Chemistry Spring Course Information

Spring Courses



1003y 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.


2900y Research Methods Seminar J. Vadakkan, E. Bauer

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  Á. Castillo

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 S. Charnick

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.

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

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 M. Sever

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 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

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