2004 - 2005 Catalog

Course Descriptions

CHEMISTRY

CHEM 1A   GENERAL CHEMISTRY I             (5)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 6 Laboratory CAN CHEM 2, CAN CHEM SEQ A CSU General Education Requirement: B 1, B3.  Prerequisite: Math 63 and high school Chemistry. Strongly Recommended Preparation: ENG 51A or equivalent.  Materials Fee:  $15.00

Chemistry 1A will cover the principles of chemistry and their applications including scientific methodology, chemical periodicity, stoichiometry, classical and quantum mechanical atomic and molecular modeling, chemical energetics and spectroscopy, chemical bonding, properties and models of solids, liquids, gases, aqueous solutions, reactions of acids/bases/ salts, and aqueous Redox reactions.   (AA, CSU, UC) The Chemistry 1A, 1B sequence is required of all students majoring in chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering sciences, biology, microbiology, and all applied sciences at the University of California, i.e., medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, nursing, home economics, etc. These courses are acceptable for credit at the University of California and California State University.

CHEM 1B  
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (5)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 6 Laboratory CAN CHEM 4, CAN CHEM SEQ A. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CHEM 1A or equivalent. Material Fee:  $15.00.

Chemistry 1B is a continuation of the study of the principles of chemistry with an emphasis on chemical thermodynamics (H, S, G), mechanisms and kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, nuclear chemistry, introductory organic and biochemical systems, and selected elemental chemistries of metals, non-metals, and metalloids.  The laboratory includes qualitative, and instrumental evaluation of selected species and parameters. (AA, CSU, UC) The Chemistry 1A, 1B sequence is required of all students majoring in chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering sciences, biology, microbiology, and all applied sciences at the University of California, i.e., medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, nursing, home economics, etc. These courses are acceptable for credit at the University of California and California State University.

CHEM 2A  
INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY (4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CAN CHEM 6, CAN CHEM SEQ B CSU General Education Requirement: B1, B3
Prerequisite: Math 63, concurrent enrollment in CHEM 55 or pass CHEM 55 challenge exam.
Material Fee:  $15.00

Chemistry 2A is a study of the applied principles of chemistry for the allied science and non-science majors. Included are scientific methodology, composition of matter, physical and chemical changes, bonding, nomenclature, chemical periodicity and reactivity, stoichiometry, states of matter, atomic and molecular modeling, chemical energetics, properties and models of solids, liquids, gases, aqueous solution and Redox reactions, pH, reactions of elements/acids/bases/salts, and a brief introduction to organic chemistry.  Material fee $15.00  (AA, CSU, UC) The Chemistry 2A, 2B sequence is a state university curriculum requirement for students planning to transfer to majors in agriculture, nursing, home economics, industrial technology, industrial arts and other applied sciences.

CHEM 2B  
INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY
(4)   

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CAN CHEM 8, CAN CHEM SEQ B CSU General Education Requirement: B1, B3 Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of CHEM 2A or equivalent. Material Fee:  $15.00

Chemistry 2B is a continuation of the study of the applied principles of chemistry for the allied science and non-science majors.  Building upon the principles established in CHEM 2A, the course focuses on applications in Organic and Biochemical Systems.  It includes topical coverage of "functional group" characteristics and reactivity (hydrocarbons aldehydes, ethers, amines, etc.) compound synthesis and characterization, nutrition and the mechanisms of metabolic pathways, biochemical synthesis and energetics, chemical communication, and the chemistry of clinical therapeutics. (AA, CSU, UC) The Chemistry 2A, 2B sequence is a state university curriculum requirements for students planning to transfer to majors in agriculture, nursing, home economics, industrial technology, industrial arts and other applied sciences.

 

CHEM 5     
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
(4)

Class Hours: 2 Lecture, 6 Laboratory Prerequisite: CHEM 1B or concurrent enrollment CAN CHEM 12

Chemistry 5 is an introduction to the theory and modern techniques of analytical measurements. The course includes gravimetric, volumetric and an introductory selection of instrumental techniques such as UV-VIS-AA spectrometries, Chromatographies, separation techniques, and electroanalytical methods; microprocessor and computerized data gathering, processing and  reduction, and computer simulations.  Lab exercises apply analyses to consumer products, industrial precursor compounds/ores, waste water, blood, chemical waste streams, and clinical samples to demonstrate the theory. Appropriate training in chemical safety is provided. (AA, CSU, UC) (Please note:  This course is offered infrequently).

CHEM 8     
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
(3)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture Prerequisite:  CHEM 1B or equivalent.

Chemistry 8 is the study  of basic theory and principles of the structure, bonding theories, nomenclature, properties and reactivity of the major classes of organic compounds as well as those important in biochemistry. Characterization by functional group reactivity, synthesis mechanisms and uses are also included for typically: hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, esters, ketones, alderhydes, carboxylic acids, amines, amides, and aromatics and substituted aromatics, lipid, glycolipids, glycoproteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, peptides, nuclei acids, and natural products.  Included are discussions of heteroclyclic and polymeric systems, stereochemistry, isomerism, chiral systhesis, and introductory concepts basic to biotechnology. (AA, CSU, UC) (Please Note: This course is offered infrequently.)

CHEM 9     
ORGANIC LABORATORY
(3)

Class Hours:  1 Lecture, 6 Laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 8 or current enrollment.

Chemistry 9 is the study of laboratory methods and techniques for the synthesis, separation, isolation, qualitative analysis and characterization as applied to commercially important organic compounds and biochemicals.  Microscale labware, analytical chemical instrumentation and computer simulation enhance the standard lab routines. Designed to be taken concurrently with Chemistry 8.  Chemical safety and waste disposal training is provided. (AA, CSU, UC) (Please Note:  This course is offered infrequently.  Check the two-year schedule in the back of the catalog).

CHEM 30/60  
CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENTAL COURSES
(.5-3)

Class Hours:  18 Lecture hours or 54 Laboratory hours for each semester unit.

All courses numbered 30/60 are designed to permit department to meet an immediate student or community need, to explore newer methods in teaching a subject, to offer courses which are innovative, and to provide curriculum variety and flexibility.  A required course description identifies each course subject.  These courses may be taken for CR/NC.

 

CHEM 35     
CHEMISTRY IN THE MODERN WORLD
(3)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory CR/NC CSU General Education Requirement: B1, B3. Prerequisite:  High School Diploma or equivalent recommended.

Chemistry 35 is a non-mathematical, humanistic approach to the beauty, logic, wonder and power of modern chemistry and its impact on society. Modern video presentations, coupled with discussions and laboratory verification, cover  selected topics such as chemical modeling, measurement systems, periodicity, bonding and architecture, atmospheric chemistry, tailor-made molecules, surface phenomena, batteries, colors and gemstones, and chemical fingerprinting. (AA, CSU)

CHEM 49/99               
DIRECTED STUDY (1-2)

Class Hours:  54 Laboratory for each semester unit. No more than 2 units per 49/99 series.

Chemistry 49/99 is designed for students who wish to undertake special projects related to a particular field. Student, under instructor guidance and acknowledgement, may pursue individual exploration after completion or while currently enrolled in at least one course in the department of directed study. (AA, CSU)

 

CHEM 55   
BASIC MATHEMATICS FOR BEGINNING CHEMISTRY
(1)

Class Hours:  1 Lecture

Chemistry 55 is a precursor course designed to remove math anxiety and phobia which often limit the student's success in general chemistry. The student will be introduced to the scientific perspective, scientific methodology, mathematical skills, and problem solving.  Students will gain proficiency in using a scientific calculator and receive instruction in producing and interpreting graphs and diagrams.  The basic review of mathematical skills and the development of mathematical concepts and problem solving techniques focused on applications in general chemistry will be covered.  (AA)

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