Program electives

You can build strength in a specific focus area by directing your Program Electives in Year Two and Year Three towards specific courses, as described below (click on a focus area to see the corresponding courses). By doing so, you will be adequately prepared for 400-level courses in those areas. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in Chemistry, you should build strength in at least two focus areas.

Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 310 Transition Element Compounds and Inorganic Materials
CHEM 310L Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 313 Main Group and Solid State Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry

CHEM 224L Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 323 Analytical Instrumentation

Biological Chemistry

CHEM 331 Fundamentals of Metabolism 1
CHEM 357 Physical Biochemistry

Theoretical/Computational/Physical Chemistry

CHEM 209 Introductory Spectroscopy and Structure
CHEM 340 Introductory Computational Chemistry
CHEM 350 Chemical Kinetics
CHEM 350L Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2

Organic Chemistry

CHEM 360 Organic Chemistry 3*
CHEM 360L Senior Organic Chemistry Laboratory*
CHEM 363 Organic Process Chemistry

* Note that CHEM 360 is corequisite for CHEM 360L.

Polymer Chemistry

CHEM 370 Introduction to Polymer Science

Medicinal Chemistry

CHEM 363 Organic Process Chemistry
CHEM 381 Bioorganic Chemistry
CHEM 382L Advanced Organic Synthesis Laboratory
CHEM 383 Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM 481 Rational Design of Potential Drug Candidates

Other CHEM courses

CHEM 333 Metabolism 1*
CHEM 404 Physicochemical Aspects of Natural Waters
CHEM 432 Metabolism 2
CHEM 433 Advanced Biochemistry
CHEM 464 Spectroscopy in Organic Chemistry

* Note that CHEM 333 and CHEM 331 are antirequisites.

Courses offered by other academic departments

BIOL 354 Environmental Toxicology
BIOL 439 Environmental and Natural Products Biochemistry
EARTH 221 Geochemistry 1
EARTH 421 Geochemistry 2
EARTH 459 Chemical Hydrogeology
NE 333 Macromolecular Science (antireq: CHEM 370)
NE 334 Statistical Thermodynamics (antireq: CHEM 400: Statistical Thermodynamics)
NE 335 Soft Nanomaterials
PHYS 359 Statistical Mechanics (antireq: CHEM 400: Statistical Thermodynamics)
PHYS 490 Machine Learning in the Physical Sciences

Chemistry (CHEM 400) and Biochemistry (CHEM 430) special topics

Since many of the 400-level Special Topics courses are not given on an annual basis, the Department of Chemistry is maintaining a terms of offering table below, in order to aid you in planning your course selections for Years Three and Four of your academic program.

Naturally, any course may be subject to cancellation should there be too few students interested in taking it during the term in which it has been scheduled to be offered.

Fall 2024 (unofficial)

Winter 2025 (unofficial)

CHEM 400 course titles

Molecular Sensing, Imaging, Spectroscopy and Nanodiagnostics (Course requires CHEM 209, CHEM 221, or CHEM 356)

Atomic and Molecular Clusters (Course requires CHEM 254 and CHEM 356)

Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry (Course requires CHEM 356, NE 332, or PHYS 234)

Supramolecular Chemistry

Green Chemistry for Chemical Synthesis (Course requires CHEM 360)

CHEM 430 course title

Antibiotics and Resistance