Department of Chemistry

Related Graduate Chemistry Courses

Course Credits Description


BIOC 407: General Biochemistry 4 Protein structure; enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, and regulation; bioenergetics; photosynthesis; nitrogen fixation; structure and metabolism of nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids; metabolic regulation; action of hormones; muscle contraction; neurotransmission.
BIOC 420: Cancer and the Cell Cycle 3 Oncogenes, chemical carcinogenesis, DNA repair, immunology of cancer, chemotherapy, metastases, DNA tumor viruses.
BIOC 433: Molecular Biology: Genes And Genetic Engineering 4 Synthesis of nucleotides; mechanism of control of DNA, RNA, and protein biosynthesis; recombinant DNA; RNA processing and modification; effects of hemin and interferon treatment on protein synthesis. Where possible, eukaryotic and prokaryotic systems are analyzed for similarities and differences. Current literature is discussed briefly as an introduction to current techniques and methodologies in genetic engineering.
BIOC 434: Proteins and Enzymes 3 Protein and enzyme structure, and kinetics; role of coenzymes and metal ions; principles of methodology.
BIOC 473: Protein Biosynthesis 3 Mechanism and regulation of protein biosynthesis with an emphasis on eukaryotic systems. The area is examined in fundamental detail to provide the student with an understanding of biochemical methodology and techniques at the level of the research literature. Initiation and elongation in protein synthesis; RNA structure and function; secretory proteins; influence of viral infection on protein synthesis.
BIOC 474: RNA and DNA Biosynthesis 3 DNA biosynthesis, recombination, RNA-dependent DNA synthesis, and RNA transcription.

Chemical Engineering

ECHE 460: Thermodynamics of Chemical Systems 3 Phase equilibria, phase rule, chemical reaction equilibria in homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, ideal and non-ideal behavior of fluids and solutions, and thermodynamic analysis of closed and open chemical systems with applications.
ECHE 461: Transport Phenomena 3 Mechanisms of heat, mass, and momentum transport on both molecular and continuum basis. Generalized equations of transport. Techniques of solution for boundary value problems in systems of conduction, diffusion, and laminar flow. Boundary layer and turbulent systems.
ECHE 462: Chemical Reaction Engineering 3 Steady and unsteady state mathematical modeling of chemical reactors from conservation principles; interrelation of reaction kinetics, massand heat transfer, and flow phenomena.
ECHE 464: Surfaces and Adsorption 3 Thermodynamics of interfaces, nature of interactions across phase boundaries, capillarity, wetting properties of adsorbed films, friction and lubrication, flotation, detergency, the surface of solids, relation of bulk to surface properties of materials, non-catalytic surface reaction.
ECHE 465: Catalysis 3 Nature of catalytic processes, chemisorption, catalyst pore structure and surface area, role of lattice imperfections, geometric and electronic factors, dynamics and selectivity, typical reaction mechanisms, design of catalytic reactors.
ECHE 466: Colloid Science 3 Stochastic processes and interparticle forces in colloidal dispersions. DLVO theory, stability criteria, and coagulation kinetics. Electrokinetic phenomena. Applications to electrophoresis, filtration, flotation, sedimentation, and suspension rheology. Investigation of suspensions, emulsions, gels, and association colloids.
ECHE 467: Statistical Theories of Material Properties
3 The classic ensembles of statistical thermodynamics will be developed and used to compute molecular properties, properties of fluids, liquids and solids. Molecular dynamics for computing properties will be explained and illustrated. Monte Carlo techniques will be discussed. An introduction to the theory of transport coefficients will be given. Applications will include interfacial systems, polymer systems and electrochemical systems.
ECHE 480: Electrochemical Engineering 3 Engineering aspects of electrochemical processes including mass transport and fluid mechanical effects. Examples from industrial processes including electroplating and industrial electrolysis batteries.

Macromolecular Science

EMAC 470: Macromolecular Synthesis 4 Organic chemistry of macromolecules. Mechanism of polyreactions; preparation of addition, condensation, and biopolymers; and chemical reactions of polymers.
EMAC 471: Polymers in Medicine 3 Distribution of plastic implants in the body, including history and statistics; chemical and physical characteristics of biomedical polymers, including general implant requirements, reactions of the host to implants, reactions of the implant to physiological conditions, physiological and biomechanical basis for soft-tissue implants; plastic materials used in medicine and surgery; frontiers in biomedical polymers (current topics directed to design and development of new biomedical polymers).
EMAC 472: Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules 3 Major areas of physical chemistry of macromolecules; theories and experimental methods of polymer solutions, physical methods for determination of chemical structure and configuration.
EMAC 473: Biopolymers 3 Application of physical techniques (X-ray, electron microscopy, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, circular dichroism, etc.) to characterization of biopolymers including polypeptides, polysaccharides, and polynucleotides.
EMAC 474: Macromolecular Physics 4 Physics of amorphous and crystalline polymers. Equilibrium elastic properties of rubbery materials. Viscoelasticity. Liquid-glass and glass-glass transitions. Morphology, characterization, and deformation behavior of crystalline polymers.
EMAC 475: Characterization of Biopolymers 3 Methods of elucidating both the hydrodynamic and special properties of biopolymers. Dynamic characterization of biopolymer behavior.
EMAC 476: Applied Macromolecular Science and Engineering 3 Properties, processing, and technology of plastics, elastomers, fibers, films, and coatings. Mechanical behavior of polymers related to polymer structure and composition.
EMAC 477: Polymer Processing 3 Rheological, molecular, structural, engineering, and compounding factors affecting processibility and properties of polymers; principles and procedures for mixing extrusion, melting, calendering, injection molding, and other primary processing methods. Pertinent mechanisms and theories; the application of theory to practice.
EMAC 479: X-Ray Crystallography
3 A basic description of the scattering of X-rays by crystalline and semi-crystalline solids including polymers. Techniques of structure analysis.
EMAC 481: Polymer Composite Processing 3 Factors affecting the selection of composite processing methods. Characteristics and applications of compression, injection, and reinforced reaction injection molding of composites. Filament winding and pultrusion methods.
EMAC 482: Fundamentals of Adhesives, Sealants, and Coatings 3 Film formation, application methods, and related fabrication factors and procedures. Relevant adhesion theories and practices, aspect of rheological treatments, and factors which affect these applications. Properties of constituent polymer materials, pigments, solvents, and other additives.


PHRM 414: Pharmacokinetics 2 Seminar on drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion.
PHRM 415: Mechanism of Drug Action 3 Seminar on drug-receptor theories and the molecular bases for drug action.
PHRM 421: Fundamentals of Therapeutic Agents 2 A rational approach to the use of drugs based upon a knowledge of receptor theory and a consideration of the pharmacokinetic factors that limit the duration of drug action .
PHRM 505: Neurochemistry and Neuropharmacology 3 Principles of neurotransmission and syynoptic neurochemistry in the peripheral and central nervous systems.
PHRM 506: Central Nervous System Pharmacology 3 Principles of neurotransmissionin the central nervous systems. Discussions of the pharmacology of drug-induced alterations in these systems and neurochemical bases of behaviour and selected neurological diseases.


PHOL 456. Physical Chemistry 3 Lecture/discussion course designed to introduce or reintroduce physical chemistry concepts in biochemistry for students with biologically-oriented backgrounds.