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5000 Level Courses

CourseCourse Description
CHEM 5001
Practicum in
Chemical Education
Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, or permission of instructor. Explores the pedagogical issues associated with teaching chemistry at the undergraduate level. Includes: administration of instruction, student and teacher behavior, goals of instruction, instructional strategies, student thinking processes, problem solving and grading. (F) 
 
CHEM 5011
Fundamentals I
Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. Designed to provide all students entering the graduate program with the skills required to succeed in the Ph.D. program. (F)
 
CHEM 5021
Fundamentals II
Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. Designed to provide all first-year graduate students with the skills required to succeed in the Ph.D. program. (Sp)
 
CHEM 5080
Laboratory Rotations
1 to 2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. May be repeated; maximum credit 3 hours. Seven-week rotations per credit hour in research laboratories, normally during the first semester of graduate school. (F, Sp) 
 
CHEM 5090
Departmental Colloquium
Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. Enrollment is expected during each semester of graduate study. Oral presentations on recent developments in chemistry and biochemistry by invited speakers, faculty, advanced graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. (F, Sp) 
 

5100 Level Courses

CourseCourse Description
CHEM 5100
Instrumental Methods of Analysis
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Core course for the Analytical Program. Topics will provide an overview of various instrumental methods employed for qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. (F, Sp)
CHEM 5110
Spectroscopic Chemical Analysis
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Core course for the Analytical Program. Theory and operation of instruments employed for optical spectroscopy. (F, Sp)
CHEM 5113
Equilibrium and Kinetic Methods of Analysis
Prerequisite: 4023 or permission. General concepts of equilibrium based on methods of detection, determination, and separation; equilibrium in aqueous and nonaqueous media; graphical presentation of equilibrium data; conditional equilibrium constants and alpha coefficients: analytical implications; generalities of kinetic methods of analysis. Reaction rates in chemical analysis. (Irreg.)
CHEM 5120
Separation Methods
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Core course for the Analytical Program. Basic principles underlying methods employed for chemical separations with emphasis on chromatographic methods. (F, Sp)
CHEM 5160
Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry: Instrumentation
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5100, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Selected topics will focus on instrumentation and applications of selected chemical analysis techniques. (Irreg.) 
CHEM 5170
Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry: Methodology
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5100, or permission of the instructor. May be repeated with change in subject matter for a maximum of 12 credit hours. Selected topics will focus on details of specific methodologies employed for chemical analysis. (Irreg) 
CHEM 5180  
Practicum in Analytical Chemistry
1 to 2 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5100, or permission of the instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit four hours. Study and training in practical methods relevant to analytical chemistry. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5191  
Seminar in Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Oral presentations and discussions of topics relevant to the current state-of-the-art in analytical chemistry research. (F, Sp)

5200 Level Courses

CourseCourse Description
CHEM 5200
Principles of Biochemistry
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Core course for graduate Biochemistry Program. Fundamental principles of biomolecules, protein structure and function, enzymology, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, nucleic acid and protein metabolism, membranes and signal transduction, expression and transmission of genetic information, and the interdependence of biochemical pathways. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5210
Molecular Biology
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Core course for graduate Biochemistry Program. Characteristics and biological functions of nucleic acids and proteins in living cells with emphasis on nucleic acid replication, transcription, translation and regulation; also emphasis on the molecular aspects of genetic engineering/recombinant DNA technology. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5240
Biochemical and Biophysical Methods
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5200, or permission of the instructor. Basic principles and practical applications of the analytical and preparative techniques used in current biochemical and biophysical research. (F, Sp)
CHEM 5260
Special Topics in Biochemistry I
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5240, or permission of the instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Selected contemporary topics that investigate the frontiers of knowledge in biochemistry. (Irreg.) 
CHEM 5270
Special Topics in Biochemistry II
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5240, or permission of the instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Selected contemporary topics that focus on applications of biochemical knowledge. (Irreg.) 
CHEM 5280
Practicum in Biochemistry
1 to 2 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5240, or permission of the instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit four hours. Study and training in practical methods relevant to biochemistry. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5291
Seminar in Biochemistry
Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Research seminar in which graduate students and invited speakers present and discuss current advances in biochemical research. (F, Sp) 

5300 Level Courses

CourseCourse Description
CHEM 5300
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Fundamental concepts and an introduction to modern inorganic chemistry. Topics may include: atomic structure and relation to properties of the elements, bonding theory, coordination and bioinorganic compounds, organometallic compounds and catalysis, symmetry and applications to spectroscopy, magnetic materials. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5330
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5300, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. For students majoring in inorganic chemistry. Selected topics for this course may include: physical and experimental methods in inorganic chemistry, modern spectroscopic methods in inorganic chemistry, bioinorganic and organometallic reactions, advanced kinetics and inorganic reaction mechanisms, catalysis, and advanced experimental design for mechanistic evaluation. (F, Sp)
CHEM 5360
Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5300, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Selected topics concerning the theory, synthesis, reactivity and applications of inorganic and coordination compounds. Topics may include: computational chemistry, electrochemistry, metals in biology and medicine, industrial and biological main group chemistry, environmental chemistry, applications of inorganic compounds in alternative energy (nuclear cycle, hydrogen cycle, photovoltaics), and inorganic materials science (metal-organic frameworks, metallopolymers, inorganic polymers). (F, Sp)
CHEM 5380
Practicum in Inorganic Chemistry
1 to 2 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5300, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Study and training in practical methods relevant to inorganic chemistry. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5391
Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5300, or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Graduate student research seminar and related activities, with a selection of topics related to research preparation and research outcomes. (F, Sp) 

5400 Level Courses

CourseCourse Description
CHEM 5400
Organic Chemistry I: Mechanisms and Reactivity
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Core course for graduate Program of Study in Organic Chemistry. Introduction to the study of organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5430
Organic Chemistry II: Reactions and Synthesis
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5400, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Core course for graduate Program of Study in Organic Chemistry. Detailed treatment of reactions used in organic synthesis and the design of synthetic strategy. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5450
Structural Characterization of Organic Compounds
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5400, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Application of current methods to problems of structure determination in organic chemistry. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5460
Special Topics in Chemical Reactivity and Physical Organic Chemistry
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5400, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Selected topics in the study and application of specialized chemical reaction methods. Topics may include: theoretical or computational aspects of organic chemistry; advanced study of reaction mechanisms; study and application of novel chemical methods such as photochemical methods, organometallic chemistry, chemical catalysis, reagent design and application. (Irreg.) 
CHEM 5470
Special Topics in Bioorganic and Specialized Organic Compounds
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5400, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Selected topics in the study and preparation of specialized classes of organic compounds including biologically related aspects of organic chemistry. Topics may include: specialized synthesis and design strategies; medicinal chemistry; study and application of biosynthetic methods; advanced synthetic design for targeted organic compounds; study of specialized classes of compounds including natural products, medicinal compounds, bioactive compounds, polymers, functional materials and devices. (Irreg.) 
CHEM 5480
Practicum in Organic Chemistry
1 to 2 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5400, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Study and training in practical methods relevant to organic chemistry. Topics may include: use of modern instrumental methods for organic structural determination; acquisition and interpretation of spectral data for structural determination; optimization of measurement techniques; specialized preparative laboratory methods; specialized methods for separation and analysis of organic compounds. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5491
Seminar in Organic Chemistry
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5400, or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Research and literature seminar for presenting and discussing a selection of topics from current literature or research in organic chemistry. (F, Sp) 

5500 Level Courses

CourseCourse Description
CHEM 5500
Topics in Quantum Chemistry
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 6 hours. Review of classical mechanics; introduction to wave mechanics and applications to atoms and molecules. This is a core course for graduate majors. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5510
Topics in Molecular Symmetry
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 6 hours. Development of the concept of symmetry elements will be followed by the development of point group theory and applications to molecular systems. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5520
Topics in Physical Chemistry Kinetics
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 6 hours. Empirical treatment of reaction rate data, collision and transition state theories of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, mechanisms of chemical reactions. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5530
Topics in Statistical Thermodynamics
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5500 or concurrent enrollment, or permission of the instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 6 hours. Chemical thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, applications of quantum chemistry, structure of matter. This is a core course for graduate majors. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5550
Topics in Colloid and Surface Science
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5500 or CHEM 5520, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 6 hours. Selected topics related to capillarity, surface physical chemistry, or phenomena in colloidal systems. (F, Sp)
CHEM 5560
Topics in Nanotechnology and Bionanotechnology
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5500 or CHEM 5520, or permission of instructor. Design and synthesis of nanomaterials. Characterization of nanomaterials using physical and chemical methods. Properties of nanomaterials. Imaging nanomaterials at atomic, molecular and nano scales. New devices designed and fabricated using nanomaterials. Application of nanomaterials to life sciences. Exploitation of biochemistry and biology in developing areas of nanotechnology. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5570
Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5500 or CHEM 5520, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Studies in special areas of physical chemistry not covered in the regular course curriculum. (F, Sp)
CHEM 5580
Practicum in Physical Chemistry
1 to 2 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5500 or CHEM 5520, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Study and training in practical methods relevant to physical chemistry. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5591
Seminar in Physical Chemistry
 
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5500 or CHEM 5520, or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Participation is required of all graduate students majoring in physical chemistry. Research seminar, with a selection of topics from current or projected research at the University of Oklahoma. Discussion of contemporary topics in physical chemistry and related disciplines. (F, Sp) 

5700 Level Courses

CourseCourse Description
CHEM 5730
Macromolecular Crystallography
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5210, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Principles of diffraction, symmetry, reciprocal space, data collection, data reduction and absorption corrections; methods for structure solution and refinement; and interpretation of data and limitations thereof. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5740
Biological NMR Spectroscopy
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5210, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy as a tool to address biological questions regarding macromolecular structure and dynamics in solution and/or in the solid state. Theory of NMR, chemical shifts and coupling, one-dimensional and multidimensional NMR methods, ligand-binding effects on NMR spectra. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5750
Macromolecular Structure and Function
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5200, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 4 hours. Principles of protein architecture and levels of organization, nucleic acid structure, functional roles of intermolecular interactions, structure-function in protein and nucleic acid complexes. (F, Sp) 
CHEM 5760
Special Topics in Structural Biology
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5200, or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 12 hours. Content may include the structural basis of signal transduction, structural dynamics, computational methods for biological macromolecules, microscopy, structural basis for gene regulation, and structure-guided drug discovery and design. (Irreg.) 
CHEM 5780
Practicum in Structural Biology
1 to 2 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5730 or CHEM 5740, or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. The X-ray practicum (with CHEM 5730 as prerequisite) will include hands-on crystallization, advanced checkout and operation of X-ray diffractometers, data collection using research samples, structure solution and refinement, and evaluation of crystal structure quality. The NMR practicum (with CHEM 5740 as prerequisite) will include hands-on sample preparation of a biological macromolecule on a research sample, advanced checkout and operation of NMR spectrometers, structure determination and dynamics, and evaluation of structure quality. (F, Sp)
CHEM 5791
Seminar in Structural Biology
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and CHEM 5200, or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Research seminar in which graduate students and invited speakers present and discuss current advances in structural biology research. (F, Sp) 

5900 Level Courses

Course Course Description
CHEM 6103
Electroanalytical Chemistry
Prerequisite: 4023 or permission. Electrode materials; current-potential relationships; diffusion and other mass trans-port phenomena; dropping mercury electrode; solid electrodes in quiet solutions; rotated disk electrode; cyclic voltammetry; chronoamperometry; chronopotentiometry; electrode mechanisms; electrochemistry in chemical kinetics. (Irreg.) 
CHEM 6453
Chemical Kinetics
Empirical treatment of reaction rate data, collision and transition state theories of homogeneous and heterogenous reactions, mechanisms of chemical reactions. (Irreg.)