Courses for Chemistry
Courses of Instruction
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.
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. - M. Sever
Prerequisites: Barnard students only. Permission of instructor required.
Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50
CHEM BC 1010x Pumpkin Pie to CSI: Chemistry in Everyday
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). - M. Rao
Prerequisites: For section 002: CHEM BC2001 is required Corequisites: For Section 001: NONE, but CHEM BC2001 is encouraged
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.
Prerequisites: Algebra (Math SAT I score of 600 or permission of the instructor for first-year students). Corequisites: CHEM BC2011 and CHEM BC2012
Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50; Lab lecture and laboratory one afternoon: MTWRF: 1:10-5:00. Counts towards Lab Science requirement. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
5 points All students enrolled in BC2001x must also be enrolled in one section of BC2011 that is on the SAME DAY as BC2012 .
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.
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 2016-2017.
CHEM BC 2011x General Chemistry Lab Lecture
Required pre-lab discussion section for BC2001 General Chemistry.All students
enrolled in BC2001 must also be enrolled in one section of BC2011 that is the SAME as BC2012 .- Jacob Alexander
Corequisites: CHEM BC2001 and CHEM BC2012
CHEM BC 2012x General Chemistry Lab
Required laboratory section for BC2001 General Chemistry.All students
enrolled in BC2001 must also be enrolled in one section of BC2012 and one section of BC2011 on the SAME day.- Jacob Alexander , Jean
Corequisites: CHEM BC2001 and CHEM BC2011.
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 2016-2017.
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. -
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.
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.
CHEM BC 3232y Chemistry IV
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.
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 V1101, and permission of instructor. Corequisites: CHEM BC3338
3 points This course is not a suitable substitute for CHEM BC3232 for students completing the pre-health requirements.
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, PHYS BC2001, PHYS BC 2002, MATH V1102 or MATH V1201. Lecture: MWF 10:00-10:50.
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.
CHEM BC 3254x Methods and Applications in Physical
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.
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.
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.
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3271 Inorganic Chemistry Not offered in 2016-2017.
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 9-9:50 AM.
CHEM BC 3282x and y 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. -
Prerequisites: One year of Organic Chemistry, BIOL BC1502. Lecture: MWF 9:00-9:50.
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.
CHEM BC 3284x Current Topics in Biochemistry
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. - Mary
Prerequisites: CHEM BC3282 and CHEM BC3355 or instructor approval.
CHEM BC 3328y Introductory Organic Chemistry
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
CHEM BC 3333x Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry
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 BC3334. - M. Rao, J. Vadakkan
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.
CHEM BC 3334x Modern Techniques Lecture
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. - Meena Rao
Corequisites: CHEM BC3333
CHEM BC 3337x Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry
- 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
CHEM BC 3338y Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques
Quantitative techniques in volumetric analysis, radiochemistry,
spectrophotometry, and pH measurement. Data analysis with spreadsheets. - J.
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.
CHEM BC 3340y Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques
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 2016-2017.
CHEM BC 3342y Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques
- 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
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
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: M 1:10-12:50; Laboratory two afternoons: M 2:10-6:00 / W 1:10-5:00.
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
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 BC3338 Corequisites: CHEM BC3253
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. Not offered in 2016-2017.
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. Not offered in 2016-2017.
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 2016-2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHEM BC 3901x-BC3902y Senior Honors Thesis
Weekly seminar to accompany Senior Honors Thesis Lab (CHEM BC3903). Focus is on scientific presentation and
writing skills and research conduct. - M. Buzzeo
4 points Enrollment restricted by invitation of the department.
CHEM BC 3903x Senior Honor Thesis Lab
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.
Corequisites: CHEM BC3901
G4071 Inorganic Chemistry
G4103 Organometallic Chemistry
G4170 Biophysical Chemistry
G4172 Biorganic Topics
G4221 Quantum Chemistry