Undergraduate Courses

Generally, students admitted in the Life Sciences and Physical & Mathematical Sciences streams include chemistry in their first year, in addition to physics, math and biology courses. CHM151Y is the course that is strongly recommended for all students who will be following one of the chemistry specialist programs and who will be including a substantial amount of chemistry in their degree such as those in chemistry major program. The combination of CHM135H and CHM136H is recommended for students who intend to take programs in the Life or Health Sciences that do not require a large amount of chemistry. It is also the most appropriate course for students applying for entry into professional programs.

The second-year courses introduce the students to their chosen field of studies in biological, physical, organic, inorganic materials and analytical chemistry.

The third-year courses offer the students a wide variety of selection to concentrate on their chosen field of specialization by enhancing their understanding of the chemistry in the lectures and strengthening their practical experience in the labs.

The fourth-year courses cement the student understanding and practical experience to prepare them for employment upon graduation or pursue independent work in graduate studies.

Click on the links below to view the course descriptions. The academic calendar lists the course requirements like pre-requisites, co-requisites and exclusions, and the timetable when the courses are offered.

 


100 Level Courses


Title 

CHM135H1 Chemistry: Physical Principles (formerly CHM139H) 

Schedule 

3 lectures 
3 (A) labs 
1 tutorials 

Notes: Offered in Fall and Winter (remedial). CHM135H1 must be successfully completed before CHM136H1 can be taken. 

Topics 

This course is recommended for students in the life and health science programs. The course opens with an introduction to atomic theory; fundamental concepts of spectroscopy and chemical bonding are also introduced. After a brief review of reaction stoichiometries, the structure of matter - gases, liquids, solids and beyond - will be discussed. The solution state is then presented with an emphasis on properties of solutions including chemical equilibria in solution, particularly those of acids and bases. The course concludes with an introduction to the kinetics and the thermodynamics of reactions of both chemical and biochemical interest. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM139H, CHM151Y, CHMA11H3, CHM110H5, CHM140Y5 
Pre-requisites: Chemistry SCH4U; Mathematics MHF4U + MCV4U 
Co-requisites: MAT(135H, 136H)/135Y/137Y/157Y recommended, but may be required pre-requisite in 2nd year Chemistry courses; PHY(131H, 132H)/(151H, 152H) recommended 

Text 

Required: 

  • Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change" 9th Edition by Martin Silberberg and Patricia Amateis with Connect Online. 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Course Spokesperson 

Fall 2020 

Winter 2021 

Lecturer 

Fall 2020 

Winter 2021 

Lab Instructor 

Fall 2020 

Winter 2021 

  • TBA 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM136H1 - Introductory Organic Chemistry I (formerly CHM138H) 

Schedule 

3 lectures 
3 (A) labs 
1 tutorials 

Notes: Offered in Winter & Summer sessions.  Students must successfully complete CHM135H1 before they can take CHM136H1. 

Topics 

This course is recommended for students in the life and health science programs. The course commences with a review of fundamental principles in covalent bonding to understand the structure and shape of organic molecules; the concepts of molecular conformation as well as the "handedness" of shape are introduced. The relationship between the structure of organic molecules and their reactivity is then presented. This relationship will be illustrated by examining the mechanisms by which the organic chemistry of alkenes, alkyl halides and alcohols takes place. The role of acid/base chemistry in these reactions is presented throughout. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM138H, CHM151Y, CHM242H5, CHMB41H3 
Pre-requisites: Chemistry SCH4U; Mathematics MHF4U + MCV4U, CHM135H1/139H1 
Co-requisites: MAT135H/135Y/137Y/157Y recommended, but may be required pre-requisite in 2nd year Chemistry courses; PHY(131H, 132H)/(151H, 152H) recommended. 

Text 

Required 

  • J. McMurry, ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 9th ed, (plus accompanying Study guide, Solutions manual) ISBN: 9781305080485, 9781305082144 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee 

Course Spokesperson 

Winter 2021 

Summer 2021 

  • TBA 

Lecturer 

Winter 2021 

Summer 2021 

  • TBA 

Lab Instructor 

Winter 2021 

Summer 2021 

  • TBA 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM151Y - Chemistry: The Molecular Science 

Schedule 

3 lectures 
3.5 labs 
1 tutorials 

Topics 

The first section of the course is an intensive study of the principles of structure and reactions of organic molecules, as well as an introduction to the importance of organic molecules in biological processes. The next section introduces methods of structure determination, and the properties and uses of inorganic elements including novel materials and catalysts. Finally, the last section covers the physical chemical principles that underlie molecular structure, reactivity and energy. 

The laboratory provides an introduction to important chemical techniques as well as practical illustrations of lecture material. It consists of several experiments over the year and provides experience in physical chemistry, organic and inorganic chemical reactions. 

An added distinguishing feature of CHM151Y is that we assume a knowledge of introductory organic chemistry as outlined in the Ontario Grade 12 curriculum, more specifically the first three chapters of "Organic Chemistry" by J. McMurry, the required organic chemistry text for the course. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM135H, CHM136H, CHM138H, CHM139H, CHMA10H3, CHMA11H3, CHMB41H3, CHM110H5, CHM120H5 
Pre-requisites: Chemistry SCH4U, Mathematics MHF4U + MCV4U; Physics SPH4U recommended 
Co-requisites: PHY(131H, 132H)/(151H, 152H) recommended, but may be required pre-requisite in 2nd year courses; MAT(135H, 136H)/137Y/157Y 

Text 

Required: 

  • J. McMurry, ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 9th ed, (plus accompanying Study Guide and Solutions) 
  • M.S. Silberberg, CHEMISTRY: THE MOLECULAR NATURE OF MATTER AND CHANGE, 6th ed, McGraw Hill, 2012 (or Canadian edition) ISBN: 9781259365423 / 1259365425 
  • Sapling Learning Online Homework, available online, ISBN 9781319080266 

Recommended 

  • Silberberg, SOLUTIONS MANUAL 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Course Spokesperson 

Fall/Winter 2020-21 

Lecturer 

Fall 2020 

Winter 2021 

Lab Instructor 

Fall 2020 

Winter 2021 

  • TBA 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM194H1 - Science and Human Values 

Schedule 

2 Seminar 

Topics 

There is a tension between creativity and the search for truth, which in science can be looking for patterns in nature. With examples drawn particularly from reports of scientific discoveries that have generated controversy, this seminar course will introduce the underlying principles and history of science, as well as how science and its boundaries are evolving, and how these influence human values. Restricted to first-year students. Not available for CR/NCR option. 

Background 

Minimum level of high school science and mathematics 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM198H1 - Biosensor Technology and Applications for the Non-Scientist 

Schedule 

2 Seminar 

Topics 

This breadth course introduces uses of and key ideas behind biosensor technology. Sensors will be familiar to all, playing key roles in our everyday lives, for example in touch screens or in automotive technology. Biosensor devices are fabricated from an electrical transducer which is intimately connected to a biochemical probe such as an enzyme or antibody. The idea is that a detectable electrical signal can be obtained when a target molecule or ion binds to the probe. Such a device offers many applications. These range from the detection of biological markers in blood and serum to test for genetic and infectious disease, to the selective monitoring of biomolecules for public safety, or in biotechnology or other industrial processes. Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option. 

Background 

Reading of book chapter on biosensor technology 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM199H1 - The Contest of Chemistry: Origins, Concepts, Tools, and Challenges 

Schedule 

2 Seminar 

Topics 

Chemistry is a practical as well as a conceptual science that serves as the basis for applications in many other fields. The ideas and methods have evolved from diverse inputs leading to widely accepted sets of standard of facts. This collective knowledge has led to progress in the quality and understanding of life at a molecular level. While the facts of chemistry are taught in established courses, the context of what we know, the limitations and challenges of what chemistry can do and how we got to this point will be the targets for discovery by students in this course. The course will operate in a seminar model, combining presentations, readings, reports and discussions of current and historical issues. Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option. 

Background 

Grade 12 level chemsitry 

Text 

Recommended 

  • Derek Lowe, THE CHEMISTRY BOOK: FROM GUNPOWDER TO GRAPHENE, 250 Milestones in the History of Chemistry Hardcover, ISBN #: 978-1454911807 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

 


200 Level Courses


Title 

CHM209H1 Science of the Modern Kitchen 

Schedule 

1 lectures 

Topics 

Examines the fundamental chemical and physical processes that occur during the manipulation of edible molecules, and the resulting molecular transformations that produce different tastes and textures. Concepts will be considered through the lens of the modern practices of molecular gastronomy. This course is designed for students in humanities or social science programs. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM135H1/CHM136H1/CHM138H1/CHM139H1/CHM151Y1 

Text 

TBA 

Lecturer 

TBA 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM210H1 Chemistry of Environmental Change 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
1 tutorials 

Topics 

This course will examine the fundamental chemical processes of the Earth's natural environment, and changes induced by human activity. Topics relate to the atmosphere: urban air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain; the hydrosphere: water resources and pollution, wastewater analysis; biogeochemistry and inorganic metals in the environment. 

Background 

Exclusions: ENV235Y 
Pre-requisites: CHM135H/CHM139H/CHM151Y, (MAT135H, MAT136H)/MAT137Y/MAT157Y 

Text 

  • Colin Baird and Michael Cann, Environmental Chemistry, 5th edition ISBN : 9781429277044 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM217H1 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry 

Schedule 

2.5 lectures 
4 labs 
1(A) tutorials 

Topics 

The process of chemical measurement from sampling through analysis to the interpretation of results. Students will learn about the use of standards, methods of calibration, the statistical treatment of results, the significance of numerical values, choosing an appropriate method of analysis, and basic principles of good laboratory practice. Experiments will be drawn from important areas such as water quality, pharmaceuticals, and food & drink. A variety of techniques will be introduced, including volumetric analysis, potentiometry, spectrophotometry, spectrofluorometry, flame atomic absorption spectrometry, and various forms of chromatography. Please see the course web site for more details. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM211H5, CHMB16H3 
Pre-requisites: CHM(135H/139H, 136H/138H)/CHM 151Y with a minimum grade of 63%; (MAT135H, MAT136H)/MAT137Y/MAT157Y. 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Course Spokesperson 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM220H1 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences 

Schedule 

3 lectures 
1 tutorials 

Topics 

Introduction to thermodynamics; kinetics; phase equilibrium, properties of mixtures, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry; introduction to quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. This course is recommended for students in life and health science programs that involve a small amount of chemistry. Students enrolled in any chemistry specialist program (including Biological Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry) or who will be including a substantial amount of chemistry in their degree (such as those following a chemistry major program), are strongly encouraged to take CHM222H1 and CHM223H1. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM225Y1, CHM222H1, JCP221H5/CHM221H5, CHMB20H3 
Pre-requisites: CHM(135H/139H, 136H/138H)/151Y; MAT(135H, 136H)/137Y/157Y 
Co-requisites: Recommended: MAT235Y/237Y 

Text 

Required

Course Spokesperson 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM222H1 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
1 tutorials 

Topics 

This course provides an introduction to the physical principles which explain and predict the behaviour of atoms and molecules. Topics include introductory thermodynamics; chemical equilibrium; chemical kinetics; introductory quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Lectures will be designed to teach the mathematics used in the course. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM220H1, CHM225Y1, CHMB20H3, CHM221H5, JCP221H5 
Pre-requisites: CHM(135H/139H, 136H/138H)/151Y with a minimum grade of 63%; MAT(135H, 136H)/137Y/157Y; PHY(131H, 132H)/(151H, 152H) 
Co-requisites: MAT235Y/237Y 

Text 

Required: 

  • I. Levine, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY,  e-book with selected chapters;
  • ISBN: 
    10 Digit Virtual: 1260871398 
    13 Digit Virtual: 9781260871395 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM223H1 Physical Chemistry: The Molecular Viewpoint 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
1 tutorials 

Topics 

This course is intended as a continuation of CHM222H for students wishing to take some additional material in Physical Chemistry. The course covers topics in quantum mechanics and spectroscopy as well as an introduction to reaction kinetics. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM225Y1, CHM221H1, CHMB21H3 
Pre-requisites: CHM220H1 with a minimum grade of B, or CHM222H1. 
Co-requisites: MAT235Y/237Y recommended, but may be required for pre-requisite in 3rd year Chemistry courses. 

Text 

Required

  • Ira Levine, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY, 6th ed., 2008 McGraw-Hill 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM238Y1 - Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
4 (A) labs 

Topics 

The aim of this course is to give students an introduction to modern inorganic chemistry. It is the first part (with CHM338F) of a two-year sequence in Inorganic Chemistry. The course will build on the concepts introduced in the first year, so that CHM(138H, 139H)/151Y (or equivalent) is an essential prerequisite. The student must have obtained a minimum grade of 63% on those courses, or permission from the department to take this course. Current or previous enrolment in CHM247H/249H is also recommended. 

The course will introduce the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry. It will begin with a series of case studies through which important principles of inorganic chemistry will be presented. These will include a brief review of pertinent aspects of atomic structure, an introduction to inorganic synthesis, electron counting and redox processes as well as the use of symmetry to describe the shapes of inorganic molecules. Theories of bonding in inorganic molecules using both the valence bond and molecular orbital approaches will be presented. These ideas will be extended to understand the structure, bonding and properties of metallic and ionic solids. The diversity of chemistry to be found among the main group and transition elements will then be highlighted. Fundamental reactions and structures of main group compounds will be examined and contrasted with the coordination and organometallic chemistry of the transition metal elements. Lastly, the synthesis and structure of solid state materials will be discussed, building upon material presented earlier in the course. The formation and properties of cages, clusters, rings, polymers and novel solids constructed from inorganic substances will be highlighted. Technologically important aspects of the chemistry of the inorganic elements will be described throughout the course. 

It is imperative that each student enroll with the Department for his/her CHM 238Y laboratory class during the week-long registration period just prior to the beginning of the Fall term in September. Laboratory class lists will be posted before the start of the Fall session. Students are responsible for checking these lists and reporting errors or omissions to the lab instructor. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM231H5 
Pre-requisites: CHM151Y1/(135H/139H1, 136H/138H1) with a minimum grade of 63%. 

Text 

Required

  • C.E. Housecroft, INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 5th ed.,  (plus solutions manual)  ISBN-13: 9781292134147 
  • L. Smart and E. Moore, SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY, AN INTRODUCTION, 5th ed., Chapman and Hall, London 

Reference 

  • J. E. Huheey, INORGANIC CHEMISTRY: PRINCIPLES OF STRUCTURE AND REACTIVITY, 4th ed., Harper and Row, 1993 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Course Spokesperson 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM247H1 Introductory Organic Chemistry II 

Schedule 

3 lectures 
3.5 labs 
Note: Offered in Winter and Summer terms 

Topics 

The fundamentals of organic chemistry with a focus on major reactions of organic compounds. Included are principles of mechanisms, synthesis, and spectroscopy. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM249H1, CHM243H5, CHMB42H3 
Pre-requisites: CHM(135H/139H, 136H/138H)/151Y 

Text 

Required

  • J. McMurry, ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 9th ed, (plus accompanying Study Guide and Solutions) 
    ISBN #: 1-305-08048-3 (paper); 
    ISBN # 1-305-83387-2 (e-book). 
    ISBN #: 1-305-08214-1 (Solution manual) 

Recommended 

  • Darling Models, MOLECULAR VISIONS KIT #1 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Course Spokesperson 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

TBA 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM249H1 - Organic Chemistry 

Schedule 

3 lectures 
4 labs 

Topics 

This course provides a basic knowledge of the concepts of organic chemistry with an emphasis on the reactivity patterns of various functional groups, the mechanism of chemical reactions and the application of chemical reactions to the synthesis of useful products. The material is directed toward students whose main interest is in chemistry or a chemically related science. Problems will be assigned but not graded. All material presented during lectures could appear on tests or the final exam which will cover the entire course. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM247H1, CHM243H5, CHMB42H3 
Pre-requisites: CHM151Y/(135H/139H, 136H/138H) with a minimum grade of 63%. 

Text 

Required 

  • J. McMurry, ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 9th ed, 
    (plus accompanying Study Guide and Solutions) 
    ISBN #: 1-305-08048-3 (paper); 
    ISBN # 1-305-83387-2 (e-book). 
    ISBN #: 1-305-08214-1(Solution manual) 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Course Spokesperson 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

TBA 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM299Y - Research Opportunity Program 

Topics 

The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) provides an opportunity for students in their second year (i.e., after completing at least four but not more than nine courses) to earn one 299Y course credit by participating in a faculty member's research project. 

Students wishing to apply for places in the ROP should submit ROP Application Forms to the ROP Office by mid March at the latest. Students will be informed in early May whether or not they have been accepted. Successful applicants will be registered in their 299Y course by the Program Office. The 299Y courses begin in September. 

Students will be expected to keep a journal recording meetings, progress, and what was learned about the project in particular and the nature of research in general. 

For more information about this research opportunity, please go to Research Opportunity Program, or contact the ROP Office at SS2133 Sidney Smith Hall, 416-978-0359. 

Course Weblink 

Course Info 

 


300 Level Courses


Title 

JSC301H1 - Principles and Practices in Science Education 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Note: Not offered in the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Academic Year 

Topics 

Fundamental principles and practices in education and public outreach in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering, including education research, curriculum, teaching, and assessment. Students will learn and apply effective strategies which engage and educate learners at the K-16 and public level. The course assignments include a project and/or placement experience. 

Lecturer 

N/A 

Title 

CHM310H1 Environmental Chemistry 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

Overall, the goal of this class will be to present the major chemical pollutants and their sources, the environmental reactions they undergo, and how they become distributed throughout the environment. Topics will include considering carbon-containing molecules in the environment from a variety of perspectives: the carbon cycle, climate change and ocean acidification; fossil fuels and alternative energy sources; and the partitioning and degradation pathways of organic chemicals. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM(135H/139H, 136H/138H)/CHM151Y, MAT(135H, 136H)/MAT137Y/MAT157Y. 

Text 

  • Colin Baird and Michael Cann, Environmental Chemistry, ISBN:9781429277044 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM317H1S Introduction to Instrumental Methods of Analysis 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
4 labs 

Topics 

CHM317S continues to cover the principles of instrumental analytical chemistry, first introduced with respect to absorption spectroscopy in CHM217F. The course will begin by reviewing the scope of use of instruments in chemical analysis and the theory and applications of ultraviolet/visible, infrared and atomic absorption spectroscopy. 
Further techniques to be discussed will be Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy; spectrofluorimetry; X-ray fluorescence; mass spectrometry and ion sources for mass spectrometry; the gas chromatography - mass spectroscopy interface; principles of surface characterization, vacuum ultraviolet and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; Auger electron emission spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry; separation techniques including gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography. In all these topics selected applications will be outlined in addition to the basic theory and instrumentation. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM391H5, CHMC11H3, CHMC16H3 
Pre-requisites: CHM217H with a minimum grade of 63%; MAT(135H, 136H)/MAT137Y/MAT157Y 
Recommended preparation: (CHM220H/222H,CHM221H/223H)/CHM225Y 

Text 

TBA 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

TBA 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM325H1 - Introduction to Inorganic and Polymer Materials Chemistry 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

Materials chemistry involves the study of the synthesis, properties, and applications of solid state and polymeric materials and represents a rapidly growing field. This introductory course is fashioned to illustrate how inorganic and organic polymer and solid state chemistry can be rationally used to synthesize superconductors, metals, semiconductors, ceramics, elastomers, thermo-plastics, thermosets, and polymer liquid crystals, with properties that can be tailored for applications in a range of advanced technologies. Coverage will be fairly broad and is organized to crosscut many aspects of the field. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM220H/222H/225Y, CHM238Y, CHM247H/249H 

Text 

TBA 

Course Spokesperson 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM326H1 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

This course introduces the postulates of quantum mechanics to develop the fundamental framework of quantum theory. A number of exactly soluble problems are treated in detail as examples. Perturbation theory is introduced in the context of understanding many body problems. Various applications to molecular spectroscopy and dynamics are covered in detail. 

Background 

Exclusions: JCP321H5 
Pre-requisites: CHM225Y/(CHM220H/222H, 221H/223H), MAT235Y/237Y 

Text 

Required 

  • I. Levine, QUANTUM CHEMISTRY, 7th ed. Prentice Hall, 2009 (including Solution Manual) ISBN-10: 0321803450 ISBN-13: 9780321803450 
  • D.A. McQuarrie, QUANTUM CHEMISTRY, 2nd ed., 2007, University Science Book, ISBN-10: 1891389505 ISBN-13: 978-1891389504 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM327H1 - Experimental Physical Chemistry 

Schedule 

1 lectures 
4 lab 

Topics 

Students are exposed to experiments to help them experience modern physical chemistry. Labs designed to illustrate physical chemistry principles and practical techniques as well as their real world state or the art applications. The course also involves some lecture material to broaden the laboratory experience 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM225Y/(CHM220H/222H, 221H/223H) with a minimum grade of 63%. 
Co-requisites: Recommended: CHM326H or CHM328H 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM328H1 - Modern Physical Chemistry 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

In this continuation of CHM222H, more advanced topics in thermodynamics such as non-ideal effects are discussed. Statistical mechanics and its application to chemical problems are introduced. Reaction dynamics are analyzed from a fundamental perspective. 

Background 

Exclusions: JCP322H5, CHMC20H3 
Pre-requisites: CHM225Y/CHM(220H/222H, 221H/223H), MAT235Y/237Y 

Text 

  • I. Levine, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY, McGraw-Hill 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM338H1 - Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry 

Course Notes 

CHM338H Course Notes 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
4 labs 

Topics 

Main group chemistry, spectroscopy of metal complexes, reaction mechanisms of d-block complexes, d block organometallic complexes, catalysis, introduction to bioinorganic chemistry. 

It is imperative that each student complete on-line enrolment for his/her laboratory section during the registration period (see weblink below). Laboratory class lists will be posted on the first day of classes. Students are responsible for checking these lists and reporting errors or omissions to the lab instructor. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM331H5 
Pre-requisites: CHM238Y with a minimum grade of 63%. 
Recommended: CHM217H, 247H/249H 

Text 

TBA 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM342H1 - Modern Organic Synthesis 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

This course provides an overview of the key reaction classes as they relate to reactivity, selectivity and utility in the synthesis of organic molecules. We will begin by reviewing key concepts from early courses in organic chemistry, move on to discuss different types of selectivity, retrosynthesis and devote most of our time to learning new reactions that will be used to make increasingly complex natural products and bioactive compounds with medicinally interesting properties. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM345H5 
Pre-requisites: CHM247H/249H 

Text 

TBA 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM343H1 - Organic Synthesis Techniques 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
4 labs 

Topics 

This laboratory course showcases modern organic synthesis techniques and introduces chemical research principles. It provides excellent preparation for a CHM499Y project in organic chemistry. Associated lectures tech theory and problem-solving approaches from a practical perspective. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM247H/249H with minimum grade of 63%. 

Text 

Recommended

  • Jonahan Clayden, Nick Greeves and Stuart Warren, ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 2nd ed, Oxford University press ISBN:9780199270293 ( Paper) 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Course Spokesperson 

TBA 

Lecturer 

TBA 

Lab Instructor 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM347H1 - Organic Chemistry of Biological Compounds 

Schedule 

3 lectures 

Topics 

Structure, reactions, analysis, and chemical synthesis of important biomolecules based on modern concepts of organic chemistry. Advanced stereochemistry, carbohydrates, amino acids, peptides, proteins, phosphate esters, nucleotides and nucleic acids, co-enzymes and vitamins. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM347H5, CHMC47H3 
Pre-requisites: CHM247H/249H 
Recommended: CHM217H  

Text 

TBA 

Lecturer 

Jik Chin, Em: jik.chin@utoronto.ca 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM348H1 Organic Reaction Mechanisms 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
4 labs 

Topics 

This course provides a comprehensive overview of one of the most fascinating aspects of modern chemistry the logic and mechanistic basis for understanding the chemical transformations of organic molecules. The main goal of this course is to teach problem solving techniques related to such transformations from a mechanistic point of view. This endeavor is particularly relevant at the beginning of ones 3rd year of undergraduate studies as it provides a much needed support for the overwhelming amount of factual information one receives in prior organic chemistry course(s). The lecture material is divided into three broad, but interrelated, parts: (a) energetics, kinetics, and investigation of mechanism; (b) polar reactions, and (d) pericyclic reactions. The chemistry of reactive intermediates involved in the corresponding reactions will be discussed throughout the course. The students will also be exposed to laboratory experiments that will provide practical insights into selected topics covered in the course of this semester. As a result, the students will receive a thorough preparation for subsequent classes in synthetic organic and organic chemistry by developing skills needed for understanding the reactivity of organic molecules. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM341H5, CHMC41H3 
Pre-requisites: CHM247H/249H with a minimum grade of 63%. 

Text 

Required

  • Francis A. Carey, Richard J. Sundberg, ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: PART A: STRUCTURE AND MECHANISMS, 5th ed. 2007, Softcover; A no-cost online version is available through the U of T site license with the publisher at Laboratory Manual (sold in the course lab) 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM379H1 - Biomolecular Chemistry 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
4 labs 

Topics 

This course provides an opportunity to learn core biological chemistry techniques in a laboratory setting. The progression of the lab material will model a research investigation into the structure/function relationship of an enzyme. Students will work in small teams and have an opportunity to use state-of-the art equipment. Each team will prepare and characterize a different mutant of the same enzyme. At the end of the course, the data from all the mutants will be analyzed and the correlation between the chemical structure and mechanism of action of the enzyme will be discussed. Techniques that will be used include PCR mutagenesis, recombinant protein expression, column chromatography, absorption and fluorescence spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, and computer modeling. The lecture material will provide the theory behind the laboratory experiments, and place the techniques within the context of modern biological chemistry applications. 

Background 

Exclusions: BCH370H, BCH371H, CHM371H5 
Pre-requisites: (CHM247H/249H with a minimum grade of 63%), CHM347H, BCH210H 
Recommended: CHM217H 

Text 

Recommende

  • Voet and Voet, BIOCHEMISTRY, 4th ed, 2011, Wiley 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM395Y1 - Research Project in Chemistry 

Schedule 

180 labs 
Notes: Enrolment in this course is limited and application for admission should be made directly to the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies in the preceding Summer Session. 

Topics 

An independent research project conducted under the direction of a teaching faculty or research faculty member in the Department of Chemistry. Students are expected to spend approximately 180 hours during the academic year on their research problem. 

Background 

Completion of at least 2.0 FCEs of CHM courses with a minimum cGPA of 3.0 in all CHM courses. Students are required to identify a potential faculty supervisor before contacting the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies for enrolment permission. Written confirmation is needed from both the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies and the prospective supervisor. Attendance at a mandatory safety orientation training session held during the first week of September. 

Lab Fee 

None 

Course Spokesperson 

 


400 Level Courses


Title 

CHM410H1 - Analytical Environmental Chemistry 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
3.5 labs 

Topics 

CHM410H is an analytical theory, instrumental, and methodology course focused on the measurement of trace concentrations of pollutants in soil, water, air, and biological tissues. The course will begin with techniques involved with obtaining a representative sample, data analysis and handling, and a detailed look at sample preparation (extraction, clean-up, concentration, derivitization) which will be followed by extensive theory and application of the techniques of gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, immunochemistry, atomic spectrophotometry, electrochemistry, and mass spectrometry. Discussion sessions will pursue integrative material. Lab sessions will allow students to directly apply lecture material in hands-on experimentation using all the modern analytical instrumentation utilized in modern measurement science. The lab sessions will utilize the new ANALEST facility featuring state-of-the-art gas, liquid, and ion chromatographs, atomic absorption, and inductively coupled plasma emission (ICP) spectrophotometry. Students will be involved in field measurements as part of the laboratory exercise. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM217H, CHM210H/310H 
Recommended: CHM317H 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Course Spokesperson 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM414H - Biosensors and Chemical Sensors (Graduate Course: CHM 1102F) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

This course concerns current research and advances in analytical chemistry. There will be a strong emphasis on the principles of chemical and biological sensor technology, including different transduction mechanisms, device architectures and the necessary theoretical background material. Specific devices include electrochemical, optical (fiber-optic and surface plasmon resonance) and acoustic wave sensors. The use of molecular recognition and the chemical modification of transducer interfaces to achieve chemical selectivity (including biological, biomimetic, polymeric, self-assembled monolayer and synthetic host-guest systems) will be discussed, together with appropriate methods for surface characterization and analysis. Other topics will include flow injection and microfluidics technologies, chemometric techniques, and the so-called "electronic nose". 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM414H5 
Pre-requisites: CHM217H/220H/222H/225Y 
Recommended: CHM317H 

Text 

Required

  • There is no specific text for this course. Instead, students will be provided with references to relevant articles and reviews in the primary scientific literature as well as additional material provided during the course. Students having the CHM317H course text are recommended to retain it for background reading. The course includes a tutorial workshop on literature searching and electronic journal databases. 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM415H - Topics in Atmospheric Chemistry (Graduate course: CHM 1415H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

This course builds upon the introductory understanding of atmospheric chemistry provided in CHM210H. In particular, modern research topics in the field are discussed, such as aerosol chemistry and formation mechanisms, tropospheric halogen chemistry, the chemistry of climate including cloud formation and geoengineering, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, the chemistry of remote environments, air pollution health effects. Reading is from the scientific literature; class discussion and presentations are emphasized. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM220H/222H/225Y,CHM210H 
Recommended: PHY138Y/140Y/(131H, 132H)/(151H, 152H) 

Text 

Required

  • D.J. Jacob, INTRODUCTION TO ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY, Princeton University Press ISBN 0-691-00185-5 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM416H - Separation Science (Graduate course: CHM1104H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

This course is intended as an extension of the material dealt with in CHM317H. Initial discussion will focus on the scope of separation technology of all kinds in chemistry in general and analytical chemistry in particular. Areas considered will include precipitation, fractionation, extraction techniques and a detailed consideration of a unified theory of separation. Thin layer, gas and liquid chromatographies will be reviewed, and advanced methods and techniques described. Other topics will include: ion, size exclusion, supercritical fluid and affinity chromatographies: gel and capillary electrophoresis; field flow techniques; and various extraction methodologies (liquid-liquid, solid phase, supercritical fluid). While examples will be drawn from a variety of sources, the emphasis will be on biological and biochemical applications. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM317H 

Text 

Required

  • Skoog, Holler and Crouch, PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS, 7th ed., CENGAGE Learning 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM417H - Laboratory Instrumentation (Graduate Course CHM1106H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
Notes: 10 hours of lab; schedule TBD 

Topics 

This course provides an introduction to building and using optics- and electronics-based instrumentation for laboratory research, as well as for implementing custom software control. Lecture topics include passive electronic components, diodes and transistors, operational amplifiers, light sources and detectors, reflectors, refractors, polarizers, and diffractors, LabView programming and many others. Lectures are supplemented by laboratories in which students work in teams to build fluorescent detection systems for chromatography over the course of several weeks. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: Recommended: CHM317H. 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Lecturer 

Lab Instructor 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM423H1 - Applications of Quantum Mechanics 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

The topics that will be discussed in this course include stationary and time-dependent perturbation theory, WKB approximation and the classical limit, pulsed laser spectroscopies. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM326H 
Recommended: MAT223H 

Text 

Required

  • Albert Messiah, Quantum Mechanics, Dover Publications 2014
  • D. Tannor, INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS: A TIME-DEPENDENT PERSPECTIVE, University Science Books, Sausalito 2007 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM426H1 - Polymer Chemistry (Graduate Course: CHM1300H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
1 tutorials 

Topics 

Scope of polymer chemistry. Organic and inorganic polymers. Synthesis and characterization of polymers. Polymers as advanced materials. Polymers in solution: Flory-Huggins theory. Polymers in the solid state: crystalline and amorphous polymers, the effects of the glass transition on polymer properties, mechanical properties of polymer. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM220H/222H/225Y, CHM247H/249H 
Recommended: CHM325H 

Text 

Required 

  • P.C. Painter and M.M. Coleman, ESSENTIALS OF POLYMER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, May 2008, ISBN 978-1-932078-75-6 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM427H1 - Statistical Mechanics (Graduate Course: CHM1480H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

The course will examine and develop the formalism of statistical mechanics with a view to describing the thermodynamics and structure of gases and liquids. The course will begin with an elementary treatment of the way in which equilibrium is approached in macroscopic systems. After a review of ensemble theory and fluctuations, these ideas will be applied to the structure of liquids (through distribution function theory) and to phase transitions. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM326H, CHM328H 

Text 

Recommended 

  • Tuckerman, Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Molecular Simulation, Oxford
  • McQuarrie, STATISTICAL MECHANICS 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM432H1 - Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis (Graduate Course: CHM1204H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

Structure, bonding, and reactions of organometallic compounds, with emphasis on basic mechanisms, and industrial processes. Addition, metalation, substitution, elimination, industrially important catalytic cycles, and electrophilic reactions are considered on a mechanistic basis. Although this course is concerned primarily with transition metal organometallic chemistry, the properties of s and p block organometallics may be considered 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM338H 
Recommended: CHM348 

Text 

Required 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM434H1 - Advanced Materials Chemistry (Graduate Course: CHM1206H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

This course is designed as a natural follow-up to Materials Chemistry, which focused on the synthesis-structure-property-function relations of selected classes of inorganic and polymer materials. In this course we will be primarily concerned with newer methods of synthesizing inorganic solids with properties and functions specifically tailored for a particular use. The subject matter will cover aspects of modern materials chemistry. Topics are selected to introduce the student to current highlights of materials chemistry, an emerging sub-discipline of chemistry. The interrelationship of synthesis to property and function will be critically examined and how these create opportunities for new materials applications and technologies. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM325H, CHM338H 

Text 

Required 

  • L. Smart and E. Moore, SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY, AN INTRODUCTION, Chapman and Hall, London,5th ed 

Reference 

  • A.R. West, SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY AND ITS APPLICATIONS, Wiley, 2009 
  • D.W. Bruce, D. O’Hare, INORGANIC MATERIALS, Wiley, 1997 
  • L.V. Interrante, M.J. Hampden-Smith, CHEMISTRY OF ADVANCED MATERIALS, Wiley VCH, 1998 
  • G.A. Ozin and A.C. Arsenault, L. Cademartiri, NANOCHEMISTRY: A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials, 2nd ed, RSC, 2009 
  • C.N.R.Rao, J. Gopalakrishnan, New directions in Solid State Chemistry,2nd ed, Cambridge University Press, 1997 
  • P. Ball, Made to Measure, New Materials for 21st Century, Princeton University Press,1997 
  • G.A. Ozin, L. Cademartiri, Concepts in Nanochemistry, Wiley-VCH, 2009 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM437H1 - Bioinorganic Chemistry (Graduate Course: CHM1363H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

Essential elements, harmful elements, naturally occurring ligands, chelating ligands, ligands used in chelate therapy, functions of metals, principles of bioinorganic coordination chemistry, template effect, spontaneous self-assembly, properties of biological molecules, transport of metal ions, control and utilization of metal-ion concentrations, DNA binding, enzymes exploiting acid catalysis, NMR studies, developing artificial hydrolytic metalloenzymes, zinc fingers, electron transfer and energy sources for life, iron-sulfur proteins, Mossbauer spectroscopy, hydrogenases, nitrogenase, atom and group transfer chemistry, redox enzymes, biomineralization, radiopharmaceuticals. 

Background 

Exclusions: CHM333H5, CHMD69H3 
Pre-requisites: CHM238Y 
Strongly Recommended: CHM338H 
Recommended: CHM347H/379H 

Text 

 TBA 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM440H1 - The Synthesis of Modern Pharmaceutical Agents (Graduate Course: CHM1004H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

Development of a modern drug is a complicated process that demands improved methods for selective transformations of organic molecules. Typically, medicinal chemistry efforts during the discovery stage focus on generating valuable structure/activity relationships for the compounds that are being screened for activity. At this stage, the main synthetic challenges pertain to the selective transformations of available building blocks into diversely functionalized derivatives. At the next stage, process chemists take over the project and face completely different issues that relate to finding the shortest and most efficient route to the candidate identified during the medicinal chemistry part of the campaign. The present course provides an overview of reactions that are being used at different stages of the drug development process. Using representative examples from the literature, we will concentrate on synthesis of complex heterocyclic compounds. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM342H 

Text 

Recommended

  • Clayden et al., ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, Oxford Press 2004, ISBN 01985013466 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM441H1 - Spectroscopic Analysis in Organic Chemistry (Graduate Course: CHM1005H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 
Notes: 20 lab hours (Sept-Nov 

Topics 

The application of spectroscopic methods available to graduate students and researchers (IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR , MS, UV) will be discussed. Practical aspects of each method will be emphasized. Students will learn how to operate IR, UV, NMR and MS instruments and will be required to run spectra for assigned organic molecules. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM249H, CHM343 

Text 

Optional text 1:  

  • Pavia et al, Introduction to Spectroscopy, 5th Ed., ISBN: 9781285460123 

Optional text 2:  

  • Silverstein, Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds, 8th Ed ISBN: 9780470616376 

Course Spokesperson 

Lab Fee 

This course charges a lab fee. 

Lecturer 

Lab Coordinator 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM443H1 - Physical Organic Chemistry (Graduate Course CHM1003H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

Modern physical organic chemistry. Noncovalent binding forces, solutions, and molecular recognition. Electronic structure theory and computational techniques. Reaction mechanisms: experimental probes and reactive intermediates, including carbenes and radicals. Photophysics and photochemistry of organic compounds 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM220H/222H/225Y, CHM348H 

Text 

TBA

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA

Title 

CHM446H1 - Organic Materials Chemistry (Graduate Course CHM1304H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

This course covers design, synthesis, characterization and application of organic materials. Emphasis is placed on clasic examples of organic materials including semiconducting polymers, molecular devices, self assembled systems, and bioconjugates, as well as recent advances from the literature. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM247H/CHM249H, CHM220H/222H/225Y 
Recommended preparation: CHM325H, CHM342H/CHM343H 

Text 

TBA 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM447H1 - Bio-organic Chemistry (Graduate Course CHM1006H) 

Schedule 

2 lectures 

Topics 

The purpose of the course is to provide a mechanistic understanding of biochemical reactions in terms of organic chemical knowledge. Thus, this course is intended for students with a strong background in organic chemistry, obtained in our third year courses, CHM347 (organic chemistry of biological compounds) and CHM348 (organic reaction mechanisms) as well as CHM379 or another biochemistry course. Building on this background, the subject matter includes illustrations of biochemical reactions and systems that are addressed in mechanistic terms. The topics are chosen to illustrate a wide range of mechanistic and structural questions and approaches to their solutions: general theories of reactions, stress and strain, covalent intermediates and coenzymes, stereoelectronic control, enantiotopic distinctions and chiral environments, chiral methyl for stereochemical analysis, kinetic principles and survey of bisubstrate kinetics and inhibition, inhibitors, phosphates and nucleases. The course includes midterm and final examinations as well as critical essays on assigned topics that are done independently. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: CHM347H, CHM348H 

Text 

Recommended 

  • Alan Fersht, Structure and mechanism in protein science: a guide to enzyme catalysis and protein folding; Any edition; ISBN #: 978-0716732686 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM479H1 - Biological Chemistry (Graduate Course: CHM1008H) 

Topics 

An in depth examination of biological systems at the molecular level. Several complex, multi-component molecular machines with a central role in life will be examined. For each system studied, the focus will be on understanding the chemical mechanisms that underlie the biological activities, and how these processes fit into a cellular context. 

Background 

Pre-requisites: BCH210H/BCH242Y, CHM347H, CHM348H 

Lecturer 

Course Outline 

TBA 

Title 

CHM499Y1 - Introduction to Chemistry Research 

Schedule 

240 labs 
Notes: Enrolment in this course is limited and application for admission should be made to the Department in the preceding Winter Session, i.e., not later than the Friday before Reading Week. The application form may be filled out electronically and a hard copy submitted to the undergraduate office. 

Topics 

An experimental or theoretical research problem under the supervision of a faculty member. Students are expected to spend approximately 240 hours during the academic year on their research problem. All students following the Chemistry Specialist program, or one of the joint specialist programs involving Chemistry (Biological Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Materials Science, Environmental Chemistry) are strongly encouraged to consider taking this course. The opportunity for doing original work in one of the branches of chemistry in the atmosphere of a research laboratory is a very valuable one, not only for prospective graduate work, but also for many other endeavours. 

Projects in the areas of environmental, analytical, physical, inorganic, materials, organic and biological chemistry are offered. Students are encouraged to visit the faculty’s website prior to submission of their applications to get some ideas of the group research and indicate their choice of areas of interest on the application. However, it is not required that a student has signed up with a research faculty when submitting an application. Only students who are offered admission will be required to interview and find a research supervisor 

Background 

Pre-requisites: Permission of the department. Minimum CGPA of 3.0. Research positions are limited. Students with strong background in courses in the sub-discipline of research interest will be given preference. 

Course Spokesperson 

Fall 2020 

Winter 2021