As you know, we have a MS program here at DePaul. We wanted to highlight our MS classes for the fall and pass on a few pieces of info. These classes tend to be smaller than other classes, generally 8-16 students.
We ask that MS students enroll as soon as they can, or email the MS program director to express interests in classes, because if classes only have a few enrollees, it might not run. If you are a MS student haven’t figured out your fall enrollment yet, email the MS director to get help. If you can’t enroll yet due to financial reasons, let the MS director know what classes you are interested in.
Undergrads, we also want to point out that these classes are available to you as general electives if you are a Junior or Senior. You can take them, but you need permission from your advisor and the instructor. There is an exceptions form to fill out that can be found on our website or from your advisor. These classes are a great opportunity to challenge yourself beyond your undergrad coursework and learn new things! Note that they will not be substituted in place of your major core courses, and are above and beyond the normal undergraduate curriculum.
Classes coming up in winter quarter you should be aware of are listed below. If you are interested, contact the instructor and your academic advisor soon.
CHE 424 – Group Theory
CHE 424 Group Theory is a traditional lecture course which characterizes molecular symmetry mathematically and applies the results to a variety of chemical concepts, such as construction of hybrid and molecular orbitals, crystal field theory, prediction of IR and Raman spectra, etc. Mathematical techniques used include algebra and trigonometry, plus basic matrix algebra (knowledge of this prior to taking the course is not assumed). Though the course is designed for upper level chemistry majors and MS students, the only hard prerequisite is CHE 234. Instructor: Wendy Wolbach
(FYI this would be great for undergrads who have taken inorganic (320) and want to go deeper into group theory and its applications!)
CHE 430 – Polymer Synthesis
This course focuses on the key synthetic organic chemistry methods for making polymers and coatings. A detailed consideration is given to the three types of polymerization reactions: step, chain, and ring-opening polymerizations. Practical application of polymer chemistry in society is a theme throughout the course. Instructor: Gregory Kharas
CHE 431 – Polymer Synthesis Laboratory
The goal of this lab course is to expose students to experimental polymer chemistry. This course focuses on the key synthetic methods for making polymers and basic structural characterization techniques. Practical application of polymer chemistry in society is a theme throughout the course. (2 quarter hours); Instructor: Gregory Kharas
CHE 494 – Science Writing and Communication
This course is required of all Chemistry MS students and is highly recommended for motivated undergrads with an interest in academia, science journalism, or a related field.
The goal of this course is to prepare students to be effective writers and communicators in academic and industrial settings. The course is organized around learning how to write a scientific argument via modules that cover the nature of scientific fact, different genres of scientific writing (e.g., reports and proposals), writing collaboratively and presenting a scientific argument to a stakeholder audience.