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Chemistry (CHEM)


CHEM& 121  Introduction to Chemistry  (5)
Beginning course for the non-science student interested in chemistry with less mathematical rigor than CHEM& 140. Together with CHEM& 131, it satisfies the chemistry requirement for many students in the allied health sciences and related fields. PREREQUISITE: MATH 072 or eligible for MATH 097; and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
CHEM& 131  Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry  (5)
Satisfies allied health program requirements. Covers structure, nomenclature and reactions of organic and biological compounds, and applications to living systems. PREREQUISITE: CHEM&121 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or instructor's permission and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

CHEM& 140  General Chemistry Prep with Lab  (6)
Prepares students planning to enroll in the science and engineering majors sequence (CHEM& 161, 162 and 163) who have not completed a one-year high school chemistry course or who need a refresher course prior to entering CHEM& 161. Stresses metric conversions, inorganic naming, equation writing and quantitative aspects of chemistry. PREREQUISITE: A grade of 2.0 or higher in MATH 072; or one year of high school algebra; or concurrent enrollment in MATH 097; or eligible for MATH& 141 or higher. Eligible for ENGL& 101. RECOMMEND: Eligible for READ 104. RESTRICTION: Students who have completed one year of high school chemistry may not be able to transfer more than five credits from CHEM& 121, 131 and 161. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
CHEM& 161  General Chemistry with Lab I  (6)
For science, engineering and other majors who plan to take a year or more of chemistry. Covers the structure of matter, solution chemistry (acid-base and oxidation-reduction), stoichiometry of reactions in solution, thermochemistry, atomic and electronic structure and quantitative relationships. PREREQUISITE: A grade of 2.0 or higher in CHEM& 140 or a one-year high school chemistry course; and concurrent enrollment in MATH& 141 or eligible for MATH& 142 or higher; or instructor's permission. Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

CHEM& 162  General Chemistry with Lab II  (6)
Continuation of CHEM& 161. Covers modern atomic theory, chemical bonding, molecular and electronic structure, valence bond theory, liquids and solids, and intermolecular forces. PREREQUISITE: A grade of 2.0 or higher in CHEM& 161 and concurrent enrollment in MATH& 142 or MATH 147; or eligible for MATH& 151 or higher; or instructor's permission. Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
CHEM& 163  General Chemistry with Lab III  (6)
Continuation of CHEM& 162. Covers metals and non-metals, electrochemistry, nuclear reactions and coordination compounds, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base and solubility equilibria. PREREQUISITE: A grade of 2.0 or higher in CHEM& 162 and eligible for MATH& 151 or higher, or instructor's permission. Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

CHEM 177  Chemistry Work Experience  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission; and eligible for ENGL& 101.
CHEM 194  Special Topics-Chemistry 1  (1-5)
Allows chemistry faculty to teach topics of special interest in chemistry. Not taught on a regular basis. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and instructor's permission. This is a pass/no-credit course.

CHEM 195  Special Topics-Chemistry 2  (1-5)
A continuation of CHEM 194 which allows chemistry faculty to teach topics of special interest in chemistry. Not taught on a regular basis. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and instructor's permission.
CHEM& 261  Organic Chemistry with Lab I  (6)
For science and other related majors that require a full year of organic chemistry. Covers structure, nomenclature, reactions (including mechanisms) and synthesis of organic compounds, as well as spectroscopic analysis. PREREQUISITE: CHEM& 163 and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

CHEM& 262  Organic Chemistry with Lab II  (6)
Continuation of CHEM& 261. PREREQUISITE: CHEM& 261 and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.
CHEM& 263  Organic Chemistry with Lab III  (6)
A continuation of CHEM& 262. Covers the chemistry of selected classes of biomolecules. PREREQUISITE: CHEM& 262 and eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a lab or natural science requirement for AA degree.

CHEM 296  Independent Study-Chemistry 1  (1-5)
Permits a student to pursue a special field of interest in chemistry under the guidance of an instructor. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and instructor's permission.
CHEM 299  Independent Study-Chemistry 2  (1-5)
Permits a student to pursue a special field of interest in chemistry under the guidance of an instructor. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and instructor's permission.