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, I and II
4 pts. Lect: 3.5. Members of the faculty.
Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in MATH UN1101; for UN1404: CHEM 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. UN1403: topics include stoichiometry, states of matter, nuclear properties, electronic structures of atoms, periodic properties, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, introduction to quantum mechanics and atomic theory, introduction to organic and biological chemistry, solid state and materials science, polymer science and macromolecular structures and coordination chemistry. UN1404: topics include gases, kinetic theory of gases, states of matter: liquids and solids, chemical equilibria, applications of equilibria, acids and bases, chemical thermodynamics, energy, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, periodic properties, chemical kinetics, 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. Corresponding recitation section required.
CHEM UN1500x or y General chemistry laboratory
3 pts. Lab: 3. Professors Hansen and Ulichny. Corequisite: CHEM UN1403 or UN1404. Labfee: $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 UN1507x or y Intensive general chemistry laboratory
3 pts. Lab: 3. Professor Avila.
Pre/corequisites: CHEM UN1604, UN2045, or UN2046. Lab fee: $140. An introduction to theory and practice of modern experimental chemistry in a contextual, student-centered collaborative learning environment. This course differs from CHEM UN1500 in its pedagogy and its emphasis on instrumentation and methods. Students must also attend the compulsory mentoring session. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.d.
CHEM UN1604x Intensive general chemistry (lecture)
4 pts. Professor Brus.
Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or better in CHEM UN1403 or UN1404 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 UN2045x-UN2046y Intensive organic chemistry I and II (lecture)
4 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 or CHEM UN1604. Corequisite: CHEM UN1507. 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-UN2444, but is intended for students who have learned the principles of general chemistry in high school or have completed CHEM UN1604 in their first year at Columbia. First year students enrolled in CHEM UN2045-UN2046 are expected to enroll concurrently in CHEM UN1507. Although CHEM UN 2045 and UN 2046 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially. Recitation section required.
CHEM UN2443x-UN2444y Organic chemistry I and II (lecture)
3.5 pts. Professors Campos, Cornish, Doubleday, and Nuckolls.
Prerequisites: CHEM UN1403 or UN1404 or UN1604, and 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. Although UN2443 and UN2444 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially. Corresponding recitation section required.
CHEM UN2493x Organic chemistry laboratory I (Techniques)
Corequisite: CHEM UN2495. Lab fee: $63. Techniques of experimental organic chemistry, with emphasis on understanding fundamental principles underlying the experiments in methodology of solving laboratory problems involving organic modlecules. Attendance at the first lab lecture and laboratory session are mandatory. Please note that CHEM UN2493 is the first part of a full year organic chemistry laboratory course. Students must register for the lab lecture section (CHEM UN2495) which corresponds to their lab section. Students must attend one lab lecture and one lab section every other week.
CHEM UN2494x Organic chemistry laboratory I (synthesis)
Corequisite: CHEM UN2496. Must complete CHEM UN2493 before registering for UN2494. Lab fee: $62. Introduces students to experimental design and trains students in the execution and evaluation of scientific data. The technique experiments in the first half of the course (CHEM UN2495) teach students to develop and master the required experimental skills to perform the challenging synthesis experiments in the second semester. The learning outcomes for this lab are the knowledge and experimental skills associated with the most important synthetic routes widely used in industrial and research environments. Attendance at the first lab lecture and laboratory session is mandatory. Please note that CHEM UN2494 is the second part of a full year organic chemistry laboratory course. Students must register for the lab lecture section (CHEM UN2495) which corresponds to their lab section. Students must attend one lab lecture and one lab section every other week.
CHEM UN2545x Intensive organic chemistry laboratory
3 pts. Lab: 3. Professor Ng.
Prerequisites: CHEM UN2045 and UN2046 and UN1507. Lab fee: $125. Intended for those students who have taken Intensive Organic Chemistry for First-Year Students, CHEM UN2045- UN2046 and who intend to major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Physics, Environmental Chemistry.
CHEM UN3079x-UN3080y Physical chemistry, I and II
4 pts. Professor Kaufman.
Prerequisites: PHYS UN1201-UN1202 is acceptable, PHYS UN1401-UN1402 is highly recommended, or the equivalent. Corequisite: CHEM UN3085-UN3086. 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. Although CHEM UN3079 and UN 3080 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially. Recitation section required.
CHEM UN3085x-UN3086y Physical and analytical chemistry laboratory I and II
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 vibrational, electronic, and laser spectrophotometry, electroanalytical methods, calorimetry, reaction kinetics, hydrodynamic methods, scanning probe microscopy, and applications of computers to reduce experimental data, and computational chemistry. Students must also attend compulsory mentoring session.
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 UN3546y Advanced organic chemistry laboratory
3 pts. Lab: 3. Professor Ng.
Prerequisite: CHEM UN2545. Corequisite: CHEM UN2444. Lab fee: $125. A project laboratory with emphasis on complex synthesis and advanced techniques including qualitative organic analysis and instrumentation.