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 Course Title:   Chemical Concepts with Lab

 Title Abbreviation:   CHEMICAL CONCEPTS W LAB

 Department:    CHEM&

 Course #:    110

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    400501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

An inquiry-based survey of the basic concepts in chemistry for non-science majors. Topics covered include scientific method, structure of matter, states of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, topics of current interest, and philosophy of science. LAB INCLUDED, lab fee required. DOES NOT SATISFY CHEMISTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR BIOL& 160.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099 and MATH 98.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Use the basic terminology of chemistry to describe how interactions of matter occur and what states are possible for that matter.
  2. Read and use basic information off the periodic table.
  3. Correctly name chemical formulas and compounds.
  4. Use the rules of atomic structure to predict chemical bonding.
  5. Distinguish between acids and bases, oxidation and reduction.
  6. Use of knowledge of chemistry to be better-informed participants in multicultural, global society.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.

Course Contents

  1. Atomic theory and structure
  2. Elements, molecules, compounds
  3. Matter, mass, density, temperature, and heat
  4. Chemical formulas and equations
  5. Chemical bonding
  6. Basic nomenclature
  7. Periodic table
  8. States of matter
  9. Acids, bases, oxidation, and reduction
  10. Current interest topics