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 Course Title:   Chemistry for Environmental Conservation

 Title Abbreviation:   ENVC CHEMISTRY

 Department:    CHEM

 Course #:    301

 Credits:    5.5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6.25

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

For the Bachelor of Applied Science Environmental Conservation program. Reactions in aqueous solution, equilibrium, acids and bases, acid-base and solubility equilibria, and electrochemistry. Lab included.


Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 and admission to BASEC program or Department Chair permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 33

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic N/A  

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Write and balance chemical equations to describe precipitation, acid-base, and oxidation-reduction reactions.
  2. Write the equilibrium expression for a reaction and use it to perform equilibrium calculations.
  3. Calculate or approximate the pH of buffers, salt solutions, strong acids or bases, and weak acids or bases.
  4. Write the solubility product expression for a solid and use it to perform solubility calculations.
  5. Identify the components of a galvanic cell and calculate its potential.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

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 . . .
8.2 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).
9.4 Use scientific concepts and principles to understand the natural world, human behavior and culture, and relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world.

Course Contents

  1. Precipitation, acid-base, and oxidation-reduction reactions.
  2. Equilibrium, equilibrium constants, and equilibrium constant expressions.
  3. pH, strong and weak acids and bases, conjugate acids and bases, ionization constants, and acid-base properties of salts.
  4. Buffers, acid-base titrations, and solubility equilibria
  5. Heavy metals, pesticides, and toxic organic compounds
  6. Oxidation-reduction reactions, galvanic cells, standard reduction potentials, batteries, and electrolysis.