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Graduate level course offerings: Chemistry

CHEM 430 Advanced Biochemistry 4R-0L-4C S

Prerequisite: CHEM 330

Relationship between chemical structure and biological function. Metabolism, with emphasis on chemical motifs.


CHEM 433 Biochemistry Laboratory 0R-4L-lC S

Corequisite: CHEM 430

Fundamental techniques employed in isolation, characterization and study of biomolecules, and enzyme kinetics. Techniques used may include homogenization, solvent extraction, centrifugation, salt fractionation, chromatography, and electrophoresis.


CHEM 441 Inorganic Chemistry I 4R-0L-4C F

Prerequisite: CHEM 252 and CHEM 362

The chemistry of non-metals. This course consists of a systematic study of the properties and reactions of the elements and their compounds based upon modern theories of the chemical bond, as well as from the viewpoint of atomic structure and the periodic law.


CHEM 442 Inorganic Chemistry II 3R-4L-4C

Prerequisite: CHEM 441

The chemistry of metals. Modern theories such as valence bond, molecular orbital, electrostatic and ligand field are used to explain the properties of complex ions. Synthesis and characterization of complexes are done in the lab.


CHEM 445 Organometallic Chemistry 4R-0L-4C S

Prerequisite: CHEM 252

A survey of the chemistry of main group organometallic compounds and organo-transition metal complexes. Reaction mechanisms and uses in organic synthesis and catalysis are studied.


CHEM 451 Organic Structure Determination 2R-8L-4C S

Prerequisite: CHEM 253 or permission of instructor

Chemical and spectroscopic identification of organic compounds. Study of nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy and other techniques applied to structure elucidation and stereochemistry.


CHEM 452 Synthetic Organic Chemistry 4R-0L-4C F or W

Prerequisite: CHEM 253

A survey of contemporary methodology in organic synthesis. Retrosynthetic analysis, functional group transformations, condensation chemistry, and organometallic reagents will be stressed. Includes computer assisted synthesis.


CHEM 454 Theoretical Organic Chemistry 4R-0L-4C W

Prerequisite: CHEM 253 and CHEM 361 or CHEM 360 or permission of instructor

Study of physical and chemical methods used to investigate organic reaction mechanisms; the chemistry of carbenes; organic photochemistry.


CHEM 455 Natural Products 4R-0L-4C

Prerequisite: CHEM 253 or permission of instructor

A study of naturally occurring materials such as carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, terpenes and steroids. The course also entails a discussion of synthesis, biosynthesis, structure elucidation, selected degradation and other reactions as well as some medicinal characteristics of selected natural products.


CHEM 457 Synthetic Polymer Chemistry 4R-0L-4C

Prerequisite: CHEM 252

Polymer synthesis, reactions, and applications. Organic chemistry of polymer synthesis and modification. Design of polymer systems that meet certain performance criteria or have desirable physical properties.


CHEM 461 Advanced Physical Chemistry 4R-0L-4C

Prerequisite: CHEM 363

Addresses a variety of topics in quantum mechanics, statistical thermodynamics or kinetics.


CHEM 462 Physical Polymer Chemistry 4R-0L-4C

Prerequisite: CHEM 252

Physical behavior of polymers. Physical properties, molecular weight determination, relationship between morphology and mechanical properties.


CHEM 465 Environmental Organic Chemistry 4R-0L-4C

Prerequisite: CHEM 251 or CE 564 or permission of instructor

This course will examine the processes that control the fate of organic contaminants in the environment. Course topics include applying chemical thermodynamics to understand environmental fate, aqueous solubilities, partitioning behavior into various environmental compartments, sorption behavior, and the mechanisms and kinetics of some important abiotic transformations.


CHEM 470 Special Topics in Chemistry (1-4)R-0L-(1-4)C F, W, S

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Studies in advanced topics of current chemical interest not addressed in other named courses.


CHEM 476 Directed Laboratory Study in Chemistry 0R-4L-1C F, W, S

Prerequisite: To be taken concurrently with the appropriate elective not accompanied by an identified laboratory component.

Laboratory studies designed to supplement an area concentration in organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, or some other field of chemistry.


CHEM 477 Directed Study in Chemistry (1-4)R-0L-(1-4)C F, W, S

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Allows individual study in a topic not usually offered. A student may take 1 to 4 credits. A maximum of 4 credits is permitted.


CHEM 490 Chemical Research 0R-(4-12)L-(1-3)C

Research under the direction of a member of the faculty selected by mutual agreement. Students may earn a maximum of 18 credits between CHEM 290 and CHEM 490. Students may register for 1 to 3 credits per quarter.

Admissions, Programs of Study, and Courses

Our graduate program offers a variety of courses and programs taught by passionate and experienced professors to help you achieve your academic and professional goals. Learn more about our admissions process, and the programs and courses we are proud to offer.

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There are a variety of options for both traditional and non-traditional students at Rose-Hulman. Learn more about how to apply for graduate school.

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Rose-Hulman offers graduate studies in 10 different programs. Some programs offer evening classes off campus to make it possible for professionals to continue to work fulltime while earning their graduate degree.

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A number of courses have been approved by the Graduate Studies Committee for credit toward graduate degrees. Even programs that do not offer graduate degrees, like chemistry and math, offer classes that can be applied toward required graduate credit.

Research Facilities

There are seven research facilities on our campus all operating with the dual mission of providing education, as well as performing research and development. Projects at the facilities reflect faculty and student interests, as well as industry needs. As part of the graduate program at Rose-Hulman, you will likely participate in thesis research in one of our facilities.  
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John T. Myers Center for Technological Research with Industry

This 40,000-square-foot facility is devoted to student and faculty project work. The center provides space and specialized instrumentation for students and faculty to engage in engineering design projects for external clients. There is ample laboratory space for project-based education.

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Rose-Hulman Ventures

Rose-Hulman Ventures is a program that brings together students and technology-based companies. For students, the program provides the best engineering professional practice experience possible. In turn, this provides businesses with prototypes, refinements to the design of existing products and expansion in current engineering capabilities. The facility is on the south campus of Rose-Hulman.

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JRSI Laboratory

In this lab, you will have the opportunity to work side by side with surgeons, faculty and engineers to design, execute and present scientific investigations in an effort to develop engineering solutions to clinical problems. Mechanical testing in the lab is conducted utilizing a state-of-the-art biaxial materials testing machine.

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Dr. Azad Siahmakoun

Dr. Azad Siahmakoun serves as the Associate Dean of the Faculty for graduate studies at Rose-Hulman. Dr. Siahmakoun holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.