Chemistry Fall Course Information

Fall Courses

 

1003x Chemical Problem Solving M. Sever

The course presents fundamental concepts of chemistry and helps students develop strong chemical problem solving skills. It is particularly appropriate for first-year students with weaker backgrounds in chemistry and/or mathematical problem-solving (e.g., SAT Math ≤ 600) who have an interest in continuing into the CHEM BC2001x General Chemistry course.

 

1010x Pumpkin Pie to CSI  M. Rao

Survey and discussion of applications of chemistry in everyday life.  Topics include art restoration, forensics, food chemistry, evolution of poisons, and personal-care chemistry.  Enrollment limited to 14 students.  There are two sections of this course.  Section 001 is for students who have not previously taken General Chemistry(CHEM BC 2001). However students can be currently enrolled in CHEM BC 2001.  Section 002 is for students who have FINISHED taking General Chemistry (CHEM BC 2001). 

2001x General Chemistry I Lectures (part of unified course) J. Magyar

Atoms; elements and compounds; gases; solutions; equilibrium; acid-base, precipitation, and oxidation-reduction reactions; thermochemistry. Laboratory experience with both qualitative and quantitative techniques.

 

2011x General Chemistry I Lab Lectures (part of unified course) J. Alexander

Atoms; elements and compounds; gases; solutions; equilibrium; acid-base, precipitation, and oxidation-reduction reactions; thermochemistry. Laboratory experience with both qualitative and quantitative techniques.

 

2012x  General Chemistry I Laboratory (part of unified course) J. Alexander and Associates

Atoms; elements and compounds; gases; solutions; equilibrium; acid-base, precipitation, and oxidation-reduction reactions; thermochemistry. Laboratory experience with both qualitative and quantitative techniques.

 

3231x Organic Chemistry II Lectures D. Merrer

Continued treatment of the topics of Organic Chemistry I with extensions and an introduction to biological compounds and bio-macromolecules.

 

3253x Quantum Chemistry A. Crowther

Introduction to quantum chemistry. The structure of atoms and molecules. Energy levels and spectra.

 

3254x Methods and Applications in Physical Chemistry M. Buzzeo

Applications of thermodynamics to real systems; activities; electrochemistry. Transport properties.  Kinetic theory of gases. Radiochemistry. Solids and crystallography.

 

3282x Biological Chemistry M. Sever

Introduction to biochemical building blocks, macromolecules, and metabolism. Structures of amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids. Protein structure and folding. Enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, allostery. Membranes and biosignaling. Catabolism and anabolism with emphasis on chemical intermediates, metabolic energy, catalysis by specific enzymes, regulation.

3333x Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory M. Rao, J. Vadakkan & Staff

Introduction to qualitative and quantitative organic analysis and to advanced techniques, emphasizing instrumental and chromatographic methods. Selected reactions.

3334x Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Lab Lecture M. Rao, 

Introduction to qualitative and quantitative organic analysis and to advanced techniques, emphasizing instrumental and chromatographic methods. Selected reactions.

3355x Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques M. Sever, S. Liu

Fundamental techniques used to isolate, characterize, and study nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Theory and application of buffers, spectrophotometry, cell fractionation, centrifugation, extraction, chromatographic separations, electrophoresis, radioactivity. Enzyme purification and kinetics. Chemical and enzymatic assays. NMR and MS structure determination.

3358x Advanced Synthesis Lab C. Rojas, S. Liu

Multistep and multi-day experiments in organic and inorganic synthesis via advanced synthetic methods. Experiments include solution phase, solid state, and photochemical syntheses. Products will be analyzed and characterized by a variety of methods, including: IR, NMR, and UV-Vis spectroscopy, and also by polarimetry, chiral GC, and GC/MS.

 

3597x Problems in Chemistry Staff

Individual research projects at Barnard or Columbia.

 

3598x External Problems in Chemistry Staff

Individual research projects at other institutions.

 

3599x Problems in Chemistry Staff

Individual research projects at Barnard or Columbia.

3901x Senior Honors Thesis Seminar M. Buzzeo

Guided research in Chemistry or Biochemistry, under the sponsorship of a faculty member, leading to the senior thesis. Weekly seminar.

 

3903x Senior Honors Thesis Lab C. Rojas

Guided research in Chemistry or Biochemistry, under the sponsorship of a faculty member, leading to the senior thesis. A minimum of 8 hours of research per week, to be arranged.