Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the properties, composition and chemical transformations of all material substances.  It is often referred to as the "central science" since it draws from mathematics and physics and forms a necessary background to the understanding of earth sciences and all the biological disciplines, including the various medical professions.

The Associate of Science Transfer Degree in Chemistry offered at Gavilan College is designed to meet the diverse needs of our students.  This program will enable the students to develop a strong foundation in chemistry, as well as an understanding of physics and mathematics.  The chemistry courses offered satisfy general education requirements, allied-health sciences, as well as chemistry, biology, physics and engineering majors.

The Chemistry Program provides students the opportunity to obtain a degree upon successful completion of the requirements of the chemistry transfer major.  The theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired will prepare the students interested in a seamless transfer into the CSU system, as well as other programs and enhance their success with entry-level employment that require chemistry courses as prerequisites.

                         

 
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Statement of Program Goals and Objectives: The goal of the program is to help students better understand the chemical world and the analysis of it through chemistry techniques using qualitative and quantitative reasoning. The coursework prepares students to think critically and apply reasoning skills to analyze real world situations. Students will be able to successfully transfer to any institution of higher learning armed with the foundation needed to pursue a Baccalaureate degree in Chemistry and will be prepared for careers in fields such as industry, education, and research. Students will complete a comprehensive curriculum to meet degree, transfer, and personal growth needs. This AS-T degree in chemistry will fulfill the transfer requirements for the campuses of the CSU systems in the Chemistry major (or a similar or equivalent program). Upon completion of the AS-T degree, students will be able to:
REQUIRED CORE:
Units: 36
CHEM 1A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
and
CHEM 1B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHEM 12A
Organic Chemistry (Active)
5
and
CHEM 12B
Organic Chemistry (Active)
5
PHYS 4A
Physics for Scientists and Engineers - Mechanics (Historical)
4
PHYS 4B
Physics for Scientists and Engineers - Electricity and Magnetism (Historical)
4
MATH 1A
Single-Variable Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Historical)
4
and
MATH 1B
Single-Variable Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Historical)
4
Total Units for the Major: 36
Units:  
Double Counted Units: CSU: 9; IGETC: 9
Units:  
General Education Requirements: CSU: 33; IGETC 31
Units: 31-33
Electives Needed to Get to 60 Units: CSU: 0; IGETC: 2
Units:  
Total Units for the Degree: 60
Units:  
Total: 67-69

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CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry (5.0)Active
4.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This is the first semester of a year-long general chemistry course designed for science, engineering and pre-professional majors. Topics include properties of matter, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, stoichiometry, elements and compounds, bonding, molecular structure, chemical reactions, states of matter, as well as the properties of gases and solutions. (C-ID: CHEM 110) (C-ID: CHEM 120S: Chem 1A + Chem 1B) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. PREREQUISITE: Chemistry 30A with a grade of 'C' or better, or high school chemistry with a grade of 'B' or better completed within the last five years, and Mathematics 233 with a grade of 'C' or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2016.
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry (5.0)Active
4.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This is the second semester of a year-long general chemistry course designed as a continuation of Chemistry 1A. Topics include solutions, thermodynamics, chemical kenetics, the equilibria of acids and bases, solubility systems, complex ions, electrochemistry, the chemistry of metals and nonmetals, as well as nuclear chemistry. (C-ID: CHEM 120S: Chem 1A + Chem 1B) PREREQUISITE: Chemistry 1A with a grade of C or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2016.
CHEM 12AOrganic Chemistry (5.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 6.0 Lab. This is the first semester of a year-long organic chemistry course designed for chemistry majors, pre-professional medical, biology, and science majors. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, reactions and spectroscopic studies of organic compounds. Lecture and laboratory methods will focus on synthesis, isolation, purification, elucidation, and identification of organic structures, as well as instrumental methods and data interpretation. (C-ID: CHEM 150, CHEM 160S) PREREQUISITE: Chemistry 1B (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2016.
CHEM 12BOrganic Chemistry (5.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 6.0 Lab. This is the second semester of a year-long organic chemistry course designed as a continuation of Chemistry 12A. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanism, reactions, and spectroscopic studies of the various organic functional groups. Lecture and laboratory methods will focus on synthesis, isolation, purification, elucidation and identification of organic structures as well as instrumental methods and data interpretation. (C-ID: CHEM 160S) PREREQUISITE: Chemistry 12A (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2016.
CHEM 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filled with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2010.
CHEM 30AElementary Chemistry (4.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This is a first semester college chemistry course designed for majors preparing to take Chemistry 1A, nursing and allied health students, as well as general education. The course will cover the principles of chemistry including properties of matter, energy, atomic theory, the Periodic Table, stoichiometry, elements and compounds, the properties of bonding, molecular structure, chemical reactions, states of matter, acidity, solutions and gases, as well as an introduction to organic chemistry. PREREQUISITE: Mathematics 430; eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2018 to Summer 2020.
CHEM 30AElementary Chemistry (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This is a first semester college chemistry course designed for majors preparing to take Chemistry 1A, nursing and allied health students, as well as general education. The course will cover the principles of chemistry including properties of matter, energy, atomic theory, the Periodic Table, stoichiometry, elements and compounds, the properties of bonding, molecular structure, chemical reactions, states of matter, acidity, solutions and gases, as well as an introduction to organic chemistry. (C-ID: CHEM 101) PREREQUISITE: Mathematics 430 or skills equivalent to those in an Elementary Algebra course. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Summer 2020.
CHEM 30BElementary Organic and Biochemistry (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. This is the second semester of a year-long elementary chemistry course designed as a continuation of Chemistry 30A. It is designed for science majors, nursing and allied health students. The course will cover the principles of organic and biochemistry including hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, amines and amides, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and their functions in physiological systems, as well as organic chemical reactions. PREREQUISITE: Chemistry 30A with a grade of C or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2018.

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