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CHEM
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The College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences enforces course prerequisites. Students who do not meet the course prerequisites will be administratively dropped from the course.

Registration in course sections which begin with "SEF*" are restricted to students admitted into the Science in the Evening Program, administer ed through the Office of Extended Studies. For complete information, visit:OES website , email:oes@umd.edu, or call 301-405-7762.

CHEM131
Chemistry I - Fundamentals of General Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with CHEM132)
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120, MATH130, or MATH140.
Corequisite: CHEM132.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM131, CHEM135, CHEM153 or CHEM146.
Formerly: CHEM103.
An overview of the Periodic Table, inorganic substances, ionic and covalent bonding, bulk properties of materials, chemical equilibrium, and quantitative chemistry. CHEM131 is the first course in a four-semester sequence for students majoring in the sciences, other than Chemistry and Biochemistry majors.
Students without the math pre-requisite will be administratively dropped.
CHEM131S
Chemistry I - Fundamentals of General Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with CHEM132)
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120, MATH130, or MATH140.
Corequisite: CHEM132.
Recommended: For Science majors.
Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM131, CHEM135, CHEM153 or CHEM146.
Formerly: CHEM103.
An overview of the Periodic Table, inorganic substances, ionic and covalent bonding, bulk properties of materials, chemical equilibrium, and quantitative chemistry. CHEM131 is the first course in a four-semester sequence for students majoring in the sciences, other than Chemistry and Biochemistry majors.
Students without the math pre-requisite will be administratively dropped. Restricted to College Park Scholars - Life Sciences.
CHEM132
General Chemistry I Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Corequisite: CHEM131.
Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM132, CHEM136, CHEM143, CHEM147 or CHEM177.
Formerly: CHEM103.
Introduction to the quantification of chemical substances, including the concept of the mole and chemical stoichiometry. Additional work involves the synthesis of ionic substances and their qualitative characterization. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM131.
Laboratory sessions will begin after the first lecture. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
CHEM132C
General Chemistry I Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Corequisite: CHEM131.
Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM132, CHEM136, CHEM143, CHEM147 or CHEM177.
Formerly: CHEM103.
Introduction to the quantification of chemical substances, including the concept of the mole and chemical stoichiometry. Additional work involves the synthesis of ionic substances and their qualitative characterization. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM131.
Restricted to new freshmen and new transfer students in Biological Science, Chemistry or Biochemistry. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
CHEM132S
General Chemistry I Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Corequisite: CHEM131.
Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM132, CHEM136, CHEM143, CHEM147 or CHEM177.
Formerly: CHEM103.
Introduction to the quantification of chemical substances, including the concept of the mole and chemical stoichiometry. Additional work involves the synthesis of ionic substances and their qualitative characterization. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM131.
Laboratory sessions will begin after the first lecture. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee. Restricted to College Park Scholars - Life Sciences.
CHEM134
Chemical Principles for Engineering
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM131; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM146.
Credit only granted for: CHEM 134 or CHEM 135.
Basic chemistry for engineering students. Introduction to organic structures and polymers, gas laws, liquids, solids, phase changes, chemical kinetics and electrochemistry.
CHEM135
General Chemistry for Engineers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH120, MATH130, or MATH140.
Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM113, CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146.
The nature and composition of matter, solutions, chemical reactions, equilibria, and electrochemistry, with applications to various fields of engineering.
CHEM136
General Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM135.
Restriction: Must be in a major in ENGR-A. James Clark School of Engineering.
A laboratory course for engineering majors intending to take CHEM231 and CHEM232.
There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course.
CHEM146
Principles of General Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH140 or higher.
Corequisite: CHEM147.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Chemistry; Biochemistry).
Credit only granted for: CHEM103, CHEM131, CHEM135, CHEM143, or CHEM146.
Formerly: CHEM143.
An overview of the Periodic Table, inorganic substances, ionic and covalent bonding, bulk properties of materials, chemical equilibrium, and quantitative chemistry. CHEM146 is the first course in a four-semester sequence for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors.
CHEM177
Introduction to Laboratory Practices and Research in the Chemical Sciences
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Corequisite: CHEM146, CHEM131, or CHEM135.
Restriction: Must be in a major within CMNS-Chemistry & Biochemistry department; or permission of CMNS-Chemistry & Biochemistry department.
Credit only granted for: CHEM132, CHEM136, CHEM147, or CHEM177.
First semester laboratory course required for CHEM and BCHM majors. Introduction to laboratory techniques, including safety practices, scientific ethics, and presentation of current research topics.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
CHEM231
Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146; and (CHEM132, CHEM136, CHEM147, or CHEM177); and a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required of College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM232.
Credit only granted for: CHEM104, CHEM231, CHEM233 or CHEM237.
Formerly: CHEM233.
The chemistry of carbon: aliphatic compounds, aromatic compounds, stereochemistry, arenes, halides, alcohols, esters and spectroscopy.
CHEM232
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132; or (CHEM135 and CHEM136); or (CHEM146 and CHEM147). And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM231.
Credit only granted for: CHEM104, CHEM231, CHEM233 or CHEM237.
Formerly: CHEM233.
Provides experience in developing some basic laboratory techniques, recrystallization, distillation, extraction, chromatography.
Laboratory sessions will begin after the first lecture of CHEM 231. Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
CHEM241
Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM231 and CHEM232; or CHEM237. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Credit only granted for: CHEM241, CHEM243 or CHEM247.
Formerly: CHEM243.
A continuation of CHEM231 with emphasis on molecular structure; substitution reactions; carbonium ions; aromaticity; synthetic processes; macromolecules.
CHEM242
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: CHEM231 and CHEM232; or CHEM237. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM241.
Credit only granted for: CHEM243 or CHEM247.
Formerly: CHEM243.
Synthetic organic chemistry through functional group manipulation, introduction to instrumentation essential to analysis and structure elucidation.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
CHEM247
Principles of Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM237; or permission of CMNS-Chemistry & Biochemistry department.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Chemistry; Biochemistry) ; or must be an honors student.
Credit only granted for: CHEM243 or CHEM247.
A continuation of CHEM237 with emphasis on molecular structure, substitution reactions; carbonium ions; aromaticity; synthetic processes; macromolecules.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
CHEM271
General Chemistry and Energetics
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM241 and CHEM242; or CHEM247. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM272.
Credit only granted for: CHEM113, CHEM153, CHEM271 or CHEM276.
Formerly: CHEM113.
An introduction to the physical aspects of chemistry; chemical kinetics thermodynamics and electrochemistry in the context of current chemistry research.
CHEM272
General Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: CHEM241 and CHEM242; or CHEM247. And a grade of C- or better in the prerequisites is required for College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences majors and recommended for all students.
Corequisite: CHEM271.
Credit only granted for: CHEM227, CHEM272 or CHEM277.
An introduction to analytical chemistry with an emphasis on bio-analytical instrumentation and techniques.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
CHEM277
Fundamentals of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM241 and CHEM242; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM247.
Corequisite: CHEM276.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Chemistry; Biochemistry).
Credit only granted for: CHEM153, CHEM227, CHEM272 or CHEM277.
Quantitative analysis, inorganic analytical chemistry, and an introduction to bio-analytical instrumentation and techniques.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM389A
(Perm Req)
Pedagogy and Instruction in Chemistry; Instruction in Chemistry
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
CHEM389B
(Perm Req)
Pedagogy and Instruction in Chemistry
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Methodologies, theory and educational tools applicable to the field of undergraduate chemistry education. Examples covered will use content from introductory general and organic chemistry courses.
CHEM398
(Perm Req)
Special Projects
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Limited to chemistry honors students. Consult with Dr. Montague-Smith.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM399A
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Chemical Research
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM399B
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Chemical Research
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM399C
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Chemical Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM399X
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Chemical Research; Chemistry Instruction
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CHEM403
Radiochemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed one year of college chemistry and one year of college physics.
Radioactive decay; introduction to properties of atomic nuclei; nuclear processes in cosmology; chemical, biomedical and environmental applications of radioactivity; nuclear processes as chemical tools; interaction of radiation with matter.
CHEM425
Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM272 and CHEM271; or (CHEM276 and CHEM277).
Modern instrumentation in analytical chemistry. Electronics, spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
CHEM441
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM481; and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (CHEM241, CHEM247).
Also offered as: CHEM641.
An advanced study of the compounds of carbon, with special emphasis on molecular orbital theory and organic reaction mechanisms.
CHEM460
Structure Determination Using Spectroscopic Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed CHEM243; or CHEM247; or (CHEM241 and CHEM242).
Formerly: CHEM660.
The use of infrared, ultraviolet-visible, proton and carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy for structure determination in organic chemistry.
CHEM481
Physical Chemistry I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM135; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM271 and CHEM272; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM276 and CHEM277. And minimum grade of C- in MATH141. And minimum grade of C- in PHYS260 and PHYS261; or minimum grade of C- in PHYS141.
Thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical and molecular systems. Topics may include internal energy, heat, work, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, and spontaneity as well as reaction order, differential rate laws, integrated rate laws, and rate laws for multi-step processes.
CHEM482
Physical Chemistry II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM481.
Quantum mechanical nature of atoms and molecules. Topics may include model systems for electronic, vibrational, rotational and translational energies as well as connections to molecular spectroscopy and thermal distributions.
CHEM483
Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM481.
An introduction to the principles and application of quantitative techniques in physical chemical measurements. Experiments will be coordinated with topics in CHEM481.
Students must pay a $40.00 lab materials fee.
CHEM484
Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM481 and CHEM483; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM482.
A continuation of CHEM 483. Advanced quantitative techniques necessary in physical chemical measurements. Experiments will be coordinated with topics in CHEM 482.
Students must pay a $40.00 laboratory materials fee.
CHEM601
Structure and Bonding of Molecules and Materials
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Development of the tools necessary to use the knowledge of structure an bonding of molecules and solids in the practice of synthetic inorganic and materials chemistry. Several bonding models are covered, from the simple valence bond and ligand field models to a quantitative group theoretical treatment of molecular orbital theory and band structure descriptions of solids. Concepts of electron counting and oxidation state and ligand characteristics are revisited in terms of the more sophisticated bonding models. Finally, these models are used to analyze the reactivity, magnetic and spectroscopic properties of inorganic coordination compounds. Prior advanced inorganic and/or advanced quantum chemistry courses are not prerequisites.
CHEM608B
Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry; Nanoparticle Aerosol Dynamics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as CHBE495, ENCH648Z, and ENME713. Credit granted for CHBE495, ENCH648Z, ENME713, or CHEM608B.
CHEM608K
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry; Chemistry Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as BIOL608K, CBMG699K, and ENTM699K. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: BIOL608K, CBMG699K, CHEM608K, or ENTM699K.
CHEM611
Professional Skills for New Graduate Students
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Chemistry (Master's); Biochemistry (Master's); Biochemistry (Doctoral); Chemistry (Doctoral)) ; and must be a new graduate student.
Covers a wide range of topics in professional development for new graduate students.
CHEM624
Electrical Methods of Quantitative Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM482; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
The use of conductivity, potentiometry, polarography, voltammetry, amperometry, coulometry, and chronopotentiometry in quantitative analysis.
CHEM625
Separation Methods in Quantitative Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM482; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
The theory and application for quantitative analysis of various forms of chromatography, ion exchange, solvent extraction, distillation, and mass spectroscopy.
CHEM640
Problems in Organic Reaction Mechanisms
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
A tutorial type course dealing with the basic description of the fundamentals of writing organic reaction mechanisms.
CHEM641
Organic Reaction Mechanisms
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as: CHEM441.
CHEM684
Chemical Thermodynamics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM482; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
CHEM689B
Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
CHEM690
Quantum Chemistry I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
CHEM699
Special Problems in Chemistry
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Open only to non-thesis Master's degree candidates.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM889A
CHEM889C
CHEM889D
Seminar; Organic
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
CHEM889E
Seminar; Physical Chemistry
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as CHEM898F and CHPH709A. Credit will be granted for one of the following: CHEM889E, CHEM889F, or CHPH709A.
CHEM889F
Seminar; Chemical Physics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as CHEM898E and CHPH709A. Credit will be granted for one of the following: CHEM889E, CHEM889F, or CHPH709A.
CHEM889M
Seminar; Materials Chemistry
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
CHEM899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.