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Graduate coursework to be used towards a M.A. or Ph.D. degree may be completed at Bryn Mawr College and at the University of Pennsylvania.
CHEM B511 Advanced Organic Chemistry
A survey of the methods and concepts used in the synthesis of complex organic molecules.
CHEM B512 Advanced Organic Chemistry
Principles of physical organic chemistry with emphasis on reaction mechanisms, reactive intermediates and stereochemistry.
CHEM B515 Medicinal Chemistry
A survey of topics related to drug discovery including lead discovery, target interactions, structural optimization, drug metabolism, and drug synthesis. The course will engage in an advanced treatment of these topics with particular attention to an understanding of drug design and development on the molecular level. Case studies will be used to illustrate the application of these principles. Discussions may include OxyContin and related opiate analgesics; aspirin and related NSAIDs; penicillin and other antibacterial agents; Tamiflu and related anti-virals; Alzheimer's disease drugs; and anti-depressants.
CHEM B521 Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHEM B532 Bioinorganic Chemistry
A survey of metals in biology illustrating structural, enzymatic and pharmaceutical applications of transition metals in biological chemistry and including discussion of structural themes and bonding, reaction types, and catalysis.
CHEM B535 Group Theory Applications in Chemistry
Fundamental concepts of mathematical groups, their derivation and their application in bonding, spectroscopy and chemical reactivity.
CHEM B534 Organometallic Chemistry
Fundamental concepts in organometallic chemistry, including structure and bonding, reaction types, and catalysis, and applications to current problems in organic synthesis.
CHEM B345 Advanced Topics in Biological Chemistry: Nucleic Acids Biochemistry and Applications in Biology
The course introduces students to the biochemistry of DNA and RNA and related cellular metabolism. It also explores novel biotechnological applications in several areas including medical diagnosis and treatment, genetically modified crops, forensics, bioinformatics, and genome sequencing, among others. The course includes oral presentations as well as written assignments.
CHEM B345 Advanced Topics in Biological Chemistyr: Current Topics in Metabolism
During the first part of the semester, metabolic pathways not covered in CHEM 242 will be covered. Biosynthesis and breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, amino acids, and other molecules will be discussed. Current literature about obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic diseases will be discussed in a seminar format.
CHEM B350 Selected Topics in Current Chemical Research
A combination lecture/seminar course on the physical, structural, chemical, photochemical, mechanistic and spectroscopic properties of novel organic compounds, including oral presentations by students on very recently published research articles.