CHEMISTRY

Şefik Süzer, Ph.D., Chair

Academic Staff
Courses

The Chemistry Department provides graduate and undergraduate courses in basic and applied areas of Chemistry. The undergraduate program offers the B.S. degree and the graduate program leads to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. Current research areas are solid-state chemistry, organometallic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, theoretical chemistry, polymer and surface chemistry. Research in progress include studies of nuclear fission, radiochemical dating studies, sorption studies of radioactive wastes, synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials, liquid crystals, adsorption, catalysis and mechanism of heterogeneous reactions, quantum theory of chemical reactions, few-body problems in chemistry and physics, modification and characterization of material surfaces, theoretical design of conducting polymers, mechanism of diastereo selection in organic reactions, protein conformations, optical studies of molecular aggregates, cage compounds, polymer chemistry, structure-property -performance relationships, electrochemistry and fuel cells.

Laboratory facilities include teaching and modern research laboratories for nuclear, electro, solid-state and surface chemistry.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

The undergraduate program aims to equip students with basic chemical knowledge and experimental skills so that they can contribute to modern scientific and technological developments. The program is designed to lead to a professional career or advanced study in chemistry.

CURRICULUM

FIRST YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 101  Principles of Chemistry I  3  4  4  6
CHEM 120  Orientation for Chemistry Majors  1    1  1
ENG 101  English and Composition I  5    3  6
GE 100  Orientation  1    1  1
MATH 101  Calculus I  4    4  7
PHYS 101  General Physics I  3  3  4  6
TURK 101  Turkish I      2  2

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 102  Principles of Chemistry II  3  4  4  6
ENG 102  English and Composition II  5    3  6
MATH 102  Calculus II  4    4  7
PHYS 102  General Physics II  3  3  4  6
TURK 102  Turkish II      2  2

SECOND YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 211  Analytical Chemistry I  3    3  6
CHEM 213  Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I    4  2  4
CHEM 231  Organic Chemistry I  3    3  6
CHEM 235  Organic Chemistry Laboratory I    4  2  4
GE 250  Collegiate Activities Program I      -  1
MATH 225  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations  4    4  7
MBG 105  Principles of Biology  3    3  5

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 212  Analytical Chemistry II  3    3  6
CHEM 214  Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II    4  2  4
CHEM 232  Organic Chemistry II  3    3  6
CHEM 236  Organic Chemistry Laboratory II    4  2  4
CS 113  Introduction to Computing  3  4  4  7
GE 251  Collegiate Activities Program II      1  1
HIST 200  History of Turkey  4    4  8

THIRD YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 320  Physical Chemistry Laboratory  1  4  3  6
CHEM 323  Physical Chemistry I  3    3  6
CHEM 327  Quantum Chemistry I  3    3  6
CHEM 341  Inorganic Chemistry I  3    3  6
HUM 111  Cultures Civilizations and Ideas I  3    3  6
  Non Technical Elective      3  6

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 324  Physical Chemistry II  3    3  6
CHEM 328  Quantum Chemistry II  3    3  6
CHEM 340  Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory  1  4  3  6
CHEM 342  Inorganic Chemistry II  3    3  6
HUM 112  Cultures Civilizations and Ideas II  3    3  6
  Non Technical Elective      3  6

FOURTH YEAR

Autumn Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 399  Summer Practice      -  9
CHEM 461  Fundamentals of Biochemistry  3    3  6
CHEM 491  Senior Project I      3  6
  Non Technical Elective      3  6
  Technical Electives (2)      6  12

Spring Semester

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 422  Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics  3    3  6
CHEM 450  Applied Quantum Chemistry  3    3  6
CHEM 492  Senior Project II      3  6
  Technical Electives (2)      6  12

Note: Technical electives can be chosen from CHEM 201, any 300 or higher level MBG, PHYS, CS, EE, IE, MATH, or CHEM course, or with the consent of the advisor.

MINOR PROGRAM

Chemistry is a fundamental study encompassing the knowledge of structural and functional diversity of our material world at atomic and molecular level. The achievements of chemistry span from synthesis of pharmaceuticals and agricultural products to new materials, solar cells, superconductors, clean fuels. Chemistry impacts many disciplines in the fields of engineering, technology, biology, physics, medicine, and plays a central role in the solution of important problems related to health and environment.

The new minor program in chemistry is designed for undergraduate students from the Science and Engineering Faculties who intend to pursue a professional career in interdisciplinary fields in which a sound knowledge of chemistry is important.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • PHYS 101 General Physics I
  • PHYS 102 General Physics II
  • MATH 101 Calculus I
  • MATH 102 Calculus II

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 212  Analytical Chemistry II  3    3  6
CHEM 231  Organic Chemistry I  3    3  6
CHEM 341  Inorganic Chemistry I  3    3  6
  Electives (3)      9  18

GRADUATE PROGRAM

The graduate program is tailored to develop research skills of students so that they can pursue original and creative research at the highest level. Current research areas are nuclear chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, polymer chemistry, theoretical and computational chemistry and surface chemistry.

Master of Science in Chemistry

Admission: All applicants are required to have a B.S. degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or in a related field of science or engineering. Students with a B.S. degree in areas other than chemistry may be requested to take several undergraduate courses in the field to acquire the necessary background. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements:In addition to at least 21 credit units of course work, the M.S. degree candidate must prepare and successfully defend a thesis. Expected duration to complete the M.S. program is four semesters; the maximum duration is six semesters.

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 599  Master's Thesis      -  56
GE 500  Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics      -  1
GE 590  Academic Practices      -  12
  CHEM Graduate electives (4)      12  30
  Graduate elective      3  7.5
  Graduate elective or an Undergraduate elective course (2)      6  12
  Graduate Seminar in Chemistry      -  1

The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group are given in the electronic registration system.

CHEM Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX CHEM coded courses with at least 3 credits.

Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher level courses with at least 3 credits offered by Graduate School of Engineering and Science. Graduate School of Engineering and Science comprises graduate programs of the departments of Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Physics, and the interdisciplinary graduate programs Material Science and Nanotechnology, and Neuroscience.

Graduate Elective or Undergraduate Elective Courses: All 3XX or higher level CHEM, CS, EEE, IE, MATH, MBG, ME, MSN and PHYS coded courses with at least 3 credits.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

Admission: All applicants are required to have a M.S. degree with thesis in chemistry, or in a related field of science or engineering. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: 21 credit units of course work beyond the M.S. level is required. Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying exam and then must prepare a thesis work proposal. Preparing and defending a dissertation based on original research is the essence of the program. A paper based on the candidate's thesis must be accepted or published in a reputable journal before the dissertation can be defended. The expected duration to complete the Ph.D. program is eight semesters. The maximum durations is 12 semesters.

CURRICULUM

Courses

Code Course Name Hours Credit ECTS
Credit
Lec. Other
CHEM 699  Ph.D. Dissertation      -  140
GE 500  Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics      -  1
GE 690  Academic Practices      -  24
  CHEM Graduate electives (4)      12  30
  Graduate electives (3)      9  22.5
  Graduate Seminar in Chemistry      -  1

The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group are given in the electronic registration system.

CHEM Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX CHEM coded courses with at least 3 credits.

Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher level courses with at least 3 credits offered by Graduate School of Engineering and Science. Graduate School of Engineering and Science comprises graduate programs of the departments of Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Physics, and the interdisciplinary graduate programs Material Science and Nanotechnology, and Neuroscience.


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