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The following Chemistry courses are offered:

CHEM 305     Introduction to Chemistry    5 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 100 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be 16 and at least sophomores in high school.  Minor aged students who are not legally emancipated must have their parent(s)/guardian review laboratory safety protocols prior to attending class.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This course introduces fundamental principles of chemistry including types of matter and physical states, physical and chemical transformations, chemical equations and stoichiometry, bonding, atomic and chemical structure, intermolecular forces, gas laws, solutions, colligative properties, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, and includes a brief introduction of organic chemistry. It is primarily intended for general education and majors in allied health (nursing, dental hygiene, respiratory care), family and consumer science, physical education, physical therapy(*), psychology(*), natural resources(*). Chem 305 can also be used as a preparatory course prior to enrolling in Chem 400. Students will require approved safety goggles for this course. *May require CHEM 400. 

CHEM 306     Introduction to Chemistry    5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 305 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be at least 16 and sophomores in high school. Minor aged students who are not legally emancipated require their parent(s)/guardian review laboratory safety protocols prior to attending class.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This course is the second semester of General, Organic and Biological chemistry (a continuation of Chemistry 305). This course is intended for students majoring in the Allied Health fields (nursing B.S.N degree), and dental hygiene). This course introduces students to the structure and function, as well as the physical and chemical properties of organic molecules.  Emphasis is on the specific functional groups found in carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids, the types of reactions they undergo and their relevancy to human physiology and health. Students will require approved safety goggles for this course. Approved Safety Goggles, several pairs of disposable gloves. A lab coat or apron is advised but optional. 

CHEM 321     Environmental Chemistry    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course explores the interrelationship of human beings and the surrounding environment with regard to the chemical substances that are encountered in everyday life. The role of chemistry in both creating environmental problems as well as providing solutions to environmental problems will be examined.  Students will learn how chemicals released to the environment can have adverse effects on ecosystems and human health.  Chemical and physical methods of controlling and remediating air, water, and soil pollutants will be covered. The role of environmental regulations in preventing and mitigating environmental degradation will also be covered.  By the completion of this course, students will have acquired skills and techniques that can be utilized to examine environmental problems and their proposed solutions. 

CHEM 322     Environmental Chemistry Laboratory    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: CHEM 321; CHEM 321 (may be taken previously).  Grade of “C” or better required to meet corequisite.
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours:  54 hours LAB 
This course provides “hands-on” opportunities for students to collect and analyze data about chemicals found in the environment.  Students will learn how to collect and analyze soil, water and air samples for environmental quality parameters and the presence of pollutants. Analysis of samples will involve the use of readily available field test equipment. Field trips for sample collection will take place during laboratory periods or at arranged times.  There may also be field trips to environmental analytical laboratories. 

CHEM 400     General Chemistry    5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 300, CHEM 305 or CHEM 310 (taken at any Los Rios College) with a grade of “C” or better; or one year in High School Chemistry with a lab earning a grade of “C” or better; and MATH 120.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 108 hours LAB 
This is a general college chemistry course intended for students majoring in the scientific disciplines including chemistry, biology, nutrition, physics, geology and engineering.  This course emphasizes the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include chemical measurement; physical and chemical processes; nomenclature; stoichiometry; atomic structure; quantum theory; molecular structure; bonding theory; physical properties of gases, liquids, and solids; thermochemistry; and properties of solutions.  Students are required to purchase indirect vent safety goggles, closed toe shoes, and a bound quad-ruled notebook for the laboratory. 

CHEM 401     General Chemistry    5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 400 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 108 hours LAB 
This course is a continuation of the two-semester series in general college chemistry. CHEM 401 is intended for students majoring in the scientific disciplines including chemistry, biology, physics, and geology. Topics presented in the course include kinetics, equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and coordination chemistry. A brief introduction to Organic Chemistry is included. Laboratory experiments include qualitative and quantitative analysis. 

CHEM 410     Quantitative Analysis    5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 401 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 108 hours LAB 
This course focuses on the principles and techniques utilized in modern quantitative analysis.  Gravimetric, volumetric, electroanalytical, spectrophotometric, and chromatographic analytical methods will be studied theoretically and with practical laboratory experiments.  Emphasis throughout the course will be on sampling, calibration, statistical analysis, and method validation procedures.  This course is intended for science majors, including chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biology, forensic science, and microbiology. 

CHEM 420     Organic Chemistry    5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 401 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 108 hours LAB 
This is a lecture/laboratory course designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of organic chemistry.  This course is designed for science majors, pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-pharmacy majors.  Lecture topics will include acid/base chemistry, pushing electrons, organic nomenclature, alkane chemistry, alkene chemistry, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, physical properties of alkanes and cycloalkanes, SN1, SN2, E1, E2 mechanisms.  Laboratory work will include characterization of organic molecules using modern analytical instrumentation such as (GC, GC/MS, NMR, FTIR, polarimetry, and HPLC) and the measurement of their physical properties.  Separation and purification of organic compounds will also be covered in the lab section; these techniques include distillation, recrystallization, preparative chromatography, liquid-liquid extraction and thin-layer chromatography.  This course requires that students purchase additional supplies such as a Gas Chromatography micro-syringe and safety goggles.  Students will need to purchase a lab journal to record students experimental information.  Students will also need to check with the instructor for supplemental lab supplies that may not be provided during check-in. 

CHEM 421     Organic Chemistry    5 Units
Prerequisite: CHEM 420 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 108 hours LAB 
This course is a lecture-laboratory course that is a continuation of Chemistry 420.  This course concludes an introduction to organic chemistry.  This course is designed for science majors, pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-pharmacy majors.  Lecture topics include the chemistry of ethers, epoxides, conjugated dienes, aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, enolate condensation, amines, phenols, polymerization reactions, and selected biologically important compounds. The course also includes continued application of spectroscopic methods (IR, NMR, UV-vis and MS) applied to organic chemistry. Laboratory emphasis is on synthesis of organic compounds.  Experiments include the preparation, isolation, quantitation, purification, identification and mechanism elucidation of molecules synthsized.  Students will continue to expand their ability to operate and utilize a variety of modern chemical instrumentation - gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, fourier transform - infrared spectroscopy, and gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy. 

CHEM 495     Independent Studies in Chemistry    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

CHEM 499     Experimental Offering in Chemistry    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 



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