In the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, we offer MS degrees as well as bachelor’s degrees. The application deadline for AQ2018 has past, but if you are interested in a MS degree, we accept applications for the winter and spring quarter too! For more information on our MS program and the degree tracks, check out this link.
The courses being offered this AQ2018 are CHE442, 452, 474. FYI if you are an undergraduate, you can potentially enroll in these courses with both instructor permission and an approved exception form submission. Talk to the instructor if you are intereseted.
CHE442 – Protein Structure and Function
One of two courses in biochemistry for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the M.S. program. An in-depth exploration of protein structure and function, this course surveys the common experimental and bioinformatics methods used by modern biochemists to study protein structure, folding, evolution, engineering, conformational dynamics, and enzymatic reactivity. Students will gain experience with and working knowledge of online databases and tools used by biochemists to formulate and test hypotheses related to the topics of the course.
CHE452 – Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry
This fall Dr. Vadola will be teaching the graduate course Organic Synthesis CHE 452. This course is designed to introduce students to the modern methods used for the synthesis of complex organic molecules, including pharmaceuticals and bioactive natural products. In addition to introducing students to an array of new reactions, the course focuses heavily on the strategies involved in tackling the synthesis of large molecules. Students will be able to critically analyze complex organic structures and propose strategic bond disconnections, which enable the construction of the target compound for simple, commercially available, starting materials. If you are interested in organic chemistry and synthesis, reagents and reactions mechanisms, or pharmaceuticals and bioactive compounds, this is the course for you. Undergraduate students will need an exception from Dr. Vadola to enroll. If you are interested email him (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop by his office.
CHE474 – Advanced Quantum Chemistry
This course will build on the understanding of quantum mechanics developed at the undergraduate level, adding skills that will enable students to engage more fully with the research literature and other advanced texts. After a brief review of the main ideas from undergraduate quantum mechanics, we will introduce the Heisenberg picture and matrix mechanics, which are necessary to fully understand current work in this field. Once we have acquired this proficiency, we will engage in a selection of topics driven by student interest. Possible areas include density matrix mechanics, quantum dynamics, energy transport mechanisms, charge transfer processes, and/or quantum effects in biology. We will address these topics through examination of recent articles in research journals, with reference to supporting presentations in textbooks or other sources. The course is structured as a hybrid course, with a flipped-classroom style. We will not follow any specific textbook, although the instructor will provide a guide to the various texts used by experts in the field. Students will read source materials and watch videos created by the instructor as a first method of engaging with the material. Once per week, we will hold a 90 minute class meeting in which we will solidify and deepen that understanding by working advanced problems together in the classroom.