Virtually any process can be understood with a strong knowledge of chemistry. This course will allow students to better understand and explain their world and is designed to prepare students for higher-level studies in chemistry. General chemistry topics studied will include: quantum chemistry and electronic structure of atoms, the nature of chemical bonding including introductory organic chemistry, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, gases, solutions, and equilibrium. The solving of multi-faceted chemical problems is central to this course. Real-world applications will be integrated often. Successful completion of this course will allow students to more easily assimilate into a General Chemistry course. Prerequisite: Fluency in high school algebra, one year of high school chemistry.
General Chemistry I
Fundamental chemical principles and their applications. Atomic and molecular theories. Law of chemical combination. Periodic classification of the elements. Properties of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions. Prerequisite: two years of high school mathematics and one year each of high school chemistry and physics.
General Chemistry II
Continuation of Chem 111A that covers chemical equilibria, ionic equilibria, galvanic cells, chemical potential, and the Laws of Thermodynamics. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I
General Chemistry Laboratory I
This course provides an introduction to basic laboratory techniques, the experimental method, and the presentation of scientific data, as well as direct experience with chemical principles and the properties and reactions of substances. The topics and experiments in this course complement the material covered in the Chem 111A lecture course.
General Chemistry Laboratory II
Continuation of Chem 151. Topics and experiments complement material covered in Chem 112A lecture course.
Organic Chemistry I with Lab
The first part of a two-semester survey of organic chemistry lecture and lab. The course will include an introduction to organic structures, reactions, and reaction mechanisms. The laboratory is an introduction to methods in organic chemistry including separation and methods of purification of organic compounds. Exams at which attendance is required will be given from 7:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday evenings.
Organic Chemistry II with Lab
A course covering certain areas of organic chemistry in more detail than the prerequisite course, with special emphasis on the mechanisms and the synthetic applications of organic reactions and on the organic chemistry of biological compounds. The laboratory includes organic synthesis and spectroscopic techniques. Required course for chemistry majors. Prerequisite, Chem 261.
Introduction to Research
Advanced laboratory work in a selected areas of chemistry. Prerequisite: permission of the departmental faculty member. Pass/fail only.