Linda Peteanu, Department Head
Karen H. Stump, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office: Doherty Hall 1316
http://www.chem.cmu.edu

Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University is a shared mission to advance energy and sustainability solutions and to improve human health by generating, exploring, and harnessing new molecular design paradigms.

Chemistry is an area of science involved with the study of the properties and reactions of substances ranging from living cells to subatomic particles. It is at the center of many sciences and technical fields, providing the fundamental knowledge and tools needed to address many of society's needs and to explore the unknown. Fields as diverse as genetic engineering, materials science and nanotechnology look to chemistry when they look to the future, for that is where the ultimate in understanding — the molecular level — resides.

The chemistry profession is extraordinarily diverse, with career opportunities available in the chemical, petroleum, renewable energy, nuclear power, novel polymeric materials, metals, and pharmaceutical industries, among many others. Chemistry plays an increasingly important role in the rapidly expanding biomedical and biotechnology industries. In addition to careers in industry and academia, many chemists find challenging careers in the public sector in the laboratories of the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Department of Energy as well as in consulting. Chemistry alums also find employment in technical fields unrelated to science but where their problem solving and communication skills are highly valued.

Chemistry is a particularly suitable major for pre-medical and other pre-health profession students. Medical schools look favorably on the rigorous reasoning skills chemists develop, as evidenced by an excellent record for student admission to advanced education in these areas. An increasing number of our graduates are seeking careers in dentistry, pharmacy or pharmacology. The Health Professions Program advises all Carnegie Mellon students considering careers in health fields. (See Health Professions Program description in this catalog for more information.) Chemistry is particularly attractive to pre-law majors anticipating a career in a legal department in the chemical industry, in patent, intellectual property or environmental law. Students interested in industrial careers often combine their chemistry program with undergraduate courses in business administration or eventually go on to study for an M.B.A.

The Department offers three Bachelor's degrees: the B.S. in Chemistry, The B.S. in Chemistry/Biological Chemistry Track and the B.A. in Chemistry. One third of the courses for the B.A. degree are free electives that may be taken in any of the departments of the University and therefore offers a high degree of flexibility. For the B.S. degrees, electives often are technical courses in chemistry or related fields of science, technology and engineering, such as biology, physics, mathematics, chemical, biomedical or materials science engineering or computer science, although they can be in other non-technical areas as well. It is possible to have all of the technical requirements completed after the junior year in the B.S. and B.A. degree programs, allowing students the flexibility to combine electives in the senior year into a focused program of specialization or to allow for additional breadth in their undergraduate experience. Students interested in graduate studies in chemistry may enroll in graduate courses. Those desiring immediate job placement may be interested in one or more of the formal options that supplement the chemistry B.S. degree. These are described in detail later in this section of the catalog. Carnegie Mellon has one of the strongest polymer science programs in the world and the undergraduate polymer science, materials chemistry or colloids, polymers and sciences options offer training that is particularly valuable for an industrial career. The Computational Chemistry option provides students with expertise in scientific computing that is highly sought after by employers in the pharmaceutical industry.

The overlap between the fields of chemistry and biological sciences continues to grow, with increased emphasis on synthetic chemicals that are used as probes or reporters of biological function and diagnostic and/or therapeutic agents. In addition, the application of sophisticated spectroscopic, structural and scanning probe/force methods on scales as low as single molecules is driving innovation and education at the chemistry/biology interface. Based on these trends the department offers the B.S. in Chemistry/Biological Chemistry Track to better prepare students for advanced studies and a job market that values knowledge and skills from both disciplines. A combination of advanced research-focused lecture course offerings and a new laboratory course allows students to build the strong foundation typical of a successful chemistry major, while expanding out into applications of chemistry in the biological sciences. Students who complete the track will have been exposed to the latest research accomplishments and unanswered questions in biological chemistry while also gaining experience in experimental methods unique to research at this interface.

An honors program is offered for highly motivated undergraduates. It is designed primarily for students who wish to undertake a strong research-intensive program of study in contemporary chemistry. The program B.S. in Chemistry with Departmental Honors requires the completion of at least one graduate level course in chemistry, a research project, and the writing and defense of a bachelor's level honors thesis. An advanced track leading to the B.S. in Chemistry with Departmental Honors together with a Masters Degree in Chemistry involves completion of five graduate level courses and a more extensive thesis research project. This degree path is especially attractive to students who plan to pursue an industrial career. With enough advanced placement credit or by carrying heavier than usual course loads, students can complete the Honors/M.S. degree program in 8 semesters.  The majority of openings in the chemical industry presently are at the Bachelors and Masters degree levels.

Additional majors (double majors) are available with nearly all other departments in the university provided the student can fit the required courses into the schedule. Generally, all the requirements for both departments must be met for an additional major (except for some courses with similar content). Programs are also available that lead to the degree B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in another discipline such as biological sciences, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering studies, business administration and certain departments in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Requirements for most minor programs are described by individual departments in this catalog. However, it is recommended that students who are interested in pursuing a minor as part of their degree consult with the department involved for the current requirements and further guidance about scheduling. Dual degree programs are available in which students receive two separate undergraduate degrees from two different departments in the University. These require students to complete at least 90 units of work per additional degree in addition to the units required for the first degree and the core curriculum from both colleges if the programs are in different units. Several five-year programs have been developed to allow a Carnegie Mellon undergraduate student to earn both a B.S. in Chemistry and a Master of Science degree in fields such as Health Care Policy and Management, Materials Science Engineering or Biomedical Engineering.

Study abroad programs are available for chemistry majors and programs of one to two semesters can generally be accommodated without delaying time to graduation beyond 8 semesters. One example of a formal exchange program is spending two semesters at École Polytechnique Féderále de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Study abroad is encouraged by the chemistry department and also can be arranged on an individual basis at universities throughout the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, and Australia during the academic year, the summer and winter or spring breaks. Students interested in study abroad should consult with their academic advisor and the MCS Study Abroad Advisor.  

One of the most attractive features of the Department of Chemistry is the opportunity for students to interact with prominent research scientists in entry-level as well as advanced courses and in research. Since the spring of 2003, undergraduate laboratory instruction takes place in a state-of-the-art facility located in Doherty Hall. Participation in undergraduate research is encouraged and qualified students may begin projects as early as their second year.  Chemistry majors interested in beginning research should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to begin the process of identifying a research mentor.  Approximately 90 to 98% of the graduating chemistry majors during the past ten years have taken part in research either for pay or for credit as part of their undergraduate training. Chemistry majors have been very successful in obtaining Small Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) from the University to help support their research projects. Undergraduate and research laboratories are equipped with the latest scientific instrumentation. The use of computational tools is emphasized throughout the curriculum.
 

Program Outcomes

The faculty members of the Department of Chemistry have approved the following as a statement of our learning outcomes for recipients of an undergraduate degree in chemistry.

Upon graduation recipients of the BS or BA degree in Chemistry will:

Foundational knowledge/theory
  • Have a firm foundation in the quantitative and computational thinking that underlies chemistry, including use of modern computational tools.
  • Have a firm foundation in the theories and models that form the basis for reasoning about molecular systems.
  • Understand how the different subdisciplines of chemistry relate to and complement one another.
  • Be able to apply chemical reasoning across disciplines, such as biology, environmental science, materials science, nanotechnology, and engineering.
Practical/Experimental
  • Understand that chemistry is fundamentally an experimental science, and be able to identify or create an appropriate model, formulate a hypothesis, choose an appropriate set of tools and techniques, and design an experiment that tests the hypothesis and analyze the results from that experiment drawing sound scientific conclusions from the results obtained.
  • Be proficient in the use of both classical and modern tools for analysis of chemical systems.
  • Be able to design and carry out synthesis of both organic and inorganic systems.
  • Be able to use experience and knowledge gained through theoretical and practical design projects to conduct further research.
  • Know and follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals and chemical equipment.
Communication
  • Be able to convey information, both orally and in writing, to a range of audience levels and for a variety of purposes.
  • Understand how scientific information is shared between peers in modern science, including responsible conduct for acknowledging prior and current contributions.
  • Be able to locate, identify, understand and critically evaluate the chemical literature.
  • Develop the interpersonal skills to function cooperatively in a team setting.
Society and ethics
  • Understand the opportunities and consequences of chemistry for the environment and society for both the short term and for long-term sustainability.
  • Understand and apply ethics and values to all professional activities.
Professional development
  • Develop an understanding of career opportunities both within and outside of chemistry, including through contacts with faculty, the career and professional development center and alumni.
  • Be prepared to pursue a life and career that builds on their experiences at Carnegie Mellon to achieve their personal goals and to contribute positively to society.

B.S. in Chemistry

The majority of undergraduate degrees awarded by the Department of Chemistry are Bachelor of Science degrees.  This degree program provides the most appropriate preparation for further graduate study and for industrial positions in research and development or analytical chemistry.  The curriculum provides a strong foundation in the fundamental areas of study in chemistry: organic, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry, along with a rich set of research-focused, instrumentation intensive laboratory experiences aligned with those areas. Students interested in less technical areas of employment or graduate study in areas such as business, policy or law may find the Bachelor of Arts degree a more suitable alternative.

Curriculum - B.S. in Chemistry and Requirements for an Additional Major in Chemistry

This catalog and the sample schedules presented are intended to be used by students in the first year class entering in the fall of 2017 or later.  Upperclass students should refer to the appropriate previous version of the catalog published during their first year for the requirements that are specific to them.

The technical breadth requirement of the MCS core curriculum requires a minimum of four technical courses outside of the student's primary major. Chemistry majors must at minimum take the following non-chemistry technical courses:

Technical Breadth Requirements Units
33-121Physics I for Science Students12
33-122Physics II for Biological Sciences & Chemistry Students9
03-121Modern Biology9
or 03-231 Biochemistry I
or 03-232 Biochemistry I
15-110Principles of Computing - or other approved programming course10
or 15-112 Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
or 02-201 Programming for Scientists
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
21-122Integration and Approximation10
or 21-124 Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists

Students should complete this technical core as early as possible and preferably by the end of their fifth semester.

The non-technical breadth requirements for MCS students includes 76-101 Interpretation and Argument, four courses with a minimum of 36 units from the arts, humanities or social sciences and a course of at least 9 units from an approved list in the category of Cultural/Global understanding, three ENGAGE in Wellness courses, 38-230 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Inward, 38-330 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Outward and 38-430 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Forward38-110 ENGAGE in Service38-220 ENGAGE in the Arts, 38-101 EUREKA!: Discovery and Its Impact, the MCS first-year seminar, and 38-301 PROPEL for a total of 72 units.  For more information on allowed courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences and electives in the Cultural/Global Understanding category refer to the MCS section of this catalog.

SHS students have their own core education requirements.  Please refer to the Intercollege Programs section of this catalog for the SHS requirements.  Requests for exceptions within the SHS core must be made to the Director of the SHS program.

Freshman Year
Fall Units
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
or 09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
33-121Physics I for Science Students12
76-101Interpretation and Argument9
38-101EUREKA!: Discovery and Its Impact6
99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
 50

Students interested in majoring in chemistry who have a strong chemistry background, should enroll in 09-107 rather than 09-105.  Students who complete 09-107 with an A grade will be exempted from the requirement to take 09-106 Modern Chemistry II.

02-201 Programming for Scientists is an acceptable alternative to 15-110 for chemistry majors as are any upper level courses in programming.

There are some elective laboratory courses offered for MCS students in the first year.  These include 03-115 Phage Genomics Research and 09-122 Molecular Tools for Biological and Chemical Studies.  The maximum units allowed during the first semester is 54; therefore, students wishing to take a lab should take an alternate technical course to Physics I such as 15-110 or 03-121 so that their unit total is lower.

Spring Units
09-106Modern Chemistry II
Chemistry majors who place out of 09-106 can take 09-348 Inorganic Chemistry, 09-510 Chemistry and Sustainability as a chemistry elective or inquire about the availability of a research placement.
10
21-122Integration and Approximation10
or 21-124 Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists
33-121Physics I for Science Students12
or 03-121 Modern Biology
or 15-110 Principles of Computing
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 19
xx-xxxFree Elective9.0
 50
Sophomore Year
Fall Units
09-201Undergraduate Seminar I1
09-219Modern Organic Chemistry10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
33-122Physics II for Biological Sciences & Chemistry Students
Course is a prerequisite for 09-331, normally taken in the spring of the junior year
9
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 29
 41
Spring Units
09-202Undergraduate Seminar II: Safety and Environmental Issues for Chemists1
09-204Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry
(It is recommended that this course be completed prior to taking the junior level labs, 09-321 or 09-323.)
3
09-220Modern Organic Chemistry II10
09-222Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis12
09-348Inorganic Chemistry
(Students wishing to pursue careers in the health professions or are pursuing the Biological Chemistry Track may wish to take biochemistry, 03-232, and delay inorganic until the junior or senior year spring semester)
10
38-230ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Inward1
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 39
 46
Junior Year
Fall Units
09-301Undergraduate Seminar III1
09-231Mathematical Methods for Chemists9
09-321Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis12
or 09-323 Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory
09-344Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
38-330ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Outward1
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences course 49
 41
Spring Units
09-302Undergraduate Seminar IV1
09-322Laboratory IV: Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics12
09-345Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-331Modern Analytical Instrumentation9
38-301PROPEL6
xx-xxxCultural/Global Understanding Requirement9
 46
Senior Year
Fall Units
09-401Undergraduate Seminar V1
09-xxxChemistry Elective (see notes on electives)9
38-110ENGAGE in Service1
38-430ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Forward1
xx-xxxFree Electives30
 42
Spring Units
09-402Undergraduate Seminar VI3
09-xxxChemistry Elective (see notes on electives)9
38-220ENGAGE in the Arts2
xx-xxxFree Electives27
 41

Distribution of Units for the B.S. in Chemistry and Requirements for An Additional Major in Chemistry

Minimum Total Chemistry Units 163; See distribution below

Required Chemistry Courses* Units
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
or 09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
09-204Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry3
09-219Modern Organic Chemistry10
09-220Modern Organic Chemistry II10
09-231Mathematical Methods for Chemists9
09-331Modern Analytical Instrumentation9
09-344Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-345Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-348Inorganic Chemistry10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
09-222Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis12
09-321Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis12
or 09-323 Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory
09-322Laboratory IV: Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics12
09-xxxChemistry Seminars8
09-xxxChemistry Electives18

* These, plus 33-121 Physics I for Science Students and 33-122 Physics II for Biological Sciences & Chemistry Students, are the required courses for students earning an additional major in chemistry.

Students who transfer into the department and have taken 09-217 Organic Chemistry I and/or 09-218 Organic Chemistry II, will be required to complete units of 09-435 Independent Study Chemistry, 1 unit per course, under the supervision of the instructor(s) for 09-219 and/or 09-220 in order to master the course content missed in this course sequence.

Students who transfer into the department and have taken 09-207 Techniques in Quantitative Analysis and/or 09-208 Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Analysis will be required to take a 3 unit transition course (09-215 Chemistry Tech I to Lab I Transition for 09-207 and/or 09-216 Chemistry Tech II to Lab II Transition for 09-208) to fulfill the major requirements for 09-221 and/or 09-222.

Chemistry courses required for the BS degree and the additional major in chemistry that are numbered 09-2xx or higher must be taken at Carnegie Mellon University.  Exceptions must be requested of and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  In general such requests will be approved only under unusual or extenuating circumstances.

Other RequirementsUnits
Biology (Modern Biology or Biochemistry)9
Computer Science10
Mathematics20
Physics21
Interpretation and Argument9
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Courses36
Cultural/Global Understanding9
EUREKA! (First-year seminar)6
MCS Junior Seminar6
ENGAGE in Service1
ENGAGE in Wellness Courses (three courses)3
ENGAGE in the Arts2
Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
Free Electives62
Minimum number of units required for the degree:360

The above B.S. curriculum recommends a range of 41–50 units per semester to meet the minimum degree requirement of 360 units. Students are strongly encouraged to take extra elective courses (except in the first year) in whatever subjects they wish in order to enrich their backgrounds and enhance their educational experience.

Notes on Electives

Chemistry Electives

A minimum of 18 units of chemical electives is required.

Chemistry electives can be satisfied by 09-445 Undergraduate Research,  or by most other chemistry courses 09-3xx or higher, undergraduate or graduate level, for which the student has the necessary prerequisites, or by 03-231/03-232 Biochemistry. Biochemistry also fulfills the Life Sciences requirement for the MCS technical breadth requirement.  09-435 Independent Study Chemistry may only be used to fulfill this requirement with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Certain interdisciplinary courses (e.g. 39-xxx) relating to chemistry can also be used with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The scheduling of these electives can vary and students should check with the department offering the course to see which courses are offered in any given year or semester and with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemistry to ascertain whether the course is an acceptable chemistry elective.

Free Electives

Free electives are defined as including any course offered by Carnegie Mellon except those in science or engineering fields that are primarily intended for non-majors. A maximum of 9 units total of Physical Education, StuCo and/or ROTC courses combined can be counted as free elective units. The Chemistry Department does not require technical electives.

B.A. in Chemistry

The curriculum for the B.A. degree provides students with the opportunity to take a substantial number of elective and non-technical courses. Certain chemistry, math, and other technical courses required for the B.S. degree are replaced by free electives, making this degree an ideal choice for those who wish to earn an additional major with one of the departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Fine Arts, or with the Business Administration program, though this is not a requirement. It is also attractive for students wishing to pursue careers in dentistry or pharmacy, career paths that require a broader preparation at the undergraduate level and hence more coursework outside of chemistry. Students may earn one or more of the options as described for B.S. degree candidates, providing they complete the courses listed.

The suggested curriculum recommends that the required technical courses be completed at the earliest opportunity, however students have considerable flexibility to postpone these courses in favor of electives, allowing compatibility with the programs of other departments. In designing such programs for a minor or additional major with chemistry, students should note that certain required chemistry courses only are offered in specific semesters, not both. These include the Fall-only courses 09-214 Physical Chemistry09-219 Modern Organic Chemistry09-321 Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis and 09-323 Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory and the Spring-only courses 09-220 Modern Organic Chemistry II, 09-348 Inorganic Chemistry, and 09-204 Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry. Also, in some cases, a course that is normally scheduled for the fall may be changed to a spring course (or the inverse) due to a departmental curriculum change.
 

Curriculum - B.A. in Chemistry

This catalog and the sample schedules presented are intended to be used by students in the first year class entering in the fall of 2017.  Upperclass students should refer to the appropriate previous version of the catalog published during their first year for the requirements that are specific to them.

The technical breadth requirement of the MCS core curriculum requires a minimum of four technical courses outside of the student's primary major. Chemistry majors must at minimum take the following non-chemistry technical courses: 

Technical Breadth Requirements Units
33-121Physics I for Science Students12
33-122Physics II for Biological Sciences & Chemistry Students9
03-121Modern Biology9
or 03-231 Biochemistry I
or 03-232 Biochemistry I
15-110Principles of Computing10
or 02-201 Programming for Scientists
or 15-112 Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
21-122Integration and Approximation10
or 21-124 Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists

Students should complete this technical core as early as possible and preferably by the end of their fifth semester.

The non-technical breadth requirements for MCS students includes 76-101 Interpretation and Argument , four courses with a minimum of 36 units from the arts, humanities or social sciences and a course of at least 9 units from an approved list in the category of Cultural/Global understanding, three ENGAGE in Wellness courses, 38-230 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Inward, 38-330 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Outward and 38-430 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Forward38-110 ENGAGE in Service38-220 ENGAGE in the Arts , 38-101 EUREKA!: Discovery and Its Impact , the MCS first-year seminar, and 38-301 PROPEL for a total of 72 units.  For more information on allowed courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences and electives in the Cultural/Global Understanding category refer to the MCS section of this catalog.

SHS students have their own core education requirements.  Please refer to the Intercollege Programs section of this catalog for the SHS requirements.  Requests for exceptions within the SHS core must be made to the Director of the SHS program.

First Year
Fall Units
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
or 09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
33-121Physics I for Science Students12
76-101Interpretation and Argument9
38-101EUREKA!: Discovery and Its Impact6
99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
 50

Students interested in majoring in chemistry who have a strong chemistry background, should enroll in 09-107 rather than 09-105.  Students who complete 09-107 with an A grade will be exempted from the requirement to take 09-106 Modern Chemistry II.

02-201 Programming for Scientists is an acceptable alternative to 15-110 for chemistry majors as are any upper level courses in programming.

There are some elective laboratory courses offered for MCS students in the first year.  These include 03-115 Phage Genomics Research and 09-122 Molecular Tools for Biological and Chemical Studies.  The maximum units allowed during the first semester is 54; therefore, students wishing to take a lab should take an alternate technical course to Physics I such as 15-110 or 03-121 so that their unit total is lower.

Spring Units
09-106Modern Chemistry II
Chemistry majors who place out of 09-106 can take 09-348 Inorganic Chemistry, 09-510 Chemistry and Sustainability as a chemistry elective or consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies about the possibility of a suitable research placement.
10
21-122Integration and Approximation10
or 21-124 Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists
15-110Principles of Computing10
or 33-121 Physics I for Science Students
or 03-121 Modern Biology
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 19
xx-xxxFree Elective9
 48
Sophomore Year
Fall Units
09-201Undergraduate Seminar I1
09-219Modern Organic Chemistry10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
33-122Physics II for Biological Sciences & Chemistry Students
This course is required before graduation.
9
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 29
 41
Spring Units
09-202Undergraduate Seminar II: Safety and Environmental Issues for Chemists1
09-204Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry
(It is recommended that this course be completed prior to taking the junior level labs, 09-321 or 09-323.)
3
09-220Modern Organic Chemistry II10
09-222Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis12
38-230ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Inward1
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 318
 45
Junior Year
Fall Units
09-301Undergraduate Seminar III1
09-321Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis12
or 09-323 Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory
03-121Modern Biology9
or 15-110 Principles of Computing
38-330ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Outward1
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 49
xx-xxxFree Elective9
 41
Spring Units
09-302Undergraduate Seminar IV1
09-348Inorganic Chemistry10
09-xxxChemistry Elective (See notes below regarding chemistry electives.)9
38-301PROPEL6
xx-xxxCultural/Global Understanding Requirement9
xx-xxxFree Elective9
 44
Senior Year
Fall Units
09-401Undergraduate Seminar V1
09-xxxChemistry Elective9
09-214Physical Chemistry9
38-430ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Forward1
38-110ENGAGE in Service1
xx-xxxFree Electives25
 46
Spring Units
09-402Undergraduate Seminar VI3
38-220ENGAGE in the Arts2
xx-xxxFree Electives40
 45

Distribution of Units for the B.A. in Chemistry

Minimum Total Chemistry Units 124; See distribution below:

Required Chemistry Courses Units
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
or 09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
09-204Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry3
09-219Modern Organic Chemistry10
09-220Modern Organic Chemistry II10
09-214Physical Chemistry9
or 09-344 Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry
or 09-345 Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry
09-348Inorganic Chemistry10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
09-222Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis12
09-321Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis12
or 09-323 Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory
09-xxxChemistry Seminars8
09-xxxChemistry Electives18

09-322 Laboratory IV: Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics may be taken in lieu of 09-321 Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis or 09-323 Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory.  However the student must complete the necessary pre- and co-requisites of 09-231, 09-344, 09-331 and 09-345.  In this case 09-331 and 09-344 will count as chemistry electives towards the B.A. degree.

Students who transfer into the department and have taken 09-217 Organic Chemistry I, and/or 09-218 Organic Chemistry II, will be required to complete units of 09-435 Independent Study Chemistry, 1 unit per course, under the supervision of the instructor(s) for 09-219 and/or 09-220 in order to master the course content missed in this course sequence.

Students who transfer into the department and have taken 09-207 Techniques in Quantitative Analysis and/or 09-208 Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Analysis will be required to take a 3 unit transition course (09-215 Chemistry Tech I to Lab I Transition for 09-207 and/or 09-216 Chemistry Tech II to Lab II Transition for 09-208) to fulfill the major requirements for 09-221 and/or 09-222.

Chemistry courses required for the B.A. degree that are numbered 09-2xx or higher must be taken at Carnegie Mellon University.  Exceptions must be requested of and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  In general such requests will be approved only under unusual or extenuating circumstances.

Other RequirementsUnits
Biology (either Modern Biology or Biochemistry)9
Computer Science10
Mathematics20
Physics21
Interpretation and Argument9
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences courses36
Cultural/Global Understanding9
EUREKA! (First year seminar)6
MCS Junior Seminar6
ENGAGE in Wellness (3 courses)3
ENGAGE in Service1
ENGAGE in the Arts2
Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
Free Electives101
Minimum number of units for the degree360

The above B.A. curriculum recommends a range of 40–50 units per semester. The total units actually taken  may exceed the 360 unit minimum, but students are strongly encouraged to take the extra elective courses in whatever subjects they wish in order to enrich their backgrounds and enhance their educational experience.

Notes on Electives

Chemistry Electives

A minimum of 18 units of chemical electives is required.

Chemical electives can be satisfied by 09-445 Undergraduate Research, or by most other chemistry courses 09-3xx or higher, undergraduate or graduate, for which the student has the necessary prerequisites, or by 03-231/03-232 Biochemistry I. Biochemistry also fulfills the Life Sciences requirement for the MCS technical breadth requirement.  09-435 Independent Study Chemistry, may only be used to fulfill this requirement with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Certain interdisciplinary courses (e.g. 39-xxx) relating to chemistry can also be used with permission by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The scheduling of these electives can vary and students should check with the department offering the course to see which courses are offered in any given year or semester and with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemistry to ascertain whether the course is an acceptable chemistry elective.

Free Electives

Free electives are defined as including any course offered by Carnegie Mellon except those in science or engineering fields that are primarily intended for non-majors. A maximum of 9 units total of Physical Education and/or ROTC courses combined can be counted as free elective units. The Chemistry Department does not require technical electives.

B.S. in Chemistry/Biological Chemistry Track

This degree is ideal for students who wish to better prepare themselves for advanced studies in biological chemistry or biomedical fields and a job market that values knowledge and skills from both disciplines. A combination of advanced research-focused lecture course offerings and a new laboratory course will allow students to build the strong foundation typical of a successful chemistry major, while expanding out into applications of chemistry in the biological sciences. 

Curriculum - B.S. in Chemistry/Biological Chemistry Track 

This catalog and the sample schedules presented are intended to be used by students in the first year class entering in the fall of 2017.  Upperclass students should refer to the appropriate previous version of the catalog published during their first year for the requirements that are specific to them.

The technical breadth requirement of the MCS core curriculum requires a minimum of four technical courses outside of the student's primary major. Chemistry majors in the Biological Chemistry Track must at minimum take the following non-chemistry technical courses:  33-121 Physics I for Science Students, 33-122 Physics II for Biological Sciences & Chemistry Students, 03-121 Modern Biology, 15-110 Principles of Computing (or other approved programming course), 21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus and 21-122 Integration and Approximation or 21-124 Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists. Students should complete this technical core as early as possible and preferably by the end of their fifth semester.

The non-technical breadth requirements for MCS students includes 76-101 Interpretation and Argument, four courses with a minimum of 36 units from the arts, humanities or social sciences and a course of at least 9 units from an approved list in the category of Cultural/Global understanding, three ENGAGE in Wellness courses, 38-230 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Inward, 38-330 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Outward and 38-430 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Forward38-110 ENGAGE in Service38-220 ENGAGE in the Arts, 38-101 EUREKA!: Discovery and Its Impact, the MCS first-year seminar, and 38-301 PROPEL for a total of 72 units.  For more information on allowed courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences and electives in the Cultural/Global Understanding category refer to the MCS section of this catalog.

SHS students have their own core education requirements.  Please refer to the Intercollege Programs section of this catalog for the SHS requirements.  Requests for exceptions within the SHS core must be made to the Director of the SHS program.

Freshman Year
Fall Units
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
or 09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
33-121Physics I for Science Students12
76-101Interpretation and Argument9
38-101EUREKA!: Discovery and Its Impact6
99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
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Students interested in majoring in chemistry who have a strong chemistry background, should enroll in 09-107 rather than 09-105.  Students who complete 09-107 with an A grade will be exempted from the requirement to take 09-106 Modern Chemistry II.

02-201 Programming for Scientists is an acceptable alternative to 15-110 for chemistry majors as are any upper level courses in programming.

There are some elective laboratory courses offered for MCS students in the first year.  These include 03-115 Phage Genomics Research and 09-122 Molecular Tools for Biological and Chemical Studies.  The maximum units allowed during the first semester is 54; therefore, students wishing to take a lab should take 03-121 Modern Biology so that their unit total is lower and they get a start on their required biology courses.

Spring Units
09-106Modern Chemistry II
Chemistry majors who place out of 09-106 can take 09-348 Inorganic Chemistry, 09-510 Chemistry and Sustainability as a chemistry elective or inquire about the availability of a research placement.
10
21-122Integration and Approximation10
or 21-124 Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists
03-121Modern Biology9
or 33-121 Physics I for Science Students
or 15-110 Principles of Computing
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 19
xx-xxxFree Elective5
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Sophomore Year
Fall Units
09-201Undergraduate Seminar I1
09-219Modern Organic Chemistry10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
33-122Physics II for Biological Sciences & Chemistry Students
Course is a prerequisite for 09-331, normally taken in the spring of the junior year
9
03-220Genetics
or other biological chemistry elective.
9
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 29
 50
Spring Units
09-202Undergraduate Seminar II: Safety and Environmental Issues for Chemists1
09-204Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry
(It is recommended that this course be completed prior to taking the junior level lab, 09-323.)
3
09-220Modern Organic Chemistry II10
09-222Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis12
03-232Biochemistry I9
38-230ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Inward1
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 39
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Junior Year
Fall Units
09-301Undergraduate Seminar III1
09-231Mathematical Methods for Chemists9
09-344Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-323Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory12
38-330ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Outward1
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 49
 41
Spring Units
09-302Undergraduate Seminar IV1
09-322Laboratory IV: Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics12
09-345Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-348Inorganic Chemistry
(or a Biological Chemistry Elective)
10
38-301PROPEL6
xx-xxxCultural/Global Understanding Requirement9
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Senior Year
Fall Units
09-401Undergraduate Seminar V1
09-xxxBiological Chemistry Elective 1 (see notes on electives)9
09-518Bioorganic Chemistry: Nucleic Acids and Carbohydrates9
or 09-519 Bioorganic Chemistry: Peptides, Proteins and Combinatorial Chemistry
38-110ENGAGE in Service1
38-430ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Forward1
xx-xxxFree Electives21
 42
Spring Units
09-402Undergraduate Seminar VI3
xx-xxxBiological Chemistry Elective 29
xx-xxxBiological Chemistry Elective 39
38-220ENGAGE in the Arts2
xx-xxxFree Electives18
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Distribution of Units for the B.S. in Chemistry/Biological Chemistry Track

 Minimum Total Chemistry Units 190; See distribution below

Required Chemistry Courses* Units
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
or 09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
09-204Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry3
09-219Modern Organic Chemistry10
09-220Modern Organic Chemistry II10
03-231Biochemistry I9
or 03-232 Biochemistry I
09-231Mathematical Methods for Chemists9
09-331Modern Analytical Instrumentation9
09-344Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-345Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-518Bioorganic Chemistry: Nucleic Acids and Carbohydrates9
or 09-519 Bioorganic Chemistry: Peptides, Proteins and Combinatorial Chemistry
09-348Inorganic Chemistry10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
09-222Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis12
09-323Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory12
09-322Laboratory IV: Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics12
09-xxxChemistry Seminars8
09-xxxBiological Chemistry Electives27

Students who transfer into the department and have taken 09-217 Organic Chemistry I and/or 09-218 Organic Chemistry II, will be required to complete units of 09-435 Independent Study Chemistry, 1 unit per course, under the supervision of the instructor(s) for 09-219 and/or 09-220 in order to master the course content missed in this course sequence.

Students who transfer into the department and have taken 09-207 Techniques in Quantitative Analysis and/or 09-208 Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Analysis will be required to take a 3 unit transition course (09-215 Chemistry Tech I to Lab I Transition for 09-207 and/or 09-216 Chemistry Tech II to Lab II Transition for 09-208) to fulfill the major requirements for 09-221 and/or 09-222.

Chemistry courses required for the BS degrees that are numbered 09-2xx or higher must be taken at Carnegie Mellon University.  Exceptions must be requested of and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  In general such requests will be approved only under unusual or extenuating circumstances.

Other RequirementsUnits
Modern Biology9
Computer Science10
Mathematics20
Physics21
Interpretation and Argument9
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences courses36
Cultural/Global Understandling9
EUREKA! (First Year Seminar)6
MCS Junior Seminar6
ENGAGE in Wellness (3 courses)3
ENGAGE in Service1
ENGAGE in the Arts2
Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
Free Electives35
Minimum number of units required for the degree:360

The above B.S. curriculum recommends a range of 41–50 units/semester to meet the minimum degree requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to take extra elective courses (except in the first year) in whatever subjects they wish in order to enrich their backgrounds and enhance their educational experience.

NOTES ON ELECTIVES

Biological Chemistry Electives

A minimum of three biological chemistry electives for a total of 27 units or more is required.

A list of currently approved electives is provided below.  One semester of 09-445 for 9 units may be used for 1 biological chemistry elective with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. It must be part of a longer term experience ensuring depth of knowledge in the area.

09-518Bioorganic Chemistry: Nucleic Acids and Carbohydrates
(One of these two courses is required for the degree. The other can be used as a Biological Chemistry elective.)
9
or 09-519 Bioorganic Chemistry: Peptides, Proteins and Combinatorial Chemistry
09-705Chemosensors and Biosensors12
09-521Metals in Biology: Function and Reactivity6
09-716Bioactive Natural Products12
09-737Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development12
09-803Chemistry of Gene Expression12
03-220Genetics9
03-320Cell Biology9
03-344Experimental Biochemistry12
03-362Cellular Neuroscience9
03-366Biochemistry of the Brain9
03-439Introduction to Biophysics9
03-534Biological Imaging and Fluorescence Spectroscopy9
03-740Advanced Biochemistry12
03-871Structural Biophysics12
33-441Introduction to BioPhysics10
Free Electives

Free electives are defined as including any course offered by Carnegie Mellon except those in science or engineering fields that are primarily intended for non-majors. A maximum of 9 units total of Physical Education, StuCo and/or ROTC courses combined can be counted as free elective units. The Chemistry Department does not require technical electives.

Options for the B.S. in Chemistry

The curriculum for the degree Bachelor of Science in Chemistry permits students to take a number of elective courses in chemistry and other fields, particularly in the junior and senior years. Students may wish to complete a group of elective courses from several specialty areas, called “options,” to complement their technical education. Each option will complement the Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and will provide students with expertise in a specific area not covered by the normal undergraduate curriculum. Options are noted on the student's transcript but not on the diploma.

For each of the following options, the student should refer to the previous description of the curriculum for the B.S. in chemistry. Required courses are unchanged, and the courses that should be taken as electives for each option are listed below. Chemistry courses within an option also count towards fulfillment of the chemistry elective requirement for the B.S. degree.

A student who completes the recommended courses for any of these options will receive a certificate from the Department of Chemistry at Commencement as formal evidence of the accomplishment and a notation of this will be made on the student's transcript.

BIOCHEMISTRY OPTION Units
03-231/232Biochemistry I9
03-330Genetics9
03-344Experimental Biochemistry12
xx-xxxElective in Biochemistry
Elective course may be chosen from the following list. (Other courses listed as electives for the Biological Chemistry Track may be possible with permission.)
03-439Introduction to Biophysics9
09-518Bioorganic Chemistry: Nucleic Acids and Carbohydrates9
09-519Bioorganic Chemistry: Peptides, Proteins and Combinatorial Chemistry9
03-740Advanced Biochemistry12
POLYMER SCIENCE OPTION Units
06-466Experimental Polymer Science9
09-502Organic Chemistry of Polymers9
09-509Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules9
09-xxxElective in Polymer Science9
Elective course may be chosen from the following list
09-531Polymer Science9
09-445Undergraduate Research
(in a polymer area as approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and generally part of a longer term project)
9
27-324Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering9
09-760Mechanical Behavior of Polymers12
Other upper level courses in chemistry, biomedical engineering, materials science engineering or the colloids, polymers and surfaces program may be used with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies
COLLOIDS, POLYMERS and SURFACES OPTION (offered jointly with the Department of Chemical Engineering) Units
06-426Experimental Colloid Surface Science9
06-466Experimental Polymer Science9
09-509Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules9
06-607Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces9
MATERIALS CHEMISTRY OPTION Units
27-100Engineering the Materials of the Future12
27-201Structure of Materials9
Two Elective Courses of at least 9 units each from the list below
27-202Defects in Materials9
09-445Undergraduate Research
(in a materials area as approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and generally part of a longer term project)
9
09-502Organic Chemistry of Polymers9
09-509Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules9
09-531Polymer Science9
27-xxxMSE course approved by Director of Undergraduate Studies
ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY OPTION Units
09-510Chemistry and Sustainability9
09-445Undergraduate Research
9 units of 09-445 can count towards this option if part of a longer term immersion and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies
Var.
Two elective courses of at least 9 units each from the list below
09-225Climate Change: Chemistry, Physics and Planetary Science9
19-424Energy and the Environment9
19-440Combustion and Air Pollution Control9
12-651Air Quality Engineering9
12-657Water Resource Systems Engineering9
12-702Fundamentals of Water Quality Engineering12
MANAGEMENT OPTION Units
70-100Global Business9
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
70-122Introduction to Accounting9
70-364Business Law9
COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY OPTION Units
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12
15-122Principles of Imperative Computation10
or 15-150 Principles of Functional Programming
09-560Computational Chemistry12
21-127Concepts of Mathematics10
xx-xxxOne Upper Level Computational Elective Course from the list below
15-210Parallel and Sequential Data Structures and Algorithms12
15-213Introduction to Computer Systems12
15-214Principles of Software Construction: Objects, Design, and Concurrency12
33-241Introduction to Computational Physics9
03-250Introduction to Computational Biology12
09-701Quantum Chemistry I12
09-702Statistical Mechanics and Dynamics12

B.S. in Chemistry with Departmental Honors

Outstanding students with an interest in research are encouraged to consider the Honors program by the beginning of the junior year. The program combines a slightly modified B.S. curriculum with close faculty-student contact in an individual research project, concluding with the student's presentation and defense of a bachelor's honors thesis to a Thesis Committee.

The B.S. in Chemistry with Departmental Honors curriculum follows the general sequence of courses that is listed for the B.S. degree. Students are strongly urged to complete all seven of the Science Core Courses as early as possible. The honors program specifies that one of the two chemistry electives be a 12-unit graduate course, numbered 09-7xx or higher, and that of the remaining electives required, at least two be undergraduate research (18 units) and one be 09-455 Honors Thesis (taken for 6 units). Students will be encouraged to do more than the minimum amount of research, so stipends from the research advisor or other sources are sometimes available for summer B.S. honors research.

At any time before the spring term of the senior year, candidates for the B.S. in chemistry may apply to be admitted for candidacy to the Honors B.S. program. Applications are available through the Director of Undergraduate Studies. To be accepted, students will be expected to have shown excellent performance in class work – normally at least a 3.2 average QPA. Upon acceptance into the program, a Thesis Committee must be identified, which will monitor the progress of the student. The committee shall consist of at least one member of the Undergraduate Program Committee Committee to be appointed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the student's research advisor and a third faculty member agreed upon by the student and advisor. This third member can be from another department or institution and can be tenure track, teaching track or research track faculty. It is the student's responsibility to contact the proposed third member of their committee and confirm their participation.

A written thesis suitable for an Honors B.S. degree is required and should be a clear exposition in proper scientific format of a research project done for at least 18 units of credit in 09-445 Undergraduate Research. The thesis should describe a substantive new contribution to a particular field of research. This could include, but is not limited to, the discovery of a new phenomenon, studies that enhance our understanding of a previously reported phenomenon, or the development of a new method or technique. The student's Thesis Committee will evaluate the thesis and will require that each student participate in a public oral presentation or defense of the thesis before it approves the Honors degree. The written thesis must be supplied to the members of the student's Thesis Committee no later than 1 week prior to the scheduled public defense.  The defense is usually scheduled to take place during April or early May of the senior year and the Director of Undergraduate Studies will coordinate the selection of a suitable date. Students completing the B.S. with Departmental Honors in Chemistry will receive MCS College Honors as well.

The designations of MCS College Honors and Departmental Honors are noted on the transcript but not on the diploma.  Only University Honors are noted on the diploma.

Honors B.S./M.S. Program in Chemistry

Outstanding students seeking an advanced degree are encouraged to apply for admission to the B.S./M.S. Honors program as early as they can but only after having made some progress on a research project that could eventually be suitable for production of a Master's level thesis. Please note that this degree is available only with the B.S. in chemistry and cannot be obtained by students pursuing a B.A. degree in chemistry. Most commonly, applications are submitted during the second half of the sophomore year or early in the junior year. Applications are available through the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Participants will have the opportunity to earn in four years not only the degree B.S. in Chemistry with Departmental Honors, but also the degree Master of Science in Chemistry. This program is highly research intensive and is not appropriate for all students. Requirements include completing five graduate level courses as electives. (See notes on Honors B.S./M.S. electives.)

The schedule of courses for the B.S./M.S. program generally moves as many courses as possible forward in the curriculum, though this is not a requirement. When possible, all Science Core Courses should be completed in the freshman year. This gives the student the following advantages: 1) greater perspective in selection of a research advisor, 2) greater maturity in performing independent research, and 3) the possibility of initiating the graduate course sequence in the junior year. Students can achieve this accelerated schedule through advanced placement or summer school though neither is a requirement.

A completed application, available from Karen Stump, ks01@andrew.cmu.edu, and written note of support from the thesis advisor must be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies who will then arrange for an application meeting with the student, research advisor and Honors Committee. At this meeting the student is expected to give an oral presentation with visual aids that presents relevant background, a summary of work completed to date and a detailed plan for their thesis project.

Upon acceptance into the program, a Thesis Committee must be identified, which will monitor the progress of the student. The committee shall consist of at least one member of the Undergraduate Program Committee appointed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the student's research advisor and a third faculty member agreed upon by the student and advisor. This third member can be from another department or institution and can be tenure track, teaching track or research track faculty. It is the student's responsibility to contact the third member of their committee, confirm their participation and notify the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

The student is expected to keep the research advisor selected by May of the sophomore year for the duration of the thesis project. Summer thesis research for 10 weeks after the sophomore and junior years is strongly suggested to assist the student in completing research of sufficient quantity and quality to complete their thesis. Students normally will be given stipends for their summer work either by their research advisor or by competing for a summer fellowship. A minimum of 3 semesters of undergraduate research is required (normally 10 units/semester), though this is rarely sufficient as the sole research experience, as is participation in group seminars during the junior and senior years. Students must present their research at least once at the Sigma Xi competition at Meeting of the Minds, the annual Carnegie Mellon undergraduate research symposium, typically at the end of the junior year. In addition students must meet with their Thesis Committee each fall to update the committee on their progress and in the fall of the senior year must prepare a written summary of their research progress to date (5 pages) and their plans for the academic year (1 page). This report must state clearly what stage the work is in; it must be clear what work is complete and ready for publication.

At the start of the spring semester of the senior year (or their final semester if different), the student must submit a draft of the introduction for their thesis and a detailed outline of their methods, results and discussion sections to the Director of Undergraduate Studies who also chairs the Honors Committee. This will be distributed by the department and reviewed by the student's Thesis Committee.

Each student is required to submit a formal Masters Degree dissertation to the Chemistry Department in April of the senior year or at least one week prior to the date set for the thesis defense. The Thesis Committee will evaluate the written thesis and student is required to present their final oral defense of the project before the Thesis Committee. The defense is usually scheduled to take place during April or early May of the senior year and the Director of Undergraduate Studies will coordinate the selection of a suitable date. The public defense is followed by a private question and answer session with the Thesis Committee.

The dissertation, written in proper scientific format, should describe the research project in considerable detail and must withstand the scrutiny of the Thesis Committee with respect to completeness. It need not be as extensive nor contain the element of student originality characteristic of a Ph.D. thesis; however it must contain results and conclusions that are of a high enough quality to be accepted as a publication in a respected research journal. The student should refer to the ACS Style Guide for recommendations on appropriate presentation and formatting of written text, tables, graphs, and figures. As for all M.S. degree candidates in the Department, the dissertation must be approved by the faculty member in charge of the work.

Research productivity is the most important criterion for success at the evaluation points, but QPA is a strong secondary criterion. While we expect that most students will maintain a QPA of 3.5, a minimum of 3.2 must be maintained to remain in the program and will be acceptable only with a strong record of research. Candidates must also maintain a QPA of at least 3.0 in the five graduate level courses required for the degree.

Students who complete this program will receive the designations of Departmental Honors and MCS College Honors.  These are designated on the transcript, not on the diploma.  Only University Honors are denoted on the diploma.

Students completing the requirements for this degree receive two diplomas, one for the B.S. degree and another for the M.S. degree.  Since this is a combined degree program both degrees are awarded at the same time; the awarding of the two degrees cannot be separated in time.

Notes on Honors B.S./M.S. Electives

The B.S./M.S. Honors degree requires the completion of five graduate level courses. Graduate courses in chemistry are typically those numbered 09-7xx or 09-8xx. Courses numbered 09-6xx are generally remedial graduate level courses and not acceptable towards the degree requirements as the content overlaps extensively with required chemistry courses at the undergraduate level. Graduate classes in chemistry are normally 12-unit courses (or two six unit minis numbered 09-7xx or 09-8xx counting as one graduate level course). However, in order not to penalize interdisciplinary studies which may be essential to a good thesis, up to three of the five required graduate chemistry courses may be advanced undergraduate (9-unit) courses in MCS and/or approved CIT departments. All advanced undergraduate level courses used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Curriculum - B.S. with Departmental Honors / M.S. in Chemistry

This catalog and the sample schedules presented are intended to be used by students in the first year class entering in the fall of 2017.  Upperclass students should refer to the appropriate previous version of the catalog published during their first year for the requirements that are specific to them.

The technical breadth requirement of the MCS core curriculum requires a minimum of four technical courses outside of the student's primary major. Chemistry majors must at minimum take the following non-chemistry technical courses: 33-121 Physics I for Science Students, 33-122 Physics II for Biological Sciences & Chemistry Students, either03-121 Modern Biology or03-231 Biochemistry I or 03-232 Biochemistry I, 15-110 Principles of Computing (or other approved programming course), 21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus and 21-122 Integration and Approximation or 21-124 Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists. Students should complete this technical core as early as possible and preferably by the end of their fifth semester.

The non-technical breadth requirements for MCS students includes 76-101 Interpretation and Argument, four courses with a minimum of 36 units from the arts, humanities or social sciences and a course of at least 9 units from an approved list in the category of Cultural/Global understanding, three ENGAGE in Wellness courses, 38-230 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Inward, 38-330 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Outward and 38-430 ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Forward38-110 ENGAGE in Service38-220 ENGAGE in the Arts, 38-101 EUREKA!: Discovery and Its Impact, the MCS first-year seminar, and 38-301 PROPEL for a total of 72 units.  For more information on allowed courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences and electives in the Cultural/Global Understanding category refer to the MCS section of this catalog.

SHS students have their own core education requirements.  Please refer to the Intercollege Programs section of this catalog for the SHS requirements.  Requests for exceptions within the SHS core must be made to the Director of the SHS program.

First Year
Fall Units
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
or 09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
33-121Physics I for Science Students12
38-101EUREKA!: Discovery and Its Impact6
76-101Interpretation and Argument9
99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
 50

Students interested in majoring in chemistry who have a strong chemistry background, should enroll in 09-107 rather than 09-105.  Students who complete 09-107 with an A grade will be exempted from the requirement to take 09-106 Modern Chemistry II.

02-201 Programming for Scientists is an acceptable alternative to 15-110 for chemistry majors as are any upper level courses in programming.

There are some elective laboratory courses offered for MCS students in the first year.  These include03-115 Phage Genomics Research and 09-122 Molecular Tools for Biological and Chemical Studies.  The maximum units allowed during the first semester is 54; therefore, students wishing to take a lab should take 03-121 Modern Biology so that their unit total is lower and they get a start on their required biology courses.

Spring Units
09-106Modern Chemistry II
Chemistry majors who place out of 09-106 can take 09-348 Inorganic Chemistry, 09-510 Chemistry and Sustainability as a chemistry elective or inquire with the Director of Undergraduate Studies about a suitable research placement.
10
21-122Integration and Approximation10
or 21-124 Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists
15-110Principles of Computing10
or 33-121 Physics I for Science Students
or 03-121 Modern Biology
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 19
xx-xxxFree Elective9
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Sophomore Year
Fall Units
09-219Modern Organic Chemistry10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
09-201Undergraduate Seminar I1
33-122Physics II for Biological Sciences & Chemistry Students
This course is a prerequisite for 09-331, normally taken in the spring of the junior year.
9
09-445Undergraduate Research9
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 29
 50
Spring Units
09-202Undergraduate Seminar II: Safety and Environmental Issues for Chemists1
09-204Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry3
09-222Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis12
09-220Modern Organic Chemistry II10
09-348Inorganic Chemistry10
38-230ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Inward1
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 39
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Summer
10 weeks Honors Research recommended
Junior Year
Fall Units
09-301Undergraduate Seminar III1
09-231Mathematical Methods for Chemists9
09-321Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis12
or 09-323 Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory
09-344Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-445Undergraduate Research9
38-330ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Outward1
xx-xxxArts, Humanities and Social Sciences Course 49
 50
Spring Units
09-302Undergraduate Seminar IV1
09-322Laboratory IV: Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics12
09-445Undergraduate Research6
09-xxxGraduate Chemistry Course 1 of 5 (see notes on Honors B.S./M.S. electives)9
09-345Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-331Modern Analytical Instrumentation9
38-301PROPEL6
 52
Summer
10 weeks Honors Research recommended
Senior Year
Fall Units
09-401Undergraduate Seminar V1
09-445Undergraduate Research9
09-xxxGraduate Chemistry Course 2 of 512
09-xxxGraduate Chemistry Course 3 of 512
xx-xxxCultural/Global Understanding9
38-430ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Forward1
38-110ENGAGE in Service1
 45
Spring Units
09-402Undergraduate Seminar VI3
09-455Honors Thesis15
09-xxxGraduate Chemistry Course 4 of 59
09-xxxGraduate Chemistry Course 5 of 59
38-220ENGAGE in the Arts2
xx-xxxFree Elective9
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Distribution of Units for the B.S. with Departmental Honors/M.S. Degrees

Minimum Total Chemistry Units (241, See distribution below)

Required Chemistry Courses Units
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
or 09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
09-204Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry3
09-219Modern Organic Chemistry10
09-220Modern Organic Chemistry II10
09-231Mathematical Methods for Chemists9
09-331Modern Analytical Instrumentation9
09-344Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-345Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-348Inorganic Chemistry10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
09-222Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis12
09-321Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis12
09-322Laboratory IV: Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics12
09-xxxChemistry Seminars8
30
09-445Undergraduate Research
(in addition 2 summers recommended)
30
09-xxxGraduate chemistry courses (see Notes on B.S./M.S. Electives) 51-60
09-455Honors Thesis15

Students who transfer into the department and have taken 09-217 Organic Chemistry I, and/or 09-218 Organic Chemistry II, will be required to complete units of 09-435 Independent Study Chemistry, 1 unit per course, under the supervision of the instructor(s) for 09-219 and/or 09-220 in order to master the course content missed in this course sequence.

Students who transfer into the department and have taken 09-207 Techniques in Quantitative Analysis and/or 09-208 Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Analysis will be required to take a 3 unit transition course (09-215 Chemistry Tech I to Lab I Transition for 09-207 and/or 09-216 Chemistry Tech II to Lab II Transition for 09-208) to fulfill the major requirements for 09-221 and/or 09-222.

Chemistry courses required for the BS/MS degree that are numbered 09-2xx or higher must be taken at Carnegie Mellon University.  Exceptions must be requested of and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  In general such requests will be approved only under unusual or extenuating circumstances.

Other RequirementsUnits
Biology9
Computer Science10
Mathematics20
Physics21
Interpretation and Argument 9
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences courses36
Cultural/Global Understanding9
EUREKA! (first year seminar)6
MCS Junior Seminar6
ENGAGE in Wellness (3 courses)3
ENGAGE in Service1
ENGAGE in the Arts2
Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
Free Electives3-12
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Free Electives

Free electives are defined as including any course offered by Carnegie Mellon except those in science or engineering fields that are primarily intended for non-majors. A maximum of 9 units total of Physical Education, StuCo and/or ROTC courses combined can be counted as free elective units. The Chemistry Department does not require technical electives.

Minor in Chemistry 

In order for a student to receive a minor in Chemistry in conjunction with a B.S. or B.A. degree from another (primary) department, the successful completion of six courses as distributed below is required. Students pursuing the minor must inform the Chemistry Department of their intentions in writing using the MCS form for declaration of a minor so that the minor designation can be approved prior to graduation. The form may be obtained from the MCS undergraduate web page, http://www.cmu.edu/mcs/undergrad/advising/forms/index.html. It should be completed and submitted to the department office, DH 1317,  no later than the end of the course add period of the final semester prior to graduation.  If you decide at a later date not to complete the minor, it would be helpful to notify the Director of Undergraduate Studies, ks01@andrew.cmu.edu, so that it can be removed from your record. Minors are listed on the transcript but not on the diploma.

Note: An introductory chemistry class equivalent to either 09-105 Introduction to Modern Chemistry I or 09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications is a presumed prerequisite to beginning the minor in chemistry.

Course Requirements

A. Four Required Core Courses
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis9-12
or 09-207 Techniques in Quantitative Analysis
09-217Organic Chemistry I9-10
or 09-219 Modern Organic Chemistry
Choice of one of the following courses:
09-214Physical Chemistry9
09-344Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-345Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-347Advanced Physical Chemistry12
09-348Inorganic Chemistry10

Courses in this group that are not used to satisfy Part A core courses may be used to satisfy elective course requirements in part B below, if they are not required by the student's primary department. However the only combination of physical chemistry courses (09-344, 09-345, 09-347 and 09-214 ) that is allowed is 09-344 and 09-345.

Enrollment in 09-347 Advanced Physical Chemistry is only open to students majoring in chemical engineering.  Students who take 09-347 may not use a second physical chemistry course as an elective.

B. Two Elective Courses from the following list.
09-344Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
or 09-214 Physical Chemistry
09-345Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9
09-348Inorganic Chemistry10
09-222Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis9-12
or 09-208 Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Analysis
09-218Organic Chemistry II9-10
or 09-220 Modern Organic Chemistry II
03-231/232Biochemistry I9
09-xxxApproved Upper Level Chemistry Course (must be 09-3xx or higher but see exclusions noted below)

Courses in this section (part B above) can not be counted toward the minor if they are required in any way by the student's primary department or towards an additional major or minor other than as a free elective. For example, students majoring in Biological Sciences can not double count 03-231 (or 03-232), 09-208 (or 09-222), or 09-218 (or 09-220) toward the elective courses for the minor in chemistry. Chemical engineering majors can not count 03-231 (or 03-232) or a chemistry course that is used to satisfy that department's required chemistry or advanced chem/biochem elective. Also, chemical engineering majors can not use 09-344, 09-345 or 09-214 due to the similarity of these courses to 09-347 Advanced Physical Chemistry, which is required by the chemical engineering department.

09-231 Mathematical Methods for Chemists, does not count towards the minor in chemistry. The undergraduate research course 09-445 Undergraduate Research and 09-435 Independent Study Chemistry cannot be used for the minor.

Transfer credit will be accepted only for the prerequisite 09-10509-106 and 09-217.  All other classes towards the chemistry minor must be completed at Carnegie Mellon University.

Transfer Credit for Chemistry Courses

  1. Requests for transfer credit for chemistry classes taken at other institutions should be made to Karen Stump, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemistry. Students making such requests should follow the policies and procedures in place within their home colleges in assembling materials for such requests. Consult with your advisor on the appropriate steps.
  2. At minimum requests must be accompanied by a complete syllabus including the textbook that will be used, a detailed list of topic areas and an indication of whether or not the course is part of the curriculum for science majors at the other institution.

  3. No transfer credit will be awarded for the laboratory classes required for the chemistry or biology major at Carnegie Mellon University, 09-20709-221, 09-208, 09-222, 09-321, 09-323 and 09-322. Requests for transfer credit for 09-101, Introduction to Experimental Chemistry, will be accepted with the appropriate documentation.

  4. In assessing the suitability of courses for transfer credit, the following factors are considered:

    • The rigor of the course must be comparable to that offered at Carnegie Mellon. This is usually assessed via the textbook used and the amount of time spent on topic areas.
    • The topic areas should match to a degree of at least 80% those covered in the comparable course at Carnegie Mellon University.
  5. 09-105 Introduction to Modern Chemistry I focuses primarily on structure and bonding.Detailed topics include the following:
    • History and Conceptual Basis of Modern Chemistry
    • Radiation, Quantum Mechanics, and Atomic Structure
    • Periodic Table and Trends in Elemental Properties (including discussion of exceptions to trends)
    • Bonding (bond polarity)
    • Lewis Structures (octet rule and exceptions; formal charge)
    • Resonance Structures
    • Molecular shapes
    • Molecular Polarity
    • Naming compounds
    • Interparticle (intermolecular) forces and comparing physical properties from them
    • Valence Bond (Localized Electron) and Molecular Orbital Theory
    • Determining number of moles and chemical formulas
    • Writing and balancing chemical equations (in particular completing combustion and double displacement reactions – including acid-base and precipitation reactions)
    • Stoichiometry – limiting reactant and percentage yield
    • Gases (mainly ideal) and stoichiometric applications involving them
    • Phase transitions
    • Solutions (determining concentrations, dilution problems, stoichiometric applications, application of solubility rules to determine if a precipitate forms)
    • Acid-base reactions, titrations and other stoichiometric applications of acid-base reactions
    • Oxidations Numbers and Redox Reactions/Titrations (including balancing redox reactions) and other stoichiometric applications of redox reactions
    • Colligative Properties; Mixtures and Distillation
    • Transition Metal Complexes and Crystal Field Theory (including crystal field stabilization energy and optical properties)
  6. 09-106 Modern Chemistry II focuses primarily on thermodynamics, kinetics and equilibrium. Detailed topic areas include the following.
    • Thermochemistry and Thermodynamics (First, Second, and Third Laws, with gas expansion/compression applications, including reversible, adiabatic processes)
    • Internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs Free energy, and determination of spontaneity
    • Kinetics : Determination of rate, order, rate laws (including application of pseudo-rate laws, application of integrated rate law to determine order, relationship between time and amount in a reaction, and half-life
    • Reaction mechanisms – applying fast equilibrium and steady-state approximations to determine rate law consistent with mechanism
    • Chemical Equilibrium : determination of Q and K expressions, determination of direction in which reaction proceeds to achieve equilibrium (using Q and Le Chatelier’s principles, quantitative calculations to determine K or amounts at various stages, dependence of K on temperature, relationship between Gibbs Free energy, Q, and K)
    • Acid-Base Equilibria: writing dissociation equilibrium reactions and acid-base “neutralization” reactions, autoionization of water (determination of pH and pOH, use of Kw), writing Ka and Kb expressions from dissociation equilibria, quantitative equilibrium calculations for weak acids and bases, titrations between strong species, strong-weak species, and weak-weak species, buffers (calculations of pH and amounts, including how to make a buffer), polyprotic species (quantitative applications and titrations), solubility and precipitation equilibria, determination of Ksp expressions and quantitative applications of those expressions, complex ion formation equilibria, emphasis is placed on equilibrium problems that involve multiple types of simultaneous equilibria
    • Electrochemistry: Electrochemical cell notation and writing half-reactions from it, Faraday constant to connect number of moles of electrons / reaction amounts with current, connection  of Gibbs Free Energy to cell voltage (potential) at equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions, determination of K’s (acid-base, solubility constants) or amounts using Nernst equation in concentration cells (K for cell reaction)

Course Descriptions

Note on Course Numbers

Each Carnegie Mellon course number begins with a two-digit prefix which designates the department offering the course (76-xxx courses are offered by the Department of English, etc.). Although each department maintains its own course numbering practices, typically the first digit after the prefix indicates the class level: xx-1xx courses are freshmen-level, xx-2xx courses are sophomore level, etc. xx-6xx courses may be either undergraduate senior-level or graduate-level, depending on the department. xx-7xx courses and higher are graduate-level. Please consult the Schedule of Classes each semester for course offerings and for any necessary pre-requisites or co-requisites.

09-101 Introduction to Experimental Chemistry
Summer: 3 units
This is a seven week chemistry laboratory course that is designed to introduce students to some basic laboratory skills, techniques, and equipment commonly used in experimental chemical investigations. The experiments will apply concepts in organic synthesis, quantitative analysis using visible spectrophotometry, kinetics, acid-base chemistry, thermochemistry, transition metal chemistry, chromatography, and protein biochemistry. 1 hr. lec., 3 hrs. lab.
09-103 Atoms, Molecules and Chemical Change
Fall: 9 units
This is a one-semester introductory college level course designed for non-science and engineering majors who have had a high school course in chemistry. Students with primary or additional majors in MCS, CIT or SCS will not be allowed to enroll. Chemistry topics will be introduced on an as needed basis in the contexts of air pollution, the ozone layer, global warming, acid rain, safe drinking water, alternative energy sources, plastics, and drug design. Students will apply concepts in topics such as the classification of matter, the relationship between matter and energy, atomic theory and the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, molecular shapes, molecular polarity, interparticle forces, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, properties of aqueous solutions, acid-base chemistry, redox chemistry, and organic chemistry. Students will gain an understanding of how chemistry impacts major environmental, social, political, and economic issues that we encounter daily. They will also learn to apply chemical concepts to new situations or contexts. Students with credit for 09-105 or more advanced chemistry courses will not be allowed to enroll in this course. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec.
09-105 Introduction to Modern Chemistry I
Fall and Spring: 10 units
This course begins with a very brief survey of some fundamental principles of chemistry and a presentation of chemically interesting applications and sophisticated problems. These will form the basis for introducing the relationships between the structure of molecules and their chemical properties and behavior. The subject matter will include principles of atomic structure, chemical bonding, intermolecular interactions and molecular structures of organic and inorganic compounds including some transition metal complexes. Relevant examples will be drawn from such areas as environmental, materials, and biological chemistry. 3 hrs. lec, 2 hrs. rec.
09-106 Modern Chemistry II
Fall and Spring: 10 units
This course provides an overview of thermodynamics, kinetics and chemical equilibrium. Topics include the flow of energy in chemical systems; the spontaneity of chemical processes, i.e. entropy and free energy; the mechanisms and rates of chemical reactions; and the use of chemical equilibrium to reason about acid-base chemistry, solubility and electrochemistry. Applications include the energy economy, biological systems and environmental chemistry. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. rec.
Prerequisites: 09-107 or 09-105
09-107 Honors Chemistry: Fundamentals, Concepts and Applications
Fall: 10 units
This is an honors introductory course designed to provide students with a rigorous coverage of general chemistry in the context of grand challenges in the field. Traditional topics, such as equilibrium, kinetics, acid-base chemistry, and quantum chemistry, will be discussed through current research on nucleic acid-based therapeutics, atmospheric chemistry of pollutants, and catalysts for the production of solar fuels. The approach will integrate traditional lectures and readings from the textbook with discussions of journal articles, on-line content on research methods, and guest lectures from CMU faculty in these areas. This course assumes strong preparation in chemistry (AP Chemistry score of 3 or greater; IB Chemistry score of 5 or greater; SAT II Chemistry exam with a score of 700 or greater) and will be offered at an accelerated pace. The goal is to teach core principles of chemistry while exposing students to the diversity of modern chemical research and how it is addressing grand challenges facing society. 3 hrs. lec., 2 hrs. rec.
09-108 The Illusion and Magic of Food
Fall: 6 units
Have you ever wondered how your morning orange juice when squeezed fresh from the fruit spoils after few hours while the one from the market lasts much longer without apparent alteration? How is that ground meat looks so red on the outside and unpleasantly brown in the inside? What is the nutritional value of milk and honey? Want to know how fruit flies helped to discover ways to make better-smelling beer? Why is wine normally stored in a dark glass bottle? These and many more questions will be answered in this course, not only by the instructor but also through the students research and curiosity. This course will introduce chemistry concepts on an as-needed basis but it will remain at the level of high school chemistry. We expect to help the student understand what food is made of, its nutritional value, how it is processed to offer longer shelf life, and how this may affect critical components. The topics will vary depending of the students motivation in learning about different concepts related to the food industry, from processing to analysis to packaging and appearance, we plan to discuss interesting things in every class and finish the course with a broad knowledge of what is on our table and better criteria to select our food. 3 hrs. lec.
09-109 Kitchen Chemistry Sessions
Intermittent: 3 units
Ever wanted to boil water in ice? Cook an egg so the yolk is set but the white still runny? Lick a lemon or drink vinegar but have it taste?sweet? Make "caviar" from fruit juice and noodles from yogurt? Explore the science of molecular gastronomy through the lectures and demonstrations that reveal the chemistry and biochemistry of food ingredients and their preparation. Then use a kitchen as your "laboratory" to test hypotheses and delve into molecular cooking - you may just get to eat your lab results. For this course high school background in chemistry would help but nothing more advanced is required. Concepts will be discussed on a need to know basis. Students with stronger chemistry backgrounds should enroll in 09-209. 3 hrs. lec. and lab
09-122 Molecular Tools for Biological and Chemical Studies
Spring: 6 units
The increased fluorescence of certain molecules, also known as dyes, can signal their binding to a specific biological target such as DNA. This phenomenon finds important application in the biological and medicinal field where dyes are used as molecular tools. For example, fluorescent dyes can be used to detect the expression of a gene; survival of cells; site of accumulation of a metabolite and many of them are used in diagnostics. This course is aimed at offering a hands-on laboratory experience in the interface of chemistry and biology, so called bioorganic chemistry. The student's project will be to prepare a dye, thiazole orange, that will show increased fluorescence upon binding DNA or a protein, thus, signaling the binding event. A dye designed to prevent DNA binding will be tested alongside to highlight how molecular design works. Molecular size and geometry are important elements in the design of molecules that specifically bind biological targets; 3D molecular modeling software (freeware) and hand-held models will be used to analyze how these factors play a role in target-dye interaction.
09-201 Undergraduate Seminar I
Fall: 1 unit
Issues and topics of importance to beginning chemistry majors are discussed in this course. It provides a general introduction to the facilities, faculty and programs of the Department of Chemistry and introduces students to career and research opportunities in the field of chemistry. Enrollment limited to students majoring in chemistry. 1 hr.
09-202 Undergraduate Seminar II: Safety and Environmental Issues for Chemists
Spring: 1 unit
Issues and topics focused on laboratory safety are discussed in this class. The topics are selected to supplement information covered in 09-221, Laboratory I. This course is intended to provide the necessary safety training for students wishing to undertake undergraduate research projects in the laboratory and is taught in collaboration with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Enrollment is limited to chemistry majors. 1 hr.
09-204 Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry
Spring: 3 units
This required course for chemistry majors promotes development of written and oral communication skills in various formats within the discipline. Students are expected to develop these skills by becoming more familiar with the style and format of the chemical literature, current topics in chemistry, and research projects in the Department. Other learning outcomes include developing critical reading skills, providing effective feedback to peers' written and oral communication, demonstrating the ability to revise written work, and using chemical structure drawing software. 1 hr. lec.
Prerequisite: 09-221
09-207 Techniques in Quantitative Analysis
Fall: 9 units
09-207 is the first of two chemistry lab courses required for the BS and BA degrees in biological sciences and the intercollege major in biological sciences and psychology. It is also suitable for fulfilling the requirement for two general chemistry labs for admission to programs in the health professions. The experimental work emphasizes the techniques of quantitative chemical analysis. Included are projects dealing with a variety of instrumental and wet chemical techniques. A mixture of individual and partner experiments concluding with one team experiment is conducted during the semester. In addition to laboratory techniques, safety, and written communication skills are emphasized.
Prerequisite: 09-106
09-208 Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Analysis
Intermittent: 9 units
09-208 is the second of two chemistry laboratory courses required for the BS in biological sciences and the intercollege major in psychology and biological sciences. It is also suitable for fulfilling the requirement for the laboratory experience for application to programs in the health professions. The course emphasizes experimental work in separations, synthesis, and analysis of organic compounds, including chromatography and spectroscopy. Written communication skills will be developed by means of laboratory reports and essays. 1 hr lec, 5 hrs lab
Prerequisites: (09-219 or 09-217) and (09-221 or 09-207)
09-209 Kitchen Chemistry Sessions
Intermittent: 3 units
Ever wanted to boil water in ice? Cook an egg so the yolk is set but the white still runny? Lick a lemon or drink vinegar but have it taste?sweet? Make "caviar" from fruit juice and noodles from yogurt? Explore the science of molecular gastronomy through the lectures and demonstrations that reveal the chemistry and biochemistry of food ingredients and their preparation. Then use a kitchen as your "laboratory" to test hypotheses and delve into molecular cooking - you may just get to eat your lab results. Students enrolling in this course are assumed to have a college level background in chemistry including introductory organic chemistry. Students without a solid chemistry background should take the lower level 09-109. 3 hrs. lec. and lab
Prerequisites: 09-217 or 09-219
09-214 Physical Chemistry
Spring: 9 units
This is a one-semester course intended primarily for students majoring in Biological Sciences, students pursuing a B.A. degree program in Chemistry, and students in the B.S.A.program with a concentration in chemistry. The course focuses on thermodynamics, transport and reaction rates and their application to chemical and biological systems. Emphasis is given to attaining a good fundamental understanding of entropy and free energy. This is more a concepts than skills building course. Topics include applications of thermodynamics to chemical and biochemical equilibria, electrochemistry, solutions, and chemical kinetics. 3 hrs. lec. Prerequisites: 09106 and 21122 and (33111 or 33106)
Prerequisites: 09-106 and (21-122 or 21-124) and (33-121 or 33-141 or 33-106 or 33-111)
09-215 Chemistry Tech I to Lab I Transition
Fall and Spring: 3 units
09-215 is a 3-unit course intended for students who have taken 09-207, Techniques in Quantitative Analysis, who decide later in their academic experience that they wish to pursue a degree or an additional major in chemistry. The chemistry major requires a 12-unit lab class, 09-221 Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis. This course will utilize self-study and problem solving to introduce or reinforce key concepts covered in 09-221 that are not introduced or are de-emphasized in 09-207. Students will also propose an idea for an independent lab-based project and carry it through all stages of development but not perform the actual lab work. The project development will require written work products as well as an oral presentation. The course must be completed before the last semester of the students degree program.
Prerequisite: 09-207 Min. grade C
09-216 Chemistry Tech II to Lab II Transition
Fall: 3 units
09-216 is a 3-unit course intended for students who have taken 09-208, Techniques in Organic Synthesis and Analysis, who decide later in their academic experience that they wish to pursue a degree or an additional major in chemistry. The chemistry major requires a 12-unit lab class, 09-222 Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis. This course will utilize self-study and problem solving to introduce or reinforce key concepts covered in 09-222 that are not introduced or are de-emphasized in 09-208.
09-217 Organic Chemistry I
Fall: 9 units
This course presents an overview of structure and bonding as it pertains to organic molecules. Selected topics include: introduction to functional group chemistry, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, reaction mechanisms and use of retrosynthetic analysis in the development of multistep syntheses. Methods for structure determination of organic compounds by modern spectroscopic techniques are introduced. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec.
Prerequisites: 09-105 or 09-107
09-218 Organic Chemistry II
Spring: 9 units
This course further develops many of the concepts introduced in Organic Chemistry I, 09-217. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of reaction mechanisms for understanding the outcome of chemical transformations, and the employment of a wide variety of functional groups and reaction types in the synthesis of organic molecules. Also included in the course will be special topics selected from the following; polymers and advanced materials, biomolecules such as carbohydrates, proteins and nucleic acids, and drug design. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec.
Prerequisites: 09-217 or 09-219
09-219 Modern Organic Chemistry
Fall: 10 units
Traditional introductory organic chemistry courses present structure, reactivity, mechanisms and synthesis of organic compounds. Students taking 09-219 will be exposed to the same topics, but presented in greater depth and broader context, with applications to allied fields such as (1) polymer and materials science, (2) environmental science and (3) biological sciences and medicine. This will be accomplished through an extra 50 minute lecture period, where more advanced topics and applications will be discussed. Topics will include computational chemistry, green chemistry, chiral separations, photochemistry, reaction kinetics, controlled radical polymerizations and petroleum cracking. Students who complete 09-219 will have a strong foundation in organic chemistry as well as a sophisticated understanding of how organic chemistry is currently practiced. 4 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec.
Prerequisites: 09-107 or 09-105
09-220 Modern Organic Chemistry II
Spring: 10 units
This course builds on 09-219 by introducing students to additional functional groups, chemical reaction mechanisms and synthetic strategies commonly used in the practice of organic chemistry. Advanced topics to be presented during the extra lecture will include multidimensional NMR spectroscopy, enantioselective synthesis, ionic polymerization, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, natural products chemistry and toxicology. Students who complete 09-220 will have a strong foundation in synthetic, mechanistic and structural organic chemistry and will understand how this applies to human health and the environment. 4 hrs. lec, 1 hr. rec.
Prerequisite: 09-219
09-221 Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis
Fall and Spring: 12 units
This course is the first in a sequence of four laboratory courses on experimental aspects of chemistry required for the B.S. degree in chemistry. The experimental work emphasizes the techniques of quantitative chemical analysis. Included are projects dealing with a variety of instrumental and wet chemical techniques. The course is project-oriented with the experiments becoming more complex, requiring greater student input into the experimental design as the semester progresses. A mixture of individual and team experiments are conducted during the semester. In addition to techniques, safety, written and oral communication skills, and effective teamwork are emphasized. 2 hrs. lec., 6 hrs. lab.
Prerequisite: 09-106
09-222 Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis
Fall and Spring: 12 units
In this second course in the laboratory sequence, students acquire laboratory skills relevant to synthesis and purification of organic compounds, as well as the practical use of chromatography and spectroscopy. Students will also further develop technical writing skills through preparation of lab reports. 2 hrs. lec., 6 hrs. lab.
Prerequisites: (09-217 or 09-219) and 09-221
09-224 Supramolecular Chemistry
Intermittent: 3 units
Supramolecular chemistry involves the use of noncovalent bonding interactions to assemble molecules into stable, well-defined structures. This course will provide students with an introduction to this exciting field of research, which is finding increasing applications in the biological and materials sciences, nanotechnology and medicine. Students will be introduced to essential background concepts such as types of noncovalent bonding and strategies for the design of supramolecular assemblies. Readings from monographs and classroom lectures by the instructor will cover this material. Students will then begin to read about applications of supramolecular chemistry from the scientific literature, learning to compare articles, to evaluate the quality of the data and interpretations reached by the authors, to use the knowledge gained from these readings and discussions to predict the outcomes of related experiments, and to ultimately be able to design their own experiments to answer research questions. Meeting hours set by instructor, enrollment limited with priority given to sophomore chemistry majors.
Prerequisites: 09-219 Min. grade C or 09-217 Min. grade C
09-225 Climate Change: Chemistry, Physics and Planetary Science
Fall: 9 units
Understanding the essential features of climate and climate change is a critical tool for modern citizens and modern scientists. In addition, the prevalence of climate skepticism in modern political discourse requires of citizens that they be able to think critically about a technical subject and also be able to distinguish reliable scientific experts from advocates. In this course we shall examine the climate of terrestrial planets (specifically Earth and Venus) through geological time and to the present, considering geochemical methods used to determine atmospheric composition over Earths history (specifically the onset of oxygen in the atmosphere as well as the relationship between carbon dioxide and global temperature over geological timescales. The shorter climate history of Venus will be considered as a counter example, where the brightening dim young sun overwhelmed negative feedbacks in the weathering cycle, leading to a runaway greenhouse amplified by complete evaporation of the onetime Venus ocean. Throughout the course, we will consider climate change driven by human activity since the industrial revolution as a unifying theme.
Prerequisites: (09-107 or 09-105) and (33-141 or 33-121 or 33-151)
09-231 Mathematical Methods for Chemists
Fall: 9 units
This course covers mathematical techniques that are important in the chemical sciences. The techniques will be covered in the context of chemical phenomena, and combine topics from 3-dimensional calculus, differential equations, linear algebra and statistics. This course does not count towards the minor in chemistry. 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: 09-106 and (21-122 or 21-124)
09-301 Undergraduate Seminar III
Fall: 1 unit
Students attend seminars on current topics in chemistry. Students are sent a menu of choices for each week of the semester and may select topics of interest. Enrollment is restricted to students majoring in chemistry. 1 hr.
09-302 Undergraduate Seminar IV
Spring: 1 unit
Students attend seminars presented by senior chemistry majors. Students provide peer evaluations of the seminars and through the process students become familiar with special topics in chemistry. The course establishes what should be included in a good seminar. This seminar courses is one of 6 required for the chemistry major. If a schedule conflict exists, students may, with permission of the instructor, attend other chemistry seminars or make other arrangements to fulfill the requirement. 1 hr.
09-321 Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis
Fall: 12 units
In this third course in the laboratory sequence, students will learn a variety of more advanced techniques for organic synthesis and characterization, and will gain experience with developing and designing synthetic procedures. Student writing skills are further reinforced through preparation of detailed lab reports. 2 hrs. lec., 6 hrs. lab.
Prerequisites: (09-218 or 09-220) and 09-222
09-322 Laboratory IV: Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics
Spring: 12 units
This laboratory course is devoted to physical chemistry experiments, which involve the use of modern spectroscopic instrumentation to probe the optical and magnetic properties of molecules. The experiments include the use of high-resolution infrared, laser Raman, NMR, EPR, fluorescence, and UV-visible spectroscopies. Additional experiments demonstrate methods for measuring enzyme-catalyzed reaction rate constants, and the use of scanning probe microscopy for imaging and characterization of biological macromolecules.Throughout the course the students will learn how to use computer algebra packages for rigorous data analysis and modeling and will develop the skills in basic electronics, and vacuum techniques. 2 hrs. lec., 6 hrs. lab.
Prerequisites: 09-221 and 09-344
09-323 Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory
12 units
Bioorganic chemistry is concerned with the action of synthesized compounds on biological systems. In order to maximize the likelihood of identifying a biologically active compound, synthetic libraries are often employed, requiring extensive familiarity with simple, efficient chemical coupling steps and protecting group chemistry. In this inquiry based laboratory course, using a process that mimics the current practice in drug discovery by pharmaceutical companies, students will rationally design a compound library in hopes of finding a compound active against a selected biological target, search for active compounds in the library, and then quantitatively characterize any identified compounds for activity. Working in small groups, students will develop proposals for and execute the target assay selected, the library synthesis, and the screening approach. Students will write reports summarizing the results in each phase of the course. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to concepts relevant to industrial scientific research, including regulatory compliance, quality control and assurance, and intellectual property.
Prerequisites: (09-220 or 09-218) and 09-222
09-331 Modern Analytical Instrumentation
Fall: 9 units
This course will cover all aspects of analytical instrumentation and its application to problems in materials, environmental, and biological chemistry. Topics covered will include mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopies and NMR. In addition, the course will emphasize how to select an analytical method appropriate to the problem at hand, how to optimize the signal to noise obtained by a measurement, and the quantitative analysis of experimental data. Some basic electronics will be covered as well. 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: 09-222 and (33-122 or 33-142)
09-344 Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry
Fall: 9 units
The measurement and theoretical description of the properties of atoms and molecules are presented. The elementary principles of quantum chemistry are developed. The many types of spectroscopy used to study atoms and molecules are described. Methods of atomic structure determination are discussed. The structure and properties of solids are also presented. The basic results of statistical chemistry are outlined and a brief connection to thermodynamics is made. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec.
Prerequisites: (09-105 or 09-107) and (33-106 or 33-141 or 33-111 or 33-121)
09-345 Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry
Spring: 9 units
The measurement and theoretical descriptions of the equilibrium properties of chemical systems are presented. Chemical thermodynamics is introduced at the upper division level. The phases of matter are discussed. The quantitative treatment of mixtures is developed. The detailed description of chemical equilibrium is elaborated. The measurement and theoretical description of the nonequilibrium properties of chemical systems are presented. Elementary transport properties are introduced. The principles of classical chemical kinetics are developed in great detail. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec.
Prerequisites: 09-106 and (21-259 or 09-231)
09-347 Advanced Physical Chemistry
Fall: 12 units
09-347 Advanced Physical Chemistry Fall: 12 units A course of study designed to provide the microscopic basis of concepts encountered in the field of chemical engineering. The properties of macroscopic materials are calculated in terms of the microscopic properties of atoms and molecules. Both classical and quantum approaches are employed. The thermodynamic properties are developed in terms of the chemical potentials of the constituent particles. The transport properties are calculated using molecular dynamics and Brownian dynamics. Classical chemical kinetics is fully developed and applied to complex reactions. Rate constants are calculated for simple reactions in gases and solutions. The course enrollment is limited to chemical engineering majors. 4 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: (06-151 or 06-221) and (06-262 or 06-155) and 09-106 and (33-122 or 33-112 or 33-107 or 33-142)
09-348 Inorganic Chemistry
Spring: 10 units
The focus of this class is understanding the properties of the elements and of the inorganic compounds. The electronic structure of elements is discussed as the basis for the element's organization in the Periodic Table and for their properties. The systematic chemistry of main group elements and of transition metals is presented. The number of inorganic compounds is extremely large and their properties are extremely diverse. Therefore in this course, the presentation of physical and chemical properties of inorganic compounds is based upon the observation of the trends in the respective properties and the relation between these trends and the place of the elements in the Periodic Table. 3 hrs. lec., 1 hr. rec.
Prerequisites: (09-107 or 09-105) and 21-120
09-401 Undergraduate Seminar V
Fall: 1 unit
Students attend seminars on current topics in chemistry. Students are sent a menu of choices for each week of the semester and may select topics of interest. Enrollment is restricted to students majoring in chemistry. 1 hr.
09-402 Undergraduate Seminar VI
Fall and Spring: 3 units
Students enrolled in this course present a 20 - 30 minute oral report on a current topic in chemistry. This may be from the student's research work or a special chemistry topic of general interest. Presentations or papers prepared for other courses are not acceptable for this purpose. Thoroughness in the use of the chemical literature is emphasized. The use of presentation aids such as PowerPoint is required. Other students in the class submit written evaluations of the presentation. Talks are recorded for viewing by the student and instructor as a means of providing individualized feedback about presentation skills. A seminar presentation is required of all chemistry majors. No exceptions possible. Enrollment is limited to students majoring in chemistry. 1 hr.
09-435 Independent Study Chemistry
All Semesters
The course allows students to earn academic credit for concentrated study in a topic area developed in conjunction with and monitored by a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry. These topics are distinct from projects that would rise to the level of undergraduate research either because they are in unrelated areas distinct from the faculty member's research interests or may constitute the investigation and compilation of existing information from a variety of resources and may not be expected to result in the generation of new information as is a reasonable expected outcome in undergraduate research (likely is not publishable).
09-445 Undergraduate Research
Fall and Spring
Properly qualified students may undertake research projects under the direction of members of the faculty, normally 6 to 12 hrs/week. A written, detailed report describing the project and results is required. Course may be taken only with the consent of a faculty research advisor in chemistry or on occasion in another department provided that the project is chemical in nature and with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The number of units taken generally corresponds to the actual number of hours the student actually spends in the lab doing research during the week. Maximum number of units taken per semester is 18.
09-455 Honors Thesis
Fall and Spring
Students enrolled in the departmental honors program (B.S. with Departmental Honors or combined 4-year B.S./M.S. degree) are required to enroll in this course to complete the honors degree requirements. A thesis written in an acceptable style describing an original research project, and a successful oral defense of the thesis topic before a THesis Committee are required. Limited to students accepted into the honors program. (B.S. Honors candidates normally enroll for 6 units; B.S./M.S. candidates enroll for 15 units.)
09-502 Organic Chemistry of Polymers
Spring: 9 units
A study of the synthesis and reactions of high polymers. Emphasis is on practical polymer preparation and on the fundamental kinetics and mechanisms of polymerization reactions. Topics include: relationship of synthesis and structure, step-growth polymerization, chain-growth polymerization via radical, ionic and coordination intermediates, copolymerization, discussions of specialty polymers and reactions of polymers. 09-509, Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules, is excellent preparation for this course but is not required. 3-6 hrs. lec. (Graduate Course: 12 units, 09-741)
Prerequisites: 09-218 or 09-220
09-507 Nanoparticles
Intermittent: 9 units
This course discusses the chemistry, physics, and biology aspects of several major types of nanoparticles, including metal, semiconductor, magnetic, carbon, and polymer nanostructures. For each type of nanoparticles, we select pedagogical examples (e.g. Au, Ag, CdSe, etc.) and introduce their synthetic methods, physical and chemical properties, self assembly, and various applications. Apart from the nanoparticle materials, other topics to be briefly covered include microscopy and spectroscopy techniques for nanoparticle characterization, and nanolithography techniques for fabricating nano-arrays. The course is primarily descriptive with a focus on understanding major concepts (such as plasmon, exciton, polaron, etc.). The lectures are power point presentation style with sufficient graphical materials to aid students to better understand the course materials. Overall, this course is intended to provide an introduction to the new frontiers of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Students will gain an understanding of the important concepts and research themes of nanoscience and nanotechnology, and develop their abilities to pursue highly disciplinary nanoscience research. The course should be of interest and accessible to advanced undergraduates and graduate students in fields of chemistry, materials science, and biology. 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: (33-107 or 33-112) and 09-106
09-509 Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
Fall: 9 units
This course develops fundamental principles of polymer science. Emphasis is placed on physio-chemical concepts associated with the macromolecular nature of polymeric materials. Engineering aspects of the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of these materials are discussed in relation to chain microstructure. Topics include an introduction to polymer science and a general discussion of commercially important polymers; molecular weight; condensation and addition synthesis mechanisms with emphasis on molecular weight distribution; solution thermodynamics and molecular conformation; rubber elasticity; and the rheological and mechanical properties of polymeric systems. (This course is also listed as 06-609. Graduate Course: 12 units, 09-715) 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: 09-345 or 09-347
09-510 Chemistry and Sustainability
Spring: 9 units
This course aims to educate students in the foundations of systematic leadership for building a sustainable world. Many sustainability challenges are associated with commercial chemicals and with operational modes of the chemical enterprise. For scientists, effectiveness in solving the technical challenges and redirecting cultural behavior is the defining substance of sustainability leadership. The course aims to challenge students to analyze and understand the root causes of unsustainability, especially in the technological dimension, to imagine a more sustainable world and to begin to define personal leadership missions. Students will be introduced to sustainability ethics as the foundation stone of transformative sustainability leadership, to the Collins ?Sustainability Compass? and ?Code of Sustainability Ethics? and to the Robért/Broman ?Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD)?as powerful guiding tools. The Collins ?Bookcase of Green Science Challenges? organizes the technical content. It systematizes the major chemical sustainability challenges of our time: clean synthesis, renewable feed-stocks, safe energy, elemental pollutants, persistent molecular toxicants and endocrine disruptors. Focal areas will be the technical, toxicological and cultural histories of elemental and molecular pollutants and endocrine disruptor (ED) science?EDs represent the single greatest sustainability challenge of everyday chemicals. The graded substance will take the form of take-home work. Students will primarily read key books and articles and will summarize and personally evaluate the material in essay assignments. The course is intended for upper level undergraduates and graduates. There are no other prerequisites. The class is limited to 25 students. The 09-510 assignments are common to both undergraduate and graduate classes offerings. (Graduate course 12 units 09-710) 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: 09-105 or 09-107
09-517 Organotransition Metal Chemistry
Intermittent: 9 units
The first half of this course focuses on the fundamentals of structure and bonding in organotransition metal complexes and how the results can be used to explain, and predict, chemical reactivity. The latter half of the course covers applications, and more specifically, homogeneous catalysts for industrial processes and organic synthesis. (Graduate Course: 12 units, 09-717)
Prerequisite: 09-348
09-518 Bioorganic Chemistry: Nucleic Acids and Carbohydrates
Fall: 9 units
This course will introduce students to new developments in chemistry and biology, with emphasis on the synthesis, structural and functional aspects of nucleic acids and carbohydrates, and their applications in chemistry, biology and medicine. Later in the course, students will have the opportunity to explore cutting-edge research in this exciting new field that bridges chemistry with biology. Students will be required to keep abreast of the current literature. In addition to standard homework assignments and examinations, students will have the opportunity to work in teams to tackle contemporary problems at the forefront of chemistry and biology. The difference between the 09-518 (9-unit) and 09-718 (12-unit) is that the latter is a graduate level course. Students signed up for 09-718 will be required to turn in an original research proposal at the end of the course, in addition to all the other assignments. (Graduate Course: 12 units, 09-718) 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: (03-121 or 03-151) and (09-220 or 09-218)
09-519 Bioorganic Chemistry: Peptides, Proteins and Combinatorial Chemistry
Spring: 9 units
This course will introduce students to new developments in chemistry and biology, with emphasis on the synthesis, structural and functional aspects of peptides, proteins and small molecules. Basic concepts of bioorganic chemistry will be presented in the context of the current literature and students will have the opportunity to learn about the experimental methods used in various research labs. An introduction to combinatorial chemistry in the context of drug design and drug discovery will also be presented. Students will be required to keep abreast of the current literature. Homeworks and team projects will be assigned on a regular basis. The homework assignments will require data interpretation and experimental design; and team projects will give students the opportunity to work in teams to tackle contemporary problems at the interface of chemistry and biology. Students enrolled in the graduate level course (09-719) will be required to turn in an original research proposal at the end of the course, in addition to the homework assignments, midterm, and final exam that are required for the undergraduate course. (Graduate Course: 12 units 09-719) 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: (03-151 or 03-121) and (09-220 or 09-218)
09-521 Metals in Biology: Function and Reactivity
Intermittent: 6 units
Metal ions play important roles in many biological processes, including photosynthesis, respiration, global nitrogen cycle, carbon cycle, antibiotics biosynthesis, gene regulation, bio-signal sensing, and DNA/RNA repair, just to name a few. Usually, metal ions are embedded in protein scaffold to form active centers of proteins in order to catalyze a broad array of chemical transformations, which are essential in supporting the biological processes mentioned above. These metal containing proteins, or metalloproteins, account for half of all proteins discovered so far. In this course, the relation between the chemical reactivity and the structure of metalloproteins will be discussed in detail. The main focus is to illustrate the geometric and electronic structure of metal centers and their interactions with the protein environment in governing the chemical reactivity of metalloproteins. The applications of these principles in designing biomimetic/bioinspried inorganic catalysts and in engineering metalloproteins bearing novel chemical reactivity will also be discussed. The basic principles of the frequently utilized physical methods in this research area will also be introduced, which include optical absorption spectroscopy, Infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies, Mössbauer spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), X-ray absorption and diffraction techniques.
Prerequisites: (09-344 or 09-347 or 09-214 or 09-345) and 09-348
09-522 Oxidation and Inorganic Chemistry
Intermittent: 9 units
The roles of metal complexes in chemical and biochemical oxidations will be presented. Special attention is given to processes involving the activation of molecular oxygen and hydrogen peroxide by metal complexes and metalloenzymes from a mechanistic viewpoint. Much attention is devoted to kinetic methods of investigation of homogeneous reactions and mechanisms of oxidative catalysis. For this reason, a mini course on mechanisms of chemical reactions in solution is integrated. Redox properties and electronic structures of metal complexes will be reviewed. The relationships between electronic structures, catalytic properties, and oxidation reactivity of biologically relevant metal complexes will be provided. Mechanistic pathways of oxidation by peroxidases, cytochrome P-450, and other metalloenzymes will be described. (Graduate course: 09-722, 12-units) 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisite: 09-348
09-524 Environmental Chemistry
Spring: 9 units
Environmental pollutants are common consequences of human activities. These chemicals have a wide range of deleterious effects on the environment and people. This course will introduce students to a range of major environmental pollutants, with a particular focus on persistent organic pollutants. We will use chemical principles including thermodynamics, kinetics, photochemistry, organic reaction mechanisms, and structure-activity relationships to understand the environmental fate of major classes of pollutants. The transport of chemicals through the environment and their partitioning between air, water, soil, and people will be described. The major environmental reaction pathways (oxidation, photolysis, hydrolysis, reduction, metabolism) of common pollutants will be explored. This will provide students with the necessary knowledge to predict the chemical fate of environmental pollutants, and improve their understanding of the environmental impacts of their everyday chemical use and exposure. Specific topics include water quality, photochemical smog, organic aerosols, atmospheric chemistry and global climate change, toxicity of pesticides, and heterogeneous and multiphase atmospheric chemistry. The 12-unit course is intended for graduate students that want to explore aspects of the course more deeply. This includes additional requirements including a final term paper and in-class presentation, and additional advanced questions on the homework assignments.
Prerequisites: 09-219 or 09-217
09-525 Transition Metal Chemistry
Intermittent: 9 units
This class covers fundamental concepts in Transition Metal Chemistry, including coordination numbers and stereochemistry, electronic structure, physical properties, and aspects of chemical reactivity of transition elements and their complexes. Point group theory is used to link the geometric and electronic structures of high symmetry coordination compounds. Analysis of the electronic structure of low symmetry coordination complexes is based on the Angular Overlap Model. In choosing coordination complexes that are discussed in class, special emphasis is given to those that are relevant for the fields of research of students enrolled in the class, such as supramolecular chemistry, nanotechnology, and metal-based catalysis. Students learn about the choice and relevance of modern questions posed by researchers in these fields and the modern methods and techniques used to answer the questions. Students learn also in this course how to use the Cambridge Crystallographic Database, a repository of structural data for more than 200,000 compounds, and how to use Mathematica to solve chemical problems. No prior knowledge of this software is required. (Graduate Course: 12 units, 09-725) 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisite: 09-348
09-529 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Science
Fall: 9 units
This course focuses on the chemistry aspects of sustainable energy science. It introduces the major types of inorganic and molecular materials for various important processes of energy conversion and storage, such as photovoltaics, fuel cells, water splitting, solar fuels, batteries, and CO2 reduction. All the energy processes heavily rely on innovations in materials. This course is intended to offer perspectives on the materials/physical chemistry that are of importance in energy processes, in particular, how the atomic and electronic structures of materials impact the energy harvesting and conversion. In current energy research, intense efforts are focused on developing new strategies for achieving sustainable energy through renewable resources as opposed to the traditional oil/coal/gas compositions. This course offers students an introduction to the current energy research frontiers with a focus on solar energy conversion/storage, electrocatalysis and artificial photosynthesis. The major types of materials to be covered include metals, semiconductors, two-dimensional materials, and hybrid perovskites, etc. The material functions in catalysis, solar cells, fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, hydrogen production and storage are also discussed in the course. The lectures are power-point presentation style with sufficient graphical materials to aid students to better understand the course materials. Demo experiments are designed to facilitate student learning.
Prerequisites: 09-106 and (33-151 or 33-141 or 33-121) and (33-152 or 33-142 or 33-122) and (27-201 or 09-348 or 27-796)
09-531 Polymer Science
Fall: 9 units
Polymer science is a vibrant multidisciplinary activity. It uses the methods of chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, materials science and biology to create a coherent picture of the macromolecular world. This course is a survey of this field of endeavor suitable for Senior chemistry majors, or other students with a desire for a broad knowledge of the science and engineering of polymers. It covers a thorough description of the field, the synthetic chemistry of macromolecules, the physical chemistry of macromolecules, and the principles of polymer engineering and processing.
Prerequisites: (09-219 or 09-217) and (09-347 or 09-345 or 09-214)
09-534 Chemical Approaches to Energy Conversion & Storage
Spring: 9 units
Solar energy and electrical energy from renewable resources need to be stored to resolve intermittency issues. Energy can be stored through charge transfer, changes in chemical bonding, or in electric polarization. This course will introduce students to general aspects of energy-storage technologies using these strategies, integrating scientific and engineering perspectives to discuss thermodynamics, mechanisms of energy storage, and fundamental aspects of efficiency, capacity, and power delivery. Then we will explore current and experimental technologies, covering supercapacitors, batteries, and water-splitting catalysts. By the end of the course, students will be able to apply chemical principles to understand energy-storage technologies and gain knowledge of important classes of these systems. Students enrolled in 09-734 (rather than 09-534) will also be required to write a 15-page NSF style proposal. 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: (09-217 or 09-219) and (09-345 or 09-347 or 27-215 or 24-324 or 33-341)
09-535 Applied topics in Macromolecular and Biophysical Techniques
Fall: 9 units
Applications of physical chemistry are widespread. Physical chemical principles are fundamental to the methods used to sequence human genome, obtain high resolution structures of proteins and complex nucleic acids e.g., ribosome, and further provides the framework to predict how molecules fold in 3-dimension, how the different domains interact (inter- and intra-molecular interactions) to perform biological functions. The principles that were discussed in theory in undergraduate physical chemistry classes, will be applied in order to understand the molecular structures and dynamics in nucleic acids and proteins, and to more advanced molecular motors. In the last decade major advances have been made through single-molecule studies that provide finer details of macromolecules in action. This course aims to teach and apply physical chemistry as related to biological problems.
Prerequisites: (09-214 or 09-347 or 09-345) and (03-121 or 03-231 or 03-232)
09-560 Computational Chemistry
Fall: 12 units
Computer modeling is playing an increasingly important role in chemical, biological and materials research. This course provides an overview of computational chemistry techniques including molecular mechanics, molecular dynamics, electronic structure theory and continuum medium approaches. Sufficient theoretical background is provided for students to understand the uses and limitations of each technique. An integral part of the course is hands on experience with state-of-the-art computational chemistry tools running on graphics workstations. This course I can count towards coursework requirements for chemistry PhD candidates. 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: 09-214 or 09-347 or 09-344 or 09-345
09-604 Introduction to Chemical Kinetics
Spring: 6 units
Empirical description of the time evolution of chemical reactions. Inductive derivation of kinetic rate laws from actual data. Deductive derivation of kinetic rate laws from proposed mechanisms. Gas phase reactions, catalyzed reactions, enzyme kinetics. Theories of kinetic rate constants for gas phase reactions: unimolecular and bimolecular. Theories of solution phase reactions. Absolute reactions rate theory. Diffusion controlled reactions. Kinetics in highly viscous media. Activation energy and entropy. Volume of activation.
09-611 Chemical Thermodynamics
Fall: 6 units
A focused course on chemical thermodynamics. The basic thermodynamic functions will be introduced and discussed. The formal basis for thermochemistry will be presented. Single component phase equilibrium will be considered. The thermodynamic basis of solutions will be developed and applied to separation methods. The fundamental basis of chemical equilibrium will be developed and applied to a wide variety of reactions. Finally, a few special topics such as self-assembled systems will be presented. This is a graduate level course in chemistry and presumes the appropriate undergraduate preparation.
Prerequisites: 09-345 and 09-231
09-614 Spectroscopy
Intermittent: 6 units
This is a course exclusively in optical methods, both time resolved and steady state. In addition to methodology, spectral interpretation in terms of group theory will be discussed. The time-dependent formalism of quantum mechanics will also be introduced. Molecules in gas phase and condensed phase will be discussed. Frequent use will be made of the current literature. Background consisting of undergraduate physical chemistry is assumed. This course has a prerequisite 09-344, Quantum Chemistry or permission of the instructor.
09-701 Quantum Chemistry I
Fall: 12 units
The main topics to be covered will include exploration of the Schroedinger equation, operators, particle in the box, harmonic oscillator and hydrogen atom, tunneling, Stern-Gerlach experiment and quantum mechanical postulates, time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory, matrix diagonalization. The student will learn to master the fundamental concepts and techniques of quantum mechanics. The parallel mini course Mathematical Analysis for Chemistry will provide the necessary mathematical background.
09-702 Statistical Mechanics and Dynamics
Intermittent: 12 units
This course will address the application of statistical mechanics to chemical systems. Topics to be discussed include the calculation of thermodynamic functions, phase transitions and chemical equilibrium, calculation of the transport properties of gases and liquids and the elementary theory of chemical kinetics.
Prerequisites: (09-611 or 09-344) and 09-231 and 09-701
09-705 Chemosensors and Biosensors
Intermittent: 12 units
Chemosensors and biosensors rely on "recognition" and "signaling" elements to transduce a molecular-scale binding event into an observable signal. Students in this course will be introduced to current research and technology for detecting chemical and biological analytes in a variety of contexts, including environmental testing, biological probing and medical diagnostics. Recognition elements ranging from small organic molecules to antibodies will be presented, while various detection modes, including fluorescence, gravimetric and colorimetric, that illustrate different signaling elements will be discussed and compared. Issues to be addressed include sensitivity, selectivity and efficiency. Each sensor will be analyzed in terms of the physical chemistry, organic chemistry and/or biochemistry underlying its function. This is a graduate level course that may also be appropriate for upper level undergraduates in chemistry and the biological sciences. The material in 09-518/09-519 or 09-718/09-719 would be appropriate background material for this course. 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: (03-121 or 03-231 or 03-232) and (09-220 or 09-218)
09-710 Chemistry and Sustainability
Spring: 12 units
This course aims to educate students in the foundations of systematic leadership for building a sustainable world. Many sustainability challenges are associated with commercial chemicals and with operational modes of the chemical enterprise. For scientists, effectiveness in solving the technical challenges and redirecting cultural behavior is the defining substance of sustainability leadership. The course aims to challenge students to analyze and understand the root causes of unsustainability, especially in the technological dimension, to imagine a more sustainable world and to begin to define personal leadership missions. Students will be introduced to sustainability ethics as the foundation stone of transformative sustainability leadership, to the Collins ?Sustainability Compass? and ?Code of Sustainability Ethics? and to the Robért/Broman ?Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD)?as powerful guiding tools. The Collins ?Bookcase of Green Science Challenges? organizes the technical content. It systematizes the major chemical sustainability challenges of our time: clean synthesis, renewable feed-stocks, safe energy, elemental pollutants, persistent molecular toxicants and endocrine disruptors. Focal areas will be the technical, toxicological and cultural histories of elemental and molecular pollutants and endocrine disruptor (ED) science?EDs represent the single greatest sustainability challenge of everyday chemicals. The graded substance will take the form of take-home work. Students will primarily read key books and articles and will summarize and personally evaluate the material in essay assignments. The course is intended for upper level undergraduates and graduates. There are no other prerequisites. The class is limited to 25 students. The 09-510 assignments are common to both undergraduate and graduate classes offerings and 09-710 students will engage in additional projects. 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: 09-105 or 09-107
09-711 Physical Organic Chemistry
Fall: 12 units
This course introduces students to the study of structure and reactivity of organic compounds from a physical and theoretical standpoint. Students will learn the fundamentals of molecular orbital theory along with some practical applications to aromaticity and anti-aromaticity. Methods are described for the study of reaction mechanisms by means of physical methods such as kinetics, isotope effects, substituent effects, and solvent effects. Important reactive intermediates are described, along with detection methods. This course may be suitable for upper level undergraduates in chemistry with the appropriate background in organic chemistry and physical chemistry. 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: 09-220 and 09-344
09-714 Advanced Organic Chemistry
Spring: 12 units
This course will expose the students to modern methods of organic synthesis including insights into the basis and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Topics include but are not limited to: modern spectroscopic analysis and structure determination, synthetic methods, retrosynthesis, organic reaction mechanisms, and references to separation techniques and some analytical methods. Upon completion of the course students should be able to design reaction schemes using scientific literature sources, evaluate their suitability for use in the lab and develop an aptitude in identifying the use of modern reagents that are more efficient, specific, safer and environmentally friendly. It is assumed that at minimum students will have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate coursework in organic chemistry and suggested that they have completed 09-222 and 09-321, the organic laboratory courses. 3 hrs. lec
Prerequisites: 09-218 or 09-220
09-716 Bioactive Natural Products
Spring: 12 units
This course is aimed at students with an interest in natural products research. Natural products are used as active components in medicinal products, as model compounds for further development into medicinally active drugs, as ingredients in food and for flavor and fragrances, among other very useful and interesting applications. An overview of the structural variety and activity of natural products will be presented along with their isolation and structural determination. Overall, the course will offer an introduction to the work that is customary in natural product research. This course will cover: Strategies to select the plant or marine material for study; main groups of natural products derived from plants; representative natural products derived from marine organisms; preparation of extracts and selection of active fractions, screening strategies; separation and purification of active components; bench-top bioassays and chemical assays and structure elucidation (especially 2D-NMR spectroscopy) Student's performance will be assessed by weekly assignments on the topics discussed in lecture and exams. 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: (09-217 or 09-219) and (09-208 or 09-222)
09-720 Physical Inorganic Chemistry
Intermittent: 12 units
This course develops the principles of magnetochemistry and inorganic spectroscopy. Electronic absorption, magnetic circular dichroism, resonance raman, NMR, EPR, Mossbauer, magnetization and x-ray methods will be introduced with application towards the determination of electronic structures of transition metal complexes.
Prerequisites: 09-348 and 09-344 and 09-345
09-721 Metals in Biology: Function and Reactivity
Intermittent: 6 units
Metal ions play important roles in many biological processes, including photosynthesis, respiration, global nitrogen cycle, carbon cycle, antibiotics biosynthesis, gene regulation, bio-signal sensing, and DNA/RNA repair, just to name a few. Usually, metal ions are embedded in protein scaffold to form active centers of proteins in order to catalyze a broad array of chemical transformations, which are essential in supporting the biological processes mentioned above. These metal containing proteins, or metalloproteins, account for half of all proteins discovered so far. In this course, the relation between the chemical reactivity and the structure of metalloproteins will be discussed in detail. The main focus is to illustrate the geometric and electronic structure of metal centers and their interactions with the protein environment in governing the chemical reactivity of metalloproteins. The applications of these principles in designing biomimetic/bioinspried inorganic catalysts and in engineering metalloproteins bearing novel chemical reactivity will also be discussed. The basic principles of the frequently utilized physical methods in this research area will also be introduced, which include optical absorption spectroscopy, Infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies, Mössbauer spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), X-ray absorption and diffraction techniques.
Prerequisites: (09-347 or 09-214 or 09-345 or 09-344) and 09-348
09-723 Proximal Probe Techniques: New Tools for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Intermittent: 12 units
Proximal probe techniques are revolutionizing physical and biological sciences, owing to their ability to explore and manipulate matter at the nanoscale, and to operate in various environments (including liquids). Proximal probe techniques rely on the use of nanoscale probes, positioned and scanned in the immediate vicinity of the material surface. Their development is often viewed as a first step towards nanotechnology, since they demonstrate the feasibility of building purposeful structures one atom or one (macro)molecule at a time. This course is designed for the students of chemistry, biology physics and engineering, who are interested in the fundamentals of proximal probe techniques and in their applications in various areas, converging into a rapidly developing, interdisciplinary field of nanoscience. It will provide physical background of such basic techniques as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), and Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscopy (NSOM) and of their variants. Throughout the course, the working "virtual AFM" computer model will be assembled in classroom by each student and then used extensively to gain thorough understanding of AFM operation principles. Particular emphasis will be placed on modes of operation facilitating chemical contrast and contrast based on other material properties. (No prior experience with computer programming required). 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: (21-124 or 09-231 or 21-122) and (09-345 or 09-322 or 09-331 or 09-344)
09-736 Transition Metal Catalysis for Organic and Polymer Synthesis
Intermittent: 12 units
Transition metal catalysts are invaluable in small molecule and polymer synthesis. The course will begin with a brief overview of organometallic chemistry and a discussion of fundamental organometallic reactions. Following this, a survey of some selected topics for the formation of small molecules and polymers will be presented. Some topics to be highlighted include: (1) Hydrogenation (2) Palladium Catalyzed Cross-Coupling (3) Epoxidation (4) Olefin Metathesis (5) Olefin Polymerization
Prerequisites: (09-218 or 09-220) and 09-348
09-737 Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development
Spring: 12 units
Organic chemistry is an intimate part of the drug discovery and design processes in areas that include structure determination (NMR, mass spectrometry), synthesis, and determination of mechanisms of action. Once a promising compound (i.e. a ?lead?) has been identified in the laboratory, it is rarely ready to be used in the clinic. Complications include poor bioavailability, rapid degradation, and off-target effects. Students will learn about lead compound optimization through structural variations, cell-specific targeting and pro-drug strategies. Several examples will be presented to illustrate the role played by organic chemistry in the development of drugs used to treat a range of diseases, including cancer, HIV-AIDS, bacterial infections and heart disease.
Prerequisites: 09-220 or 09-218
09-760 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers
Spring: 12 units
This course is a graduate level course designed to prepare students for graduate research in polymer science. Based around a laboratory component, students will learn the lab skills needed to synthesize and fully characterize novel polymer materials. The classroom component will teach the theory behind the measurements made in lab, as well as an understanding of the best experiments to learn about the properties of the material. Emphasis will be placed on current literature and technical communication (written and oral). 3 hrs lec; 3 hrs lab
09-803 Chemistry of Gene Expression
Intermittent: 12 units
This course examines the chemical basis of biological reactions required for the propagation of genetic information stored in DNA and the organic chemistry principles behind the structure and function of nucleic acids.Main topics of lectures and class discussion will include the chemical and biochemical syntheses, properties and analyses of natural and modified nucleic acids to investigate cellular processes such as transcription, RNA splicing, other RNA regulation and translation; an introduction to the enzymatic strategies that accelerate these chemical reactions and a comparison of protein enzymes, ribozymes and other nucleic acid based enzymes in contemporary chemistry and biology. Students will learn to critically evaluate current scientific efforts that examine various aspects of chemistry and biological chemistry, the relationship between the structure and function of biomolecular systems, propose experiments to examine biological chemistry research problems and communicate these ideas and participate in scientific discussions and debates. 3 hrs. lec.
Prerequisites: (09-218 or 09-220) and (03-231 or 03-232)

Faculty

CATALINA ACHIM, Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon; Carnegie Mellon, 2001–.

WILLIAM ALBA, Associate Teaching Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 2005–.

BRUCE A. ARMITAGE, Professor of Chemistry, Co-Director Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology – Ph.D., University of Arizona; Carnegie Mellon, 1997–.

RAVICHANDRA BACHU, Assistant Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar – Ph.D., Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY; Carnegie Mellon, 2015–.

STEFAN BERNHARD, Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., University of Fribourg (Switzerland); Carnegie Mellon, 2009–.

MARK E. BIER, Research Professor and Director, Center for Molecular Analysis – Ph.D., Purdue University; Carnegie Mellon, 1996–.

EMILE BOMINAAR, Associate Research Professor – Ph.D., University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands); Carnegie Mellon, 1994–.

MARCEL P. BRUCHEZ, Professor of Chemistry and Biological Sciences, Director, Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 2006–.

TERRENCE J. COLLINS, Teresa Heinz Professor in Green Chemistry, Director, Institute for Green Science – Ph.D., University Auckland, (New Zealand); Carnegie Mellon, 1988–.

SUBHA R. DAS, Associate Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., Auburn University; Carnegie Mellon, 2006–.

NEIL M. DONAHUE, Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy; Director, Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research – Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 2000–.

REBECCA FREELAND, Associate Head, Department of Chemistry – Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon; Carnegie Mellon, 1993–.

ROBERTO GIL, Research Professor and Director, NMR Facility – Ph.D., Córdoba National University (Argentina); Carnegie Mellon, 2002–.

SUSAN T. GRAUL, Associate Teaching Professor – Ph.D., Purdue University; Carnegie Mellon, 1992–.

YISONG (ALEX) GUO, Assistant Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., University of California at Davis; Carnegie Mellon, 2014–.

MICHAEL P. HENDRICH, Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., University of Illinois; Carnegie Mellon, 1994–.

RONGCHAO JIN, Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., Northwestern University; Carnegie Mellon, 2006–.

HYUNG J. KIM, Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook; Carnegie Mellon, 1992–.

TOMASZ KOWALEWSKI, Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland); Carnegie Mellon, 2000–.

MARIA KURNIKOVA, Associate Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Carnegie Mellon, 2003–.

DANITH LY, Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., Georgia Tech; Carnegie Mellon, 2001–.

KRZYSZTOF MATYJASZEWSKI, J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences and Director, Center for Macromolecular Engineering – Ph.D., Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland); Carnegie Mellon, 1986–.

KEVIN NOONAN, Associate Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., University of British Columbia (Canada); Carnegie Mellon, 2011–.

HUNAID NULWALA, Assistant Research Professor – Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara; Carnegie Mellon, 2013–.

GARY D. PATTERSON, Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 1984–.

LINDA A. PETEANU, Professor of Chemistry and Department Head – Ph.D., University of Chicago; Carnegie Mellon, 1992–.

GIZELLE SHERWOOD, Assistant Teaching Professor – Ph.D. , Carnegie Mellon University; Carnegie Mellon, 2009–.

GLORIA SILVA, Assistant Teaching Professor – Ph.D., Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina); Carnegie Mellon, 2002–.

KAREN H. STUMP, Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies and Laboratories – M.S., Carnegie Mellon University; Carnegie Mellon, 1983–.

RYAN SULLIVAN, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering – Ph.D., University of California, San Diego; Carnegie Mellon, 2012–.

STEFANIE SYDLIK, Assistant Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 2015–.

LEONARD VUOCOLO, Assistant Teaching Professor – Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University; Carnegie Mellon, 2006–.

NEWELL WASHBURN, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 2004–.

DAVID YARON, Professor of Chemistry – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 1992–.

Emeriti

GUY C. BERRY, University Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Polymer Science – Ph.D., University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 1960–.

ALBERT A. CARETTO JR., Professor Emeritus of Chemistry – Ph.D., University of Rochester; Carnegie Mellon, 1959–.

JOSEF DADOK, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Instrumentation – Ph.D., Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences; Carnegie Mellon, 1967–.

PAUL J. KAROL, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry – Ph.D., Columbia University; Carnegie Mellon, 1969–.

ROBERT L. KAY, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry – Ph.D., University of Toronto; Carnegie Mellon, 1963–.

MIGUEL LLINAS, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry – Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 1976–.

ECKARD MÜNCK, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry – Ph.D., Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany); Carnegie Mellon, 1990–.

STUART W. STALEY, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry – Ph.D., Yale University; Carnegie Mellon, 1986–.

CHARLES H. VAN DYKE, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry – Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Carnegie Mellon, 1963–.

Adjunct Faculty

JOHN PETERSON MYERS, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences – Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 2010–.

Courtesy

MICHAEL BOCKSTALLER, Professor of Materials Science Engineering and Faculty of Chemistry – Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg University (Germany); Carnegie Mellon, 2005–.

ALEX EVILEVITCH, Associate Professor of Physics and Faculty of Chemistry – Ph.D., Lund University; Carnegie Mellon, 2009–.

ANDREW GELLMAN, Thomas Lord Professor of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Materials Science Engineering and Chemistry; Co-Director W.E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 1992–.

NOA MAROM, Assistant Professor of Materials Science Engineering and Faculty of Chemistry – Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel); Carnegie Mellon, 2006–.

GORDON RULE, Professor of Biological Sciences and Faculty of Chemistry – Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University; Carnegie Mellon, 1995–.

ALAN J. RUSSELL, Highmark Distinguished Career Professor, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems and Biomedical Engineering – Ph.D., Imperial College of Science and Technology (London); Carnegie Mellon, 2012–.

JAMES SCHNEIDER, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry – Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Carnegie Mellon, 1999–.

ALAN S. WAGGONER, Maxwell H. & Gloria C. Connan Professor of Life Sciences, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry – Ph.D., University of Oregon; Carnegie Mellon, 1982–.

LYNN WALKER, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Faculty of Chemistry and Materials Science Engineering – Ph.D., University of Delaware; Carnegie Mellon, 1997–.

JOHN L. WOOLFORD JR., Professor of Biological Sciences; Co-Director of CNAST and Faculty of Chemistry – Ph.D., Duke University; Carnegie Mellon, 1979–.