Chemistry

http://chemistry.barnard.edu

608 Altschul Hall  
212-854-8460
212-280-2012 (fax)
Department Administrator: Laura Hendrickson (608 Altschul Hall)

The Department of Chemistry

The department aims to provide Barnard College students with a working knowledge of chemistry—the study of matter and its transformations, particularly at the molecular scale—within a vibrant community of students, faculty, and staff.  Students gain familiarity with the core areas of the field; inorganic, physical, organic, analytical, and biological chemistry; while developing broadly applicable skills in problem solving and critical thinking.  Through extensive laboratory work, students apply chemical concepts and theories to the tangible world, and there are ample opportunities for independent research with faculty members.

Mission

The department strives to prepare majors and non-majors alike to meet post-graduation goals, including graduate study in chemistry, employment in chemistry or related technical fields, science teaching, and professional school (particularly in the health-related professions).  The department is an important contributor to Barnard’s effort to produce scientifically literate graduates and to be a source of distinguished women scientists.

Student Learning Objectives for Majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Students who graduate from Barnard College with a major in chemistry or biochemistry will be able to attain the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate a thorough grounding in the core areas of chemistry: inorganic, physical, organic, biological, and analytical;
  • Work effectively and safely in the chemistry laboratory, designing and conducting experiments, analyzing experimental results, and drawing conclusions from that data;
  • Access, search, and interpret the chemical literature to obtain and critically evaluate scientific information;
  • Clearly communicate scientific ideas and results both in writing and orally;
  • Conduct themselves professionally and ethically as members of the scientific community;
  • Pursue careers that require a high degree of technical expertise, including those in chemistry, science teaching, and the health professions.

Chemistry is the study of the nature of substances and their transformations. In a sequence of core courses, a chemistry or biochemistry major gains familiarity with the basic areas of the field: inorganic, organic, physical, analytical, and biological chemistry. In addition, she acquires sufficient skill in laboratory work that she is prepared for research.

The laboratories of the department are modern and well-equipped for both coursework and independent projects. Students may undertake research projects under the guidance of members of the department during the academic year or the summer. Opportunities are also available for research with Columbia faculty as well as staff members of the many medical schools and research institutions in New York City.

AP Credit

Students with scores of 4 or 5 on the Chemistry Advanced Placement Test receive credit for CHEM BC1003 Chemical Problem Solving. They may enroll in CHEM BC2001 General Chemistry I.  No AP credit is given for lab.

Pre-Medical Program

Non-majors wishing to fulfill the minimum two-year chemistry requirements for medical school should take CHEM BC2001 General Chemistry I; CHEM BC3328 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory and CHEM BC3230 Organic Chemistry I; CHEM BC3231 Organic Chemistry II; and CHEM BC3232 Chemistry IV. The laboratory courses CHEM BC3333 Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory and CHEM BC3338 Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory are recommended.

Introductory Course Selection

Based on their preparation and background in chemistry, most students begin their study with CHEM BC2001 General Chemistry I, an integrated lecture and laboratory course, and CHEM BC1003 Chemical Problem Solving, which is a one point corequisite of General Chemistry.  Consult the department regarding this choice.

Regardless of a student's background in chemistry, students may also take CHEM BC1050 From Forensics to Art Conservation - The Jazz of Chemistry. This 3.0-point seminar is limited to 24 students per section. 

Chair: Rachel Austin (Professor)

Professors: Rachel Austin, Dina Merrer, Christian Rojas

Assistant Professors: Marisa Buzzeo, Michael Campbell, Andrew Crowther, Mary Sever, Christina Vizcarra

Director of General Chemistry Laboratories: Jacob Alexander (Senior Lecturer)

Director of Organic Chemistry Laboratories: Meenakshi Rao (Senior Lecturer)

Senior Associate Laboratory Director: Su Qing Liu

Laboratory and Facilities Administrator: Kenise Jefferson

Senior Lecturer: Jean Vadakkan

Laboratory Instructional Support Specialists: Grace Lee, Richard Denton

Requirements for the Major

The Chemistry Department recently introduced a new curriculum. The major requirements for students who entered Barnard in or before Fall 2012 are slightly different from the requirements for students who entered in or after Fall 2013. For more information, please visit us at http://chemistry.barnard.edu/department-chemistry.

Two majors are offered by the department: chemistry and biochemistry.

A student interested in chemistry or biochemistry should consult any member of the department during her first year. In the first year she should take CHEM BC2001 General Chemistry I, CHEM BC3328 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory, and CHEM BC3230 Organic Chemistry I and start or continue the study of calculus.

In addition to required coursework, research experience is strongly recommended and may begin as early as the sophomore year. Interested students should consult with individual faculty members about research opportunities.

Rising seniors making good progress towards the degree may be invited by the faculty to participate in the senior honors thesis program in which students carry out a year-long research project leading to a thesis. Students who do not perform thesis research will satisfy the senior capstone requirement by taking a single semester of research their senior year.

Chemistry

For students who entered Barnard in Fall 2012 or earlier, the courses required for the chemistry major are:

Core
CHEM BC2001General Chemistry I5
CHEM BC3328
 - CHEM BC3230
Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry I
5.5
CHEM BC3231Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM BC3335: Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory5
CHEM BC3340Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory5
CHEM BC3252Thermodynamics and Kinetics3
CHEM BC3253Quantum Chemistry3
CHEM BC3271Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM BC3365
 - CHEM BC3368
Integrated Chemistry Laboratory
and Integrated Chemistry Laboratory II
6
MATH UN1101Calculus I3
MATH UN1102Calculus II3
or MATH UN1201 Calculus III
PHYS BC2001
 - PHYS BC2002
Physics I: Mechanics
and Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
9
Elective
Select one of the following:
Methods and Applications in Physical Chemistry
Biological Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Organometallic Chemistry
Senior Requirement
Select one of the following:
Senior Honors Thesis:
Senior Honors Thesis
and Senior Honors Thesis (by invitation of the department)
Guided Research at Barnard or Columbia:
Problems in Chemistry
Problems in Chemistry
Elsewhere:
External Problems in Chemistry
Senior Colloquium:
Senior Seminar in Chemical Research
Recommended
Calculus III


For students who entered Barnard in Fall 2013 or later, the courses required for the chemistry major are:

Core
CHEM BC2001General Chemistry I5
CHEM BC3328
 - CHEM BC3230
Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry I
5.5
CHEM BC3231Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM BC3333Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM BC3242Quantitative Analysis3
CHEM BC3338Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory3
CHEM BC3253Quantum Chemistry3
CHEM BC3252Thermodynamics and Kinetics3
CHEM BC3348Advanced Spectroscopy and Analysis Laboratory3
CHEM BC3271Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM BC3358Advanced Chemical Synthesis Laboratory5
MATH UN1101Calculus I *3
MATH UN1102Calculus II3
or MATH UN1201 Calculus III
PHYS BC2001
 - PHYS BC2002
Physics I: Mechanics
and Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
9
Elective
Select one of the following:
Methods and Applications in Physical Chemistry
Biological Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Organometallic Chemistry
Senior Requirement
Select one of the following:
Senior Honors Thesis:
Senior Honors Thesis
and Senior Honors Thesis (by invitation of the department)
Guided Research at Barnard or Columbia:
Problems in Chemistry
Problems in Chemistry
Elsewhere:
External Problems in Chemistry
Recommended
Calculus III
*

Two semesters of mathematics are required after entering college, including Calculus I and either Calculus II or Calculus III. Students having advanced placement credit for one or two semesters of calculus will fulfill this requirement with additional mathematics, statistics, or computer science courses.

A list of major requirements, several possible course sequences, and information about the senior requirement can be obtained from any member of the department.

Biochemistry

For students who entered Barnard in Fall 2012 or earlier, the courses required for the biochemistry major are:

Core
CHEM BC2001General Chemistry I5
CHEM BC3328
 - CHEM BC3230
Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry I
5.5
CHEM BC3231Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM BC3333Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM BC3338Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory3
CHEM BC3252Thermodynamics and Kinetics3
CHEM BC3253Quantum Chemistry3
MATH UN1101Calculus I *3
MATH UN1102Calculus II3
or MATH UN1201 Calculus III
PHYS BC2001
 - PHYS BC2002
Physics I: Mechanics
and Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
9
BIOL BC1500
 - BIOL BC1502
Introduction to Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (with at least one semester of Laboratory (BIOL BC1501 or BIOL BC1503))
6
CHEM BC3282Biological Chemistry3
BIOL BC2100Molecular and Mendelian Genetics3
CHEM BC3355Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques5,3
or CHEM BC3357 Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques
BIOL BC3303Laboratory in Molecular Biology3
Elective
An elective course from a list of approved Biology and Chemistry courses, including:
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Methods and Applications in Physical Chemistry
Advanced Spectroscopy and Analysis Laboratory
Advanced Chemical Synthesis Laboratory
Senior Requirement
Select one of the following:
Senior Honors Thesis:
Senior Honors Thesis
and Senior Honors Thesis (by invitation of the department)
Guided Research at Barnard or Columbia:
Problems in Chemistry
Problems in Chemistry
Elsewhere:
External Problems in Chemistry
Senior Colloquium:
Senior Seminar in Chemical Research

For students who entered Barnard in Fall 2013 or later, the courses required for the biochemistry major are:

Core
CHEM BC2001General Chemistry I5
CHEM BC3328
 - CHEM BC3230
Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Organic Chemistry I
5.5
CHEM BC3231Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM BC3333Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM BC3242Quantitative Analysis3
CHEM BC3338Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory3
CHEM BC3253Quantum Chemistry3
MATH UN1101Calculus I *3
MATH UN1102Calculus II3
or MATH UN1201 Calculus III
PHYS BC2001
 - PHYS BC2002
Physics I: Mechanics
and Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
9
BIOL BC1502
 - BIOL BC1503
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introductory Lab in Cell and Molecular Biology
5
CHEM BC3282Biological Chemistry3
CHEM BC3283Biological Chemistry II3
CHEM BC3355Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques5
Elective
An elective course from the following list:
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Methods and Applications in Physical Chemistry
Advanced Spectroscopy and Analysis Laboratory
Advanced Chemical Synthesis Laboratory
Senior Requirement
Select one of the following:
Senior Honors Thesis:
Senior Honors Thesis
and Senior Honors Thesis (by invitation of the department)
Guided Research at Barnard or Columbia:
Problems in Chemistry
Problems in Chemistry
Elsewhere:
External Problems in Chemistry
*

Two semesters of mathematics are required after entering college, including Calculus I and either Calculus II or Calculus III. Students having advanced placement credit for one or two semesters of calculus will fulfill this requirement with additional mathematics, statistics, or computer science courses.

A list of major requirements, including possible elective courses, and information about the senior requirement may be obtained from any member of the department.

Requirements for the Minor

Courses required for the Chemistry minor are:

CHEM BC2001General Chemistry I5
CHEM BC3328Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory2.5
CHEM BC3230Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM BC3231Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM BC3333Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM BC3338Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory3
Select one of the following:3-3.5
CHEM BC3232Chemistry IV3
CHEM BC3242Quantitative Analysis3
CHEM BC3252Thermodynamics and Kinetics3.5
CHEM BC3271Inorganic Chemistry3.5
CHEM BC3282Biological Chemistry3.5

Students whose major requires in excess of 40 points, including CHEM BC2001 General Chemistry I, CHEM BC3328 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory, and/or CHEM BC3230 Organic Chemistry I, may count up to two of these courses towards the Chemistry minor with a petition from the Chemistry Department Chair.  There is no minor in Biochemistry.

CHEM BC1003 Chemical Problem Solving. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Barnard students only. Permission of instructor required. \nLecture: MWF 11:00-11:50

The course presents fundamental concepts of chemistry and helps students develop strong chemical problem solving skills. It is particularly appropriate for first-year students with weaker backgrounds in chemistry and/or mathematical problem-solving (e.g., SAT Math ≤ 600) who have an interest in continuing into the CHEM BC2001x General Chemistry course.

Fall 2017: CHEM BC1003
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1003 001/05217 W 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Marisa Buzzeo 3 13/20
CHEM 1003 002/01479 W 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Marisa Buzzeo 3 2/20
CHEM 1003 003/08422 Th 11:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Marisa Buzzeo 3 0/20

CHEM BC1010 Pumpkin Pie to CSI: Chemistry in Everyday Life. 1 point.

Prerequisites: For section 002: CHEM BC2001 is required
Corequisites: For Section 001: NONE, but CHEM BC2001 is encouraged

Survey and discussion of applications of chemistry in everyday life.  Topics include art restoration, forensics, food chemistry, evolution of poisons, and personal-care chemistry.  Enrollment limited to 14 students.  There are two sections of this course.  Section 001 is for students who have not previously taken General Chemistry(CHEM BC 2001). However students can be currently enrolled in CHEM BC 2001.  Section 002 is for students who have FINISHED taking General Chemistry (CHEM BC 2001). 

CHEM BC1050 From Forensics to Art Conservation - The Jazz of Chemistry. 3 points.

The contribution of chemistry to everyday life is immense. The applications of chemistry in medicine, petrochemicals, cosmetics, and food are readily apparent. However, chemistry is a key part of many other fascinating fields, some of which may be less obvious. Examples of areas in which chemistry plays a key role include forensic science; art restoration and forgery detection; and flavors and fragrances in food, beverages and other consumer products. The goal of this course is to provide insights and spur discussion of several areas and applications of chemistry, and provide hands-on experience in techniques used in these fields sparking the curiosity of Barnard students into this marvelous field.    

Spring 2017: CHEM BC1050
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 1050 001/03399 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
118 Barnard Hall
Meenakshi Rao 3 12

CHEM BC2001 General Chemistry I. 5 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).
All students enrolled in BC2001x must also be enrolled in one section of BC2011 that is on the SAME DAY as BC2012 .

Prerequisites: Algebra (Math SAT I score of 600 or permission of the instructor for first-year students).
Corequisites: CHEM BC2011 and CHEM BC2012 \nLecture: MWF 11:00-11:50; Lab lecture and laboratory one afternoon: MTWRF: 1:10-5:00. Counts towards Lab Science requirement.

Atoms; elements and compounds; gases; solutions; equilibrium; acid-base, precipitation, and oxidation-reduction reactions; thermochemistry. Laboratory experience with both qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Fall 2017: CHEM BC2001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2001 001/06144 M W F 11:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Rachel Austin 5 74/192

CHEM BC2011 General Chemistry Lab Lecture. 0 points.

Corequisites: CHEM BC2001 and CHEM BC2012

Required pre-lab discussion section for BC2001x General Chemistry. All students enrolled in BC2001x must also be enrolled in one section of BC2011 that is the SAME as BC2012 . 

Fall 2017: CHEM BC2011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2011 001/04222 M 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander 0 11/28
CHEM 2011 002/07161 T 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander 0 17/28
CHEM 2011 003/09533 W 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander 0 17/28
CHEM 2011 004/01362 Th 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander 0 5/28
CHEM 2011 005/02884 F 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander 0 8/28
CHEM 2011 006/04172 Th 8:10am - 9:00am
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander, Rachel Austin 0 5/28

CHEM BC2012 General Chemistry Lab. 0 points.

Corequisites: CHEM BC2001 and CHEM BC2011.

Required laboratory section for BC2001x General Chemistry. All students enrolled in BC2001x must also be enrolled in one section of BC2012 and one section of BC2011 on the SAME day. 

Fall 2017: CHEM BC2012
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2012 001/04779 M 2:10pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander 0 11/28
CHEM 2012 002/04411 T 2:10pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander 0 17/28
CHEM 2012 003/03045 W 2:10pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander 0 17/28
CHEM 2012 004/09589 Th 2:10pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander 0 5/28
CHEM 2012 005/02215 F 2:10pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander 0 8/28
CHEM 2012 006/06387 Th 9:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Jacob Alexander, Rachel Austin 0 5/28

CHEM BC2900 Research Methods Seminar. 1 point.

Instructor's Permission Required

Prerequisites: Students must be sophomores with a strong interest in pursuing research in the biological or chemical sciences

Skills to facilitate into biology and chemistry research. Students will learn to think and work like scientists and to identify, apply for and gain entry to research lab groups. Focus on writing and oral presentation skills. Additional readings and discussions on laboratory safety, women in science, and scientific ethics.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC2900
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 2900 001/05521 Th 1:10pm - 2:00pm
308 Diana Center
Jennifer Mansfield 1 8

CHEM BC3230 Organic Chemistry I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC2001 or equivalent. Credit will not be given for any course below the 3000 level after completing CHEM BC3230 or its equivalent. Lecture: MWF: 11:00-11:50.
Corequisites: With lab, counts towards Lab Science requirement.

Atomic and molecular structure; stereochemistry of organic molecules; introduction to organic reactions, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3230
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3230 001/07359 M W F 11:00am - 11:50am
202 Altschul Hall
Christian Rojas 3 178

CHEM BC3231 Organic Chemistry II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3230. Lecture: MWF 10:00-10:50.

Extension of concepts from Organic Chemistry I to conjugated systems; chemistry of the carbonyl group; NMR and IR spectroscopy; bioorganic chemistry.

Fall 2017: CHEM BC3231
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3231 001/07716 M W F 10:00am - 10:50am
Room TBA
Christian Rojas 3 126

CHEM BC3232 Chemistry IV. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry I. Optional parallel laboratory work: CHEM BC3338. CHEM C1404 is not an acceptable equivalent for CHEM BC3232; students who have taken even a single semester of organic chemistry will not receive subsequent credit for C1404. Lecture: MWF 10:00-10:50.

Selected aspects of general chemistry, primarily for pre-health professions and biological science students who have taken Organic Chemistry. Thermodynamics, equilibrium, kinetics, complex ions and coordination compounds, and radiochemistry, with applications to analytical chemistry and biochemistry.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3232
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3232 001/07571 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Ll103 Diana Center
Benjamin Bostick 3 56

CHEM BC3242 Quantitative Analysis. 3 points.

This course is not a suitable substitute for CHEM BC3232 for students completing the pre-health requirements.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3231, MATH V1101, and permission of instructor.
Corequisites: CHEM BC3338

Survey of topics appropriate for a student majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, including examinations of uncertainty analysis and data processing, use of basic laboratory equipment, complex equilibria (pH, solubility, etc.), advanced solution chemistry and chemical activity, and the theoretical foundations of modern techniques in electrochemistry, chromatography and analytical experimental techniques.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3242
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3242 001/09229 M W F 11:00am - 11:50am
805 Altschul Hall
Jacob Alexander 3 21

CHEM BC3252 Thermodynamics and Kinetics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3231, PHYS BC2001, PHYS BC 2002, MATH V1102 or MATH V1201. Lecture: MWF 10:00-10:50.

Introduction to the laws of thermodynamics; application primarily to ideal systems. Free energy and equilibrium. Kinetics: rate laws and mechanisms, experimental techniques.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3252
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3252 001/07590 M W F 10:00am - 10:50am
805 Altschul Hall
Andrew Crowther 3 10

CHEM BC3253 Quantum Chemistry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Physics and Calculus II or III or permission of instructor. Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50.

Exact and approximate solutions to the Schrodinger equation. The structure of atoms and molecules. Chemical bonding and spectroscopy. Computer-based molecular modeling.

Fall 2017: CHEM BC3253
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3253 001/01266 M W F 11:00am - 11:50am
Room TBA
Andrew Crowther 3 15

CHEM BC3254 Methods and Applications in Physical Chemistry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: One semester of physical chemistry (CHEM BC3252, CHEM BC3253, or the equivalent). Lecture: MWF 10:00-10:50.

Advanced topics in physical chemistry, including statistical mechanics, reaction dynamics, surface science, spectroscopy, microscopy, and nanotechnology.  Particular emphasis will be placed on current applications in related fields such as biomedicine, engineering, and environmental science.

CHEM BC3271 Inorganic Chemistry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3231x or Permission of Instructor. Lecture: TuTh 8:40-9:55.

Structure, bonding and spectroscopy in inorganic compounds: applications of group theory to chemistry; ligand field theory; vibrational and electronic spectroscopy of transition metal complexes; selected topics from coordination chemistry, organometallics, bioinorganic chemistry, solid state and materials chemistry, mineralogy, and biogeochemistry.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3271
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3271 001/00435 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
805 Altschul Hall
Michael Campbell 3 16

CHEM BC3272 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3271 Inorganic Chemistry

This course combines builds on the foundation developed in Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM BC3271) and applies inorganic chemical concepts and techniques to specific applications. A particular focus will be on understanding the roles of the transition metals in biological systems.

CHEM BC3280 Advanced Organic Chemistry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: One year of organic chemistry. Lecture: MWF 9-9:50 AM.

Survey of topics in structural, mechanistic, and synthetic organic chemistry, including molecular orbital treatment of structure, bonding, and chemical reactivity; elucidation of organic reaction mechanisms; pericyclic reactions; stereoelectronic effects; reactive intermediates; asymmetric reactions; and natural product total synthesis.

CHEM BC3282 Biological Chemistry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: One year of Organic Chemistry, BIOL BC1502. Lecture: MWF 9:00-9:50.

Introduction to biochemical building blocks, macromolecules, and metabolism. Structures of amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids. Protein structure and folding. Enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, allostery. Membranes and biosignaling. Catabolism and anabolism with emphasis on chemical intermediates, metabolic energy, catalysis by specific enzymes, regulation.

Fall 2017: CHEM BC3282
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3282 001/04565 M W F 9:00am - 9:50am
Room TBA
Christina Vizcarra 3 40

CHEM BC3283 Biological Chemistry II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3282 or equivalent.

Advanced topics in the field of biochemistry, including enzyme mechanisms, pharmaceutical drug design, and disease therapies. Emphasis will be placed on discussion of current scientific literature.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3283
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3283 001/05294 M W F 9:00am - 9:50am
530 Altschul Hall
Christina Vizcarra 3 12

CHEM BC3284 Current Topics in Biochemistry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3282 and CHEM BC3355 or instructor approval.

This course is designed to expose students to a range of current research topics in the field of biochemistry and develop their ability to understand and evaluate primary scientific literature. The first half of the course will focus on current research on fundamental biochemistry systems and processes; the second half will addres biomedicinal application and advances. 

Fall 2017: CHEM BC3284
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3284 001/04026 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Mary Sever 3 0

CHEM BC3328 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 2.5 points.

Prerequisites: General Chemistry I with lab.

Basic techniques of experimental organic chemistry. Principles and methods of separation, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. Selected organic reactions.

,

Friday 1:10 - 5:30PM

CHEM BC3333 Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3328 with a grade of C- or better and CHEM BC3230.
Corequisites: CHEM BC3231. CHEM BC3334 Lecture: M 1:10-2:00; Laboratory one afternoon: M 2:10-6:00; W or F 1:10-5:00.

Advanced experimental organic techniques and introduction to qualitative and quantitative organic analysis. Emphasis on instrumental and chromatographic methods. Selected reactions. Students enrolling in this course must register for CHEM BC3334x.

Fall 2017: CHEM BC3333
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3333 001/03013 M 2:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Meenakshi Rao, Jean Vadakkan 3 20/14
CHEM 3333 002/00945 W 1:10pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Meenakshi Rao, Jean Vadakkan 3 22/14

CHEM BC3334 Modern Techniques Lecture. 0 points.

Corequisites: CHEM BC3333

Theoretical aspects of the reactions and experiments done in BC3333, with an emphasis on spectral analysis, including IR and  NMR spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. Students must enroll in one of the 3333 lab sections to be in this class.

Fall 2017: CHEM BC3334
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3334 001/05399 M 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Meenakshi Rao, Jean Vadakkan 0 13

CHEM BC3338 Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3231, CHEM BC3333
Corequisites: For students not majoring in chemistry or biochemistry: CHEM BC3232 For students majoring in chemistry biochemistry, CHEM BC3242. Lab Lecture: Tu 1:10-2:00; Laboratory one afternoon: Tu, W, or Th.

Quantitative techniques in volumetric analysis, radiochemistry, spectrophotometry, and pH measurement. Data analysis with spreadsheets.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3338
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3338 001/08694 T 2:10pm - 6:00pm
813 Altschul Hall
Jacob Alexander 3 7/0
CHEM 3338 002/04695 W 1:10pm - 5:00pm
813 Altschul Hall
Jacob Alexander 3 8/0
CHEM 3338 003/00442 Th 1:10pm - 5:00pm
813 Altschul Hall
Jacob Alexander 3 7/0

CHEM BC3348 Advanced Spectroscopy and Analysis Laboratory. 3 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3333 and CHEM BC3253
Corequisites: CHEM BC3271

This course combines chemical synthesis, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and nanoscience into experiments with an emphasis using spectroscopy to determine chemical structure and reactivity. You will gain experience with a range of instruments, techniques, calculations, and theories. Instrumentation will include UV-Visible, infrared, near-infrared, fluorescence, and Raman spectroscopy.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3348
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3348 001/09131 W 1:10pm - 2:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Andrew Crowther 3 12
CHEM 3348 001/09131 M W 1:10pm - 5:30pm
606 Altschul Hall
Andrew Crowther 3 12

CHEM BC3355 Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques. 5 points.

Prerequisites: Organic II lab (CHEM BC3333, BC3335, or equivalent); Quantitative analysis lab (BC3338, BC3340, or equivalent); Biochemistry (CHEM BC3282y, CHEM C3501, or equivalent). Lecture: M 1:10-12:50; Laboratory two afternoons: M 2:10-6:00 / W 1:10-5:00.

Theory and application of fundamental techniques for the isolation, synthesis and characterization of biological macromolecules including proteins, lipids, nucleotides and carbohydrates.  Techniques include spectroscopic analysis, gel electrophoresis, chromatography, enzyme kinetics, immunoblotting, PCR, molecular cloning and cell culture, as well as modern laboratory instrumentation, such as UV-Vis, GC-MS and HPLC.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3355
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3355 001/06227 T 1:10pm - 2:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Mary Sever 5 13
CHEM 3355 001/06227 Th 1:10pm - 5:00pm
606 Altschul Hall
Mary Sever 5 13
CHEM 3355 001/06227 T 2:10pm - 6:00pm
606 Altschul Hall
Mary Sever 5 13

CHEM BC3358 Advanced Chemical Synthesis Laboratory. 5 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3333, CHEM BC3271, and CHEM BC3338
Corequisites: CHEM BC3253

Multistep and multi-day experiments in organic and inorganic synthesis via advanced synthetic methods. Experiments include solution phase, solid state, and photochemical syntheses. Products will be analyzed and characterized by a variety of methods, including: IR, NMR, and UV-Vis spectroscopy, and also by polarimetry, chiral GC, and GC/MS.

Fall 2017: CHEM BC3358
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3358 001/02507 T 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Marisa Buzzeo, Jean Vadakkan 5 10
CHEM 3358 001/02507 Th 1:10pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Marisa Buzzeo, Jean Vadakkan 5 10
CHEM 3358 001/02507 T 2:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Marisa Buzzeo, Jean Vadakkan 5 10

CHEM BC3365 Integrated Chemistry Laboratory. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3252 and CHEM BC3338 or equivalent.
Corequisites: Lecture: W 1:10-2:00; Laboratory: M 1:10-5:30 and W 2:10-6:30.

Experiments in kinetics, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry using instrumental methods; preparation and characterization of inorganic compounds; solids; some computer applications.

CHEM BC3368 Integrated Chemistry Laboratory II. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3253 and CHEM BC3338 or equivalent. Lecture: Tu 12:00-12:50; Laboratory: MW 1:10-5:00.

Experiments in spectroscopy and structure: UV-Vis, fluorescence, Raman, infrared spectra of organic and inorganic molecules and reactions.

CHEM BC3597 Problems in Chemistry. 2 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3328 and permission of instructor. 4 hours of laboratory work by arrangement.

Individual research projects at Barnard or Columbia, culminating in a comprehensive written report.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3597
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3597 001/06140  
Christian Rojas 2 0
CHEM 3597 002/01987  
Marisa Buzzeo 2 1
CHEM 3597 003/01343  
Dina Merrer 2 1
CHEM 3597 004/02372  
Michael Campbell 2 0
CHEM 3597 005/03664  
Andrew Crowther 2 1
CHEM 3597 006/04770  
Mary Sever 2 0
CHEM 3597 007/05169  
Rachel Austin 2 2
CHEM 3597 008/06203  
Christina Vizcarra 2 1
CHEM 3597 009/08335  
Benjamin Bostick 2 0
CHEM 3597 010/04887  
Dina Merrer 2 1
Fall 2017: CHEM BC3597
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3597 001/03664  
Christian Rojas, Dina Merrer 2 0
CHEM 3597 002/01537  
Marisa Buzzeo, Rachel Austin 2 0
CHEM 3597 003/05823  
Dina Merrer 2 0
CHEM 3597 004/07294  
Andrew Crowther, Rachel Austin 2 0
CHEM 3597 005/01343  
Rachel Austin, Michael Campbell 2 0
CHEM 3597 006/02865  
Mary Sever, Rachel Austin 2 0
CHEM 3597 007/08247  
Dina Merrer, Rachel Austin 2 0
CHEM 3597 008/02238  
Christina Vizcarra, Rachel Austin 2 0
CHEM 3597 009/01116  
Benjamin Bostick, Rachel Austin 2 0
CHEM 3597 010/06509  
Dina Merrer, Rachel Austin 2 1

CHEM BC3598 External Problems in Chemistry. 4 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3328 and permission of instructor (a Barnard professor who will act as liaison) is required. Mandatory pass/fail grading. 8 hours of laboratory work by arrangement.

Individual research projects at institutions other than Barnard and Columbia, culminating in a comprehensive written report and oral presentation.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3598
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3598 001/00188  
Dina Merrer 4 0

CHEM BC3599 Problems in Chemistry. 4 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM BC3328 and permission of instructor. 8 hours of laboratory work by arrangement.

Individual research projects at Barnard or Columbia, culminating in a comprehensive written report.

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3599
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3599 001/08950  
Christian Rojas 4 1
CHEM 3599 002/03432  
Marisa Buzzeo 4 1
CHEM 3599 003/06060  
Dina Merrer 4 1
CHEM 3599 004/08383  
Michael Campbell 4 1
CHEM 3599 005/02533  
Andrew Crowther 4 0
CHEM 3599 006/09449  
Mary Sever 4 2
CHEM 3599 007/05277  
Rachel Austin 4 3
CHEM 3599 008/09137  
Christina Vizcarra 4 1
CHEM 3599 009/07806  
Benjamin Bostick 4 0
CHEM 3599 010/06349  
Dina Merrer 4 0
Fall 2017: CHEM BC3599
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3599 001/02182  
Christian Rojas, Dina Merrer 4 1
CHEM 3599 002/05095  
Marisa Buzzeo, Rachel Austin 4 0
CHEM 3599 003/01197  
Dina Merrer 4 0
CHEM 3599 004/00639  
Andrew Crowther, Rachel Austin 4 1
CHEM 3599 005/03432  
Rachel Austin, Michael Campbell 4 0
CHEM 3599 006/03858  
Mary Sever, Rachel Austin 4 1
CHEM 3599 007/06747  
Dina Merrer, Rachel Austin 4 0
CHEM 3599 008/03187  
Christina Vizcarra, Rachel Austin 4 1
CHEM 3599 009/03848  
Benjamin Bostick, Rachel Austin 4 1
CHEM 3599 010/08439  
Dina Merrer, Rachel Austin 4 1

CHEM BC3901 Senior Honors Thesis. 4 points.

Enrollment restricted by invitation of the department.

Weekly seminar to accompany Senior Honors Thesis Lab (CHEM BC3903). Focus is on scientific presentation and writing skills and research conduct. 

Fall 2017: CHEM BC3901
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3901 001/00140 F 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Christina Vizcarra 4 11

CHEM BC3902 Senior Honors Thesis. 4 points.

Enrollment restricted by invitation of the department.

Weekly seminar to accompany Senior Honors Thesis Lab (CHEM BC3903). Focus is on scientific presentation and writing skills and research conduct. 

Spring 2017: CHEM BC3902
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 3902 001/09233 F 2:10pm - 4:00pm
805 Altschul Hall
Marisa Buzzeo 4 9
CHEM 3902 002/07009 F 2:10pm - 4:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Christina Vizcarra 4 9

CHEM BC3903 Senior Honor Thesis Lab. 0 points.

Corequisites: CHEM BC3901

Guided research in Chemistry or Biochemistry, under the sponsorship of a faculty member, leading to the senior thesis. A minimum of 8 hours of research per week, to be arranged.

Cross-Listed Courses

Chemistry

CHEM GU4071 Inorganic Chemistry. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: CHEM W3443-CHEM W3444 or CHEM W3045-CHEM W3046.

Principles governing the structure and reactivity of inorganic compounds surveyed from experimental and theoretical viewpoints.  Topics include inorganic solids, aqueous and nonaqueous solutions, the chemistry of selected main group elements, transition metal chemistry, metal clusters, metal carbonyls, and organometallic chemistry.

Fall 2017: CHEM GU4071
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4071 001/17834 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Jonathan Owen 4.5 21/42

CHEM G4103 Organometallic Chemistry. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: elementary organic chemistry. (Some background in inorganic and physical chemistry is helpful but not required.)

Main group and transition metal organometallic chemistry: bonding, structure, reactions, kinetics, and mechanisms.

CHEM GU4147 Advanced Organic Chemistry. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: elementary organic and physical chemistry.

The mechanisms of organic reactions, structure of organic molecules, and theories of reactivity. How reactive intermediates are recognized and mechanisms are deduced using kinetics, stereochemistry, isotopes, and physical measurements.

Fall 2017: CHEM GU4147
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4147 001/75049 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Dalibor Sames, Jack Norton 4.5 3/42

BIOC G4170 Biophysical Chemistry. 4.5 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: elementary physical and organic chemistry. Recommended preparation: elementary biochemistry.

Tactics and techniques for the study of large molecules of biological importance; analysis of the conformation of proteins and nucleic acids, hydrodynamic, scattering, and spectroscopic techniques for examining macromolecular structure.

CHEM G4172 Biorganic Topics. 4.5 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: elementary organic chemistry.

Recommended preparation: advanced organic chemistry. Various topics in bioactive molecules in the field centered on natural-products chemistry, metabolic transformations, and enzyme mechanisms. Biosysnthesis of natural products and some other bioorganic topics.

CHEM GU4221 Quantum Chemistry. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: elementary physical chemistry.

Basic quantum mechanics: the Schrodinger equation and its interpretation, exact solutions in simple cases, methods or approximation, angular Mementum and electronic spin, and an introduction to atomic and molecular structure.

Fall 2017: CHEM GU4221
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CHEM 4221 001/24026 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Richard Friesner 4.5 3/42