skip to main content

CHCHE Courses (2023-24)

Show Filters
Ch 1 ab
General Chemistry
a is 6 units (3-0-3) first term; b is 9 units (4-0-5) second term  | first, second terms
First term: An introduction to general chemistry concepts with a focus on structure and bonding. Concepts will be tied to fundamental principles related to energy sustainability. Descriptions of atoms, both the physical and electronic structure with an introduction to quantum mechanics; chemical bonding models building up from molecules to extended solids; periodic trends; electrochemistry; and descriptions of states of matter. Second Term: A continuation of introduction to general chemistry concepts with a focus on chemical reactivity, and properties of complex chemical systems. Concepts related to energy, sustainability and human health will be the focus of the course with coverage of chemical thermodynamics; kinetics; non-covalent interactions; structure and bonding of organic molecules. Grade pass/fail.
Instructors: See (a), Nelson (b)
Ch 3 a
Fundamental Techniques of Experimental Chemistry
6 units (1-3-2)  | first, second, third terms

Introduces the basic principles and techniques of synthesis and analysis and develops the laboratory skills and precision that are fundamental to experimental chemistry. Limited enrollment. Students entering in the academic year 2020 and before must take Ch 3 in their first nine terms of residence in order to be graded pass/fail. First-year undergraduate students entering in the academic year 2021 and thereafter must take Ch 3 in their first six terms of residence in order to be graded pass/fail. Ch 3 a and Ch 3 x both satisfy the institute's Core requirement for a Chemistry Laboratory.

Instructor: Mendez
Ch 3 x
Experimental Methods in Solar Energy Conversion
6 units (1-3-2)  | first, second, third terms

Introduces concepts and laboratory methods in chemistry and materials science centered on the theme of solar energy conversion and storage. Students will perform experiments involving optical spectroscopy, electrochemistry, laser spectroscopy, photochemistry, and photoelectrochemistry, culminating in the construction and testing of dye-sensitized solar cells. Students entering in the academic year 2020 and before must take Ch 3 in their first nine terms of residence in order to be graded pass/fail. First-year undergraduate students entering in the academic year 2021 and thereafter must take Ch 3 in their first six terms of residence in order to be graded pass/fail. Ch 3 a and Ch 3 x both satisfy the institute's Core requirement for a Chemistry Laboratory.

Instructor: Mendez
Ch 4 ab
Synthesis and Analysis of Organic and Inorganic Compounds
9 units (1-6-2)  | second, third terms
Prerequisites: Ch 1 (or the equivalent) and Ch 3 a or Ch 3 x. Ch 4 a is a prerequisite for Ch 4 b. Previous or concurrent enrollment in Ch 41 is strongly recommended.

Introduction to methods of synthesis, separation, purification, and characterization used routinely in chemical research laboratories. Ch 4 a focuses on the synthesis and analysis of organic molecules; Ch 4 b focuses on the synthesis and analysis of inorganic and organometallic molecules. Ch 4 a, second term; Ch 4 b, third term.

Instructor: Mendez
Ch 5 ab
Advanced Techniques of Synthesis and Analysis
a 12 units (1-9-2); b 12 units (1-9-2)  | first term
Prerequisites: Ch 4 ab. Ch 102 strongly recommended for Ch 5 b.

Modern synthetic chemistry. Specific experiments may change from year to year. Ch 5 a focuses on experiments illustrating the multistep syntheses of natural products. Ch 5 b focuses on the synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of coordination and organometallic complexes and their applications in organic and electrochemical catalysis. Methodology will include advanced techniques of synthesis and instrumental characterization. Terms may be taken independently. Part a not offered 2023-24.

Instructor: Agapie (b)
Ch 6
Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory
9 units (1-5-3)  | first term
Prerequisites: Ch 1, Ch 4 a, and Ch 21 or equivalents (may be taken concurrently).

Introduction to modern physical methods in chemistry and biology. Techniques include laser spectroscopy, microwave spectroscopy, electron spin resonance, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, FT-IR, fluorescence, scanning probe microscopies, and UHV surface methods.

Instructor: Okumura
Ch 7
Advanced Experimental Methods in Bioorganic Chemistry
9 units (1-6-2)  | third term
Prerequisites: Ch 41 abc, Ch/Bi 110 ab, and Ch 4 a or instructor's permission.
This advanced laboratory course will provide experience in powerful contemporary methods used in chemical biology, including polypeptide synthesis and selective labeling and imaging of glycoproteins in cells. Experiments will address amino acid protecting group strategies, biopolymer assembly and isolation, and product characterization. A strong emphasis will be placed on understanding the chemical basis underlying the successful utilization of these procedures. In addition, experiments to demonstrate the application of commercially available enzymes for useful synthetic organic transformations will be illustrated. Students need only attend two lab sections per week.
Instructor: Hsieh-Wilson
Ch 8
Procedures of Synthetic Chemistry for Premedical Students
9 units (1-6-2)  | first term
Prerequisites: Ch 1 ab, and Ch 3 a or Ch 3 x. Previous or concurrent enrollment in Ch 41 is strongly recommended.

Introduction to methods of extraction, synthesis, separation and purification, and spectroscopic characterization of Aspirin, Tylenol, and medical test strips. Open to non-premedical students, as space allows.

Instructor: Mendez
Ch/ChE 9
Chemical Synthesis and Characterization for Chemical Engineering
9 units (1-6-2)  | third term
Prerequisites: Ch 1 ab and Ch 3 a or Ch 3 x. Previous or concurrent enrollment in Ch 41 is strongly recommended.
Instruction in synthesis, separation, purification, and physical and spectroscopic characterization procedures of model organic compounds. Specifically looking into dye synthesis, methods of isomer identification, and properties of biodiesel. Enrollment priority given to chemical engineering majors.
Instructor: Mendez
Ch 10 abc
Frontiers in Chemistry
1 unit (1-0-0) first, second terms; 6 units (1-4-1) third term.  | first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: Open for credit to first-year students and sophomores. Ch 10 c prerequisites are Ch 10 ab, Ch 3 a or Ch 3 x, and either Ch 1 ab, Ch 41 ab, or Ch 21 ab, and instructor’s permission.

Ch 10 ab is a weekly seminar by a member of the chemistry department on a topic of current research; the topic will be presented at an informal, introductory level. Ch 10 c is a research-oriented laboratory course, which will be supervised by a chemistry faculty member. Weekly class meetings will provide a forum for participants to discuss their research projects. Graded pass/fail.

Instructor: Hoelz
ChE 10
Introduction to Chemical Engineering
1 unit (1-0-0)  | first term

This course will introduce the Chemical Engineering discipline, career options and research opportunities through lectures and panel discussions by faculty and alumni. Graded pass/fail.

Instructor: Shapiro
Ch 11
Biochemistry Laboratory
9 units (1-5-3)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch/Bi 110 ab, Bi 8, or with permission of instructor.

The course will focus on techniques used in modern biochemistry laboratories. Students will learn how to express recombinant proteins in bacteria and purify them with various chromatography techniques. Purified proteins will be characterized by various in vitro assays.

Instructors: Hoelz, Chong
Ch 14
Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term

Develops the basic principles of chemical equilibrium in aqueous solutions, emphasizing acid-base chemistry, complex ion formation, chelation, solubility, oxidation-reduction reactions, and partitioning equilibria for separations.

Instructor: Rees
Ch 15
Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis Laboratory
10 units (0-6-4)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch 1 ab, Ch 3 a or Ch 3 x, Ch 14, or instructor's permission.

Laboratory experiments are used to illustrate modern instrumental techniques that are currently employed in industrial and academic research. Emphasis is on determinations of chemical composition, measurement of equilibrium constants, evaluation of rates of chemical reactions, and trace-metal analysis.

Instructor: Virgil
ChE 15
Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computation
9 units (1-4-4)  | second term

Introduction to the solution of engineering problems through the use of the computer. Elementary programming in Python is taught, and applied to solving chemical engineering problems in data analysis, process simulation, and optimization. No previous knowledge of computer programming is assumed.

Instructor: Flagan
Ch 21 abc
Physical Chemistry
9 units (3-0-6)  | first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: Ch 1 ab, Ph 2 a or Ph 12 a, Ma 2; Ma 3 is recommended. (Ph 2 a or 12 a and Ma 2 can be taken concurrently.).

Atomic and molecular quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, chemical dynamics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics.

Instructors: Chan (a), Wei (b), Okumura/Blake (c)
Ch 25
Introduction to Biophysical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
9 units (3-0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch 1 ab, Ph 2 a or Ph 12 a, Ma 2; Ch 21 a recommended.

Develops the basic principles of solution thermodynamics, transport processes, and reaction kinetics, with emphasis on biochemical and biophysical applications. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 41 abc
Organic Chemistry
9 units (4-0-5)  | first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: Ch 1 ab or instructor's permission.

The synthesis, structure, and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds.

Instructors: Robb (a), Hsieh-Wilson (b), Reisman (c)
ChE 62
Separation Processes
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: ChE 15 and Ma 2.

Equilibrium staged separations. Membrane separations. Absorption. Distillation. Liquid-liquid extraction. Introduction to mass transfer.

Instructor: Dingilian
ChE 63 ab
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
9 units (3-0-6)  | first, second terms
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing required.

A comprehensive treatment of classical thermodynamics with engineering and chemical applications. First and second laws. Applications to closed and open systems. Equations of state. Thermochemical calculations. Properties of real fluids. Power generation and refrigeration cycles. Multicomponent systems, excess properties, fugacities, activity coefficients, and models of nonideal solutions. Chemical potential. Phase and chemical reaction equilibria.

Instructors: Flagan (a), Ismagilov (b)
ChE 70
Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
Units by arrangement  | terms to be arranged
Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

Special problems or courses arranged to meet the emerging needs of undergraduate students. Topics have included AIChE's annual Chem-E-Car Competition. May be repeated for credit, as content may vary. Grading scheme at instructor's discretion.

Ch 80
Chemical Research
Units in accordance with work accomplished 

Offered to B.S. candidates in chemistry. Units in accordance with work accomplished. Prerequisite: consent of research supervisor. Experimental and theoretical research requiring a report containing an appropriate description of the research work.

ChE 80
Undergraduate Research
Units by arrangement, instructor's permission required 

Research in chemical engineering offered as an elective in any term. Graded pass/fail.

Instructor: Staff
Ch 81
Independent Reading in Chemistry
Units by arrangement 
Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

Occasional advanced work involving reading assignments and a report on special topics. No more than 12 units in Ch 81 may be used as electives in the chemistry option.

Ch 82
Senior Thesis Research
9 units  | first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: Instructor's permission.

Three terms of Ch 82 are to be completed during the junior and/or senior year of study. At the end of the third term, students enrolled in Ch 82 will present a thesis of approximately 20 pages (excluding figures and references) to the mentor and the Chemistry Curriculum and Undergraduate Studies Committee. The thesis must be approved by both the research mentor and the CUSC. An oral thesis defense will be arranged by the CUSC in the third term for all enrollees. The first two terms of Ch 82 will be taken on a pass/fail basis, and the third term will carry a letter grade.

Instructors: Agapie, staff
Ch 90
Oral Presentation
3 units (2-0-1)  | second term

Training in the techniques of oral presentation of chemical and biochemical topics. Practice in the effective organization and delivery of technical reports before groups. Strong oral presentation is an essential skill for successful job interviews and career advancement. Graded pass/fail. Class size limited to 12 students.

Instructor: Bikle
ChE 90 abc
Undergraduate Thesis
9 units (0-4-5)  | terms to be arranged
A research project carried out under the mentorship of an approved faculty member. Before the beginning of the first term of the thesis, students must submit a proposal - with project details and significant design component clearly defined - for review and approval by the thesis mentor and chemical engineering Undergrad Option Rep. In addition, students must submit the following to the thesis mentor and chemical engineering senior thesis coordinator: a midterm progress report in each term; end-of-term progress reports at the end of the first two terms; and a thesis draft in the third term. A grade will not be assigned prior to completion of the thesis, which normally takes three terms. A P grade will be given for the first two terms and then changed to the appropriate letter grade at the end of the course.
Ch/ChE 91
Scientific Writing
3 units (2-0-1)  | first, second, third terms

Training in the writing of scientific research papers for chemists and chemical engineers. Fulfills the Institute scientific writing requirement.

Instructors: Parker, Weitekamp
Ch 101
Chemistry Tutorials
3 units (1-0-2)  | third term

Small group study and discussion on special areas of chemistry, chemical engineering, molecular biology, or biophysics. Instructors drawn from advanced graduate students and postdoctoral staff will lead weekly tutorial sessions and assign short homework assignments, readings, or discussions. Tutorials to be arranged with instructors before registration.

Instructor: Staff
ChE 101
Chemical Reaction Engineering
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: ChE 62, ChE 63 ab, ChE 103 a or instructor's permission.

Elements of chemical kinetics and chemically reacting systems. Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Chemical reactor analysis.

Instructor: Demirer
Ch 102
Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
9 units (4-0-5)  | third term
Prerequisites: Ch 41 ab.

Structure and bonding of inorganic species with special emphasis on symmetry, spectroscopy, oxidation-reduction reactions, organometallic, and solid-state chemistry.

Instructor: Hadt
ChE 103 abc
Transport Phenomena
9 units (3-0-6)  | first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: ACM 95/100 ab or concurrent registration; ChE 101 required for ChE 103 c or instructor's permission.

A rigorous development of the basic differential equations of conservation of momentum, energy, and mass in fluid systems. Solution of problems involving fluid flow, heat transfer, and mass transfer.

Instructors: Kornfield (a), Shapiro (b), Manthiram (c)
Ch 104
Intermediate Organic Chemistry
9 units (4-0-5)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch 41 abc.

A survey of selected topics beyond introductory organic chemistry, including reaction mechanisms and catalysis.

Instructor: Fu
ChE 105
Dynamics and Control of Chemical Systems
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term
Prerequisites: ACM 95 ab or concurrent registration, or instructor's permission.
An introduction to analysis and design of feedback control systems in the time and frequency domain, with an emphasis on state space methods, robustness, and design tradeoffs. Linear input/output systems, including input/output response via convolution, reachability, and observability. State feedback methods, including eigenvalue placement, linear quadratic regulators, and model predictive control. Output feedback including estimators and two-degree of freedom design. Input/output modeling via transfer functions and frequency domain analysis of performance and robustness, including the use of Bode and Nyquist plots. Robustness, tradeoffs and fundamental limits, including the effects of external disturbances and unmodeled dynamics, sensitivity functions, and the Bode integral formula.
Instructor: Murray
ChE/Ch/Bi/SEC 107
Social Media for Scientists
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term

An introduction to the use of social media for scientific communication. Social media platforms are discussed in the context of their use to professionally engage scientific communities and general audiences. Topics will include ethics, privacy, reputation management, ownership and the law, and will focus on the use and impact of social media for personal and professional career development. Lectures will include presentations by invited experts in various specialties, a number of whom will have worldwide recognition. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch/Bi 110 ab
Introduction to Biochemistry
12 units (4-0-8)  | first, second terms
Prerequisites: Ch 41 abc or instructor's permission.

Lectures and recitation introducing the molecular basis of life processes. In the first term, topics will include the structure and chemical properties of biological macromolecules, molecular biology methods, and biological catalysis. The second term will cover an overview of metabolism and the biochemistry behind the transmission of genetic information.

Instructors: Clemons (a), Rees (b)
Ch/Bi 111
Biochemistry of Gene Expression
12 units (4-0-8)  | third term
Prerequisites: Ch/Bi 110 ab; Bi 8 and Bi 122 recommended.

Lectures and recitation on the molecular basis of biological structure and function. Emphasizes the storage, transmission, and expression of genetic information in cells. Specific topics include DNA replication, recombination, repair and mutagenesis, transcription, RNA processing, and chromatin structure.

Instructors: Parker, Semlow
Sustainable Engineering
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: (ChE 62 and ChE 63 ab) or (ME 11 abc) or (Ph 2 c and MS 115) or Instructor's permission.

Examines the Earth's resources including fresh water, nitrogen, carbon and other biogeochemical cycles that impose planetary constraints on engineering; systems approaches to sustainable development goals; fossil fuel formation, chemical composition, production and use; engineering challenges and opportunities in decarbonizing energy, transportation and industry; global flows of critical elements used in zero-carbon energy systems; food-water-energy nexus; analysis of regional and local systems to model effects of human activities on air, water and soil.

Instructor: Kornfield
Ch 112
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
9 units (3-0-6)  | first term
Prerequisites: Ch 102 or instructor's permission.

Introduction to group theory, ligand field theory, and bonding in coordination complexes and organotransition metal compounds. Systematics of bonding, reactivity, and spectroscopy of commonly encountered classes of transition metal compounds.

Instructor: Agapie
ChE/BE/MedE 112
Creativity and Technological Innovation with Microfluidic Systems
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term

This course combines three parts. First, it will cover fundamental aspects of kinetics, mass-transport, and fluid physics that are relevant to microfluidic systems. Second, it will provide an understanding of how new technologies are invented and reduced to practice. Finally, students in the course will work together to design microfluidic systems that address challenges in Global Health, with an emphasis on students' inventive contributions and creativity. Students will be encouraged and helped, but not required, to develop their inventions further by working with OTT and entrepreneurial resources on campus. Participants in this course benefit from enrollment of students with diverse backgrounds and interests. For chemical engineers, suggested but not required courses are ChE 101 (Chemical Reaction Engineering) and ChE 103 abc (Transport Phenomena). Students are encouraged to contact the instructor to discuss enrollment.

Instructor: Ismagilov
ChE 114
Solid State NMR Spectroscopy For Materials Chemistry
9 units (3-3-3)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch 21 abc or instructor's permission.

Principles and applications of solid state NMR spectroscopy will be addressed with focus on structure and dynamics characterization of organic and inorganic solids. NMR characterization methods in the areas of heterogeneous catalysts, batteries, energy storage materials, etc. will be reviewed. More specific topics include NMR methods in solid state such as magic angle spinning (MAS), cross-polarization (CP), NMR of quadrupole nuclei, multiple pulse and multi-dimensional solid state NMR experiments, dynamics NMR. Hands-on experience will be provided via separate laboratory sessions using solid NMR spectrometers at Caltech Solid State NMR facility.

Instructor: Hwang
ChE 115
Electronic Materials Processing
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term
Prerequisites: ChE 63 ab, ChE 103 abc, ChE 101, or instructor's permission.

Introduction into the gas-phase processing techniques used in the fabrication of electronic materials and devices. Kinetic theory of gases. Surface chemistry and gas-surface interaction dynamics. Film deposition techniques: physical and chemical vapor deposition, atomic layer epitaxy, liquid-phase epitaxy, molecular beam epitaxy. Introduction into plasmas and their role in patterned etching and layer deposition. Charging damage during plasma processing. Determination of key parameters that control the ion energy and flux to the wafer surface. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 117
Introduction to Electrochemistry
9 units (3-0-6) 

Discussion of the fundamentals and applications of electrochemistry with an emphasis on the structure of electrode-electrolyte interfaces, mechanisms by which charge is transferred across it, kinetics of mass transfer to the interface, experimental techniques used to study electrode reactions, and application of electrochemical techniques to study materials chemistry. Topics may vary but usually include electrochemical thermodynamics, potential step waveforms, the electrical double layer, charge transfer kinetics, mass transfer kinetics, voltammetry, chronocoulometry, EIS, and RDE. Not offered 2023-24.

ChE 118
Introduction to the Design of Chemical Systems
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: ChE 126, or instructor's permission.
Student groups complete high-level design of a chemical process or product, while learning about and using the engineering design cycle, methods of creativity, technology evaluation, and entrepreneurship. Each team generates, filters, and refines project concepts; identifies stakeholders, needs, and requirements; ideates and evaluates technologies, selecting suitable options based on readiness, benefits, and strategy; develops a project budget and schedule for a proof of concept; and writes a proposal. Each project must meet requirements for societal impact, budget, duration, person hours, environmental impact, safety, and ethics.
Instructor: Vicic
Ch 120 ab
Nature of the Chemical Bond
Ch 120 a: 9 units (3-0-6), second term; Ch 120 b: (1-1-7), third term  | second, third terms
Prerequisites: general exposure to quantum mechanics (e.g., Ch 21 a).

Modern ideas of chemical bonding, with an emphasis on qualitative concepts useful for predictions of structures, energetics, excited states, and properties. Part a: The quantum mechanical basis for understanding bonding, structures, energetics, and properties of materials (polymers, ceramics, metals alloys, semiconductors, and surfaces), including transition metal and organometallic systems with a focus on chemical reactivity. The emphasis is on explaining chemical, mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties of materials in terms of atomistic concepts. Part b: The student does an individual research project using modern quantum chemistry computer programs to calculate wavefunctions, structures, and properties of real molecules.

Instructor: Goddard
ChE 120
Optimal Design of Chemical Systems
9 units (0-6-3)  | third term
Prerequisites: ChE 126, or instructor's permission.
After selecting a project from a collection of proposals, student groups design, build, and test a proof of concept for the proposed chemical process or product, subject to schedule, financial, and other constraints. Students are encouraged and helped, but not required, to collaborate with on-campus subject-matter experts, laboratories/centers, and OTT/entrepreneurial resources.
Instructor: Vicic
Ch 121 ab
Atomic-Level Simulations of Materials and Molecules
Ch 121 a: 9 units (3-0-6) third term; Ch 121 b (1-1-7) first term  | third, first terms
Prerequisites: Ch 21 a or Ch 125 a.

Application of Atomistic-based methods [Quantum Mechanics (QM) and Molecular Dynamics (MD)] for predicting the structures and properties of molecules and solids and simulating the dynamical properties. This course emphasizes hands-on use of modern commercial software (such as Jaguar for QM, VASP for periodic QM, and LAMMPS for MD) for practical applications and is aimed at experimentalists and theorists interested in understanding structures, properties, and dynamics in such areas as biological systems (proteins, DNA, carbohydrates, lipids); polymers (crystals, amorphous systems, co-polymers); semiconductors (group IV, III-V, surfaces, defects); inorganic systems (ceramics, zeolites, superconductors, and metals); organo-metallics, and catalysis (heterogeneous, homogeneous, and electrocatalysis). Ch 121 a covers the basic methods with hands-on applications to systems of interest using modern software. The homework for the first 5 weeks emphasizes computer-based solutions. For the second 5 weeks of the homework each student proposes a short research project and uses atomistic simulations to solve it. Ch 121 b each student selects a more extensive research project and uses atomistic simulations to solve it.

Instructor: Goddard
Ch 122
Structure Determination by X-ray Crystallography
9 units (3-0-6)  | first term
Prerequisites: Ch 21 abc or instructor's permission.

This course provides an introduction to small molecule X-ray crystallography. Topics include symmetry, space groups, diffraction by crystals, the direct and reciprocal lattice, Patterson and direct methods for phase determination, and structure refinement. It will cover both theoretical and applied concepts and include hands-on experience in data collection, structure solution and structure refinement.

Instructor: Takase
Ch 125 ab
The Elements of Quantum Chemistry
9 units (3-0-6)  | first, second terms
Prerequisites: Ch 21 abc or an equivalent brief introduction to quantum mechanics.

A treatment of quantum mechanics with application to molecular and material systems. The basic elements of quantum mechanics, the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, the interactions of radiation fields and matter, and time dependent techniques relevant to spectroscopy will be covered. The course sequence prepares students for Ch 225 and 226. Part b cancelled for 2023-24.

Instructors: Cushing (a), Weitekamp (b)
Ch 126
Molecular Spectroscopy
(3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch 21 and Ch 125a taken concurrently, or instructor's permission.
Quantum mechanical foundations of the spectroscopy of molecules. Topics include the theory of radiation-matter interactions, applications of group theory to spectroscopy, angular momentum, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, rotational spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, electronic spectroscopy, and photoelectron spectroscopy.
Instructor: Winkler
ChE 126
Chemical Engineering Laboratory
9 units (1-6-2)  | first term
Prerequisites: ChE 63 ab, ChE 101, ChE 103 abc, ChE 105, or instructor's permission.
In this capstone course, students design, build, and test a proof of concept for a chemical process or product, subject to constraints related to finances, schedule, environmental impact, safety, and ethics. Students learn about and use methods of creativity, the engineering design cycle, and rapid prototyping.
Instructor: Vicic
Ge/Ch 127
Nuclear Chemistry
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term
Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

A survey course in the properties of nuclei, and in atomic phenomena associated with nuclear-particle detection. Topics include rates of production and decay of radioactive nuclei; interaction of radiation with matter; nuclear masses, shapes, spins, and moments; modes of radioactive decay; nuclear fission and energy generation. Given in alternate years; not offered 2023-24.

Instructor: Burnett
ChE 128
Chemical Engineering Design Laboratory
9 units (1-6-2)  | second term
Prerequisites: ChE 63 ab, ChE 101, ChE 103 abc, ChE 105 or instructor's permission.
Short-term, open-ended research projects targeting chemical processes and materials. Each student is required to design, construct, and troubleshoot their own process, then use chemical engineering principles to experimentally evaluate and optimize process metrics or material attributes. Where possible, cost analysis is performed.
Instructors: Giapis, Vicic
Ge/Ch 128
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: instructor's permission.

Examination of the chemistry of the interstellar medium, of protostellar nebulae, and of primitive solar-system objects with a view toward establishing the relationship of the chemical evolution of atoms in the interstellar radiation field to complex molecules and aggregates in the early solar system that may contribute to habitability. Emphasis will be placed on identifying the physical conditions in various objects, timescales for physical and chemical change, chemical processes leading to change, observational constraints, and various models that attempt to describe the chemical state and history of cosmological objects in general and the early solar system in particular. Given in alternate years; offered 2023-24.

Instructor: Blake
Ch/BMB 129
Introduction to Biophotonics
9 units (3-0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch 21 abc and Ch 125 recommended.

This course will cover basic optics and introduce modern optical spectroscopy principles and microscopy techniques. Topics include molecular spectroscopy, linear and nonlinear florescence microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, coherent microscopy, single-molecule spectroscopy, and super-resolution imaging. Not offered 2023-24.

ChE 130
Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory
9 units (0-6-3)  | third term
Prerequisites: BE/ChE 163 or instructor's permission.
Design, construction, and characterization of engineered biological systems. Students propose and execute research projects in biomolecular engineering and synthetic biology, emphasizing projects that apply rational or library-based design strategies to the control of system behavior.
Instructors: Demirer, Vicic.
Ch 135
Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term
Prerequisites: Ch 21 abc and Ch 41 abc, and Ch 125 a or equivalent, or instructor's permission.
Physical description and computations of chemical reactions and photochemistry with applications in air pollution, planetary atmospheres and condensed phases. Topics include: kinetic modeling, time-dependent quantum mechanics, rate constants, transition state theory intermolecular potentials, classical two-body elastic scattering, reactive scattering, nonadiabatic processes, statistical theories of unimolecular reactions, photochemistry, laser and molecular beam methods, theory of electron transfer, solvent effects, condensed phase dynamics, surface reactions, isotope effects.
Instructor: Okumura
Ch/ChE 140 ab
Principles and Applications of Semiconductor Photoelectrochemistry
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: APh/EE 9 ab or instructor's permission.

The properties and photoelectrochemistry of semiconductors and semiconductor/liquid junction solar cells will be discussed. Topics include optical and electronic properties of semiconductors; electronic properties of semiconductor junctions with metals, liquids, and other semiconductors, in the dark and under illumination, with emphasis on semiconductor/liquid junctions in aqueous and nonaqueous media. Problems currently facing semiconductor/liquid junctions and practical applications of these systems will be highlighted. Part a not offered 2023-24.

Instructor: Lewis (b)
ChE 141
Data Science for Chemical Systems
9 units (2-1-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch 41b.
Through lectures, in-class activities, and problem sets, students learn and use methods in data science to execute a project focused on a Quantitative Structure Property Relationship (QSPR). Students complete a typical research-based data science pipeline, including project definition, metric evaluation, data collection, data cleaning, exploratory data analysis, model selection, visualization, and reporting. During data cleaning and exploratory data analysis, students learn key concepts about univariate and multivariate statistics. Throughout the project, students learn about bias and fairness, the reproducibility crisis, statistical paradoxes, and more. Python is the programming language of instruction.
Instructor: Vicic
ChE 142
Challenges in Data Science for Chemical Systems
9 units (1-0-8)  | third term
Prerequisites: ChE 141.

Student groups complete a one-term, data-science project that addresses an instructor-approved chemical engineering challenge. The project may be an original research idea; related to work by a research group at the Institute; an entry in a relevant national/regional contest; a response to an industry relationship; or other meaningful opportunity. There is no lecture, but students participate in weekly progress updates. A student may not select a project too similar to research completed to fulfill requirements for ChE 80 or ChE 90 abc.

Instructor: Vicic.
Ch 143
NMR Spectroscopy for Structural Identification
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term
Prerequisites: Ch 41 abc.

This course will address both one-dimensional and two-dimensional techniques in NMR spectroscopy which are essential to elucidating structures of organic and organometallic samples. Dynamic NMR phenomena, multinuclear, paramagnetic and NOE effects will also be covered. An extensive survey of multipulse NMR methods will also contribute to a clear understanding of two-dimensional experiments. (Examples for Varian NMR instrumentation will be included.)

Instructor: Virgil
Ch 144 ab
Advanced Organic Chemistry
9 units (3-0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch 41 abc; Ch 21 abc recommended.

An advanced survey of selected topics in modern organic chemistry. Topics vary from year to year and may include structural and theoretical organic chemistry; materials chemistry; macromolecular chemistry; mechanochemistry; molecular recognition/supramolecular chemistry; reaction mechanisms; reactive intermediates; pericyclic reactions; and photochemistry. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 145
Chemical Biology of Proteins
9 units (3-0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch 41 abc; Ch/Bi 110 ab recommended.

An advanced survey of current and classic topics in chemical biology. Content draws largely from current literature and varies from year-to-year. Topics may include the structure, function, and synthesis of peptides and proteins; enzyme catalysis and inhibition; cellular metabolism; chemical genetics; proteomics; posttranslational modifications; chemical tools to study cellular dynamics; and enzyme evolution. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 146
Bioorganic Chemistry of Nucleic Acids
9 units (3-0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch 41 ab.

The course will examine the bioorganic chemistry of nucleic acids, including DNA and RNA structures, molecular recognition, and mechanistic analyses of covalent modification of nucleic acids. Topics include synthetic methods for the construction of DNA and RNA; separation techniques; recognition of duplex DNA by peptide analogs, proteins, and oligonucleotide-directed triple helical formation; RNA structure and RNA as catalysts (ribozymes). Not offered 2023-24.

Ch/ChE 147
Polymer Chemistry
9 units (3-0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch 41 abc.

An introduction to the chemistry of polymers, including synthetic methods and mechanisms of macromolecule formation, characterization techniques, reactivity, and applications. Not offered 2023-24.

ChE/Ch 148
Polymer Physics
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term

An introduction to the physics that govern the structure and dynamics of polymeric liquids, and to the physical basis of characterization methods used in polymer science. The course emphasizes the scaling aspects of the various physical properties. Topics include conformation of a single polymer, a chain under different solvent conditions; dilute and semi-dilute solutions; thermodynamics of polymer blends and block copolymers; polyelectrolytes; rubber elasticity; polymer gels; linear viscoelasticity of polymer solutions and melts. Not offered 2023-24.

Instructor: Wang
Ch 149
Tutorial in Organic Chemistry
6 units (2-0-4)  | first term
Prerequisites: Ch 41 abc and instructor's permission.

Discussion of key principles in organic chemistry, with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms and problem-solving. This course is intended primarily for first-year graduate students with a strong foundation in organic chemistry. Meets during the first three weeks of the term. Graded pass/fail.

Instructors: Fu, Stoltz
ChE 151 ab
Physical and Chemical Rate Processes
12 units (3-0-9)  | second, third terms

The foundations of heat, mass, and momentum transfer for single and multiphase fluids will be developed. Governing differential equations; laminar flow of incompressible fluids at low and high Reynolds numbers; forced and free convective heat and mass transfer, diffusion, and dispersion. Emphasis will be placed on physical understanding, scaling, and formulation and solution of boundary-value problems. Applied mathematical techniques will be developed and used throughout the course.

Instructor: Brady
ChE 152
Heterogeneous Kinetics and Reaction Engineering
9 units (3-0-6)  | first term
Prerequisites: ChE 101 or instructor's permission.

Survey of heterogeneous reactions on metal and oxide catalysts. Langmuir-Hinshelwood versus Eley-Rideal reaction mechanisms. Reaction, diffusion, and heat transfer in heterogeneous catalytic systems. Characterization of porous catalysts.

Instructor: Giapis
Ch 153 abc
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch 112 and Ch 21 abc or concurrent registration.

Ch 153 a: Topics in modern inorganic chemistry. Electronic structure, spectroscopy, and photochemistry with emphasis on examples from the research literature. Ch 153 b: Applications of physical methods to the characterization of inorganic and bioinorganic species, with an emphasis on the practical application of Moessbauer, EPR, and pulse EPR spectroscopies. Ch 153 c: Theoretical and spectroscopic approaches to understanding the electronic structure of transition metal ions. Topics in the 153 bc alternate sequence may include saturation magnetization and zero-field splitting in magnetic circular dichroism and molecular magnetism, hyperfine interactions in electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, Moessbauer and magnetic Moessbauer spectroscopy, vibronic interactions in electronic absorption and resonance Raman spectroscopy, and bonding analyses using x-ray absorption and/or emission spectroscopies. Parts b and c not offered 2023-24.

Instructors: Gray, Winkler (a)
Ch 154 ab
Organometallic Chemistry
9 units (4-0-5)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch 112 or equivalent.

A general discussion of the reaction mechanisms and the synthetic and catalytic uses of transition metal organometallic compounds. Second term: a survey of the elementary reactions and methods for investigating reaction mechanisms. Third term: contemporary topics in inorganic and organometallic synthesis, structure and bonding, and applications in catalysis. Part b not offered 2023-24.

Instructor: Peters (a)
ChE/Ch 155
Chemistry of Catalysis
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term

Discussion of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic reactions, with emphasis on the relationships between the two areas and their role in energy problems. Topics include catalysis by metals, metal oxides, zeolites, and soluble metal complexes; utilization of hydrocarbon resources; and catalytic applications in alternative energy approaches.

Instructor: Manthiram
ESE/ChE 158
Aerosol Physics and Chemistry
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term

Fundamentals of aerosol physics and chemistry; aerodynamics and diffusion of aerosol particles; condensation and evaporation; thermodynamics of particulate systems; nucleation; coagulation; particle size distributions; optics of small particles. Offered 2023-24.

Instructor: Flagan
BE/ChE 163
Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
12 units (3-0-9)  | first term
Prerequisites: Bi 8, Ch/Bi 110 or instructor's permission and CS 1 or equivalent.

The course introduces rational design and evolutionary methods for engineering functional protein and nucleic acid systems. Rational design topics include molecular modeling, positive and negative design paradigms, simulation and optimization of equilibrium and kinetic properties, design of catalysts, sensors, motors, and circuits. Evolutionary design topics include evolutionary mechanisms and tradeoffs, fitness landscapes and directed evolution of proteins. Some assignments require programming (Python is the language of instruction).

Instructors: Mayo, Pierce
ChE/Ch 164
Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch 21 abc or instructor's permission.

An introduction to the fundamentals and simple applications of statistical thermodynamics. Foundation of statistical mechanics; partition functions for various ensembles and their connection to thermodynamics; fluctuations; noninteracting quantum and classical gases; heat capacity of solids; adsorption; phase transitions and order parameters; linear response theory; structure of classical fluids; computer simulation methods.

Instructor: Wang
ChE/Ch 165
Chemical Thermodynamics
9 units (3-0-6)  | first term
Prerequisites: ChE 63 ab or instructor's permission.

An advanced course emphasizing the conceptual structure of modern thermodynamics and its applications. Review of the laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic potentials and Legendre transform; equilibrium and stability conditions; metastability and phase separation kinetics; thermodynamics of single-component fluid and binary mixtures; models for solutions; phase and chemical equilibria; surface and interface thermodynamics; electrolytes and polymeric liquids.

Instructor: Wang
BMB/Bi/Ch 170
Biochemistry and Biophysics of Macromolecules and Molecular Assemblies
9 units (3- 0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch/Bi 110.

Detailed analysis of the structures of the four classes of biological molecules and the forces that shape them. Introduction to molecular biological and visualization techniques. Not offered 2023-24.

ESE/Ge/Ch 171
Atmospheric Chemistry I
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch 1 or equivalent.

A detailed course about chemical transformation in Earth's atmosphere. Kinetics, spectroscopy, and thermodynamics of gas-phase chemistry of the stratosphere and troposphere; sources, sinks, and lifetimes of trace atmospheric species; stratospheric ozone chemistry; oxidation mechanisms in the troposphere; aerosol chemistry.

Instructor: Wennberg
ESE/Ge/Ch 172
Atmospheric Chemistry II
3 units (3-0-0)  | first term
Prerequisites: ESE/Ge/Ch 171 or equivalent.

A lecture and discussion course about active research in atmospheric chemistry. Potential topics include halogen chemistry of the stratosphere and troposphere; aerosol formation in remote environments; coupling of dynamics and photochemistry; development and use of modern remote-sensing and in situ instrumentation. Graded pass/fail.

Instructors: Seinfeld, Wennberg
BMB/Bi/Ch 173
Biophysical/Structural Methods
9 units (3-0-6) 

Basic principles of modern biophysical and structural methods used to interrogate macromolecules from the atomic to cellular levels, including light and electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, single molecule techniques, circular dichroism, surface plasmon resonance, mass spectrometry, and molecular dynamics and systems biological simulations. Not offered 2023-24.

BMB/Bi/Ch 174
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
6 units (3-0-3)  | first term
Prerequisites: Ch/Bi 110 or equivalent.

Discussion of research fields in biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Caltech. Development of skills in literature analysis and information synthesis.

Instructors: Chong, Semlow, and guest lecturers
ChE 174
Special Topics in Transport Phenomena
9 units (3-0-6)  | first term
Prerequisites: ACM 95/100 and ChE 151 ab or instructor's permission.

May be repeated for credit. Advanced problems in heat, mass, and momentum transfer. Introduction to mechanics of complex fluids; physicochemical hydrodynamics; microstructured fluids; colloidal dispersions and active matter. Other topics may be discussed depending on class needs and interests. Not offered 2023-24.

ESE/Ch 176
Environmental Physical Organic Chemistry Part I
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch 41 ab or instructor's permission.

This course will cover selected aspects of the chemistry of aquatic systems. Lectures cover basic principles of physical-organic chemistry relevant to the aquatic environment under realistic conditions. Specific topics covered in Part I include the basic principles of equilibrium chemical and physical processes important natural waters. Topics include: chemical potential, fugacity, phase transfer, acid-base chemistry, metal-ligand substitution chemistry, surface chemistry, octanol-water partitioning, air-water partitioning, partitioning to solid organic matter and biomedia, sorption processes, air-water exchange dynamics, and the kinetics and mechanisms of coupled organic and inorganic redox reactions. Thermodynamics, transport, phase transfer and kinetics are emphasized. Not offered 2023-24.

Instructor: Hoffmann
ESE/Ch 177
Environmental Physical Organic Chemistry Part II
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term
Prerequisites: ESE/Ch 176 or instructor's permission.

This course will cover selected aspects of the organic chemistry of aquatic systems and coupled air-water systems. Topics include photochemical transformations, biochemical transformations in sub-surface water, surface water, and sediments, heterogeneous surface reactions and catalysis, hydrolysis reactions, nucleophilic displacement and substitution reactions, elimination reactions, carboxylic acid ester hydrolysis, thiophosphoric acid ester hydrolysis, carbamate ester hydrolysis, and amide ester hydrolysis. The primary goal is to better understand factors controlling the fate and behavior of organic compounds and persistent organic pollutants in the global environment. Case studies will be presented. Not offered 2023-24.

Instructor: Hoffmann
BMB/Ch 178
Macromolecular Function: kinetics, energetics, and mechanisms
9 units (3-0-6)  | first term
Prerequisites: Ch/Bi 110 or equivalent.

Discussion of the energetic principles and molecular mechanisms that underlie enzyme's catalytic proficiency and exquisite specificity. Principles of allostery, selectivity, and enzyme evolution. Practical kinetics and their application to more complex biological systems, including steady-state and pre-steady-state kinetics, kinetic simulations, and kinetics at single molecule resolution.

Instructor: Shan
Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
3 units (3-0-0)  | second term

Climate change has already begun to impact life on the planet, and will continue in the coming decades. This class will explore particular causes and impacts of climate change, technologies to mitigate or adapt to those impacts, and the economic and social costs associated with them - particular focus will be paid to distributional issues, environmental and racial justice and equity intersections. The course will consist of 3-4 topical modules, each focused on a specific impact or sector (e.g. the electricity or transportation sector, climate impacts of food and agriculture, increasing fires and floods). Each module will contain lectures/content on the associated climate science background, engineering/technological developments to combat the issue, and an exploration of the economics and the inequities that exacerbate the situation, followed by group discussion and synthesis of the different perspectives. Not offered 2023-24.

Instructors: Wennberg, Staff
Ch 180
Chemical Research
Units by arrangement 

Offered to M.S. candidates in chemistry. Graded pass/fail.

ChE/BE/MedE 188
Molecular Imaging
9 units (3-0-6)  | second term
Prerequisites: Ch/Bi 110, ChE 101 and ACM 95 or equivalent.

This course will cover the basic principles of biological and medical imaging technologies including magnetic resonance, ultrasound, nuclear imaging, fluorescence, bioluminescence and photoacoustics, and the design of chemical and biological probes to obtain molecular information about living systems using these modalities. Topics will include nuclear spin behavior, sound wave propagation, radioactive decay, photon absorption and scattering, spatial encoding, image reconstruction, statistical analysis, and molecular contrast mechanisms. The design of molecular imaging agents for biomarker detection, cell tracking, and dynamic imaging of cellular signals will be analyzed in terms of detection limits, kinetics, and biological effects. Participants in the course will develop proposals for new molecular imaging agents for applications such as functional brain imaging, cancer diagnosis, and cell therapy. Not offered 2023-24

Instructor: Shapiro
ChE 190
Special Problems in Chemical Engineering
Up to 9 units by arrangement  | any term
Prerequisites: Instructor's permission and adviser's approval must be obtained before registering.

Special courses of readings or laboratory instruction. The student should consult a member of the faculty and prepare a definite program of reading, computation, theory and/or experiment. The student must submit a summary of progress at midterm and, at the end of the quarter, a final assignment designed in consultation with the instructor. This course may be credited only once. Grading: either grades or pass/fail, as arranged with the instructor.

Instructor: Staff
BMB/Ch 202 abc
Biochemistry Seminar Course
1 unit  | first, second, third terms

The course focuses on a seminar on selected topics from outside faculty on recent advances in biochemistry. Components for each faculty visit include participation in a recitation, a formal discussion section with visiting faculty, and attendance of the Biochemistry seminar. Biochemistry Seminars take place 1-2 times per month (usually 4pm on Thursdays).

Instructor: Clemons
Ch 212
Bioinorganic Chemistry
9 units (3-0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch 112 and Ch/Bi 110 or equivalent.

Current topics in bioinorganic chemistry will be discussed, including metal storage and regulation, metalloenzyme structure and reactions, biological electron transfer, metalloprotein design, and metal-nucleic acid interactions and reactions. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 213 abc
Advanced Ligand Field Theory
12 units (1-0-11)  | first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: Ch 21 abc or concurrent registration.

A tutorial course of problem solving in the more advanced aspects of ligand field theory. Recommended only for students interested in detailed theoretical work in the inorganic field.

Instructor: Gray
Ch 225
Advanced Quantum Chemistry
9 units (3-0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch 125 ab or equivalent, or permission of instructors.

The electronic structure of atoms and molecules, the interactions of radiation fields and matter, scattering theory, and reaction rate theory. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 226
Optical and Nonlinear Spectroscopy
9 units (3-0-6)  | third term
Prerequisites: Ch 125 ab, or equivalent instruction in quantum mechanics.

Quantum mechanical foundations of optical spectroscopy as applied to chemical and material systems. Topics include optical properties of materials, nonlinear and quantum optics, and multidimensional spectroscopy.

Instructors: Blake, Cushing
BMB/Ch 230
Macromolecular Structure Determination with Modern X-ray Crystallography Methods
12 units (2-4-6) 
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

Advanced course in macromolecular crystallography integrating lecture and laboratory treatment of diffraction theory, crystallization (proteins, nucleic acids and macromolecular complexes), crystal characterization, X-ray sources and optics, crystal freezing, X-ray diffraction data collection (in-house and synchrotron), data reduction, multiple isomorphous replacement, single- and multi-wavelength anomalous diffraction phasing techniques, molecular replacement, electron density interpretation, structure refinement, structure validation, coordinate deposition and structure presentation. In the laboratory component, one or more proteins will be crystallized and the structure(s) determined by several methods, in parallel with lectures on the theory and discussions of the techniques. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 242 ab
Chemical Synthesis
9 units (4-0-5)  | first term
Prerequisites: Ch 41 abc.

An integrated approach to synthetic problem solving featuring an extensive review of modern synthetic reactions with concurrent development of strategies for synthesis design. Part a will focus on the application of modern methods of stereocontrol in the construction of stereochemically complex acyclic systems. Part b will focus on strategies and reactions for the synthesis of cyclic systems. Part b not offered 2023-24.

Instructor: Stoltz (a)
Ch 247
Organic Reaction Mechanisms
9 units (3-0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch 41 abc, Ch 242 a recommended.

This course will discuss and uncover useful strategies and tactics for approaching complex reaction mechanisms prevalent in organic reactions. Topics include: cycloaddition chemistry, rearrangements, radical reactions, metal-catalyzed processes, photochemical reactions among others. Recommended only for students interested in advanced study in organic chemistry or related fields. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 250
Advanced Topics in Chemistry
3 units 

Content will vary from year to year; topics are chosen according to the interests of students and staff. Visiting faculty may present portions of this course. In Spring 2020 the class will be a seminar course in pharmaceutical chemistry with lectures by industrial researchers from both discovery (medicinal chemistry) and development (process chemistry) departments. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 251
Advanced Topics in Chemical Biology
9 units (3-0-6) 
Prerequisites: Ch 145 or 146 or consent of the instructor.

Advanced Topics in Chemical Biology. Hours and units to be arranged. Content will vary from year to year; topics are chosen according to the interests of students and staff. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 252
Advanced Topics in Chemical Physics
Hours and units to be arranged 

Content will vary from year to year; topics are chosen according to the interests of students and staff. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch/Bi 253
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
6 units (2-0-4) 

Hours and units to be arranged. Content will vary from year to year; topics are chosen according to the interests of students and staff. Not offered 2023-24.

Ch 279
Rotations in Chemistry
Variable units as arranged with the advising faculty member  | first, second, third terms

By arrangement with members of the faculty, properly qualified graduate students will have the opportunity to engage in a short-term research project culminating in a presentation to their peers enrolled in the course and participating laboratories. (Pass-Fail only).

Ch 280
Chemical Research
Hours and units by arrangement 

By arrangement with members of the faculty, properly qualified graduate students are directed in research in chemistry.

ChE 280
Chemical Engineering Research

Offered to Ph.D. candidates in chemical engineering. Main lines of research now in progress are covered in detail in section two.