Chemical Physics

Undergraduate Office: 340 Havemeyer; 212-854-2163

Departmental Office: 344 Havemeyer; 212-854-2202
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/chemistry/

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Laura Kaufman, 628 Havemeyer; 212-854-9025; kaufman@chem.columbia.edu

Program Manager for Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Vesna Gasperov, 211A Havemeyer; 212-854-2017; vg2231@columbia.edu

Biochemistry Advisers:
Biology: Prof. Brent Stockwell, 1208 Northwest Corner Building; 212-854-2919; stockwell@biology.columbia.edu
Chemistry: Prof. Virginia Cornish, Northwest Corner Building; 212-854-5209; vc114@columbia.edu

Chemistry, the study of molecules, is a central science interesting for its own sake but also necessary as an intellectual link to the other sciences of biology, physics, and environmental science. Faculty find the various disciplines of chemistry fascinating because they establish intellectual bridges between the macroscopic or human-scale world that we see, smell, and touch, and the microscopic world that affects every aspect of our lives. The study of chemistry begins on the microscopic scale and extends to engage a variety of different macroscopic contexts.

Chemistry is currently making its largest impact on society at the nexus between chemistry and biology and the nexus between chemistry and engineering, particularly where new materials are being developed. A typical chemistry laboratory now has more computers than test tubes and no longer smells of rotten eggs.

The chemistry department majors are designed to help students focus on these new developments and to understand the factors influencing the nature of the discipline. Because the science is constantly changing, courses change as well, and while organic and physical chemistry remain the bedrock courses, they too differ greatly from the same courses 40 years ago. Many consider biochemistry to be a foundation course as well. Although different paths within the chemistry major take different trajectories, there is a core that provides the essential foundation students need regardless of the path they choose. Students should consider majoring in chemistry if they share or can develop a fascination with the explanatory power that comes with an advanced understanding of the nature and influence of the microscopic world of molecules.

Students who choose to major in chemistry may elect to continue graduate study in this field and obtain a Ph.D. which is a solid basis for a career in research, either in the industry or in a university. A major in chemistry also provides students with an astonishing range of career choices such as working in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries or in many other businesses where a technical background is highly desirable. Other options include becoming a financial analyst for a technical company, a science writer, a high school chemistry teacher, a patent attorney, an environmental consultant, or a hospital laboratory manager, among others. The choices are both numerous and various as well as intellectually exciting and personally fulfilling.

Advanced Placement

The department grants advanced placement (AP) credit for a score of 4 or 5. The amount of credit granted is based on the results of the department placement exam and completion of the requisite course. Students who are placed into CHEM C1604 are granted 3 points of credit; students who are placed into CHEM C3045-CHEM W3046 Intensive Organic Chemistry II (Lecture) are granted 6 points of credit. In either case, credit is granted only upon completion of the course with a grade of C or better. Students must complete a department placement exam prior to registering for either of these courses.

Programs of Study

The Department of Chemistry offers four distinct academic major programs for undergraduates interested in professional-level training and education in the chemical sciences: chemistry, chemical physics, biochemistry and environmental chemistry. For students interested in a program of less extensive study and coursework, the department offers a concentration in chemistry.

Course Information

The results of the placement exam are used to advise students which track to pursue. The Department of Chemistry offers three different tracks. Students who wish to take Track 2 or 3 classes must take the placement exam. Students who wish to pursue Track 1 classes do not need to take the placement exam.

Track Information

In the first year, Track 1 students with one year of high school chemistry take a one-year course in general chemistry, and the one-term laboratory course that accompanies it. In the second year, students study organic chemistry, and take organic chemistry laboratory.

Students who qualify by prior examination during orientation week can place into the advanced tracks. There are two options. Track 2 students take, in the fall term, a special one-term intensive course in general chemistry in place of the one-year course. In the second year, students study organic chemistry, and take organic chemistry laboratory.

Track 3 students take a one-year course in organic chemistry for first-year students and the one-term intensive general chemistry laboratory course. In the second year, students enroll in physical chemistry and the organic chemistry laboratory course. Additional information on the tracks can be found in the Requirements section.

Additional Courses

First-year students may also elect to take CHEM W2408. This seminar focuses on topics in modern chemistry, and is offered to all qualified students.

Biochemistry (BIOC C3501, BIOC C3512) is recommended for students interested in the biomedical sciences.

Physical chemistry (CHEM C3079-CHEM W3080), a one-year program, requires prior preparation in mathematics and physics. The accompanying laboratory is CHEM C3085-CHEM W3086.

Also offered are a senior seminar (CHEM C3920); advanced courses in biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry; and an introduction to research (CHEM C3098).

Sample Programs

Some typical programs are shown below. Programs are crafted by the student and the director of undergraduate studies to meet individual needs and interests.

Track 1

First Year
CHEM W1403 General Chemistry I (Lecture)  
CHEM W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory  
CHEM W2408 First-Year Seminar in Chemical Research  
CHEM W1404 General Chemistry II ( Lecture)  
Calculus and physics as required.  
Second Year
CHEM W3444 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)  
CHEM W3546 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Calculus and physics as required.  
CHEM W3443 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)  
CHEM W3543  
Third Year
BIOC C3501
 - BIOC C3512 (for biochemistry majors)
Biochemistry, I: Structure and Metabolism  
CHEM C3098  
CHEM C3079  
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II  
Fourth Year
CHEM C3085  
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II  
CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM C3098  
CHEM C3920  
Advanced courses (4000-level or higher)  

Track 2

First Year
CHEM C1604  
CHEM W2507 or W1500 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory  
CHEM W2408 First-Year Seminar in Chemical Research  
Calculus and physics as required.  
Second Year
CHEM W3443 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)  
CHEM W3444 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)  
CHEM W3543  
CHEM W3546 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Calculus and physics as required.  
Third Year
CHEM C3079  
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II  
CHEM C3098  
BIOC C3501
 - BIOC C3512 (for biochemistry majors)
Biochemistry, I: Structure and Metabolism  
Fourth Year
CHEM C3085  
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II  
CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM C3098  
CHEM C3920  
Advanced courses (4000- level or higher)  

Track 3

First Year
CHEM C3045  
Calculus and physics as required.  
CHEM W3046 Intensive Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)  
CHEM W2408 First-Year Seminar in Chemical Research  
CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory  
Second Year
CHEM C3079  
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II  
CHEM W3545 Intensive Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
CHEM W3546 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Calculus and physics as required.  
Third Year
CHEM C3085  
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II  
CHEM C3098  
CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry  
BIOC C3501
 - BIOC C3512 (for biochemistry majors)
Biochemistry, I: Structure and Metabolism  
Fourth Year
CHEM C3098  
CHEM C3920  
Advanced courses (4000-level or higher)  

Professors

  • Bruce J. Berne
  • Ronald Breslow
  • Louis E. Brus
  • Virginia W. Cornish
  • Samuel J. Danishefsky
  • Kenneth B. Eisenthal
  • George W. Flynn
  • Richard A. Friesner
  • James L. Leighton
  • Ann E. McDermott
  • Jack R. Norton
  • Colin Nuckolls
  • Gerard Parkin
  • David R. Reichman
  • Brent Stockwell
  • James J. Valentini
  • Xiaoyang Zhu

Associate Professors

  • Angelo Cacciuto
  • Ruben Gonzalez
  • Laura Kaufman
  • Tristan Lambert
  • Dalibor Sames

Assistant Professors

  • Luis Campos
  • Wei Min
  • Jonathan Owen
  • Xavier Roy

Lecturers

  • Luis Avila
  • Robert Beer
  • John Decatur
  • Charles E. Doubleday
  • Fay Ng
  • Ruben Savizky

Guidelines for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors

Students majoring in chemistry or in one of the interdepartmental majors in chemistry should go to the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Undergraduate Program Manager in the Department of Chemistry to discuss their program of study. Chemistry majors and interdepartmental majors usually postpone part of the Core Curriculum beyond the sophomore year.

Chemistry Tracks

All students who wish to start with Track 2 or 3 courses must take a placement exam. The results of the placement exam are used to advise students which track to pursue. Unless otherwise specified below, all students must complete one of the following tracks:

Track 1

CHEM W1403 General Chemistry I (Lecture)
CHEM W1404 General Chemistry II ( Lecture)
CHEM W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM W3443 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
CHEM W3444 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
CHEM W3543

Track 2

CHEM C1604
CHEM W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory
or CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM W3443 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
CHEM W3444 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
CHEM W3543

Track 3

CHEM C3045
CHEM W3046 Intensive Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM W3545 Intensive Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Physics Sequences

Unless otherwise specified below, all students must complete one of the following sequences:

Sequence A

For students with limited background in high school physics:

PHYS C1401 Introduction To Mechanics and Thermodynamics
PHYS C1402 Introduction To Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics
PHYS C1403 Introduction to Classical and Quantum Waves
Select one of the following laboratory courses:
Introduction to Experimental Physics
Introduction to Experimental Physics
Experiments in Classical and Modern Physics
Intermediate Laboratory Work

Sequence B

PHYS C1601 Physics, I: Mechanics and Relativity
PHYS C1602 Physics, II: Thermodynamics, Electricity, and Magnetism
PHYS C2601 Physics, III: Classical and Quantum Waves
Select one of the following laboratory courses:
PHYS C2699 Experiments in Classical and Modern Physics
or PHYS W3081 Intermediate Laboratory Work

Sequence C

For students with advanced preparation in physics and mathematics:

PHYS C2801
 - PHYS C2802
Accelerated Physics, I and II
   and Accelerated Physics, I and II
Select one of the following laboratory courses:
PHYS C2699 Experiments in Classical and Modern Physics
or PHYS W3081 Intermediate Laboratory Work

Major in Chemistry

Select one of the tracks outlined above in Guidelines for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors and complete the following lectures and labs.

Chemistry
Select one of the chemistry tracks outlined above.
CHEM W2408 First-Year Seminar in Chemical Research (Recommended NOT required)
CHEM W3546 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM C3079
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM C3085
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM C3920
Select one course from the following:
CHEM C3098
(one term taken for at least 4 points)
OR Chemistry courses numbered CHEM G4000 or above
Physics
Select one of the physics sequences outlined above in the Guidelines section
Mathematics
Select one of the following sequences:
Four semesters of calculus:
Calculus I
   and Calculus II
   and Calculus III
   and Calculus IV
Two semesters of honors mathematics:
Honors Mathematics A
   and Honors Mathematics B

Major in Biochemistry

Select one of the tracks outlined above in Guidelines for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors and complete the following lectures and labs.

Chemistry
Select one of the chemistry tracks outlined above.
CHEM C3079
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II (OR)
BIOL W4082 Theoretical Foundations and Applications of Biophysical Methods
CHEM W2408 First-Year Seminar in Chemical Research (Recommended NOT required)
Biology
BIOL C2005 Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology
BIOL C2006 Introductory Biology II: Cell Biology, Development & Physiology
Select one of the following laboratory courses:
Project Laboratory In Protein Biochemistry
Project Laboratory in Molecular Genetics
Independent Biological Research
BIOL C2908 First-Year Seminar in Modern Biology (recommended but not required)
BIOC C3501 Biochemistry, I: Structure and Metabolism
BIOC C3512 Molecular Biology
Physics
Select one of the following physics sequences:
Sequence A:
General Physics
   and General Physics
Sequence B:
Introduction To Mechanics and Thermodynamics
   and Introduction To Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics
   and Introduction to Classical and Quantum Waves (PHYS C1403 is recommended but not required)
Sequence C:
Physics, I: Mechanics and Relativity
   and Physics, II: Thermodynamics, Electricity, and Magnetism
   and Physics, III: Classical and Quantum Waves (PHYS C2601 is recommended but not required)
Sequence D:
Accelerated Physics, I and II
   and Accelerated Physics, I and II
Mathematics
Select one of the following sequences:
Two semesters of calculus:
Calculus I
   and Calculus II
   and Calculus III
   and Calculus IV
Two semesters of honors mathematics:
Honors Mathematics A
   and Honors Mathematics B
AP credit and one term of calculus (Calculus II or higher)
Additional Courses
Select one of the following additional laboratory courses:
CHEM C3085
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II
Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM C3098
(one term taken for at least 4 points)
Independent Biological Research
Project Laboratory In Protein Biochemistry
Project Laboratory in Molecular Genetics
Lab in Molecular Biology
   and Contemporary Biology Laboratory
Select any three courses from the following:
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Biorganic Topics
Ordinary Differential Equations
or MATH E1210
One additional semester of calculus
One additional semester of honors math:
Honors Mathematics A
Honors Mathematics B
Any biology course at the 3000/4000 level for 3 or more points. The following are recommended:
Neurobiology I: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Neurobiology II: Development & Systems
The Cellular Physiology of Disease
Biotechnology
Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Molecular Biology of Disease
Drugs and Disease

Major in Chemical Physics

Select one of the tracks outlined above in Guidelines for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors and complete the following lectures and labs.

Chemistry
Select one of the chemistry tracks outlined above.
CHEM C3079
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM C3085
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM G4221 Quantum Chemistry
or PHYS G4021 Quantum Mechanics, I and II
CHEM C3920
Physics
Select one of the physics sequences outlined above in Guidelines for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators and Interdepartmental Majors and complete the following lectures:
PHYS W3003 Mechanics
PHYS W3007 Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS W3008 Electromagnetic Waves and Optics
Mathematics
Select one of the following sequences:
Four semesters of calculus:
Calculus I
   and Calculus II
   and Calculus III
   and Calculus IV
Two semesters of honors mathematics:
Honors Mathematics A
   and Honors Mathematics B
   and Ordinary Differential Equations
Two semesters of advanced calculus:
Calculus IV
   and Ordinary Differential Equations

Major in Environmental Chemistry

Select one of the tracks outlined above in Guidelines for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors and complete the following lectures and labs. 

Chemistry
Select one of the chemistry tracks outlined above.
CHEM W2408 First-Year Seminar in Chemical Research (Recommended not required)
CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM C3079
Select one of the following laboratory courses:
CHEM C3098
(one term taken for at least 4 points)
CHEM C3085
CHEM C3920
Earth and Environmental Science
EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate
EESC V2200 Earth's Environmental Systems: Solid Earth
EESC V2300 Earth's Environmental Systems: Life Systems
EESC BC3016 Environmental Measurements
Physics
Select one of the physics sequences outlined above without the lab courses.
Mathematics and Statistics
Two semesters of calculus:
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Calculus IV
One semester of statistics:
STAT W1211 Introduction to Statistics (with calculus)
or STAT W3105 Introduction to Probability
Additional Courses
Select any two of the following:
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II
Organometallic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Biophysical Chemistry
Chemical Geology
Wetlands and Climate Change
Principles of Physical Oceanography
Principles of Chemical Oceanography
The Chemistry of Continental Waters
Industrial ecology of earth resources
Introduction to aquatic chemistry
Environmental biochemical processes
One additonal semester of calculus

Concentration in Chemistry

No more than four points of CHEM C3098  may be counted toward the concentration.

Select one of the three chemistry tracks listed below.
PHYS V1201
 - PHYS V1202
General Physics
   and General Physics
Two semesters of calculus

Chemistry Tracks

Track 1

CHEM W1403 General Chemistry I (Lecture)
CHEM W1404 General Chemistry II ( Lecture)
CHEM W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory
Select 22 points of chemistry at the 3000-level or higher

Track 2

CHEM C1604
CHEM W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory
or CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory
Select 22 points of chemistry at the 3000-level or higher

Track 3

CHEM C3045
CHEM W3046 Intensive Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory
Select 18 points of chemistry at the 3000-level or higher

Fall 2014

CHEM W0001 Preparation for College Chemistry. 0 points.

Recitation Section Required

Prerequisites: High school algebra or the instructor's permission. Recommended Preparation: High school physics and chemistry.

Not for credit toward the bachelor's degree. Given on a Pass/Fail basis only. This course is preparation for Chemistry W1403 or the equivalent, as well as for other science courses. It is intended for students who have not attended school for sometime or who do not have a firm grasp of high school chemistry. Topics include inorganic nomenclature, chemical reactions, chemical bonding and its relation to molecular structure, stoichiometry, periodic properties of elements, chemical equilibrium, gas laws, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. Recitation Section Required.

Fall 2015: CHEM W0001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 0001 001/27301 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
Luis Avila 0 0/50

CHEM W1403 General Chemistry I (Lecture). 3.5 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Recitation Section Required

Corequisites: MATH V1101

Preparation equivalent to one year of high school chemistry is assumed and concurrent registration in Calculus I unless students have taken AP Calculus. Students lacking such preparation should plan independent study of chemistry over the summer or take CHEM W0001 before taking W1403. Topics include stoichiometry, states of matter, nuclear properties, electronic structures of atoms, periodic properties, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, introduction to quantum mechanics and atomic theory, introduction to organic and biological chemistry, solid state and materials science, polymer science and macromolecular structures and coordination chemistry. Although W1403 and W1404 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially. The order of presentation of topics may differ from the order presented here, and from year to year. Students must ensure they register for the recitation that corresponds to the lecture section. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.

Spring 2015: CHEM W1403
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1403 001/29604 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Ruben Savizky 3.5 121/132
Fall 2015: CHEM W1403
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1403 001/18381 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Gerard Parkin 3.5 0/220
CHEM 1403 002/71090 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Jonathan Owen 3.5 0/190
CHEM 1403 003/76540 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
Marco Pagnotta 3.5 0/190
CHEM 1403 004/73953 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
Robert Beer 3.5 0/132

CHEM W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement
Lab Fee: $140.

Corequisites: W1403 or W1404

An introduction to basic techniques of modern experimental chemistry, including quantitative procedures and chemical analysis. Students must register for a Lab Lecture section for this course (W1501). Please check the Directory of Classes for details. Please note that W1500 is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Spring 2015: CHEM W1500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1500 001/74190 M 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302c Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 14/24
CHEM 1500 002/77535 T 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 46/46
CHEM 1500 003/23554 T 6:10pm - 9:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 39/46
CHEM 1500 004/18323 W 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 43/46
CHEM 1500 005/74453 W 6:10pm - 9:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 34/46
CHEM 1500 006/62851 Th 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 41/46
CHEM 1500 007/73447 Th 6:10pm - 9:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 30/46
CHEM 1500 008/13821 F 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302c Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 24/24
Fall 2015: CHEM W1500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1500 001/17296 T 1:10pm - 4:55pm
Room TBA
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 0/46
CHEM 1500 002/23181 T 6:10pm - 9:55pm
Room TBA
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 0/46
CHEM 1500 003/66304 W 1:10pm - 4:55pm
Room TBA
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 0/46
CHEM 1500 004/76505 Th 1:10pm - 4:55pm
Room TBA
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 0/46

CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement
Lab Fee: $140

Prerequisites: CHEM W1604 or W3045.

A student-centered experimental course intended for students who are taking or have completed W1604 (Second Semester General Chemistry Intensive Lecture offered in Fall), W3045 (Intensive Organic Chemistry offered in Fall), or W3046 (Intensive Organic Chemistry Lecture offered in Spring). The course will provide an introduction to theory and practice of modern experimental chemistry in a contextual, student-centered collaborative learning environment. This course differs from CHEM W1500 in its pedagogy and its emphasis on instrumentation and methods. Students must also attend the compulsory Mentoring Session. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.  Please note that W2507 is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Spring 2015: CHEM W2507
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2507 001/70047 F 1:00pm - 6:00pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Avila 3 10/18
CHEM 2507 002/23107 M 1:00pm - 6:00pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Avila 3 11/18
Fall 2015: CHEM W2507
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2507 001/20524 F 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Luis Avila 3 0/18
CHEM 2507 002/64840 M 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Luis Avila 3 0/18

BIOC W3300 Biochemistry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: one year each of Introductory Biology and General Chemistry.
Corequisites: Organic Chemistry. Primarily aimed at nontraditional students and undergraduates who have course conflicts with BIOC C3501.

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes within organisms that give rise to the immense complexity of life. This complexity emerges from a highly regulated and coordinated flow of chemical energy from one biomolecule to another. This course serves to familiarize students with the spectrum of biomolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, nucleic acids, etc.) as well as the fundamental chemical processes (glycolysis, citric acid cycle, fatty acid metabolism, etc.) that allow life to happen. In particular, this course will employ active learning techniques and critical thinking problem-solving to engage students in answering the question: how is the complexity of life possible?

Spring 2015: BIOC W3300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOC 3300 001/13013 T 7:10pm - 9:30pm
503 Hamilton Hall
Danny Ho 3 48

BIOC C3501 Biochemistry, I: Structure and Metabolism. 4 points.

Recitation Section Required

Prerequisites: ENVB W2001 or BIOL C2005 and one year of organic chemistry.

Lecture and recitation. Students wishing to cover the full range of modern biochemistry should take both BIOC C3501 and C3512. Protein structure, protein folding, enzyme kinetics, allostery, membrane transport, biological membranes, and protein targeting. Chemistry and metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, purines, and pyrimidines. Students must ensure they register for the recitation which corresponds to the lecture section. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.

Fall 2015: BIOC C3501
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOC 3501 001/24861 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
417 International Affairs Bldg
Brent Stockwell 4 0/200

CHEM W3443 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture). 3.5 points.

Recitation Section Required

Prerequisites: W1404 or W1604 and W1500

The principles of organic chemistry. The structure and reactivity of organic molecules are examined from the standpoint of modern theories of chemistry. Topics include stereochemistry, reactions of organic molecules, mechanisms of organic reactions, syntheses and degradations of organic molecules, and spectroscopic techniques of structure determination. Although W3443 and W3444 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially.  Students must ensure they register for the recitation which corresponds to the lecture section. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.

Fall 2015: CHEM W3443
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3443 001/76456 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Virginia Cornish 3.5 0/190

CHEM W3545 Intensive Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

Lab Fee: $125.

Prerequisites: CHEM W3045 and W3046 and W2507.

The course covers the same material as CHEM W3493-W3494, but is intended for those students who have taken Intensive Organic Chemistry, CHEM W3045-W3046, and for students who intend to major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Physics, or Environmental Chemistry.

Fall 2015: CHEM W3545
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3545 001/70517 M 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Fay Ng 3 0/10
CHEM 3545 002/11664 T 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Fay Ng 3 0/10

CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: W3443-W3444 or W3045-W3046
Corequisites: N/A

Principles governing the structure and reactivity of inorganic compounds surveyed from experimental and theoretical viewpoints.  Topics include inorganic solids, aqueous and nonaqueous solutions, the chemistry of selected main group elements, transition metal chemistry, metal clusters, metal carbonyls, and organometallic chemistry.

Fall 2015: CHEM G4071
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4071 001/13430 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Xavier Roy 4.5 0

CHEM G4147 Advanced Organic Chemistry. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: elementary organic and physical chemistry.

The mechanisms of organic reactions, structure of organic molecules, and theories of reactivity. How reactive intermediates are recognized and mechanisms are deduced using kinetics, stereochemistry, isotopes, and physical measurements.

Fall 2015: CHEM G4147
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4147 001/16408 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Jack Norton 4.5 0

CHEM G4148 Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry I. 4.5 points.

Construction, analysis, and strategies for the synthesis of complex natural products.

Fall 2015: CHEM G4148
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4148 001/76999 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Tristan Lambert, Dalibor Sames 4.5 0

CHEM G4168 Materials Chemistry I. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: sophomore Organic and Inorganic Chemistry.

This course will have two main themes. One theme will explore the design, synthesis, and properties of materials made from molecules. Topics that will be covered in this section of the course include the chemistry of liquid crystals, self-assembled monolayers, organic electronics, carbon-based nanostructures, self-assembled materials, and bio-inspired materials. A second theme will explore inorganic materials. It will compare the chemistry of chemical vapor deposition and vapor phase epitaxy to make solid state materials. It will further study the transformation from chemical bonds to solid-state band structure in materials and quantum size effects.

CHEM G4221 Quantum Chemistry. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: elementary physical chemistry.

Basic quantum mechanics: the Schrodinger equation and its interpretation, exact solutions in simple cases, methods or approximation, angular Mementum and electronic spin, and an introduction to atomic and molecular structure.

Fall 2015: CHEM G4221
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4221 001/22219 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
David Reichman 4.5 0

CHEM G4230 Statistical Mechanics. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: elementary physical chemistry.
Corequisites: CHEM G4221.

Topics include the classical and quantum statistical mechanics of gases, liquids, and solids.

Fall 2015: CHEM G4230
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4230 001/71503 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Bruce Berne 4.5 0

CHEM W4312 Chemical Biology. 2.5 points.

Prerequisites: Elementary organic chemistry CHEM W3443, CHEM W3444. Recommended preparation: elementary physical chemistry and biochemistry CHEM W3079, CHEM W3080.

Development and application of chemical methods for understanding the molecular mechanisms of cellular processes. Review of the biosynthesis, chemical synthesis, and structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids. Application of chemical methods--including structural biology, enzymology, chemical genetics, and the synthesis of modified biological molecules--to the study of cellular processes--including transcription, translation, and signal transduction.

Spring 2015

CHEM W1403 General Chemistry I (Lecture). 3.5 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Recitation Section Required

Corequisites: MATH V1101

Preparation equivalent to one year of high school chemistry is assumed and concurrent registration in Calculus I unless students have taken AP Calculus. Students lacking such preparation should plan independent study of chemistry over the summer or take CHEM W0001 before taking W1403. Topics include stoichiometry, states of matter, nuclear properties, electronic structures of atoms, periodic properties, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, introduction to quantum mechanics and atomic theory, introduction to organic and biological chemistry, solid state and materials science, polymer science and macromolecular structures and coordination chemistry. Although W1403 and W1404 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially. The order of presentation of topics may differ from the order presented here, and from year to year. Students must ensure they register for the recitation that corresponds to the lecture section. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.

Spring 2015: CHEM W1403
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1403 001/29604 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Ruben Savizky 3.5 121/132
Fall 2015: CHEM W1403
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1403 001/18381 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Gerard Parkin 3.5 0/220
CHEM 1403 002/71090 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Jonathan Owen 3.5 0/190
CHEM 1403 003/76540 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
Marco Pagnotta 3.5 0/190
CHEM 1403 004/73953 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
Robert Beer 3.5 0/132

CHEM W1404 General Chemistry II ( Lecture). 3.5 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Recitation Section Required

Prerequisites: W1403.
Corequisites: MATH V1101

Although W1403 and W1404 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially. Topics include gases, kinetic theory of gases, states of matter: liquids and solids, chemical equilibria, applications of equilibria, acids and bases, chemical thermodynamics, energy, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, periodic properties, chemical kinetics, and electrochemistry. The order of presentation of topics may differ from the order presented here, and from year to year.  Students must ensure they register for the recitation that corresponds to the lecture section. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.

Spring 2015: CHEM W1404
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1404 001/73071 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
309 Havemeyer Hall
Ruben Savizky 3.5 210/200
CHEM 1404 002/18565 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
309 Havemeyer Hall
Louis Brus 3.5 89/190
CHEM 1404 003/73884 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
501 Schermerhorn Hall
Robert Beer 3.5 125/150

CHEM W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement
Lab Fee: $140.

Corequisites: W1403 or W1404

An introduction to basic techniques of modern experimental chemistry, including quantitative procedures and chemical analysis. Students must register for a Lab Lecture section for this course (W1501). Please check the Directory of Classes for details. Please note that W1500 is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Spring 2015: CHEM W1500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1500 001/74190 M 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302c Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 14/24
CHEM 1500 002/77535 T 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 46/46
CHEM 1500 003/23554 T 6:10pm - 9:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 39/46
CHEM 1500 004/18323 W 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 43/46
CHEM 1500 005/74453 W 6:10pm - 9:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 34/46
CHEM 1500 006/62851 Th 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 41/46
CHEM 1500 007/73447 Th 6:10pm - 9:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 30/46
CHEM 1500 008/13821 F 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302c Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 24/24
Fall 2015: CHEM W1500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1500 001/17296 T 1:10pm - 4:55pm
Room TBA
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 0/46
CHEM 1500 002/23181 T 6:10pm - 9:55pm
Room TBA
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 0/46
CHEM 1500 003/66304 W 1:10pm - 4:55pm
Room TBA
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 0/46
CHEM 1500 004/76505 Th 1:10pm - 4:55pm
Room TBA
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 0/46

CHEM W2408 First-Year Seminar in Chemical Research. 1 point.

Prerequisites: CHEM W1403,W1604, W3045 or the instructor's permission.

A one-hour weekly lecture, discussion, and critical analysis of topics that reflect problems in modern chemistry, with emphasis on current areas of active chemical research.

Spring 2015: CHEM W2408
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2408 001/67148 F 12:00pm - 12:50pm
209 Havemeyer Hall
Vesna Gasperov 1 28/80

CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement
Lab Fee: $140

Prerequisites: CHEM W1604 or W3045.

A student-centered experimental course intended for students who are taking or have completed W1604 (Second Semester General Chemistry Intensive Lecture offered in Fall), W3045 (Intensive Organic Chemistry offered in Fall), or W3046 (Intensive Organic Chemistry Lecture offered in Spring). The course will provide an introduction to theory and practice of modern experimental chemistry in a contextual, student-centered collaborative learning environment. This course differs from CHEM W1500 in its pedagogy and its emphasis on instrumentation and methods. Students must also attend the compulsory Mentoring Session. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.  Please note that W2507 is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Spring 2015: CHEM W2507
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2507 001/70047 F 1:00pm - 6:00pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Avila 3 10/18
CHEM 2507 002/23107 M 1:00pm - 6:00pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Avila 3 11/18
Fall 2015: CHEM W2507
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2507 001/20524 F 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Luis Avila 3 0/18
CHEM 2507 002/64840 M 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Luis Avila 3 0/18

CHEM W3046 Intensive Organic Chemistry II (Lecture). 3.5 points.

Prerequisites: W3045

Premedical students may take CHEM W3045W3046, and W3545 to meet the minimum requirements for admission to medical school. This course covers the same material as CHEM W3443-W3444, but is intended for students who have learned the principles of general chemistry in high school OR have completed W1604in their first year at Columbia. First year students enrolled in CHEM W3045-W3046 are expected to enroll concurrently in CHEM W2507. Although W3045 and W3046 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially. A recitation section is required.  Please check the Directory of Classes for details and also speak with the TA for the course.

Spring 2015: CHEM W3046
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3046 001/18463 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
209 Havemeyer Hall
Fay Ng 3.5 20/35

CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II. 4 points.

Recitation Section Required

Prerequisites: W3079
Corequisites: W3086 is acceptable.

C3080 covers the quantum mechanics of atoms and molecules, the quantum statistical mechanics of chemical systems, and the connection of statistical mechanics to thermodynamics. Although W3079 and W3080 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially. A recitation section is required.  Please check the Directory of Classes for details and also speak with the TA for the course.

Spring 2015: CHEM W3080
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3080 001/62854 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
209 Havemeyer Hall
Xiaoyang Zhu 4 19/80

CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II. 4 points.

Lab Fee: $125 per term.

Prerequisites: CHEM C3085
Corequisites: CHEM C3080 for CHEM C3086 is acceptable.

A student-centered experimental course intended for students who are co-registered or have completedC3079 and C3080. The course emphasizes techniques of experimental physical chemistry and instrumental analysis, including vibrational, electronic, and laser spectroscopy; electroanalytical methods; calorimetry; reaction kinetics; hydrodynamic methods; scanning probe microscopy; applications of computers to reduce experimental data; and computational chemistry. Students must also attend the compulsory Mentoring Session. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.

Spring 2015: CHEM W3086
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3086 001/20154 T 12:00pm - 6:00pm
222 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Avila 4 14/15

CHEM W3098 Supervised Independent Research. 4 points.

Lab Fee: $105 per term.

Prerequisites: The instructor's permission for entrance, and the departmental representative's permission for aggregate points in excess of 12 or less than 4.

This course may be repeated for credit (see major and concentration requirements). Individual research under the supervision of a member of the staff. Research areas include organic, physical, inorganic, analytical, and biological chemistry.  Please note that CHEM 3098 is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Spring 2015: CHEM W3098
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3098 001/81282  
Vesna Gasperov 4 14/25
CHEM 3098 002/62551  
Vesna Gasperov 4 2

CHEM W3444 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture). 3.5 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Recitation Section Required

Prerequisites: W1404 or W1604 and W1500.

The principles of organic chemistry. The structure and reactivity of organic molecules are examined from the standpoint of modern theories of chemistry. Topics include stereochemistry, reactions of organic molecules, mechanisms of organic reactions, syntheses and degradations of organic molecules, and spectroscopic techniques of structure determination. Although W3443 and W3444 are separate courses, students are expected to take both terms sequentially.  Students must ensure they register for the recitation which corresponds to the lecture section. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.

Spring 2015: CHEM W3444
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3444 001/10605 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
309 Havemeyer Hall
Colin Nuckolls 3.5 209/250
CHEM 3444 003/76965 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
309 Havemeyer Hall
Charles Doubleday 3.5 114/150

CHEM W3545 Intensive Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

Lab Fee: $125.

Prerequisites: CHEM W3045 and W3046 and W2507.

The course covers the same material as CHEM W3493-W3494, but is intended for those students who have taken Intensive Organic Chemistry, CHEM W3045-W3046, and for students who intend to major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Physics, or Environmental Chemistry.

Fall 2015: CHEM W3545
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3545 001/70517 M 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Fay Ng 3 0/10
CHEM 3545 002/11664 T 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Fay Ng 3 0/10

CHEM W3546 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM W3543 or W3545.
Corequisites: CHEM C3444 or W3444.

Laboratory Fee: $125. A project laboratory with emphasis on complex synthesis and advanced techniques including qualitative organic analysis and instrumentation.

Spring 2015: CHEM W3546
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3546 001/69466 M 1:00pm - 6:00pm
202 Havemeyer Hall
Fay Ng 3 9/10
CHEM 3546 002/28570 T 1:00pm - 6:00pm
202 Havemeyer Hall
Fay Ng 3 8/10

CHEM G4103 Organometallic Chemistry. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: Elementary organic chemistry. (Some background in inorganic and physical chemistry is helpful but not required.)

Main group and transition metal organometallic chemistry:  bonding, structure, reactions, kinetics, and mechanisms.

Spring 2015: CHEM G4103
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4103 001/28837 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
320 Havemeyer Hall
Jack Norton 4.5 13

CHEM G4145 NMR Spectroscopy. 1 point.

Prerequisites: Elementary organic chemistry.

Introduction to theory and practice of NMR spectroscopy. Instrumental aspects, basic NMR theory, NOE, and a survey of 2D methods are covered.

CHEM G4210 Writing Workshop for Chemists. 1 point.

Prerequisites: Recommended for undergraduate students to have taken at least one semester of independent research.

This course offers undergraduate and graduate students an introduction to scientific writing and provides an opportunity for them to become more familiar with the skill and craft of communicating complex scientific research.  This course will provide students with the basic grammatical, stylistic and practical skills required to write effective academic journal articles, theses, or research proposals.  In addition, through an innovative partnership with Columbia University Libraries' Digital Science Center, students will learn how to apply these basic skills to their writing through the use of state-of-the-art software and online resources.  Regular opportunities to write, peer edit and revise throughout the semester will allow students to put what they are learning into immediate practice.  It is recommended that undergraduates have taken at least one semester of research for credit before taking this course.  Undergraduates should plan to take this course after taking the required Core course University Writing.

Spring 2015: CHEM G4210
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4210 001/70747 F 9:30am - 10:45am
320 Havemeyer Hall
Ruben Gonzalez, Vesna Gasperov 1 8/20

Other Courses Offered in Alternating Years

Please contact the Undergraduate Program Manager, Vesna Gasperov (vg2231@columbia.edu) for further information.

CHEM W3081 Physical Chemistry III - Special Topics in Physical Chemistry. 2 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: CHEM C3079-3080 (Physical Chemistry I and II)

The objective of Physical Chemistry lll is to discuss and analyze topics in forefront areas of  physical chemistry  research.  The research topics will be selected in class discussions at the beginning of the semester. All of the topics extend from equilibrium to nonequilibrium ultrafast dynamic processes. The application of linear and nonlinear spectroscopies  to probe systems of interest will be discussed. Examples of possible topics include : 1) Biomolecular processes, e.g. DNA – drug and DNA – protein - interactions. 2)  Plasmonic nanoparticle, e.g. Au and Ag, interactions with molecules in ground and excited electronic states, e.g. energy and electron transfer, enhancement of molecular optical processes, e.g. absorption, Raman,  nonlinear, circular dichroism and optical spectroscopies.   3)  Probing environmental interfaces, e. g. air/water, oil/water, atmospheric aerosoles, and soil/water, using the interface selective second harmonic and vibrational sum frequency spectroscopies   4)   Guest lecturers on topics such as molecular electronics , graphene, etc.   The individual students will write a report of 2 to 3 pages in length, on a subject of their interest.

CHEM G4137 Photonics & Spectroscopy. 4.5 points.

Discussion Section Required
Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A

Powerful photonics and spectroscopy tools are changing the way many physical and biological problems are addressed by revealing direct and precious energetic and dynamic information of molecular species inside live cells or novel materials. This full semester graduate course will not only provide fundamental knowledge of optics, laser, photonics, linear and nonlinear molecular spectroscopy, but also introduce physical principles of various emerging optical techniques including femotosecond spectroscopy, single-molecule spectroscopy, multi-photon nonlinear microscopy, label-free chemical imaging, super-resolution imaging, optical coherence tomography.

CHEM G4172 Biorganic Topics. 4.5 points.

Not Offered During 2014-15 Academic Year.

Prerequisites: Elementary organic chemistry.

Recommended preparation: advanced organic chemistry. Various topics in bioactive molecules in the field centered on natural-products chemistry, metabolic transformations, and enzyme mechanisms. Biosysnthesis of natural products and some other bioorganic topics.

CHEM G4232 Introduction to Molecular Modeling. 4.5 points.

Lab Required

Prerequisites: Physical chemistry sequence.

Molecular modeling has become an integral part of research in many areas of chemistry, and in industry in drug discovery and materials design.  Many experimental papers in the literature are routinely complemented by molecular modeling calculations.  Experimental scientists working in industry have a significant advantage if they know how to optimally use modeling software.  The course would consist of a normal lecture part plus a lab session every week in which the students learn to use modeling software by working on projects.