Graduate Course Descriptions

For an offical course listing, please refer to the Cal Poly General Catalog: 2012- 2013 University Catalog

The notations F, W, Sp, Su, and even or odd indicate which quarter(s) of even or odd numbered calendar years the course is normally offered. Courses not designated "even" or "odd" are offered each year.

CHM 513 Independent Study in Advanced Chemistry (1) F, W, Sp

Reading and reports on papers in the literature, solving of assigned problems. Minimum of 60 hours total time. Concurrent: any of CHM 522, 523, 541, 542, 543, 553, 554, 561, 562, 571, 572, 581, 582, 583. May be repeated for a maximum of 7 units.

CHM 522, 523 Advances in Chemical Physics (3)(3) W, Sp, odd years, respectively

Application of quantum chemistry to problems of atomic and molecular structure; molecular orbital and valence bond theories. Theory of transition moments and application to IR, UV, RAMAN and spin resonance spectroscopy. Applications of reaction dynamics. 3 lecture discussions. Concurrent: CHM 513. Prerequisite: CHM 419 or consent of instructor.

CHM 531 Solution and Relaxation Kinetics (3) Sp, even years

The main focus will be on the application of relaxation kinetics to the study and analysis of relatively complex multi-step reactions in solution. Treatment will unify practical and theoretical considerations with respect to experimental design, instrumentation, limitations and relationship to conventional kinetic methods. Specific topics will include: spectrophotometric detection of intermediate, reversible and non-reversible systems, introduction to normal mode analysis, amplitude effects and detailed analysis of representative examples from the recent literature and research in progress. 3 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: CHM 305 or 313 or consent of instructor.

CHM 541, 542, 543 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry (3) (3) (3) F, W, Sp, respectively

Recent advances in topics of interest in the area of organic chemistry, for example, reaction mechanism, synthesis, spectroscopy, polymers, heterocycles, natural products as well as physical organic, organometallic, bio-organic, industrial and photochemistries. Each course may be repeated once for credit. 3 lecture discussions. Concurrent: CHM 513.

CHM 544 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry (3) Sp, even years

Selected topics in organic chemistry. Course may be repeated once for credit. 3 lecture discussions. Concurrent: CHM 513.

CHM 550 Seminar in Chemistry (1) F, W, Sp

Special study in selected areas of chemistry. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 units. 1 seminar.

CHM 553, 554 Advances in Physical Chemistry (3)(3) F, odd years; W, even years, respectively

Selected topics from advanced physical chemistry such as statistical mechanics, electrochemistry kinetics and solution chemistry. 3 lecture discussions. Concurrent: CHM 513.

CHM 561, 562 Selected Topics in Biochemistry (3)(3) W, Sp respectively

Basic principles as applied to topics of biochemical interest, such as: cellular energetics and kinetics, analysis of the structure and function of proteins and other macromolecules, feedback control metabolism, trace nutrients, biochemistry of membranes, marine biochemistry, biochemical genetics and biochemical evolution. Each course may be repeated once for credit. 3 lecture discussions. Concurrent: CHM 513.

CHM 565 Biochemical Mechanisms (3) F, odd years

General mechanistic principles of organic and inorganic chemistry as they relate to biochemistry. 3 lecture discussions.

CHM 567 Advanced Clinical Chemistry (3) Sp, odd years

Chemical basis of recent advances in analytical methods and techniques, basis of new instrumentation, treatment of data and interpretations of clinical analyses. 3 lecture discussions.

CHM 571, 572 Advances in Inorganic Chemistry (3)(3) W, Sp, even years, respectively

Selected topics in advanced inorganic chemistry such as physical methods of inorganic chemistry, reaction mechanisms, organometallic chemistry and applications of group theory. 3 lecture discussions. Concurrent: CHM 513.

CHM 581, 582, 583 Advances in Analytical Chemistry(3)(3)(3) F, W, Sp, respectively

Selected topics in modern analytical chemistry. Each course may be repeated once for credit. 3 lecture discussions. Concurrent: CHM 513.

CHM 691 Directed Study (1-3) F, W, Sp, Su

Independent study in an area chosen by the student under the supervision and direction of a graduate faculty member. Total credit limited to 3 units. Unconditional standing required.

CHM 694 Thesis Research in Chemistry (1-3) F, W, Sp, Su

Compilation, evaluation, interpretation and report of research for thesis. (3 units minimum.) Total credit limited to 9 units. Advancement to Candidacy required.

CHM 696 Master's Degree Thesis (1-3) F, W, Sp, Su

Chemical basis of recent advances in analytical methods and techniques, basis of new instrumentation, treatment of data and interpretations of clinical analyses. 3 lecture discussions.

CHM 699 Master's Degree Continuation (0)

Registration or an approved leave of absence is required for any quarter following the final assignment of the grade RP until the completion of thesis and final oral examination. The candidate must be enrolled in the university during the quarter in which he/she graduates. Advancement to Candidacy required.