Professor Edward Biehl, Department Chair
Professors: John Buynak, Michael Lattman, John Maguire, Patty Wisian-Neilson; Associate Professors: Werner Horsthemke, Mark Schell, David Son; Adjunct Professor: John Falck, Rajan Vempati.
The atmosphere of the Chemistry Department is an informal one where students have easy access to the faculty. The advanced classes are small and most advanced laboratories are taught by the professorial staff. This gives the faculty the opportunity to get to know their undergraduate majors quite well. The Department believes that this close personal contact between faculty and students is important to success in undergraduate education. Undergraduate majors are heavily involved in research, working in teams with faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate students. Our majors are accepted into the leading graduate and professional schools in the nation. On the average, two-thirds of our graduates seek advanced degrees. Those majors at the Bachelor's level who choose employment find excellent positions.
Departmental web address: www.smu.edu/chemistry
Requirements for the B.S. Degree. The completion of a minimum of 44 term hours in the department, including CHEM 1113, 1114, 1303, 1304 (or 1307, 1308), 3351, 3117, 3118, 3371, 3372 (or 3373, 3374), 4397, 5185, 5188, 5192, 5310, 5383, 5384, 5392, 5486, and an additional 5000-level course in chemistry to be chosen in consultation with the departmental adviser. In addition, PHYS 1403, 1404 (or 1407, 1408); MATH 1337, 1338, 2339. A reading knowledge of scientic German or Russian (a minimum of six term hours) is recommended for students planning graduate work in chemistry. This degree is certied by the American Chemical Society for professional training in chemistry.
Requirements for the B.S. Degree in Environmental Chemistry. CHEM 1113, 1114, 1303, 1304 (or 1307, 1308), 3351, 3117, 3371, 3372 (or 3373, 3374), 5310, 5383, 5384, 5486, 5390, and either 5392 or GEOL 3451. In addition, PHYS 1403, 1404, (or 1407, 1408); MATH 1337, 1338, 2339; GEOL 6363; at least one introductory environmental science elective, chosen from GEOL 1301, GEOL 1305, GEOL 1315, GEOL 2320, GEOL 2321, ENV 2304 or ENV 2421; at least one advanced environmental science elective, chosen from BIOL 3307, BIOL 3343, GEOL 3353, GEOL 3366, GEOL 5384, ME 5315, ME 5317 or SSH 5333; at least three semester hours of Undergraduate Research (CHEM 4397 or GEOL 4296 at a three credit level) on a topic in environmental chemistry. The research project can be conducted in the laboratory of an SMU faculty member or as an internship with a private company, and will culminate in a written report. Students planning to attend graduate school are advised to complete MATH 2343 or a Statistical Science course at the 4000 or 5000 level. This degree program is certied by the American Chemical Society for professional training in environmental chemistry,
Requirements for the B.A. Degree. The completion of a minimum of 26 term hours in the department, including CHEM 1113, 1114, 1303, 1304 (or 1307, 1308), 3371, 3372 (or 3373 or 3374), 3117, 3118, 5381 (or 5383), plus at least seven additional hours at the advanced level, to be chosen in consultation with the department adviser. In addition, PHYS 1403, 1404 (or PHYS 1407, 1408), MATH 1337, and one additional course in math or statistics are required. This degree is not certified by the American Chemical Society.
The Honors Program. The Department offers a four-year Honors B.S. degree for highly motivated students. The program begins with CHEM 1307, 1308 in the rst year and culminates in a Senior Honors Thesis (4299) with special Honors courses or sections available in the intervening years. Students who have completed CHEM 1303-1304, 1113-1114 may petition the Department to enter the Honors Program after their rst year.
Requirements for the 4-Year Combined B.S./M.S. This program is designed for exceptionally well-prepared students who wish to accelerate their studies in chemistry. By combining summer research with the regular academic year, students in this program can complete the B.S. degree in three years and the M.S. degree after an additional year of study. No requirements for either degree are waived in this program. Students in this program are eligible for the department's Honors courses. For further details contact the Department of Chemistry.
Requirements for the Minor. Students majoring in other departments may obtain a minor in chemistry by completing CHEM 1303, 1113 and CHEM 1304, 1114 plus three additional advanced three- or four-hour courses to be chosen in consultation with the Chemistry Department adviser.
1301, 1302. Chemistry for Liberal Arts. A course designed for students with weak backgrounds in chemistry and for liberal-arts students.
1303, 1304. General Chemistry. This course is designed primarily for science majors, pre-med students, and engineering students. It offers an introduction to the fundamental principles and theories of chemistry, including stoichiometry, the structure of matter, energy relationships involved in the transformation of matter, the dynamics of such transformations, and some descriptive chemistry of the important elements. It is a prerequisite to all advanced courses in the department.
1305, 1306. General Chemistry for Engineering Majors. This course is designed primarily for students majoring in engineering. It offers an introduction to the fundamental principles and theories of chemistry with coverage of some topics relating to the chemistry of materials.
1307, 1308. General Chemistry (Honors). An honors option to CHEM 1303, 1304 for well-prepared students with a strong interest in chemistry. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry and permission of instructor.
1113. General Chemistry Laboratory. One three-hour laboratory period each week. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 1303, 1305, or 1307
1114. General Chemistry Laboratory. One three-hour laboratory period each week. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1113; Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 1304, 1306, or 1308.
3117. Organic Chemistry Laboratory. One three-hour laboratory period each week. Corequisite: CHEM 3371 or 3373.
3118. Organic Chemistry Laboratory. One three-hour laboratory period each week. Corequisite: CHEM 3372, or 3374.
3117H, 3118H. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (Honors). An honors option to CHEM 3117, 3118. One three-hour laboratory period each week. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
3351. Quantitative Analysis. A course involving the theory and practice of quantitative analytical chemistry techniques including gravimetric, volumetric, electrochemical, and spectroscopic analyses. Three hours of lecture and two four-hour laboratory periods per week for one-half term.
3371, 3372. Organic Chemistry. This course is designed to satisfy the requirements of the chemistry major and health-related professions student. The rst term deals primarily with aliphatic chemistry with special emphasis on stereochemistry. The second term emphasizes aromatic substances and the chemistry of biologically relevant molecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 1303, 1304.
3373, 3374. Honors Organic Chemistry. Covers essentially the same topics as 3371, 3372. However, topics are covered in more depth with a greater theoretical emphasis. Due to the small size of the class, greater student participation is possible. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
4000. Research. For students who hold research fellowships but are not enrolled in any credit-hour courses. No tuition.
4005. Externship. A zero credit hour course intended for those students who hold externship positions in chemistry in industrial, hospital, or government laboratories. No tuition.
4177. Introduction to Research. A course covering aspects of laboratory safety, information retrieval, writing reports and papers, and giving oral presentations. One one-hour lecture per week. Attendance at departmental seminars required.
4197, 4297, 4397; 4198, 4298, 4398. Undergraduate Research. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classication and permission of the instructor. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 4177.
4299. Honors Thesis. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Courses for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
5108. Special Topics in Chemistry. Special topics of current interest. Content varies from term to term.
5110 (BIOL 5110). Biological Chemistry Laboratory. One three-hour laboratory period each week. Corequisite: CHEM 5310.
5185. Laboratory Methods in Physical Chemistry. Laboratory experiments with emphasis on thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and physical biochemistry. One half-hour of lecture and ve-hour laboratory period each week for ve weeks. Prerequisite: CHEM 5381 or 5383.
5188. Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory. Laboratory experiments with emphasis on chemical kinetics and molecular spectroscopy. One half-hour of lecture and ve-hour laboratory period each week for ve weeks. Prerequisite: CHEM 5185. Corequisite: CHEM 5384 or permission of instructor.
5192. Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory. This course introduces students to advanced techniques and methods used in the synthesis of inorganic compounds. Corequisite (or prerequisite): CHEM 5392.
5306. Computational Chemistry. An introduction to the techniques of computer modeling of small to medium-sized organic molecules using advanced graphics workstations. Prerequisite: CHEM 3372.
5308. Special Topics in Chemistry. Presentation of advanced special topics in chemistry that are at the forefront of current chemical interest. Content varies from term to term.
5310 (BIOL 5310). Biological Chemistry: Macromolecular Structure and Function. Introduction to the structure and function of macromolecules of biological importance. Emphasis on nucleic acid and protein structure, enzyme kinetics, carbohydrate and lipid chemistry. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 3371 (3373) and 3117 (3119).
5311 (BIOL 5311). Biological Chemistry: Metabolism. Introduction to the pathways and regulatory events in the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 3371 and 3372.
5312 (BIOL 5312). Physical Biochemistry. Physical chemistry of macromolecules and biological membranes, with an emphasis on the thermodynamics of solutions. Prerequisites: MATH 1338, CHEM 3372, CHEM 5310. (CHEM 5381 or CHEM 5383 is recommended.)
5333. Introduction to Polymer Chemistry. This course provides basic information on the synthesis, physical properties, and solution properties of high molecular weight molecules. Plastics, manufacturing, and fabrication of polymers are discussed.
5335. Advanced Laboratory Methods and Techniques. This course introduces students to advanced techniques and methods in the synthesis of chemical compounds.
5381. Physical Chemistry. Introduction to chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, molecular structure, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. Designed for B.A. majors in chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 1304 (or 1308), PHYS 1106, 1304 (or PHYS 1408), MATH 1337.
5383. Physical Chemistry I. Gas laws; kinetic molecular theory; introduction to thermodynamics, with applications to phase transitions and chemical equilibrium; chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: PHYS 1106, 1304 (or PHYS 1408); MATH 2339 or permission of instructor.
5384. Physical Chemistry II. Elements of quantum mechanics and its description of many - electron atoms, bonding, and spectroscopy; intermolecular forces; structure of solids; and transport properties of uids. Prerequisite: CHEM 5383.
5387. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics of Materials and Solid State Reactions. Examines the relationship between partition function and thermodynamic variables. Transport properties are derived from random-walk models and kinetic theory. Solid-state reactions, transport at interfaces, phase transformations and nucleation are studied, using techniques from both microscopic and macroscopic theories.
5390. Environmental Chemistry. An examination of the chemistry of Earth's environment, and of environmental problems caused by human activity. Topics include aquatic and soil chemistry, nuclear chemistry, combustion, alternative energy technologies, atmospheric chemistry and global warming. Prerequisites: MATH 1338, PHYS 1303 or 1407, and CHEM 1304. Recommended: PHYS 1304 or 1408; and CHEM 5381, CHEM 5383, GEOL 6338.
5392. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Survey of the bonding, structure, and reactivity of inorganic compounds; coordination, organometallic, and main group element chemistry. Three hours of lecture each week. Recommended: CHEM 5384.
5393. Advanced Organic Chemistry. Three hours of lecture each week. Prerequisites: CHEM 3372 or 3374.
5395. Advanced Analytical Chemistry. Three hours of lecture each week. Prerequisite: CHEM 5486.
5396. Advanced Physical Chemistry. Three hours of lecture each week. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
5398. Medicinal Chemistry. This course will highlight the close relationships of organic chemistry and biochemistry with the field of medicine. The course will rely on the departmental computational laboratory to permit three-dimensional visualization of molecular interactions. Three hours of lecture each week. Prerequisite: CHEM 3371 and 3372.
5486. Instrumental Analysis. A course involving the theory, operation, and application of instrumentation used in the modern chemical laboratory. Two hours of lecture and two three-hour laboratory periods each week.