Graduate Courses

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Graduate courses in Chemistry are listed as, 7000-, or 8000- and 9000-level courses. Students in the PhD program are required to take the three “core courses”, 7021, 7022 and 7023, as well as two P/F-graded courses on Scientific Writing and Scientific Ethics, 7011 and 7012, respectively.  After completing the core courses, they will take at least 9 credits of "post-qualification courses" at the 8000-level.  This is usually the equivalent of three full-semester courses but may include shorter, half-semester courses.  9000-level courses are those that can be taken multiple times for credit, including Research and Seminar courses.  Note that not all of the 8000-level courses are offered annually.

Course Descriptions provide specifics about each class offered. Most listings also show prerequisites for the class. For a reference list of courses organized by college, visit the UC website.

Scientific Writing for Chemists

Scientific Writing is intended to provide the chemistry graduate student with the tools necessary to be able to write scientific documents that are clear, simple and direct, and defy using complex, awkward, and confusing constructs and language. Tasks, for example, to do this will include critiquing and re-writing published professional works, including, in particular, those produced by the students. Such works are therefore likely to include scientific papers and posters, meeting abstracts, and reviews, i.e. those formats most often to be encountered by the students in their professional lives.

Scientific Ethics

The course is intended to familiarize graduate students with the multiple aspects of scientific ethics ranging from the treatment of living subjects, ownership of scientific data and the acceptable limits of signal processing and data manipulation to plagiarism and simple fraud. Case studies will be used to investigate the boundaries of ethical behavior.

Modern Spectroscopy

A graduate level course covering basic theoretical concepts of spectroscopy, various spectroscopic methods, and applications of these methods to the characterization, quantitation, and bonding of molecules. This course is a required course for the PhD program in Chemistry.

Molecular Interactions

A graduate level course covering the practical application of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetics to chemical problems. Examples from modern chemical and biochemical research will be covered to illustrate the basic concepts covered in the course. This course is a required course for the PhD program in Chemistry.

Chemical Reactivity

A graduate level course covering the fundamentals of chemical kinetics, including rates, rate laws, the relationship of rate laws to reaction mechanism, and chemical catalysis. The reactivity of organic and inorganic molecules, complexes and functional groups is discussed, and applications of kinetics concepts to biochemical systems are explored. This course is a required course for the PhD program in Chemistry.

Introduction to Graduate Research

Initiation of thesis (M.S.) or dissertation (Ph.D.) research project, including experimental work and communication of the background, rationale and progress on the project to the thesis or dissertation committee.


The course is designed to advance the student's understanding of the underlying principles of separation science (e.g., distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, chromatography, electrophoresis). Theoretical as well as practical considerations will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the applications, advantages and limitations of the various techniques. Comparisons will be made with alternate available techniques. In the exams, students will be expected to apply the knowledge gained to explain the underlying principles and design separation protocols for a variety of analytical or bulk scale separation problems posed in the exam, including selection of appropriate specific methods, justifying the choice of the method selected and critiquing alternative methods that were not chosen.

Electroanalytical Chemistry

The fundamentals of electroanalytical chemistry are covered. Topics include commonly used electroanalytical techniques (potentiometry, voltammetry, thin layer electrochemistry, coulometry, spectroelectrochemistry, conductometric methods), instrumentation, and applications in areas such as health care, enviromental monitoring, industry, and military. Articles from the current literature are discussed. Active student participation is an integral part of the course.