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 Course Title:   Chemical Concepts

 Title Abbreviation:   CHEMICAL CONCEPTS

 Department:    CHEM&

 Course #:    105

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    400501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017


 Course Description  

A survey course for non-science majors. Fundamental concepts of chemistry will include atoms and molecules, states of matter, chemical reactions, and topics of current interest.

 Prerequisite  

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: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W CHEM 100
WWU CHEM 101

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 basic information off the periodic table.
  3. Correctly name common compounds.
  4. Distinguish between acids and bases, oxidation and reduction.
  5. 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 . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

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 . . .
8.1 Analyze problems to determine what mathematical principles apply.
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
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.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

Course Contents

  1. Atomic theory and structure
  2. Elements, molecules, compounds
  3. Matter, mass, denisty, 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