Chemistry and Biochemistry Study Abroad Course Descriptions

The courses listed below are pre-approved biological science courses offered at various Notre Dame study abroad locations.

More information about course groupings, academic requirements, available majors, and sample curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin of Information 2013-2014.

Perth, Australia

CHEM 34333. Analytical Chemistry

(4-0-4)
Study of Selected topics in industrial and applied chemistry.

CHEM 44542. Pharmacology

(3-0-3)
Taught as PHAR2210 - 'Foundations of Pharmacology' at a host institution. "This unit provides an introduction to the basic principles of pharmacology, the branch of science that studies the effects of drugs on the human body. Topics include dose-response relationships; receptor classification; intracellular signaling; drug metabolism and distribution; clinical aspects of drug effects; structure/activity relationships; and toxicology and chemotherapy. The material in the unit is the foundation for further study in pharmacology but can be taken on its own. While introducing students to the scientific study of drugs and medicines, emphasis is mainly placed on explaining general mechanisms, processes and theories rather than detailing the complex properties of the many individual drugs that are used and abused in today's society. " 


Cairo, Egypt

CHEM 34333. Analytical Chemistry

(4-0-4)
Study of Selected topics in industrial and applied chemistry. 


London, England

CHEM 44420. Principles of Biochemistry

(3-0-3)
This module forms part of the stage 2 core curriculum in the BSc degree programme in Biochemistry and a number of related disciplines. The course introduces students to the fundamental building blocks for the molecules of life: proteins, carbohydrates and lipids, and gives the student information on the utilization and manipulation of these molecules by the cell emphasizing how molecular structure dictates the functional properties of these molecules. The concept of biochemical catalysis and the properties of enzymes will be introduced. Additionally, the course describes basic biochemical methods for the purification, identification and manipulation of these compounds. Main topics include: nucleic acids, amino acids, protein structure, carbohydrates, lipids and membrane structure; enzymes and cofactors; enzyme mechanism, kinetics and regulation. BIOC 20050 Principles of Biochemistry at UCD.


Oxford, England

CHEM 34340. Biochemistry Lab

(2-0-2)
This course is offered for undergraduate biochemistry majors and is generally taken in the junior year. The course covers the basic chemical and physical principles of the primary biomolecules: protein, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. The structures and properties of these molecules and their relevance to biological processes will be integrated. 

CHEM 34341. Fundamentals of Biochemistry I and Lab

(3-0-3)
This course is offered for undergraduate biochemistry majors and is generally taken in the junior year. The course covers the basic chemical and physical principles of the primary biomolecules: protein, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. The structures and properties of these molecules and their relevance to biological processes will be integrated.

CHEM 44497. Directed Readings

(V-0-V)
An intensive course in macromolecular structure determination covering NMR and crystallography. NMR topics include the free precession model, shielding effects (paramagnetic, diamagnetic, neighboring group anisotropy, ring currents, electronic effects, intermolecular interactions), magnetic vs chemical equivalence, splitting effects of spin quantum number (fermions, bosons), fermi contact interaction, dipolar coupling, quadrupolar, spin-spin and spin-lattice relaxation, spin-echo, and COSY, EXSY, and NOESY. Crystallography topics include Miller indices, Bragg's Law, and methods of crystallization.


Dublin, Ireland - Trinity College

CHEM 24262 - Math for Chemists

(0.75-0-0.75)
Computational Chemistry: Recommended text: "Mathematics for Chemistry", Doggett & Sutcliffe, Longman, 1995. Functions. Some feel for different functions and their properties (e.g. ex, ln x, sin/cos/tan); coordinates, tangents etc; even/odd functions. 

CHEM 24283 - Organic Reactions/Applications

(3-0-3)
"Organic Chemistry : CH 3023: This course discusses newer methods for organic synthesis and develops the themes presented in course CH3022 (Organic Synthesis), focusing especially on the use of an expanded range of elements to design methods for the preparation of organic compounds that exhibit enhanced chemoselectivity, steroselectivity etc. Additional descriptive material in rows below CH3024:Organic Chemistry : Principles of spectroscopy. Mass spectroscopy. Instrumentation, fragmentation and spectra interpretation. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Introduction, basic theory (recap), magnetic fields and nuclear spin energy levels, the concept of resonance, continuous wave (CW) NMR spectroscopy Basic FT NMR theory. Concept of chemical shift, the d-scale, major factors influencing d: inductive electron withdrawal (-I), magnetic anisotropy of double bonds, diamagnetic ring current, resonance effects (+M, -M), solvents. 1H NMR: Chemical equivalence, homotopic, enantiotopic and diastereotopic protons, magnetic equivalence/non-equivalence and its effect on NMR spectra. 13C NMR spectroscopy - effect of carbon hybridization on chemical shift, -I effects, +M and -M effects 13C-1H spin coupling, broadband decoupling, off resonance decoupling, the nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) and its implications for 13C NMR sensitivity, relaxation of 13C nuclei as a function of the No. of attached protons, identification of quaternary 13C nuclei in broadband decoupled 13C spectra. The concept of polarization transfer, DEPT 135 and DEPT 90 experiments - theory and application to structure elucidation. 1-D NOE experiments - principle and application. 2-Dimen-sional NMR spectroscopy - 1H-1H COSY, 1H-13C COSY (HETCOR), NOESY and INADEQUATE. Other useful NMR acronyms. CH 3026:Organic Chemistry : Introduction to heterocyclic chemistry. Systematic nomenclature for monocyclic and fused ring systems. Pyridine. Structure of molecule. Aromaticity. Idea of retrosynthetic analysis in the design of heterocyclic synthesis. General approach illustrated by detailed treatment of several pyridine syntheses, including the Hantzsch and Guareschi syntheses. Chemical properties of pyridine treated in terms of the structure of the pyridine molecule. Inertness to electrophilic substitution; susceptibility to nucleophilic substitution. Reaction of the pyridine nitrogen with electrophiles and acids. Reduction of pyridine. The NADP system. Pyridine N-oxides. Hydroxy pyridines. Hydroxpyridine/pyridone tautomerism. Pyridine thiols. Aminopyridines. Picolines. Quinoline. Skraup, Conrad-Limpach and Knorr, Combes , and Friedlander syntheses. Isoquinoline. Bischler-Napieralski, Pictet-Spengler, Pomeranz-Fritsch syntheses. Reactions of quinolines and isoquinolines Electrophilic and nucleophilic substitution. Reduction. Basicity. Hydroxy derivatives. N-Quaternary derivatives. Diazines. Brief survey. Pyrimidine synthesis. Substitution reactions of pyrimidines. Dimroth rearrangement. Furan, pyrrole and thiophene. Synthetic approaches. Structure and aromaticity. Electrophilic substitution reactions. Furan as diene. Indole. Electrophilic substitution. Mannich reaction. Fischer indole synthesis. Azoles: Brief survey of types and synthetic approaches. Tautomerism of imidazoles. Electrophilic substitution."

CHEM 34320. Physical Chemistry Laboratory

(V-0-V)
Physical Chemistry: A general course, including chemical thermodynamics, basic quantum chemistry and spectroscopy, polymers and colloids, and kinetics. 

CHEM 34321. Physical Chemistry I

(V-0-V)
CHEM 30060 Quantum Mechanics at UCD, CH 2000 Chemistry II at TCD. Quantum Mechanics. Failures of classical mechanics, particle-wave duality. Uncertainty principle, particle in a box, tunneling. Harmonic oscillator and vibrational motion. Angular momentum and rotational motion. Pauli principle. Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Molecular Spectroscopy. Electromagnetic radiation, the interactions between electromagnetic radiation and atoms and molecules. Rotational spectra, rigid and non-rigid rotors, rotational spectra of molecules. Vibrational spectra, harmonic and anharmonic oscillators, vibrational-rotational spectra of molecules. Electronic spectra, atomic and molecular absorption and emission spectra, vibrational-electronic spectra, Franck-Condon principle Credits: 3 

CHEM 34322. Thermodynamics and Reaction Kinetics

(3-0-3)
Physical Chemistry: A general course, including chemical thermodynamics, basic quantum chemistry and spectroscopy, polymers and colloids, and kinetics 

CHEM 34329. Physical Chemistry Laboratory

(V-0-V)
Physical Chemistry: Selected laboratory experiments to correspond to CH2000 lecture component. 

CHEM 34330. Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

(V-0-V)
Analytical Chemistry : Chemistry of stratosphere. Ozone chemistry -Chapman model. Spectroscopy of O2 and O3. Quantum yields of photochemical reactions. Determination of ozone concentration. Effect of pollutants. HOX, CIOX and NOX cycle. Role of aerosols. Analytical Chemistry : Overview of the analytical method. Survey of analytical techniques. Calibration curves. Sources and types of error in analytical measurements. Simple statistical techniques and ideas applied to data analysis in analytical chemistry. Analytical Chemistry : Aim: to establish the principles determining the natural background of elements, particularly in the aquatic environment. References are made to the "Brent Spar" episode, and to "black smokers".) 

CHEM 34333. Analytical Chemistry

(4-0-4)
Study of Selected topics in industrial and applied chemistry. 

CHEM 34421. Advanced Physical Chemistry

(4-0-4)
Physical Chemistry :CH 3031: Liquid-gas and liquid-liquid interfaces Surface tension. Interfacial tension. Surface active molecules. Gibbs' adsorption isotherm. Spreading of liquids. Langmuir trough. Monomolecular layers. Micelles. Physical Chemistry : Spin angular momentum. Larmor precession. Fundamentals of magnetic resonance spectroscopies. Absorption of energy and relaxation. NMR spectroscopy. Chemical shifts, coupling constants, prediction of spectra. Physical Chemistry : Brief review of quantum theory; wave functions, Schrodinger equations, Uncertainty Principle. Solution of the Schrodinger equation for a particle confined to a circle. Angular momentum. Schrodinger equation for chemical systems.

CHEM 44440. Inorganic Chemistry Lab

(2-0-2)
Inorganic Chemistry: Synthetic techniques necessary for the preparation of a variety of inorganic and organometallic compounds and characterization of these compounds using a range of spectroscopic methods.

CHEM 44443. Inorganic Chemistry 

(3-0-3)
Inorganic Chemistry: Revision of group theory and manipulation of matrices. Molecular point groups and how to recognize them. Representation of symmetry operations by matrices; matrices as symmetry operators. Commutation rules for symmetry operators. Inorganic Chemistry: The factors that determine the reactivity, stability and chemistry of transition metal organometallic compounds are investigated. Inorganic Chemistry: Comparison with heterogeneous systems, catalysis cycles. Group VIII, chemistry for low oxidation states, illustrated mainly with (Ph3P)3RhCl. Electronic effects, d8, 16e-18e, pi-bonding, soft ligands. 4,5- and 6-coordination, cone angle.... Inorganic Chemistry: The subject of this course is the electronic spectroscopy of transition metal complexes, which can be observed by UV-visible spectroscopy. Absorption of light, leading to electronic rearrangements, is the origin of the wide-ranging .... Inorganic Chemistry: The factors that determine the stability and reactivity of main group organometallic compounds are considered. Specific examples of the chemistry undergone by organometallic Li, Na, Mg, Be, B, Al, Si, Sn and As are discussed.

CHEM 44470. Special Topics 

(V-0-V)
PHAR 30030 at UCD. This module forms part of the core curriculum of the B.Sc. degree in Pharmacology. The course covers the principles of toxicology, the factors which affect the toxicity of compounds, and the effects of a range of toxic materials on body functions in terms of the potential disruption of normal physiology, metabolism and behavior. Areas covered: General principles, Toxicity testing, Toxicokinetics, Genetic Toxicology & Carcinogens, Hepatic Toxicity, Blood Toxicity, Immunotoxicity, Lung Toxicity, Teratogenesis, Neurotoxicology, Renal Toxicology, Toxic agents (Pesticides), Reproductive & Clinical Toxicology.

CHEM 54531. Molecular Biology I

(3-0-3)
Taught as BMOL 20010 "Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology" at host institution. This module forms part of stage 2 of the core curriculum in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Genetics, Neuroscience and Cell and Molecular Biology BSc degree programmes. The course examines the structure and function of DNA in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Areas covered: early landmarks in molecular genetics and the discovery of DNA; structures of nucleotides and nucleic acids; DNA replication, transcription and translation into proteins; cracking the genetic code; DNA mutations and repair mechanisms; control of gene expression; recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering. Practical classes are designed to introduce students to the fundamental techniques in molecular biology. A student must take all parts of the course.


Dublin, Ireland - UCD

CHEM 34321. Physical Chemistry I

(V-0-V)
CHEM 30060 Quantum Mechanics at UCD, CH 2000 Chemistry II at TCD. Quantum Mechanics. Failures of classical mechanics, particle-wave duality. Uncertainty principle, particle in a box, tunnelling. Harmonic oscillator and vibrational motion. Angular momentum and rotational motion. Pauli principle. Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Molecular Spectroscopy. Electromagnetic radiation, the interactions between electromagnetic radiation and atoms and molecules. Rotational spectra, rigid and non-rigid rotors, rotational spectra of molecules. Vibrational spectra, harmonic and anharmonic oscillators, vibrational-rotational spectra of molecules. Electronic spectra, atomic and molecular absorption and emission spectra, vibrational-electronic spectra, Franck-Condon principle. 

CHEM 34330. Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

(V-0-V)
Analytical Chemistry : Chemistry of stratosphere. Ozone chemistry -Chapman model. Spectroscopy of O2 and O3. Quantum yields of photochemical reactions. Determination of ozone concentration. Effect of pollutants. HOX, CIOX and NOX cycle. Role of aerosols. Analytical Chemistry : Overview of the analytical method. Survey of analytical techniques. Calibration curves. Sources and types of error in analytical measurements. Simple statistical techniques and ideas applied to data analysis in analytical chemistry. Analytical Chemistry : Aim: to establish the principles determining the natural background of elements, particularly in the aquatic environment. References are made to the "Brent Spar" episode, and to "black smokers".)

CHEM 34333. Analytical Chemistry

(4-0-4)
Study of Selected topics in industrial and applied chemistry.  

CHEM 34342. Metabolism

(V-0-V)
Bioenergetics:carbohydrate metabolism, photosynthesis, lipid transport and metabolism, oxidative metabolism, amino acid metabolism, metabolic control.

CHEM 34420. Principles of Biochemistry

(3-0-3)
BMOL 20020 at UCD. The module forms part of stage 2 of the core curriculum for the BSc degree in Biochemistry. It takes the information learned about the molecules of life and examines the processes necessary for biological catalysis, generation of energy and biosynthetic pathways. Topics covered: introduction to enzymes and cofactors; enzyme mechanism, kinetics and regulation; carbohydrate metabolism (including glycolysis, fermentation and gluconeogenesis); citric acid cycle; electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation; photosynthesis; lipid metabolism; amino acid metabolism; nucleotide synthesis and degradation. Practical classes illustrate experimental approaches used to investigate metabolic pathways. A student taking this module must attend all parts of the course.

CHEM 44420. Principles of Biochemistry

(3-0-3)
This module forms part of the stage 2 core curriculum in the BSc degree programme in Biochemistry and a number of related disciplines. The course introduces students to the fundamental building blocks for the molecules of life: proteins, carbohydrates and lipids, and gives the student information on the utilization and manipulation of these molecules by the cell emphasizing how molecular structure dictates the functional properties of these molecules. The concept of biochemical catalysis and the properties of enzymes will be introduced. Additionally, the course describes basic biochemical methods for the purification, identification and manipulation of these compounds. Main topics include: nucleic acids, amino acids, protein structure, carbohydrates, lipids and membrane structure; enzymes and cofactors; enzyme mechanism, kinetics and regulation. BIOC 20050 Principles of Biochemistry at UCD.

CHEM 44434. Physical Methods of Chemistry

(3-0-3)
A course in molecular structure examined through the theory and interpretation of spectra. The focus is on infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography, with exposure to other techniques such as two-dimensional NMR, Raman spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, and electron spin resonance.

CHEM 44498. Special Studies: Scientific Research

(2-0-2)
Taught at a host institution. SCI 30010 Introduction to Scientific Research at UCD; This module introduces students to the principles of scientific research through attachment to an active research group in the College of Science. Students will become active members of a research group and work under the direction of the group's Principal Investigator. Students will learn about the research focus of the group and conduct independent research into the scientific literature of relevance to the group's activity. They will shadow a member of the research team in the laboratory and master one basic and one advanced laboratory skill. Based on the research activity of the research group, students will learn about developing a research hypothesis and designing experiments to test the hypothesis. Using data generated by themselves and/or the group, students will learn how to analyze the research data and, where appropriate, how to determine whether the differences between control and test data are significantly different from each other. Students will also learn how to write a scientific abstract and a scientific report as well how to make a scientific presentation.

CHEM 54531. Molecular Biology I

(3-0-3)
Taught as BMOL 20010 "Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology" at host institution. This module forms part of stage 2 of the core curriculum in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Genetics, Neuroscience and Cell and Molecular Biology BSc degree programmes. The course examines the structure and function of DNA in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Areas covered: early landmarks in molecular genetics and the discovery of DNA; structures of nucleotides and nucleic acids; DNA replication, transcription and translation into proteins; cracking the genetic code; DNA mutations and repair mechanisms; control of gene expression; recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering. Practical classes are designed to introduce students to the fundamental techniques in molecular biology. A student must take all parts of the course.