This course focuses on the basic principles of solid state chemistry. Structural, chemical, and physical aspects of inorganic solids, such as ionic solids, metal, and molecular solids, will be discussed. The course explores the relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and atomic order. It also investigates the characterization of atomic arrangements in crystalline and amorphous solids: metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers. Topics include: symmetry, basic crystallography, crystal structure, bonding in solids, characterization techniques (X-ray diffraction, microscopy, and spectroscopy) and crystal defects.