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Chemistry

Course Descriptions

CHEM& 110: Chemical Concepts

Credits: 5.0

An introductory chemistry course for liberal arts students who may have no previous chemistry knowledge. Principles of chemistry will be discussed in the context of topics that may vary by quarter. Contact the Chemistry department for the specific topic. Prerequisite(s): Placement into both ENGL& 101 and MATH 090.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Use basic chemical principles to understand, explore, and/or evaluate a real world topic or phenomenon.  [REASON] 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the role that chemistry plays in the world.  [REASON] 
  3. Perform laboratory experiments carefully, paying attention to detail, working collaboratively as part of a team, and acting in an environmentally responsible manner.  [ACT] 

CHEM& 121: Introduction to Chemistry

Credits: 5.0

A general introduction to chemistry with an emphasis on applications of chemistry in the health and life sciences. Intended for students in allied health fields, such as nursing and dental hygiene. Prerequisite(s): Placement into both ENGL& 101 and MATH 090.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Perform measurements and make conversions, particularly in the context of laboratory experiments.  [ACT] 
  2. Classify and visualize matter, explaining the difference between elements, compounds, and mixtures.  [REASON] 
  3. Explain the interactions of matter.  [REASON] 
  4. Identify the properties of matter and predict properties based on molecular structure.  [REASON] 
  5. Examine the role of energy in chemical interactions.  [REASON] 

CHEM& 131: Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry

Credits: 5.0

Structure, properties and reactions of organic and biomolecules, and biochemical processes. Not recommended for students continuing with chemistry beyond 131. Prerequisite(s): CHEM& 121 and placement into ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Define organic chemistry in terms of the role of carbon in organic and biochemistry.  [REASON] 
  2. Identify, classify and understand physical and chemical properties of the major functional gropus.  [REASON] 
  3. Name and draw structures of the major classes of organic compounds.  [REASON] 
  4. Predict reactivity of organic compounds based on size and functional groups.  [REASON] 
  5. Predict the outcome of common reactions.  [REASON] 
  6. Explain the importance of molecular shape in terms of function and properties.  [REASON] 
  7. Identify and classify biologically important organic compounds and understand their function in the body.  [REASON] 
  8. Explain major metabolic pathways in terms of chemical reactions, enzymatic control, and energy output.  [REASON] 
  9. Perform basic organic chemistry and biochemistry laboratory experiments and techniques.  [ACT] 

CHEM& 139: General Chemistry Prep

Credits: 5.0

A preparation for the CHEM& 161 sequence for students who have not had high school chemistry. Emphasis on quantitative reasoning and problem solving techniques. Prerequisite(s): MATH 090 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Use the basic qualitative and quantitative language of chemistry.  [REASON] 
  2. Classify and visualize matter.  [REASON] 
  3. Establish a style and method of problem solving appropriate to the discipline of chemistry.  [REASON] 

CHEM& 141: General Chemistry I

Credits: 4.0

For science and engineering majors who plan to take a year or more of chemistry. Covers measurement, stoichiometry, atomic structure, and periodicity. Laboratory emphasizes quantitative techniques. Prerequisite(s): MATH& 141 with a grade of at least 2.0, or concurrent enrollment. Placement into ENGL& 101. Permit code required. To obtain code from the Chemistry department you must have completed CHEM& 139 with at least a grade of 2.0 or have passed the CHEM& 141 Placement Exam. This exam is given in the Testing Center.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Convert between units of mass, mole and molecule/atom.  [REASON] 
  2. Write and balance chemical equations, including acid base, precipitation and redox reactions.  [REASON] 
  3. Compute the energy change in chemical reaction using calorimetric data and/or data from tables.  [REASON] 
  4. Use stoichiometry to solve chemical problems involving solids, liquids, gases or solutions.  [REASON] 
  5. Use standard English to convey your knowledge of chemical principles, using the language of chemistry, to a variety of audiences in a variety of forms.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  6. Use critical thinking strategies to make connections and associations between chemical principles.  [REASON] 

CHEM& 142: General Chemistry II

Credits: 4.0

Continuation of CHEM& 141. Molecular bonding and structure, liquids and solids, equilibrium, and principles of thermodynamics. Laboratory emphasizes quantitative techniques. Prerequisite(s): CHEM& 141 and MATH& 141 with grades of 2.0 or equivalent.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Construct the electron configuration, orbital diagram and/or valence shell configuration for any element in the periodic table.  [REASON] 
  2. Use trends in periodic properties (i.e., atomic size, electron affinity, ionization energy and electronegativity) to predict chemical and or physical properties of the elements.  [REASON] 
  3. Construct a Lewis structure for an ionic or covalent compound, including compounds with expanded octet configurations.  [REASON] 
  4. Predict the 3D shape and polarity of a covalently bonded molecule using VSEPR.  [REASON] 
  5. Calculate the concentration of a solution in various units.  [REASON] 
  6. Carry out calculations involving the colligative properties of solutions.  [REASON] 
  7. Use critical thinking to make connections and associations between chemical principles.  [REASON] 

CHEM& 143: General Chemistry III

Credits: 4.0

Continuation of CHEM& 142. Principles of oxidation-reduction, acids and bases, kinetics, thermodynamics, and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory emphasizes quantitative techniques. Prerequisite(s): CHEM& 142 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or equivalent.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Interpret graphical data of concentration vs. time.  [REASON] 
  2. Calculate, using the quadratic equation if necessary, the equilibrium concentrations of reactants and products in a chemical reaction.  [REASON] 
  3. Calculate pH, pOH,  [REASON] 
  4. Use LeChatlier's Principle to predict the direction of a chemical reaction.  [REASON] 
  5. Interpret titration curves.  [REASON] 
  6. Explain the principles of a buffer system.  [REASON] 
  7. Apply the first second and third laws of thermodynamics to predict the direction of spontaneous change.  [REASON] 
  8. Apply a knowledge of redox reactions to a variety of problems in electrochemistry.  [REASON] 
  9. Use critical thinking strategies to make connections and associations between chemical principles.  [REASON] 

CHEM& 151: General Chemistry Lab I

Credits: 2.0

Laboratory emphasizes quantitative techniques.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Keep a well-organized laboratory notebook.  [ACT] 
  2. Interpret scientific data, draw appropriate conclusions, and make changes to experimental procedures.  [REASON] 
  3. Conduct standard laboratory procedures which may include: filtration, pipeting, solution preparation, dilution, titration, colorimetric analysis and use of common equipment and instrumentation appropriate to the knowledge and skill level of CHEM& 141.  [ACT] 
  4. Statistically analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions regarding the accuracy and precision of the experimental results.  [REASON] 
  5. Report scientific data in an organized and readable form.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  6. Work effectively as a member of a team.  [EXPLORE] 

CHEM& 152: General Chemistry Lab II

Credits: 2.0

Laboratory emphasizes quantitative techniques.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Keep a well-organized laboratory notebook.  [ACT] 
  2. Interpret scientific data, draw appropriate conclusions, and make changes to experimental procedures.  [REASON] 
  3. Conduct standard laboratory procedures which may include: filtration, pipeting, solution preparation, dilution, titration, colorimetric analysis and use of common equipment and instrumentation appropriate to the knowledge and skill level of CHEM& 142.  [ACT] 
  4. Statistically analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions regarding the accuracy and precision of the experimental results.  [REASON] 
  5. Report scientific data in an organized and readable form.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  6. Work effectively as a member of a team.  [COMMUNICATE] 

CHEM& 153: General Chemistry Lab III

Credits: 2.0

Laboratory emphasizes quantitative techniques.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Keep a well-organized laboratory notebook.  [ACT] 
  2. Interpret scientific data, draw appropriate conclusions, and make changes to experimental procedures.  [REASON] 
  3. Conduct standard laboratory procedures which may include: filtration, pipeting, solution preparation, dilution, titration, colorimetric analysis and use of common equipment and instrumentation appropriate to the knowledge and skill level of CHEM& 143.  [ACT] 
  4. Statistically analyze data and draw appropriate conclusions regarding the accuracy and precision of the experimental results.  [REASON] 
  5. Report scientific data in an organized and readable form.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  6. Work effectively as a member of a team.  [COMMUNICATE] 

CHEM 198: Individual Project in Chemistry

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Study of student-selected project or approved experiences in the field of Chemistry. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Complete an independent project (research or expression) on a focused area of interest or need.  [REASON] 
  2. Develop specific concepts or materials relevant to chemistry.  [REASON] 
  3. Develop with guidance a comprehensive approach or activity which supplements the learning of the student in a particular course or program of study.  [REASON] 
  4. Develop, implement, and complete a total project adhering to established procedures and due dates.  [REASON] 

CHEM 199: Special Projects

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Individual projects in chemistry.

Course Level Objectives

  1. In conjunction with a faculty sponsor from the STEM┬áDivision, develop a project proposal.  [REASON] 
  2. The special project should deal with a topic directly or indirectly related to chemistry.  [REASON] 
  3. The student must complete the proposed project in a manner which demonstrates college-level learning to the satisfaction of the faculty sponsor.  [REASON] 

CHEM& 241: Organic Chemistry I

Credits: 6.0

Structure, nomenclature, reactions and properties of hydrocarbons, acids/bases, and alkyl halides. Reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry. Laboratory includes introduction of organic laboratory technique and instrumental analysis. Prerequisite(s): CHEM& 143 or equivalent with a grade of 2.0 or higher and ENGL& 101 or equivalent with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Name organic compounds using IUPAC naming system.  [REASON] 
  2. Explain basic bonding principles involving hybridization and geometry of carbon.  [REASON] 
  3. Determine physical properties using intermolecular interactions based on functional groups and shape of the compounds.  [REASON] 
  4. Predict thermodynamic and kinetic parameters of organic reactions.  [REASON] 
  5. Predict reaction mechanisms and reaction outcomes for electrophilic addition reactions.  [REASON] 
  6. Determine stereochemical relationship of three dimensional organic molecules.  [REASON] 
  7. Explain resonance theory and its effect on stabilization of organic molecules.  [REASON] 

CHEM& 242: Organic Chemistry II

Credits: 6.5

Continuation of CHEM& 241. Covers structure, nomenclature, reactions, mechanisms, and properties of organic molecules. IR, NMR, mass spectrometry analysis. Laboratory includes preparation of organic compounds and instrumental analysis. Prerequisite(s): CHEM& 241 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explain spectroscopy techniques including NMR, IR, and MS and interpret spectra obtained from these techniques.  [REASON] 
  2. Apply the electron pushing mechanism to substitution and elimination reactions.  [REASON] 
  3. Predict the outcome of substitution and elimination reactions.  [REASON] 
  4. Explain aromaticity and antiaromaticity in relation to organic compounds.  [REASON] 
  5. Apply the electron pushing mechanism to electrophilic aromatic substation reactions.  [REASON] 
  6. Predict the outcome of to electrophilic aromatic substation reactions.  [REASON] 

CHEM& 243: Organic Chemistry III

Credits: 6.5

Continuation of CHEM&242. Properties, reactions, and mechanisms of organic compounds. Laboratory emphasizes synthesis, and instrumental analysis. Lab may also include projects and an introduction to certain biochemical lab methods. Prerequisite(s): CHEM& 242 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or equivalent.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explain the nature and reactivity of carbonyl and amino compounds.  [REASON] 
  2. Predict the mechanism and outcome of reactions involving carbonyl and amino compounds.  [REASON] 
  3. Explain the nature and reactivity of biologically important organic compounds, such as amino acids, carbohydrates, triacylglycerides.  [REASON] 

CHEM& 251: Organic Chemistry Lab I

Credits: 2.0

Laboratory includes introduction of organic laboratory technique and instrumental analysis.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Perform basic organic laboratory techniques using standard glassware.  [ACT] 
  2. Determine melting point, boiling point and solubility of organic compounds.  [ACT] 
  3. Perform the basic purification methods including distillation, crystallization, chromatography and extraction.  [ACT] 
  4. Interpret and report experimental results and data.  [REASON] 

CHEM& 252: Organic Chemistry Lab II

Credits: 2.5

Laboratory includes preparation of organic compounds and instrumental analysis.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Analyze the structure of organic compounds using spectroscopic methods including NMR, IR, and MS.  [REASON] 
  2. Carry out organic reactions using standard glassware.  [ACT] 
  3. Interpret and analyze reaction and spectroscopic results.  [REASON] 
  4. Incorporate and carry out experimental modifications to laboratory procedures.  [ACT] 
  5. Write formal lab reports, reporting results and interpreting analytical data.  [COMMUNICATE] 

CHEM& 253: Organic Chemistry Lab III

Credits: 2.5

Laboratory emphasizes synthesis and biochemical techniques.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Carry out multi-step organic synthesis.  [ACT] 
  2. Analyze the products resulting from synthesis for purity using analytical methods.  [REASON] 
  3. Determine structure of the products resulting from synthesis using spectroscopic methods (NMR, IR and MS).  [REASON] 
  4. Develop experimental procedures and validate their feasibility.  [ACT] 
  5. Write formal lab reports, reporting results and interpreting analytical data.  [COMMUNICATE] 

CHEM 298: Individual Project in Chemistry

Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

Study of student-selected project or approved experiences in the field of Chemistry. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits.

Course Level Objectives

  1. In conjunction with a faculty sponsor from the Natural Science and Mathematics Division, develop a project proposal.  [REASON] 
  2. The special project should deal with a topic directly or indirectly related to chemistry.  [REASON] 
  3. The student must complete the proposed project in a manner which demonstrates college-level learning to the satisfaction of the faculty sponsor.  [REASON]