Chemistry (CHEM)



100 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Mathematics 46 or 92, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels M40 or M45.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 100L with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory:English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment:This course is not open to students with previous credit for or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 200 or 152.
This course is an introductory study of the language and tools of chemistry. Basic concepts of the structure, properties, interactions of matter and energy are studied, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Emphasis is placed on matter, chemical changes, chemical conversions, chemical bonding, and acid-base chemistry. This course is intended for students majoring in nursing, nutrition, or animal health technology and provides a foundation for further coursework in chemistry, in particular for introductory organic chemistry. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Chemistry (CHEM) 100, 100L and 152, 152L combined: maximum credit, four units. No credit will be given for 100, 100L or 152, 152L if taken after CHEM 200.

100L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory - 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Mathematics 46 or 92, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels M40 or M45.
Corequisite: Chemistry 100.
Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This laboratory course is designed to illustrate the principles of inorganic and physical chemistry and to familiarize students with scientific reasoning, basic laboratory equipment and safe practices, scientific data collection methods and interpretation. This laboratory course is intended for students majoring in nursing, nutrition and allied health sciences, and provides a foundation for future lab work in chemistry. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Chemistry (CHEM) 100, 100L and 152, 152L combined: maximum credit, four units. No credit will be given for 100, 100L or 152, 152L if taken after CHEM 200.

111 Chemistry in Society - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; Chemistry 111L with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This is an introductory chemistry course for non-science majors. The course emphasizes conceptual topics in chemistry and scientific thinking. Students learn to understand how society uses chemistry-based technologies and how to analyze current trends or news involving chemistry. Topics include a basic understanding of matter and energy, physical and chemical changes, the atom, nuclear chemistry, bonding, acids and bases, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Current issues in environmental chemistry such as energy resources, air and water pollution are explored. Students discuss the effects and controversy surrounding the use of different forms of energy. In addition, current issues in organic and biochemistry are examined including trends in diets, certain medicines and drugs, and personal care items. Students planning on taking further courses in chemistry should take Chemistry 100 or Chemistry 152. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

111L Chemistry in Society Laboratory - 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Chemistry 111 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory:English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This laboratory course is intended for non-science majors. It is designed to illustrate the principles of chemistry presented in Chemistry 111 in order for the student to understand how chemistry is used in our society. Experiments explore not only basic concepts in chemistry such as matter, energy, and the atom, but also explore real world applications of chemistry. This includes performing experiments related to the chemistry of the environment, household products, and biochemistry. Students learn how to work safely within the laboratory. Students who need to take further chemistry courses should enroll in Chemistry 152L or Chemistry 100L. (FT) AA/AS; CSU, UC.

130 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 100 and 100L, or Chemistry 152 and 152L, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 130L with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This is a one-semester course that introduces the basic physical, chemical and structural features of organic and biological compounds. Topics such as bonding, saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, the chemistry of organic functional groups, and the properties of important biological compounds such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are covered. The importance of these compounds in our daily lives is emphasized. This course is designed for nursing, nutrition, and allied health majors. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Chemistry (CHEM) 130, 130L and 231, 231L combined: maximum credit, one course (with lab).

130L Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry Laboratory - 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 100 and 100L, or Chemistry 152 and 152L, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 130 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This is a one-semester laboratory course that illustrates the principles presented in Chemistry 130. Students are introduced to common organic chemistry laboratory equipment, fundamental organic and biochemical reactions, tests and techniques. Techniques covered include chromatography, recrystallization, and distillation. Tests and reactions of common organic functional groups, carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids are covered. Synthesis of a medicinal compound such as aspirin or a nitrogen-based analgesic is also covered. This course is designed for nursing, nutrition, and allied health majors. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Chemistry (CHEM) 130, 130L and 231, 231L combined: maximum credit, one course (with lab).

152 Introduction to General Chemistry - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Mathematics 96 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level M50.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 152L with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment:This course is not open to students with previous credit for Chemistry 151.
This is a one-semester preparatory course in chemistry consisting of an intensive study of the principles of inorganic and physical chemistry in preparation for General Chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, periodicity, chemical equations, stoichiometry, solutions, and gas laws. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and chemical calculations. This course is intended for those students majoring in one of the natural sciences, engineering, or related curricula who need to take General Chemistry. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Chemistry (CHEM) 100, 100L and 152, 152L combined: maximum credit, four units. No credit will be given for 100, 100L or 152, 152L if taken after CHEM 200.

152L Introduction to General Chemistry Laboratory - 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Mathematics 96 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level M50.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 152 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Chemistry 151.
This course is a one-semester laboratory in the principles of inorganic and physical chemistry in preparation for General Chemistry. Topics include chemical measurement, significant figures, laboratory safety, laboratory techniques, chemical reactions and stoichiometry. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, data analysis and chemical calculations. This course is intended for students majoring in one of the natural sciences, engineering or related curricula who need to take General Chemistry. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Chemistry (CHEM) 100, 100L and 152, 152L combined: maximum credit, four units. No credit will be given for 100, 100L or 152, 152L if taken after CHEM 200.

200 General Chemistry I - Lecture - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 152 and 152L, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent and Mathematics 96 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level M50.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 200L with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This is the first course in a two course sequence in general chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the principles and laws of inorganic chemistry, including quantitative, mathematical problem-solving. Topics include chemical equations, stoichiometry, atomic theory, and its relationship to periodicity of the elements, bonding theories, molecular geometry, solution chemistry, liquids, solids, and the gas laws. This course is intended for science majors and all students interested in chemistry. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.  

200L General Chemistry I - Laboratory - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 200 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This is the first course in a two course sequence in general chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the principles and laws of inorganic chemistry, including quantitative, mathematical problem-solving. Topics include chemical equations, stoichiometry, atomic theory, and its relationship to periodicity of the elements, bonding theories, molecular geometry, solution chemistry, liquids, solids, and the gas laws. This course is intended for science majors and all students interested in chemistry. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID CHEM 110.

201 General Chemistry II Lecture - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 200 and Chemistry 200L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 201L with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is the second course in a two course sequence in general chemistry and is intended for students majoring in science or satisfying prerequisites for professional schools. The course covers the principles of physical and inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on quantitative, mathematical problem solving. Topics in the course include chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid base theory, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, coordination chemistry and nuclear chemistry. The course also includes an introduction to organic chemistry. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

201L General Chemistry II Laboratory - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 201 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This is the second semester laboratory course of a two course sequence in general chemistry. It is intended for students majoring in science or satisfying prerequisites for professional schools. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles of physical and inorganic chemistry. Topics include techniques of data analysis, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids, bases, and salts, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, coordination chemistry. Wherever appropriate and whenever possible, computer skills are introduced and applied to data analysis, laboratory simulations, and computer interfacing with laboratory equipment. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

231 Organic Chemistry I - Lecture - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 201 and Chemistry 201L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 231L with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6 or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is the first semester of a one-year course in Organic Chemistry. Major themes include, but are not limited to, bonding, molecular structure, isomerism, conformational analysis, nomenclature, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis. An emphasis is placed on the reactions of aliphatic compounds such as alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and alcohols. The organic chemistry literature, and spectral interpretation using techniques such as infrared and nuclear magnetic spectroscopies, are introduced to support the above topics. This course is designed for undergraduates pursuing a degree in the chemical sciences, training in chemical technology, and other transfer students who need organic chemistry as part of the formal preparation for their major; for example, molecular biology, premedical, predental, and pharmacy. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Chemistry (CHEM) 130, 130L and 231, 231L combined: maximum credit, one course (with lab).

231L Organic Chemistry I - Laboratory - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 201 and Chemistry 201L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 231 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 105 or English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6.
This is a laboratory course designed to illustrate the principles presented in Chemistry 231. The emphasis is on the determination of physical properties and the separation, purification and identification of organic compounds. The course acquaints students with the equipment, glassware, techniques and safe practices specific to the organic chemistry laboratory. Techniques such as measurement of physical constants, recrystallization, extraction, distillation and chromatography are used in the synthesis and/or characterization of selected classes of organic compounds. These classes include, but are not limited to, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and alcohols. The organic chemistry literature and spectral interpretation using techniques such as infrared and nuclear spectroscopies, are introduced to support the above topics. This course is designed for undergraduates pursuing a degree in the chemical sciences, training in chemical technology, and those students who need organic chemistry as part of the formal preparation for their major; for example, molecular biology, premedical, predental, and pharmacy. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Chemistry (CHEM) 130, 130L and 231, 231L combined: maximum credit, one course (with lab).

233 Organic Chemistry II - Lecture - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 231 and Chemistry 231L, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 233L with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is the second semester of a one-year sequence in Organic Chemistry. The topics covered include, but are not limited to, molecular structure, molecular behavior, nomenclature, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis. An emphasis is placed on the reactions of selected classes of organic compounds, such as alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, benzenoid and heterocyclic aromatics and their derivatives, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and their bio-organic compounds. The study of these molecules provides a backdrop for exploring the factors that govern particular transformations within a synthetic sequence. The use of print and electronic media and the interpretation of spectroscopic information (such as infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopies, and mass spectrometry) for the analysis and differentiation of molecular structures is continued. This course is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the chemical sciences or in majors such as premedical, predental or pharmacy; and for students training for careers in some chemical technology fields. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

233L Organic Chemistry II - Laboratory - 6 hours lab, 2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 231 and Chemistry 231L, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 233 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This course is the second semester of a one-year sequence in Organic Chemistry Laboratory and is designed to illustrate the principles presented in Chemistry 233. The emphasis is on synthesis, purification and/or characterization of selected classes of organic compounds, including but not limited to aromatics, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, amines, and simple examples of bio-organic molecules. Additional emphasis is placed on multi-step synthetic pathways and product identification using selected methods of qualitative organic analysis such as wet chemical and advanced spectroscopic techniques. Variation of scale from micro- to macro-quantities, and more advanced separation and analytical techniques, distinguish the level of this course from Organic Chemistry I Laboratory. This course is intended for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the chemical sciences or in majors such as premedical, predental or pharmacy; and for students training for careers in some chemical technology fields. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

251 Analytical Chemistry - 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab, 5 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Chemistry 201 and 201L, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 122 or 150, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This is a course in quantitative analysis. Major topics include theory and practice of gravimetric and volumetric methods of chemical analysis and introduction to instrumental methods of analysis with a focus on precision and accuracy of experimental data. This course is intended for students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry and others who need the course for career advancement. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.


This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 124. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.