Chemistry Spring Course Information

Spring Courses


1002y Molecules and Matter: Fundamentals of Chemistry Ng

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of chemistry from an electronic and molecular perspective as well as the macroscopic behavior of matter. Emphasis on understanding the chemistry of water and chemistry in water.


2002y General Chemistry II Lectures (part of unified course) M. Buzzeo

Kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions; nuclear chemistry and radioactivity; atomic and molecular structure; selected topics in environmental chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.


2002y/2102y General Chemistry II Laboratory (lab only, by special permission) M. Buzzeo & S. Charnick


3230y Organic Chemistry I Lectures C. Rojas

Atomic and molecular structure; introduction to aliphatic and aromatic chemistry with emphasis on modern theories; organic reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and spectroscopy.


3328y Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory M. Rao, J. Vadakkan & Associates

Basic techniques of experimental organic chemistry. Principles and methods of separation, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. Selected organic reactions.


3232y Intermediate General Chemistry Lectures J. Alexander

Selected aspects of general chemistry, primarily for premedical and biological science students. Thermodynamics, equilibrium, kinetics, complex ions and coordination compounds, and radiochemistry, with applications to analytical chemistry and biochemistry.


3338y/3340y Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory J. Alexander, S. Liu & O. Jebejian

Quantitative techniques in volumetric analysis, radiochemistry, spectrophotometry, and pH measurement.


3252y Introduction to Thermodynamics and Kinetics A. Crowther 

Introduction to the laws of thermodynamics; application primarily to ideal systems. Free energy and equilibrium. Kinetics: rate laws and mechanisms, experimental techniques.


3271y Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry J. Magyar

Structure and reactivity of inorganic compounds: bonding, reaction mechanisms, selected main group chemistry, transition metal chemistry, organometallics, clusters, catalysis, and bioinorganic chemistry.


3368y Integrated Chemistry Laboratory II A. Crowther

Experiments in various types of spectroscopy


3280y Advanced Organic Chemistry (Offered alternate years)

Survey of topics in structural, mechanistic, and synthetic organic chemistry, including molecular orbital treatment of structure, bonding, and chemical reactivity; elucidation of organic reaction mechanisms; pericyclic reactions; stereoelectronic effects; asymmetric reactions; and natural product total synthesis.  


3282y Biological Chemistry K. Harris

Detailed 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. Protein and genetic engineering. Catabolism and anabolism with emphasis on chemical intermediates, metabolic energy, catalysis by specific enzymes, regulation.


3590y Senior Colloquium Not offered at Barnard

Readings, discussions, and presentations about contemporary research in chemistry and biochemistry.


3597y Problems in Chemistry Staff

Individual research projects at Barnard or Columbia.


3598y External Problems in Chemistry Staff

Individual research projects at other institutions.


3599y Problems in Chemistry Staff

Individual research projects at Barnard or Columbia.


3902y Senior Honor Thesis Seminar M. Buzzeo

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