Chatham University

Green Chemistry Curriculum

Chatham's new Master of Science in Green Chemistry is the first program of its kind in the United States. Focused on delivering a truly unique educational experience for students with undergraduate degrees in biochemistry, biology, and chemistry, the M.S. in Green Chemistry program will delve into the design of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances. Graduates of the program will hold a competitive advantage over students from other chemistry programs that claim "green chemistry" as a departmental mission, as Chatham's program courses were developed specifically for the practice of green chemistry.

The M.S. in Green Chemistry is focused on developing highly effective and well-rounded science professionals. In addition to combining elements from all five sub-disciplines of chemistry — analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry — to build upon students' previous education, the program will also leverage business courses to strengthen students' management and communication skills. Some of the courses will be offered through Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability, deepening students' subject matter knowledge as it relates to sustainability and green practices.

The Master of Science in Green Chemistry curriculum combines elements from all five sub-disciplines of chemistry - analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry - as well as classes from the business department. Some courses will be offered through the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University.

Program Requirements


CHM503 Introduction to Green Chemistry

Green chemistry was defined by Paul Anastas in the 1990s as "the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous compounds." Stated broadly, this course helps students understand the notion of sustainability and how it applies to chemistry. It also explores the history of chemistry, outlines the critical need for green chemistry, and explores the principles that guide its practice.

MTH562 Numerical Methods and Mathematical Modeling

Numerical methods and mathematical models used in computational science, including techniques for solving scientific problems, scientific visualization, and distributed and massively parallel architecture.

CHM515 Life-Cycle Assessment

Study of objective processes used to evaluate the environmental burdens associated with a product, process, or activity. This involves identifying energy, materials, and wastes in order to evaluate and implement opportunities to affect environmental improvements. Material and energy flow analyses (e.g., mass balancing) are covered for a variety of scales, such as an individual business, industrial sector, or an entire economy.

CHM516 Chemical Process Principles

Fundamental concepts of chemical engineering; problem-solving techniques; applications to the environment and sustainability of stoichiometry, material and energy balances, and phase equilibria; bioprocesses and how to make things from renewable resources.

SUS562 Economics of the Environment

This course is designed to introduce you to how economists think about the environment. The theory of externalities and market failure provide the basis for applying microeconomic concepts to the study of environmental issues. Analytical tools, particularly cost-benefit analysis, are explained and applied to problems with environmental dimensions.

BUS550 Innovation and Commercialization

This course focuses on how to successfully commercialize an innovation. Understanding commercialization activities such as pre-product launch planning, market testing, actual product launch, and post-launch follow-up is a major part of the course. The course provides a run-through of the complete cycle from idea to market entry.

SUS525 Global Environmental Regulation

This course covers the basic regulations that currently govern green chemistry in the U.S. and internationally, with a focus on what chemical companies must consider when introducing new processes and products. It will also cover current trends in legislation and what they portend for the near future.

BUS571 Business Communication

This course targets key aspects of business communication: persuasive presentation skills, writing skills and listening skills. Students will be more effective in "selling" ideas to others, developing a more effective and adaptable communication strategy, and aligning objectives with those of the audience.

CHM698 Green Chemistry Practices I-Industrial Challenges

In the first of this two-course sequence a series of professionals from the region are invited to present to the class. These presentations will present problems/projects being addressed by local industry. Groups of students will choose one, design a protocol to follow, and present their protocol to the class.

CHM699 Green Chemistry Practices II-Industrial Solutions

The second part of a two-course sequence; students will complete a project they propose in CHM698 in conjunction with a local industry/business.

CHM607 Catalysis

Catalysis lies at the heart of many chemical processes, from the academic research lab through living systems to the industrial large-scale reactor. By understanding and careful use of catalysis many processes can be made faster, cleaner and more sustainable. This course will provide training in the state-of-the-art of catalysis theory, application, preparation and analysis.

CHM608 Polymer Chemistry

Physical and organic chemistry of polymers for persons with a basic training in chemistry, physics, or engineering. A survey of preparative methods of polymers; physical chemistry of polymer molecules in solution, liquid, and solid phases; thermodynamics and statistics of polymers; methods of characterization; mechanical properties, fabrication techniques. Prerequisites: one semester of physical chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry.

CHM605 Rational Drug Design

This course will explore the process of drug development, from target identification to final drug registration. It will present drug development as a process involving target selection, lead discovery using computer-based methods and combinatorial chemistry/high-throughput screening. Safety evaluation, bioavailability, clinical trials, and the essentials of patent law will also be discussed.

BIO526 Environmental Toxicology

This course will impart basic principles of environmental toxicology, focusing on toxicological assessment, types and mechanisms of toxicological response, the properties and effects of specific groups of toxicants released into the environment, and an overview of current issues facing the rather broad field of environmental toxicology.

CHM609 Chemical Engineering for Chemists

Expands skills and techniques acquired in physical chemistry by providing applications to large systems of reaction occurring in flow systems. Introduction to the mass, momentum and energy balances and design concepts familiar to chemical engineers. Topics also included are fluid flow, heat transfer, process control, mixing and transport properties.

SUS502 Sustainabilty and Systems

In this course, students will develop skills necessary to understand, describe, and communicate complex systems. Working from examples, exercise and interactive discussions, students will learn to identify key drivers and leverage points for change. Students will learn to solicit useful information, model, and enact change using a various systems-based tools.

BIO438 Biochemistry I

This course covers the structure and functions of proteins, polynucleic acids, and biological membranes. Enzymes and kinetics are taught. Metabolic pathways, with emphasis on the thermodynamics of the equilibria and the storage and usage of energy, are covered. Prerequisite(s): CHM 206 or permission of the instructor.

BIO439 Biochemistry II

Metabolism is studied with an emphasis on anabolic pathways and special pathways such as cytochrome P450. Other topics include molecular genetics and protein synthesis, hormones and receptors, and immunology. Cross-listed as CHM339. Prerequisite(s): BIO438