Courses by semester
Courses for Fall 2022
Complete Cornell University course descriptions are in the Courses of Study .
|CHEM1007||Academic Support for CHEM 2070 CHEM 1007 reviews material presented in CHEM 2070 lectures and also provides problem-solving strategies and practice during the discussion sections. This course is recommended for students who want to improve their chemistry problem-solving skills. CHEM 1007 is not a substitute for CHEM 2070 lectures and recitations.||Fall.|
|CHEM1057||Academic Support for CHEM 3570 Reviews material presented in CHEM 3570 lectures and offers practice with CHEM 3570 material. Weekly reviews and problem solving sessions focus on the most important topics covered in lecture, and office hours held throughout the week by Learning Strategies Center tutors to help improve performance in CHEM 3570.||Fall.|
|CHEM1150||The Language of Chemistry Fundamentals of chemistry will be introduced and applied to real world situations. Critical aspects of 21st century life depend on an informed voting public that can assiduously address scientific issues. The role of chemistry, the good and the bad, will be an increasingly important component of everyday life. The course seeks to prepare you to be an informed voter.||Fall.|
Introduction to General Chemistry
A one-semester introduction to fundamental topics in general chemistry, both qualitative and quantitative, with laboratory. CHEM 1560 prepares students for CHEM 1570; CHEM 1560 is not recommended for premedical or preveterinary students. Students planning to take CHEM 2080 should be enrolled in CHEM 2070 rather than CHEM 1560.
Full details for CHEM 1560 - Introduction to General Chemistry
|CHEM1729||Solve It! Solve It! will teach the skill of solving cognitively challenging general chemistry questions, such as students receive in CHEM 2070. Students will explore Polya's method of problem solving while solving problems on unit conversions, combustion analysis, limiting reactants, isotopes, the Bohr model, periodic trends, 3-D Lewis structures, atomic orbitals, molecular orbitals, ideal gases, and the kinetic theory of gases. In addition, students will learn fundametal arithmetic and mathematical skills.||Fall.|
|CHEM2070||General Chemistry I Covers fundamental chemical principles, with considerable attention given to the quantitative aspects and techniques important for further work in chemistry.||Fall, Spring, Summer.|
|CHEM2090||Engineering General Chemistry Covers basic chemical concepts, such as reactivity and bonding of molecules, introductory quantum mechanics, and intermolecular forces in liquids and solids and gases. Attention will be focused on aspects and applications of chemistry most pertinent to engineering.||Fall, Spring.|
Honors General and Inorganic Chemistry
Intensive systematic study of the laws and concepts of chemistry, with considerable emphasis on quantitative aspects. CHEM 2150 covers electronic structure of atoms, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, kinetics, and equilibrium. This course serves as an accelerated entry into organic chemistry in the Spring semester for students with a strong background in chemistry. Laboratory work covers qualitative and quantitative analysis, thermodynamics, kinetics transition metal chemistry, and spectroscopic techniques.
Full details for CHEM 2150 - Honors General and Inorganic Chemistry
Introduction to Experimental Organic Chemistry
Introduction to the synthesis, separation, characterization, and handling of materials, including chromatography, extraction, crystallization, infrared spectroscopy, and others. An experiment is performed the first week of lab. Students need to enroll in the course Canvas site and complete the appropriate pre-lab assignments outlined on that site before coming to the first lab.
Full details for CHEM 2510 - Introduction to Experimental Organic Chemistry
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|CHEM2770||Methods in Chemical Education CHEM 2770 is the teaching methods companion class to the CHEM 2070, 1070 suite of courses. CHEM 2770 students will co-lead weekly 2-hour sections of CHEM 1070 (w/20 enrolled students); meet in 2-hour group meetings to develop and refine teaching materials; attend a 1-hour discussion class on a current STEM pedagogical theory; and assess teaching progress for 1-hour (all activities on a weekly basis).||Fall.|
Introductory Physical Chemistry
Survey of the fundamental principles of physical chemistry, The course covers thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, enzyme kinetics, and the electronic structure of atoms and molecules. CHEM 2870 satisfies the minimum requirement for physical chemistry for the chemistry major.
Full details for CHEM 2870 - Introductory Physical Chemistry
Honors Experimental Chemistry II
Chemical and instrumental methods of analysis, including fluorescence spectroscopy, electrochemistry, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and gas chromatography. Preparation and testing of a solar cell. Error analysis and experiment design.
Full details for CHEM 3020 - Honors Experimental Chemistry II
Principles of Organic Chemistry
This course is designed for students in engineering or biologically related fields requiring only a single semester of organic chemistry above the first-year level. CHEM 3530 is taught at a sophomore level and it emphasizes structure, synthesis, reactions and reaction mechanisms, and properties of organic molecules.
Full details for CHEM 3530 - Principles of Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences
Study of the important classes of carbon compounds-including those encountered in the biological sciences. The course emphasizes their three-dimensional structures, mechanisms of their characteristic reactions, their synthesis, methods of identifying them, and their role in modern science and technology.
Full details for CHEM 3570 - Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences
|CHEM3600||Honors Organic Chemistry II Rigorous and systematic study of organic chemistry with a focus on molecules that have biological applications. The course emphasizes a mechanistic understanding of organic reactions and applies this knowledge toward complex systems such as amino acids and carbohydrates.||Fall.|
|CHEM3890||Honors Physical Chemistry I CHEM 3890 - CHEM 3900 is a year-long sequence covering key topics in physical chemistry. CHEM 3890 introduces the use of mathematics and physics to investigate chemical systems. The fundamental principles of quantum mechanics are introduced and applied to understanding the structure and spectra of atoms and molecules. Specific topics include exact and approximate solutions to the Schrödinger equation, angular momentum, bonding and molecules, and spectroscopy. CHEM 3900 follows with an introduction to the behavior of ensembles of quantum particles (statistical mechanics), the laws of thermodynamics, and kinetic theory.||Fall.|
Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry Research
Research in inorganic chemistry involving both laboratory and library work, planned in consultation with a faculty member.
Full details for CHEM 4210 - Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry Research
Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Research
Research in analytical chemistry involving both laboratory and library work, planned in consultation with a faculty member.
Full details for CHEM 4330 - Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Research
Introduction to Chemical Biology Research
Research in chemical biology involving both laboratory and library work, planned in consultation with a faculty member. To apply for independent research, please complete the on-line independent study form at data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm.
Full details for CHEM 4430 - Introduction to Chemical Biology Research
|CHEM4500||Principles of Chemical Biology This course provides an introduction to both the fundamental biochemistry of living systems, including the structure and synthesis of biological macromolecules, and modern approaches that combine organic chemistry with emerging techniques from the chemical and life sciences to interrogate biological systems.||Fall.|
Introduction to Organic Chemistry Research
Research in organic chemistry involving both laboratory and library work, planned in consultation with a faculty member.
Full details for CHEM 4610 - Introduction to Organic Chemistry Research
Introduction to Physical Chemistry Research
Research in physical chemistry involving both laboratory and library work, planned in consultation with a faculty member.
Full details for CHEM 4770 - Introduction to Physical Chemistry Research
|CHEM5110||Chemical Facilities Boot Camp Discussion of and demonstration of facilities relevant to modern chemical research.||Fall.|
|CHEM5120||Capstone Research Project Supervision of Capstone Research Project.||Fall, Spring.|
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I: Symmetry, Structure, and Reactivity
A group theoretical analysis of bonding in main group compounds will be followed by a survey of modern coordination chemistry, including rudimentary spectroscopy and magnetism, and inorganic reaction mechanisms.
Full details for CHEM 6050 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I: Symmetry, Structure, and Reactivity
|CHEM6450||Principles of Chemical Biology This course provides an introduction to both the fundamental biochemistry of living systems, including the structure and synthesis of biological macromolecules, and modern approaches that combine organic chemistry with emerging techniques from the chemical and life sciences to interrogate biological systems.||Fall.|
Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry
Full details for CHEM 6640 - Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry
|CHEM6650||Advanced Organic Chemistry The course focuses on stereoelectronic properties of organic compounds, conformational analysis, reaction thermodynamics and kinetics, stereochemistry, reactive intermediates, and catalysis. Case studies will focus on applications of these concepts and corresponding techniques that lead to creative design of selective organic synthesis and mechanistic insights into complex organic transformations. A particular emphasis is on the development of chemical and mechanistic intuition that will facilitate the students' laboratory research efforts.||Fall.|
Modern Catalytic Reactions in Organic Synthesis
Catalysis is fundamental and essential to modern organic synthesis. This course will cover topics in transition metal catalysis, biocatalysis, photoredox catalysis, and electrosynthesis with a focus on reaction mechanism and synthetic applications. Topics of current interest are emphasized.Transition metal-based catalysts are invaluable in both organic and polymer synthesis. This course begins with an overview of organometallic chemistry and catalysis. Subsequent modules on catalytic synthesis of small molecules and polymers are then presented. Topics of current interest are emphasized.
Full details for CHEM 6690 - Modern Catalytic Reactions in Organic Synthesis
Fundamental Principles of Polymer Chemistry
Emphasizes general concepts and fundamental principles of polymer chemistry.
Full details for CHEM 6700 - Fundamental Principles of Polymer Chemistry
|CHEM6860||Physical Chemistry of Proteins Physical studies of proteins, with emphasis on using single molecule methodologies and on studies of metalloproteins. Topics include: Physical/chemical concepts that include chemical structure and conformation of proteins, protein folding energy landscape, electron transfer theory, enzyme catalysis, chemical kinetics, and single-molecule kinetics. Experimental methodologies that include absorption and emission spectroscopy, fluorescence energy resonance transfer, confocal microscopy, total internal reflection fluorescence, single molecule spectroscopy, time correlated single photon counting, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, optical tweezers, magnetic tweezers, super-resolution imaging with optical microscopy. Protein structure and function that includes metalloprotein structure/function (bioinorganic chemistry), GFP and variants, protein labeling, motor proteins, protein-protein interactions, protein-DNA interactions, and live-cell imaging.||Fall.|
|CHEM6890||Honors Physical Chemistry I|
Computational Methods of Physical Chemistry
This course will introduce students to analytical and computational methods useful for graduate-level research in both experimental and theoretical physical chemistry. These methods will be developed in Mathematica and will be used to explore interesting topics in quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. The goal of this course is to bridge the gap between the analytical techniques taught in introductory courses and the computational (and visualization) methods required for modern research problems. Topics explored will include: Scientific Programming and Visualization, Numerical Solution of the Schrödinger Equation, Variational Methods, Linear and Nonlinear Optimization Techniques, Self-Consistent Field Solutions to the Hartree-Fock Equations, Stochastic/Monte Carlo Methods, 2D Ising Model, and Molecular Dynamics. No previous programming experience will be assumed.
Full details for CHEM 7870 - Computational Methods of Physical Chemistry
|CHEM7930||Quantum Mechanics I A modern introduction to quantum mechanics (QM). Topics will include: the quantum state vector, the probabilistic interpretation of QM, the mathematical language of QM, angular momentum, QM in the continuum, solutions to the Schrödinger equation for simple 1D applications, the coulomb potential and the hydrogen-atom, independent particles, the variational approach, and time-independent perturbation theory.||Fall.|