California State University, Fullerton

Chemistry and Biochemistry

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Maria C. Linder

DEPARTMENT OFFICE
McCarthy Hall 580

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
http://chemistry.fullerton.edu

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Minor in Chemistry
Minor in Biotechnology
Emphasis in Biotechnology
Emphasis in Environmental Chemistry
Master of Science in Chemistry
Emphasis in Geochemistry

SUBJECT MATTER PREPARATION PROGRAM
Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science

FACULTY
Peter de Lijser, Richard Deming, Mark Filowitz, Leslie Gillespie, Barbara Gonzalez, Christina Goode, A. Scott Hewitt, Paula Hudson, Christopher Hyland, Katherine Kantardjieff, Zhuangjie Li, Maria Linder, Christopher Meyer, Franklin Ow, Madeline Rasche, Kereen Monteyne, Harold Rogers, Karn Sorasaenee, Chandra Srinivasan, Jonathan Stoddard, Fu-Ming Tao

ADVISERS
Undergraduate: Richard Deming
Graduate: Peter de Lijser

INTRODUCTION
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry plans its curriculum to provide thorough instruction in the basic principles and concepts of chemistry and biochemistry for students who will (1) advance to graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry; (2) teach in the science programs of secondary schools; (3) seek employment in industry or government; (4) advance to medical, dental, or pharmacy training or (5) pursue a degree or minor in support of a career in other areas such as physics, biology, geology, business or computer science.

The department offers three bachelor’s degrees, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Chemistry and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biochemistry.

To qualify for any of these degrees, a student must earn a “C” (2.0) grade or better in all courses required for the major including prerequisites in related sciences or mathematics.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is currently on the approved list of The American Chemical Society (ACS), and students have the opportunity to earn ACS certification of the B.S. degrees offered.

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry require a minimum of 120 units. These total units include courses for the major, General Education, all University requirements, and free electives.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in chemistry or biochemistry:

Concepts

Skills and processes

Attitudes

Internships
Internship in Chemistry and Biochemistry (Chemistry 490) provides practical work experience which integrates with the student’s classroom studies.

Recommended Program in General Education
Because of high unit requirements for chemistry degree programs, a student majoring in chemistry is strongly urged to consult with an adviser at the Academic Advisement Center in UH-123 prior to designing his/her general education program. There is a six-unit exemption in general education for B.S. Chemistry degree majors for which the undergraduate Chemistry adviser must be consulted.

Upper-Division Baccalaureate Writing Requirement
Chemistry and biochemistry majors meet the coursework portion of the university’s upper-division writing requirement by passing Chemistry 340, English 301, or English 360 with a grade of “C” or better.

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TEACHING CREDENTIAL
The Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry may be effectively combined with subject matter studies necessary for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in science. Science teachers are in great demand, and candidates may qualify for scholarships and paid teaching internships while completing their credential. Undergraduates are encouraged to contact the Center for Careers in Teaching (657-278-7130, www.fullerton.edu/cct) and the Science Education Programs Office (657-278-2307, http://nsm.fullerton.edu/scied/) for early advisement and to plan efficient course selections for general education, the major and credential program coursework. Postbaccalaureate and graduate students should contact the Science Education Programs Office (657-278-2307 or http://nsm.fullerton.edu/scied/). Additional information is found under Science Education Programs in the University Catalog as well as at http://mast.wikispaces.com.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOCHEMISTRY
The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry is recommended for students planning to go directly into professional biochemistry careers and for students planning to attend graduate school in biochemistry or molecular biology. It is also excellent preparation for medical, dental, pharmacy and health science schools. Students who complete this program and include Inorganic Chemistry 325 (3 units) and Chemistry 411 (3 units) may qualify for certification by the American Chemical Society. The major in biochemistry requires the following courses:

Basic Courses (48 units)
Chemistry 120A,B General Chemistry (10)
Chemistry 210 Computational Tools for Chemical Sciences (1)*
Chemistry 301A,B Organic Chemistry (6)
Chemistry 302 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
OR Chemistry 306A Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
Chemistry 315 Theory of Quantitative Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 316 Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Chemistry 340 Writing for the Chemical Sciences (3)
OR English 301 Advanced College Writing (3)
OR English 360 Scientific and Technical Writing (3)
Chemistry 361A,B Introduction to Physical Chemistry (6)
OR Chemistry 371A,B Physical Chemistry (6)
Chemistry 390 Career Options in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1)
Chemistry 410A Introduction to Computational Genomics (1)
Chemistry 423A,B General Biochemistry (6)
Chemistry 422 Biochemistry Laboratory (2)
Chemistry 477 Advances in Biotechnology (3)
Chemistry 495/499 Senior Research/Independent Study (3)

Related Courses (26 units)
Physics 211, 212 Elementary Physics (6)
Physics 211L, 212L Elementary Physics: Laboratory (2)
Math 150A,B Calculus (8)
Biology 172 Cellular Basis of Life (5)
Biology 273 Genetics and Molecular Biology (5)

Upper-division electives are encouraged. See the department handbook or the department adviser for the approved list of courses.

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY
The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry is recommended for students planning to go directly into professional chemistry careers and for those who wish to do graduate work in chemistry. Students who complete this program and include an advanced course in instrumental analysis (such as 3 units of Chemistry 411) and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Chemistry 425) may qualify for degree certification by the American Chemical Society. The B.S. in Chemistry requires 48 units of Chemistry courses, 25 units of support courses, and 9 units of adviser-approved career breadth courses.

Basic Courses (48 units)
Chemistry 120A,B General Chemistry (10)
Chemistry 210 Computational Tools for Chemical Sciences (1)*
OR (for students electing Environmental Chemistry Emphasis)
Math 338 Statistics Applied to Natural Sciences (4 units)
Chemistry 301A,B Organic Chemistry (6)
Chemistry 306A,B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (4)
Chemistry 315 Theory of Quantitative Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 316 Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Chemistry 325 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 340 Writing for the Chemical Sciences (3)
OR English 301 Advanced College Writing (3)
OR English 360 Scientific and Technical Writing (3)
Chemistry 355 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3)
Chemistry 371A,B Physical Chemistry (6)
Chemistry 390 Careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1)
Chemistry 410C Introduction to Computational Chemistry (1)
Chemistry 495/499 Senior Research/Independent Study (3)
Upper-division elective (3)

Related Courses (25 units)
Physics 225, 226, 227 Fundamental Physics (7)
Physics 225L, 226L Fundamental Physics Laboratory (2)
Math 150A,B Calculus (8)
Math 250A Multivariate Calculus (4)
Math 250B Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4)
Note: For students planning to pursue a graduate degree, Physics 227L (1 unit) is highly recommended.

Career Breadth (9)
Note: Career Breadth requirements is satisfied by taking 9 units of upper-division coursework directly related to the student’s career plans in chemistry and approved by the undergraduate adviser.

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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN CHEMISTRY
The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry degree is offered for students who are planning careers that require a sound background in fundamental chemistry, but not at the depth of the B.S. degree. The B.A. is particularly suited for those who plan to go into areas such as secondary education, technical sales, science writing, chemical patent law and forensic sciences. The B.A. in Chemistry requires 45 units of Chemistry courses, and 16 units of related courses.

Basic Courses (45 units)
Chemistry 120A,B General Chemistry (10)
Chemistry 210 Computational Tools for Chemical Sciences (1)*
Chemistry 301A,B Organic Chemistry (6)
Chemistry 306 A,B Organic Chemistry Laboratory (4)
Chemistry 315 Theory of Quantitative Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 316 Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory (1)
Chemistry 325 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 340 Writing for the Chemical Sciences (3)
OR English 301 Advanced College Writing (3)
OR English 360 Scientific and Technical Writing (3)
Chemistry 361A, B Introduction to Physical Chemistry (6)
Chemistry 390 Career Options in Chemistry (1)
Chemistry 410C Introduction to Computational Chemistry (1)
Chemistry 411 A,B,C or G Instrumental Analysis (1)
Chemistry 421 Biological Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 495/499 Senior Research/Independent Study (2)

Related Courses (16 units)
Physics 211, 212 Elementary Physics (6)
Physics 211L, 212L Elementary Physics Laboratory (2)
Math 150A,B Calculus (8)

Chemistry/Pre MBA Program
A student may combine a B.A. in chemistry with a minor in Business Administration to qualify to enroll in and complete an MBA degree at CSUF in one additional year (33 units), provided all entrance requirements for the MBA program have been met. See your department adviser for details.

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MINOR IN CHEMISTRY
The Minor in Chemistry requires a minimum of 24 acceptable units of chemistry, including general chemistry (Chemistry 120A,B) plus 14 units of upper-division chemistry courses. These courses must be completed with an overall grade-point average of 2.0. A list of approved upper-division chemistry classes is available from the department office.
The Minor in Chemistry is appropriate for students majoring in Biological Science, Geological Science, or Physics. It is also appropriate for students who have an interest in art restoration, environmental science, forensic science, industrial administration, medical technology, patent or environmental law, or science writing. Students with an interest in these or other areas should consult the chemistry department about courses for the minor which are most appropriate for their interests.

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EMPHASIS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY
This emphasis is appropriate for students majoring in biochemistry and interested in gaining employment in nearly any area of the medical and agricultural biotechnology industries, working in academic research laboratories, or pursuing postgraduate degrees in molecular biology or biochemistry.

Required Courses (12 units)
Chemistry 472A,B Advances in Biotechnology Lab (6)
Chemistry 477 Advances in Biotechnology (3)
Biology 412 Principles of Gene Manipulation (3)

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EMPHASIS IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
This emphasis provides a concentration in chemistry with respect to the environment. The coursework addresses issues of concern such as EPA analysis protocols and other analytical methods, the interactions of chemicals with the air, water, and soil environments, how chemicals interact with living systems, chemical hazards, safe handling and disposal of chemicals, and an introduction to the regulatory framework. Interested students should consult their academic adviser for specific course requirements. The emphasis provides training for individuals interested in becoming environmental scientists and for those interested in graduate programs in this area.

Requirements (18-19 units)
Three of the following (9 units):
Chemistry 435 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (3)
Chemistry 436 Atmospheric Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 437 Environmental Water Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 438 Environmental Biochemistry (3)
Three of the following one-unit mini-courses (3 units):
Chemistry 411A Optical Spectroscopy (1)
Chemistry 411C Separations (1)
Chemistry 411G Mass Spectrometry (1)
Math 338 Statistics Applied to the Natural Sciences (4 units)
(This course can be substituted for chemical and biochemical computation courses in meeting requirements for the major.)

Senior Research (Chemistry 495) (2-3 units)
(Topic must be environmentally related.)

The Environmental Chemistry Emphasis may be integrated with the B.S. in Chemistry with no additional required units by using the above courses to meet career breadth and elective requirements. The environmental chemistry courses also can be used to satisfy requirements for the minor in chemistry.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR CHEMISTRY MAJORS SEEKING A TEACHING CREDENTIAL
To qualify for the Subject Matter Preparation Program for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science with a concentration in Chemistry, students must earn a bachelor’s degree and complete the following:
  1. Biology 171
  2. Geological Sciences 101, 101L and 420 and/or
  3. Pass California Subject Examinations: (CSET) exams Science Subtest I (astronomy, geology, Earth sciences, and physics), Science Subtest II (biology and chemistry), and Science Subtest III (chemistry). Consult the Secondary Science Education Credential adviser at 657-278-5637 for more information.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY
The degree is designed to qualify students for more advanced work in chemistry, to provide preparation that will lead to responsible positions in industrial or government research and development laboratories, and to provide preparation for the effective teaching of chemistry in high schools and community colleges.

The program provides fundamental courses at a level and depth commensurate with those taken during the first year of a doctoral program and provides an introduction to research and research methods.

Admission
Students must meet the university requirements for admittance to the university. This normally requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units attempted. (See the section of this catalog on Graduate Admissions for a complete statement and procedures.) In addition to university requirements, in order to achieve conditionally classified standing in the chemistry program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. An undergraduate degree in chemistry or a selection of science courses deemed as adequate preparation for further study in chemistry by the Department Graduate Committee
  2. At least a 2.75 GPA in science courses
  3. For students holding undergraduate degrees from non-U.S.-accredited institutions, the GRE subject examination (Chemistry or Biochemistry), with scores reported to the department.

Application Deadlines
The deadlines for completing online applications are March 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 1 for the spring semester (see http://www.csumentor.edu). Mailed applications need to be postmarked by the same deadlines. However, deadlines may be changed based upon enrollment projections.

Placement Examinations
All incoming students are required to pass an analytical writing exam. Any student failing to pass will be required to take a remedial writing class. Each student is required to take and pass placement examinations or take and pass the appropriate courses with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better. Graduate students in one of the chemistry options must demonstrate competency by passing four placement examinations in the following five areas of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and/or biochemistry. Graduate students in the biochemistry option must demonstrate competency in the following areas of chemistry: analytical, organic, biochemistry, as well as either physical or biology.
A student may take each placement examination two times within the first year of enrolling in the graduate program. A student who does not pass the placement examinations within the first year must demonstrate competency by passing with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better the appropriate courses within two years after first enrolling.
The appropriate courses are Chemistry 301B for organic, 315 for analytical, 325 for inorganic, 361A,B for physical (biochemistry option), 371A,B for physical (chemistry option), 423A,B for biochemistry and Biology 273 for biology.

Classified Standing
In order to proceed from conditionally classified to classified standing, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Demonstration of competency in any three of the areas, as described above
  2. Approved selection of a research director
  3. An approved study plan
  4. The university graduate-level writing requirement

Study Plan
Three alternatives are available for the study plan. The student can complete either a laboratory thesis (preferred) a library thesis, or project.

The degree program consists of 30 units of graduate committee-approved coursework completed with a minimum grade of “B” in all coursework exclusive of Chemistry 505A,B and 599. Each student prepares a study plan in consultation with the graduate program adviser. The study plan must be approved by the student’s research director, the department, and the Office of Graduate Studies. All chemistry courses on the study plan must be 400 level or above.

Study plans may contain no more than 2 units of Chemistry 505A,B, and no more than 6 units of Chemistry 599 (3 units for students electing the library thesis alternative).

  1. Basic requirements
    Courses required of all students:
    Chemistry 505A,B Seminar (2)
    Chemistry 599 Independent Graduate Research (3-6)
    Chemistry 598 Thesis (2-4)
    OR Chemistry 597 Project (2-4)
  2. Core and Elective Requirements
    A minimum of 18 units of adviser-approved coursework are required, at least nine units of which must be the 500 level. Nine of these units must be core courses in the student’s area of specialization, as follows:
    Analytical: Chemistry 511, 512, and 552
    Biochemistry: Chemistry 541, 542, and 546
    Inorganic: Chemistry 425, 431, and 552
    Organic: Chemistry 431, 535, and 539
    Physical: Chemistry 512, 551, and 552

A specialization in geochemistry is also available. Consult the chemistry graduate adviser for more information. For further details or advisement concerning the M.S. program, contact the graduate adviser.

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CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY COURSES
Courses are designated as CHEM in the class schedule.

CHEM 100    Survey of Chemistry

Description: Prerequisite: one year of high school algebra. The fundamental principles of chemistry; atomic and molecular structure and the application of these principles to contemporary problems. For the nonscience major.
Units: (3)

CHEM 100L    Survey of Chemistry Laboratory

Description: Prerequisite: concurrent or prior enrollment in Chemistry 100 or Chemistry 115. Experiments chosen to develop laboratory techniques; chemical principles and their application to environmental and societal problems. (3 hours laboratory)
Units: (1)

CHEM 102    Physical Science for Future Elementary Teachers

Description: (Same as Physics 102)
Units: (3)

CHEM 105    Survey of the Molecules of Life

Description: An introduction to the biochemical processes of life, including metabolism, development and disease. Recent scientific advances are discussed with emphasis on AIDS, cancer, diabetes and cloning. Scientific methods and ethical issues in scientific research are examined.
Units: (3)

CHEM 111    Nutrition and Health

Description: The basics of nutrition; diet, food additives, vitamins, hormones, drugs, disease and related biochemical topics. Current controversies, popular practices, fads and fallacies. For the non-science major.
Units: (3)

CHEM 115    Introductory General Chemistry

Description: Chemistry at the basic level. For students with limited background in chemistry who plan to take additional chemistry or other science courses. Does not fulfill chemistry requirements for majors or minors in the physical or biological sciences (3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity)
Units: (4)

CHEM 120A    General Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: passage of the chemistry placement examination and exemption from or passage of the ELM examination or completion of Chemistry 115 with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better. For majors and minors in the physical and biological sciences
Units: (5)

CHEM 120B    General Chemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 120A or its equivalent. For majors and minors in the physical and biological sciences, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium (gaseous, aqueous, acid-base, solubility and complexation), elementary electrochemistry and chemical kinetics. Laboratory: quantitative and qualitative analysis and elementary physical chemistry; some qualitative analysis. (3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory).
Units: (5)

CHEM 125    General Chemistry for Engineers

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 120A. The topics are the same as Chemistry 120B but without laboratory. Not open to students with credit in Chemistry 120B.
Units: (3)

CHEM 200    Chemistry for Nursing and Allied Health Professionals

Description: Prerequisites: Intermediate algebra with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better. One year of high school chemistry or a passing score on the placement test for general chemistry or completion of introductory general chemistry (Chemistry 115 or equivalent) with a “C” (2.0) or better strongly advised. A one-semester course that introduces the fundamental concepts of general, organic and biochemistry and their applications to the health sciences. Meets requirement for pre-nursing curriculum and can be applied to other allied health majors. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours activity)
Units: (5)

CHEM 210    Computational Tools for Chemical Sciences

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 120A,B and a major in chemistry or biochemistry. Introduction to the use of spreadsheets and higher level programming languages and molecular modeling for chemical problem solving and data management. Chemical algorithms; data analysis and interpretation; graphical preparation and analysis; search/retrieval of chemical data and literature; file transfers between programs and operating systems.
Units: (1)

CHEM 295    Directed Study

Description: Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Research in chemistry under the supervision of a chemistry department faculty member. Credit/no credit only. May be repeated for credit. Does not count towards major. (3 hours laboratory per unit)
Units: (1)

CHEM 301A    Organic Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 120A,B. Properties and reactions of aliphatic and aromatic compounds, theories of structure, and reaction mechanisms. For the nonchemistry major or for a B.A. in Chemistry, B.S. in Chemistry or B.S. in Biochemistry major.
Units: (3)

CHEM 301B    Organic Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 120A,B and 301A. Properties and reactions of aliphatic and aromatic compounds, theories of structure, and reaction mechanisms. For the nonchemistry major or for a B.A. in Chemistry, B.S. in Chemistry or B.S. in Biochemistry major.
Units: (3)

CHEM 302    Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 301A. Corequisite: Chemistry 301B. Techniques for the synthesis, characterization and isolation of typical aliphatic and aromatic compounds. For the non-chemistry major or the B.S. in Biochemistry major. (6 hours laboratory)
Units: (2)

CHEM 302A    Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Description: Chemistry 302A must be taken concurrently with Chemistry 301A. Techniques for the synthesis, isolation and characterization of typical aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Students wishing to fulfill all of their organic chemistry laboratory requirements in a single semester should enroll in Chemistry 302.
Units: (1)

CHEM 302B    Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Description: Chemistry 302B must be taken concurrently with Chemistry 301B. Techniques for the synthesis, isolation and characterization of typical aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Students wishing to fulfill all of their organic chemistry laboratory requirements in a single semester should enroll in Chemistry 302.
Units: (1)

CHEM 303A    Biotechnology: Business and Society

Description: Prerequisites: completion of General Education (G.E.)Categories I, II, and III.A.1 and 2. Major applications of modern biotechnology will be explored in a lecture/discussion/presentation format that includes guest speakers from industry. (3 hours lecture/discussion for 5 weeks)
Units: (1)

CHEM 303B    Biotechnology: Medical Biotechnology

Description: Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories I, II, III.A.1, and 2 and Chemistry 303A. Major applications of modern biotechnology will be explored in a lecture/discussion/presentation format that includes guest speakers from industry. (3 hours lecture/discussion for 5 weeks)
Units: (1)

CHEM 303C    Biotechnology: Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology

Description: Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories I, II, III.A.1, and 2 and Chemistry 303A. Major applications of modern biotechnology will be explored in a lecture/discussion/presentation format that includes guest speakers from industry. (3 hours lecture/discussion for 5 weeks)
Units: (1)

CHEM 306A    Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 120 A,B. Corequisite: Chemistry 301A. Techniques for synthesis, isolation and characterization of typical aliphatic and aromatic compounds, with applications of instrumental and spectroscopic methods for the B.A. and B.S. in Chemistry major. (6 hours laboratory)
Units: (2)

CHEM 306B    Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 301A, 306A. Corequisite: Chemistry 301B. Continuation of Chemistry 306A for the B.A. and B.S. in Chemistry major. (6 hours laboratory)
Units: (2)

CHEM 311    Nutrition and Disease

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 111 or Biology 101. Relationship between nutrients and disease, with an emphasis on cancer, atherosclerosis and infectious illness. Dietary factors that modify and/or contribute to the disease process from the viewpoints of physiology, biochemistry and immunology. Not applicable to the major. (Same as Biology 311)
Units: (3)

CHEM 313A    Environmental Pollution and Its Solutions: Air Pollution

Description: Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories I, II, and III.A. Human pollution of the Earth’s atmosphere and means to ameliorate this pollution. Historical examples, current cases, and future prospects. (3 hours lecture/discussion for 5 weeks)
Units: (1)

CHEM 313B    Environmental Pollution and Its Solutions: Water Pollution

Description: Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories I, II, and III.A. Human pollution of the Earth’s aqueous environment and means to ameliorate this pollution. Historical examples, current cases, and future prospects. (3 hours lecture/discussion for 5 weeks)
Units: (1)

CHEM 313C    Environmental Pollution and Its Solutions: Land Pollution

Description: Prerequisites: completion of G.E. Categories I, II, and III.A. Human pollution of the Earth’s terrestrial environment and means to ameliorate this pollution. Historical examples, current cases, and future prospects. (3 hours lecture/discussion for 5 weeks)
Units: (1)

CHEM 315    Theory of Quantitative Chemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 120B. Physics 211, 212 or Physics 225. Physics 226 strongly recommended.
Units: (3)

CHEM 315W    Quantitative Chemistry Workshop

Description: Corequisite: Chemistry 315. Designed to enhance knowledge and skills needed for success in Chemistry 315. Emphasis on review of general chemistry, problem-solving skills, study and exam skills, and their application to quantitative chemistry. Credit/No Credit only. (2 hours activity)
Units: (1)

CHEM 316    Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 315, Chemistry 210. Modern analytical chemistry laboratory: polyprotic acids, liquid chromatography, electrochemistry, absorption spectroscopy (ultraviolet/visible, infrared, atomic). (3 hours laboratory)
Units: (1)

CHEM 325    Inorganic Chemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 301B. The chemistry of the main group elements and an introduction to transition metal chemistry.
Units: (3)

CHEM 340    Writing for the Chemical Sciences

Description: Prerequisites: upper-division standing, English 101 and two semesters of chemistry beyond general chemistry. Design and preparation of scientific manuscripts and presentations. Emphasizes practice in writing, American Chemical Society writing guidelines, peer-review and critical analysis of scientific literature. (English 301 or English 360 may be substituted.)
Units: (3)

CHEM 355    Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 316, Chemistry 361A or Chemistry 371A. Corequisite: Chemistry 361B or 371B. Experiments in chemical synthesis, instrumental analysis and physical chemistry. Laboratory training and written presentation of theory, data and results are emphasized. (1 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory).
Units: (3)

CHEM 361A    Introduction to Physical Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Math 150A,B and Physics 211, 212 or 225, 226, Chemistry 301A,B. Thermodynamics and kinetics; properties of gases and solutions; molecular structure and energies and application to spectroscopic techniques; liquids, phase equilibria, thermodynamics of multicomponent systems with application to the life sciences.
Units: (3)

CHEM 361B    Introduction to Physical Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Math 150A,B and Physics 211, 212 or 225, 226, Chemistry 301A,B. Thermodynamics and kinetics; properties of gases and solutions; molecular structure and energies and application to spectroscopic techniques; liquids, phase equilibria, thermodynamics of multicomponent systems with application to the life sciences.
Units: (3)

CHEM 371A    Physical Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Math 250A, Physics 225, 226 and Chemistry 301A,B. Thermodynamics, solutions, chemical and phase equilibria, electrochemistry, transport phenomena, introduction to atomic and molecular structure, rotation and vibration spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, and kinetics.
Units: (3)

CHEM 371B    Physical Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Math 250A, Physics 225, 226 and Chemistry 301A,B. Thermodynamics, solutions, chemical and phase equilibria, electrochemistry, transport phenomena, introduction to atomic and molecular structure, rotation and vibration spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, and kinetics.
Units: (3)

CHEM 390    Careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 120B. Career options in chemistry. Credit/No Credit only.
Units: (1)

CHEM 395    Undergraduate Research

Description: Prerequisites: completion of one upper-division course in chemistry, one semester of experience working in a research laboratory, and consent of instructor. Independent research in chemistry or biochemistry under the guidance of a department faculty member. May be repeated for credit. Does not count towards major. (3 hours per week per unit). (4 units maximum)
Units: (1-3)

CHEM 410A    Introduction to Computational Genomics

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 361A; 421 or 423A; 210. Co-requisite, 361B or 371B or 423B. Introduction to protein and DNA sequence analysis and molecular evolution; probabilistic models of sequences; gene identification; comparative genomics (algorithms and statistics); brief review of structure and evolution of genes and proteins.
Units: (1)

CHEM 410B    Advanced Computational Biochemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 361A; 421 or 423A; 210. Co-requisite, 361B or 371B or 423B. Principles of protein folding and structure; methods for determining protein structure; methods of protein structure prediction and modeling; contents of structural databases; structure visualization, validation and analysis; structure-based drug design; rational mutagenesis; computational biochemistry tools.
Units: (1)

CHEM 410C    Introduction to Computational Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 361A or 371A; 210. Co-requisite, 361B or 371B. Basic theory of molecular electronic structure; common methods for molecular computation; visualizing molecular structure and understanding calculated properties; predicting molecular spectra and other experimental data; applying molecular computation to practical problems in research.
Units: (1)

CHEM 410D    Advanced Computational Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 361A or 371A; 210; 410C. Co-requisite, 361B or 371B. High level methods of molecular computation; theory of reaction rates; methods for transition state computations; tools and techniques for exploring reaction mechanisms or pathways; prediction of reaction kinetics data; applications of molecular computations in research.
Units: (1)

CHEM 411A    Instrumental Analysis - Optical Spectroscopy

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 315 and 316.Corequisite: Chemistry 361B or 371B. (UV/visible, infrared, atomic absorption, flame emission) Students wishing an ACS certified degree must take three units of Chemistry 411 courses. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory for 5 weeks)
Units: (1)

CHEM 411B    Instrumental Analysis - Magnetic Resonance

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 315 and 316. (nuclear magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance) Students wishing an ACS certified degree must take three units of Chemistry 411 courses. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory for 5 weeks)
Units: (1)

CHEM 411C    Instrumental Analysis - Separations

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 315 and 316. (high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography) Students wishing an ACS certified degree must take three units of Chemistry 411 courses. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory for 5 weeks)
Units: (1)

CHEM 411G    Instrumental Analysis - Mass spectrometry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 315 and 316. (conventional magnetic sector, quadruple, Fourier transform, tandem, and time-of-flight; hyphenated techniques including gas chromatography (GC-MS), liquid chromatography (LC-MS).Students wishing an ACS certified degree must take three units of Chemistry 411 courses. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory for 5 weeks)
Units: (1)

CHEM 421    Biological Chemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 301A. Corequisite: Chemistry 315. Survey of biochemistry designed for biology majors and pre-health profession careers. This course will cover major areas of biochemistry, including intermediary metabolism and compounds of biochemical interest. The focus of this one-semester course will be on the application of biochemistry and the biochemical foundation of health science.
Units: (3)

CHEM 422    General Biochemistry Laboratory

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 302 or 306A and 316. Corequisite: Chemistry 421 or 423A. The chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates, nucleic acids, lipids and proteins; techniques of enzyme chemistry and isolation; research methods. (6 hours laboratory)
Units: (2)

CHEM 423A    General Biochemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 301B. Corequisite: Chemistry 315. Survey of biochemistry designed for Biochemistry majors; structural chemistry and function of biomolecules, bioenergetics and intermediary metabolism.
Units: (3)

CHEM 423B    General Biochemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 423A. Survey of biochemistry designed for Biochemistry majors; structural chemistry and function of biomolecules, central metabolism; replication and expression of the genetic material.
Units: (3)

CHEM 425    Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 325 and 361A,B or 371A,B. The bonding, structure and reactivity of transition and lanthanide elements. Molecular orbital and ligand field theory, classical metal complexes and organometallic chemistry of the transition elements.
Units: (3)

CHEM 431    Advanced Organic Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 301B and 361A,B or 371A. Theoretical and physical aspects of organic chemistry. The modern concepts of structure, and reaction mechanisms.
Units: (3)

CHEM 435    Chemistry of Hazardous Materials

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 301B. An in-depth examination of hazardous chemicals; organic and inorganic air- and moisture-sensitive compounds, reactive metals; chemical reactivity patterns; chemical compatibilities; storage and handling; methods of disposal and waste containment; Federal and local regulations; case histories.
Units: (3)

CHEM 436    Atmospheric Chemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 315. Chemistry and photochemistry of the troposphere and stratosphere, both natural and polluted. Includes fundamental reaction kinetics and mechanisms, monitoring techniques, smog chamber, field and modeling studies.
Units: (3)

CHEM 437    Environmental Water Chemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 315. Chemical characteristics of fresh and oceanic water; major water pollutant classes, origins, environmental chemical transformations, effects, abatement, and fates; chemical methods for determining water quality, large scale processes for water treatment.
Units: (3)

CHEM 438    Environmental Biochemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 301B. Effects of current agricultural, industrial and mechanical practices on the composition, metabolism and health of soil, plants, animals and man, from a biochemical perspective; mechanism of action and degradation of common agricultural chemicals and industrial pollutants.
Units: (3)

CHEM 445    Nutritional Biochemistry

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 423A or 421. Nutrition, metabolism and excretion of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, major minerals and trace elements from a biochemical perspective. Relevant variations in dietary practices related to life stages and specific illnesses.
Units: (3)

CHEM 472A    Advances in Biotechnology Lab

Description: (Same as Biology 472A)
Units: (3)

CHEM 472B    Advances in Biotechnology Laboratory

Description: Prerequisite: Biology/Chemistry 472A. Second semester exploring biotechnology techniques for gene product analysis: DNA sequencing, site-directed mutagenesis, predicting amino acid changes, protein overproduction, enzyme function assays, protein identification/preparation by gel techniques, immunoblotting. (1 hour discussion, 6 hours laboratory) (Same as Biology 472B)
Units: (3)

CHEM 473    Introduction to Bioinformatics

Description: (Same as Biology 473)
Units: (3)

CHEM 477    Advances in Biotechnology

Description: Prerequisites: completion of Biology 172 and Biology 273. Corequisite: Chemistry 421 or 423B. Current topics in biotechnology centering on techniques for molecular cloning and DNA sequencing of genes. Medical breakthroughs for diagnosis of mutations and gene therapy. Role of biotechnology in agriculture, energy and environment. Bioethical issues. (Same as Biology 477)
Units: (3)

CHEM 480A    Topics in Contemporary Chemistry

Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing in chemistry. Research seminar dealing with topics of current interest in chemistry such as photochemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and organometallic chemistry. Credit/no credit only. Not applicable toward master’s degree. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1)

CHEM 480M    MARC Proseminar

Description: (Same as Biology and Psychology 480M)
Units: (1)

CHEM 480T    Topics in Contemporary Chemistry

Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing in chemistry. Special lecture topics of current interest in chemistry. May be repeated for credit. (1 hour lecture per unit)
Units: (2-3)

CHEM 490    Internship in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Description: Prerequisites: junior or senior standing in chemistry and consent of instructor. Internship in chemistry. Work on projects in industrial, governmental or medical laboratories. May count as career breadth requirement units for chemistry majors, or substituted for Chem 495, with permission. May be repeated once. Does not count toward M.S. degree.
Units: (1-2)

CHEM 495    Senior Research

Description: Prerequisites: three one-year courses in chemistry, Chemistry 390, and consent of instructor. Corequisite: Chemistry 340. The methods of chemical research through a research project under the supervision of one of the Department faculty. May be repeated for credit. Only 6 units may apply toward B.A. or B.S. degree (6 hours per week per unit)
Units: (1-3)

CHEM 496    Student-to-Student Tutorials

Description: Supervised experience in chemistry teaching through tutoring or assisting in laboratory or field classes. Consult “Student-to-Student Tutorials” in this catalog for prerequisites and a more complete course description.
Units: (1-3)

CHEM 498    Senior Thesis

Description: (Same as Biology 498)
Units: (2)

CHEM 499    Independent Study

Description: Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and completion of two one-year courses in chemistry. Special topics in chemistry selected in consultation with the instructor and approval of department chair. May be repeated for credit. Only six units may apply toward B.A. or B.S. degree. In some cases, 499 can be substituted for 495, Senior Research, to meet degree requirements.
Units: ( 1-3)

CHEM 505A    Seminar (Participation)

Description: Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of department. Student attendance at presentations by invited scientists on topics of current interest in chemistry. May not be repeated for credit. (1 hour seminar)
Units: (1)

CHEM 505B    Seminar (Presentation)

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 505A, graduate standing and consent of the department. Student presentation of recent contributions to the chemical literature. May not be repeated for credit. (1 hour seminar)
Units: (1)

CHEM 511    Theory of Separations

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 355 and 361A,B or 371A,B. The theory, application and limitations of physical and chemical separation techniques; chromatography.
Units: (3)

CHEM 512    Advanced Instrumentation

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 315. Spectroscopic instrumentation components and systems. Includes laser spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, chemical sensor, process control, surface science, and microscopy methods; vacuum technology, optics, electro-optics, and electronics components; design and repair of instrumentation.
Units: (3)

CHEM 535    Organic Synthesis

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 361A,B or 371A,B and 301B. Methods of synthetic organic chemistry and their application to construction of organic molecules.
Units: (3)

CHEM 537    Organic Spectroscopy

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 301B/302 or 301B/306B, Chemistry 361A,B. Chemistry 431 recommended. Theory and use of infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy as methods for the identification of organic compounds.
Units: (3)

CHEM 539    Chemistry of Natural Products

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 301B. The biosynthesis of the alkaloids, terpenes, steroids and other natural products of plant and animal origin.
Units: (3)

CHEM 541    Protein Biochemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 423A,B or equivalent. Protein isolation strategies and techniques; chemical/physical characterization and modeling; functional characterization (kinetics, binding, chemical modification); molecular biology, including cloning, expression, sequencing and engineering.
Units: (3)

CHEM 542    Nucleic Acid Biochemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 423A and B, or equivalent, and a biochemistry lab course (Chemistry 422 or equivalent). The course covers biochemistry of nucleic acids in living systems at the molecular level. Advances and techniques used in nucleic acid research are also covered. A strong emphasis is placed on critical reading, analysis, and presentation of primary literature.
Units: (3)

CHEM 543    Physical Biochemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 361A,B or 371A,B, 421 or 423A,B. Methods for measuring physical properties of proteins and nucleic acids. Thermodynamic and hydrodynamic aspects.
Units: (3)

CHEM 546    Metabolism and Catalysis

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 421 or 423A,B. Regulation of bio-synthetic and degradative reactions in living systems. The control of enzyme activity and concentration. Mechanisms of hormone action.
Units: (3)

CHEM 551    Quantum Chemistry

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 371A,B. Postulates and theories of approximation methods in quantum chemistry, the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, chemical bonds, group theory and applications.
Units: (3)

CHEM 552    Kinetics and Spectroscopy

Description: Prerequisite: Chemistry 361B or 371B. Kinetics and spectroscopy of chemical and biochemical systems in the gas phase, in the liquid phase, and on surfaces.
Units: (3)

CHEM 580T    Topics in Advanced Chemistry

Description: Prerequisite: graduate standing in chemistry. Current research topics in chemistry in the area of analytical, organic, inorganic, physical chemistry and biochemistry. May be repeated for credit. (1 hour seminar per unit)
Units: (1-6)

CHEM 597    Project

Description: Prerequisites: an officially appointed project committee and consent of the department chair. Guidance in the preparation for a project for the master’s degree.
Units: (1-6)

CHEM 598    Thesis

Description: Prerequisite: an officially appointed thesis committee. Guidance in the preparation of a thesis for the master’s degree.
Units: (1-6)

CHEM 599    Independent Graduate Research

Description: Prerequisite: graduate standing in chemistry. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-6)

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* Students who pass Multivariable Calculus (Math 250A, 4 units) are exempt from Chemistry 210.