Courses

CHEM 3315

Introduction to Biophysical Chemistry

This course is an introduction to the physical principles that govern biological systems, molecular structure, life processes, and the methods used for their investigation. Topics include solution thermodynamics, inter-and intramolecular interactions, chemical and enzyme kinetics, and the application of quantum mechanics to modern spectroscopic techniques (absorption, emission, scattering, and magnetic resonance).

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 5300

Special Topics:Bioinorganic Chemistry

Many fundamental life processes (respiration, nitrogen fixation, photosynthesis, and replication) require transition metal ions and/or elements outside the traditional preview of organic chemistry.  This focus of this course is to present the basis for understanding how transition metal ions are utilized in biological catalysts (enzymes), atom transfer, and electron transport.  Additionally, a variety of commonly employed physical methods (optical, magnetic, and X-ray) will be introduced, with application toward the determination of electronic and molecular structure, and enzymatic mechanisms. 

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.

CHEM 5308

Physical Methods of Structure Determination

A survey of various methods for the determination of the structure of organic, inorganic and other materials using a variety of spectroscopic and other physical methods.