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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:    2021

 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: ENGL 099 with a grade of "C" or higher (or placement into college-level English); and either placement into OR co-enrollment in OR completion of a college-level Math course with a grade of "C" or higher.

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.
  7. NATURAL SCIENCES: Collect and analyze data and interpret the results from scientific investigations

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

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