Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a well-balanced program for the education of its students. To prepare them for their professional careers, the Department is committed to providing quality teaching and research experiences emphasizing critical and independent thought. The curriculum provides strong innovative instruction in the theory and practice of the chemical sciences. It is designed to introduce students to modern laboratory methods and technology using state-of-the-art scientific equipment. The faculty is committed to providing an environment that addresses the individual needs of each student and encourages them to develop their potential through life-long learning and to be responsible members of their profession and community.

CHEM   5233G   Environmental Chemistry

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of the current environmental issues and the underlying chemistry associated with them, including stratospheric chemistry, air pollution, global climate change, toxic organic chemicals, natural water systems, soil chemistry, and energy production. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in CHEM   2242 and CHEM   3342.

Cross Listing(s): CHEM   5233.

CHEM   5331G   Advanced Organic Chemistry

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A course designed to build upon the knowledge gained in CHEM   3341 (Organic I) and CHEM   3342 (Organic II). Topics covered will include considerations of structural and mechanistic organic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry and bioorganic chemistry.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in CHEM   3342.

Cross Listing(s): CHEM   5331.

CHEM   5332G   Principles of Drug Design

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A course designed to introduce the chemistry of drug design and development, as well as drug actions and their impacts on society. Topics include drug discovery, receptor site theory, neurotransmitters, pharmokinetics, federal drug laws, drugs in sports and individual classes of drugs.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in CHEM   3342.

Cross Listing(s): CHEM   5332.

CHEM   5333G   Carbohydrate Chemistry

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides students with an introduction to the chemistry of carbohydrates. Topics include structural aspects, stereochemistry, synthesis, conformational analysis, polysaccharides, and vaccine development.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in CHEM   3342.

Cross Listing(s): CHEM   5333.

CHEM   5531G   Bioinorganic Chemistry

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the function of metal ions in biochemistry, the appropriate physical methods for studying biological metal centers, and the pathways of electron transfer in biomolecules. Topics include metal ion transport and storage, oxygen carriers, and metals in medicine. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor not required of the undergraduates.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in CHEM   5541 or CHEM   5541H.

Cross Listing(s): CHEM   5531.

CHEM   5541G   Biochemistry I

4 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys the fundamental principles of protein structure, enzyme mechanisms, carbohydrate structure, and the major metabolic pathways of carbohydrate metabolism. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): CHEM   5541, CHEM   5541H.

CHEM   5542G   Biochemistry II

4 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the structure and function of biological membranes, as well as additional metabolic pathways not covered in CHEM   5541, including the degradation and biosynthesis of lipids and amino acids. In addition, the course will examine nucleic acid chemistry, including DNA replication, transcription, recombinant DNA technology and related topics. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): CHEM   5542.

CHEM   6030   Professional Science Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to prepare professional scientists and science academicians in the skills of effective communication in order to convey scientific principles and knowledge to others in the sciences. It will also create awareness of the need to write promoting science understanding in lay people.

CHEM   6130   Industrial Science

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will provide an overview of the chemical industry, focusing on the chemistries located in the Southern US. Topics to be covered will be the origin and manufacture of basic petroleum feedstocks and petrochemicals; catalysis; pulp and paper chemistry; polymers and plastics; adhesives, sealants, and glues; agricultural chemistry, green chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Financial analysis, costs, and intellectual property will be discussed. The impact of these industries on the economy of the Southern United States will also be addressed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in CHEM   3342.

CHEM   6131   Solid State Materials

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an introduction to the physical and chemical properties of solids. Topics may include: periodic structure, symmetry of crystals, diffraction, reciprocal lattice, chemical bonding, lattice dynamics, phonons, thermal properties, and free electron gas. Bloch theorem, band structure, nearly free electron approximation, tight binding method, Fermi surface, semiconductors, electrons, holes, iimpurities, optical properties, excitons, and magnetism will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MATH   2242.

CHEM   6133   Photonics Plasmonics & Metamat

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course offers an introduction into theory and models related to photonics and electronics of photonic crystals, plasmonic metal nanostructures, metal-dielectric metamaterials and metasurfaces, localized scatterers and emitters. Students will improve their overall understanding of how these methods and models apply to practical systems related to spectroscopy, imaging, excitation and control over condensed, chemical and biological nano- and microstructures. The course covers a broad range of topics including: dielectric properties of materials in relation to their electronic structure, propagation and emission of radiation in strongly inhomogeneous and anisotropic materials, introduction into plasmonics, properties of photonic crystals and metamaterials, Mie theory of light scattering and near-fields at micro and nanoparticles, optical forces and tweezers, energy and momentum transfer in light-matter interactions and others.

CHEM   6230   Scientific Inquiry and Ethics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will provide a foundation in modern research methods, data handling and analysis, and a grounding in the current standards for scientifically ethical behavior and publishing.

CHEM   6730   Master of Science in Physical Science Internship

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is the required internship for the Master of Science in Physical Science (MSPS) degree. Students will apply their skills and knowledge to a current problem in a professional setting, either on campus or at the site of a participating sponsor.

CHEM   7031   Molecular Visualization

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

Focuses on computer skills related to building and presenting molecular information in the High School Science context. All content will be introduced through tutorial exercises provided as handouts. Intended as an elective in Chemistry for graduate students in the M.Ed. and Ed.S. Science Education programs.

CHEM   7042   Chemistry for Secondary Teachers

4 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   4 Lab Hours.

This course will emphasize the skills necessary to create and execute effective physical science demonstrations and laboratory experiments appropriate for secondary students, using common, inexpensive, easily-purchased, and easily-disposed of materials. Lab periods will be used to develop and implement demos and experiments based on the topics covered in lecture. This course is intended as a Chemistry elective for graduate students in the M.Ed. and Ed.S. Science Education programs.

Prerequisite(s): One year of college chemistry.

CHEM   7090   Selected Topics/Chemistry

1-6 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

A course taught on a one time basis. Lecture only courses will be three credit hours while courses with a laboratory will be four credit hours.

CHEM   7130   Sustainability in the Physical Sciences

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will provide an overview of sustainability, including current standards of sustainability, quantitative methods of measurement, and current applications of sustainable practices. The twelve Principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering will form the foundation of this course. Case studies, analysis of sustainability trends and common practices, and future research will be covered. Lifecycle analysis, current best practices in sustainability, the triple bottom line, social impacts of sustainability, and other topics will be discussed.

CHEM   7231   Theoretical Chemistry

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Chemistry research is increasingly supported by quantum chemical computations. This course will provide students with a complete understanding of ab initio quantum chemistry. Students are exposed to Hartree-Fock, MP2, and Coupled Cluster Theory in addition to basis sets and practical computational approaches. Upon completion, students will be able to choose a proper computational method, to diagnose issues that may arise within such computations, and also to compare methods from mathematical arguments. Prior knowledge in quantum chemistry and/or mechanics is highly recommended.

CHEM   7232   Toxicology of Nanomaterials

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course covers concepts related to the toxicity of nanomaterials. Students will design methods for studying nanomaterial toxicity as well as for profiling various classes of nanomaterials.

CHEM   7334   Polymer Materials

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce students to the world of polymer materials, which are ubiquitous in daily life around the world. It will cover the chemistry of hard and soft polymers, applied polymer science, and the analysis of polymeric materials. This course will also cover how polymers are synthesized and characterized, what unique properties polymers have, and how polymer materials are used. Material covered will include different ways of synthesizing polymers, including step, chain (free radical, “controlled” free radical, ionic), catalytic, and ring opening polymerizations. Important concepts on polymer structure, molecular weight and its distribution, glass transition, and amorphous versus crystalline state will be introduced. Various physical properties and applications of polymers, including mechanical and electrical properties, will also be briefly described.

CHEM   7335   Coatings Technology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce the fascinating field of coatings technology, which is widely applied in daily life. The course will cover what a coating is typically composed of, what typical coating binders are and how they are made, how to formulate a coating (different coating categories), and how typical coatings properties are affected by various ingredients.

CHEM   7531   Chemistry of Biomolecules I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course covers the fundamental structure and function of the three major classes of biomolecules: proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates, as well as signal transduction, DNA technologies, and membrane transport.

CHEM   7532   Chemistry of Biomolecules II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course covers the catabolism and anabolism of biomolecules of proteins, lipids, and amino acids and examines nucleic acid chemistry, including DNA replication, transcription, translation, and recombinant DNA technology.

CHEM   7630   Graduate Seminar

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will consist of formal seminars and informal sessions on current topics of interest to the program as presented by visiting lecturers, local researchers, and students. All MS-APS students must attend a set number of seminars each term they are enrolled in the program. Thesis track students in their final semester will prepare a comprehensive presentation on their thesis research as well as submit a report reviewing the topics covered during the seminar series.

CHEM   7895   Research

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Graduate students will pursue, under the direction of their advisory committee, a program of independent research in a particular area of physical science. Results of the research will be presented as a thesis in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science in Applied Physical Science degree.

CHEM   7999   Thesis

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Results of an individual, independent research project will be presented as a thesis in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science in Physical Science degree. The thesis requires defense of the design, execution, analysis, and interpretation of the research project.