Chemistry Course Descriptions

Initial student placement in developmental courses is based on the college’s placement testing policies and procedures. Students should begin developmental course work at the appropriate level indicated by the college’s placement test.

CHM 094 Basic Biological Chemistry

This course introduces the chemistry important to biological processes. Emphasis is on the aspects of general, organic, and biological chemistry that apply to biological systems and processes. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic biological chemistry necessary for success in college-level biology courses. Laboratory work reinforces the principles discussed in lecture.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites: MAT 003 Tier 1 or MAT 121 or MAT 171
Corequisite: MAT 060 and MAT 070
CHM 094 Course Outline


CHM 151 General Chemistry I

This course covers fundamental principles and laws of chemistry. Topics include measurement, atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical reactions, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gas laws, and solutions. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental chemical laws and concepts as needed in CHM 152. Laboratory experiments and computer-based exercises augment and reinforce the basic principles discussed in lecture as well as provide practical examples. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites: RED 090 or DRE 098 and MAT 080 or DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 060, 070, 080, or satisfactory score on placement test
Corequisite: none
CHM 151 Course Outline


CHM 152 General Chemistry II

This course continues the study of the fundamental principles and laws of chemistry. Topics include kinetics, equilibrium, ionic and redox equations, acid-base theory, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, introduction to nuclear and organic chemistry, and complex ions. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of chemical concepts as needed to pursue further study in chemistry and related professional fields. Laboratory experiments and computer-based exercises augment and reinforce the basic principles discussed in lecture as well as provide practical examples. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: CHM 151 with a C or better
Corequisite: None
CHM 152 Course Outline


CHM 251 Organic Chemistry I

This course provides a systematic study of the theories, principles, and techniques of organic chemistry. Topics include nomenclature, structure, properties, reactions, and mechanisms of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers; further topics include isomerization, stereochemistry, and spectroscopy. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of covered organic topics as needed in CHM 252. Laboratory experiments, including spectroscopy and chromatography, and computer-based exercises augment and reinforce the basic principles discussed in lecture as well as provide practical examples. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: CHM 152 with a C or better
Corequisite: None
CHM 251 Course Outline


CHM 252 Organic Chemistry II

This course continues the systematic study of the theories, principles, and techniques of organic chemistry. Topics include nomenclature, structure, properties, reactions, and mechanisms of aromatics, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, amines, and heterocyclics. Multi-step synthesis is emphasized. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of organic concepts as needed to pursue further study in chemistry and related professional fields. Laboratory experiments, including spectroscopy and chromatography, and computer-based exercises augment and reinforce the basic principles discussed in lecture as well as provide practical examples. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: CHM 251 with a C or better
Corequisite: None
CHM 252 Course Outline


CHM 271 Biochemical Principles

This course covers fundamental principles of biochemistry. Topics include structures, properties, reactions, and mechanisms of biomacromolecules including amino acids, peptides, proteins, carbohydrates and nucleic acids, enzymatic metabolic pathways, and biochemical genetics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biochemical processes. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: CHM 252
Corequisite: None
CHM 271 Course Outline: Not available