Courses for Fall 2018

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
    Primary Instructor
    Colvin
    CHEM 0100 C01
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    CHEM 0100 C02
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    CHEM 0100 C03
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    CHEM 0100 C04
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    CHEM 0100 C05
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    CHEM 0100 C06
    Schedule Code
    C: 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 C01
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
    CHEM 0330 C02
    Schedule Code
    C: 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 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
    Primary Instructor
    Zimmt
  • Organic Chemistry Lab

    Please see course description for CHEM 0360.
    CHEM 0360L L01
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0360L L02
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0360L L03
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0360L L04
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0360L L05
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0360L L06
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0360L L07
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0360L L08
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0360L L09
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    CHEM 0360L L10
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    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.
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    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
    WRIT
    Primary Instructor
    Basu
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Cane
    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
    Bernskoetter
    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
    Seto
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Sello
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 0970 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

    Detailed examination of organic reaction mechanisms, reactive intermediates, and the methods employed for their characterization (e.g., kinetics, free energy relationships, isotope effects, molecular orbital theory, spectroscopy, and product distributions). Topics may include concerted, free radical, elimination, and photochemical reactions, and the chemistry of radicals, carbocations, carbanions, and carbenes.
  • 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 C01
    Schedule Code
    C: Conference
  • 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.
  • Departmental Colloquia

    Open to first year chemistry graduate students only.
    CHEM 2870 C01
    Schedule Code
    C: 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: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist 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
    Basu
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Hess
    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
    Bernskoetter
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CHEM 2980 S27
    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
    Koski
    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
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    CHEM 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep