Grad Students

Course Information

The courses below are graduate-level courses offered by the division. For undergraduate courses, click here. To check the availability and schedule of each course, and instructions about how to register for courses, see the Graduate Course Registration page.

Course Type AU Information
CBC 721 - Graduate Analytical Chemistry  4 AU
Latest analytical techniques in chemistry, with an emphasis on experimental techniques and the theory of electroanalytical chemistry.
Prerequisite: CM4011 or equivalent.
CBC 723 - Graduate Organic Chemistry  4 AU
Advanced topics in organic synthesis, including:
  • Major synthetically useful reactions.
  • Asymmetric processes.
  • Metal-mediated organic transformations.
  • Protecting groups in organic synthesis.
  • Selected mechanisms in organic synthesis.
Prerequisite: CM3031 or equivalent.
CBC 724 - Graduate Physical Chemistry  4 AU
The molecular approach to physical chemistry, and the core theories of physical chemistry:
  • Quantum theory and spectroscopy.
  • Statistical and equilibrium thermodynamics.
  • Chemical kinetics and dynamics.
  • Special advanced topics in modern physical chemistry.
Prerequisite: CM3041 or equivalent.
CBC 725 - Contemporary Organometallic Chemistry  4 AU
Principles and applications of organometallic compounds: synthesis, reactivity and structural aspects.
Prerequisite: CM3021 or equivalent.
CBC 727 - Molecular Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy  4 AU
  • Molecular mechanics; symmetry.
  • Quantum mechanics.
  • Electronic structure of atoms; electronic structure of diatomic molecules.
  • Self-consistent-field method; empirical and semiempirical methods; electron correlation methods; qualitative molecular orbital theory.
  • Comparisons of computational methods; calculation of molecular properties; molecular modeling software.
  • Rotational spectroscopy; vibrational spectroscopy; atomic spectroscopy; electronic spectroscopy of diatomic molecules; electronic spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules; photoelectron and related spectroscopy; Auger electron and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy; lasers and laser spectroscopy; magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
  • Excitons: theory and applications.
Prerequisite: CM3041 or equivalent.
CBC 728 - Computer Aided Drug Design  4 AU
Principles of computational methods used for drug design. Topics covered include:
  • Molecular modeling.
  • Computational structural chemistry.
  • Computational quantum chemistry.
  • Protein/DNA structure.
  • Ligand-based drug design.
  • Quantitative structure-activity relationship.
CBC 729 - Graduate Seminar  4 AU
Seminar course on the latest scientific literature. Students are required to attend at least 14 seminars (given by visiting scientists or division faculty, as well as students); deliver a 30-40 minute talk in the Graduate Student Symposium; and participate in a question-and-answer session on a chosen research topic.
CBC 731 - Quantum Mechanics - A time-dependent perspective  4 AU
  • Time-dependent Schrödinger equation.
  • Free particle wave packet; Gaussian wave packets.
  • Ehrenfest Theorem.
  • Wigner representation.
  • Time-dependent perturbation theory.
  • Correlation functions and spectra.
  • Approximation methods and numerical methods.
  • Molecular dynamics.
  • Wave packet approach to one- and two-photon electronic spectroscopy.
  • Femtosecond spectroscopy.
  • Wave packet approach to reactive scattering.
Prerequisite: CM3041 or equivalent.
CBC 732 - Graduate Chemical Biology
4 AU
Modern advances at the interface between chemistry and biology. Topics covered include:
  • Proteins; nucleic acids; carbohydrate structure.
  • Enzyme catalysis and inhibition.
  • Metabolism.
  • Signal transduction.
  • Cancer and virus biology.
  • Molecular biology.
  • Transcription and translation.
  • Protein folding.

CBC 733 - Advanced Computational Chemistry 4 AU
Computational methods for studying reaction mechanisms, catalysis, transport phenomena, organic and bioorganic binding, device simulations and molecular conformation. Students are required to complete a computational project, in discussion with the lecturer and their research advisor.

Prerequisite: Research advisor approval
MPS 780 and MPS 781 - Supervised Research I/II 4 AU each
Independent research courses, intended for students who are planning and executing the first stage of their graduate thesis.

Not offered for students admitted in AY17/18 and after.
CBC 736 - Advanced Chemical Instrumentation​​ 2 AU
  • Basic concepts and applications of important instruments, including optical microscopes, SEM, TEM, NMR, MALDI & DRAT & ESI MS, UV, IR, HPLC, GPC, and GC.
  • Theories of optics, electrons and nuclear spins, ionization, separation.
  • Interpretation of acquired images, spectra, and chromatograms.​
  • Includes 39 hours of lab work to familiarize students with the instruments.
​​CBC 737 - Graduate Reaction Mode Organic Chemistry ​​2 AU
  • Advanced understanding of basic reaction modes.
  • Advanced understanding of reaction mechanism and electron-push reaction pathways.
  • Electron Pushing -- Acid Catalysis.
  • Electron Pushing -- Basic and Nucleophilic Catalysis.
  • Selected key topics and recent literature in organic chemistry.​​​​​​
CBC 738 - Graduate Life Science Organic Chemistry​
2 AU
  • Carbohydrates and application in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology.
  • Organoborons and application in biomaterials chemistry and chemical biology.
  • Radical reactions and application in biomedical research.​
​​CBC 739 - Graduate Basic and Technical Inorganic Chemistry AU
  • ​​​​Structure and bonding in inorganic​ compounds
  • Experimental techniques in inorganic research
  • Solution-state structures and NMR techniques
  • Solid-state structures and X-ray crystallography
  • Transition metal catalysis
  • Computational chemistry​​
​CBC 740 - Graduate Main Group Element Inorganic Chemistry​ ​2 AU
A comprehensive overview of basic concepts of general inorganic chemistry - modern main group chemistry​:
  • Spin multiplicity​
  • Inert pair effect
  • Lewis acidity
  • Wade's rule
  • The relationship between the frontier orbitals and US-vis spectrum