Chemistry Spring Course Information

Spring Courses



CHEM BC1050y From Forensics to Art Conservation - The Jazz of Chemistry M. Rao

 The goal of this course is to provide insights and spur discussion of several areas and applications of chemistry, sparking the curiosity of Barnard students into this marvelous field.  Examples of areas in which chemistry plays a key role include medicine, forensic science, art restoration and forgery detection, and flavors and fragrances in food, beverages and other consumer products. This course also provides hands-on experience in techniques used in these fields.


2900y Research Methods Seminar J. Vadakkan, J.Mansfield

Skills to facilitate into biology and chemistry research. Students will learn to think and work like scientists and to identify, apply for and gain entry to research lab groups. Focus on writing and oral presentation skills. Additional readings and discussions on laboratory safety, women in science, and scientific ethics.


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 Chemistry IV R. Austin

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.


3242y Quantitative Analysis Lecture  J. Alexander

Survey of topics appropriate for a student majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, including examinations of uncertainty analysis and data processing, use of basic laboratory equipment, complex equilibria (pH, solubility, etc.), advanced solution chemistry and chemical activity, and the theoretical foundations of modern techniques in electrochemistry, chromatography and analytical experimental techniques.


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 M. Campbell 

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


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. 


3283y Biological Chemistry II C. Vizcarra

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.


3338/3340y Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory J. Alexander, M.Buzzeo

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


3348y Advanced Spectroscopy Laboratory A. Crowther

This course combines chemical synthesis, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and nanoscience into experiments with an emphasis using spectroscopy to determine chemical structure and reactivity. You will gain experience with a range of instruments, techniques, calculations, and theories. Instrumentation will include UV-Visible, infrared, near-infrared, fluorescence, and Raman spectroscopy.


3355y Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques M.Sever

Theory and application of fundamental techniques for the isolation, synthesis and characterization of biological macromolecules including proteins, lipids, nucleotides and carbohydrates.  Techniques include spectroscopic analysis, gel electrophoresis, chromatography, enzyme kinetics, immunoblotting, PCR, molecular cloning and cell culture, as well as modern laboratory instrumentation, such as UV-Vis, GC-MS and HPLC.


3590y Senior Colloquium Offered at CU

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 and M. Campbell

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


3904y Senior Honors Thesis Lab Staff

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