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Courses Offered

CHEM 112 Chemistry in Action (4 units)

An introduction to chemistry and laboratory investigation for non-science majors. The course will focus on chemicals and reactions common in everyday life, medicine, industry, and in the body. Concepts relating to the nature and interactions of atoms, ions, and molecules will be presented. Students will learn how to use scientific methods to investigate questions about how chemical systems work. Students will also learn to use and evaluate information presented on product labels, in advertisement, and available through the internet.

CHEM 114 Survey of Chemistry and Physics (4 units)

A conceptual survey of physical science (physics and chemistry) intended for non-science majors at the General Education level. A general discussion of the scientific method and techniques will be followed by physics, chemistry, and integrated topics. The laboratory portion will cover a hands-on exploration of phenomena discussed in lecture. The physics component of the course will discuss motion, force, energy, electricity and magnetism, waves and light. The chemistry component of the course will focus on chemicals and reactions common in everyday life. Concepts relating to the nature and interactions of atoms, ions, and molecules will be presented. Students will also learn to use and evaluate information presented on product labels, in advertisement, and available through the internet. Also listed as PHYS 114.

CHEM 192 Elementary Chemistry (4 units)

An introductory course in Chemistry designed to prepare students for General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 210). Provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in chemistry with an emphasis on the application of mathematical problem-solving methods to chemistry. Lecture topics will include the basic structure of atoms, the combination of elements in chemical compounds, the metric system and measurement, significant figures, using dimensional analysis and algebra to solve chemical problems, describing chemical reactions using balanced equations, and stoichiometry. In the laboratory, the student will be introduced to the use of common laboratory equipment and techniques.

CHEM 210 General Chemistry I (5 units)

The first semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structures, stoichiometric calculations, solutions, thermochemistry, gas laws, physical states, atomic electron orbital theory, and chemical bonding. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

CHEM 220 General Chemistry II (5 units)

The second semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a study of acid-base chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry I (3 units)

Nomenclature, bonding, structural isomerism, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, physical properties structure, reactions and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds, with emphasis on alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers. Emphasis on reactivity, and reaction mechanisms. Infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy are an integral part. Chemistry 234 is the first semester in a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry.

CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry II (3 units)

Continuation of CHEM 234 with an introduction to the chemistry of aromatics, amines, carbanions, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones and biochemical topics focusing on structure, synthesis, and mechanisms of reaction.

CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab I (2 units)

Organic chemistry laboratory designed to accompany CHEM 234. Introduction of the basic techniques of synthesis, separation and purification of organic compounds. Identification of main functional groups by spectroscopic techniques also introduced.

CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2 units)

Organic chemistry laboratory designed to accompany CHEM 235 by emphasizing techniques for the synthesis, isolation, purification and identification of organic compounds. Qualitative analysis of unknowns by preparation of derivatives and spectroscopic methods is an integral component of the course.

CHEM 410 Chemistry for Health Sciences (4 units)

Survey of the principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. The physical and chemical properties of inorganic, organic, and biomolecules. Includes a study of equilibrium in chemical systems with special emphasis on chemical processes in the body. The laboratory component introduces qualitative and quantitative techniques of chemical study and manipulations with inorganic, organic, and biochemical reactions. Designed for Health Science majors (e.g. respiratory therapy, nursing). Not intended for students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or pre-professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.

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