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Course Descriptions


    SCI&131 - INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE I WITH LAB
    • Prerequisites: MATH 084 with a 2.0 or better within last 3 years (MATH& 085 is recommended)
    • Course Description: This course provides an introduction to science and the scientific method for non-science majors and students in the Associate in Elementary Education-Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA/MRP) program. This course also fulfills the Natural World (science with a lab) requirement for students earning an A.A. degree. Students will learn about measurements, the metric system, matter and energy, physical and chemical properties and changes, the atom, and nuclear chemistry, including the importance of science in society and the environment.

      Note: This course serves as a prerequisite for SCI 132 and 133, Interdisciplinary Science II and III.

    CHEM&110 - CHEMICAL CONCEPTS WITH LAB
    • Prerequisites: Eligibility for MATH 084 and ENGL&101. 
    • Course Description: This course provides an introduction to chemistry and the scientific method for non-science majors. Students will learn about measurements, the metric system, matter and energy, physical and chemical properties and changes, the atom, basic chemical reactions, and nuclear chemistry, including the importance of chemistry and science in society and the environment. This 5-credit course includes a 3-hour laboratory component.

      Note: This course is not a prerequisite for other chemistry courses.

    CHEM&121 - INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY
    • Prerequisites: MATH 085 with a 2.2 or better within last 3 years (A 2.2 or better in MATH 098 is recommended.)
    • Course Description:This is an introductory Chemistry course for non-science majors and students enrolled in two-year allied health science programs (Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Care, etc.). This 5-credit course includes a laboratory component.

      Note: CHEM&121 does NOT serve as a prerequisite for the General Chemistry series (CHEM&161, 162, or 163) for science and engineering majors.

    CHEM&122 - INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
    • Prerequisites: CHEM&121 with a 2.0 or better in the last 3 years.
    • Course Description: This survey of organic chemistry with emphasis on the connections between organic and biological chemistry is primarily for students in allied health science programs (Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Care, etc.). This 5-credit course includes a laboratory component.

      Note: CHEM&122 does NOT serve as a prerequisite for the General Chemistry series (CHEM&161, 162, or 163) for science and engineering majors.

    CHEM&139 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY PREPARATION
    • Prerequisites: MATH 098 with a 2.5 or better within the last 3 years.

    • Course Description: This is the preparatory course for the three-quarter General Chemistry series (CHEM&161, 162, 163). This 5-credit course provides a detailed introduction to the qualitative and quantitative principles of chemistry to prepare students transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a science, engineering, or related degree.

      This course covers the following topics: the scientific method, measurements, dimensional analysis and problem-solving, matter and energy, atomic theory, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, intermolecular forces, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, stoichiometry and limiting reactants, solutions, acid-base reactions, and pH.

      Note: CHEM&139 does NOT have a laboratory component and does not meet the Natural World (Natural Sciences) requirement as a science course with a laboratory for the AA degree.

    CHEM&161 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
    • Prerequisites: MATH&141 with a 2.0 or better AND CHEM&139 with a 2.0 or better in the last 3 years or a passing score in all sections of the CHEM Placement Exam. 
    • Course Description: The first quarter of the three-quarter sequence of General Chemistry presents a detailed study of the qualitative and quantitative principles of chemistry for four-year science and engineering-related degrees (Science, Engineering, Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Vet, etc.). This 6-credit course includes a laboratory component requiring up to 3 hours in lab during the assigned lab period.

      Note: Students who have completed an AP or honors chemistry course in high school can test out of the CHEM 139 prerequisite by taking the CHEM Placement exam offered at the Seattle Central Testing Center.


    CHEM&162 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
    • Prerequisites: CHEM&161 with a 2.0 or better in the last 3 years.
    • Course Description: The second quarter of the three-quarter General Chemistry sequence focuses on Equilibrium and factors that influence the extent of gas-phase and acid-base reactions, Kinetics (the study of reaction rates), Thermodynamics (the study of energy, entropy, and the spontaneity of a reaction), and Electrochemistry (the study of oxidation-reduction reactions that either result in or can be induced by an electric current). This 6-credit course includes a laboratory component requiring up to 3 hours in lab.

    CHEM&163 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
    • Prerequisites: CHEM&162 with a 2.0 or better in the last 3 years.
    • Course Description: The third quarter of the three-quarter General Chemistry sequence focuses on the effect of interparticle and intermolecular forces on physical properties, the behavior of solutions, descriptive chemistry and periodic trends, crystal structure and transitional metal chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. This 6-credit course includes a laboratory component requiring up to 3 hours in lab. The lab will focus on qualitative analysis and synthesis techniques.

    CHEM&197 - WORK EXPERIENCE IN CHEMISTRY

    CHEM&241 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
    • Prerequisites: CHEM&163 with a 2.0 or better in the last 3 years.
    • Course Description: The first quarter of the three-quarter Organic Chemistry series provides systematic exposure to the theoretical basis of modern Organic Chemistry for science and pre-professional majors (Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Vet, etc.).

    CHEM&242 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
    • Prerequisites: CHEM&241 or CHEM 231
    • Course Description: The second quarter of the the three-quarter Organic Chemistry series focuses on the physical properties and transformations of organic molecules, especially aromatic and carbonyl compounds.

    CHEM&243 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III
    • Prerequisites: CHEM&242 or CHEM 235
    • Course Description: The third quarter of the the three-quarter Organic Chemistry series focuses on polyfunctional compounds and natural products, lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins and nucleic acids.

    CHEM&251 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
    • Prerequisites: CHEM&241 or CHEM 231 or concurrent enrollment
    • Course Description: The first quarter of the two-quarter Organic Chemistry lab series focuses on the preparation of organic compounds.

    CHEM&252 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB II
    • Prerequisites: CHEM& 242 or CHEM 235 or concurrent enrollment and CHEM&
      251 or CHEM 238.
    • Course Description: The second quarter of the two-quarter Organic Chemistry lab series focuses on the preparation and qualitative analysis of organic compounds.

    CHEM&298 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY

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