Chemical Physics

Chemical Physics

Chemical Physics

Administrative Information

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Laura Kaufman, 628 Havemeyer; 854-9025; kaufman@chem.columbia.edu

Program Manager for Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Vesna Gasperov, 211A Havemeyer; 854-2017; vg2231@columbia.edu

Biochemistry Advisers:
Biology: Prof. Alexander Tzagoloff, 716 Fairchild; 854-2919; spud@cubpet.bio.columbia.edu

Chemistry: Prof. Virginia Cornish, 414 Havemeyer; 854-5209; vc114@columbia.edu

Undergraduate Office: 340 Havemeyer; 854-2163

Departmental Office: 344 Havemeyer; 854-2202

Professors
Bruce J. Berne
Ronald Breslow
Louis E. Brus
Virginia W. Cornish
Samuel J. Danishefsky
Kenneth B. Eisenthal
George W. Flynn
Richard A. Friesner
James L. Leighton
Ann E. McDermott
Jack R. Norton
Colin Nuckolls
Gerard Parkin
David R. Reichman
Brent Stockwell
Xiaoyang Zhu

Associate Professors
Angelo Cacciuto
Dalibor Sames
Ruben Gonzalez
Laura Kaufman
Tristan Lambert

Assistant Professors
Luis Campos
Wei Min
Jonathan Owen
Xavier Roy

Lecturers
Luis Avila
Robert Beer
John Decatur
Charles E. Doubleday
Fay Ng
Ruben Savizky

Chemistry, the study of molecules, is a central science interesting for its own sake but also necessary as an intellectual link to the other sciences of biology, physics, and environmental science. Faculty find the various disciplines of chemistry fascinating because they establish intellectual bridges between the macroscopic or human-scale world that we see and smell and touch and the microscopic world that we can never see directly but that affects every aspect of our lives. The study of chemistry begins on the microscopic scale and extends to engage a variety of different macroscopic contexts.

Chemistry is currently making its largest impact on society at the nexus between chemistry and biology and the nexus between chemistry and engineering, particularly where new materials are being developed. A typical chemistry laboratory now has more computers than test tubes and no longer smells of rotten eggs. The major is designed to help students focus on these new developments and to understand the factors influencing the nature of the discipline. Because the science is constantly changing, courses change as well, and while organic and physical chemistry remain the bedrock courses, they too differ greatly from the same courses 40 years ago. Many consider biochemistry to be a foundation course as well. Although different paths within the chemistry major take different trajectories, there is a core that provides the essential foundation students need regardless of the path they choose. Students should consider majoring in chemistry if they share or can develop a fascination with the explanatory power that comes with an advanced understanding of the nature and influence of the microscopic world of molecules.

Students who choose to major in chemistry may elect to continue graduate study in this field and obtain a Ph.D., which is a solid basis for a career in research either in the industry or in a university. A major in chemistry also provides students with an astonishing range of career choices such as working in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries or in many other businesses where a technical background is highly desirable. Other options include becoming a financial analyst for a technical company, a science writer, a high school chemistry teacher, a patent attorney, an environmental consultant, or a hospital laboratory manager, among others. The choices are both numerous and various as well as intellectually exciting and personally fulfilling.

Advanced Placement

The department grants advanced placement (AP) credit for a score of 4 or 5. The amount of credit granted is based on the results of the department placement exam and completion of the requisite course. Students who are placed into CHEM C1604 are granted 3 points of credit; students who are placed into CHEM C3045-C3046 are granted 6 points of credit. In either case, credit is granted only upon completion of the course with a grade of C or better. Students must complete a department placement exam prior to registering for either of these courses.

Programs of Study

The Department of Chemistry offers four distinct academic major programs for undergraduates interested in professional-level training and education in the chemical sciences: chemistry, chemical physics, biochemistry and environmental chemistry. For students interested in a program of less extensive study and coursework, the department offers a concentration in chemistry.

Course Information

The results of the placement exam are used to advise students which track to pursue. The Department of Chemistry offers three different tracks. Students who wish to take Track 2 or 3 classes must take the placement exam. Students who wish to pursue Track 1 classes do not need to take the placement exam.

Track Information

In the first year, Track 1 students take a one-year course in general chemistry, and the one-term laboratory course that accompanies it. In the second year, students study organic chemistry, and take organic chemistry laboratory.

Students who qualify by prior examination during orientation week can place into the advanced tracks. There are two options. Track 2 students take, in the fall term, a special one-term intensive course in general chemistry in place of the one-year course. In the second year, students study organic chemistry, and take organic chemistry laboratory.

Track 3 students take a one-year course in organic chemistry for first-year students and the one-term general chemistry laboratory course. In the second year, students enroll in physical chemistry and the organic chemistry laboratory course. Additional information on the tracks can be found in the degree requirements section.

Additional Courses

First-year students may also elect to take CHEM C2408. This seminar focuses on topics in modern chemistry, and is offered to all qualified students.

Biochemistry (BIOC C3501, C3512) is recommended for students interested in the biomedical sciences.

Physical chemistry (CHEM C3079-C3080), a one-year program, requires prior preparation in mathematics and physics. The accompanying laboratory is C3085-C3086.

Also offered are a senior seminar (C3920); advanced courses in biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry; and an introduction to research (C3098).

 

Sample Programs

Some typical programs are shown below. Programs are crafted by the student and the director of undergraduate studies to meet individual needs and interests.

  1. First Year
  2. Second Year
  3. Third Year
  4. Fourth Year

Undergraduate Requirements

Regulations for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors

Students majoring in chemistry or in one of the interdepartmental majors in chemistry should go to the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Program Manager in the Department of Chemistry to discuss their program of study. Chemistry majors and interdepartmental majors usually postpone part of the Core Curriculum beyond the sophomore year.

Chemistry Tracks

The results of the placement exam are used to advise students which track to pursue. The Department of Chemistry offers three different tracks. Students who wish to take Track 2 or 3 classes must take the placement exam. Students who wish to pursue Track 1 classes do not need to take the placement exam. Unless otherwise specified below, all students must complete one of the following tracks:

  1. Track 1
  2. Track 2
  3. Track 3

Physics Sequences

Unless otherwise specified below, all students must complete one of the following sequences:

  1. Sequence A: For students with limited background in high school physics
    • PHYS C1401 Introduction to mechanics and thermodynamics
    • PHYS C1402 Introduction to electricity, magnetism, and optics
    • PHYS C1403 Introduction to classical and quantum waves
    • One of the following laboratory courses:
  2. Sequence B
    • PHYS C1601 Mechanics and relativity
    • PHYS C1602 Thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism
    • PHYS C2601 Classical and quantum waves
    • One of the following laboratory courses:
  3. Sequence C: For students with advanced preparation in physics and mathematics

For a Major in Chemistry

Please read Regulations for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors above.

  1. Chemistry courses
    • One of the chemistry tracks outlined above.
    • CHEM C2408 First-year seminar (recommended but not required)
    • CHEM W3546 Advanced organic chemistry laboratory
    • CHEM G4071 Inorganic chemistry
    • CHEM C3079-C3080 Physical chemistry
    • CHEM C3085-C3086 Physical and analytical chemistry laboratory
    • CHEM C3920 Senior seminar in chemical research
    • CHEM C3098 Supervised independent research (one term taken for at least 4 points) OR chemistry courses numbered CHEM G4000 and above for more than 2 credit points
  2. Physics courses
    • One of the physics sequences outlined above.
  3. Mathematics courses

For a Major in Biochemistry

Please read Regulations for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors above.

  1. Chemistry courses
    • One of the chemistry tracks outlined above.
    • Two classes selected from the following: CHEM C3079 Physical chemistry I, CHEM C3080 Physical chemistry II or BIOL G4082 Theoretical foundations and applications of biophysical methods
    • CHEM C2408 First-year seminar (recommended but not required)
  2. Biology courses
    • BIOL C2005 Introduction to molecular and cellular biology, I
    • BIOL C2006 Introduction to molecular and cellular biology, II
    • One of the following laboratory courses:
    • BIOL C2908 First-year seminar (recommended but not required)
    • BIOC C3501 Biochemistry: structure and metabolism
    • BIOC C3512 Molecular biology
  3. Physics courses
  4. Mathematics courses
  5. Additional courses
    • One of the following additional laboratory courses:
      • CHEM C3085 Physical and analytical chemistry laboratory, I
      • CHEM C3086 Physical and analytical chemistry laboratory, II
      • CHEM W3546 Advanced organic chemistry laboratory
      • CHEM C3098 Supervised independent research (one term taken for at least 4 points)
      • BIOL W3500 Independent research (one term taken for at least 4 points)
      • BIOL W3050 Project laboratory in protein biochemistry
      • BIOL C3052 Project laboratory in molecular genetics
      • BIOL W3040 Project laboratory in cell and developmental biology together with W2501 Contemporary Biology Laboratory
    • Any three courses selected from the following:

For a Major in Chemical Physics

Please read Regulations for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors above.

  1. Chemistry courses
  2. Physics courses
  3. Mathematics courses

For a Major in Environmental Chemistry

Please read Regulations for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors above. The environmental chemistry major meets guidelines set forth by the Committee on Professional Training (CPT) of the American Chemical Society.

  1. Chemistry courses
    • One of the chemistry tracks outlined above.
    • CHEM C2408 First-year seminar (recommended by not required)
    • CHEM G4071 Inorganic chemistry
    • CHEM C3079 Physical chemistry
    • One of the following laboratory courses:
      • CHEM C3098 Supervised Independent Research (one term taken for at least 4 points)
      • CHEM C3085 Physical and analytical chemistry laboratory
    • CHEM C3920 Senior seminar in chemical research
  2. Earth and environmental science courses
    • EESC V2100 Earth's environmental systems: climate change
    • EESC V2200 Earth's environmental systems: solid Earth system
    • EESC V2300 Earth's environmental systems: the life system
    • EESC BC3016 environmental measurements
  3. Physics courses
    • One of the physics sequences outlined above without the lab courses.
  4. Mathematics and statistics
  5. Additional courses

For a Concentration in Chemistry

Please read Regulations for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors above. No more than 4 points of CHEM C3098 may be counted toward the concentration.

  1. One of the following chemistry tracks:
  2. PHYS V1201-V1202 General physics or the equivalent
  3. Two semesters of calculus

CHEM W0001x Preparation for College Chemistry Prerequisites: High school algebra or the instructor's permission. Recommended Preparation: high school physics and chemistry. Not for credit toward the bachelor's degree. Given on a Pass/Fail basis only. This course is preparation for Chemistry W1403 or the equivalent, as well as for other science courses. It is intended for students who have not attended school for sometime or who do not have a firm grasp of high school chemistry. Topics include atomic and nuclear structure, nomenclature, chemical bonding and its relation to molecular structure, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, periodic properties of elements, equilibria, gas laws, acids and bases, and kinetics. Recitation Section Required.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM W0001
CHEM
0001
13299
001
TuTh 6:10p - 7:25p
TBA
L. Avila 2 / 50 [ More Info ]

CHEM C1403x-C1404y General Chemistry (Lecture) 3.5 pts. Prerequisites: concurrent registration in MATH V1101; for C1404: CHEM C1403 or W1403. 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 W0001 before taking C1403. 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 C1403 and C1404 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.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM C1404
CHEM
1404
19755
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
309 HAVEMEYER HALL
X. Zhu 189 / 198 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1404
61467
002
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
309 HAVEMEYER HALL
L. Brus 156 / 198 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM C1403
CHEM
1403
22685
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
G. Parkin 42 / 210 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1403
69789
002
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
A. Cacciuto 12 / 190 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1403
62634
003
TuTh 6:10p - 7:25p
TBA
M. Pagnotta 6 / 190 [ More Info ]

CHEM W1403x or y-W1404y General Chemistry ( Lecture) 3.5 pts. Prerequisites: concurrent registration in MATH V1101; for C1404: CHEM C1403 or W1403. Topics include kinetic theory of gases, solutions, equilibria, oxidation-reduction, reactions, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, the electronic structure of atoms, chemical bonding and its relationship to the geometries of molecules, periodic properties of the elements, transition metal complexes, and an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Recitation Section Required.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM W1403
CHEM
1403
73704
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
301 PUPIN LABORATORIES
R. Savizky 110 / 176 [ More Info ]
Spring 2014 :: CHEM W1404
CHEM
1404
61887
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
207 MATHEMATICS BUILDING
R. Beer 108 / 132 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM W1403
CHEM
1403
20936
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
TBA
R. Beer 8 / 132 [ More Info ]

CHEM W1403y General Chemistry I 3.5 pts. Corequisites: MATH V1101 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. Recitation Section Required.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM W1403
CHEM
1403
73704
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
301 PUPIN LABORATORIES
R. Savizky 110 / 176 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM W1403
CHEM
1403
20936
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
TBA
R. Beer 8 / 132 [ More Info ]

CHEM W1500x or y General Chemistry Laboratory. 3 pts. Corequisites: CHEM C1403 or W1403. Laboratory 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 (W1501).

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM W1500
CHEM
1500
25415
001
M 1:10p - 4:55p
302C HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
17 / 24 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1500
64628
002
Tu 1:10p - 4:55p
302 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
45 / 46 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1500
74037
003
Tu 6:10p - 9:55p
302 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
48 / 46 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1500
77349
004
W 1:10p - 4:55p
302 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
52 / 46 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1500
64687
005
W 6:10p - 9:55p
302 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
49 / 46 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1500
10789
006
Th 1:10p - 4:55p
302 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
48 / 46 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1500
26442
007
Th 6:10p - 9:55p
302 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
49 / 46 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1500
67016
008
F 1:10p - 4:55p
302C HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
26 / 24 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM W1500
CHEM
1500
10801
001
Tu 1:10p - 4:55p
TBA
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
21 / 46 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1500
10974
002
Tu 6:10p - 9:55p
TBA
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
21 / 46 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1500
18625
003
W 1:10p - 4:55p
TBA
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
22 / 46 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1500
19903
004
Th 1:10p - 4:55p
TBA
J. Ulichny
S. Hansen
12 / 46 [ More Info ]

CHEM C1604x Second Semester General Chemistry (Intensive) 3.5 pts. Prerequisites: A grade of "B" or better in CHEM C1403 or W1403 or acceptable performance on the Department placement exam. Corequisites: Calculus II. Topics include: Gases (Kinetic Theory of Gases); Binary Collision Model for Chemical Reactions; Chemical Kinetics; Acid-base Equilibria; Thermochemistry (Thermodynamics I); Thermodynamics II Spontaneous Processes; Chemical Bonding in Polyatomic Molecules. Recitation Section Required.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM C1604
CHEM
1604
71819
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
L. Brus 4 / 110 [ More Info ]

CHEM C2408y First-Year Seminar 1 pt. Prerequisites: CHEM C1403, C1604, or C3045 or the instructor's permission. A one-hour weekly lecture, discussion, and critical analysis of topics that reflect problems in modern chemistry, with emphasis on current areas of active chemical research.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM C2408
CHEM
2408
77081
001
F 12:00p - 12:50p
209 HAVEMEYER HALL
V. Gasperov 33 / 80 [ More Info ]

CHEM W2507x or y Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory 3 pts. Prerequisites: CHEM C1604 or C3045. Laboratory Fee: $140. An introduction to basic techniques and practices of modern experimental chemistry, including qualitative procedures and chemical analysis. This course differs from CHEM W1500 in its emphasis on instrumentation and methods. Students must also attend the compulsory Mentoring Session. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM W2507
CHEM
2507
11064
001
F 1:00p - 5:50p
302A HAVEMEYER HALL
L. Avila 17 / 18 [ More Info ]
CHEM
2507
74265
002
M 1:00p - 5:50p
302A HAVEMEYER HALL
L. Avila 7 / 18 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM W2507
CHEM
2507
23451
001
F 1:00p - 6:00p
TBA
L. Avila 3 / 18 [ More Info ]
CHEM
2507
26376
002
M 1:00p - 6:00p
TBA
L. Avila 1 / 18 [ More Info ]

CHEM C3045x-C3046y Intensive Organic Chemistry for First-Year Students (Lecture) 3.5 pts. 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 C3045, C3046, and W3545 to meet the minimum requirements for admission to medical school. This course covers the same material as CHEM C3443-C3444, 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 C3045-C3046 are expected to enroll concurrently in CHEM W2507. Recitation Section Required.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM C3046
CHEM
3046
68991
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
214 PUPIN LABORATORIES
J. Leighton 22 / 35 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM C3045
CHEM
3045
15071
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
R. Breslow 0 / 35 [ More Info ]

CHEM C3079x-C3080y Physical Chemistry, I and II 4 pts. Prerequisites: CHEM C1403 and C1404, or C1604, or C3045 and C3046; PHYS V1201-V1202 is acceptable, PHYS C1401-C1402 is recommended, or the equivalent; and MATH V1101-V1102 or V1207-V1208. Recommended corequisite: CHEM C3085-C3086. Elementary but comprehensive treatment of the fundamental laws governing the behavior of individual atoms and molecules and collections of them. C3079: The thermodynamics of chemical systems at equilibrium and the chemical kinetics of nonequilibrium systems. C3080: 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.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM C3080
CHEM
3080
24845
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
209 HAVEMEYER HALL
A. Cacciuto 37 / 80 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM C3079
CHEM
3079
10366
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
B. Berne 32 / 60 [ More Info ]

CHEM C3081y Physical Chemistry III - Special Topics in Physical Chemistry 2 pts. Prerequisites: CHEM C3079-3080 (Physical Chemistry I and II) The objective of Physical Chemistry lll is to discuss and analyze topics in forefront areas of physical chemistry research. The research topics will be selected in class discussions at the beginning of the semester. All of the topics extend from equilibrium to nonequilibrium ultrafast dynamic processes. The application of linear and nonlinear spectroscopies to probe systems of interest will be discussed. Examples of possible topics include : 1) Biomolecular processes, e.g. DNA - drug and DNA - protein - interactions. 2) Plasmonic nanoparticle, e.g. Au and Ag, interactions with molecules in ground and excited electronic states, e.g. energy and electron transfer, enhancement of molecular optical processes, e.g. absorption, Raman, nonlinear, circular dichroism and optical spectroscopies. 3) Probing environmental interfaces, e. g. air/water, oil/water, atmospheric aerosoles, and soil/water, using the interface selective second harmonic and vibrational sum frequency spectroscopies 4) Guest lecturers on topics such as molecular electronics , graphene, etc. The individual students will write a report of 2 to 3 pages in length, on a subject of their interest.

CHEM C3085x-C3086y Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 4 pts. Prerequisites: CHEM C3085 is prerequisite for C3086. Corequisites: CHEM C3079 for CHEM C3085 and C3080 for C3080. Laboratory 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.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM C3086
CHEM
3086
16235
001
Tu 12:00p - 6:00p
222 HAVEMEYER HALL
L. Avila 11 / 20 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM C3085
CHEM
3085
69558
001
Tu 12:00p - 6:00p
TBA
L. Avila 15 / 15 [ More Info ]

CHEM C3098x or y Supervised Independent Research 4 pts. Prerequisites: The permission of the professor in charge for entrance, and the 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.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM C3098
CHEM
3098
17402
001
TBA V. Gasperov 17 / 25 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM C3098
CHEM
3098
21309
001
TBA V. Gasperov 8 / 25 [ More Info ]

CHEM C3443x-C3444y Organic Chemistry (Lecture) 3.5 pts. Prerequisites: CHEM C1404 or W1404 or C1604, and W1500. 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.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM C3444
CHEM
3444
29759
001
TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
309 HAVEMEYER HALL
C. Nuckolls 271 / 285 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM C3443
CHEM
3443
70446
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
TBA
V. Cornish 109 / 198 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3443
21704
002
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
TBA
L. Campos 198 / 198 [ More Info ]

CHEM W3443x-W3444y Organic Chemistry (Lecture) 3.5 pts. Prerequisites: CHEM C1404 or W1404 or C1604, and W1500. 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.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM W3444
CHEM
3444
26529
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
309 HAVEMEYER HALL
C. Doubleday 128 / 176 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM W3443
CHEM
3443
21815
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
TBA
C. Doubleday 89 / 132 [ More Info ]

BIOC C3501x Biochemistry, I: Structure and Metabolism 4 pts. Prerequisites: ENVB W2001 or BIOL C2005 and one year of organic chemistry. Lecture and recitation. Students wishing to cover the full range of modern biochemistry should take both BIOC C3501 and C3512. Protein structure, protein folding, enzyme kinetics, allostery, membrane transport, biological membranes, and protein targeting. Chemistry and metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, purines, and pyrimidines. Recitation Section Required.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: BIOC C3501
BIOC
3501
15963
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
TBA
B. Stockwell 141 [ More Info ]

BIOC C3512y Molecular Biology 3 pts. Prerequisites: One year of biology and one year of organic chemistry. Recommended but not required: BIOC C3501. Nucleic acid structure and enzymology. DNA replication, DNA repair, and transcription. RNA processing and translation. Biochemical approach to the study of gene expression and regulation with emphasis on the diseases caused when the basic processes are altered. Students may take BCHM G4026 in place of this course. Recitation Section Required.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: BIOC C3512
BIOC
3512
75547
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
517 HAMILTON HALL
J. Manley
J. Punt
61 / 84 [ More Info ]

CHEM W3543x or y Organic Chemistry Laboratory 3 pts. Prerequisites: CHEM W1500 Corequisites: CHEM C3443 or W3443. Laboratory Fee: $125. Students planning to take a full year of laboratory should enroll in CHEM W3543 and W3546. Techniques of experimental organic chemistry, with emphasis on understanding fundamental principles underlying the experiments in methodology of solving laboratory problems involving organic molecules.

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Spring 2014 :: CHEM W3543
CHEM
3543
20830
001
M 1:00p - 5:50p
202 HAVEMEYER HALL
D. Sedbrook 25 / 24 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3543
23412
002
Tu 1:00p - 5:50p
202 HAVEMEYER HALL
D. Sedbrook 26 / 24 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3543
61919
003
W 1:00p - 5:50p
202 HAVEMEYER HALL
A. Ghurbanyan 37 / 34 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3543
61743
004
Th 1:00p - 5:50p
202 HAVEMEYER HALL
A. Ghurbanyan 36 / 34 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3543
18837
005
F 1:00p - 5:50p
202 HAVEMEYER HALL
A. Ghurbanyan 33 / 34 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3543
12804
006
TuTh 6:00p - 9:00p
202 HAVEMEYER HALL
D. Sedbrook 27 / 34 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM W3543
CHEM
3543
16700
001
M 1:00p - 6:00p
TBA
D. Sedbrook 24 / 24 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3543
18492
002
Tu 1:00p - 6:00p
TBA
D. Sedbrook 24 / 24 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3543
25336
003
W 1:00p - 6:00p
TBA
A. Ghurbanyan 34 / 34 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3543
11674
004
Th 1:00p - 6:00p
TBA
A. Ghurbanyan 20 / 34 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3543
10313
005
F 1:00p - 6:00p
TBA
A. Ghurbanyan 34 / 34 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3543
29287
006
TBA D. Sedbrook 10 / 34 [ More Info ]

CHEM W3545x Intensive Organic Chemistry Laboratory 3 pts. Prerequisites: CHEM C3045 and C3046 and W2507. Laboratory Fee: $125. The course covers the same material as CHEM W3543, but is intended for those students who have taken Intensive Organic Chemistry for First-Year Students, CHEM C3045-C3046 and for students who are intending to major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Physics or Environmental Chemistry.

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM W3545
CHEM
3545
20146
001
M 1:00p - 6:00p
TBA
F. Ng 10 / 10 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3545
22147
002
Tu 1:00p - 6:00p
TBA
F. Ng 8 / 10 [ More Info ]

CHEM W3546y Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory 3 pts. Prerequisites: CHEM W3543 or W3545. Corequisites: CHEM C3444 or W3444. Laboratory Fee: $125. A project laboratory with emphasis on complex synthesis and advanced techniques including qualitative organic analysis and instrumentation.

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM W3546
CHEM
3546
23515
001
M 1:00p - 5:50p
202B HAVEMEYER HALL
F. Ng 8 / 10 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3546
68757
002
Tu 1:00p - 5:50p
202B HAVEMEYER HALL
F. Ng 7 / 12 [ More Info ]

CHEM C3920x Senior Seminar in Chemical Research 2 pts. Open to senior chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, and chemical physics majors, senior chemistry concentrators, and students who have taken or are currently enrolled in CHEM C3098. Pass/Fail credit only. Senior seminar provides direct access to modern chemical research through selected studies by the students from active fields of chemical research. Topics to be presented and discussed draw from the current scientific literature and/or C3098 research.

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM C3920
CHEM
3920
27605
001
F 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
L. Kaufman 12 / 40 [ More Info ]

CHEM G4071x Inorganic Chemistry 4.5 pts. Prerequisites: C3443-C3444 or C3045-C3046 Corequisites: N/A Principles governing the structure and reactivity of inorganic compounds surveyed from experimental and theoretical viewpoints. Topics include inorganic solids, aqueous and nonaqueous solutions, the chemistry of selected main group elements, transition metal chemistry, metal clusters, metal carbonyls, and organometallic chemistry.

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM G4071
CHEM
4071
70788
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
TBA
J. Owen 16 [ More Info ]

CHEM G4103y Organometallic Chemistry 4.5 pts. Prerequisites: Elementary organic chemistry. (Some background in inorganic and physical chemistry is helpful but not required.) Main group and transition metal organometallic chemistry: bonding, structure, reactions, kinetics, and mechanisms.

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM G4103
CHEM
4103
22614
001
TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
320 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Norton 10 [ More Info ]

CHEM G4137y Photonics & Spectroscopy 4.5 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: N/A Corequisites: N/A Powerful photonics and spectroscopy tools are changing the way many physical and biological problems are addressed by revealing direct and precious energetic and dynamic information of molecular species inside live cells or novel materials. This full semester graduate course will not only provide fundamental knowledge of optics, laser, photonics, linear and nonlinear molecular spectroscopy, but also introduce physical principles of various emerging optical techniques including femotosecond spectroscopy, single-molecule spectroscopy, multi-photon nonlinear microscopy, label-free chemical imaging, super-resolution imaging, optical coherence tomography. Discussion Section Required.

CHEM G4145y NMR Spectroscopy 1 pt. Prerequisites: Elementary organic chemistry. Introduction to theory and practice of NMR spectroscopy. Instrumental aspects, basic NMR theory, NOE, and a survey of 2D methods are covered.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM G4145
CHEM
4145
69879
001
F 11:00a - 11:50a
320 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Decatur 19 [ More Info ]

CHEM G4147x Advanced Organic Chemistry 4.5 pts. Prerequisites: Elementary organic and physical chemistry. The mechanisms of organic reactions, structure of organic molecules, and theories of reactivity. How reactive intermediates are recognized and mechanisms are deduced using kinetics, stereochemistry, isotopes, and physical measurements.

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM G4147
CHEM
4147
67726
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
D. Sames
T. Lambert
2 [ More Info ]

CHEM G4148x Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry I 4.5 pts. Construction, analysis and strategies for the synthesis of complex natutal products.

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM G4148
CHEM
4148
19775
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
S. Danishefsky
T. Lambert
3 [ More Info ]

CHEM G4168x Materials Chemistry I 4.5 pts. Prerequisites: Sophomore Organic and Inorganic Chemistry This course will have two main themes. One theme will explore the design, synthesis, and properties of materials made from molecules. Topics that will be covered in this section of the course include the chemistry of liquid crystals, self-assembled monolayers, organic electronics, carbon-based nanostructures, self-assembled materials, and bio-inspired materials. A second theme will explore inorganic materials. It will compare the chemistry of chemical vapor deposition and vapor phase epitaxy to make solid state materials. It will further study the transformation from chemical bonds to solid-state band structure in materials and quantum size effects.

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM G4168
CHEM
4168
10558
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
C. Nuckolls
M. Steigerwald
2 [ More Info ]

BIOC G4170y Biophysical Chemistry 4.5 pts. Prerequisites: Elementary physical and organic chemistry. Recommended preparation: elementary biochemistry. Tactics and techniques for the study of large molecules of biological importance, analysis of the conformation of proteins and nucleic acids; hydrodynamic, scattering, and spectroscopic techniques for examining macromolecular structure.

CHEM G4172y Biorganic Topics 4.5 pts. Prerequisites: Elementary organic chemistry. Recommended preparation: advanced organic chemistry. Various topics in bioactive molecules in the field centered on natural-products chemistry, metabolic transformations, and enzyme mechanisms. Biosysnthesis of natural products and some other bioorganic topics.

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM G4172
CHEM
4172
64928
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
320 HAVEMEYER HALL
N. Berova
R. Breslow
8 [ More Info ]

CHEM G4210y Writing Workshop for Chemists 1 pt. Prerequisites: Recommended for undergraduate students to have taken at least one semester of independent research. This course offers undergraduate and graduate students an introduction to scientific writing and provides an opportunity for them to become more familiar with the skill and craft of communicating complex scientific research. This course will provide students with the basic grammatical, stylistic and practical skills required to write effective academic journal articles, theses, or research proposals. In addition, through an innovative partnership with Columbia University Libraries' Digital Science Center, students will learn how to apply these basic skills to their writing through the use of state-of-the-art software and online resources. Regular opportunities to write, peer edit and revise throughout the semester will allow students to put what they are learning into immediate practice. It is recommended that undergraduates have taken at least one semester of research for credit before taking this course. Undergraduates should plan to take this course after taking the required Core course University Writing.

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM G4210
CHEM
4210
18532
001
F 9:30a - 10:45a
711 HAVEMEYER HALL
J. Lancaster
R. Gonzalez
V. Gasperov
6 / 20 [ More Info ]

CHEM G4221x Quantum Chemistry 4.5 pts. Prerequisites: Elementary physical chemistry. Basic quantum mechanics: the Schrodinger equation and its interpretation, exact solutions in simple cases, methods or approximation, angular Mementum and electronic spin, and an introduction to atomic and molecular structure.

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM G4221
CHEM
4221
67336
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
TBA
R. Friesner 1 [ More Info ]

CHEM G4230x Statistical Thermodynamics. 4.5 pts. Prerequisites: Elementary physical chemistry. Corequisites: CHEM G4221 Topics include the classical and quantum statistical mechanics of gases, liquids, and solids.

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM G4230
CHEM
4230
76750
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
D. Reichman 1 [ More Info ]

BIOC W4312x Chemical Biology 4 pts. Prerequisites: Elementary organic chemistry CHEM C3443, CHEM C3444. Recommended preparation elementary physical chemistry and biochemistry CHEM C3079 CHEM C3080. Development and application of chemical methods for understanding the molecular mechanisms of cellular processes. Review of the biosynthesis, chemical synthesis, and structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids. Application of chemical methods--including structural biology, enzymology, chemical genetics, and the synthesis of modified biological molecules--to the study of cellular processes--including transcription, translation, and signal transduction.

CHEM G6222y Quantum Chemistry II 2.5 pts. Prerequisites: Quantum Chemistry G4221 Atomic and molecular quantum mechanics: fundamentals of electronic structure, many-body wave functions and operators, Hartree-Fock and density functional theory, the Dirac equation.

CHEM G6241y Chemical Dynamics 2.5 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Chemistry G4221 or the equivalent. Theory of the rates and temperature dependence of chemical reactions in gases and liquids.

CHEM G6242y Interfaces and Condensed Phases 2.5 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Chemistry G4221 and G4230 or their equivalents. Elements of the physical chemistry and electronic structure of interfaces and solid materials with application to organic conductors and semiconductors.

CHEM G6251y Spectroscopy 2.5 pts. Prerequisites: Chemistry G4221 or the equivalent. Principles of the interaction of molecules with radiation. Applications of spectroscopy to elucidate molecular structure and bonding.

CHEM G8106y Kinetics 2.5 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Kinetics and mechanisms of inorganic reactions.

CHEM G8110x Applications of Transition-Metal Organometallics to Polymer Chemistry 2.5 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. The use of transition-metal complexes as catalysts for olefin polymerization, and for atom transfer and chain transfer during free-radical polymerizations.

CHEM G8111y Applications of NMR Spectroscopy to Inorganic Chemistry 2.5 pts. The use of multinuclear NMR spectroscopy in the determination of the structures of inorganic molecules and the use of dynamic NMR spectroscopy (variable temperature NMR and magnetization transfer techniques) to provide information concerned with reaction mechanisms.

CHEM G8120y Polymers in Nanotechnology 2.5 pts. Prerequisites: N/A Corequisites: N/A Polymeric materials have long been ubiquitous items and played important roles in revolutionizing the way we live. Due to the advent of modern polymerization fabrication strategies, polymers are rapidly gaining interest for the development of next generation devices and medical treatment. This course will focus on the chemistry polymers and their use as nanostructured materials created by self-assembly and top-down fabrication techniques. Specifically, the class will be divided into two sections describing the uses of organic nanostructures on a) surfaces and b) as particles. Patterned surfaces will be described in terms of photo-, imprint-, and block copolymer lithography. The preparation of nanoparticles through polymer synthesis, dendrimers, and mechanical manipulation will be the second part.

CHEM G8130x The Chemistry of Nanocrystals 2.5 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. This course will provide a discussion of the thermodynamics and kinetics of colloidal crystallization and stabilization, the physical properties of quantum confined semiconductor and metal nanocrystals, methods of nanocrystal characterization, and examples of nanocrystals in technological applications. Prospective students should be familiar with basic principles of quantum mechanics, thermodynamics of phase transitions, and inorganic chemistry - particularly molecular orbital theory. Undergraduate students interested in this course should obtain approval from the instructor prior to registering.

CHEM G8149y Synthetic Methods in Organic Chem. II 4.5 pts. Prerequisites: CHEM G8148. Construction, analysis, and strategies for the synthesis of complex natural products.

BIOC G8200x Optical Bio-imaging 2.5 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Powerful optical imaging tools are changing the way many biological problems are addressed by revealing direct and precious visualization information inside live cells, tissues and organisms. This interdisciplinary course will not only provide fundamental knowledge of optics, laser, microscopy, linear and nonlinear molecular spectroscopy, but also introduce physical principles of various emerging microscopy techniques including single-molecule biophysics, multi-photon microscopy, label-free chemical imaging, super-resolution imaging, novel molecular probes, optical coherence tomography and emerging technology. A few guest lectures from expert instructors across the campus are expected. Discussion Section Required.

CHEM G8232y Advanced Statistical Mechanics 2.5 pts. Prerequisites: Chemistry G4221 and G4230 or their equivalents. Stochastic processes; Brownian motion; Langevin equations and fluctuation-dissipation theorems; reaction rate theory; time correlation functions and linear response theory.

CHEM G8252y Special Topics in Physical Chemistry 2.5 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Chemistry G4221 or the equivalent. Problems and methods in areas of current research interest.

CHEM G8300y Biophotonics 2.5 pts. Biophotonics tools are changing the way many biological problems are addressed by revealing direct and precious visualization information inside live cells, tissues and organisms. This interdisciplinary course will not only provide fundamental knowledge of optics, laser, microscopy, linear and nonlinear molecular spectroscopy, but also introduce physical principles of various emerging microscopy techniques including single-molecule biophysics, multi-photon microscopy, label-free chemical imaging, super-resolution imaging, novel molecular probes, optical coherence tomography and emerging technology. A few guest lectures from expert instructors across the campus are expected.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM G8300
CHEM
8300
66181
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
W. Min 0 [ More Info ]

CHEM G8310y Transition Metals in Organic Synthesis 2.5 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Recent advances in the development of homogeneous catalysis for selective organic synthesis. Emphasis on both mechanistic and synthetic aspects.

CHEM G8313x Modern Molecular Photochemistry of Organic Compounds 2.5 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Review of principles of the mechanisms of organic photochemical reactions.

CHEM G8316y Supramolecular Chemistry 2.5 pts. Prerequisites: G4147 or permission from the instructor. Intermolecular interactions are at the structure-reactivity and structure-function relations of many issues in material sciences and biological chemistry. This course will describe the fundamental concepts and methodologies of the field and review its development over the past several decades. Emphasis will be placed on guest-host systems which can be developed based on the paradigm of the chemistry of enzymes.

CHEM G9303x-G9303y (Section 1) Investigation of Special Problems in Chemistry 1-12 pts. Points to be arranged.Not offered in 2014-2015. Individualized research projects.

CHEM G9307x-G9307y (Section 1) Research for the Doctorate 1-12 pts. Pass/Fail Department's permission.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: CHEM G9307
CHEM
9307
69371
001
TBA R. Gonzalez 117 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM G9307
CHEM
9307
12285
001
TBA R. Gonzalez 8 [ More Info ]