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CHEM BC 1003x Chemical Problem Solving

BC1003 is designed to present fundamental concepts of chemistry and to help students develop strong chemical problem solving skills. The course will approach chemistry from both molecular and macroscopic perspectives. It is particularly appropriate for first-year students with weak backgrounds in chemistry and/or mathematical problem-solving (e.g., SAT Math ≤ 600) who have an interest in continuing into the CHEM BC2001 General Chemistry course, presumably leading to further scientific study at the College. CHEM BC1003y emphasizes problem-solving skills, along with specially-selected fundamental chemical topics. The course does not count toward the laboratory science general education requirement. Permission of Instructor. - D. Merrer
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC1003
CHEM
1003
05217
001
MWF 11:00a - 11:50a
308 Diana Center
D. Merrer 5 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 1003x and y Chemical Problem Solving

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 BC2001 General Chemistry course. - D. Merrer (fall), M. Sever (spring)
Prerequisites: Barnard students only. Permission of instructor required.
Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50

3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC1003
CHEM
1003
05217
001
MWF 11:00a - 11:50a
308 Diana Center
D. Merrer 5 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 1010x Pumpkin Pie to CSI: Chemistry in Everyday Life

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 only for first-year students, and section 002 is for upperclass students. - M. Rao
Corequisites: None, but CHEM BC2001 is encouraged
1 point

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC1010
CHEM
1010
04026
001
Th 11:00a - 12:00p
303 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. Rao 12 [ More Info ]
CHEM
1010
08436
002
Tu 11:00a - 12:00p
308 Diana Center
M. Rao 10 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 2001x General Chemistry I

Atoms; elements and compounds; gases; solutions; equilibrium; acid-base, precipitation, and oxidation-reduction reactions; thermochemistry. Laboratory experience with both qualitative and quantitative techniques. - J. Magyar
Prerequisites: Algebra (Math SAT I score of 600 or permission of the instructor for first-year students). Corequisites: Lecture and laboratory must be taken together unless permission of the instructor is given. Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50; Lab lecture and laboratory one afternoon: MTWRF: 1:10-5:00; sign up is located on the 8th floor of Altschul for lab sections. Counts towards Lab Science requirement. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
5 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC2001
CHEM
2001
06144
001
MWF 11:00a - 11:50a
202 ALTSCHUL HALL
J. Magyar 132 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 2002y General Chemistry II

Kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions; nuclear chemistry and radioactivity; atomic and molecular structure; selected topics in environmental chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. - M. Buzzeo
Prerequisites: CHEM BC2001 or permission of the instructor. Students who have completed CHEM BC3230 or its equivalent may not subsequently receive credit toward the degree for CHEM BC2002. Lecture: TuTh 8:40-9:55; Lab lecture and laboratory: M 1:10-5:00. Corequisites: Counts towards Lab Science requirement. Not offered in 2014-2015.
5 points

CHEM BC 2102y General Chemistry II Laboratory

Laboratory portion of CHEM BC2002. - M. Buzzeo
Prerequisites: General Chemistry I with laboratory. Corequisites: General Chemistry II lectures or equivalent and permission of instructor. Lab lecture and laboratory: M 1:10-5:00. Not offered in 2014-2015.
2 points

CHEM BC 2900y Research Methods Seminar

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. - E. Bauer, C. Rojas
Prerequisites: Students must be sophomores with a strong interest in pursuing research in the biological or chemical sciences
1 point Instructor's Permission Required

CHEM BC 3230y Organic Chemistry I

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

CHEM BC 3231x Organic Chemistry II

Extension of concepts from Organic Chemistry I to conjugated systems; chemistry of the carbonyl group; NMR and IR spectroscopy; bioorganic chemistry. - C. Rojas
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3230. Lecture: MWF 10:00-10:50.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3231
CHEM
3231
07716
001
MWF 10:00a - 10:50a
202 ALTSCHUL HALL
C. Rojas 109 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 3232y Intermediate General Chemistry

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. - TBA
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.
3 points

CHEM BC 3242y Quantitative Analysis

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. - J. Alexander
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3231, MATH V 1101, and permission of instructor.
3 points

CHEM BC 3252y Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Introduction to the laws of thermodynamics; application primarily to ideal systems. Free energy and equilibrium. Kinetics: rate laws and mechanisms, experimental techniques. - A. Crowther
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3231, Physics I (Mechanics), and Calculus II or III. Lecture: MWF 10:00-10:50.
3 points

CHEM BC 3253x Quantum Chemistry

Exact and approximate solutions to the Schrodinger equation. The structure of atoms and molecules. Chemical bonding and spectroscopy. Computer-based molecular modeling. - A. Crowther
Prerequisites: Physics and Calculus II or III or permission of instructor. Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3253
CHEM
3253
01266
001
MWF 11:00a - 11:50a
805 ALTSCHUL HALL
A. Crowther 14 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 3254x Methods and Applications in Physical Chemistry

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

CHEM BC 3271y Inorganic Chemistry

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. - J. Magyar
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3231 or Permission of Instructor. Lecture: TuTh 8:40-9:55.
3 points

CHEM BC 3272y Advanced 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. - J. Magyar
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3271 Inorganic Chemistry Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

CHEM BC 3280y Advanced Organic Chemistry

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. - D. Merrer
Prerequisites: One year of organic chemistry. Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

CHEM BC 3282y Biological Chemistry

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. - M. Sever
Prerequisites: One year of organic chemistry, one year of biology. Lecture: MWF 9:00-9:50.
3 points

CHEM BC 3283y Biological Chemistry II

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. - M. Sever
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3282 or equivalent. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

CHEM BC 3328y Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Basic techniques of experimental organic chemistry. Principles and methods of separation, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. Selected organic reactions. - M. Rao, J. Vadakkan
Prerequisites: General Chemistry I with lab. Corequisites: CHEM BC3230 or equivalent (can also be prerequisite). Lecture and laboratory one afternoon: MTWRF: 1:10-5:30. Lab only Th: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
2.5 points

CHEM BC 3333x Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Advanced experimental organic techniques and introduction to qualitative and quantitative organic analysis. Emphasis on instrumental and chromatographic methods. Selected reactions. - M. Rao, J. Vadakkan
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3328 with a grade of C- or better and CHEM BC3230. Corequisites: CHEM BC3231. Lecture: Tu 12:00-12:50; Laboratory one afternoon: M, Tu, or Th 1:10-5:30.
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3333
CHEM
3333
03013
001
M 1:10p - 5:30p
716 ALTSCHUL HALL
Tu 12:00p - 12:50p
903 ALTSCHUL HALL
J. Vadakkan 18 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3333
00945
002
Tu 12:00p - 12:50p
805 ALTSCHUL HALL
Tu 1:10p - 5:30p
716 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. Rao 9 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3333
03742
003
Tu 12:00p - 12:50p
805 ALTSCHUL HALL
Th 1:10p - 5:30p
716 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. Rao 12 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 3337x Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory

- M. Rao
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3333. Lecture: Tu 12:00-12:50; Laboratory one afternoon: Tu 1:10-5:30.
2 points CHEM BC3333x + CHEM BC3337x = BC3335x

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3337
CHEM
3337
02076
001
Tu 12:00p - 12:50p
805 ALTSCHUL HALL
Tu 1:10p - 5:30p
716 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. Rao 1 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 3338y Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory

Quantitative techniques in volumetric analysis, radiochemistry, spectrophotometry, and pH measurement. Data analysis with spreadsheets. - J. Alexander, TBA
Prerequisites: General Chemistry with lab, Organic I lab. Corequisites: For students not majoring in chemistry or biochemistry: CHEM BC3232 or CHEM BC3252. Lecture: Tu 1:10-2:00; Laboratory one afternoon: Tu 2:10-6:00 or Th 1:10-5:00.
3 points

CHEM BC 3340y Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory

Identical to CHEM BC3338, but with a greater variety and number of experiments. - J. Alexander
Prerequisites: General Chemistry with lab, Organic I lab. Corequisites: For students not majoring in chemistry or biochemistry: CHEM BC3232 or CHEM BC3252. Lecture: Tu 1:10-2:00; Laboratory two afternoons: Tu 2:10-6:00 and Th 1:10-5:00. Not offered in 2014-2015.
5 points

CHEM BC 3342y Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory

- J. Alexander
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3338. Laboratory one afternoon: Tu 2:10-6:00 or Th 1:10-5:00.
2 points CHEM BC3338 + CHEM BC3342 = BC3340

CHEM BC 3348y Advanced Spectroscopy and Analysis Laboratory

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. - A. Crowther
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3333 and CHEM BC3253 Corequisites: CHEM BC3271 Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

CHEM BC 3355x Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques

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. - M. Sever, S. Liu
Prerequisites: Organic II lab (CHEM BC3333, BC3335, or equivalent); Quantitative analysis lab (BC3338, BC3340, or equivalent); Biochemistry (CHEM BC3282, CHEM C3501, or equivalent). Lecture: Tu 12:00-12:50; Laboratory two afternoons: Tu Th 1:10-5:00.
5 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3355
CHEM
3355
08439
001
Tu 1:00p - 1:50p
530 ALTSCHUL HALL
Tu 2:10p - 6:00p
606 ALTSCHUL HALL
Th 1:10p - 5:00p
606 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. Sever
S. Liu
14 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 3357x Biochemistry Laboratory Techniques

Similar to CHEM BC3355, with experiments modified to be accomplished in one laboratory period per week. - M. Sever, S. Liu
Prerequisites: Same as CHEM BC3355.
Lecture: Tu 12:00-12:50; Laboratory: Tu or Th 1:10-5:00

3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3357
CHEM
3357
02033
001
Tu 1:00p - 1:50p
530 ALTSCHUL HALL
Tu 2:10p - 6:00p
606 ALTSCHUL HALL
Th 1:10p - 5:00p
606 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. Sever
S. Liu
0 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 3358x Advanced Chemical Synthesis Laboratory

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. - D. Merrer
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3333, CHEM BC3271, and CHEM BC3253. CHEM BC3253 may be taken as a corequisite. Not offered in 2014-2015.
5 points

CHEM BC 3365x Integrated Chemistry Laboratory

Experiments in kinetics, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry using instrumental methods; preparation and characterization of inorganic compounds; solids; some computer applications. - A. Crowther, S. Liu
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.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3365
CHEM
3365
02826
001
M 1:10p - 5:30p
606 ALTSCHUL HALL
W 1:10p - 2:00p
514 ALTSCHUL HALL
W 2:10p - 6:30p
606 ALTSCHUL HALL
A. Crowther 8 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 3368y Integrated Chemistry Laboratory II

Experiments in spectroscopy and structure: UV-Vis, fluorescence, Raman, infrared spectra of organic and inorganic molecules and reactions. - A. Crowther, S. Liu
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3253 and CHEM BC3338 or equivalent. Lecture: Tu 12:00-12:50; Laboratory: MW 1:10-5:00.
3 points

CHEM BC 3590y Senior Colloquium

Readings, discussions, and presentations about contemporary research in chemistry and biochemistry. Th 10:35-12:25. - M. Sever
Not offered in 2014-2015.
2 points

CHEM BC 3597x and y Problems in Chemistry

Individual research projects at Barnard or Columbia, culminating in a comprehensive written report. - C. Rojas, M. Buzzeo, D. Merrer, A. Crowther, J. Magyar, M. Sever
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3328 and permission of instructor. 4 hours of laboratory work by arrangement.
2 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3597
CHEM
3597
03664
001
TBA C. Rojas 1 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3597
01537
002
TBA M. Buzzeo 1 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3597
05823
003
TBA D. Merrer 2 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3597
07294
004
TBA A. Crowther 1 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3597
01343
005
TBA J. Magyar 1 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3597
02865
006
TBA M. Sever 1 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 3598x and y External Problems in Chemistry

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

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3598
CHEM
3598
09971
001
TBA D. Merrer 0 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 3599x and y Problems in Chemistry

Individual research projects at Barnard or Columbia, culminating in a comprehensive written report. - C. Rojas, M. Buzzeo, D. Merrer, A. Crowther, J. Magyar, M. Sever
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3328 and permission of instructor. 8 hours of laboratory work by arrangement.
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3599
CHEM
3599
02182
001
TBA C. Rojas 1 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3599
05095
002
TBA M. Buzzeo 0 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3599
01197
003
TBA D. Merrer 0 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3599
00639
004
TBA A. Crowther 0 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3599
03432
005
TBA J. Magyar 2 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3599
03858
006
TBA M. Sever 1 [ More Info ]

CHEM BC 3901x-BC3902y Senior Honors Thesis

Guided research in Chemistry or Biochemistry, under the sponsorship of a faculty member, leading to the senior thesis. Weekly seminar F 2:10-4:00 and 8 hours research to be arranged.- M. Buzzeo
4 points Enrollment restricted by invitation of the department.

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: CHEM BC3901
CHEM
3901
00140
001
F 2:10p - 4:00p
805 ALTSCHUL HALL
M. Buzzeo 1 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3901
07231
002
TBA C. Rojas 2 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3901
05640
003
TBA D. Merrer 5 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3901
07402
004
TBA A. Crowther 2 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3901
09791
005
TBA J. Magyar 1 [ More Info ]
CHEM
3901
02487
006
TBA M. Sever 2 [ More Info ]

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