UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Course Descriptions

Chemistry (CHEM) 100 Level Courses

CHEM 110-3   Introductory Chemistry

Introductory Chemistry

CHEM 110

General fundamental concepts and nomenclature; stoichiometry and chemical calculations; nuclear and atomic structures, chemical bonding; properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions; chemical kinetics and chemical equilibrium. This course has the same lecture component as CHEM 111 but no laboratory work. Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry must take CHEM 111. Students with credit for high school chemistry 12 (or equivalent), or any university chemistry course may not take CHEM 110 or 111 for further credit. Students may not count both CHEM 110 and 111 for credit. Prerequisite: BC high school mathematics 12 (or equivalent) or permission of the department. No previous training in chemistry is required for this course. Corequisite: If BC high school mathematics 12 credit not obtained, then MATH 100 must be taken as a corequisite to CHEM 110. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

CHEM 111-4   Introductory Chemistry and Laboratory

Introductory Chemistry and Laboratory

CHEM 111

General fundamental concepts and nomenclature; stoichiometry and chemical calculations; nuclear and atomic structures, chemical bonding; properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions; chemical kinetics and chemical equilibrium. This course includes a laboratory component. Equivalent Courses: CHEM101 CHEM110 Students with credit for high school chemistry 12 (or equivalent), CHEM 101, or CHEM 110, or any university chemistry course may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: BC high school mathematics 12 (or equivalent) or permission of the department. No previous training in chemistry is required for this course. Corequisite: if BC high school Mathematics 12 credit not obtained, then MATH 100 must be taken as a corequisite to CHEM 111. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

CHEM 120-3   General Chemistry I

General Chemistry I

CHEM 120

Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases, liquids, solids, and solutions. This course has the same lecture component as CHEM 121 but no laboratory work. Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry must take CHEM 121. Students with credit for CHEM 102, CHEM 104, or CHEM 121 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: BC high school chemistry 12 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 110. Recommended: MATH 151 (or 154) and PHYS 120 (or 101) as a corequisite. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

CHEM 121-4   General Chemistry and Laboratory I

General Chemistry and Laboratory I

CHEM 121

Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases liquids, solids, and solutions. This course includes a laboratory component. Students may not count both CHEM 120 and 121 for credit. Prerequisite: BC high school chemistry 12 or CHEM 109 or CHEM 111. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

CHEM 122-2   General Chemistry II

General Chemistry II

CHEM 122

Chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemical thermodynamics; kinetics. Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry should take CHEM 122 concurrently with CHEM 126. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 or 120. Recommended: MATH 152 (or 155) and PHYS 121 (or 102) as a corequisite. Quantitative.

CHEM 126-2   General Chemistry Laboratory II

General Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 126

Experiments in chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, qualitative analysis, electrochemistry and chemical kinetics. Prerequisite: CHEM 121. Corequisite: CHEM 122. Quantitative.

CHEM 180-3   The Chemistry of Life

The Chemistry of Life

CHEM 180

A basic introduction to chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and equilibria as they apply to the structure and function of biomolecules. Concepts will be illustrated using modern examples of biological systems. Students will be introduced to central ideas and selected molecular engineering methods in biochemistry and molecular biology. Prerequisite: CHEM 121.

CHEM 192-3   Chemistry in Your Home, Work, and Environment

Chemistry in Your Home, Work, and Environment

CHEM 192

The impact of chemistry on modern living. Students will gain a broad perspective on chemical processes with historical, environmental and economic importance in shaping society, examining both the beneficial and harmful aspects of the chemicals that shape our lives. Topics may include: perfumes, explosives, drugs, dyes, plastics, pesticides and greenhouse gases. Intended for both science and non-science students. Quantitative/Breadth-Science. Prerequisite: . Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Chemistry (CHEM) 200 Level Courses

CHEM 215-4   Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

CHEM 215

The principles of analytical chemistry and their practical application to solution samples. Titrimetric and electrochemical methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 and 126. Quantitative.

CHEM 230-3   Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 230

The chemistry of the elements and their inorganic compounds in terms of fundamental concepts of perodicity of properties, valence, ionization potential, electron affinity, electronegativity, stability of oxidation states, bonding, structure and stereochemistry. Co-ordination complexes and organometallic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 122. Corequisite: students who expect to take further courses in inorganic chemistry should take the laboratory course CHEM 236 concurrently with 230. Quantitative.

CHEM 236W-3   Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

CHEM 236W

An introduction to the synthetic and spectroscopic techniques used in the preparation and characterization of both main group and transition metal compounds. Students with credit for CHEM 236 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 122 and 126. Corequisite: CHEM 230. Writing/Quantitative.

CHEM 260-4   Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy

Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy

CHEM 260

Elements of physical chemistry from the molecular point of view. Introduction to quantum chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 122, MATH 152, PHYS 102 (with at least a B grade) or PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141. Recommended: MATH 232. Quantitative.

CHEM 266-2   Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM 266

Fundamental principles of experimental physical chemistry from the microscopic perspective. Modern experiments in atomic and molecular spectroscopy and structure. Prerequisite: CHEM 260: Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy

CHEM 281-4   Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 281

Structure, bonding, physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds. Introduction to spectroscopy. Kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: CHEM 121. Corequisite: CHEM 122. Quantitative.

CHEM 282-2   Organic Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 282

Polyfunctional organic compounds and complex organic reactions. Introduction to natural products. Students with credit for CHEM 283 may not complete this course for further credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 281. Quantitative.

CHEM 283-3   Organic Chemistry IIb

Organic Chemistry IIb

CHEM 283

An advanced treatment of Organic Chemistry II. Topics include dienes and their reactivity, conjugation and aromaticity, aromatic substitution reactions, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, ketones and aldehydes, biological molecules, radical reactions, organometallic reagents, pericyclic reactions and planning multi-step synthesis. Students should not receive credit for both CHEM 282 and 283 Prerequisite: CHEM 281. Students should not receive credit for both CHEM 282 and 283. Quantitative.

CHEM 286-2   Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 286

Laboratory work chosen to complement CHEM 282. Prerequisite: CHEM 281. Corequisite: CHEM 282 or 283. Quantitative.

Chemistry (CHEM) 300 Level Courses

CHEM 316-4   Introductory Instrumental Analysis

Introductory Instrumental Analysis

CHEM 316

Principles and applications of basic analytical instrumentation based upon spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry. Students with credit for CHEM 416 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 215 and CHEM 260, or permission of the department. Quantitative.

CHEM 317-2   Analytical Environmental Chemistry

Analytical Environmental Chemistry

CHEM 317

Principles and applications of the methodologies of analytical chemistry employed in the determination of substances in air, water, and soil, with particular emphasis upon sampling and sample preparation. Prerequisite: CHEM 316 and 371. Corequisite: CHEM 372 should be taken concurrently. Quantitative.

CHEM 332-3   The Chemistry of Transition Metals

The Chemistry of Transition Metals

CHEM 332

The synthesis and characterization of classical and organometallic complexes of the transition metals, and their physical and chemical properties. Prerequisite: CHEM 230, 236 and 260, or permission of the department. Quantitative.

CHEM 336-2   Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

CHEM 336

Laboratory experiments in co-ordination, organometallic and solid state chemistry, involving synthesis, characterization and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 236. Corequisite: CHEM 332 must precede or be taken concurrently. Quantitative.

CHEM 340-3   Materials Chemistry

Materials Chemistry

CHEM 340

Bonding in solid state materials. Introduction to symmetry and its applications in materials science. Structure and physical properties of solid state materials. Prerequisite: Completion of 60 units in a science or applied science program, including first year chemistry, physics and calculus. Quantitative.

CHEM 360-3   Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics

Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics

CHEM 360

Elements of physical chemistry from the macroscopic point of view. Thermodynamics, and its applications to chemical equilibrium. Chemical kinetics and reaction rate theories. Prerequisite: CHEM 260. Recommended: MATH 251. Credit will not be granted for both CHEM 360 and MBB 323. Quantitative.

CHEM 363-3   Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics

Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics

CHEM 363

Fundamental principles of chemical kinetics, rate laws, mechanisms, reactive intermediates, theories of reaction rates, solvation effects, photochemistry, radiation chemistry, and experimental methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 260. Quantitative.

CHEM 366W-3   Physical Chemistry Laboratory II

Physical Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM 366W

Advanced experimental methods in thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Prerequisite: CHEM 266. Corequisite: CHEM 360. Writing/Quantitative.

CHEM 367-2   Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory

CHEM 367

Advanced experimental methods in physical chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 366. Quantitative.

CHEM 371-3   Chemistry of the Aqueous Environment

Chemistry of the Aqueous Environment

CHEM 371

An introduction to chemical processes in the aqueous environment. Quantitative treatment of the variables determining the composition of natural systems. Chemistry of aqueous toxic agents, wastewater treatment, and related matters. Prerequisite: CHEM 281 and CHEM 360. Quantitative.

CHEM 372-3   Chemistry of the Atmospheric Environment

Chemistry of the Atmospheric Environment

CHEM 372

Quantitative treatment of chemical and physical processes in the atmospheric environment. Chemistry of the troposphere including air pollution and climate change. Chemistry of the stratosphere including ozone depletion. Environmental radioactivity. Current topics. Prerequisite: CHEM 281 and CHEM 360. Quantitative.

CHEM 380-4   Chemical and Instrumental Methods of Identification of Organic Compounds

Chemical and Instrumental Methods of Identification of Organic Compounds

CHEM 380

Basic principles of infrared, ultraviolet, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy as applied to the identification of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 283 and 286, or permission of the department.

CHEM 381-4   Intermediate Organic Chemistry

Intermediate Organic Chemistry

CHEM 381

An intermediate level course in modern organic chemistry, including both theoretical design of synthetic routes and practical training in the laboratory. The central topics to be discussed include methods to form carbon-carbon bonds, use of organometallic reagents, asymmetric synthesis, pericyclic reactions, the use of enzymes in organic synthesis, and the automation of synthetic organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 380. Quantitative.

CHEM 391-3   Industrial Chemistry

Industrial Chemistry

CHEM 391

A survey of industrial chemistry. Topics include the production of raw petrochemical and mineral materials, bulk organic and inorganic chemicals that drive the economy, industrially relevant polymers, and health and hygiene products. Green approaches to industrial chemistry are discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 215 and CHEM 230 and CHEM 282 or permission of the department.

Chemistry (CHEM) 400 Level Courses

CHEM 419-3   Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry

Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry

CHEM 419

Principles and applications of emerging techniques in analytical chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 316.

CHEM 432-3   Organometallic Chemistry

Organometallic Chemistry

CHEM 432

The organometallic chemistry of the transition elements; the synthesis, characterization and catalytic behavior of organometallic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 332. Quantitative.

CHEM 433-3   Bioinorganic Chemistry

Bioinorganic Chemistry

CHEM 433

An overview of the roles of metal ions in biological systems, from trace elements, to enzymes, to medicinal inorganic chemistry. Repeat for Credit. Students with credit for CHEM 333 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 332: The Chemistry of Transition Metals ; or at least 6 units of upper-division MBB courses; or permission of the Department.

CHEM 439-3   Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 439

An in-depth treatment of a current topic in inorganic chemistry. Contact the department for information regarding the topic to be covered in a given term. Prerequisite: CHEM 332.

CHEM 440-3   Solid State Materials Chemistry

Solid State Materials Chemistry

CHEM 440

The study of the detailed chemistry of solid state inorganic materials in terms of crystal structures, bonding, preparative methods, analytical and characterization techniques, mixed valence states, solid solutions, defects and non-stoichiometry, molecular mechanisms of the optical, electronic, ionic, magnetic and dielectric properties, and materials applications in advanced technology. Students with credit for CHEM 438 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 340. Quantitative.

CHEM 442-3   Polymeric Materials Chemistry

Polymeric Materials Chemistry

CHEM 442

The course covers the detailed chemistry of polymers, including polymer structure, studies of polymer solutions, molecular weight determination, and the synthesis of polymers. In addition, topics of current interest in polymer science will be discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 282 or 283. Quantitative.

CHEM 444-3   Organic Materials Chemistry

Organic Materials Chemistry

CHEM 444

Emphasis will be placed on the synthesis and properties of materials that are useful in the design of electrooptical devices, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) and liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Topics to be discussed will include liquid crystals, conjugated polymers, and the assembly of thin film materials. A case study approach will be employed in order to provide an overview of these areas of research, with examples taken from the primary literature. Prerequisite: CHEM 282 or 283. Quantitative.

CHEM 450-3   Physical Organic Chemistry

Physical Organic Chemistry

CHEM 450

A study of the structure, stereochemistry and conformation of molecules and their effect on the reactivity of organic molecules. The physical basis of organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 360 and 380. Quantitative.

CHEM 452-3   Bio-organic Chemistry

Bio-organic Chemistry

CHEM 452

An advanced treatment of the use of enzymes in organic synthesis, the use of stable and radioisotopes in the study of enzymatic processes and the design of enzyme inhibitors. Prerequisite: CHEM 380 and MBB 222 or permission of the department. Quantitative.

CHEM 455-3   Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Synthetic Organic Chemistry

CHEM 455

This course teaches the principles involved in the planning and execution of the synthesis of organic molecules. Emphasis is on synthesis of naturally occurring compounds of biological importance. Prerequisite: CHEM 381 or permission of the instructor. Quantitative.

CHEM 459-3   Special Topics in Organic Chemistry

Special Topics in Organic Chemistry

CHEM 459

An advanced, in-depth treatment of a specialized area of organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 380 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 460-3   Advanced Physical Chemistry

Advanced Physical Chemistry

CHEM 460

Statistical thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, transport properties, intermolecular forces, electrical properties of molecules, properties of ionic solutions, Debye-Huckel theory, electrochemistry. Prerequisite: MATH 251; CHEM 260 and 360, or PHYS 385 and 344. Quantitative.

CHEM 462-3   Molecular Spectroscopy

Molecular Spectroscopy

CHEM 462

Atomic spectra. Electronic, vibrational and rotational spectra of diatomic and polyatomic molecules. The Raman effect. Nuclear and electron spin resonance. Symmetry classification of molecules and their energy levels. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 or PHYS 385. Quantitative.

CHEM 464-3   Quantum Chemistry

Quantum Chemistry

CHEM 464

Fundamentals of quantum mechanics and its principal results and techniques as applied to atoms and molecules: atomic structure, molecular bonding, rotations and vibrations of molecules, symmetry of atomic and molecular orbitals. Students with credit for CHEM 469 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 260, MATH 232, 251; or PHYS 385. Recommended: MATH 310. Quantitative.

CHEM 465-3   Electrochemistry

Electrochemistry

CHEM 465

Modern techniques and concepts in electrochemistry. Topics include equilibrium and dynamic electrochemistry, ion transport and voltammetry. Electrochemical systems of increasing importance including chemically modified electrodes, fuel cells and solar energy conversion applications will also be discussed. Students with credit for CHEM 469 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: CHEM 360. Quantitative.

CHEM 469-3   Special Topics in Physical Chemistry

Special Topics in Physical Chemistry

CHEM 469

Selected topics of physical chemistry not regularly covered in the chemistry undergraduate course offerings. Topics may vary from year to year and may include (but are not limited to): chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, magnetic resonance, polymer chemistry, surface chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 and 360 or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 481-5   Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

CHEM 481

Experimental and/or theoretical research; preparation of a written report and oral presentation in research seminar format. Admission requires selection of a faculty supervisor and submission of a research proposal. Prospective students must contact the chemistry advisor to register their interest in this course before the last day of classes of the previous term. The research proposal is due by the end of the examination period preceding the research term. Prerequisite: Permission of the department; knowledge of chemistry at an advanced level. Normally taken after completion of 300 level course requirements.

CHEM 482-3   Directed Study in Advanced Topics of Chemistry

Directed Study in Advanced Topics of Chemistry

CHEM 482

Directed reading in a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor. Admission requires selection of a faculty supervisor and submission of a study topic to the department a least one month prior to the start of the term in which the course will be taken. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Normally taken during the fourth year of study.

CHEM 483-5   Undergraduate Research II

Undergraduate Research II

CHEM 483

Experimental and/or theoretical research; preparation of a written report and oral presentation in research seminar format. Admission requires selection of a faculty supervisor and submission of a research proposal. Prospective students must contact the chemistry advisor to register their interest in this course before the last day of classes of the previous semester. The research proposal is due by the end of the examination period preceding the research term. Prerequisite: CHEM 481 and permission of the department. This course cannot be counted towards the 400-level CHEM unit requirement for the Chemistry Majors program.

CHEM 484-10   Two-Semester Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

Two-Semester Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

CHEM 484

Experimental and/or theoretical research normally over two consecutive semesters; preparation of a written report and oral presentation in research seminar format. Admission requires selection of a faculty supervisor and submission of a research proposal. Prospective students must contact the chemistry advisor to register their interest in this course before the last day of classes of the previous term. The research proposal is due by the end of the examination period preceding the research term. No credit will be given for CHEM 481 or CHEM 483 if CHEM 484 is completed. Prerequisite: Permission of the department; knowledge of chemistry at an advanced level. Normally taken after completion of 300 level course requirements.

Nuclear Science (NUSC) and Science (SCI) Courses

NUSC 341-3   Introduction to Radiochemistry

Introduction to Radiochemistry

NUSC 341

Brief description of the nucleus and its decays and reactions; interaction of radiation with matter; nuclear instrumentation; radioisotopes in chemistry; activation analysis and related analytical techniques; other applications of nuclear techniques; nuclear reactors and nuclear fusion. Prerequisite: Completion of 60 units in a science program, including first year calculus, chemistry and physics. Quantitative.

NUSC 342-3   Introduction to Nuclear Science

Introduction to Nuclear Science

NUSC 342

Review of nuclear properties and systematics. Properties of the nuclear force; shell model and structure of complex nuclei, nuclear decay via particle emission and spontaneous fission; experimental description of nuclear reactions; nucleon-nucleus and heavy ion reactions. Prerequisite: NUSC 341 or permission of the department. Recommended: MATH 251. Quantitative.

NUSC 344-3   Nucleosynthesis and Distribution of the Elements

Nucleosynthesis and Distribution of the Elements

NUSC 344

Formation and distribution of the chemical elements in the early universe, in present stellar environments and in the solar system; elemental abundances and isotopic ratios; and radiometric chronology techniques. Prerequisite: Completion of 60 units in a science program, including first year calculus, chemistry and physics. Quantitative.

NUSC 346-2   Radiochemistry Laboratory

Radiochemistry Laboratory

NUSC 346

Introduction to the techniques of radiochemistry; proportional and Geiger counters; sample preparations and half-life measurement; synthesis and separation of labelled compounds; beta and gamma-ray spectroscopy. Prerequisite: NUSC 341. Quantitative.

NUSC 444-3   Special Topics in Nuclear Science

Special Topics in Nuclear Science

NUSC 444

Advanced topics in nuclear science. Prerequisite: NUSC 342 or 442, or permission of the department.

NUSC 482-3   Directed Study in Advanced Topics in Nuclear Science

Directed Study in Advanced Topics in Nuclear

NUSC 482

Directed reading in a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor. Admission requires selection of a faculty supervisor and submission of a study topic to the department at least one month prior to the start of the term in which the course will be taken. Normally taken during the fourth year of study. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

SCI 191-3   Introduction to Modern Scientific Research

Introduction to Modern Scientific Research

SCI 191

Introduction to research being performed in the Faculty of Science. Students attend bi-weekly seminars in which current research topics in the Faculty of Science are introduced at a level suitable for first-years students. This course spans disciplines in the Faculty of Science.

SCI 300-3   Science and its Impact on Society

Science and its Impact on Society

SCI 300

The impact of science in our society. This course introduces upper level university students to all facets of science and their resulting technologies. Governmental policies often involve far-reaching scientific/technological decisions and this course attempts to provide a scientific perspective to help achieve rational and effective policies. Not open to students in the Faculty of Science or the Schools of Computing Science, Engineering Science. Prerequisite: 60 units. Breadth-Science.