Chemistry Course Descriptions & Outlines

Chem 1101 | Fundamentals of Chemistry | Credits: 4 

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This class will serve as a survey course for nonmajors. The course covers the basic principles of inorganic and organic chemistry with an emphasis on the structure of the atom, elements and compounds, stoichiometry, and the mathematical relationships found in chemical problem solving. The survey part of the course deals with everyday topics such as air and water pollution, food additive, drugs, plastics, and the environment. A chemistry background is not required in order to take this course.

Chem 1200 | STEM Chemistry | Credits: 2

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This class will serve as a preparatory course for STEM majors that will proceed on to CHEM 1201. The course will cover the scientific method, the basic principles of inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on the atomic structure, elements and compounds, solution chemistry, stoichiometry, and the mathematical relationships found in chemical problem solving. A chemistry background is not required in order to take this course.

CHEM 1201 | General Chemistry I | Credits: 4

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This is the first course in a two-semester sequence that examines the basic theories and principles of chemistry that are central to our understanding of the natural world. The emphasis of this class is on science and the scientific method, chemical structures, bonding and reactivity, and gases. Laboratory emphasizes the skills of observation, data collection, and report writing. Required for careers in engineering and the health and physical sciences.

CHEM 2201 | Organic Chemistry I | Credits: 5

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This course is an introduction to the study of chemical compounds that contain carbon. The emphasis of this course is on naming, drawing structures, the properties and reactions of organic chemicals, how they are prepared and purified in the laboratory, and why they are so important in our lives. Laboratory exercises introduce and develop the techniques used in chemical purification, synthesis, and identification. Organic chemistry is required for chemistry, pharmacy, and pre-medical majors and recommended for all science majors.