CH 113 Chemistry Around Us (4)
This course and corresponding lab will facilitate a better understanding of the world in which we live through chemistry, suitable for students pursuing studies outside of the sciences. An exploration of the basic principles of chemistry and the scientific method will unravel the mysteries behind topics such as nuclear energy, alternative fuels, nutrition, biochemistry and pharmacology. Through observation, experimentation, and application students will gain an appreciation for how atoms and molecules, the basis for all matter interact, cause reactions and impact their everyday lives.
CH 123, 124 General Chemistry I and II (4.4)
A two-semester course dealing with the fundamental principles
of chemistry, including chemical stoichiometry; understanding
and balancing the major reaction types, the properties of gases
(emphasizing gas laws), liquids and solids; solutions; atomic and
molecular structure, the periodic table, Quantum understanding
of atomic and molecular systems, reaction kinetics, chemical
equilibria; an introduction to thermodynamics, discussion of the
chemical properties of selected elements and the laws and rules
that presently form our understanding of basic chemistry. The
course emphasizes scientific problem-solving skills as well as
those topics which are essential for further work in chemistry and
for professional school. The laboratory is designed to support and
illustrate chemical concepts studied in the lecture portion of the
course, as well as to introduce important laboratory techniques
and encourage analytical thinking. The laboratory work
emphasizes physio-chemical measurements, basic quantitative
analysis and synthesis. In order to maximize success in this twosemester
course, high school chemistry, physics, and a strong
background in mathematics are recommended. Prerequisite for
CH123: Acceptable Math and Science ACT scores are set by Science
and Math Division or permission of instructor. Prerequisite for
CH124: CH123, Grade of “C” or higher or permission of instructor.
CH 233, 234 Organic Chemistry I and II (4.4)
A two-semester progressive study of structure, property,
spectroscopy and reactivity of organic compounds. Students
will learn nomenclature, covalent and ionic bonding, reaction
mechanisms, functional groups with special emphasis on mono
and polyfunctional compounds, stereochemistry, interactions
and laws and rules governing aromatic reactions. Prerequisite
for CH233: Chemistry 124 or equivalent as approved by division
chairperson and the organic chemistry instructor. Grade of “C”
or higher with permission of instructor. Prerequisite for CH234:
CH233, Grade of “C” or higher grade or permission of the
CH 233x, 234x Organic Chemistry I and II lab (1,1)
CH 368 Biochemistry I (4)
An introduction to the biochemical principles including:
macromolecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic
acids), enzyme structure, function and regulation, energy
transformations, and carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism.
Prerequisites: CH 234 with a “C” or higher grade and BI 129.
Offered in alternate years.
CH 369 Biochemistry II (4)
An introduction to the biochemistry of the cell including: nucleic acids, nucleic acid metabolism, gene regulation, membranes, membrane transport, organelle biology, signal transaction and cancer biology. Emphasis on theoretical and practical use of molecular biological research techniques. Prerequisites: CH 368 with a "C" or higher grade. Offered in alternate years.
CH 455 Quantitative Analysis (4)
An intensive study of four places to the right of the decimal including precise laboratory methods; infra-red analysis, chromatography, volumetric, gravimetric methods, acid-base theory and equilibrium reactions. Special emphasis is placed on data collection and statistical analysis. The rules and laws governing science are explored and explained. Prerequisites: CH 123 and 124 or equivalent as approved by division chairperson and quantitative analysis instructor.
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