Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Saturday, September 23, 2017, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

CHEM 108: The Chemistry of Art

A study of the chemistry underlying topics of interest to artists and art historians. Topics may include: papermaking; pigments, dyes, and binders; photography; glass and ceramics; metals; and printmaking. The course is designed for all students. Combined lecture and laboratory.
Units: 6.

CHEM 115: Principles of Chemistry: Structure and Reactivity

Introduction to the basic principles of chemistry, emphasizing structures of chemical species (atoms, ions, and molecules), stoichiometry, the relationships between structure and reactivity, basic chemical models (gas laws, e. g.) and laboratory skills. This course will serve primarily to prepare students who have not had any previous (high school) coursework in chemistry for CHEM 116. Three lectures and one laboratory session each week. Students with high school chemistry should normally take 116 instead of this course. See the chemistry department's web page for placement examination information.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Placement examination

CHEM 116: Principles of Chemistry: Energetics and Dynamics

Introduction to the study of chemistry, for students who have taken high school chemistry or CHEM 115, emphasizing structural and quantitative models of chemical behavior. Topics include bonding, thermochemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, and related applications. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Enrollment is determined by placement examination for students who have not completed CHEM 115. See the chemistry department's web page for placement examination information.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: CHEM 115 or placement examination

CHEM 191: Directed Study in Chemistry

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CHEM 195: Internship in Chemistry

An opportunity to connect work experiences in industry, government, or the non-profit sector to the academic program in chemistry. Internships, either summer activities or full- or part-time work experiences during the academic year, are arranged by students in consultation with a Lawrence instructor. In each case, the academic credit (and grading) is based on related readings, discussion with the instructor, and a summary report, plus a presentation on campus, usually in the chemistry seminar series. Advance consultation and application is required, normally by the fifth week of the previous term.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; Counter Registration Required

CHEM 210: Analytical Chemistry

A course in the quantitative description of chemical equilibria in solution (acid-base, complexation, redox, solubility) using classical, separation, electrochemical, and spectrochemical methods of analysis. This course covers methods of quantification, statistics, and data analysis as applied to modern chemistry. Students will have the opportunity to individually design projects. Three lectures and two laboratory periods per week.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Environmental Studies 250
Prerequisite: CHEM 116, placement exam, or consent of instructor

CHEM 212: Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry

This course focuses on the fundamental chemical processes that control Earth's atmosphere, ocean, soil, and climate. The course emphasizes the mechanisms that regulate the flow of energy in different ecosystems, the environmental role of particulate matter and solar radiation, chemistry-climate relationships, and the anthropogenic impact on the environment.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Environmental Studies 222
Prerequisite: CHEM 116

CHEM 225: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

This course provides an introduction to the novelty, challenge, and excitement of nanoscale science and technology. Emphasis on the physical and chemical properties and phenomena at the nanoscale and their influence in chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental chemistry. Opportunities for individually designed projects. No formal laboratory.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: At least one introductory course sequence in either chemistry (115, 116) or physics (150, 160 or 120, 130)

CHEM 250: Organic Chemistry I

A study of the relationship between structure and function in organic compounds. Basic topics such as molecular orbital theory, conformational equilibria, stereochemistry, and nucleophilic substitution are covered. Students also learn to use instrumental analysis (NMR, IR, GC-MS) to identify and characterize compounds. One four-hour laboratory per week.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: CHEM 116 or 119 or consent of instructor

CHEM 252: Organic Chemistry II

A study of organic reactions and their mechanisms. The focus of the class is synthesis, both in the concrete sense of building molecules and in the abstract sense of pulling together disparate concepts to solve problems. Case studies from the polymer and pharmaceutical industries underline the relevance of the discipline to everyday life. One four-hour laboratory per week.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: CHEM 250

CHEM 320: Inorganic Chemistry

A survey of structures, properties, reactivities, and interrelationships of chemical elements and their compounds. Topics include unifying principles and concepts that enable the interpretation of experimental data associated with materials. Emphasis on multidisciplinary aspects of inorganic chemistry. Lectures and weekly laboratory. Laboratory projects involve synthesis and studies of compounds using a variety of experimental methods.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: CHEM 116 or 119 or consent of instructor

CHEM 340: Biochemistry I

An introduction to the study of biological processes at the molecular level with emphases on protein struction and function, enzyme mechanism and kinetics, fundamentals of physical biochemistry, and the chemistry of biological molecules, including carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Biology 444
Prerequisite: CHEM 250 or concurrent enrollment, or consent of instructor

CHEM 350: Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry

Bioorganic chemistry is the study of the organic chemistry underlying biological processes; topics such as the organic chemistry of metabolic processes and the laboratory synthesis of biomolecules will be covered. We will also study the organic chemistry of drug discovery and development, guided by both pharmaceutical case studies and modern medicinal chemistry literature.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: CHEM 252 or consent of instructor

CHEM 370: Physical Chemistry I

Develops and explores theoretical descriptions of chemical systems: physical states, the laws of thermodynamics as applied to chemical and physical equilibria, chemical reaction kinetics, and catalysis. No laboratory.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: MATH 150, PHYS 150, CHEM 116; or consent of instructor

CHEM 380: Seminar: Perspectives on Chemistry

A series of presentations by visiting chemists and Lawrence students, faculty, and staff, featuring current issues in chemistry, important applications of chemistry, and professional development topics appropriate to chemistry majors or minors. Approximately one meeting per week. Two or more short “reaction papers” (a short seminar critique or summary) required of each student. Offered annually in the Fall Term. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 1.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; offered annually in the Fall Term

CHEM 390: Tutorial Studies in Chemistry

Advanced reading and/or laboratory work in chemistry on topics not covered in regular offerings. Available to both majors and non-majors.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CHEM 391: Directed Study in Chemistry

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CHEM 395: Internship in Chemistry

An opportunity to connect work experiences in industry, government, or the non-profit sector to the academic program in chemistry. Internships, either summer activities or full- or part-time work experiences during the academic year, are arranged by students in consultation with a Lawrence instructor. In each case, the academic credit (and grading) is based on related readings, discussion with the instructor, and a summary report, plus a presentation on campus, usually in the chemistry seminar series. Advance consultation and application is required, normally by the fifth week of the previous term.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; Counter Registration Required

CHEM 399: Independent Study in Chemistry

Original experimental or theoretical research in cooperation with a faculty member. Seniors considering an honors project should register for this course for one or more terms. Available to both majors and non-majors.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CHEM 410: Instrumental Analysis

An advanced course in instrumental methods of quantification and identification in modern chemistry. Emphasis on instrument design, operating principles, interpretation of instrumental data, and discrimination between techniques. This course focuses on spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical techniques and their application in fundamental and applied research. Students will have the opportunity to individually design projects. Three lectures and one laboratory per week.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: CHEM 210 or consent of instructor

CHEM 420: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

A continuation of inorganic chemistry addressing cross-disciplinary topics such as organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, nanosciences, inorganic spectroscopy, and main group chemistry, with examples drawn from the primary literature. The course is especially recommended for majors who plan to continue studies in graduate or professional school.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: CHEM 250, CHEM 320, and CHEM 370; or consent of instructor

CHEM 440: Biochemistry II

A continuation of Biochemistry I. A study of biological processes at the molecular level with an emphasis on metabolic pathways, recent advances in biochemical medicine, and biochemical aspects of gene replication, protein synthesis, molecular motors, and sensing. The course is divided between lecture and discussion and will rely heavily on current biochemical literature.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Biology 455
Prerequisite: CHEM 340 or consent of instructor

CHEM 450: Topics in Advanced Organic Chemistry

A study of modern topics in organic chemistry, emphasizing current literature. Topics may vary from year to year, but the class typically covers organic synthesis in depth. Students will often use the literature and their own expanding understanding of chemical reactivity to design synthetic routes to complex drugs and natural products. No formal laboratory; lab exercises may occasionally substitute for lectures.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: CHEM 252 or consent of instructor

CHEM 470: Physical Chemistry II

Develops and explores theoretical methods and models for the quantum description of atoms and molecules as chemical systems; statistical methods that link the macroscopic and molecular levels of these descriptions are also explored, along with the treatment of deviations from equilibrium. No laboratory.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: MATH 150 and CHEM 370; or consent of instructor

CHEM 475: Spectroscopy

A study of the theory and practice of spectroscopy. Theoretical topics may include energy quantization, selection rules, and group theory. Experimental topics may include infrared, Raman, ultraviolet/visible, electron spin resonance, or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies and their applications. Two lectures and two laboratories per week.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: CHEM 370 or CHEM 470; or consent of instructor

CHEM 476: Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Students will use the laboratory setting to connect quantitative models with observed chemical phenomena using physical chemistry concepts. Lectures will guide students in analyzing their data, and developing the tools needed to communicate their results via research articles and presentations. Experimental topics include thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: MATH 150 and CHEM 370 (CHEM 470 preferred), or consent of instructor

CHEM 480: Seminar: Chemical Literature

A seminar course intended primarily for junior majors and minors in chemistry. Students learn the character and organization of the chemical literature and become familiar with search strategies, as each selects a topic and, guided by the instructor, conducts a literature search for key papers on that topic, constructs an annotated bibliography, reads several of the most important of the papers, and prepares an end-of-term presentation highlighting key research findings related to their chosen topic.
Units: 2.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, or consent of instructor

CHEM 570: Topics Advanced Physical Chem

A study of advanced physical chemistry topics that are not covered in CHEM 370, 470, and 476. Course will emphasize the physical theories that govern chemical phenomena. Topics may include spectroscopy, electrochemistry, computational chemistry, and polymer/materials chemistry. No formal laboratory, but lab exercises will occasionally substitute lectures. May be repeated for credit when topic is different.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: MATH 150 and CHEM 370 (CHEM 470 preferred), or consent of instructor

CHEM 590: Tutorial Studies in Chemistry

Advanced reading and/or laboratory work in chemistry on topics not covered in regular offerings. Available to both majors and non-majors.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CHEM 591: Directed Study in Chemistry

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CHEM 595: Internship in Chemistry

An opportunity to connect work experiences in industry, government, or the non-profit sector to the academic program in chemistry. Internships, either summer activities or full- or part-time work experiences during the academic year, are arranged by students in consultation with a Lawrence instructor. In each case, the academic credit (and grading) is based on related readings, discussion with the instructor, and a summary report, plus a presentation on campus, usually in the chemistry seminar series. Advance consultation and application is required, normally by the fifth week of the previous term.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; Counter Registration Required

CHEM 599: Independent Study in Chemistry

Original experimental or theoretical research in cooperation with a faculty member. Seniors considering an honors project should register for this course for one or more terms. Available to both majors and non-majors.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CHEM 680: Senior Seminar

A seminar course for senior majors, culminating in an individual seminar presentation by each student.
Units: 3.

CHEM 690: Tutorial Studies in Chemistry

Advanced reading and/or laboratory work in chemistry on topics not covered in regular offerings. Available to both majors and non-majors.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CHEM 691: Directed Study in Chemistry

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CHEM 695: Internship in Chemistry

An opportunity to connect work experiences in industry, government, or the non-profit sector to the academic program in chemistry. Internships, either summer activities or full- or part-time work experiences during the academic year, are arranged by students in consultation with a Lawrence instructor. In each case, the academic credit (and grading) is based on related readings, discussion with the instructor, and a summary report, plus a presentation on campus, usually in the chemistry seminar series. Advance consultation and application is required, normally by the fifth week of the previous term.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; Counter Registration Required

CHEM 699: Independent Study in Chemistry

Original experimental or theoretical research in cooperation with a faculty member. Seniors considering an honors project should register for this course for one or more terms. Available to both majors and non-majors.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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