Chemistry Program

Course Offerings

Chem 10 -- Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
5 Units
Prerequisite: Eligibility for MATH 71
Degree Applicable, CSU, UC
72 hours lecture
54 hours lab
Principles of inorganic chemistry including measurements, structure, nomenclature, reactions, radioactivity, energy, properties of matter, acids/bases and solutions. For Allied Health majors such as nursing, dental hygiene, radiation technology. Completion does not give eligibility for CHEM 50.
   
Chem 20 -- Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 10 or CHEM 40
Degree Applicable, CSU, UC 54 hours lecture
108 hours lab
Nomenclature, structure, function and reactions of major classes of organic compounds and of biomolecules, including amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids and proteins. Structure and function of vitamins, coenzymes and enzymes. Metabolic pathways and biochemical energy.
   
Chem 40 -- Introduction to General Chemistry (C-ID CHEM 101)
5 Units
Prerequisite:  Eligibility for MATH 71
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
Degree Applicable, CSU, UC 72 hours lecture
54 hours lab
Measurements, structure and properties of matter, writing/balancing equations, stoichiometry, properties and behavior of gases, and properties of solutions. For science/ engineering majors preparing for admission into General Chemistry (CHEM 50.)
   
Chem 50 -- General Chemistry I (C-ID CHEM110)
5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 40 or satisfactory score on Chemistry Placement Examination;  and MATH 71, 71B or 71X or equivalent.
Degree Applicable, CSU, UC 54 hours lecture
108 hours lab
In-depth treatment of chemical formulas, equations, nomenclature, reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, periodic trends, atomic structure, chemical bonding and structure, properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. Emphasis is on critical thinking as well as mathematical and dimensional analysis problem-solving. Laboratory experiments emphasize the scientific method as well as computer-based technologies in data acquisition and analysis. Introduces laboratory report writing skills.
   

Chem 50H -- General Chemistry I-Honors (C-ID CHEM 110)
5 Units
Prerequisite:  Acceptance into the Honors Program. CHEM 40 or satisfactory score on Chemistry Placement Examination;  and MATH 71, 71B or 71X or equivalent.

Degree Applicable, CSU, UC 54 hours lecture
108 hours lab
In-depth treatment of chemical formulas, equations, nomenclature, reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, periodic trends, atomic structure, chemical bonding and structure, properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. Emphasis is on critical thinking as well as mathematical and dimensional analysis problem-solving. Laboratory experiments emphasize the scientific method as well as computer-based technologies in data acquisition and analysis. Introduces laboratory report writing skills. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both CHEM 50 and CHEM 50H.
   
Chem 51 -- General Chemistry II
5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 50 or CHEM 50H
Degree Applicable, CSU, UC 54 hours lecture
108 hours lab
The application of the laws, theories and principles presented in CHEM 50 to a variety of chemical systems. Topics include kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions, transition metals, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Emphasis is on critical thinking and mathematical problem-solving. Laboratory experiments use computer-based technologies in data acquisition and analysis.
   
Chem 80 -- Organic Chemistry (with CHEM 81, C-ID CHEM 160S)
5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 51
Degree Applicable, CSU, UC
54 hours lecture
108 hours lab
Designed for chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering and biology majors; also for those in pre-professional programs such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy.  Structure/reactivity relationships, energetics, reactions, reaction mechanisms, synthesis, separation, characterization and spectroscopic methods for organic compounds. To assure that all content material is covered, it is recommended that students complete the entire one-year sequence at one campus prior to transfer.
 
   
Chem 81 -- Organic Chemistry (with CHEM 80, C-ID CHEM 160S)
5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 80
Degree Applicable, CSU, UC 54 hours lecture
108 hours lab
Designed for chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering and biology majors; also for those in pre-professional programs such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy.  Structure/reactivity relationships, energetics, reactions, reaction mechanisms, synthesis, separation, characterization and spectroscopic methods.  Structure, synthesis and representative reactions of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.
   
Chem 99--Special Projects in Chemistry
2 Units
Prerequisite:  CHEM 50
Degree Applicable, CSU 
36 hours lecture
In order to offer students the opportunity to explore their disciplines to greater depth, the various departments from time to time offer Special Projects courses. The content of each course and the methods of study vary from semester to semester, and depend on the particular project under consideration. Students must have an instructor's authorization before enrolling in this class.