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CHEM 094: INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY

3 hrs. (BEC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MAT 098 or higher

This course is designed as an introduction to basic chemistry principles as preparation for additional course work in chemistry. Recommended for students with minimal math preparation and without a year of high school chemistry. The course includes the use of the scientific calculator, the solution of basic chemical problems, the study of the metric system, fundamental atomic structure, chemical formulas, and chemical equations. This course is repeatable up to a maximum of three times.

CHEM 110: CHEMISTRY AND SOCIETY

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval and completion of MAT 098 with a grade of "C" or better or a score of 66 on the algebra COMPASS test or department approval.

This course is intended to establish an understanding of the role of chemistry in modern society by developing the principles of chemistry in the context of their social, environmental, and cultural impact. Typical discussions will include: energy sources and transformations, drugs and health care, agricultural and food chemicals, air and water pollution, toxic wastes and their disposal. At a technical level, it surveys basic principles of chemistry: experimental measurements, matter, chemical symbols, atomic and molecular structure, the chemical bond, temperature, heat and energy conversions, the gas laws, solution chemistry, and basic chemical calculations. Credit will not be granted to those students who have already earned credit in a previous college level chemistry course of comparable or higher level. Recommended as a general education course for liberal arts majors. [IAI: P1 903L]

CHEM 115: FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMISTRY

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval and completion of MAT 098 or MATH 115 or higher with a grade of "C" or better or a Math COMPASS Test score of 66 on the Algebra section or any score on the College Algebra or Trigonometry section, or department approval.

This course is a one-semester survey of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry. It covers atomic structure, chemical bonding, solutions, organic functional groups, compounds of physiological importance, and metabolic pathways. Mathematical treatment and problem solving are expected in the first part of the course. Recommended for students in dental hygiene and other health-related occupations. [IAI: P1 902L]

CHEM 120: PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: Completion of MAT 098 with a grade of "C" or better or a Math Placement score of 66 or higher on the "Algebra" subsection or into the "College Algebra" subsection of the Math Placement Test, or department approval.

This course is a study of the fundamental principles governing the behavior of matter. Topics include atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, equilibrium and solutions. Recommended for students enrolled in four-year programs in such fields as nursing (BSN) and allied health professions, agriculture, family and consumer science, computer science, prerequisite for general chemistry sequence (CHEM 130 / CHEM 132), or as a general education course. The important mathematical skills involved in basic chemistry are developed, but overall there is less mathematical emphasis than in CHEM 130. [IAI: P1 902L]

CHEM 122: PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CHEM 120 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is a continuation of CHEM 120. The main focus of this course is on organic and biochemistry.

CHEM 130: GENERAL CHEMISTRY

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval and one year of high school chemistry or CHEM 120 with a grade of "C" or better and a score of 31 or better on the trigonometry COMPASS test or concurrent enrollment in MATH 165.

This course is a study of fundamental chemistry principles, including atomic structure, chemical bonding, kinetic theory, solutions, and chemical stoichiometry. Recommended for pre-professional, engineering and chemistry majors. [IAI: P1 902L]

CHEM 131: GENERAL CHEMISTRY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CHEM 130 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is a continuation of CHEM 130. The course includes ionic equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and survey of the elements.

CHEM 132: GENERAL CHEMISTRY

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CHEM 130 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is a continuation of CHEM 130. It includes ionic equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and a survey of the elements. Laboratory includes semi-micro qualitative analysis. [IAI: CHM 912]

CHEM 210: FUNDAMENTALS OF ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: Completion of CHEM 132 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.

This course is a study of the fundamental theory and practical aspects of the traditional and modern areas of chemical analysis methods. The course covers traditional topics such as sample preparation, data collection and analysis. The course also covers the three major areas of modern instrumental methods of analysis: spectroscopy, separations, and electrochemistry. The course will emphasize the physical and chemical principles upon which analytical techniques are based, how analytical instruments and their components operate, and how these techniques can be used to solve analytical problems.

CHEM 220: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

5 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CHEM 122 or 132 with a grade of "C" or better.

This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence. It includes a study of the structure, nomenclature, reactivity, and synthesis of organic compounds. Reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry are emphasized. The laboratory includes macro and micro scale techniques and synthesis. Gas and liquid chromatography as well as infrared instrumentation are used to identify synthesized compounds. [IAI: CHM 913]

CHEM 230: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

4 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CHEM 220 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent

This course is a continuation of CHEM 220, concluding with a study of lipids and carbohydrates. Laboratory includes multi-step synthesis, instrumentation, and computerized analysis. [IAI: CHM 914]

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CHEM 101 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3 (OC)
CHEM 101 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3 (OC)