Graduate Courses

Core Courses

The Chemistry Graduate students are required to take the following five core courses below. 

Introduction to Chemical Research (CHM 5944): 1 credit
Departmental procedures and organization will be discussed. Philosophical and ethical considerations of engaging in scientific research will also be discussed. Grading: S/U
Kinetics and Energetics of Reactions (CHM 6720) 3 credits: Prerequisite: Graduate standing
A detailed look at reactions of chemical elements and molecules, their rates, and thermodynamics. Chemical kinetics, rate laws, collision theory, and transition state theory. Reaction and structural dynamics. Thermochemistry, properties of ideal and nonideal systems. Chemical equilibria.
Synthesis and Characterization (CHM 6730) 3 credits. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
The primary focus of this course is to familiarize students with modern methods for the synthesis of small molecule organic compounds. 
Bioanalytical Methods and Applications (CHM 6137) 2 credits. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
An overview of modern instrumental techniques with emphasis on the analysis of biological samples.
Current Topics in Bioanalysis (CHM 6937) 1 credits. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
This course is designed to provide graduate students with in-depth knowledge of the latest technologies and instruments for biomedical and pharmacological investigations.


The Chemistry Graduate students must take a minimum of three elective courses from the partial list of graduate courses relevant to the field of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. The following are courses currently being taught at FAU are examples of courses that can be used as electives. This list is not inclusive. The selection of elective courses to meet degree requirements will be determined by consultation between the student and the student's Research Advisory Committee.

Biochemistry of the Gene (BCH 5415) 3 credits
A detailed study of selected topics in molecular biology, including DNA replication, gene regulation, transcription and RNA processing, and techniques of genetic engineering.
Advanced Biochemistry (BCH 6740) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing, principles of biomolecular structure determination by spectroscopic methods. Enzyme kinetics. Transport mechanisms across membranes. Molecular physiology and molecular genetics.
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry (BCH 6930) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing, special topics in biochemistry.
Organic Chemistry 3 (CHM 5224) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing, A detailed overview of organic reaction mechanisms utilizing molecular orbital theories and curved arrow mechanistic analysis.
Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHM 6225) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing, introduction to the concepts of modern physical organic chemistry. Elementary molecular orbital theory and applications. Methods for determining reaction mechanisms. Linear free energy relationships.
Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry (CHM 6380) 3 credits
Synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and physical organic chemistry
Advanced Physical Chemistry (CHM 6425) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing, principles of quantum mechanics. Overview of quantum chemistry and its application to spectroscopy and molecular characterization.
Topics in Chemistry (CHM 6830C) 1- 4 credits
Chemistry for Environmental Scientists (CHS 6611) 3 credits
A review of chemical principals and a survey of environmental chemistry (global warming, the ozone layer, energy, etc.) but emphasizes aquatic systems. May be taken by Chemistry majors with approval of Major Professor and will include a literature search writing project in addition to the regular class requirements.
Bioinformatics (BSC 6458C) 4 credits
A practical approach to accessing nucleic/protein databases, management of databases, identification of genes, and electronic expression profiling.
Brain Diseases: Mechanism and Therapy (BMS 6736)
Discussion of the molecular and cellular basis of brain diseases and of the current status of the therapeutic intervention for those diseases.
Cellular Neuroscience and Disease (BSC 6936)
Cellular neuroscience from the point of view of human neurological diseases. This will connect various defects in development to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Lou Gehrig's disease. This course will also examine synaptic plasticity in the context of memory and learning. The final part will cover the electrical properties of neurons and muscles and their connections to such diseases as Myasthenia Gravis and cardiac arrhythmic.
Developmental Biology Seminar (BSC 6936)
The integration of cellular and molecular biology with research will involve seminars on various research projects, Critique of journal articles, and seminars on specific signaling pathways.
Journal Club - Molecular Biology (BSC 6956)
A practical approach to learning how to discuss scientific literature in molecular biology in a journal club format.
Protein Misfolding and Disease: (PCB 6933)
In this course, we will discuss a range of diseases that result from misfolding in relation to their structural bases, molecular pathology, implications for normal folding, possible treatments and roles in non-Mendelian inheritance.


Graduate Research (CHM 6918) 1-12 credits
Only for students in the MS program who have not yet joined a research group.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, supervised research in chemistry. Grading: S/U
Graduate Seminar (CHM 6935) 1 credit
Nonthesis topic.
Master's Thesis (CHM 6971) 1- 6 credits
Grading: This course requires oversight by the student's thesis advisor. Grading: S/U
Advanced Research in Chemistry (CHM 7978) 1-9 credits
Focused, relevant research in the student's course of study in the Ph.D. program in chemistry. This course requires oversight by the student's dissertation advisor. Grading: S/U
Dissertation (CHM 7980) 1-12 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral candidacy, This course requires oversight by the student's dissertation advisor. Grading: S/U