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Quantum theory, introduction, principles. Schrödinger Equation, wavefunction; particle in a box, uncertainty; postulates of quantum mechanics; hydrogen atom, orbitals, structure of multi-electron atoms, atomic spectra and selection rules; molecular structure of diatomic molecules; introduction to molecular spectroscopy; materials and structure: lattices, diffraction methods, properties of solids. In this class you will learn to understand the principles of Quantum Chemistry and how it applies to atoms, molecules, and solids. We emphasize conceptual understanding and will become skilled in quantitative descriptions. The goal is that at the end of the course every student can outline the basic principles of Quantum Chemistry, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Students will obtain a sound understanding of probability, wavefunctions, orbitals, and spectroscopy, and can apply the learned concepts and tools to engage in self-driven investigations. This course is designated as the capstone course. Prerequisite: CHEM 2335, MATH 2326, both with a grade of C or better and PHYS 1443 and PHYS 1444. MATH 3318 concurrent enrollment recommended.

Chemistry and Biochemistry - Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers four programs of study leading to a bachelor's degree and two leading to both a bachelor's and master's degree. They are the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - American Chemical Society certified, the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry - American Chemical Society certified, the Bachelor of Science in Biological Chemistry a combined Bachelor of Science-Master of Science in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering.