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CU-CHEM 1251, 1271, 1113, 1133: General Chemistry

General chemistry courses for majors and non-majors, with recitation examples

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UBC-CHEM 111: Structure, Bonding, and Equilibrium in Chemistry

Fundamentals of bonding theories, structural chemistry and equilibrium with applications relevant to modern society.

UBC-CHEM 113: Principles of Chemistry II

General and ionic equilibrium, solubility, thermodynamics. Introductory organic chemistry: stereochemistry; substitution, elimination and oxidation-reduction reactions.

UBC-CHEM 121: Structure and Bonding in Chemistry

Fundamentals of bonding theories and structural chemistry, with applications relevant to modern society.

UBC-CHEM 123: Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Organic Chemistry

Fundamentals of chemical reactivity: thermodynamics; kinetics; organic chemistry, including stereochemistry; applications relevant to modern society.

UBC-CHEM 154: Chemistry for Engineering

Chemical bonding, properties of matter. Chemical thermodynamics with applications to phase equilibria, aqueous equilibria and electrochemistry. Processes at surfaces.

UBC-CHEM 201: Introduction to Physical Chemistry

Principles of chemical kinetics, reaction mechanisms and chemical thermodynamics. Credit will be granted for only one of CHEM 201 or CHEM 205.

UBC-CHEM 202: Coordination Chemistry

Coordination chemistry of the transition elements.

UBC-CHEM 203: Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Structure, bonding and physical properties of aliphatic and aromatic compounds; mechanistic analysis of chemical reactivity of common functional groups with a focus on carbon-heteroatom bond formation; functional group interconversion and oxidation/reduction reactions.

UBC-CHEM 205: Physical Chemistry

Chemical kinetics and thermodynamics and spectroscopy useful in biological, medical, agricultural, earth, and related sciences.

UBC-CHEM 208: Coordination Chemistry

Fundamental concepts and principles governing bonding and reactivity of coordination complexes: ligand field theory; symmetry and point groups; frontier molecular orbital theory.

UBC-CHEM 211: Introduction to Chemical Analysis

Quantitative chemical analysis; chemical and physical principles of spectrophotometry, potentiometry, and chromatography.

UBC-CHEM 213: Organic Chemistry

Spectroscopy of organic compounds. Mechanistic analysis of chemical reactivity of common functional groups with a focus on carbon-carbon bond formation; functional group interconversion.

UBC-CHEM 218: Fundamentals of Reactivity in Inorganic Chemistry

Chemical reactivity of inorganic systems: oxidation/reduction chemistry; multiply-bonded systems; main group chemistry.

UBC-CHEM 233: Organic Chemistry for the Biological Sciences

Reactions and properties of carbonyl compounds, carbohydrates, amino acids, nucleic acids.

UBC-CHEM 235: Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Techniques of organic chemistry.

UBC-CHEM 245: Intermediate Synthetic Chemistry Laboratory

Techniques in synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry.

UBC-CHEM 250: Inorganic Chemistry

Chemistry of selected groups of inorganic compounds, considered in relation to industrial processes.

UBC-CHEM 251: Physical Chemistry for Engineers

States of matter, properties of gases, phase diagrams. Elementary chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Reaction equilibria.

UBC-CHEM 260: Organic Chemistry for Engineers

A description of the properties and reactions of organic compounds.

UBC-CHEM 300: Communicating Chemistry

Effective argumentation and communication skills in chemistry.

UBC-CHEM 301: Aqueous Environmental Chemistry

Properties of natural waters, including gas and solid equilibria, pH, redox, complexation analysis, corrosion treatment, ion exchange, colloids and microbial transformations.

UBC-CHEM 302: Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry

Introduction to structure, composition and chemical processes occurring in Earth's atmosphere, including interactions with solar radiation, stratospheric ozone layer, photochemical smog and acid rain.

UBC-CHEM 304: Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Principles of chemical thermodynamics; introduction to statistical mechanics; phase equilibria; electrochemistry.

UBC-CHEM 305: Biophysical Chemistry

Diffusion and transport phenomena; interaction of radiation and matter. Methods for determining molecular weight, size, and shape of molecules in solution.

UBC-CHEM 309: s- and p-Block Elements: Chemistry and Applications

Synthesis, structures, bonding and characterization of compounds of the s- and p-block elements. Industrial uses discussed include: hydrogen-based fuels, materials and high performance polymers.

UBC-CHEM 310: d- and f-Block Elements: Chemistry and Applications

Representative chemistry of d- and f-block elements interpreted in terms of structure, mechanisms, and theoretical principles. Applications discussed include: organometallic catalysis, bioinorganic chemistry and materials.

UBC-CHEM 311: Instrumental Analytical Chemistry

Theory, design, and application of instrumental methods of chemical analysis including spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electroanalysis, and chemical separations.

UBC-CHEM 312: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy

Principles of quantum mechanics; atomic wavefunctions; angular momentum; spin; atomic term symbols.

UBC-CHEM 313: Advanced Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Chemistry of organic substances having particular relevance to the life sciences.

UBC-CHEM 315/325/335/345: Chemistry Integrated Laboratory

Principles and techniques of modern chemistry applied by integrating experiments chosen from organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry.

UBC-CHEM 318: Principles of Catalysis

Fundamental aspects of chemical catalysis: kinetic models; catalytic processes in biochemistry and industry; emerging topics in catalysis.

UBC-CHEM 319: Practical Skills for Chemical Research

The nature of scientific research; practical skills for chemical research; communicating science.

UBC-CHEM 327: Introduction to Materials Chemistry

Basic principles of materials chemistry: classification; nomenclature; synthetic methods; characterization.

UBC-CHEM 329: Research Ethics and Data Analysis Skills

Research ethics; data analysis skills for chemical research.

UBC-CHEM 330: Advanced Organic Chemistry

Application of carbonyl group chemistry, cyclization reactions, conformational analysis and rearrangement reactions in organic synthesis.

UBC-CHEM 333: Spectroscopic Techniques in Organic Chemistry

Application of mass spectrometry, and NMR, UV/visible, and IR spectroscopies to organic chemical problems.

UBC-CHEM 341: Global Challenges: A Chemical Perspective

Importance of chemistry in society. Detailed case studies drawn from modern chemistry: human health, energy, commodity chemicals, materials, green chemistry, agriculture.

UBC-CHEM 401: Principles of Spectroscopy

Rotational, vibrational, electronic and magnetic resonance spectroscopy and associated techniques; group theory.

UBC-CHEM 402: Diffraction Methods

Crystal structures; point and space groups; X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, electron diffraction of gases and surfaces.

UBC-CHEM 403: Surface Chemistry and Surface Analysis

Surfaces and phenomena occurring at surfaces and interfaces: adsorption, thermodynamic treatments, technological applications. Methods for characterization and modification of surfaces. Dynamic electrochemistry and its application to understanding fuel cells.

UBC-CHEM 404: Computational Chemistry

Application of numerical techniques to study chemical systems; molecular simulation.

UBC-CHEM 405: Biophysical Chemistry

Interactions of macromolecules in solution: ligand, antibody and ion binding to macromolecules; thermodynamics of polymer solutions; excluded volume effects; phase separation; partition in two phase polymer solutions.

UBC-CHEM 406: Polymer Chemistry

Structure and availability of monomers; Propagation mechanisms; synthesis of polymers with predetermined properties; measurement and interpretation of physical properties of polymers.

UBC-CHEM 407: Statistical Mechanics in Chemistry

Introductory concepts of statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics. Applications to chemistry with emphasis on understanding chemical reactivity.

UBC-CHEM 408: Chemical Dynamics

Macroscopic and microscopic kinetics; photochemistry; theory of reaction rates; reaction cross sections, energy distributions, experimental methods.

UBC-CHEM 410: Properties of Materials

Electromagnetic, optical, thermal and mechanical properties, and chemical reactivity of solids; electrons in periodic systems: bands, zones; excitations: excitons, phonons, plasmons, polaritons; crystalline order and disorder; ionic conductivity.

UBC-CHEM 411: Synthesis and Chemistry of Natural Products

Methods and tactics for the synthesis of biologically active natural products and analogs, particularly alkaloids, polyketides, steroids and terpenes.

UBC-CHEM 412: Electronic Structure of Atoms and Molecules

Introduction to variational methods; many-electron systems; semi-empirical methods; perturbation theory; computational methods.

UBC-CHEM 413: Bioorganic Chemistry

Enzyme catalysis; mechanistic enzymology; chemistry of cofactors; biosynthetic transformations; natural product biosynthesis; topics in chemical biology.

UBC-CHEM 414: Coordination Chemistry of the Transition Elements

Molecular and electronic structures and reactivities of coordination compounds of the transition elements.

UBC-CHEM 416: Physical and Theoretical Organic Chemistry

Energetics and catalysis in organic reactions. Pericyclic reactions. Substituent effects. Linear free energy relationships.

UBC-CHEM 417: Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry

Basic treatment of the nucleus, with analogy to concepts in chemistry. Nuclear stabilities and associated radioactive decay processes. Nuclear structure. Applications of radioisotopes in chemistry. The interaction of radiation with matter.

UBC-CHEM 418: Organometallic Chemistry

The chemistry of compounds containing organic groups directly bonded to metals and metalloids. Emphasis will be placed on the structure and bonding of the compounds and their use in synthetic chemistry.

UBC-CHEM 419: Establishing a Career in Chemical Research

Current research and career perspectives in chemistry.

UBC-CHEM 427: Applications of Materials Chemistry

Contemporary materials chemistry, including design and synthesis of materials for energy, electronics, and health applications.

UBC-CHEM 430: Developments in Contemporary Chemistry

A review of modern developments in general chemistry for teachers of Secondary School chemistry.

UBC-CHEM 434: Principles of Chemical Separation

Unified theory of separation science; liquid and gas chromatography; capillary electrophoresis; electrochemical and spectroscopic detection; separation methods coupled with mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry; biochemical applications.

UBC-CHEM 435: Bio-Inorganic Chemistry

A discussion of the involvement of inorganic chemistry in biological systems. Chemistry of cations, metalloenzymes, and simpler model systems. Reactions of coordinated ligands, chemistry of sulphur and phosphorus.

UBC-CHEM 445: Projects in Experimental Chemistry

Principles of experimental design, practice and problem solving in chemistry, including the opportunity to pursue projects in a research setting.

UBC-CHEM 460: Organic Synthesis: A Mechanistic Approach

Presentation, mechanistic discussion and analysis of modern synthetic methods using principles of physical organic chemistry.

UBC-CHEM 461: Synthetic Chemical Biology

Synthetic, mechanistic, and biochemical approaches to chemical biology, including the design of drugs, probes, and catalysts.

UBC-CHEM 473: Structure Determination and Reaction Analysis

Application of mass spectrometry and modern spectroscopic techniques, including multidimensional NMR spectroscopy, to reaction analysis and detailed characterization of complex organic and organometallic molecular structures.