The faculty are continually adapting existing courses and developing new ones to meet the needs and interests of our students. Descriptions and information about specific courses offered through the Department of Chemistry can be found within the course catalog. Course offerings and schedules can be viewed by semester using Homer Connect.
Courses of Note Offered in Fall 2016
Selected Topics: Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Information Age – Adam Steeves
Modern scientific experimentation is capable of generating data at breathtaking rates. How has this changed the process of scientific inquiry? How do we translate all of this data into useful insight about the behavior of chemical and biological systems? What can we predict about the properties of molecules by understanding the relationships between them?
Students in this course will learn to navigate the data-dense world of modern chemistry and biochemistry. As a student in this course you will understand the techniques used to represent chemical and biochemical information in a computer, and to store and retrieve this information from sources such as online databases. You will compute the relationships between sets of small molecules and biological macromolecules. You will build chemical and biochemical networks that enable large data sets to be investigated. You will use these networks to build structural models and make functional inferences about chemical and biochemical behavior.
Selected Topics: Computational Quantum Chemistry – Greg Smith
Covers the basics of running quantum simulations on small to moderate size molecules. Covers variational principle, basis sets, and several techniques including Hartree-Fock, MP-2, CI, and Density Functional theory. Analysis of energy minimization and frequency calculations on small molecules. Quantum chemical techniques including reaction paths, transition state searching and potential energy scans, and characterization of transition states through frequency analysis.
Tentative Advanced Electives for Spring 2017
Selected Topics: Natural Products Synthesis and Medicinal Applications - Catherine Malele
Natural products are relatively small molecules, produced mainly by plants and microorganisms that have a long history of uses by people, e. g. poisons, antibiotics, perfumes, malodorants, cosmetics, dietary supplements, etc. This course will focus on the synthesis and medical applications of natural products and be organized on the basis of the biosynthetic pathways that lead to these natural organic compounds. The following areas shall emphasized in this course: classification of natural products, isolation techniques, terpenes and terpenoids, steroids, alkaloids, flavonoids, coumarins, polyketides, anthraquinones, and their medicinal application.
Selected Topics: Introduction to X-ray Crystallography - Janet Hunting
Students will gain a basic theoretical and practical understanding of X-ray diffraction and crystallography. Students will have a hands-on understanding of the correct use of the college’s single crystal X-ray diffractometer. Students will solve crystal simple structures and be able to critically evaluate crystallographic results published in the scientific literature.