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Chemistry Course Sequence

51 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (5) CSU

Lecture, 4 hours; Laboratory, 3 hours

This is an introductory course designed for nursing (and other paramedical students) and liberal arts majors, who will not be taking Chemistry 101, yet need a physical science course with a laboratory. This course covers, in an introductory manner, the basic principles, laws, and nomenclature of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Chemistry 51 course the student will be able to:

  1. Practice safe and effective general laboratory skills, including laboratory skills, including the ability to: Identify basic equipment and know its function or use, recognize the limitations of physical measurements and apply the appropriate rules for significant figures; and complete measurements in an accurate and precise manner.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in solving problems that require identifying important data, and using correct units, significant digits and conversions.
  3. Classify organic compounds by functional groups, and identify by name using either the IUPAC or Common nomenclature.
  4. Differentiate composition, properties, and chemical reactions of the biological compounds: Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, DNA and RNA.
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56 Chemistry for Non-Science Majors (4) UC:CSU IGETC Area 5A

Lecture, 3 hours; Laboratory, 3 hours

This course presents inorganic and biochemical chemistry for non-science majors. Topics include: the chemistry of air quality, ozone hole, global warming and its effects, energy efficiency and alternative energy sources, acid rain, nuclear energy and radioactive material, food and nutrition, and current issues that have a real and direct impact in our daily activities and society. Chemical principles are presented both in a qualitative and quantitative manner, emphasizing the different relationships between the physical and chemical properties of matter. In this physical science course, students learn to relate the collected data to their experimental hypothesis and to make conclusion in a cohesive manner.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Chemistry 56 course the student will be able to:

  1. The student will understand the different relationships between physical and chemical properties of matter in a qualitatively and quantitatively manner.
  2. The student will be able to interconnect multiple topics in chemistry and current issues that have a real and direct impact in our daily activities and society. For example, air quality in Southern California and smog production.
  3. The student will learn to relate the laboratory data to an experimental hypothesis and to make conclusions in a cohesive manner.
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65 Introductory General Chemistry (4) UC:CSU IGETC Area 5A

(UC credit limit: No credit for 65 if taken after 101)

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Mathematics 115.

Advisory: Mathematics 125.

Lecture, 3 hours; Laboratory, 4 hours

This is an introductory course for students who will be taking Chemistry 101. If presents the basic principles, laws, and nomenclature of inorganic chemistry, with emphasis upon nomenclature and problem solving. It can be used as a refresher course. This course emphasizes problem-solving skills as they apply to chemical principles. Topics include chemical measurements, significant figures, scientific notation, dimensional analysis, naming of elements and compounds, discussion of structure, introduction to chemical reactions, stoichiometry, hour per week is used as a to-be-arranged (TBA) lab supplemental hour using the chemistry PLATO software.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Chemistry 65 course the student will be able to:

  1. Practice safe and effective general laboratory skills, including laboratory skills, including the ability to: Identify basic equipment and know its function or use, recognize the limitations of physical measurements and apply the appropriate rules for significant figures; and complete measurements in an accurate and precise manner
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in solving problems that require identifying important data, constructing correct formulas for unit conversions, ratios, and stoichiometry with using correct units, and significant digits
  3. Recognize the chemical formulas of inorganic compounds as either ionic or covalent, identify the compounds with correct IUPAC nomenclature and predict the formula of a simple inorganic compound given its name
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101 General Chemistry I (5) UC:CSU (CAN CHEM 2); (CHEM 101 + CHEM 102 = CAN CHEM SEQ A) IGETC Area 5A


Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Chemistry 65 and Mathematics 125 or acceptable level of skill as demonstrated in the Chemistry Placement Process.

Lecture, 3 hours; Discussion, 2 hours; Laboratory, 4 hours

This course presents an intensive technical program in general and inorganic chemistry for those in the various professional curricula demanding competence in the utilization of basic chemical principles and information. Emphasized are the relationships between the structure and the properties of matter. Chemical principles are presented both qualitatively and quantitatively. Topics include: stoichiometry, colligative properties, gases, thermochemistry, bonding, solid state, and solution chemistry.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Chemistry 101 course the student will be able to:

  1. draw a Lewis Structure from a molecular formula, draw resonance structures, predict and rationalize molecular shapes with the VSEPR and hybridization.
  2. recognize and apply that thermodynamic functions are state functions to solve for these quantities.
  3. perform laboratory techniques correctly using appropriate safety procedures, and analyze the results of laboratory experiments, evaluate sources of error, synthesize this information, and express it clearly in written laboratory notebooks and reports.
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102 General Chemistry II (5) UC:CSU (CAN CHEM 4) (CHEM 101 + CHEM 102 = CAN CHEM SEQ A) IGETC Area 5A


Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Chemistry 101.

Lecture, 3 hours; Discussion, 2 hours; Laboratory, 4 hours

This course continues the topics presented in Chemistry 101.Emphasis on kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, transition metals and coordination chemistry. The laboratory program includes qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Chemistry 102 course the student will be able to:

  1. design experiments and interpret data according to the scientific method, which includes the ability to: (a) define and follow the general scientific method; (b) formulate questions in order to evaluate a hypothesis; (c) design and conduct experiments to answer their questions; (d) record, manipulate and evaluate the experimental data to reach conclusions; and (e) correlate experimental results with the appropriate theory.
  2. describe the concept of equilibrium, predict if a system is at equilibrium, if not predict the direction the reaction must proceed to reach equilibrium by use of Le Châtelier’s Principle and comparison of Q versus K, as well as mathematically solve for equilibrium concentration.
  3. explain, interpret, and apply a rate law.
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211 Organic Chemistry for Science Majors I (5) UC:CSU IGETC Area 5A

(UC credit limit: Chemistry 70 combined with 211 and 221, maximum credit two courses.)

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Chemistry 102.

Lecture, 3 hours; Laboratory, 6 hours

Introduces the student to the structure, bonding, stereochemistry and reactions of carbon compounds. In the laboratory the essential skills needed in the preparation, isolation, analysis and determination of the physical properties of organic compounds are studied.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of Chemistry 211 course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe nomenclature (include stereochemistry, if applicable), structure and properties of carbon-based compounds, and evaluate how structure and properties relate to the reactivity of these molecules in three dimensions.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanism of organic reactions by proposing mechanisms for reactions of moderate complexity, and be able to predict patterns of reactivity on the basis of mechanistic reasoning.
  3. Design multi-step synthesis for compounds of moderate complexity using conceptual models and retro-synthetic analysis strategies.
  4. Analyze and interpret infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra to propose the structure of organic molecule.
  5. Demonstrate safe, efficient and independent use of traditional and modern laboratory techniques and instrumentation relating to organic synthesis and structural determination. Prepare an accurate and complete written record of the results, including interpretive evaluation.
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212 Organic Chemistry for Science Majors II (5) UC:CSU IGETC Area 5A

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Chemistry 211.

Lecture, 3 hours; Laboratory, 6 hours

This course is a continuation of Chemistry 211 with additional emphasis on reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, organic synthesis of a variety of organic compounds, including but no limited to: aromatic copounds, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acid derivatives, enoles, enolates, carbohydrates, amino acids, polypeptides, nucleic acids, lipids and synthetic polymers. Quantitative analysis and purification methods are emphasized in the laboratory. This course also emphasizes the use of NMR, IR and Mass Spectroscopy in the analysis and identification of organic compounds.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of Chemistry 212 course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the nomenclature (include stereochemistry, if applicable), structure and properties of carbon-based compounds, and evaluate how structure and properties relate to the reactivity of these molecules in three dimensions.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanism of organic reactions by proposing mechanisms for reactions of moderate complexity, and be able to predict patterns of reactivity on the basis of mechanistic reasoning.
  3. Design multi-step synthesis for compounds of moderate complexity using conceptual models and retro-synthetic analysis strategies.
  4. Analyze and interpret mass, ultraviolet, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra to propose the structure of organic molecule.
  5. Demonstrate safe, efficient and independent use of traditional and modern laboratory techniques and instrumentation relating to organic synthesis and structural determination. Prepare an accurate and complete written record of the results, including interpretive evaluation.
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221 Biochemistry for Science Majors (5) UC:CSU IGETC Area 5A

(UC credit limit: Chemistry 70 combined with 211 and 221, maximum credit two courses.)

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Chemistry 211.

Lecture, 3 hours; Laboratory, 6 hours

This course introduces the student to the structure, reactions and properties of biologically important compounds. It stresses their role in metabolism. The preparation, separation, analysis and reactions of biologically active compounds are studied in the laboratory.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Chemistry 221 course the student will be able to:

  1. Practice safe and effective laboratory skills, including the ability to handle biochemical materials and prepare an accurate written record of the results.
  2. Illustrate and interpret a protein sequence, along with its changes, at various acidity and basicity levels.
  3. Recognize biological enzyme classes by evaluating the catalytic mechanisms between enzyme and substrate interactions.
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