Chemistry Department Courses 
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Chem 110 – Introductory Chemistry      4.00 Units  - UC; CSU transferrable          
When possible offered every session. May be taken once for credit. 
Prerequisite: MATH 060 with a grade of C or better.
An introductory course emphasizing the principles and practices of chemistry for students having no prior background in chemistry. Students cannot receive credit for both CHEM 110 and CHEM 151- UC credit limitation; consult a counselor.
Student Learning Outcomes - At the end of the course the student will be able to:
1. Analyze and solve chemical problems using the concepts of general chemistry.
 
2. Formulate appropriate conclusions from experimental data
 
 
 
Chem 151 – Preparatory General Chemistry      4.00 Units – UC; CSU transferrable
When possible offered every session. May be taken once for credit.
Preqrequisite: Appropriate math placement as determined by the COC assessment process, or MATH 060 with a grade of C or better.
A preparatory course for CHEM 201. Intensive foundation in problem solving, basic atomic theory, stoichiometry, nomenclature, states of matter, and solution chemistry. Laboratory enforces principles learned in lecture. Students that need a non-majors general education course should take CHEM-110 and cannot receive credit in both CHEM-110 and 151.
Student Learning Outcomes. At the end of the course the student will be able to:
1. Analyze chemical problems and chemical reactions according to stoichiometric methodology.
2. Examine the forms and states of matter, the structure of the atom, arrangement of electrons, and how this relates to the organization of the periodic table.
3. Differentiate between the essential features of covalent and ionic bonding.
4. Investigate chemical reactions with chemicals, scientific glassware, and instruments in a precise, accurate, and safe manner.
5. Analyze chemical data, including graphical manipulation, and formulate meaningful conclusions based on the chemical data.
 
 
Chem 201 – General Chemistry I     6.00 Units; UC, CSU transferrable
Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. May be taken once for credit.
Prerequisite: MATH 070 and CHEM 151, with a grade of C or better, or passing score on Diagnostic Exam
Part I of a two-semester general chemistry course for science majors. Provides a foundation in the basic principles of the molecular nature of matter and its change, including reaction chemistry and theoretical aspects of matter and energy. Gravimetric, volumetric, and spectroscopic analysis techniques will be introduced in the laboratory portion. Required of all majors in chemistry and most other fields of science or technology.
 
Student Learning Outcomes. At the end of the course the student will be able to:
 
1. Analyze chemical bonding and properties of materials using atomic theory.
 
2. Solve chemical quantities using stoichiometric methods.
 
3. Formulate conclusions according to scientific inquiry by collecting and interpreting gravimetric, volumetric, and spectroscopic data.
 
4. Conduct experiments using computer software.
 
 
 
Chem 202 - General Chemistry II     5.00 Units; UC, CSU transferrable
 
Offered Fall and Spring, and Summer when possible. May be taken once for credit.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 201 with a grade of C or better.
 
A continuation of CHEM-201. Topics are chemical kinetics, ionic equilibria, (solutions of acids and bases, buffers, solubility of insoluble salts, and solubility product), nuclear chemistry, thermodynamics (entropy & free energy), coordination compounds, advanced qualitative analysis, spectroscopy, and an introduction to organic chemistry.
 
Student Learning Outcomes. At the end of the course the student will be able to:
1. Analyze and evaluate the laws of reaction kinetics for irreversible and reversible reactions, including reactions occurring in aqueous media, and in nuclear reactions.
 
2. Examine the laws of thermodynamics to predict the spontaneity of chemical processes, including electrochemical processes.
 
3. Evaluate the theories of bonding for coordination compounds.
 
4. Formulate conclusions according to scientific inquiry by collecting and interpreting gravimetric, volumetric, and spectroscopic chemical data.
 
5. Justify the identify of unknown cations and anions using experimental evidence from qualitative analysis, the scientific method, and chemical reasoning.
 
6. Compose laboratory reports that illustrate meaningful conclusions based on and supported by data and observations.
 
 
 
Chem 255 - Organic Chemistry I      5.00 Units; UC, CSU transferrable
 
Offered Fall and Spring. May be taken once for credit.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 202 with a grade of C or better.
 
First semester of a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry for science majors focusing on nomenclature, structure, properties, and synthesis of organic compounds.Compare and contrast the structures, properties, and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers.
 
Student Learning Outcomes. At the end of the course the student will be able to:
 
1. Formulate reaction mechanisms for the synthesis and transformation of the above functional groups
 
2. Perform and justify the separation techniques used in purifying organic compounds.
 
3. Interpret experimental data obtained from classical and spectroscopic methods used in characterizing organic compounds.
 
 
 
Chem 256 - Organic Chemistry II      5.00 Units; UC, CSU transferrable
 
Offered Fall and Spring, and Summer when possible. May be taken once for credit.
 
Prerequisite: CHEM 255 with a grade of C or better.
 
Second semester of a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry for science majors, focusing on the syntheses and reaction mechanisms of aromatic, carbonyl, and biological compounds. Offered every Spring Semester and sometimes Summer.
 
Student Learning Outcomes. At the end of the course the student will be able to:
 
1. Compare and contrast the stuctures, propeties, and reactions of aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds(aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, acyl halides, anhydrides, esters, amides), amines, carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids.
 
2. Design syntheses for organic compounds and evaluate potential mechanistic problems associated with them.
 
3. Formulate and perform the laboratory synthesis, purification, and characterization of the organic compounds studied.