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 W1604 Second Semester General Chemistry (Intensive) are granted 3 points of credit; students who are placed into CHEM W3045-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 W3079-CHEM W3080), a one-year program, requires prior preparation in mathematics and physics. The accompanying laboratory is CHEM W3085-CHEM W3086.

Also offered are a senior seminar (CHEM W3920); advanced courses in biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry; and an introduction to research (CHEM W3098).

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 W1404 General Chemistry II ( Lecture)  
CHEM W1500 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 W3493 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (Techniques)  
CHEM W3494 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (Synthesis)  
Calculus and physics as required.  
Third Year
CHEM W3079 Physical Chemistry I  
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II  
CHEM W3098 Supervised Independent Research  
BIOC C3501
 - BIOC C3512 (for biochemistry majors)
Biochemistry, I: Structure and Metabolism  
CHEM W3546 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Fourth Year
CHEM W3085 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I  
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II  
CHEM W3920 Senior Seminar in Chemical Research  
CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry  
Advanced courses (4000-level or higher)  

Track 2

First Year
CHEM W1604 Second Semester General Chemistry (Intensive)  
CHEM W2408 First-Year Seminar in Chemical Research  
CHEM W2507 or W1500 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory  
Calculus and physics as required.  
Second Year
CHEM W3443 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)  
CHEM W3444 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)  
CHEM W3493 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (Techniques)  
CHEM W3494 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (Synthesis)  
Calculus and physics as required.  
Third Year
CHEM W3079 Physical Chemistry I  
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II  
CHEM W3098 Supervised Independent Research  
BIOC C3501
 - BIOC C3512 (for biochemistry majors)
Biochemistry, I: Structure and Metabolism  
CHEM W3546 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Fourth Year
CHEM W3085 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I  
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II  
CHEM W3920 Senior Seminar in Chemical Research  
CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry  
Advanced courses (4000- level or higher)  

Track 3

First Year
CHEM W2408 First-Year Seminar in Chemical Research  
CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory  
CHEM W3045 Intensive Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)  
CHEM W3046 Intensive Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)  
Calculus and physics as required.  
Second Year
CHEM W3079 Physical Chemistry I  
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 W3085 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I  
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II  
CHEM W3098 Supervised Independent Research  
BIOC C3501
 - BIOC C3512 (for biochemistry majors)
Biochemistry, I: Structure and Metabolism  
CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry  
Fourth Year
CHEM W3920 Senior Seminar in Chemical Research  
Advanced courses (4000-level or higher)  

Professors

  • Bruce J. Berne
  • Ronald Breslow
  • Louis E. Brus
  • Virginia W. Cornish
  • Kenneth B. Eisenthal
  • Richard A. Friesner
  • Ruben Gonzalez
  • Laura Kaufman
  • 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
  • Tristan Lambert
  • Wei Min
  • Jonathan Owen
  • Dalibor Sames

Assistant Professors

  • Luis Campos
  • Xavier Roy

Lecturers

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

Associates

  • Anna Ghurbanyan
  • Danielle Sedbrook
  • Joseph Ulichny

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 W3493 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (Techniques)
CHEM W3494 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (Synthesis)

Track 2

CHEM W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory
or CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM W1604 Second Semester General Chemistry (Intensive)
CHEM W3443 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
CHEM W3444 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
CHEM W3493 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (Techniques)
CHEM W3494 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (Synthesis)

Track 3

CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM W3045 Intensive Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
CHEM W3046 Intensive Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
CHEM W3545 Intensive Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Physics Sequences

The requirements for the physics sequences were modified on December 5, 2014. Students who declared before this date should contact the director of undergraduate studies for the department in order to confirm their correct course of study.

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 W1401 Introduction To Mechanics and Thermodynamics
PHYS W1402 Introduction To Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics
PHYS W1403 Introduction to Classical and Quantum Waves
For chemistry majors, the following laboratory courses are recommended, NOT required. For chemical physics majors, the following laboratory courses are required:
PHYS W1493 Introduction to Experimental Physics
or PHYS W1494 Introduction to Experimental Physics
PHYS W2699 Experiments in Classical and Modern Physics
PHYS W3081 Intermediate Laboratory Work

Sequence B

PHYS W1601 Physics, I: Mechanics and Relativity
PHYS W1602 Physics, II: Thermodynamics, Electricity, and Magnetism
PHYS W2601 Physics, III: Classical and Quantum Waves
For chemistry majors, the following laboratory courses are recommended NOT required. For chemical physics majors, the following laboratory courses are required:
PHYS W2699 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
General Physics
   and General Physics
For chemistry majors, the following laboratory courses are recommended NOT required. For chemical physics majors, the following laboratory courses are required:
PHYS W2699 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 W3079 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM W3085 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM W3546 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM W3920 Senior Seminar in Chemical Research
CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry
Select one course from the following:
CHEM W3098 Supervised Independent Research
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 W2408 First-Year Seminar in Chemical Research (Recommended NOT required)
CHEM W3079 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II (OR)
Biology
BIOC C3501 Biochemistry, I: Structure and Metabolism
BIOC C3512 Molecular Biology
BIOL C2005 Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology
BIOL C2006 Introductory Biology II: Cell Biology, Development & Physiology
BIOL C2908 First-Year Seminar in Modern Biology (recommended but not required)
BIOL W4082 Theoretical Foundations and Applications of Biophysical Methods
Select one of the following laboratory courses:
Project Laboratory In Protein Biochemistry
Project Laboratory in Molecular Genetics
Independent Biological Research
Physics
Select one of the following physics sequences:
Sequence A:
General Physics I
   and General Physics II
Sequence B:
Introduction To Mechanics and Thermodynamics
   and Introduction To Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics
   and Introduction to Classical and Quantum Waves (PHYS W1403 is recommended NOT required)
Sequence C:
Physics, I: Mechanics and Relativity
   and Physics, II: Thermodynamics, Electricity, and Magnetism
   and Physics, III: Classical and Quantum Waves (PHYS W2601 is recommended but not required)
Sequence D:
General Physics
   and General Physics
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:
Lab in Molecular Biology
   and Contemporary Biology Laboratory
Project Laboratory In Protein Biochemistry
Project Laboratory in Molecular Genetics
Independent Biological Research
Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I
Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II
Supervised Independent Research
Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Select any three courses from the following:
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Biorganic Topics
Ordinary Differential Equations
Ordinary Differential Equations
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
Developmental Biology
Biotechnology
Cell 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 W3079 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM W3085 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM W3086 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM W3098 Supervised Independent Research
CHEM G4221 Quantum Chemistry
or PHYS G4021 Quantum Mechanics
Physics
Select one of the physics sequences outlined above in Guidelines for all Chemistry Majors, Concentrators and Interdepartmental Majors. For the chemical physics major, one lab MUST be completed for the sequence chosen.
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 W3079 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry
Select one of the following laboratory courses:
Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I
Supervised Independent Research
Senior Seminar in Chemical Research
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:
Biophysical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry II
Organometallic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Industrial ecology of earth resources
Introduction to aquatic chemistry
Environmental biochemical processes
Chemical Geology
Wetlands and Climate Change
The Chemistry of Continental Waters
Principles of Physical Oceanography
Principles of Chemical Oceanography
One additonal semester of calculus

Concentration in Chemistry

No more than four points of CHEM W3098 Supervised Independent Research may be counted toward the concentration.

Select one of the three chemistry tracks listed below.
PHYS V1201
 - PHYS V1202
General Physics I
   and General Physics II
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 W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory
or CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM W1604 Second Semester General Chemistry (Intensive)
Select 22 points of chemistry at the 3000-level or higher

Track 3

CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM W3045 Intensive Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
CHEM W3046 Intensive Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
Select 18 points of chemistry at the 3000-level or higher

Fall 2015

CHEM W0001 Preparation for College Chemistry. 0 points.

Recitation Section Required
Not for credit toward the bachelor's degree. Given on a Pass/Fail basis only.

Prerequisites: high school algebra or the instructor's permission. Recommended preparation: high school physics and chemistry.

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.

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

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

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

Corequisites: MATH V1101, unless students have taken AP Calculus.

Preparation equivalent to one year of high school chemistry is assumed. Students lacking such preparation should plan independent study of chemistry over the summer or take CHEM W0001 before taking CHEM 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 CHEM W1403 and CHEM 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.

Fall 2015: CHEM W1403
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1403 001/18381 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
309 Havemeyer Hall
Gerard Parkin 3.5 130/220
CHEM 1403 002/71090 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
309 Havemeyer Hall
Jonathan Owen 3.5 96/190
CHEM 1403 003/76540 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Ruben Savizky 3.5 46/190
CHEM 1403 004/73953 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
329 Pupin Laboratories
Robert Beer 3.5 40/132

CHEM W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

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

Corequisites: CHEM W1403 or CHEM 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 (CHEM W1501). Please check the Directory of Classes for details. Please note that CHEM W1500 is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Fall 2015: CHEM W1500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1500 001/17296 T 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 23/46
CHEM 1500 002/23181 T 6:10pm - 9:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 33/46
CHEM 1500 003/66304 W 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 30/46
CHEM 1500 004/76505 Th 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 12/46

CHEM W1604 Second Semester General Chemistry (Intensive). 3.5 points.

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

Prerequisites: a grade of "B" or better in CHEM W1403 OR acceptable performance on the Department placement exam.
Corequisites: MATH V1102

Topics include: gases (kinetic theory of gases); binary collision model for chemical reactions; chemical kinetics; acid-base equilibria; thermochemistry (thermodynamics I); spontaneous processes (thermodymanics II); chemical bonding in polyatomic molecules.  Students must ensure they register for the recitation that corresponds to the lecture section. Please check the Directory of Classes for details.

Fall 2015: CHEM W1604
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1604 001/85946 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
309 Havemeyer Hall
Louis Brus 3.5 4/120

CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

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

Prerequisites: CHEM W1604 or CHEM W3045.

A student-centered experimental course intended for students who are taking or have completed CHEM W1604 (Second Semester General Chemistry Intensive Lecture offered in Fall), CHEM W3045 (Intensive Organic Chemistry offered in Fall), or CHEM 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 CHEM W2507 is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Fall 2015: CHEM W2507
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2507 001/20524 F 1:00pm - 6:00pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Avila 3 5/18
CHEM 2507 002/64840 M 1:00pm - 6:00pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Avila 3 0/18

CHEM W3045 Intensive Organic Chemistry I (Lecture). 3.5 points.

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

Prerequisites: a grade of 5 on the Chemistry Advanced Placement exam and an acceptable grade on the Department placement exam or an acceptable grade in CHEM W1604.

Premedical students may take CHEM W3045CHEM W3046CHEM W2507 and CHEM W3545 to meet the minimum requirements for admission to medical school. This course covers the same material as CHEM W3443CHEM  W3444, but is intended for students who have learned the principles of general chemistry in high school OR have completed CHEM W1604 in their first year at Columbia. First year students enrolled in CHEM W3045-CHEM W3046 are expected to enroll concurrently in CHEM W2507. Although CHEM W3045 and CHEM 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.

Fall 2015: CHEM W3045
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3045 001/79692 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
209 Havemeyer Hall
Ronald Breslow 3.5 3/60

CHEM W3079 Physical Chemistry I. 4 points.

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

Prerequisites: CHEM W1403 and CHEM W1404, or CHEM W1604, or CHEM W3045 and CHEM W3046; MATH V1101-V1102 or V1207-V1208; PHYS V1201-V1202 is acceptable, PHYS C1401-C1402 or the equivalent is recommended.
Corequisites: CHEM W3085 is acceptable.

Elementary, but comprehensive, treatment of the fundamental laws governing the behavior of individual atoms and molecules and collections of them. CHEM W3079 covers the thermodynamics of chemical systems at equilibrium and the chemical kinetics of nonequilibrium systems. Although CHEM W3079 and CHEM 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.

Fall 2015: CHEM W3079
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3079 001/68697 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
209 Havemeyer Hall
Wei Min 4 36/60

CHEM W3085 Physical and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I. 4 points.

Lab Fee: $125 per term.

Corequisites: CHEM W3079 for CHEM W3085 is acceptable.

A student-centered experimental course intended for students who are co-registered or have completed CHEM W3079 and CHEM W3080. 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.

Fall 2015: CHEM W3085
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3085 001/98696 T 12:00pm - 6:00pm
222 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Avila 4 13/15

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.

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?

Fall 2015: BIOC W3300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
BIOC 3300 001/71196 T 7:10pm - 9:30pm
503 Hamilton Hall
3 50/50

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 BIOC 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 4 200/200

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

Recitation Section Required

Prerequisites: CHEM W1404 or CHEM W1604 and CHEM 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 CHEM W3443 and CHEM 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
309 Havemeyer Hall
Virginia Cornish 3.5 86/190
CHEM 3443 002/29812 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
309 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Campos 3.5 190/190
CHEM 3443 003/19142 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
309 Havemeyer Hall
Charles Doubleday 3.5 132/132

CHEM W3493 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (Techniques). 1.5 point.

Lab Fee: $63.00

Prerequisites: CHEM W1403-CHEM W1404; CHEM W1500
Corequisites: CHEM W3443.

Techniques of experimental organic chemistry, with emphasis on understanding fundamental principles underlying the experiments in methodology of solving laboratory problems involving organic molecules.  Attendance at the first lab lecture and laboratory session is mandatory. Please note that CHEM W3493 is the first part of a full year organic chemistry laboratory course.  Students must register for the lab lecture section (CHEM W3495) which corresponds to their lab section. Students must attend ONE lab lecture and ONE lab section every other week.  Please contact your advisors for further information.

Fall 2015: CHEM W3493
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3493 001/28596 M 1:00pm - 4:50pm
202a Havemeyer Hall
Danielle Sedbrook 1.5 24/24
CHEM 3493 002/28029 T 1:00pm - 4:50pm
202a Havemeyer Hall
Danielle Sedbrook 1.5 24/24
CHEM 3493 003/29568 T 6:00pm - 9:50pm
202a Havemeyer Hall
Danielle Sedbrook 1.5 34/34
CHEM 3493 004/60941 W 1:00pm - 4:50pm
202a Havemeyer Hall
Anna Ghurbanyan 1.5 34/34
CHEM 3493 005/22193 Th 1:00pm - 4:50pm
202a Havemeyer Hall
Anna Ghurbanyan 1.5 36/34
CHEM 3493 006/29569 F 1:00pm - 4:50pm
202a Havemeyer Hall
Anna Ghurbanyan 1.5 34/34
CHEM 3493 007/94255 M 1:00pm - 4:50pm
202 Havemeyer Hall
Danielle Sedbrook 1.5 24/24
CHEM 3493 008/60820 T 1:00pm - 4:50pm
202 Havemeyer Hall
Danielle Sedbrook 1.5 24/24
CHEM 3493 009/63441 T 6:00pm - 9:50pm
202 Havemeyer Hall
Danielle Sedbrook 1.5 34/34
CHEM 3493 010/60530 W 1:00pm - 4:50pm
202 Havemeyer Hall
Anna Ghurbanyan 1.5 34/34
CHEM 3493 011/62279 Th 1:00pm - 4:50pm
202 Havemeyer Hall
Anna Ghurbanyan 1.5 35/34
CHEM 3493 012/74779 F 1:00pm - 4:50pm
202a Havemeyer Hall
Anna Ghurbanyan 1.5 34/34

CHEM W3545 Intensive Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

Lab Fee: $125.

Prerequisites: CHEM W3045 and CHEM W3046 and CHEM W2507.

The course covers the same material as CHEM W3493-CHEM W3494, but is intended for those students who have taken Intensive Organic Chemistry, CHEM W3045-CHEM 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
202b Havemeyer Hall
Fay Ng 3 10/10
CHEM 3545 002/11664 T 1:00pm - 6:00pm
202b Havemeyer Hall
Fay Ng 3 10/10

CHEM G4071 Inorganic Chemistry. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM W3443-CHEM W3444 or CHEM W3045-CHEM W3046.

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
320 Havemeyer Hall
Xavier Roy 4.5 9

CHEM W3920 Senior Seminar in Chemical Research. 2 points.

Pass/Fail credit only.

Open to senior chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, and chemical physics majors; senior chemistry concentrators; and students who have taken or are currently enrolled in CHEM W3098. Senior seminar provides direct access to modern chemical research through selected studies by the students from active fields of chemical research. Topics to be presented and discussed draw from the current scientific literature and/or W3098 research.

Fall 2015: CHEM W3920
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3920 001/73096 F 2:10pm - 4:00pm
711 Havemeyer Hall
Laura Kaufman 2 11/40

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 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
320 Havemeyer Hall
Jack Norton 4.5 12

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

This course is intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. The main purpose of the course is to introduce students to modern synthetic chemistry via the selected series of topics (synthetic planning and the logic of organic assembly, classical and new reactions/methods and their use in complex target synthesis). Mechanistic underpinning of the discussed reaction processes will also be briefly discussed. For each module (see the content below), specific examples of syntheses of natural products and/or synthetic materials will be provided. In addition to lectures by Prof. Sames, students will select and present relevant papers in the class (the number of student symposia will depend on the final enrollment in this course). The basic knowledge of transition metal chemistry is recommended for the cross-coupling reactions (i.e., structure, electron counting, and elemental reaction types of transition metals).

Fall 2015: CHEM G4148
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4148 001/76999 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
320 Havemeyer Hall
Dalibor Sames 4.5 7

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
320 Havemeyer Hall
David Reichman 4.5 7

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
320 Havemeyer Hall
Bruce Berne 4.5 6

CHEM W4312 Chemical Biology. 2.5 points.

Prerequisites: elementary organic chemistry CHEM W3443-CHEM W3444. Recommended preparation: elementary physical chemistry CHEM W3079-CHEM W3080 and biochemistry BIOC C3501.

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.

Fall 2015: CHEM W4312
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4312 001/70533 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Virginia Cornish 2.5 6

Spring 2016

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

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

Corequisites: MATH V1101, unless students have taken AP Calculus.

Preparation equivalent to one year of high school chemistry is assumed. Students lacking such preparation should plan independent study of chemistry over the summer or take CHEM W0001 before taking CHEM 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 CHEM W1403 and CHEM 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.

Fall 2015: CHEM W1403
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1403 001/18381 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
309 Havemeyer Hall
Gerard Parkin 3.5 130/220
CHEM 1403 002/71090 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
309 Havemeyer Hall
Jonathan Owen 3.5 96/190
CHEM 1403 003/76540 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
301 Pupin Laboratories
Ruben Savizky 3.5 46/190
CHEM 1403 004/73953 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
329 Pupin Laboratories
Robert Beer 3.5 40/132

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

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

Prerequisites: CHEM W1403.
Corequisites: MATH V1101.

Although CHEM W1403 and CHEM 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.

CHEM W1500 General Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

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

Corequisites: CHEM W1403 or CHEM 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 (CHEM W1501). Please check the Directory of Classes for details. Please note that CHEM W1500 is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Fall 2015: CHEM W1500
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1500 001/17296 T 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 23/46
CHEM 1500 002/23181 T 6:10pm - 9:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 33/46
CHEM 1500 003/66304 W 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 30/46
CHEM 1500 004/76505 Th 1:10pm - 4:55pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Joseph Ulichny, Sarah Hansen 3 12/46

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

Prerequisites: CHEM W1403, CHEM W1604, CHEM 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.

CHEM W2507 Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

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

Prerequisites: CHEM W1604 or CHEM W3045.

A student-centered experimental course intended for students who are taking or have completed CHEM W1604 (Second Semester General Chemistry Intensive Lecture offered in Fall), CHEM W3045 (Intensive Organic Chemistry offered in Fall), or CHEM 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 CHEM W2507 is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Fall 2015: CHEM W2507
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2507 001/20524 F 1:00pm - 6:00pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Avila 3 5/18
CHEM 2507 002/64840 M 1:00pm - 6:00pm
302 Havemeyer Hall
Luis Avila 3 0/18

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

Prerequisites: CHEM W3045

Premedical students may take CHEM W3045CHEM W3046, and CHEM W3545 to meet the minimum requirements for admission to medical school. This course covers the same material as CHEM W3443-CHEM  W3444, but is intended for students who have learned the principles of general chemistry in high school OR have completed CHEM W1604 in their first year at Columbia. First year students enrolled in CHEM W3045-CHEM W3046 are expected to enroll concurrently in CHEM W2507. Although CHEM W3045 and CHEM 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.

CHEM W3080 Physical Chemistry II. 4 points.

Recitation Section Required

Prerequisites: CHEM W3079
Corequisites: CHEM W3086 is acceptable.

CHEM W3080 covers the quantum mechanics of atoms and molecules, the quantum statistical mechanics of chemical systems, and the connection of statistical mechanics to thermodynamics. Although CHEM W3079 and CHEM 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.

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

Lab Fee: $125 per term.

Prerequisites: CHEM W3085
Corequisites: CHEM W3080 for CHEM W3086 is acceptable.

A student-centered experimental course intended for students who are co-registered or have completed CHEM W3079 and CHEM W3080. 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.

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.

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

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

Prerequisites: CHEM W1404 or CHEM W1604 and CHEM 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 CHEM W3443 and CHEM 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.

CHEM W3494 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (Synthesis). 1.5 point.

Lab Fee: $62.00

Prerequisites: CHEM W1403-CHEM W1404; CHEM W1500; CHEM W3493.
Corequisites: CHEM W3444.

Please note that you must complete CHEM W3493 before you register for CHEM W3494. This lab introduces students to experimental design and trains students in the execution and evaluation of scientific data. The technique experiments in the first half of the course (CHEM W3493) teach students to develop and master the required experimental skills to perform the challenging synthesis experiments in the second semester. The learning outcomes for this lab are the knowledge and experimental skills associated with the most important synthetic routes widely used in industrial and research environments. Attendance at the first lab lecture and laboratory session is mandatory. Please note that CHEM W3494 is the second part of a full year organic chemistry laboratory course. Students must register for the lab lecture section (CHEM W3496) which corresponds to their lab section. Students must attend ONE lab lecture and ONE lab section every other week. Please contact your advisors for further information.

CHEM W3546 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

Laboratory Fee: $125.

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

A project laboratory with emphasis on complex synthesis and advanced techniques including qualitative organic analysis and instrumentation.

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.

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 on-line 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.

Other Courses Offered in Alternating Years

Please contact the undergraduate program manager, Vesna Gasperov (vg2231@columbia.edu), for further information.

CHEM G4137 Photonics & Spectroscopy. 4.5 points.

Discussion Section Required
Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

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 G4168 Materials Chemistry I. 4.5 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 academic year.

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 G4172 Biorganic Topics. 4.5 points.

Not offered during 2015-16 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.