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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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This course is a non-laboratory version of CHEM 125 and is a general treatment of basic concepts of general and organic chemistry as well as the role and significance of chemistry in the modern world. It is designed to fulfill the science requirement for non-science students, and should not be taken by students whose major requires a laboratory course in chemistry or more than one semester of chemistry. Meets with CHEM 125 for three lecture periods per week, with optional discussion sessions. LEC
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A general treatment of the basic concepts of general and organic chemistry as well as the role and significance of chemistry in the modern world. The course is designed to fulfill the science requirement for non-science majors, and should not be taken by students who require more than one semester of chemistry. Students in the School of Engineering may not take this course for credit. Three class periods, one three-hour laboratory, and optional discussion sessions. CHEM 125 and CHEM 150 cannot both be taken for credit. LEC
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This one semester course is designed for students in the School of Engineering who are not required to take additional chemistry courses at the college level. Topics covered in this integrated lecture and laboratory course include quantum theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, solids, liquids, gases, thermodynamics, equilibrium, acids and bases, kinetics, polymer chemistry, and materials science. The application of these concepts to engineering problems and practices is emphasized. Prerequisite: Must have completed a course in high school chemistry and be eligible for MATH 121 (or have Departmental consent). Students not admitted to the School of Engineering must receive permission from instructor. CHEM 125 and CHEM 150 cannot both be taken for credit. LEC
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The first course in a two-course sequence focused on the principles and applications of modern chemistry. This integrated lecture and laboratory course is designed for students pursuing or considering a major in one of the chemical sciences (such as chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or petroleum engineering). The CHEM 170/CHEM 175 course sequence covers the same general topics as CHEM 184/CHEM 188, but with an increased emphasis on modern applications of chemistry. Students with credit in CHEM 125 will have two hours added on to their total number of hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 115. LEC
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An integrated lecture and laboratory course which is a continuation of CHEM 170. Prerequisite: CHEM 170, CHEM 184 or CHEM 185. LEC
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This course seeks to develop a working knowledge of the conceptual foundation and the quantitative chemical relationships on which subsequent chemistry courses are built. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, properties of gases, liquids, and solids, acid-base chemistry, and chemical equilibria are emphasized. The class meets each week for three one-hour lectures, a one-hour tutorial period, and a three-hour laboratory. Students with credit in CHEM 125 will have two hours added on to their total number of hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: Must be eligible for MATH 115. LEC
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This course, which is designed for qualified and motivated students having a strong interest in chemistry, provides a more thorough treatment of the concepts and topics covered in CHEM 184. It is anticipated that students in CHEM 185 plan to take more than one year of chemistry at the college level. Class meets each week for three one-hour lectures, a one-hour tutorial period, and a three-hour lab. Students with credit in CHEM 125 will have two hours added on to their total number of hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: High-school chemistry and calculus; at least one of the following: acceptance into the KU Honors Program; an AP exam score in chemistry of 3 or higher; a mathematics ACT score of 28 or higher; or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course is a continuation of CHEM 184 and provides an introduction to inorganic chemistry and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Electrochemistry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and coordination chemistry are stressed. The class meets each week for three one-hour lectures, an optional tutorial period, and a five-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 184. LEC
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A course designed for qualified and motivated students with strong interest in chemistry to provide a more thorough treatment of the concepts and topics of advanced general chemistry. It is anticipated that the students in CHEM 189 have completed CHEM 185 or excelled in CHEM 184. Prerequisite: Membership in the University Honors Program, CHEM 184, CHEM 185, or consent of the department. LEC
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Special topics for chemistry majors such as using the chemical literature, educational and professional perspectives, scientific ethics, and undergraduate research opportunities. It is recommended that students take this half-semester course in their freshman or sophomore year. Prerequisite: A declared major in chemistry or consent of instructor. LEC
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Birth of modern chemical science from roots in Greek natural philosophy, alchemy, Renaissance medicine and technology. The Chemical Revolution of Lavoisier and Dalton. Maturity of chemistry in the 19th and 20th centuries, along with an examination of growth of chemical institutions and the rise of chemical industry. Emphasis on developments from the 18th century to the present. (Same as HIST 309.) LEC
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Individual and supervised study or laboratory work on special topics or problems in chemistry. Prerequisite: Ten hours of chemistry and a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0 or consent of department. IND
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Principles of analytical chemistry with emphasis on the fundamental reactions used for chemical analysis. Topics include chemical equilibria in acid/base, complexation, separations, and redox systems, data analysis, and potentiometry. Three class periods per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 188, CHEM 622 or CHEM 624, CHEM 625, and concurrent enrollment in CHEM 517. LEC
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Experiments illustrate fundamental principles of chemical analysis methods. The course serves as an introduction to advanced instrumental methods of analysis. One five-hour laboratory and one fifty minute lecture each week. Prerequisite: CHEM 188, CHEM 622 or CHEM 624, CHEM 625, and concurrent enrollment in CHEM 516. LAB
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An introduction for pre-service teachers to the tools used by scientists to solve scientific problems. Topics include design of experiments and interpretation of their results, use of statistics, mathematical modeling, laboratory safety, ethical treatment of human subjects, writing scientific papers, giving oral presentations, and obtaining data from the scientific literature. Open only to students in the UKanTeach program. LEC
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A study of the structures and reactions of important classes of organic compounds. Along with the organic laboratory, CHEM 625, this course will fulfill the needs of students requiring a single semester of organic chemistry. Students requiring more than one semester of organic chemistry should enroll in CHEM 624. Prerequisite: CHEM 188. LEC
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Three class periods each week. A study of the structure and reactivity of selected classes of organic compounds. CHEM 624 is the first course of a two-semester sequence. Students who require only one semester of organic chemistry should enroll in CHEM 622. Students with credit in CHEM 622 will have two hours added on to their total number of hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: CHEM 188. LEC
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One five-hour laboratory and one one-hour lecture each week. Emphasis on basic techniques for the preparation, separation, and purification of organic compounds. Required for a major in chemistry and by those departments and programs specifying a complete undergraduate organic chemistry course. Prerequisite: CHEM 622 or CHEM 624, or concurrently. LAB
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Three class periods each week. A continuation of CHEM 624, intended for students who want further training in organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 624. LEC
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One five-hour laboratory period and one one-hour lecture each week. More advanced organic laboratory techniques with emphasis on modern spectroscopic methods for determining the structure and purity of organic compounds. Required by all programs which specify a full year of organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 625 and CHEM 626 or CHEM 626 concurrently. LAB
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Three class periods and one tutorial period each week. This is the first half of a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry for students with strong records in previous chemistry courses and who are planning or considering a major in a chemistry-related field. The content is similar to that of CHEM 624 but with coverage in greater depth and more emphasis on developing problem-solving skills. Students requiring only one semester of organic chemistry should not enroll in this course but take CHEM 622. Students with credit in CHEM 622 who take and complete CHEM 628 will have two hours added to their total number of credit hours required for graduation. Prerequisite: CHEM 188 or CHEM 189 and membership in the University Honors Program or consent of instructor. LEC
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Three class periods and one tutorial period each week. This is the second course in a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry for students with strong records in previous chemistry courses and who are planning or considering a major in chemistry or in a chemistry-related field. The content is similar to that of CHEM 626 but with coverage in greater depth and more emphasis on developing problem-solving skills. Prerequisite: CHEM 624 or CHEM 628 and membership in the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Theory and application of instrumental methods to modern analytical problems. Topics covered include atomic and molecular spectroscopy, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, and separations. Two class periods per week. Students must be enrolled concurrently in CHEM 636. Prerequisite: CHEM 516 and CHEM 517. CHEM 640 or CHEM 646 strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM 636. LEC
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Theory and application of instrumental methods to modern analysis problems. Experiments covered include atomic and molecular spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and separation methods. One five-hour laboratory each week. Students must be enrolled concurrently in CHEM 635. Prerequisite: CHEM 516 and CHEM 517. A course in physical chemistry is strongly recommended. Corequisite: CHEM 635. LAB
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A one semester course, designed particularly for biology, biochemistry, and premedical students, which surveys the fundamentals of physical chemistry. The basic principles of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry, and spectroscopy will be introduced, and their application to aqueous solutions and biochemical systems will be emphasized. Prerequisite: One semester of organic chemistry, two semesters of calculus, and two semesters of physics. LEC
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A course particularly for biology, biochemistry, and premedical students. Experiments in physical chemistry illustrating the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, thermodynamics, and kinetics as applied to chemical systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 640. LAB
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An introduction to the basic principles of quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, molecular rotations and vibrations, group theory, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: CHEM 188; PHSX 211 and PHSX 212; MATH 121, MATH 122 and MATH 220 or MATH 320; and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 290 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Experiments in physical chemistry, with emphasis on the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy as applied to chemical systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 646. LAB
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Emphasizes the thermodynamics of molecular systems with application to the structure and properties of gases, liquids, solids, materials, statistical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and reaction dynamics. Prerequisite: CHEM 646 and MATH 290 or consent of instructor. LEC
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One four-hour laboratory and one one-hour lecture per week. Experiments in physical chemistry, with emphasis on the fundamental principles of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 648 or consent of instructor. LEC
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A systematic study of the elements and their compounds, emphasizing the relationship between properties of substances and their atomic and molecular structures and the positions of the elements in the periodic systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 640 or CHEM 646 or CHEM 648, or CHEM 648 concurrently. LEC
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Experiments concerning the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 667 or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 667. LAB
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Courses on special topics in chemistry, given as the need arises. Course may be repeated for different topics. Prerequisite: 20 hours of Chemistry. Each section may have additional prerequisites to be determined by the instructor. LEC
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Special topics and presentations by students and faculty in areas of current interest such as recent advancements in chemistry, professional development, societal issues facing chemists, and reports of ongoing research. This is a half-semester capstone course. Recommended for seniors. Prerequisite: CHEM 295. LEC
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May be repeated to accumulate a maximum of 10 credit hours. An undergraduate research course, in any of the fields of chemistry, consisting of either experimental work or the preparation of an extensive paper based on library investigation of a selected topic. A final report must be submitted to the department at the end of the semester. Open by permission of the department to those with at least 20 hours of chemistry. IND
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To be taken two semesters for a total of no more than 8 hours. An undergraduate research course, in any of the fields of chemistry. At the completion of the research, a written thesis, and an oral presentation will be required. Prerequisite: Admission to Chemistry Honors Program. IND
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A course for beginning graduate students with particular emphasis on scholarship issues relevant to the chemical sciences. Topics will include scientific ethics, codes of conduct, record keeping, authorship, and the responsibilities of a scientist. Group discussions, particularly centered around case studies, will be a significant component of the course. LEC
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Review of all complex variable theory; introduction to the partial differential equations of physics; Fourier analysis; and special functions of mathematical physics. (Same as PHSX 718.) Prerequisite: Two semesters of junior-senior mathematics. LEC
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An introductory graduate level course in analytical chemistry, in which the principles of electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and separation science are utilized to solve analytical problems in inorganic, organic and biochemistry. Prerequisite: An undergraduate course in analytical chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, and a year of physical chemistry. LEC
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An examination of the basic foundations of coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry including symmetry methods, bonding, magnetism, and reaction mechanisms. Prerequisite: Two semesters of organic chemistry and one semester of physical chemistry in which quantum chemistry is introduced. The latter course may be taken concurrently with CHEM 730. LEC
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A consideration of the structural features and driving forces that control the course of chemical reactions. Topics will include acid and base properties of functional groups; qualitative aspects of strain, steric, inductive, resonance, and solvent effects on reactivity; stereo-chemistry and conformations; an introduction to orbital symmetry control; basic thermodynamic and kinetic concepts; and an overview of some important classes of mechanisms. Prerequisite: Two semesters of undergraduate organic and one semester of physical chemistry or concurrent enrollment. LEC
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The use of techniques such as infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and ultraviolet spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry for elucidating the structure of organic molecules. A lecture and workshop course. Prerequisite: CHEM 626 and CHEM 627. LEC
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An introduction to the basic principles of quantum theory relevant to atomic and molecular systems. Topics include operators and operator algebra, matrix theory, eigenvalue problems, postulates of quantum mechanics, the Schrodinger equation, angular momentum, electronic structure, molecular vibrations, approximation methods, group theory, and the foundations of spectroscopy. Prerequisite: Two semesters of physical chemistry. LEC
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A comprehensive introduction to the application of chemistry to address problems in biology at the molecular level. The fundamentals of biomolecules (nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates) and techniques of chemical biology research will be discussed. LEC
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A study of the overall concept of central nervous system functioning. A brief introduction to neuroanatomy and neurophysiological techniques as well as a relatively detailed discussion of the chemistry of neurotransmitters is included. (Same as BIOL 775, MDCM 775, NURO 775, P&TX 775, and PHCH 775.) Prerequisite: One year of undergraduate organic chemistry. LEC
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Original investigation on the graduate level. RSH
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Colloquia on various topics of current interest are presented by students, faculty, and visiting scientists. LEC
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Individual studies of certain advanced phases of chemistry not covered in the regular graduate courses. IND
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An advanced treatment of analytical separations techniques. The theory of separation science will be augmented with discussion of practical aspects of instrumentation and experiment design. Prerequisite: CHEM 720. LEC
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An advanced treatment of selected electroanalytical techniques and methodology. Prerequisite: CHEM 720. LEC
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General concepts of encoding chemical information as electromagnetic radiation; major instrumental systems for decoding, interpretation, and presentation of the radiation signals; atomic emission, absorption, and fluorescence; ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and microwave absorption; molecular luminescence; scattering methods; mass spectrometry; magnetic resonance; automated spectrometric systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 720. LEC
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An introduction to mass spectrometry. The various ionization techniques and mass analyzers will be discussed, and many examples of different mass spectrometric applications will be introduced. Prerequisite: CHEM 720. LEC
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A course covering important aspects in modern chemical measurement with particular emphasis placed on bioanalysis. This course will survey the modern analytical challenges associated with the ongoing efforts in genomics and proteomics and discuss future trends in methods in instrumentation. Prerequisite: CHEM 720. LEC
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An introduction of quantum and group theories in relation to bonding and physicochemical properties of inorganic substances. Topics include vibrational and electronic spectroscopies, magnetism, and inorganic photochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 730. LEC
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Mechanistic aspects of transition metal chemistry including substitution reactions, electron transfer reactions, rearrangement reactions, ligand reactions and inorganic photochemistry. Principles and applications of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalytic processes emphasizing catalysis at transition metal centers. Prerequisite: CHEM 730. LEC
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An examination of the methods used to probe the mechanisms of organic reactions and of the chemistry of some important reactive intermediates. Topics will include isotope effects, kinetics, linear free energy relationships, solvent effects, a continuing discussion of orbital symmetry, rearrangements, carbocations, carbanions, carbenes, radicals, excited states, and strained molecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 740. LEC
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A discussion of fundamental reactions for the formation of carbon-carbon bonds, oxidation, reduction, and functional group interchange. Prerequisite: CHEM 740. LEC
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A course designed to develop a student's ability to apply fundamental concepts of mechanistic organic and organometallic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, synthetic organic reactions and techniques for structure elucidation. Students will propose solutions to practice problems mimicking challenges that arise in contemporary research in organic chemistry. The format includes interactive problem-solving discussions led by faculty and peers and monthly written examinations. May be repeated up to three times until the student has passed at least four of the written exams. Prerequisite: CHEM 740 or permission of instructor. SEM
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The advanced mathematical and physical principles of quantum mechanics relevant to atomic and molecular systems. Topics may include abstract vector spaces and representations, time-dependent quantum dynamics, electronic structure theory, density matrices, second-quantization, advanced group theory, path integrals, and scattering theory. Prerequisite: CHEM 750 or its equivalent. LEC
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Thermodynamics and introduction to equilibrium statistical mechanics with emphasis on problems of chemical interest. The course consists of two roughly equal parts: 1) An advanced overview of the laws and concepts of thermodynamics with application to specific problems in phase and chemical equilibria and 2) An introduction to equilibrium statistical mechanics for both classical and quantum systems. Prerequisite: CHEM 750 or its equivalent. LEC
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A study of the rates, mechanisms, and dynamics of chemical reactions in gases and liquids. Topics include an advanced overview of classical kinetics, reaction rate theories (classical collision theory, transition-state theory and introductory scattering theory), potential energy surfaces, molecular beam reactions, photochemistry, Marcus electron transfer theory and other areas of current interest. Prerequisite: CHEM 750 or its equivalent. LEC
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Quantitative molecular spectroscopy and its chemical applications. The basic principles of the molecular energy levels, selection rules and spectral transition intensities will be discussed and applied to rotational, vibrational, electronic, and nuclear magnetic spectroscopy. Linear and nonlinear spectroscopies will be addressed. Prerequisite: CHEM 750 or its equivalent. LEC
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Research work (either experimental or theoretical) in chemistry for students working toward the M.S. degree. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. THE
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Original investigation in chemistry at the graduate level. Prerequisite: Advancement to doctoral candidacy. RSH
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Advanced computer applications in physical science. General discussion and illustration of problem organization and solution by numerical and other methods with examples from physics, astronomy, and other physical sciences. Students will design, write, validate, and document a computer program to solve a physical problem. (Same as ASTR 815 and PHSX 815.) Prerequisite: Six hours of computer science courses numbered 300 or above, and six hours of physics and/or astronomy courses numbered 300 or above. LEC
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A survey of metalloproteins and metalloenzymes, their structures and functions, including recent advances in biomimetic modeling, small molecule activation in biological systems, and related physical methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 832. LEC
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A survey of important techniques in organic chemistry with respect to scope, limitations, mechanism, and stereochemistry. Emphasis will be placed on new synthetic methods and application of such methods to the synthesis of structurally interesting compounds, particularly natural products. Prerequisite: CHEM 842. LEC
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Advanced equilibrium statistical mechanics and introduction to nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. Topics include: the theory of liquids, critical phenomena linear response theory and time correlation functions, Langevin dynamics, and molecular hydrodynamics. (Same as PHSX 971.) Prerequisite: CHEM 909 or equivalent. LEC
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A student will engage in a semester-long, planned instructional activity that shall include college classroom teaching under the supervision of a chemistry department faculty member. Prerequisite: Two semesters as a graduate teaching assistant. LEC
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A course covering special advanced topics in chemistry not included in other graduate courses. One or more topics will be covered in a given semester and an announcement of the course content and prerequisites will be made at the end of the previous semester. This course may be taken more than once when the topic varies. LEC
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Research work (either experimental or theoretical) in chemistry for students working toward the Ph.D. degree. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. THE
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