Santa Clara University

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Courses

Fall 2014
Winter 2015
Spring 2015

Courses Offered Fall 2014


CHEM 11 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
This course is the first of a three-term sequence designed to introduce students to the most fundamental concepts of chemistry. Topics include chemical properties and reactions, thermochemistry, stoichiometry, quantitative problem solving, and an introduction to both ionic and covalent chemical bonding. Laboratory 3 hrs/week.

CHEM 11H GENERAL CHEMISTRY I HONORS
Accelerated treatment of CHEM 11 material and presentation of other topics not normally covered in general chemistry. Laboratory 3 hrs/week.

CHEM 31 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
Organic Chemistry I is the first term of a three-term sequence of courses designed to cover the fundamental concepts of the subject. Topics include organic structure and conformations, stereochemistry, structure-reactivity relationships, and the chemistry of alkyl halides and alkenes. Special emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.


CHEM 115 CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY SEMINAR
Active areas of research in university, industrial, and government laboratories, presented by guest speakers. May be repeated for credit. P/NP.

CHEM 141 BIOCHEMISTRY I
This course is appropriate for any student in Chemistry, Biology or comparable background who wants to understand the chemical reasons for the behavior of biological molecules.

CHEM 143 BIOCHEMICAL TECHNIQUES
A laboratory course emphasizing fundamental theory and practice in biochemical laboratory techniques including preparation and handling of reagents; isolation, purification, and characterization of biomolecules; enzyme kinetics, spectrophotometric assays; electrophoretic and immunological techniques may also be covered. Laboratory 8 hrs/wk.

CHEM 150 BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
Introduction to the physical behavior of biomolecules. Topics include transport properties, reaction kinetics, sedimentation, electrophoresis, binding dynamics, molecular motion.

CHEM 182 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Execution of an experimental or theoretical research project supervised by chemistry faculty.  Students may enroll for 1, 2, or 3 units of credit. Each unit requires a minimum of 30 hours of laboratory or computational work.  May be repeated for credit.

CHEM 183 SENIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Individual research under the supervision of a faculty mentor, culminating in a comprehensive progress report. Laboratory at least 9 hrs/wk.

CHEM 184 CAPSTONE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Continuation of individual research begun in CHEM 183 under the supervision of a faculty mentor, culminating in a thesis and oral presentation. Laboratory at least 9 hrs/wk.

CHEM 194 SPECIAL TOPIC - MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
This course will introduce students to the history and process of identifying small molecules as therapeutic drugs.  Topics covered include drug interactions with their biomolecular targets, metabolism of drugs, and will explore the chemistry involved in discovery and optimization of new drug molecules.


 

Fall 2014
Winter 2015
Spring 2015




Courses Offered Winter 2015

CHEM 12 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
Chem 12 is the second of a three-term sequence in general chemistry. Subjects include properties of solids, liquids and gases, properties of solutions, chemical kinetics, properties of acids and bases and an introduction to chemical equilibria. Several lectures deal with special topics chosen at the discretion of the instructor. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

CHEM 12H GENERAL CHEMISTRY II HONORS
Accelerated treatment of Chem 12 material and other topics not normally covered in general chemistry. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

CHEM 32 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
A continuation of Chemistry 31. Topics include spectroscopy, and the chemistry of alkynes, ether, alcohols and carbonyl compounds. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

CHEM 111 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS I
Principles and use of instrumentation. Focus on electronics, spectroscopic methods, mass spectrometry, and chemical separations. Laboratory 4 hrs/wk.

CHEM 115 CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY SEMINAR
Active areas of research in university, industrial, and government laboratories, presented by guest speakers. May be repeated for credit. P/NP.

CHEM 142 BIOCHEMISTRY II
Continuation of 141. Includes a study of various aspects of the intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids as well as nucleic acid structure and function, protein synthesis and sub-cellular sorting, and more advanced molecular physiology, including membrane biochemistry, signal transduction and hormone action.

CHEM 152 CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS
Fundamental laws of thermodynamics, and application to ideal and real gas equations of state, ideal and real solutions, phase equilibria and electrochemistry.

CHEM 154 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
Experimental applications of thermodynamics, kinetics, spectroscopy, and other aspects of physical chemistry. Laboratory 8 hrs/wk.

CHEM 182 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Execution of an experimental or theoretical research project supervised by chemistry faculty.  Students may enroll for 1, 2, or 3 units of credit. Each unit requires a minimum of 30 hours of laboratory or computational work.  May be repeated for credit.

CHEM 183 SENIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Individual research under the supervision of a faculty mentor, culminating in a comprehensive progress report. Laboratory at least 9 hrs/wk.

CHEM 184 CAPSTONE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Continuation of individual research begun in CHEM 183 under the supervision of a faculty mentor, culminating in a thesis and oral presentation. Laboratory at least 9 hrs/wk.
 

Fall 2014
Winter 2015
Spring 2015





Courses Offered Spring 2015

 

CHEM 5 CHEMISTRY: AN EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCE
A survey of modern chemical applications, including applications to health, the environment, and consumer issues, and an introduction to the scientific method of inquiry.  Laboratory 3 hrs/every other week.

CHEM 13 GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
Topics include aqueous equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and statistical tools required for data analysis. The laboratory introduces quantitative analytical methods such as titration, spectroscopy, and electrochemistry. Laboratory 4 hrs/wk.

CHEM 15 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
This course introduces students to opportunities for undergraduate research in the department. Departmental faculty present their current research. Also, an overview of typical tools used in pursuing scientific research projects is provided. Students interested in the chemistry major/minor should ordinarily take this course before the end of their sophomore year.

CHEM 19 CHEMISTRY FOR TEACHERS
This laboratory-based course is designed to teach the fundamental concepts of chemistry and is geared toward students who are interested in becoming elementary or middle school teachers. The course focuses on the following concepts: nature of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, and chemical reactions. While learning these core concepts, students will experience what it means to do science by developing their experimentation skills as they participate in a classroom scientific community. Laboratory 3 hrs/every other week.

CHEM 33 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III
Topics include carbonyl condensation reactions, aromatic substitutions, amines, carbohydrates, and peptide and protein synthesis. Other advanced topics may include pericyclic reactions and natural product synthesis. Laboratory 3 hrs/wk.

CHEM 101 BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Structure, properties, and reactivity of metal complexes and the function of metal ions in biological processes.

CHEM 102 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Introduction to inorganic chemistry with emphasis on the nonmetals.  Laboratory 3 hours per week.

CHEM 112  BIOANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
A focused investigation of the application of modern methods of analytical chemistry to understanding biological systems at the molecular level.  Topics depend on recent developments in bioanalytical research but may include sub-cellular analyses, proteomics, electrochemical methods, and nanoparticle-based approaches to analysis. The course stresses extensive reading of recent literature in bioanalytical chemistry, critical evaluation of published scientific papers, and develoment of akills in scientific writing.  Prerequisite:  CHEM 11 or consent of instructor.

CHEM 115 CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY SEMINAR
Active areas of research in university, industrial, and government laboratories, presented by guest speakers. May be repeated for credit. P/NP.

CHEM 141 BIOCHEMISTRY I
An introduction to structure/function relationships of biologically important molecules, enzymology, membrane biochemistry, and selected aspects of the intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates

 

CHEM 151 SPECTROSCOPY
Fundamentals of quantum mechanics including wave functions and probability, rotational, vibrational, and electronic transitions, atomic and molecular electronic structure, and magnetic resonance.

CHEM 182 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
ExperimentalExecution of an experimental or theoretical research project supervised by chemistry faculty.  Students may enroll for 1, 2, or 3 units of credit. Each unit requires a minimum of 30 hours of laboratory or computational work.  May be repeated for credit.

CHEM 183 SENIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Individual research under the supervision of a faculty mentor, culminating in a comprehensive progress report. Laboratory at least 9 hrs/wk.

CHEM 184 CAPSTONE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Continuation of individual research begun in CHEM 183 under the supervision of a faculty mentor, culminating in a thesis and oral presentation. Laboratory at least 9 hrs/wk.


CHEM 190 SPECIAL TOPIC: ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
Sources, reactions, and transport of contaminants in soil, water, and air.  Kinetic and thermodynamic models for smog formation, ozone layer depletion, acid rain, and the transport and degradation of contaminants in natural waters and soil, plus a brief look at global climate modeling.


 

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