Chemistry Courses

NumberNameUnitsDescription
CHE 161Principles of Chemistry I1. Presents current theory regarding the nature of matter from the nuclear scale to that of the molecule and a descriptive and theoretical introduction to the chemical reaction; organized around two central ideas: the atom and energy. Partially satisfies Natural World LADR.
CHE 185Principles of Chemistry II1A continuation of 161. Prerequisite: 161.
CHE 221Organic Chemistry I1Sources, structure, nomenclature and properties of organic and biomolecules. Prerequisite: 185.
CHE 222Organic Chemistry II1A continuation of the study of organic reactions with an emphasis on the determination of reaction mechanisms. Components of this course include spectroscopy and theoretical applications. Laboratory components include synthesis, instrumental analysis, and kinetics. Prerequisite: Che 221.
CHE 308Directed Research0.25Field or laboratory research performed under the direction of a professor. Prerequisite: permission of directing professor. Graded Pass/Fail. 0.25 unit. This course does not count toward fulfillment of the requirements of the Chemistry major.
CHE 309Directed Research0.5Field or laboratory research performed under the direction of a professor. Prerequisite: permission of directing professor. Graded Pass/Fail. 0.50 unit. This course does not count toward fulfillment of the requirements of the Chemistry major.
CHE 311Phys. Chem: Chemical Thermodynamics1An introduction to classical thermodynamics and its applications to phase relations, chemical reactivity, chemical equilibrium, and basic electrochemistry. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisites: Che 185, Phy 185, Mat 122. Offered alternate years.
CHE 312Phys. Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry1An introduction to wavemechanics and its applications to spectroscopy and molecular structure. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisites: Che 185, Phy 185, Mat 122. Offered alternate years.
CHE 324Inorganic Chemistry1Principles of atomic and molecular structure and bonding in inorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: 325. Offered alternate years.
CHE 325Analytical Chemistry I1Chromatography and spectrophotometric methods of analysis, including GC, LC, HPLC, UV-VIS, IR, NMR. Prerequisite: 222.
CHE 326Analytical Chemistry II1Classical and electrochemical methods of analysis with inorganic applications; chemical equilibria. Field trips. Prerequisite: 222. Offered alternate years.
CHE 341Biochemistry I1Introduction to the application of fundamental chemical principles to the structure and function of proteins. Emphasis on protein structure, enzyme catalysis and kinetics, and special topics in protein chemistry. Laboratory work includes enzyme kinetics and protein purification. Includes student seminars. Prerequisites: Che 222 and Bio 185.
CHE 342Biochemistry II1Examination of energy metabolism and its regulation. Includes carbohydrate, fatty acid, lipid, nucleic acid, and amino acid metabolism. Laboratory work includes protein electrophoresis, peptide mapping, and the interaction of proteins with other biomolecules. Prerequisite: 341.
CHE 351Advanced Laboratory1A laboratory-intensive exploration of various techniques, which serve as vehicles to illustrate general aspects of inquiry in chemistry: experimental design, use of literature sources, treatment of experimental uncertainty, and use of laboratory notebooks. Team taught. Offered every Spring Term. Should be completed in the sophomore or junior year. Prerequisites: Che 222, Mat 111/112 or 121.
CHE 408Senior Thesis0.5Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of project advisor. May be offered in one term as the one-unit course 471. 0.50 unit each.
CHE 409Senior Thesis0.5Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of project advisor. May be offered in one term as the one-unit course 471. 0.50 unit each.

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