Chemistry Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

CHEM 100C Introductory Chemistry 3-2-4
An introductory course in chemistry intended to satisfy the chemistry admission requirement for NHTI health-related degree and certificate programs. Consideration will be given to fundamental atomic theory, chemical arithmetic, kinetic theory, solution chemistry, acids, bases and salts, and introductory organic chemistry. Lab included. (Proficiency with the mathematical operations of high school algebra I or MATH 093C strongly recommended) (For institutional credit only; does not count toward graduation requirements but is calculated into GPA; not intended for transfer)

CHEM 103C General Chemistry I 3-2-4
Fundamental laws and concepts of chemistry, including elements, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, compounds, chemical equations, and stoichiometry. Laboratories are used to reinforce concepts presented in lectures and to develop skills in scientific thought and common procedures used in chemical experimentation. With CHEM 104C, intended to provide a foundation for further study in life sciences and physical sciences. (Prerequisites: high school chemistry with lab with a grade of “C” or higher). (Pre/Corequisite: MATH 124C or higher level math or Permission of the Department Head of Natural Sciences.)

CHEM 104C General Chemistry II 3-2-4
A continuation of CHEM 103C. Topics include gases and gas laws, solutions, acid-base chemistry, oxidation-reduction reactions, chemical equilibrium and thermodynamics. Also includes an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Laboratories are used to reinforce concepts presented in lectures and to develop skills in scientific thought and common procedures used in chemical experimentation. (Prerequisite: CHEM 103C with a grade of “C” or higher, or permission of Department Head of Natural Sciences)

CHEM 105C Chemistry 3-2-4
This is an introductory and cursory course in which the fundamental principles of chemistry are developed. Included are topics in atomic structure, chemical bonding, electronic configuration and the Periodic Table, stoichiometry, solutions, gases, and acid-base chemistry. Appropriate laboratory experiments will complement the lectures. This course is not meant as a substitute for either CHEM 103C or CHEM 104C. (Prerequisite: High school chemistry with lab strongly recommended. Pre/Corequisite: MATH 124C or higher level math OR Permission of the Department Head of Natural Sciences.)

CHEM 110C Introduction to Biochemistry 3-2-4
A course designed to provide allied health students with the basic principles of the chemistry of living processes. Includes the study of macromolecules, metabolic pathways, energy transformations, and enzyme action. (Prerequisite: high school chemistry with lab or permission of Department Head of Natural Sciences)

CHEM 115C Brewing: The Science Behind Beer 3-2-4
This course explores both the most basic and more complex chemical reactions that take place during the production of beer, as well as discussing the microbiology and how it impacts the brewing process from beginning to end.  Reactions that affect each stage of the process are discussed as well as the mechanisms that are utilized to control the properties of the finished product.  There is also a focus on the importance of hygiene throughout the brewing process. Please note: Students taking this class must be at least 21 years of age.  A valid ID must be presented to the instructor at the first class for confirmation.

CHEM 120C Introduction to Forensic Science 3-2-4
An overview of the multidisciplinary field of the forensic sciences.  This course combines classroom lecture and laboratory analysis of samples from hypothetical criminal investigations to demonstrate the role of science and the forensic scientist in the criminal justice system. (Prerequisite: high school chemistry with lab with a grade of “C” or higher, or permission of Department Head of Natural Sciences)

CHEM 125C Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry 3-2-4
This course is designed for students who need an introductory chemistry course that covers the fundamentals across inorganic, organic and biological chemistry.  This course focuses on the chemistry and chemical processes that operate in living systems.  Topics will include physical and chemical properties of matter, chemical bonding, solutions, acids and bases, the properties and naming of organic compounds, metabolic pathways, and energy production. Appropriate laboratory experiments will complement the lectures.  (Prerequisite: High school chemistry with lab or permission of the Department Head of Natural Sciences)

CHEM 205C Organic Chemistry 3-3-4
An introduction to the nomenclature, structure, and reactions of organic compounds. Lab. (Prerequisites: CHEM 104C, or CHEM 105C or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher, or permission of Department Head of Natural Sciences)

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