Courses for Spring 2021

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.

  • Chemistry in Movies

    This first-year seminar will introduce topics of chemistry that appear in our daily life and/or in the movies. Each topic will be introduced in a movie scene, after which a lecture and in-class discussion will follow. Various topics come from the areas of physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry, as well as from biological sciences. Examples range from safety practices in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, applications of chemistry in spaces for survival featured in Apollo 13, to heavy metal toxicity shown in Erin Brockovich. Each week introduces a new movie and chemical topics associated with it. Enrollment limited to 19 first-year students.
    CHEM 0080G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kim
  • Introductory Chemistry

    Explores stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, solutions, gases, chemical reactions, equilibria, thermochemistry. S/NC.
    CHEM 0100 S01
    CHEM0100 is asynchronous lectures (S01) and two 80-minute conference sessions(C01,C02) per week Please register for S01 and C01/C02. The chemistry placement exam is available through the Secure Area of SelfService Banner: https://selfservice.brown.edu/ss/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage
    Primary Instructor
    Morton
    CHEM 0100 C01
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0100 C02
    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
    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.
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Organic Chemistry

    Sequel to CHEM 0330. Investigates the constitution and properties of the different classes of organic compounds, with considerable attention to reaction mechanisms. The laboratory work involves an introduction to microscale preparative and analytical techniques of organic chemistry and the preparation of representative organic compounds. Three hours of lecture and five hours of prelaboratory and laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 0330.
    Students MUST register for a common meeting, a lecture section, and a lab.
    If you previously completed CHEM 0350 laboratory but received a grade of no credit in the course, please register for lab section 11.
    CHEM 0350 M01
    Schedule Code
    M: Common Meeting
    CHEM 0350 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Zimmt
    CHEM 0350 C01
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0350 C02
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0350 C03
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0350 C04
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0350 C05
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0350 C06
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
  • Organic Chemistry Lab

    Please see course description for CHEM 0350.
    CHEM 0350L L01
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0350L L11
    This section is reserved for students who have previously received a score of 70 or higher in CHEM 0350L lab.
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Inorganic Chemistry

    Examines the chemistry of main group and transition metal elements with treatment of covalent bonding and molecular structure along with the methods of studying inorganic compounds and reactions. Three hours of lecture and five hours of prelaboratory and laboratory attendance. Prerequisite: CHEM 0360.
    Students MUST register for a lecture section and a lab.
    CHEM 0500 S01
    L05 will be a remote lab, please register for that section if you will not attend an in person lab.
    Primary Instructor
    Robinson
    CHEM 0500 L01
    L05 will be a remote lab, please register for that section if you will not attend an in person lab.
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0500 L02
    L05 will be a remote lab, please register for that section if you will not attend an in person lab.
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0500 L03
    L05 will be a remote lab, please register for that section if you will not attend an in person lab.
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0500 L04
    L05 will be a remote lab, please register for that section if you will not attend an in person lab.
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0500 L05
    L05 will be a remote lab, please register for this section if you will not attend an in person lab.
    Primary Instructor
    Victor
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Undergraduate Research

    See Undergraduate Research (CHEM 0970) for course description. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    CHEM 0980 S02
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Diebold
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Colvin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Hurt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Kim
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Shukla
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Rose-Petruck
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Xian
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S13
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Peterson
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Stratt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Sun
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Weber
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Williard
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Zimmt
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S23
    WRIT
    Primary Instructor
    Delaney
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Robinson
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Salomon
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Palmore
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Rubenstein
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 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
  • Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

    Examines the question: Where does chemical equilibrium come from? Focuses on macroscopic perspectives on chemical systems and the molecular origins of macroscopic behavior along with elements of statistical mechanics, the laws of thermodynamics, and the relationships between the two. Prerequisite: CHEM 1140 or written permission of the instructor.
    CHEM 1150 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Stratt
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory

    An introduction to modern instrumentation and experimental techniques as applied to physical chemistry. Experiments will emphasize application of the ideas of spectroscopy, kinetics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics to systems of chemical and biochemical interest. Required course for concentrators in chemistry. One to two afternoons of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 1140 or permission of the instructor.
    CHEM 1160 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Diebold
  • Chemical Biology

    This course covers topics at the interface of chemistry and biology and, specifically, the use of chemical tools to probe biological systems. Using examples from the recent literature, we will discuss using the central methods of chemistry, namely the ability to design and synthesize compounds with a particular set of properties, to analyze biological problems. Specific topics include molecular recognition of DNA, artificial enzymes, small molecule sensors, and in vivo imaging of proteins, nucleic acids, and cell-surface carbohydrates. Prerequisites: CHEM 0360 and BIOL 0280. If enrollment exceeds the limit, permission to enroll will be allotted in the order: 1) first year graduate students, 2) senior concentrators in Chemistry or Biochemistry 3) junior concentrators 4) other students. Students who have registered or have permission to enroll must attend the first three classes or risk losing their places to someone on the waiting list.
    CHEM 1230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Delaney
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry

    Lectures cover topics of current interest in organic reaction mechanisms, synthesis, and structure determination. Laboratory emphasizes spectroscopic and separation techniques and modern synthetic methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 0360. Students MUST register for a lecture section, conference and a lab.
    CHEM 1450 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Basu
    CHEM 1450 C01
    Primary Instructor
    Basu
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 1450 L01
    Primary Instructor
    Basu
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

    These special topics courses cover the basics of modern NMR spectroscopy. Topics to be included are as follows: modern Fourier transform methodology, modern NMR instrumentation, and a comprehensive discussion of one and two dimensional experiments that are routinely performed. Topics such as coherence transfer and pulsed field gradients will also be included. Experimental methods covered in detail include COSY, TOCSY, HSQC, HMBC, NOSEY, ROSEY, EXSY and DOSY methodology. This course will not focus on structure determination or spectral interpretation but rather on experimental methodology.
  • Topics in Bioinorganic Chemistry

    Covers current topics of bioinorganic chemistry with review of fundamental inorganic and biological chemistry. Topics include metal ion transport and storage, oxygen metabolism, electron transfer, respiration and photosynthesis, metal ion receptors and signaling, hydrolytic chemistry, metallo-neurochemistry, and medicinal bioinorganic chemistry. Students are strongly urged to complete both CHEM 0500 and CHEM 0360 prior to this special topics course.
    CHEM 1560J S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kim
  • Accelerating Chemical Discovery

    For centuries, chemists have relied upon chemical intuition to guide their chemical discovery. However, with the advent of high-throughput synthesis and characterization techniques and spectroscopies that produce TBs of images, chemists are now being inundated with data. This course will equip you with the tools of data science and computational chemistry so that you can fully leverage your data for discovery. It consists of four key modules: Intro to Data Science, Chemical Discovery (RDKit, chemical databases, and machine learning), Modern Spectroscopy (image recognition and computational chemistry), and Atomistic Simulation (computational catalysis and molecular dynamics simulations) that will challenge you to solve practical chemistry problems via data science and/or simulation. While previous computing knowledge will be an advantage, it will not be required. Recommended prerequisites: CHEM0330/0350/0360, PHYS0030/0040, MATH0100. CHEM1140/1150/2770/2780/2020 would be beneficial, but are not required.
    CHEM 1560Q S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rubenstein
  • Statistical Mechanics

    Introduction to modern equilibrium statistical mechanics, including the classical and quantum descriptions of ideal gases, the molecular basis of thermodynamics, the concepts of ensembles and fluctuations, and the implications of quantum mechanical indistinguishability. Applications include chemical and phase equilibria, the transition-state theory of chemical reaction rates, and the theory of liquids.
    CHEM 2020 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rose-Petruck
  • Solid State Chemistry

    This course focuses on descriptive understanding of structures and properties of inorganic materials. It covers symmetry operations in crystals, crystal structure, physical properties of inorganic materials, materials phase diagram and preparation, and solid state electrochemistry for battery, fuel cell and supercapacitor applications. Prerequisites: CHEM 0500 and 1060 or equivalents or written permission. Recommended for seniors and first-year graduate students.
    CHEM 2320 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sun
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry

    Methods, strategies, and mechanisms. Topics may include the chemistry of anions, cations, and radicals, concerted reactions, conformational analysis, and stereochemistry.
    CHEM 2430 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Xian
  • Quantum Mechanics

    Semester II: The semester will start with a discussion of the spin and the symmetry postulates of quantum mechanics, followed by applications to the electronic structure of atoms and molecules. Topics include composite angular momenta, the nature of chemical bonds, conical intersections and time-dependent problems including the nature of optical transitions. If time permits, elements of scattering theory will be discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 2770.
    CHEM 2780 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Weber
  • Departmental Colloquia

    Open to first year chemistry graduate students only.
    CHEM 2870 C01
    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