Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Monday, August 3, 2015, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.
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.
Prerequisite: CHEM 116, placement exam, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Environmental Studies 250
A study of biological evolution, including natural selection, adaptation, the evolution of sex, speciation, extinction, and constraints on evolutionary change. Reading primary literature is emphasized. Two lectures and one discussion per week.
Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or BIOL 130 or ANTH 140
Also listed as Environmental Studies 213
The structure and organization of the eukaryotic cell are described and employed to understand functional interrelationships at the organelle and molecular levels. Major processes considered include external environmental control mechanisms, developmental events, the regulation of energy exchange, and membrane function. Lecture only.
Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or BIOL 130
A seminar that introduces the biological chemistry of some 20 elements, mostly “inorganic,” that living systems incorporate and require, touching upon the topics of uptake, selectivity, compartmentalization, control, energetics, catalysis, structure, and toxicity. Students will draw from the text to elucidate in class the biological roles of individual elements. No laboratory.
Prerequisite: CHEM 116 or 119 or consent of instructor
The Elements of Life
Also listed as Environmental Studies 247
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.
Prerequisite: CHEM 250
Organic Chemistry II
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.
Prerequisite: CHEM 116 or 119 or consent of instructor
A study of the nervous system from the perspectives of psychology and biology. Topics vary year to year and may include glial cells, neural development, and the evolution of nervous systems and neurotransmitter systems. Lecture only. May be repeated when topic is different.
Topics in Neuroscience
Topic for Spring 2016: Acetylcholine
Acetylcholine was the first neurotransmitter to be discovered, and all muscular movement is accomplished by the release of acetylcholine. It is also the target of some of the deadliest toxins. This course will use research literature to explore the role of acetylcholine in health and disease. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 116 and either BIOL 140 or BIOL 150, and one course in psychology; or PSYC 360 and one course in biology; or consent of instructor
Also listed as Psychology 580
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.
Prerequisite: CHEM 250 or concurrent enrollment, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Biology 444
An interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which behaviorally active drugs exert their effects, drawing on research in pharmacology, psychology, biochemistry, anatomy, and neurophysiology. Provides an understanding and appreciation of the role of behaviorally active drugs in people’s lives, today and in the past.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Psychopharmacology and Behavior
An interdisciplinary examination of regulatory mechanisms leading to differential gene expression. Main topics include transcription, translation, gene and protein structure, and modern genomics. The application of current molecular techniques is emphasized throughout the course. Laboratory work is experimental in approach. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: BIOL 110 or BIOL 130, and CHEM 115
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.
Prerequisite: MATH 150, PHYS 150, CHEM 116; or consent of instructor
Physical Chemistry I
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.
Prerequisite: CHEM 210 or consent of instructor
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.
Prerequisite: CHEM 340 or consent of instructor
Also listed as Biology 455
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.
Topics in Advanced Organic Chemistry
Topic for Fall 2015: Modern Organic Synthesis
This course will study modern methods and topics in organic synthesis, including organometallic catalysis, stereoselectivity, pericyclic reactions, carbenes, and more. Students will learn to search and read the modern literature of organic synthesis, and will design syntheses toward complex products. Lecture only. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CHEM 252 or consent of instructor