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CHEM-679 Chemical Warfare Agents (3) Course Level: Graduate

Chemical Warfare Agents (3) Chemicals have the potential to be used as weapons of mass destruction by states and terrorists. Understanding the chemistry and biochemistry of chemical warfare agents is key to put in place effective countermeasures. After a brief historical introduction and an overview of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), this course examines different classes of chemical warfare agents, covering structures, mechanisms of action, toxicology, medical countermeasures, personal protection equipment, decontamination, and clinical detection. The course ends with an overview of the emergency response to chemical warfare agent incidents. Crosslist: CHEM-479. Usually Offered: fall. Grading: A-F only. Note: A course in organic chemistry II is required.