Chemistry Courses

Chem 108: Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry


4 units, CSU transferrable
3 hrs lecture / 3 hrs lab weekly
Prerequisite: None
Course Description: A course for health pre-professionals and non-science majors. Ideal for students planning to enter nursing and dental hygiene programs. Designed as the first chemistry course to assist students in biology and health-related professions. The focus is on the biochemistry of the human body. Health, nutrition, and basic laboratory techniques included.

Chem 3: Fundamental Chemistry


4 units, UC/CSU transferrable
3 hrs lecture / 3 hrs lab weekly
Prerequisite: Math 253
Course Description: A preparatory course for students planning to take Chem 1A, who have not recently had a strong high school chemistry course.

Chem 1A: General Chemistry I


5 units, UC/CSU transferrable
3 hrs lecture / 6 hrs lab weekly
Corequisite: Chem 106 - 2 units, 2 hrs lecture weekly
Prerequisite: Chem 3 or Challenge Exam & Math 124
Course Description: A study of the principles of chemistry for science and engineering majors. Topics include: atomic and molecular structure, bonding, nomenclature, formulas, equations, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gases, liquids, solids and solutions. For information on taking the Chemistry Challenge Exam see http://www.saddleback.edu/mse/chemistry/challengeexam.html 

Chem 1B: General Chemistry II


5 units, UC/CSU transferrable
3 hrs lecture / 6 hrs lab weekly
Prerequisite: Chem 1A (Grade 'C' or better) & Math 124
Course Description: A continuation of Chem 1A. Topics include equilibria, acids/bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and qualitative analysis. 

Chem 12A: Organic Chemistry I


5 units, UC/CSU transferrable
3 hrs lecture / 6 hrs lab weekly
Prerequisite: Chem 1B (Grade 'C' or better)
Course Description: A study of the principles of organic chemistry for students majoring in chemistry or closely-related fields. Topics include nomenclature, properties, reactions, synthesis, and analysis of organic compounds, focusing on hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, epoxides, organometallics, delocalization, stereochemistry, radicals, and spectroscopy.

Chem 12B: Organic Chemistry II


5 units, UC/CSU transferrable
3 hrs lecture / 6 hrs lab weekly
Prerequisite: Chem 12A (Grade 'C' or better)
Course Description: A continuation of Chem 12A. Topics include properties, reactions, synthesis, and analysis of certain organic compound types, polynuclear and heterocyclic compounds, polymers, lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins and biochemical processes. 

Chem 106: Basics of Chemistry


2 units, CSU transferrable (not guaranteed)
2 hrs lecture
Corequisite: Chem 1A
Course Description: The course, which requires concurrent enrollment in Chem 1A with the same instructor, consists of discussion, problem solving and drill sessions.