- Molecular Chemistry Design
- Curriculum Characteristics
Molecular Chemistry Design Course
The characteristics of the Applied Chemistry program’s Molecular Chemistry Design course are described below.
Specialized fundamental courses (common to all four courses)
A group of specialized fundamental courses provides the foundation for later study in each course of study’s specialized courses. Along with Fundamental Analysis I/II and Linear Algebra I/II, Mathematics Seminar I/II fosters a basic foundation in mathematics. In Physics I/II and Physics Seminar I/II, students learn about mechanics and electromagnetics, and they conduct physics experiments in Fundamental Physics Experimentation. They learn how about quantum theory in Quantum Physics. Chemistry I/II provides a bridge from chemistry fundamentals to physical chemistry. Then students study thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, equilibrium and electrochemistry, statistical dynamics, and reaction kinetics in Physical Chemistry I/II/III and the Physical Chemistry Seminar. Furthermore, they conduct chemistry experiments in the Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry I/II, Chemical Engineering I, Polymer Chemistry, and Biology I/II course group as well as in Fundamental Chemistry Experimentation while engaging in a comprehensive study that spans the entire discipline of chemistry in order to lay the groundwork for their future study in the Applied Chemistry’s program’s four courses of study.Students also learn how to use information tools and study the underlying mechanisms in the Information Processing Seminar and in International Scholarship Information. Other offerings include Fundamental Biology Experimentation A, Earth Science I/II, and Earth Science Experimentation.
As a course that is common to all four courses of study, Introduction to Applied Chemistry I shifts the focus to explaining what students will study in each course. In Introduction to Applied Chemistry II, students focus on what kind of research they will conduct in the four graduate programs after they complete the Applied Chemistry program. In Applied Chemistry Experimentation I, they take a “relay” approach to carrying out specialized experiments that are directly related to the research topics explored in each of the four courses.
In Applied Chemistry Experimentation II and the Course Seminar, they conduct specialized experiments that are unique to each course and participate in seminars after choosing the course they wish to pursue. With regard to courses offered by the Molecular Chemistry Design course, students undertake a broad study of topics such as methods for synthesizing functional groups, chemical properties, and reactivity in Organic Chemistry III/IV and the Organic Chemistry Seminar. In Inorganic Chemistry II and the Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, they learn about the fundamental theories of inorganic chemistry while cultivating the applied thinking skills they’ll need when handling inorganic compounds. Through Organic Chemical Reactions, Precision Synthetic Chemistry, and Precision Materials Chemistry, they study methods for freely synthesizing organic molecules as well as the correlations between molecular structure on the one hand and function and material characteristics on the other. In Chemistry of Polymeric Materials, they focus on the functionality and reactivity of polymeric materials, while in Organic Instrumental Analysis they learn about the fundamentals of identifying organic compounds. In Biochemistry I, they focus on the chemical structure and function of the biomolecules that manage life phenomena.
Fourth-year students conduct graduation research that serves as the culmination of their four years of undergraduate study.