical Mechanics. 4 Credits.

Molecular basis of thermodynamics. Applications to the calculation of the properties of noninteracting and weakly interacting systems.
Prereq: CH 513 or equivalent.

CH 546. Chemical Kinetics: [Topic]. 4 Credits.

Repeatable. Description and interpretation of the time evolution of chemical systems.
Prereq: CH 513 or equivalent.

CH 547. Computational Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Introduction to modern computational methods used to understand the properties of molecules.

CH 551. Advanced Organic-Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Credits.

Principles of organic-inorganic reaction dynamics; kinetics and mechanisms, linear free-energy relationships, isotope effects, substitution reactions, dynamic behavior of reactive intermediates, electron transfer chemistry.

CH 552. Advanced Organic Chemistry—Stereochemistry and Reactions. 4 Credits.

Principles and applications of stereochemistry; reagents and reactions, with mechanisms, used in contemporary organic synthesis; examples taken from the current literature.

CH 561. Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Structure and function of macromolecules.

CH 562. Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Metabolism and metabolic control processes. Energy and sensory transduction mechanisms.
Prereq: CH 561.

CH 563. Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Mechanisms and regulation of nucleic acid and protein biosynthesis. Other current topics in biochemical genetics.
Prereq: CH 561.

CH 564. RNA Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Introduction to the diverse field of RNA biochemistry.

CH 565. Physical Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Physical chemical properties of biological macromolecules; forces and interactions to establish and maintain macromolecular conformations; physical bases of spectroscopic, hydrodynamic, and rapid-reaction investigative techniques. Offered alternate years.

CH 566. Structural Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Protein and nucleic acid structures and energetics. Structure determination by x-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Computational methods for structural analysis. Offered alternate years.
Prereq: CH 561.

CH 567. Biochemistry Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Methods of modern molecular biology and protein purification.

CH 603. Dissertation. 1-16 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 605. Reading and Conference: [Topic]. 1-16 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 607. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable. Seminars offered in biochemistry, chemical physics, materials science, molecular biology, neuroscience, organic-inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry.

CH 610. Experimental Course: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable.

CH 613. Organic Chemistry: [Topic]. 1-4 Credits.

Repeatable. Topics include bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, computational chemistry, green chemistry, medicinal chemistry, natural products, organometallic chemistry, polymers, catalysis, molecular motors, and spectroscopic methods for structure determination. Repeatable when topic changes.

CH 616. Biochemistry: [Topic]. 1-4 Credits.

Repeatable. Topics include enzyme mechanisms, stability and conformation of macromolecules, nucleic acids and nucleic acid protein complexes, conformational analysis of macromolecules, protein and nucleic acid biosynthesis. Repeatable when topic changes.

CH 623. Organic-Inorganic Chemistry Journal Club. 1 Credit.

Repeatable. Preparation and delivery of colloquium-style lectures in organic-inorganic chemistry based on papers from the literature. Repeatable for maximum of 12 credits.

CH 624. Physical Chemistry Journal Club. 1 Credit.

Repeatable. Preparation and delivery of colloquium-style lectures in physical chemistry based on papers from the literature. Repeatable for maximum of 12 credits.

CH 658. Synthetic Organic Reactions. 4 Credits.

Structured laboratory exercises to perform examples of the various reactions discussed in lectures.

CH 659. Advanced Synthesis Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Multistep sytheses of diverse target molecules.

CH 662. Advanced Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Detailed consideration of enzyme mechanisms, macromolecular structure, protein-nucleic acid interactions, and selected aspects of biological synthesis.

CH 663. Advanced Biochemistry. 4 Credits.

Detailed consideration of enzyme mechanisms, macromolecular structure, protein-nucleic acid interactions, and selected aspects of biological synthesis.

CH 667. Polymers: Synthesis, Characterization, Processing. 4 Credits.

Methods of polymer synthesis and characterization; kinetics and mechanisms of the principal polymerization reactions. Introduction to mechanical properties and fabrication techniques.

CH 668. Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Coatings. 4 Credits.

Statistical and thermodynamic models for the equilibrium configuration, conformation, structure, mechanical properties, and phase transitions of polymer solutions, dense melts, liquid crystals.

CH 669. Polymer Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Preparation and physical characterization of polymers; emphasis on polymers of commercial interest.

CH 677. Semiconductor Device Physics. 4 Credits.

Elementary theory of inorganic solids; electronic structures and transport properties of semiconductors. Basic theory of semiconductor devices including diodes, transistors, mosfets, and optoelectronic devices.

CH 678. Semiconductor Processing and Characterization Techniques. 4 Credits.

Solid-state and surface chemistry of inorganic semiconductors as it pertains to microelectronic devices.

CH 679. Device Processing and Characterization Laboratory. 4 Credits.

Design, fabrication, and testing of semiconductor devices with an emphasis on wafer processing and device realization.