Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 51-054 Chemistry Appreciation (2-2)
    A presentation of historic and modern theories and concepts of the nature of matter and bonding. Current problems dealing with synthetic and natural products and their pollutants will be discussed in light of their impact on society. Individual experiments and group demonstrations will be conducted in the laboratory. (NSL)
  • 51-064 Chemistry of the Environment (2-2)
    This course provides an overview of basic chemical principles and their importance in understanding the complexities of our natural environment. In particular, the course will discuss fundamental chemical concepts such as equilibrium, solubility and acid-base chemistry and their application to environmental processes. Major topics that will be covered include atmospheric and aquatic chemistry, energy production and usage, and principles of toxicology. Also Environmental Studies 49-064. (NSL)
  • 51-074 Chemistry of Food
    Students in this course will develop a better understanding of food, cooking, and nutrition using basic chemical concepts. Topics that will be discussed include the chemical basis of taste, flavor and aroma; the role of fermentation and chemical reactions in cooking, food, and beverage production; antioxidants and other macro- and micronutrients in the human diet; modern agricultural practices; and the economic, political and social justice issues surrounding the use of food and its availability. The laboratory portion of the course will focus on kitchen experimentation and cooking techniques, flavor pairing, and molecular gastronomy. (NSL)
  • 51-143 Principles of General Chemistry With
    This course will introduce students to fundamental chemical principles and concepts such as atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, periodicity, solution chemistry, properties of gases and selected topics in descriptive chemistry. This course is recommended for first-year students who have Math SAT scores below 620. Three lectures a week plus one 1-hour tutorial. Prerequisite: Mastery of high school-level chemistry. To be taken concurrently with Chemistry 51-151. Also Environmental Studies 49-143. (NSL)
  • 51-151 Chemical Methods and Techniques Lab (0-3
    This laboratory course will provide students an opportunity to learn and practice common laboratory techniques through self-directed laboratory experiments. To be taken concurrently with Chemistry 51-153 or 51-143. Also Environmental Studies 49-151. (NSL)
  • 51-153 Principles of General Chemistry (3-0)
    This course will introduce students to fundamental chemical principles and concepts such as atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, periodicity, solution chemistry, properties of gases and selected topics in descriptive chemistry. This course is recommended for students who have a Math SAT score of at least 620. Prerequisite: Mastery of high school-level chemistry. To be taken concurrently with Chemistry 51-151. Also Environmental Studies 49-153. (NSL)
  • 51-161 Chemical Kinetics and Equilibirum Lab
    Students will conduct inquiry-based experiments to enhance their understanding of kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium concepts and other topics covered in lecture. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-143/151 or Chemistry 51-153/151. To be taken concurrently with Chemistry 51-163. (NSL)
  • 51-163 Chemical Kinetics and Equilibrium (3-0)
    This course will introduce topics such as thermodynamics, kinetics and equilibrium. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-143/151 or 153/151. Students must demonstrate mastery of important concepts from 51-143 and 51-153 if these courses were not taken at Southwestern, or not taken the previous semester. To be taken concurrently with Chemistry 51-161. (NSL)
  • 51-541 Organic Chemistry I Lab (0-4)
    Students will be introduced to techniques used to perform experiments on the macroscale as well as the microscale level. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-163/161. To be taken concurrently with Chemistry 51-543. (NSL)
  • 51-543 Organic Chemistry I (3-0)
    This course is a study of the nature of bonding in carbon-containing molecules and their reactivity. Beginning with fundamental principles, emphasis will be placed on making connections between theory and application. Synthetic and mechanistic approaches will be introduced that lay the groundwork for Organic Chemistry II. Spectroscopic methods for structural determination of organic molecules will be discussed. Three hours per week, plus one hour recitation. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-163/161. To be taken concurrently with Chemistry 51-541. (NSL)
  • 51-553 Organic Chemistry II
    This course is the continuation of CHE51-543. The primary focus will be on the reactions of functional groups: their mechanism and their use in complex synthesis. An introduction to biologically relevant classes of organic molecules as well as modern synthetic methods in organic chemistry will also be included. Three hours per week, plus one hour recitation. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51-543/541. To be taken concurrently with Chemistry 51-551 or 561. (NSL)
  • 51-564 General Biochemistry I for Majors
    The course focuses on the structure and functional interrelations of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids in life processes. The laboratory portion of the course will provide experience in fundamental biochemical techniques. This lab is designed specifically for chemistry and biochemistry majors as well as those students interested in pursuing scientific research careers. Also Biology 50-564. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-553/551 or 553/561. (NSL)
  • 51-574 General Biochemistry I
    This course provides an overview of the major classes of biological macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids) and their functions in cellular structure, information pathways, and enzyme catalysis, and bioenergetics. This foundation will support an introduction to metabolism and key concepts in regulation of central metabolic pathways. This course is designed for students majoring in one of the natural sciences but who do not require a two-semester course in biochemistry. Also Biology 50-574. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-553/551 or Chemistry 51-553/561. (NS)
  • 51-584 General Biochemistry II (3-0)
    Bioenergetics and metabolism. Also Biology 50-584. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-574 or 51-564.
  • 51-604 Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    From neurotransmitters to antibiotics, small molecules play a key role in biological processes and human health. This course will explore the structure and function of these secondary metabolites from a chemical perspective. Emphasis will be places on industrial and bio-synthesis, mechanism of action, clinical applications, and cultural relevance of various classes of biologically relevant molecules (steroids, stimulants, analgesics, anti-virals) Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-553/551 or 553/561. (NS)
  • 51-634 Inorganic Chem and Biological Systems
    This course is an introduction to the structure and reactivity of metal complexes with an emphasis on their interaction with biological systems. Fundamental concepts such as electronic structure, symmetry, and molecular orbital theory will be used to determine the structure of transition metal complexes. These models will then be used to describe reactivity with regard to organometallic catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51-543/541. (NSL)
  • 51-644 Instrumentation Enviro & Biolog Analysis
    This course covers the basic principles and practical applications of instrumentation used to study the environment (i.e., water, air, and soil) as well as biological phenomena. Coursework places emphasis on fundamental techniques and the most recent advances in analytical instrumentation. In the laboratory, students will be engaged in a semester-long research project that will introduce them to the use of spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical instrumentation. Also Environmental Studies 49-644. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-553/551 or 553/561. (NSL)
  • 51-674 Synthetic & Mechanistic Organic Chem
    This course focuses on advanced concepts in organic chemistry dealing broadly with mechanistic determination and synthetic strategies. Subtle electronic and steric factors that greatly affect the reactivity of molecules will be illustrated using a variety of case studies from current literature. These factors will then be applied to the synthesis of complex organic molecules of biological and industrial importance. Emphasis will be placed on modern methods in asymmetric synthesis and organometallics. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51-553/551 or 553/561. (Spring) (NS)
  • 51-684 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
    Selected topics from the areas of physical biochemistry, enzymology and protein chemistry, nucleic acids chemistry, cellular regulation and recombinant DNA technology will be presented and discussed. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-574. (NS)
  • 51-694 Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids
    A survey of nucleic acid structure and function including topics such as drug- and protein-DNA interactions, molecular recognition, DNA damage modifications and mechanisms, and DNA repair. This course also describes techniques and methods used to analyze nucleic acids. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-574 (NS)
  • 51-714 Phys Chem: Thermodynamics & Kinetics
    This course focuses on the fundamental understanding and the quantitative description of chemical and biochemical processes. The course covers thermodynamics (whether processes occur) and kinetics (how fast processes occur) and includes an integrated laboratory that combines wet lab with computational exercises. Biochemistry majors and pre-engineering students are highly encouraged to take this course in their junior year. Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-163/161, Mathematics 52-254 and Physics 53-164. (NSL)
  • 51-724 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics
    This course focuses on applied quantum mechanics (how individual molecules behave and interact with each other and light) and statistical mechanics (how collections of molecules behave). Physics majors interested in chemical physics, and Mathematics/Computer Science students are highly encouraged to take this course. Also Prerequisites: Chemistry 51-163/161, Mathematics 52-254, and Physics 53-164. (NS)
  • 51-822 Chemistry Literature Seminar
    ). This course will give students the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in the primary chemical literature. Students will be required to give scientific presentations and write papers in journal style. To be taken during the junior year. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51-553 or concurrent enrollment. (Spring) (NS) (WA)
  • 51-912 Senior Research Capstone
    This course is intended for students who have completed a departmentally approved independent research project. Students will be required to write a scientific article describing their research and complete a presentation and oral examination. (NS) (WA)
  • 51-922 Senior Literature Seminar Capstone
    This course is intended for students who have not completed at least two credits of the Methods In Laboratory Research course (51-991). This writing-intensive course will involve an in-depth analysis and critical review of current research topics. Students will be required to write scientific papers, and give oral presentations. (NS) (WA)
  • 51-961 Laboratory Research With Distinction
    This course is for students who have distinguished themselves in all aspects of research and have made significant progress in their laboratory work undertaken with a faculty member in the department. Students will work with a faculty member to complete their on-going research project. For seniors only. Upon approval from the department. Converted to Methods in Laboratory Research (51-991,992, 993) at the discretion of the instructor on or before the last class day. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51-991, 992, or 993.
  • 51-962 Laboratory Research With Distinction
    This course is for students who have distinguished themselves in all aspects of research and have made significant progress in their laboratory work undertaken with a faculty member in the department. Students will work with a faculty member to complete their on-going research project. For seniors only. Upon approval from the department. Converted to Methods in Laboratory Research (51-991,992, 993) at the discretion of the instructor on or before the last class day. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51-991, 992, or 993.
  • 51-963 Laboratory Research With Distinction
    This course is for students who have distinguished themselves in all aspects of research and have made significant progress in their laboratory work undertaken with a faculty member in the department. Students will work with a faculty member to complete their on-going research project. For seniors only. Upon approval from the department. Converted to Methods in Laboratory Research (51-991,992, 993) at the discretion of the instructor on or before the last class day. Prerequisite: Chemistry 51-991, 992, or 993.
  • 51-991 Methods in Laboratory Research
    May be repeated with changed content.
  • 51-992 Methods in Laboratory Research
    May be repeated with changed content.
  • 51-993 Methods in Laboratory Research
    May be repeated with changed content.