Academic Courses

Undergraduate Courses:

1. Organic Chemistry I (ACHM 220): This is a three credit course in which students are introduced to nomenclature, structure, and bonding in organic compounds. Synthesis and reactions of representative classes of organic compounds, with stress on underlying principles of organic reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry are also covered. ACHM120N, ACHM121N, ACHM122A and ACHM122B (i.e. General chemistry lectures I and II, and their corresponding labs) are prerequisites to this course.

2. Organic Chemistry II (ACHM 221): This is a three credit course in which students are introduced to spectroscopic characteristics or organic compounds. The study of “reaction types” exhibited by organic molecules continues in this course, with emphasis on the chemistry of carbonyl compounds, amines, and biological molecules including carbohydrates and proteins. An introduction to the chemistry of aromatic molecules and various heterocycles is also covered. Prerequisite(s): A CHM 220.

Upper Level Undergraduate Courses Cross Listed with Graduate Courses:

3. ACHM442/542 [Comprehensive Biochemistry]: This is three credit upper level undergraduate/graduate course in which the chemical characteristics of living matter, amino acids, polypeptides and proteins, enzyme mechanisms and kinetics, bioenergetics and the chemistry of metabolism are emphasized. Electron transport, biosynthesis and storage is also covered. Prerequisites of this course are ACHM216B or permission of instructor.

4. ACHM 472/526 [Experimental Methods of Organic Structure Determination]: This is a three credit course in which modern methods of organic structure determination such as multinuclear NMR, 2D-NMR techniques, mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy are emphasized. There is also a focus on interpretation of spectral results obtained.

5. Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology (ACHM 458/558): This is a three credit interdisciplinary course at the interface of chemistry and pharmacology and covers the design, synthesis, and development of pharmaceutical drugs. It includes the following topics: molecular modeling, rational drug design, combinatorial chemistry, QSAR, and cheminformatics. Prerequisite(s): A CHM 221, 442.

5. CHM626 [Special Topics in Organic Chemistry—Pharmacognosy]: This is a variable credit course in which the process by which pharmacologically active natural products are discovered, isolated and characterized is emphasized. An additional goal is to impart an understanding of natural product structures and the mechanisms of their biosynthesis.