Courses for Spring 2023

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.

  • Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure

    Explores the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, thermodynamics, solution equilibrium, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. To successfully register for this course , please include all three components: lecture, lab, and conference. Students who previously passed 0330 lab may be excused from repeating the lab portion of the course, please register for L11 as your lab section. Required background: CHEM 0100 or AP Chemistry 4 or CHEM Placement Test 8 or IBH Chemistry.
    CHEM 0330 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    CHEM 0330 C01
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0330 C02
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0330 C03
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    CHEM 0330 C04
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
  • Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure Lab

    Please see course description for CHEM 0330.
    CHEM 0330L L01
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L02
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
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    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L03
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
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    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L04
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
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    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L05
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
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    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L06
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
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    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L07
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
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    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L08
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
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    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L09
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
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    L: Lab
    CHEM 0330L L10
    Primary Instructor
    Blum
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    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
    Blum
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Equilibrium, Rate and Structure - Tutorial

    The CHEM 0332 tutorial program offers students the opportunity to master the concepts taught in the fall semester CHEM 0330: Equilibrium, Rate and Structure course by focusing on active problem solving. Students who struggle in the fall CHEM 0330 course may be invited to join the tutorial program. Students accepted into the tutorial program begin by reviewing compound and reaction stoichiometry at the beginning of the spring semester. Tutorial students enroll in CHEM 0332 during the spring semester to complete their studies of equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure and kinetics. Students in the CHEM 0332 tutorial program complete weekly problem sets during the spring semester and participate in two mandatory, regularly scheduled problem sessions during each week of the spring semester.
    To qualify for consideration, the student must be struggling in the midterm exams and on track to pass the laboratory. Accepted students receive a grade of incomplete for the Fall CHEM 0330 course. Upon successful completion of the CHEM 0332 tutorial program in the spring semester, the incomplete in Fall CHEM 0330 is replaced by the student’s tutorial program grade.
    CHEM 0332 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Morton
  • Organic Chemistry I

    Investigates the constitution and properties of organic compounds, with considerable attention to structural motifs, isomerism and chirality, acid/base chemistry, elementary reaction mechanisms (alkene/alkyne addition, nucleophilic substitutions, eliminations, etc.) and synthetic schemes. The laboratory work comprises microscale preparative and analytical techniques fundamental to the manipulation of representative organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 0330 Students must register for the main lecture section and one lab section. Students who previously passed the CHEM 0350 lab may be excused from repeating the lab portion of the course, please register for lab section L11 as your lab section.
    CHEM 0350 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Zimmt
    CHEM 0350 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Morton
  • Organic Chemistry I Lab

    Please see course description for CHEM 0350.
    CHEM 0350L L01
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0350L L02
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0350L L03
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0350L L04
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0350L L05
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0350L L06
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
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    L: Lab
    CHEM 0350L L07
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
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    L: Lab
    CHEM 0350L L08
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0350L L09
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0350L L10
    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
  • Biophysical and Bioinorganic Chemistry

    Examines aspects of physical and inorganic chemistry relevant to biochemistry: thermodynamics of hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions, electrically charged membranes, coordination chemistry, active and passive transport, enzyme kinetics and mechanisms, metal-based drugs, and physical methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 0360 and MATH 0100 or 0170. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 0040 or 0060.
    CHEM 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kim
  • 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. Prerequisite: CHEM 0360.
    CHEM 0500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lueckheide
  • Preparative Chemistry Lab

    This course is designed to develop advanced skills in chemical synthesis and analysis as preparation for work in a modern synthetic chemistry research environment. Students will perform synthesis of new chemical compounds using advanced techniques including air-free Schlenk and glovebox techniques, microwave synthesis, photocatalytic methods, and others. Students will also learn how to characterize their synthesized compounds using 2D NMR, ESI mass spectrometry, EPR spectroscopy, and other methods. The course consists of 1 hour of lecture per week discussing various techniques and applications and 4 hours of laboratory time. This course counts for 0.5 credits.
    CHEM 0600 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Williard
    CHEM 0600 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Williard
    CHEM 0600 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Lueckheide
  • 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
    Primary Instructor
    Morton
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Bai
    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
    Primary Instructor
    McDonald
    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
    CHEM 0980 S30
    Primary Instructor
    Sprague-Klein
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0980 S31
    Primary Instructor
    Kizer
    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
    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. Prerequisites: CHEM 1140 or permission of the instructor.
    CHEM 1160 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rose-Petruck
  • 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.
    CHEM 1230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Morin
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry

    Lectures cover topics of current interest in organic reaction mechanisms, synthesis, and structure determination. Prerequisite: CHEM 0360.
    CHEM 1450 S01
    Primary Instructor
    McDonald
  • 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.
  • 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
    Sprague-Klein
  • 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

    The second semester sequel of Quantum Mechanics covers many body systems and matter-radiation interactions. It starts with a discussion of the symmetry postulates of quantum mechanics, followed by applications to the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, including angular momenta, the nature of chemical bonds, the Born-Oppenheimer approximation and conical intersections as well as molecular vibrations. The semester closes out with a discussion of time-dependent perturbation theory and spectroscopy, including the quantum adiabatic theorem, as well as the theory of electron and x-ray scattering.
    Prerequisite: CHEM 2770.
    CHEM 2780 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Weber
  • Departmental Colloquia

    Open to first year chemistry graduate students only.
    CHEM 2870 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    CHEM 2870 C01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    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
    Primary Instructor
    McDonald
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Wong
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Rosenstein
    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
    Plavicki
    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
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    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
    CHEM 2980 S36
    Primary Instructor
    Bai
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S37
    Primary Instructor
    Sprague-Klein
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S38
    Primary Instructor
    Kizer
    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