Chemistry Program

AS Degree Program / Course Offerings

Chem 10 -- Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
5 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 51 or MATH 59 or one year of high school algebra (C or better)
Degree Appropriate, 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 Appropriate, 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
5 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 51 or MATH 59 or one year of high school algebra (“C” or better)
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
Degree Appropriate, CSU, UC 72 hours lecture
54 hours lab
Introduction to 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
5 Units
Prerequisite: (1) One year high school chemistry with minimum “C” grade each semester; (2) Satisfactory score on Chemistry Placement Examination; (3) Grade of “C” or better in second-year algebra (may not be taken concurrently with CHEM 50.) Successful completion of CHEM 40 will satisfy the first and second prerequisites.
Degree Appropriate, CSU, UC 54 hours lecture
108 hours lab
Topics in general chemistry such as scientific method, measurements, nomenclature, formulas and equations, reaction patterns, stoichiometry, thermodynamic processes, periodic trends, atomic structure, molecular bonding and geometry, properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. Emphasis is on critical thinking and mathematical problem-solving using dimensional analysis. Hands-on laboratory experiments use computer and calculator-based technologies in data acquisition and analysis. Introduces techniques of scientific writing.
   
Chem 50H -- General Chemistry I-Honors
5 Units Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program. Also, (1) one year high school chemistry with minimum “C” grade each semester; (2) satisfactory score on Chemistry Placement Test; (3) grade of “C” or better in second-year algebra (may not be taken concurrently with CHEM 50H). Successful completion of CHEM 40 will satisfy the first and second prerequisites.
Degree Appropriate, CSU, UC 54 hours lecture
108 hours lab
Topics in general chemistry such as scientific method, measurements, nomenclature, formulas and equations, reaction patterns, stoichiometry, thermodynamic processes, periodic trends, atomic structure, molecular bonding and geometry, properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. Emphasis is on critical thinking and mathematical problem-solving using dimensional analysis. Hands-on laboratory experiments use computer and calculator-based technologies in data acquisition and analysis. Introduces techniques of scientific writing. 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 Appropriate, 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 and calculator-based technologies in data acquisition and analysis.
   
Chem 80 -- Organic Chemistry
5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 51
Degree Appropriate
54 hours lecture
108 hours lab
Introduction to a variety of instruments used in chemical industries. Includes theory, hands-on experience and basic maintenance of chemical instrumentation.
 
   
Chem 81 -- Organic Chemistry
5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 80
Degree Appropriate, CSU, UC 54 hours lecture
108 hours lab
Continuation of CHEM 80. Designed for chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering and biology majors; also for those in preprofessional 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
B transferable, CSU/Private
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. Students repeating this course will make individual contracts of a more advanced nature to ensure that proficiencies are enhanced.
   

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