All students must take the placement exam during Orientation week. The results of the placement exam are used to advise students which track to pursue.
Courses of Instruction
Pre-engineering students should refer to the First Year–Sophomore Program to determine the chemistry requirements for admission to particular Junior-Senior Programs. Special attention should be given to the requirements for admission to chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science and metallurgical engineering, and other related fields.
The laboratory fee covers the cost of nonreturnable items, chemicals, and reasonable breakage. In addition, students may be charged for lab handouts and excessive breakage, for cleaning of equipment returned dirty, and for checking out late.
CHEM UN1403x-UN1404y General chemistry
3.5 pts. Lect: 3.5. Members of the faculty.
Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in MATH UN1101; for UN1404: CHEM UN1403 or UN1403. Preparation equivalent to one year of high school chemistry is assumed, and concurrent registration in Calculus I. Students lacking such preparation should plan independent study of chemistry over the summer or take CHEM UN0001 before taking UN1403. Topics include stoichiometry, states of matter, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, chemical thermodynamics, nuclear properties, electronic structures of atoms, periodic properties, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, introduction to organic and biological chemistry, solid state and materials science, polymer science and macromolecular structures, chemical kinetics, coordination chemistry, and electrochemistry. Although UN1403 and UN1404 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially. The order of presentation of
topics may differ from the order presented here, and from year to year. Recitation section required.
CHEM UN1500x or y General chemistry laboratory
3 pts. Lab: 3. Professors Hansen and Ulichny.
Corequisite: CHEM UN1403 or UN1403. Lab fee: $140. An introduction to basic techniques of modern experimental chemistry, including quantitative procedures and chemical analysis. A lab lecture section is also required for this course (UN1501).
CHEM UN1604x Second semester general chemistry (intensive)
3.5 pts. Professor Brus.
Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or better in CHEM UN1403 or UN1403 or acceptable performance on the Department placement exam. Corequisite: Calculus II. Topics include gases (kinetic theory of gases); binary collision model for chemical reactions; chemical kinetics; acid-base equilibria; thermochemistry (Thermodynamics I); spontaneous processes (Thermodynamics II); chemical bonding in polyatomic molecules. Recitation section required.
CHEM UN1507x or y Intensive general chemistry laboratory
3 pts. Lab: 3. Professor Avila.
Prerequisite: CHEM UN1604 or UN2045. Lab fee: $140. An introduction to basic techniques and practices of modern experimental chemistry, including qualitative procedures and chemical analysis. This course differs from CHEM UN1500 in its emphasis on instrumentation and methods. Students must also attend the compulsory mentoring session. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.
CHEM UN2045x-UN2046y Intensive organic chemistry for first-year students (lecture)
3.5 pts. Professors Breslow and Ng.
Prerequisites: A grade of 5 on the Chemistry Advanced Placement exam and an acceptable grade on the Department placement exam. Not open to students who have taken other courses in college-level chemistry. Premedical students may take CHEM UN2045, UN2046, and UN2545 to meet the minimum requirements for admission to medical school. This course covers the same material as CHEM UN2443-2444, but is intended for students who have learned the principles of general chemistry in high school. The level of instruction is appropriate for those who have not had a college course in general chemistry. Students enrolled in CHEM UN2045-2046 are expected to enroll concurrently in CHEM UN1507. Recitation section required.
CHEM UN3079x-UN3080y Physical chemistry, I and II
4 pts. Professor Kaufman.
Prerequisites: CHEM UN1403 and UN1404, or UN1604, or UN2045 and UN2046; PHYS UN1201-1202 is acceptable, PHYS UN1401-1402 is recommended, or the equivalent; and MATH UN1101-1102 or UN1207-1208. Recommended corequisite: CHEM UN3085-3086. Elementary but comprehensive treatment of the fundamental laws governing the behavior of individual atoms and molecules and collections of them. UN3079: The thermodynamics of chemical systems at equilibrium and the chemical kinetics of nonequilibrium systems. UN3080: The quantum mechanics of atoms and molecules, the quantum statistical mechanics of chemical systems, and the connection of statistical mechanics to thermodynamics. Recitation section required.
CHEM UN3085x-UN3086y Physical and analytical chemistry laboratory
4 pts. Lab: 4. Professor Avila.
Prerequisite: CHEM UN3085 is prerequisite for UN3086. Corequisites: CHEM UN3079 for CHEM UN3085 and UN3080 for UN3080. Fee: $125 per term. Techniques of experimental physical chemistry and instrumental analysis, including infrared and ultraviolet spectrophotometry, magnetic resonance, electroanalytical methods, calorimetry, reaction kinetics, hydrodynamic methods, and applications of digital computers to the analysis of experimental data.
CHEM UN3098x or y Supervised independent research
4 pts. Lab: 4. Professor Gasperov.
Prerequisite: Permission of the professor in charge for entrance and permission of the departmental representative for aggregate points in excess of 12 or less than 4. Laboratory fee: $105 per term. This course may be repeated for credit (see major and concentration requirements). Individual research under the supervision of a member of the staff. Research areas include organic, physical, inorganic, analytical, and biological chemistry.
CHEM UN2443x-UN2444y Organic chemistry (lecture)
3.5 pts. Professors Campos, Cornish, Doubleday, and Nuckolls.
Prerequisites: CHEM UN1404 or UN1404 or UN1604, and UN1500 or UN1500. The principles of organic chemistry. The structure and reactivity of organic molecules are examined from the standpoint of modern theories of chemistry. Topics include stereochemistry, reactions of organic molecules, mechanisms of organic reactions, syntheses and degradations of organic molecules, and spectroscopic techniques of structure determination. Recitation section required.
CHEM UN3243x or y Organic chemistry laboratory
3 pts. Lab: 3. Professors Ghurbanyan and Sedbrook.
Prerequisite: CHEM UN1500. Corequisite: CHEM UN2443 or UN3343. Lab fee: $125. Students planning to take a full year of laboratory should enroll in CHEM UN2543 and UN2546. Techniques of experimental organic chemistry, with emphasis on understanding fundamental principles underlying the experiments in methodology of solving laboratory problems involving organic molecules.
CHEM UN2545x Intensive organic chemistry laboratory
3 pts. Lab: 3. Professor Ng.
Prerequisites: CHEM UN2045 and UN2046 and UN1507. Lab fee: $125. The course covers the same material as CHEM UN2543, but is intended for those students who have taken Intensive Organic Chemistry for First-Year Students, CHEM UN2045-2046.
CHEM UN3546y Advanced organic chemistry laboratory
3 pts. Lab: 3. Professor Ng.
Prerequisite: CHEM UN2543 or UN2545. Corequisite: CHEM UN2444. Lab fee: $125. A project laboratory with emphasis on complex synthesis and advanced techniques including qualitative organic analysis and instrumentation.