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102 INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 5 UNITS
Prerequisite: Grade of “Pass” in MATH 090 or equivalent
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: None
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
A one-semester course covering the basic principles of general, organic and biochemistry as needed to understand the biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology of the human body. This course is intended for students planning to transfer to a California State University nursing program.
Students with a grade of “C” or better in CHEM 115 and 116 are not eligible for this class.
CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC

113 FORENSIC CHEMISTRY 4 UNITS
Prerequisite: Grade of “Pass” in MATH 090 or equivalent
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: None
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Elementary principles of chemistry with application to the field of forensic science. Students will learn basic chemical terminology and problem-solving techniques with a forensic science application. Emphasis will be placed on forensic applications of topics covered including the study of physical evidence such as fibers, glass, fingerprints, drugs and paint. Chemical techniques for analyzing evidence will be studied in lecture and practiced in lab.
This course does not satisfy the prerequisite for General Chemistry (CHEM141). Students will not receive credit toward graduation for more than one of the following courses: CHEM 113, 115, 120.
AA/AS GE, CSU

115 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY 4 UNITS
Prerequisite: MATH 90 or equivalent
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Elementary principles of inorganic and general chemistry with a brief introduction to organic and biochemistry. Previous chemistry background is not required. This course is recommended for students who need only a one-semester general chemistry course and for students entering paramedical and allied health fields. Students will not receive credit toward graduation for more than one of the following courses: CHEM 115 and 120.
AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC credit limit

116 INTRODUCTORY ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY 4 UNITS
Prerequisite: CHEM 115 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better or “Pass”
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: None
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
The study of carbon compounds with emphasis on their structure, properties and reactivity. Introduction to the structure of the major classes of biomolecules–carbohydrates, lipids and proteins–and their relationship to the major classes of organic compounds.

AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC, UC credit limit

120 PREPARATION FOR GENERAL CHEMISTRY 4 UNITS
Prerequisite: MATH 110 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better or “Pass”"
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: None
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Elementary principles of chemistry approached from a problem-solving perspective necessary to succeed in CHEM 141. Intensive study in the areas of problem solving, stoichiometry, chemical nomenclature, basic atomic theory and bonding, solutions, acid-base chemistry, redox reactions and gas laws. The laboratory will be an introduction to quantitative techniques, descriptive chemistry, gas laws, error analysis and data treatment.
Students will not receive credit toward graduation for more than one of the following courses: CHEM 115 and 120.
AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC, UC credit limit

141 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
(CAN CHEM 2)
Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or CHEM 115 and Math 110 or equivalent
3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory
Basic principles and concepts of chemistry with emphasis in the areas of stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic structure, chemical bonding and gas laws. The laboratory is an introduction to quantitative analysis and the principles of atomic and molecular structures.
AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC credit limit

142 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
(CAN CHEM 4
; CAN CHEM SEQ A = CHEM 141+142)
Prerequisite: CHEM 141 (grade of "C" or better recommended)
3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory

Basic principles and calculations of chemistry with emphasis in the areas of equilibrium, thermodynamics, descriptive chemistry of the periodic table, intermolecular forces, properties of liquids, solids and solutions, kinetics, electrochemistry, coordination compounds and nuclear chemistry. The laboratory will continue on the same basis as CHEM 141 but will also include qualitative analysis.

CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC

198 SUPERVISED TUTORING 0 UNIT
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: None
TBA hours
Uses a variety of educational tools to assist students with various learning needs. Can be used to strengthen prerequisite skills prior to enrolling in a specific course or to receive supplemental assistance while concurrently enrolled in another course.
May be repeated with different content. No fee /no credit course.

199 SPECIAL STUDIES OR PROJECTS IN CHEMISTRY 1-3 UNITS
Prerequisite: Varies with topic
Corequisite: Varies with topic
Recommended Preparation: Varies with topic
3-9 hours
Individual study, research or projects in Chemistry under instructor guidance. Written reports and periodic conferences required. Content and unit credit to be determined by student/instructor conferences and the Office of Instruction.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units.

231 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 5 UNITS
Prerequisite: CHEM 142 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better or “Pass”
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: None
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Synthesis and reactions of carbon compounds, primarily aliphatic compounds. The relationship of structure to properties, reactivity and mechanism of reaction will be emphasized. This course, which is equivalent to the first semester of a two-semester sequence offered at four-year institutions, is intended for biology, chemistry and premedical majors needing either one or two semesters of organic chemistry.

CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC

298 SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY 1-5 UNITS
Prerequisite: Varies with topic
Corequisite: Varies with topic
Recommended Preparation: Varies with topic
1-15 hours
Selected topics in Chemistry not covered by regular catalog offerings. Course content and unit credit to be determined by the Office of Instruction and faculty. May be offered in a seminar, lecture and/or laboratory format.
Pass/No Pass only. Non-degree applicable.

299 SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY 1-5 UNITS
Prerequisite: Varies with topic
Corequisite: Varies with topic
Recommended Preparation: Varies with topic
1-15 hours
Selected topics in Chemistry not covered by regular catalog offerings. Course content and unit credit to be determined by the Office of Instruction and faculty. May be offered in a seminar, lecture and/or laboratory format.

CSU