Chemistry

Chemistry provides much of the common vocabulary, facts, and tools necessary for success in any area of science. Ultimately, most of the phenomena in the biological, geological, physical, environmental, and medical sciences can be expressed in terms of the chemical and physical behavior of atoms and molecules. Because of chemistry's key role, one or two years of chemistry are essential for students planning careers in the sciences.

Degrees

  • Associate in Science Degree - Option I (Chemistry)
    Recommended two-year schedule (Option I). For other degree information, students should check with their advisors, transfer center staff, and college degree guidelines. Students should also note that it is extremely important to begin sequential courses in the fall since those courses are typically offered one quarter per year.

Courses

  • CHEM 106 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
    This course will examine selected topics in forensic sciences and is intended for non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Through an understanding of basic chemical principals, this course will investigate the role of science in solving crimes. Topics may include glass analysis, document identification, blood detection and analysis, drug identification, and DNA profiling. The laboratory component will involve the analysis of trace evidence. Techniques utilized may include chromatography, fingerprinting, blood typing, fiber identification, glass analysis, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectroscopy. This course does not satisfy the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.
  • CHEM 199 Special Topics
    Special Topics in chemistry is a variable credit class to allow students to have the opportunity to engage in independent research or explore special interests and topics. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. This course does not satisfy the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.
  • CHEM& 105 Chemical Concepts
    This course will investigate key chemical concepts and is intended for non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education non-lab science requirements. Topics will be introduced using an overarching theme. Themes may include, but are not limited to, chemical advances in civilization, chemical processes in food preparation, forensic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and agricultural chemistry. Formerly CHEM 101, Chemistry. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in MATH 074C or MATH 075; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Credit cannot be received for both CHEM& 110 and CHEM& 105. This course does not satisfy the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.
  • CHEM& 110 Chemical Concepts w/Lab
    This course will provide a fundamental survey of chemistry and is intended for Nursing and Allied Health majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements. Topics will include an introduction to inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry from a health science perspective. Formerly CHEM 101, Chemistry. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in MATH 074C or MATH 075; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Credit cannot be received for both CHEM& 110 and CHEM& 105. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry
    This course provides a fundamental survey of inorganic chemistry and is intended for Nursing and Allied Health science majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, periodicity, stoichiometry, gases, equilibrium, solution chemistry, acids, bases, and buffers. Formerly CHEM 107, General Chemistry for Health Sciences. Prerequisites: appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in MATH 078, MATH 78E or MATH 079; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher; high school chemistry.
  • CHEM& 122 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
    This course provides a fundamental survey of organic chemistry and is intended for Nursing and Allied Health science majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements. Topics include structure, function and chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, carboxylic acids, amines, and related compounds; mechanisms, and stereochemistry. Formerly CHEM 108, Organic Chemistry for Health Sciences. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in CHEM& 121.
  • CHEM& 123 Introduction to Biochemistry
    This course provides a fundamental survey of biochemical principles and is intended for Nursing and Allied Health science majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements. Topics include structure, function and chemistry for biomolecules, enzymatic catalysis, metabolic pathways, genetic expression, and genetic diseases. Formerly CHEM 109, Biochemistry for Health Sciences. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in CHEM& 122.
  • CHEM& 139 General Chemistry Prep
    This course will survey key chemical concepts in inorganic chemistry. It is intended for science majors who have not had chemistry in high school or need the chemical and mathematical preparation for the General Chemistry sequence. It fulfills the general education non-lab science requirements. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, acids, bases, and intermolecular forces. Co-requisite: MATH 079 or MATH 080. Prerequisites: appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. This course does not satisfy the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.
  • CHEM& 161 General Chemistry I w/Lab
    This course provides a detailed examination of the properties of matter and is intended for science majors in fulfillment of the AS Degree (Option I) or Engineering lab science requirements. Topics include measurements in chemistry, periodic trends, atomic structure, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, enthalpy, and bonding. Formerly CHEM 121, General Chemistry I. Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in high school chemistry (one year) or CHEM& 139 or higher; placement into ENGL 97 or grade of C or higher in ENGL 87; placement into MATH 80/non-STEM MATH, or grade of C or higher in MATH 78 or MATH 79; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee.
  • CHEM& 162 General Chemistry II w/Lab
    This course provides a detailed examination of the properties of matter and is intended for science majors in fulfillment of the AD AS Degree (Option I) or Engineering lab science requirements. Topics include molecular polarity and states of matter, orbital hybridization, gas laws, solution chemistry, kinetics, chemical equilibria, and acid/base chemistry. Formerly CHEM 122, General Chemistry II. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in CHEM&161. This course satisfies the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.
  • CHEM& 163 General Chemistry III w/Lab
    This course provides a detailed examination of the properties of matter and is intended for science majors in fulfillment of the AS Degree (Option I) or Engineering lab science requirements. Topics may include the study of aqueous equilibria, atmospheric chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, coordination compounds, and organic chemistry. Formerly CHEM 123, General Chemistry III. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in CHEM&162. This course satisfies the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.

Degrees

Degrees

  • Associate in Science Degree - Option I (Chemistry)
    Recommended two-year schedule (Option I). For other degree information, students should check with their advisors, transfer center staff, and college degree guidelines. Students should also note that it is extremely important to begin sequential courses in the fall since those courses are typically offered one quarter per year.

Courses

Courses

  • CHEM 106 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
    This course will examine selected topics in forensic sciences and is intended for non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Through an understanding of basic chemical principals, this course will investigate the role of science in solving crimes. Topics may include glass analysis, document identification, blood detection and analysis, drug identification, and DNA profiling. The laboratory component will involve the analysis of trace evidence. Techniques utilized may include chromatography, fingerprinting, blood typing, fiber identification, glass analysis, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectroscopy. This course does not satisfy the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.
  • CHEM 199 Special Topics
    Special Topics in chemistry is a variable credit class to allow students to have the opportunity to engage in independent research or explore special interests and topics. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. This course does not satisfy the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.
  • CHEM& 105 Chemical Concepts
    This course will investigate key chemical concepts and is intended for non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education non-lab science requirements. Topics will be introduced using an overarching theme. Themes may include, but are not limited to, chemical advances in civilization, chemical processes in food preparation, forensic chemistry, environmental chemistry, and agricultural chemistry. Formerly CHEM 101, Chemistry. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in MATH 074C or MATH 075; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Credit cannot be received for both CHEM& 110 and CHEM& 105. This course does not satisfy the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.
  • CHEM& 110 Chemical Concepts w/Lab
    This course will provide a fundamental survey of chemistry and is intended for Nursing and Allied Health majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements. Topics will include an introduction to inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry from a health science perspective. Formerly CHEM 101, Chemistry. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in MATH 074C or MATH 075; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Credit cannot be received for both CHEM& 110 and CHEM& 105. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.
  • CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry
    This course provides a fundamental survey of inorganic chemistry and is intended for Nursing and Allied Health science majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, periodicity, stoichiometry, gases, equilibrium, solution chemistry, acids, bases, and buffers. Formerly CHEM 107, General Chemistry for Health Sciences. Prerequisites: appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in MATH 078, MATH 78E or MATH 079; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher; high school chemistry.
  • CHEM& 122 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
    This course provides a fundamental survey of organic chemistry and is intended for Nursing and Allied Health science majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements. Topics include structure, function and chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, carboxylic acids, amines, and related compounds; mechanisms, and stereochemistry. Formerly CHEM 108, Organic Chemistry for Health Sciences. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in CHEM& 121.
  • CHEM& 123 Introduction to Biochemistry
    This course provides a fundamental survey of biochemical principles and is intended for Nursing and Allied Health science majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements. Topics include structure, function and chemistry for biomolecules, enzymatic catalysis, metabolic pathways, genetic expression, and genetic diseases. Formerly CHEM 109, Biochemistry for Health Sciences. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in CHEM& 122.
  • CHEM& 139 General Chemistry Prep
    This course will survey key chemical concepts in inorganic chemistry. It is intended for science majors who have not had chemistry in high school or need the chemical and mathematical preparation for the General Chemistry sequence. It fulfills the general education non-lab science requirements. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, acids, bases, and intermolecular forces. Co-requisite: MATH 079 or MATH 080. Prerequisites: appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. This course does not satisfy the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.
  • CHEM& 161 General Chemistry I w/Lab
    This course provides a detailed examination of the properties of matter and is intended for science majors in fulfillment of the AS Degree (Option I) or Engineering lab science requirements. Topics include measurements in chemistry, periodic trends, atomic structure, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, enthalpy, and bonding. Formerly CHEM 121, General Chemistry I. Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in high school chemistry (one year) or CHEM& 139 or higher; placement into ENGL 97 or grade of C or higher in ENGL 87; placement into MATH 80/non-STEM MATH, or grade of C or higher in MATH 78 or MATH 79; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee.
  • CHEM& 162 General Chemistry II w/Lab
    This course provides a detailed examination of the properties of matter and is intended for science majors in fulfillment of the AD AS Degree (Option I) or Engineering lab science requirements. Topics include molecular polarity and states of matter, orbital hybridization, gas laws, solution chemistry, kinetics, chemical equilibria, and acid/base chemistry. Formerly CHEM 122, General Chemistry II. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in CHEM&161. This course satisfies the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.
  • CHEM& 163 General Chemistry III w/Lab
    This course provides a detailed examination of the properties of matter and is intended for science majors in fulfillment of the AS Degree (Option I) or Engineering lab science requirements. Topics may include the study of aqueous equilibria, atmospheric chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, coordination compounds, and organic chemistry. Formerly CHEM 123, General Chemistry III. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in CHEM&162. This course satisfies the chemistry requirement for the nursing degree.