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Chemistry, A.S.


The Chemistry AS degree is designed to provide students with foundational courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics in preparation for transfer to baccalaureate programs. Courses focus on understanding the principles of chemistry, application of modern laboratory techniques, methods, instrumentation, and data analysis to the solution of chemical problems, environmental constraints and safety issues, importance of ethical responsibilities, and support quantitative reasoning, scientific writing, and research.

0 Credit(s) 2 Equated Credit(s) Hours: 2 hrs.

Required of all students who wish to enroll in CHM 1100 and do not meet the prerequisites. Lecture and workshop introduces chemical nomenclature, symbolism, structure of atoms and molecules, isotopes and atomic weight, simple chemical reactions and balancing chemical equations. Mathematics necessary for chemistry included. Critical reading of chemistry texts. Students receive intensive help with weak areas. Developmental Course.

Corequisite(s): CHM 1100 

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MAT 9010 or MAT 9B0 or MAT 900 

3 Credit(s) Hours: 4 hrs. (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. laboratory)

This introductory course covers the basics in chemistry within the context of “green” principles and their applications. Laboratory modules explore relevant topics such as alternative energy, renewable resources, and environmental chemistry. Fulfills the CHM 1100 Prerequisite.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MAT 9010 or MAT 9B0 or MAT 900 

Required Core: Life and Physical Sciences

4 Credit(s) Hours: 6 hrs.

First of a two-semester lecture and laboratory sequence intended for science and engineering majors. Lecture topics include: atomic theory, stoichiometry of chemical reactions, types of reactions, introduction to acid-base, solubility, and reduction-oxidation chemistry, thermochemistry, quantum mechanical description of atoms, the elements and the periodic table, covalent bonding, molecular geometry, properties of real and ideal gases, liquids, and solids, and colligative properties of binary mixtures. Laboratory: An experimental approach to chemical sciences with emphasis on developing fundamental, reproducible laboratory techniques and a goal of understanding achieving precision and accuracy in laboratory experiments. Proper use of laboratory equipment and standard wet chemical methods are practiced. Areas of investigations include acid-base, precipitation, and reduction-oxidation chemistry, thermochemistry, ideal gases, spectroscopy, and green chemistry.

Student must complete CHM 1100 Laboratory - Initial Student Safety Instruction & Certification prior to the first laboratory meeting. See Department of Physical Sciences website Chemistry Laboratory Safety section for information.

Prerequisite(s): (1) MAT 9010 or MAT 9B0 or MAT 900 and CHM 200, or (2) MAT 9010 or MAT 9B0 or MAT 900 and Chemistry Ready Placement Score placing into CHM 1100 or (3) Department Permission OR Corequisite(s): (4) CHM 100 based on Chemistry Ready Placement Score.  Contact Department for Chemistry Ready Placement information.

Required Core: Life and Physical Sciences

Flexible Core: Scientific World (Group E)

4 Credit(s) Hours: 6 hrs.

Second semester of a two-semester lecture and laboratory sequence intended for science and engineering majors. Lecture topics include: introduction to kinetics, physical and chemical equilibrium, acid-base and solubility equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, coordination chemistry, and introductions to nuclear, main group, and organic chemistry. Laboratory: An experimental approach to chemical sciences with emphasis on developing fundamental, reproducible laboratory technique and a goal of understanding and achieving precision and accuracy in laboratory experiments. Proper use of laboratory equipment and standard wet chemical methods are practiced. Areas of investigations include acid-base, precipitation, and reduction-oxidation equilibrium, spectroscopy, qualitative analysis, electrochemistry, and chemical synthesis.

Student must complete CHM 1200 Laboratory - Initial Student Safety Instruction & Certification prior to the first laboratory meeting. See Department of Physical Sciences website Chemistry Laboratory Safety section for information.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 1100; or Department Permission 

Required Core: Life and Physical Sciences

Flexible Core: Scientific World (Group E)

3 Credit(s) Hours: 3 hrs.

Basic and advanced concepts of chemical reactivity, molecular geometry and electronic distribution in molecules. Topics include: Atomic theory, the periodic table, periodic trends and properties (with a focus on main group elements), bonding theories, Lewis structures and formal charges, valence bond theory, polar and non-polar molecules and bonds, resonance theory, molecular orbital theory: general principles; molecular orbitals for homo-nuclear and heteronuclear diatomic molecules, molecular orbital theory for organic molecules focusing on functional groups, principles of symmetry in molecules, chirality, isomerism, stereoisomerism, naming chiral centers; Newman, sawhorse and fisher projections, free-energy diagrams, reaction coordinates and transition states, reaction mechanisms: curved arrow symbolism, elementary steps.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 1100

5 Credit(s) Hours: 9 hrs.

Modern concepts of organic chemistry includes: structure and bonding reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, nomenclature and synthesis, and relationship between structure and reactivity of the functional groups representing the principal classes of organic compounds. Laboratory covers fundamental operations of organic chemistry including determination of physical properties, experimental reactions and procedures, basic instrumentation and analysis.

Student must complete CHM 3100 Laboratory - Initial Student Safety Instruction & Certification prior to the first laboratory meeting. See Department of Physical Sciences website Chemistry Laboratory Safety section for information.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 1200; or Department Permission

5 Credit(s) Hours: 9 hrs.

Continued study of structure and reactivity of organic compounds including structure and bonding, nomenclature, synthesis, stereochemistry and reaction mechanisms of the important functional groups of organic compounds. Laboratory covers basic processes of organic chemistry, advanced instrumental methods, study of functional groups and derivatives and qualitative organic analysis. Select students may be introduced to research methods.

Student must complete CHM 3200 Laboratory - Initial Student Safety Instruction & Certification prior to the first laboratory meeting. See Department of Physical Sciences website Chemistry Laboratory Safety section for information.

Prerequisite(s): CHM 3100; or Department Permission

1-3 Credit(s) Hours: 2-6 laboratory hrs.

Planning and carrying out a undergraduate research project under supervision of a faculty member including literature readings, laboratory work, conferences with faculty member, and presentation of research results

Prerequisite(s): Department permission