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Chemistry 4
Beginning Chemistry

5 units; 5 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Mathematics 70 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent or
qualification by testing (El Camino College Mathematics Placement Test) and assessment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*

This course introduces principles of chemistry, modern concepts of atomic structure and periodicity as a basis for the understanding of bonding, chemical formulas, chemical equations and chemical reactions, states of matter, important elements and their compounds, solutions, acid-base theories and reactions, net ionic equations, oxidation-reduction. It includes an introduction to kinetics and chemical equilibrium. Emphasis in lecture is on chemical nomenclature and calculations. In the laboratory, emphasis will be on observations, measurements and elementary quantitative experiments with an introduction to qualitative analysis.

*Note: The maximum UC credit allowed for students completing Chemistry 4 and Chemistry 20 is one course. Students will not receive UC credit for Chemistry 4 if taken after Chemistry 1A.

Chemistry 1A
General Chemistry I

5 units; 5 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: (1) Chemistry 4 with a minimum grade of C or 
1 year of high school chemistry and qualification by testing
(Chemistry Placement Test) and assessment;
(2) eligibility for Mathematics 170
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC; (CAN CHEM 2; Chemistry 1A, 1B - CAN CHEM SEQ A)

This course details fundamental theory and principles of atomic and molecular structure, physical states and chemical reactions. Included is the study of elements, compounds, periodic relationships, bonding, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, energy, solutions, electrolytes and chemical equations. Descriptive chemistry of water and selected nonmetals including hydrogen, oxygen and carbon is presented.

Chemistry 1B 
General Chemistry II

5 units; 5 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Chemistry 1A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC; (CAN CHEM 4; Chemistry 1A, 1B = CAN CHEM SEQ A)

This course details the chemistry of elements and their compounds in periodic groupings, transition metal complexes, chemical equilibrium, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, atomic and molecular structure, aqueous solutions, net ionic equations, oxidation - reduction equations, electrochemistry and nuclear processes. In the laboratory, qualitative analysis of common metallic and nonmetallic ions will be performed, as well as additional experiments on selected lecture topics.

Chemistry 7A
Organic Chemistry I

5 units; 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Prerequisite: Chemistry 1B with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course involves a comprehensive study of the major classes of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, organic halides, and alcohols and ethers. This includes nomenclature, structure, properties, stereochemistry, reactions, synthetic methods, and spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on a systematic approach to understanding the material through the use of bonding theories, energy concepts, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. In the laboratory, emphasis is on techniques of separation and purification of organic compounds, common organic reactions, and spectroscopy.

Chemistry 7B
Organic Chemistry II

5 units; 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Prerequisite: Chemistry 7A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course involves a comprehensive study of the major classes of oxygen-containing and nitrogen-containing organic compounds. This includes nomenclature, structure, properties, stereochemistry, reactions, synthetic methods, and spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on a systematic approach to understanding the material through the use of bonding theories, energy concepts, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. The study of biochemistry focuses primarily on carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, and lipids. In the laboratory, emphasis is on common organic reactions, multi-step syntheses, and qualitative organic analysis.

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Chemistry 20
Fundamentals of Chemistry

5 units; 4 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Mathematics 40 or 41B with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite
or qualification by testing (El Camino College Mathematics Placement Test) and assessment.
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 2R
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*

This course introduces fundamental theory and principles of chemistry applied to inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry. Atomic and molecular structure, chemical and physical changes, gases, solutions and colloids, nomenclature, equations and calculations will be emphasized.

*Note: The maximum UC credit allowed for students completing Chemistry 4 and Chemistry 20 is one course. Students will not receive UC credit for Chemistry 20 if taken after Chemistry 1A.

Chemistry 21A
Survey of General and Organic Chemistry

4 units; 4 hours lecture, 2 hours lab
Prerequisite: eligibility for Mathematics 70
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*


The general chemistry topics in the course are units of measurement, atomic structure, the periodic table, inorganic formulas and nomenclature, chemical bonding, common chemical reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, introduction to reaction rates and equilibrium, elementary acid-base theory and pH and buffers. The organic chemistry portion of the course studies the properties, nomenclature, common reactions and some reaction mechanisms for several classes of organic compounds. These classes include alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, phenols and ethers. There is also an introduction to resonance and stereoisomerism. The emphasis in the laboratory is on observations and measurements.

*Note:Students will not receive UC credit for Chemistry 21A if taken after Chemistry 1A or Chemistry 7A. Chemistry - Page 79 2006-2007 El Camino College Catalog

Chemistry 21B
Survey of Organic and Biochemistry

4 units; 4 hours lecture, 2 hours lab
Prerequisite: Chemistry 21A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*

The study of organic chemistry continues with the nomenclature, properties, preparation, reactions and derivatives of carboxylic acids, amines, aldehydes and ketones. Principles of biochemistry are introduced. Descriptions of the structures and biochemical reactions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes and nucleic acids will be analyzed. Catabolic/anabolic pathways as well as the energy consumed or produced by the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins will be examined. The chemistry of photosynthesis will be studied.

*Note: Students will not receive UC credit for Chemistry 21B if taken after Chemistry 7B.

Chemistry 50
Special Topics in Chemistry

Units determined by individual course;
lecture/lab hours determined by individual course.
Credit status determined by individual course.

This course is designed to explore topics in Chemistry more specific than provided in other courses in the regular departmental curriculum. Students are referred to the current schedule of classes for details of specific courses.

Chemistry 99abc
Independent Study – Introduction to Research

1-3 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation: two Chemistry courses with a minimum grade of B in each
and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC - limitations apply

This course provides the student an opportunity to explore research problems in Chemistry not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned laboratory work and research projects (60 hours per unit).

*Note: Refer to page 11 of this Catalog for eligibility requirements.

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 Last Published 3/29/12