Chemistry

updated April 2017

CHEM& 121
Introduction to Chemistry

Course Description: Survey of chemistry with applications in everyday life: atoms, bonds, reactions, and calculations. This course is designed to give broad exposure to the basics of chemistry in one quarter. By the end of this course, the student should be able to describe matter and energy; perform measurements and scientific calculations; be able to describe an atom; describe chemical reactions and write equations; describe solids, liquids and gases at the molecular level; explain and predict reaction rates; and perform pH calculations and measurements.

Prerequisite: High school algebra or Math 98

Target Audience: This course is primarily intended for students interested in allied health careers (nursing, dental hygiene, radiology tech, etc). At Centralia College, this class is also recommended for beginning the general chemistry series (see Chem&161 below). This class would also be appropriate for students who wish to take chemistry to fulfill a lab science course requirement.



CHEM& 131
Intro to Organic/Biochem

Course Description: Study of major organic functional groups and their properties and major biochemical compounds including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and major cellular energy pathways. Targeted for allied health programs.

Prerequisite: CHEM&121 with a 2.0 or instructor permission

Target Audience: This is the second quarter of the allied health chemistry series. It is required for most dental hygiene and some nursing programs. It will not count for those schools that require a full quarter of organic and a full quarter of biochemistry. Please consult the transfer institution to ensure you are enrolling in the correct courses.

Other notes: This course is currently offered only in the spring quarter. It requires that your introductory chemistry knowledge is strong. It is suggested you take CHEM& 121 in the winter quarter, so you do not have a gap quarter between courses.



CHEM 159
Problem Solving in Chemistry (beginning fall 2017)

Course Description: This course provides instruction and practice in quantitative problem solving, critical thinking, and the mathematics and study skills required to be successful in CHEM& 161. This is a 1-credit course.

Corequisite: Students must be enrolled in CHEM& 161 to enroll in this course

Target Audience: This course provides extra practice and review in the skills required to be successful in CHEM& 161.

Other notes: This course is a REQUIRED corequisite for students who score 60 or less on the online CHEM& 161 placement quiz. Other students enrolled in CHEM& 161 may also register for this course to get extra practice.



CHEM& 161
General Chemistry I w/lab

Course Description: This is the first of a three-quarter sequence for science and engineering majors. Includes matter, measurements, equations, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, gases, thermochemistry, quantum theory, and electronic structure. Problem solving and critical thinking are stressed. Includes lab.

Prerequisite: NEW FOR FALL 2017 – CHEM& 121 with a 2.0 or instructor permission (see below); Math 99 or equivalent

Target Audience: This is the first of a three-quarter sequence of general chemistry for science majors (chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, etc). This course is not recommended for students who simply need a lab science class.

Other notes: The prerequisite for this class is now CHEM& 121 with a 2.0 or better. Students who have had a full year of high school chemistry and desire to enroll in CHEM& 161 will be required to take a placement exam at the Testing Center. Students who earn a score of 61 percent or better on the placement exam may then enroll in CHEM& 161. Students who score 60 percent or lower on the placement exam will be advised to enroll in CHEM& 121. Students who still wish to enroll in CHEM& 161 will be allowed to do so, but will be REQUIRED TO COENROLL in CHEM 159: Problem Solving in Chemistry.

This course is offered in the fall and winter quarters. It is recommended that students who only need two quarters of general chemistry (engineering except civil engineering) start the sequence in the winter. Students should plan ahead to be ready to enter the sequence in the fall if they need the entire year sequence completed within the academic year. The third quarter is not offered during the summer session, but will be available in the fall of the following academic year.



CHEM& 162
General Chemistry II w/lab

Course Description: Second of a three-quarter sequence. Includes periodic trends, chemical bonding and structure, valence bond/molecular orbital theory, intermolecular forces, liquids and solids, solutions, kinetics, and equilibrium introduction.Lab emphasizes data analysis and interpretation.

Prerequisite: CHEM& 161 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission

Target Audience: This is the second of a three-quarter sequence of general chemistry for science majors (chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, etc).

Other notes: This course is offered in winter and spring quarters.



CHEM& 163
General Chemistry III w/lab

Course Description: Third of a three-quarter sequence.Includes acids and bases, acid/base and solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and an introduction to organic and nuclear chemistry. Supplemental topics include polymers, transition metal, and/or coordination chemistry.

Prerequisite – CHEM& 162 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission

Target Audience – This is the third of a three-quarter sequence of general chemistry for science majors (chemistry, biology, physics, etc). Most engineering students do not need this course – students should consult with an advisor.

Other notes: This course is currently offered in spring and fall quarters. Students beginning the chemistry sequence in the winter will finish the sequence the following fall. Students in this situation should consult with an advisor.



CHEM& 261
Organic Chemistry I

Course Description: The first course of a three-quarter sequence for pre-professional majors, such as medicine, chemical engineering, biology, medical technology, chiropractic, and other. Structure, bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, and physical properties of organic compounds. Reactions and mechanisms of reactions of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohols. Substitutions and eliminations. Acidity and basicity. Rearrangements. Free radicals.

Prerequisites: CHEM& 163 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission

Target Audience: Included in course description. For most programs that require organic chemistry, the entire sequence is needed. Carefully consult your transfer program and check with your advisor.



CHEM& 262
Organic Chemistry w/lab II

Course Description: The second quarter of a three-quarter sequence meant for pre-professional majors. NMR and IR spectroscopy. Alkynes, alcohols, ether, sulfur analogs, organometallics, conjugated systems, aromatic compounds.

Prerequisites: CHEM& 261 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission



CHEM& 263
Organic Chemistry w/lab III

Course Description: The third quarter of a three-quarter sequence meant for pre-professional majors. Aldehydes and ketones, aldo condensations, acids, enolate anions, amines, more rearrangements, phenols, and the extremely complex polyfunctional organic molecules which are the matter of biochemistry (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids).

Prerequisites: CHEM& 262 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission



CHEM 270
Research in Chemistry

Course Description: Conducting original scientific research is a critical skill for chemistry students. Students will participate in designing a research project, setting up experiments, collecting data in the lab or in the field, and/or executing data analysis. Each credit hour requires 33 hours of activity per quarter. Variable credit course.

Prerequisites: Instructor permission required