Courses

CHEM 3315

Introduction to Biophysical Chemistry

A basic course introducing the physical principles that govern biological systems and processes, and the methods used for their investigation. Topics include solution thermodynamics, biomolecular interactions, enzyme kinetics, transport processes (diffusion, sedimentation, electrophoresis, viscous flow), and the applications of spectroscopic methods (absorption, emission and scattering of radiation, and the utilization of polarized light).

CHEM 3175

Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory

An introduction to the experimental procedures, interpretation, and development of physical chemistry concepts relevant to biological systems. Topics include solution thermodynamics, enzyme kinetics, magnetic and optical spectroscopy, equations of state, and chemical equilibrium.

CHEM 3317

Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

An overview of descriptive main group chemistry, the energetics of ionic, metallic, and covalent solids, acid-base chemistry and the coordination chemistry of the transition metals. The course is intended to explore and describe the role of inorganic chemistry in other natural sciences with an emphasis on the biological and geological sciences. Important compounds and reactions in industrial chemistry are also covered. Intended for both chemistry and non-chemistry majors. Prerequisite: CHEM 2322 or concurrent enrollment.

CHEM 5315

Physical Inorganic Chemistry

An overview of the quantitative aspects of main group chemistry, structure, bonding, reactivity, organometallic chemistry, and transition metal complexes. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the chemistry of metal centers in biological and synthetic inorganic model complexes and the modern physical techniques more frequently employed to study these systems. This course will assume a rudimentary knowledge of quantum mechanics. Prerequisite: CHEM 4318 or permission of instructor..