Course Listings

During orientation week, new students meet with advisors and plan a course schedule tailored to each student’s educational goals. Prior to the end of the second semester in graduate school, each student completes faculty interviews, chooses a research director and selects a committee. With the help of this committee, the remainder of the student’s course program is planned. Course work is divided between minor work outside the Department in areas such as Material Sciences, Environmental Engineering, and Pharmacology. Special programs, such as The Chemical Physics Option, allow even greater flexibility in attaining your educational goals.


CHS 5110L-Radiochemistry
Radioactivity detection, radiochemical separations and analyses, radiochemistry laboratory techniques, the practice of radiological safety, and tracer applications of radioisotopes in chemistry and other fields.

CHS 5110-Radiochemistry
Properties of radioactive nuclei, nature of radioactivity, nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, interaction of radiation with matter, chemical aspects of radioactivity, and applications of nucleonics to chemistry.

CHM 5224-Basic Principles for Organic Chemistry
A review for those students intending to enroll in the Advanced Organic Sequence CHM 6225, 6226.

CHM 5235-Organic Spectroscopy
Advanced study of characterization and structure proof of organic compounds by special methods, including IR, UV, NMR, and mass spectrometry.

CHM 5275-The Organic Chemistry of Polymers
Classification of polymerization types and mechanisms from a mechanistic organic point of view. The structure of synthetic and natural polymers and polyelectrolytes. Reaction of polymers. Practical synthetic methods of polymer preparation.

CHM 5305-Chemistry of Biological Molecules
Mechanistic organic biochemistry. Emphasis on model systems, enzyme active sites, and physical and organic chemistry of biomacromolecules.

CHM 5413L-Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Techniques used in experimental research; techniques of design and fabrication of scientific apparatus. Advanced experiments involving optical, electronic, and high vacuum equipment.

CHM 5511-Physical Chemistry of Polymers
Structure, configuration, conformation, and thermodynamics of polymer solutions, gets, and solids. Thermal, mechanical, optical, and Rheological properties of plastics and rubbers.

CHM 5511L-Polymer Chemistry Laboratory

CHM 5514-Chemical Computations
Solution of difficultichemical problems in equilibrium, kinetics, and spectroscopy. Applications of computers to chemical research-control of experimental procedures and data reduction.

CHM 6153-Electrochemical Processes
Principles of electro-chemical methods, ionic solutions, and electrochemical kinetics.

CHM 6154-Chemical Separations
Theory and practice of modern separation methods with emphasis on gas and liquid chromatographic techniques.

CHM 6155-Spectrochemical Methods

Principles of atomic and molecular spectrometric methods; discussion of instrumentation, methodology, applications.

CHM 6158C-Electronics and Instrumentation
Principles of analog and digital electronics, computer interfacing using LabVIEW; combined lecture and laboratory course.

CHM 6159-Mass Spectrometric Methods
Modern mass spectrometry including fundamentals, instrumentation, and analytical applications.

CHM 6165-Chemometrics
Analytical method, information theory, and chemometrics, including statistical data analysis, heuristic and non-heuristic data analysis (pattern recognition and artificial intelligence), and experimental design and optimization.

CHM 6180-Special Topics in Analytical Chemistry
Lectures or conferences covering selected topics of current interest in analytical chemistry.

CHM 6190-Analytical Chemistry Seminar

CHM 6225-Advanced Principles of Organic Chemistry
Principles of organic chemistry and their application to reaction mechanisms.

CHM 6226-Advanced Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Discussion and application of synthetic methodology.

CHM 6227-Topics in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Synthesis of complex organic molecules, with emphasis on recent developments in approaches and methods.

CHM 6251-Organometallic Compounds
Properties of organometallic compounds, the nature of the carbon-metal bond, compounds of metals in groups 1, 2, 3, and 4, and transition metals.

CHM 6271-The Chemistry of High Polymers
Fundamental polymer chemistry, with emphasis on the mechanisms of polymerization reactions and the relationship of physical properties to chemical constitution.

CHM 6301-Enzyme Mechanisms
Principles of enzyme structure; isolation and purification; physical chemistry of enzyme/substrate interactions; general overview of classes; transition state theory and catalysis; types of chemical catalysis; survey of cofactors; example mechanisms; catalytic antibodies; ribozyme structure and catalysis.

CHM 6302-Chemistry and Biology and Nucleic Acids
Principles of nucleic acid structure and function; protein/nucleic acid interactions with particular emphasis on transcriptional regulators and DNA and RNA polymerases; chemistry of phosphate hydrolysis and its application to enzyme mechanisms; evolution of novel RNA molecules capable of specific binding and catalysis.

CHM 6303-Methods in Computational Biochemistry and Structural Biology
Modeling and protein structures enzyme reaction mechanisms using empirical as well as quantum-mechanical methods.

CHM 6304-Special Topics in Biological Chemistry Mechanisms
Molecular evolution, bioinformatics and protein structure prediction, principles of molecular recognition, rational protein design, biotechnology, reengineered organisms, advanced biophysical techiques, and computational biology.

CHM 6381-Special Topics in Organic Chemistry
Chemistry of selected types of organic compounds, such as alkaloids, carbohydrates, natural products, steroids.

CHM 6390-Organic Chemistry Seminar

CHM 6430-Chemical Thermodynamics
Energetics, properties of ideal and nonideal systems primarily from the standpoint of classical thermodynamics.

CHM 6449-Photochemistry
Experimental and theoretical aspects of chemical reactions induced by visible and ultraviolet radiation. Fluorescence and chemiluminescence.

CHM 6461-Statistical Thermodynamics
Fundamental principles with applications to systems of chemical interest.

CHM 6470-Chemical Bonding and Spectra I

Basic methods and applications of quantum chemistry; atomic structure; chemical bonding in diatomic and polyatomic molecules. Brief introduction to molecular spectroscopy.

CHM 6471-Chemical Bonding and Spectra II
Theory of symmetry and its chemical applications; semi-empirical molecular orbital treatment of simple inorganic and organic molecules; further applications to inorganic and organic chemistry.

CHM 6480-Elements of Quantum Chemistry
Brief treatment of the Schrodinger equation, followed by a survey of applications to chemical problems.

CHM 6490-Theory of Molecular Spectroscopy
Molecular energy levels, spectroscopic selection rules; rotational, vibrational, electronic, and magnetic resonance spectra of diatomic and polyatomic molecules.

CHM 6520-Chemical Physics
Topics from the following: intermolecular forces; molecular dynamics; electromagnetic properties of molecular systems; solid surfaces; theoretical and computational methods.

CHM 6580-Special Topics in Physical Chemistry

CHM 6590-Physical Chemistry Seminar

CHM 6620-Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
The crystalline state; covalent bonding; acids, bases, and solvents, nonmetallic compounds of Groups III through VII with emphasis on structure and reactivity.

CHM 6621-Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II
Electronic structure of metals and transition metal complexes; solution chemistry and reaction mechanisms at metal centers; redox reactions; introduction to organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry.

CHM 6623-Chemistry of the Metals

Relation of properties to atomic, molecular, and crystal structures.

CHM 6626-Applications of Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry

Principles and applications of spectroscopic methods to the solution of inorganic problems. Those techniques used most extensively in current inorganic research are treated.

CHM 6628-Chemistry of Solid Materials
Structure and properties of solids; semiconductors and superconductors.

CHM 6670-Inorganic Biochemistry
Role of elements in biology. Modern spectroscopic and physical methods for study of Group I and II metals, metalloenzymes, metal ion transport and storage, functions of nonmetals in biochemical systems, and biomedical/ biotechnical applications of metals.

CHM 6680-Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Lectures or conferences on selected topics of current research interest in inorganic chemistry.

CHM 6690-Inorganic Chemistry Seminar

CHM 6710-Applied Molecular Spectroscopy
Applications and comparisons of methods in analysis and molecular structure determination.

CHM 6720-Chemical Dynamics
Basic concepts of rate laws, collision theory, and transition state theory; an introduction to reaction dynamics, structural dynamics, and quantitative structure-reactivity correlations.

CHM 6905-Professional Development
A seminar course which helps prepare Ph.D. students for many types of possible future employment. Presentations by chemists from government laboratories, start-up companies, patent-law, community colleges, and four-year colleges. Speakers from industry emphasize the differences in motivation for and conduct of industrial as opposed to academic research.

CHM 6934-Adv Biochem Topics
Critical presentations and discussions of the recent literature on topics in biochemistry including enzymology, bioorganic chemistry, metabolism, molecular biology and computational biochemistry.

CHM 6934-Adv Org Mech Topics
Informal course involving problem-solving and student/faculty seminars that emphasizes critical discussion of the current literature related to organic reaction mechanisms.

CHM 6934-Adv Organometal Topics

CHM 6934-Adv Polymer Topics
Survey of current literature relevant to polymer synthesis, characterization, and behavior organized around presentations by course participants and external speakers.

CHM 6934-Adv Synthetic Topics
Principles of complex-molecule synthesis with emphasis on strategy and experimental design.

CHM 6934-Adv Theory Topics

CHM 6934-Adv Topics Mater Chem
A seminar course covering research topics of current interest in materials chemistry. Speakers include UF researchers in addition to invited lecturers.

CHM 6935-Chemistry Colloquim

CHM 7485-Special Topics in Theory of Atomic and Molecular Structure
Mathematical techniques used in atomic, molecular, and solid-state theory. The one-electron approximation and the general quantum- mechanical manybody problems. Selected advanced topics.