Courses for Fall 2020

For guidance on registering for CHEM0100, 0330, 0350, and 0360 or the placement exam, access our Guide to Chemistry Placement & Introductory Courses.

A complete list of courses offered by Brown is available via the University Bulletin.

  • Introductory Chemistry

    Explores stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, solutions, gases, chemical reactions, equilibria, thermochemistry. Three hours of lecture, one conference per week, no laboratory section. S/NC.
    CHEM 0100 S01
    Chem 0100 will be instructed all-online in Fall 2020. The course will comprise asynchronous pre-recorded lessons and scheduled smaller group problem solving conferences. Students should register for S01 and one conference section. Note: C01 and C02 are staggered to accommodate students from different time zones. Students are welcome to register for either section, but people in Providence and points east (from GMT-4 through GMT+5:30) may consider selecting C01; while students west of Providence may prefer C02. There are no space limits in either section.

    Please note: You do not need to take this placement exam if you have AP/IB scores on record with the Registrar's Office or if you have previously taken the placement exam available through Banner.

    This placement exam (link below) is for first year students who are unable to access the Banner placement exam.

    https://forms.gle/8niAoTp7MAxeev7g9
    Primary Instructor
    Morton
    CHEM 0100 C01
    Primary Instructor
    Morton
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0100 C02
    Primary Instructor
    Morton
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
  • Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure

    Explores the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, thermodynamics, solution equilibrium, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. Course includes lecture and laboratory sections. Laboratory cannot be taken without the lecture. Students who previously passed 0330 lab may be excused from repeating the lab portion of the course. Required background: CHEM 0100 or AP Chemistry 4 or CHEM Placement Test 8 or IBC Chemistry.
    CHEM 0330 M01
    Schedule Code
    M: Common Meeting
    CHEM 0330 S01
    Please note: You do not need to take this placement exam if you have AP/IB scores on record with the Registrar's Office or if you have previously taken the placement exam available through Banner.

    This placement exam (link below) is for first year students who are unable to access the Banner placement exam.

    https://forms.gle/8niAoTp7MAxeev7g9
    Primary Instructor
    Rubenstein
    CHEM 0330 C01
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0330 C02
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0330 C03
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0330 C04
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0330 C05
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0330 C06
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
  • Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure Lab

    Please see course description for CHEM 0330.
    CHEM 0330L L01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L02
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L03
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L04
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L05
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L06
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L07
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L08
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L09
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L10
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L11
    This section is reserved for students who have previously received a score of 70 or higher in CHEM 0330L lab.
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Organic Chemistry

    Sequel to CHEM 0350. Investigates the constitution and properties of organic compounds at a fundamental level with an introduction to physical organic, bioorganic, and synthetic organic chemistry. Laboratory work is concerned with the identification and characterization of organic compounds, including modern instrumental methods. Three hours of lecture and five hours of prelaboratory and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 0350.
    Students MUST register for a lecture section, a lab and a conference.
    If you previously completed CHEM 0360 laboratory but received a grade of no credit in the course, please register for lab section 11.
    CHEM 0360 M01
    Schedule Code
    M: Common Meeting
    CHEM 0360 S01
    Chem 0360 (lecture) and CHEM0360 L (lab) will be instructed all-online in Fall 2020. Please enroll in the lecture section (MWF 9 AM), the lab section (TBA), a conference (recitation section) and the common meeting. The Chem360 lecture component will consist of three interactive presentations per week along with one mandatory recitation section (listed as a conference). Recitation sections will be used to develop student problem solving skills and to answer student questions about lecture and lab content. The Chem360 lab component will use video recordings of experimental procedures along with virtualized data to help students understand the theory and practicalities of common organic chemistry laboratory separation techniques and unknown identification, and develop problem-solving skills.
    Primary Instructor
    Zimmt
    CHEM 0360 C01
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0360 C02
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0360 C03
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0360 C04
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0360 C05
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0360 C06
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
  • Organic Chemistry Lab

    Please see course description for CHEM 0360.
    CHEM 0360L L01
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0360L L11
    This section is reserved for students who have previously received a score of 70 or higher in CHEM 0360L lab.
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Undergraduate Research

    Prerequisite: permission of the staff. Permission should be requested before the end of the preceding semester. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    CHEM 0970 S02
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Diebold
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Colvin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Hurt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Kim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Shukla
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Rose-Petruck
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Xian
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S13
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Peterson
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Stratt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Sun
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Weber
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Williard
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Zimmt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S23
    WRIT
    Primary Instructor
    Delaney
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Robinson
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Salomon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Palmore
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Rubenstein
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S29
    Primary Instructor
    El-Deiry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Undergraduate Research - Writing Designated and Mandatory S/NC

    Students in this independent undergraduate research course will be expected to work on several scaffolded writing assignments throughout the semester. As with all writing-designated courses, students will receive feedback on their writing that they can incorporate into a revised version of the assignment or a future submission. Students who will not be engaged in this level of scientific writing should enroll in the traditional undergraduate research course, CHEM 0970/0980. This independent study is Mandatory S/NC.
    CHEM 0980S S02
    Primary Instructor
    Basu
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Undergraduate Research - Writing Designated

    Students in this independent undergraduate research course will be expected to work on several scaffolded writing assignments throughout the semester. As with all writing-designated courses, students will receive feedback on their writing that they can incorporate into a revised version of the assignment or a future submission. Students who will not be engaged in this level of scientific writing should enroll in the traditional undergraduate research course, CHEM 0970/0980.
    CHEM 0981 S02
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0981 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Delaney
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

    Covers the physical and chemical properties of transition metal compounds as well as current research topics in inorganic chemistry. Laboratory is designed for the practice of modern inorganic chemistry through the synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of air-sensitive transition metal compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 0500.
    CHEM 1060 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry

    An introduction to the quantum theory of chemical systems. Elements of quantum mechanics; electronic structure of atoms and molecules; study of molecular structure and behavior by spectroscopy; chemical bonding are all explored. Prerequisites: CHEM 0330, MATH 0180 or equivalent, PHYS 0030 and PHYS 0040 or PHYS 0050 and PHYS 0060 or PHYS 0070 and PHYS 0470 or ENGN 0030 and ENGN 0040.
    CHEM 1140 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Stratt
  • Biochemistry

    Examines the chemical, mechanistic, and structural basis for enzymatic catalysis. Uses examples from the recent literature to examine how the experimental and conceptual tools of chemical synthesis, isotopic labeling, stereochemistry, enzymology, kinetics, and protein structure can be brought to bear to unravel the chemical and physical principles underlying the enormous catalytic acceleration and exquisite structural specificity of enzyme-catalyzed reactions. Prerequisites: Strong background in organic chemistry (CHEM 0360, A or B performance preferable) plus at least one semester of Biochemistry (BIOL 0280). Enrollment limited to: 25 students, written permission required.
    CHEM 1240 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
  • Organometallic Chemistry

    Modern organometallic chemistry continues to find unique applications including next generation lighting displays, therapeutics and imaging, energy science, and green chemical synthesis. In this course we will briefly review fundamentals of inorganic chemistry (MO theory, ligand field theory, Pearson’s HSAB theory), and then delve into the structure, bonding, synthesis, reactivity, and mechanisms associated with organometallic complexes and their associated applications. Significant emphasis will be placed on effective oral and written communication skills, with frequent peer and instructor feedback provided. Prerequisites: CHEM 0360, CHEM 0500. PLEASE NOTE: This class is WRIT designated for Undergraduates Only. Graduate Students register for CHEM 2310.
    CHEM 1560N S01
    Primary Instructor
    Robinson
  • Nanoscale Materials: Synthesis and Applications

    Focuses on synthesis, properties, and applications of nanoscale materials. It begins with the introduction to size-dependent properties and to general characterization methods of nanomaterials. It then outlines the synthesis, surface chemistry and self-assembly of nanomaterials. It further reviews catalytic, optical and magnetic properties of nanomateirals. Finally, the course highlights the applications of nanomaterials in information storage, energy conversion, and biomedicine. Prerequisites : CHEM0350, PHYS 0030 or 0050, BIOL0280 recommended.
    CHEM 1700 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sun
  • Advanced Thermodynamics

    Fundamental principles of macroscopic equilibrium thermodynamics. The three laws of thermodynamics, the thermodynamic potentials, temperature scales, heat engines and refrigerators, entropy, kinetic theory, and transport phenomena. Applications to solids, fluids, and magnetic systems; Gibbs relations, first and second order phase traditions, thermal radiation, gas expansions.
    CHEM 2010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Diebold
  • Organometallic Chemistry

    Modern organometallic chemistry continues to find unique applications including next generation lighting displays, therapeutics and imaging, energy science, and green chemical synthesis. In this course we will briefly review fundamentals of inorganic chemistry (MO theory, ligand field theory, Pearson’s HSAB theory), and then delve into the structure, bonding, synthesis, reactivity, and mechanisms associated with organometallic complexes and their associated applications. Significant emphasis will be placed on effective oral and written communication skills, with frequent peer and instructor feedback provided. Prerequisites: CHEM 0360, CHEM 0500. PLEASE NOTE: This class is WRIT designated for Undergraduates Only. Graduate Students register for CHEM 2310.
    CHEM 2310 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Robinson
  • Physical Organic Chemistry

    This course examines methods for deteremining organic reaction mechanisms. Types of experiments introduced may include kinetics, free energy relationships, isotope effects, molecular orbital theory, spectroscopy, and product distribution analysis. Reactions typically covered inlcude pericyclic reactions, reactive intermediates, organometallic reactions, and substituion/addltion/elimination. The course makes extensive use of the primary literature, with a strong emphasis on the development of effective communication strategies. Completion of CHEM0500, and CHEM1140 is strongly recommended.
    CHEM 2410 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Basu
  • Organic Reactions

    Study of organic reactions and reaction mechanisms. Discussion and analysis of organic transformations. Topics can include arrow pushing strategies and synthetic methods.
    CHEM 2420 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Williard
  • Quantum Mechanics

    Semester I: Time independent quantum mechanics and its application to atomic and molecular problems. Discussions of modern theories of electronic structure, chemical bonding, and molecular spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 1140 or equivalent.
    CHEM 2770 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Weber
  • Departmental Colloquia

    Open to first year chemistry graduate students only.
    CHEM 2870 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Delaney
    CHEM 2870 C01
    Primary Instructor
    Delaney
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    CHEM 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Graduate Thesis Prep
  • Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    CHEM 2980 S01
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Wong
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Diebold
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Colvin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Hurt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Calo
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Kim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Hastings
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Rose-Petruck
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Salomon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Sello
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Seto
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Stratt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Sun
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Suuberg
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Palmore
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Weber
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Williard
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Zimmt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Delaney
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Shukla
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Mathiowitz
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Nurmikko
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S29
    Primary Instructor
    Huang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S30
    Primary Instructor
    Xian
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S31
    Primary Instructor
    Goldsmith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S32
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S33
    Primary Instructor
    Dennery
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S34
    Primary Instructor
    Robinson
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S35
    Primary Instructor
    Rubenstein
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. CHEM 2981 is mandatory S/NC.
    CHEM 2981 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Basu
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2981 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Zimmt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2981 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Delaney
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    CHEM 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Graduate Thesis Prep