Chemistry Teaching Schedule and Courses

Planning your four years of Chemistry Study at Vanguard is very important. Lower Division courses are taught every year but Upper Division courses are typically taught every other year. A two-year teaching schedule is presented below.* It is recommended that students build their own, personalized Chemistry 4-yr plan to prepare for graduation. Be sure to consult the recommended 4-yr plans in Chemistry and Biochemistry when building your own personal 4-yr plan.

Fall 2010

Spring 2011

Summer 2011

Lower Division Chem 112C/L – Fundamentals of General Chemistry Chem 120/L – General Chemistry I Chem 252/L – Analytical Chemistry Chem 304/L – Organic Chemistry I Chem 120/L – General Chemistry I Chem 121/L – General Chemistry I Chem 121/L – General Chemistry I
Upper Division Chem 304/L – Organic Chemistry I Chem 430/L – Biochemistry Chem 305/L – Organic Chemistry II Chem 435 – Adv. Biochemistry Chem 499C – Capstone Chem 304/L – Organic Chemistry I Chem 305/L – Organic Chemistry II Chem 475 – Chem Research
Non-Majors Chem 112C/L – Fundamentals of General Chemistry Chem 113C/L – Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry
Fall 2011 Spring 2012 Summer 2012
Lower Division Chem 112C/L – Fundamentals of General Chemistry Chem 120/L – General Chemistry I Chem 252/L – Analytical Chemistry Chem 304/L – Organic Chemistry I Chem 120/L – General Chemistry I Chem 121/L – General Chemistry I Chem 121/L – General Chemistry I
Upper Division Chem 304/L – Organic Chemistry I Chem 430/L – Biochemistry Chem 305/L – Organic Chemistry II Chem 310 – Chemical Lit. Chem 451/L – Physical Chemistry I Chem 499C – Capstone Chem 304/L – Organic Chemistry I Chem 305/L – Organic Chemistry II Chem 451/L – Physical Chemistry I Chem 475 – Chem Research
Non-Majors Chem 112C/L – Fundamentals of General Chemistry Chem 113C/L – Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 112C • Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biochemistry I (3 units)

One year of high school algebra. An introduction to the study of matter and properties. The course surveys in one semester chemical topics such as: atomic theory, periodic trends, measurements and stoichiometry, chemical reactions, reduction and oxidation chemistry, chemical equilibrium, nuclear chemistry and acids and bases. This course is designed for students who need a refresher in general chemistry. It also serves as an excellent introductory course for students in the health sciences or as a general science for non-majors. Lecture three hours.

CHEM 112L • Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biochemistry I Laboratory (1 units)

Co-requisite Chem 112C. A complementary laboratory course to CHEM 112C emphasizing the study of matter and properties. This hands-on course teaches basic techniques used in the chemistry lab. Sample experiments include: separation of compounds, chemical precipitation reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, household chemical qualitative analysis. Laboratory three hours. Lab fee.

CHEM 113C • Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biochemistry II (3 units)

Chem 112C or permission of instructor. A continuation of the study of matter and its properties. This course explores the following areas of chemistry: Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry. Topics such as: organic functional groups, basic organic reactions, biomolecular structure, metabolism, protein synthesis, and instrumentation will be covered. This course is designed for students in the health sciences, liberal studies,  or as a general science for non-majors. Lecture three hours.

CHEM 113L • Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biochemistry II Laboratory (1 units)

Pre-requisite Chem 112L or permission of instructor. A complementary laboratory course for CHEM 113. This course implements the following experiments: organic synthesis of aspirin or other analgesic, synthesis of esters, separation of compounds using chromatographic techniques, synthesis of organic dyes, combustion of carbohydrates, analysis of proteins and DNA. This course is designed for students in the health sciences, liberal studies, or as a general science for non-majors. Laboratory three hours. Lab fee.

CHEM 120 • General Chemistry I (4 units)

Prerequisite: Chem 112C or two years of high-school algebra.  Co-requisite:  CHEM 120L. Fundamental concepts including chemical reactions, stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, changes in state, and the periodic table. Should students not be prepared to succeed in chemistry, it is recommended that students enroll in CHEM 112/L. After successful completion of CHEM 112/L, the student can re-enter the CHEM 120/L and CHEM 121/L chemistry sequence. Three hours lecture per week and one hour recitation session per week.

CHEM 120L • General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 unit)

Prerequisite: Chem 112L or two years of high-school algebra.  Co-requisite: CHEM 120. Students will learn introductory laboratory techniques such as observation, measurement, separations, and identification of reactions.  Experiments will involve concepts including: atomic structure, chemical bonding, changes in state, periodic table, oxidation, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.  One 4-hour laboratory session per week.  Lab fee.

CHEM 121 • General Chemistry II (3 units)

Prerequisite:  CHEM 120.  Co-requisite:  CHEM 121L.  Fundamental concepts including kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Special topics will include nuclear chemistry, transition metal periodicity and coordination compounds. Three hours lecture per week and one hour recitation session per week.

CHEM 121L • General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 unit)

Prerequisite:  CHEM 120L.  Co-requisite:  CHEM 121. Students will continue their introduction to laboratory techniques including gravimetric and volumetric analysis, neutralization, and catalysis. Experiments will involve the concepts including: atomic structure, chemical bonding, changes in state, periodic table, oxidation, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. One 4-hour laboratory session per week.  Lab fee.

CHEM 212, 214 • Teaching Chemistry I, II (1 unit each)

Prerequisite: CHEM 121; Co-requisite: EDUC 315. This course will cover the design of chemistry laboratory experiments to demonstrate and foster the understanding of important chemical principles. Students will both design experiments and analyze experiments from a standard experimental text to determine which principles the experiment is designed to demonstrate. Particular attention will be paid to issues of safety both in the execution of an experiment and in the determination of its suitability for student involvement. In addition to three hours of lab per week, three mandatory visitations to a 6th-12th grade chemistry class per semester (at a public school) will be required. The students will provide oral and written reports on their experiences in the field visitations. Two semester sequence. Lab fee.

CHEM 252 • Analytical Chemistry (3 units)

Prerequisites:  CHEM 120 and CHEM 121. Co-requisite: CHEM 252L. The theory of and techniques for calculations pertaining to classical gravimetric and volumetric methods, theory and techniques of separation, and an introduction to instrumental methods. Three hours lecture per week. Alternate years.

CHEM 252L • Analytical Chemistry Techniques (1 unit)

Prerequisites:  CHEM 120L and CHEM 121L; Co-requisite: CHEM 252.  Laboratory experiments in classical gravimetric and volumetric methods, techniques of separation, and an introduction to instrumental methods.  One four-hour laboratory session per week. Lab fee. Alternate years.

CHEM 304 • Organic Chemistry I (3 units)

Pre-requisites: CHEM 121. Co-requisite:  CHEM 304L.  This course is designed to introduce students to organic chemistry. The following topics will be covered: bonding and atomic theory, nomenclature, stereochemistry, functional groups, substitution reactions, elimination reactions, and both electrophilic addition and aromatic substitution reactions. Students will develop a mastery of organic functional groups and nomenclature, an understanding of basic organic reaction mechanisms, a familiarity with common organic reactions, and an appreciation for the importance of organic chemistry in other disciplines. The student will be prepared to continue their education in organic chemistry in the sequential course (CHEM 305). Three hours of lecture per week.

CHEM 304L • Organic Chemistry Techniques I (1 unit)

Pre-requisites: CHEM 121L.  Co-requisite: CHEM 304. This is the complementary laboratory course for CHEM 304. This course is designed to develop basic skills and techniques for practical application of the general principles of organic chemistry. The development of a safe approach to lab experimentation will be stressed. Four-hour laboratory session per week. Lab fee.

CHEM 305 • Organic Chemistry II (3 units)

Pre-requisite: CHEM 304. Co-requisite:  CHEM 305L.  This course is designed as a continuation of the study of organic chemistry. Students will be introduced to various topics in organic chemistry including: organic oxidations and reductions, carbonyl chemistry, amines, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, organic mechanisms and various biological molecules and building blocks. Three hours of lecture per week.

CHEM 305L • Organic Chemistry Techniques II (1 unit)

Pre-requisites: CHEM 304L.  Co-requisite:  CHEM 305. This is the complementary laboratory course for CHEM 305. This course is designed to develop basic skills and techniques for practical application of the general principles of organic chemistry including identification of unknowns and multi-step synthesis. The development of a safe approach to lab experimentation will be stressed. Four-hour laboratory session per week. Lab fee.

CHEM 310 • Chemical Literature (3 units)

Pre-requisite: Consent of the instructor. A survey of chemical literature, methods of its use, and the study of and reports on specific literature topics. Emphasis on complete and accurate bibliographical searches and proper journal writing form and technique. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum ENGL 220C requirement. Assigned library time and individual conferences with the instructor each week.

CHEM/BIOL 325 • History and Philosophy of Science (3 units)

Prerequisites: BIOL 121 or BIOL 131; CHEM 121; and PSCI 223, PSCI 225, or equivalent. Study of selected topics in the history and philosophy of science and the application of these principles in analyzing contemporary scientific trends. Especially recommended for liberal studies majors and those planning to teach physical or biological sciences in secondary schools. Three hours of lecture per week.

CHEM 430 • Biochemistry (3 units)

Pre-requisite: CHEM 305. Co-requisite:  CHEM 430L. This course covers topics at the interface of chemistry and biology with a focus on problems where chemistry has made a particularly strong contribution to the understanding of biological system mechanisms. The chemical reactions important to biology – and the enzymes that catalyze these reactions – are discussed in an integrated format.  Topics include: the chemistry & biosynthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and nucleic acids; protein folding; enzyme catalysis; bioenergetics; key reactions of synthesis and catabolism; and chemical aspects of signal transduction. An appreciation for the increasing importance of biochemistry in the chemical sciences will be cultivated. Three hours of lecture per week. Alternate years.

CHEM 430L • Experimental Techniques in Biochemistry (1 unit)

Pre-requisite: CHEM 305L. Co-requisite: CHEM 430. This is the complementary laboratory course for CHEM 430. This course is designed to enhance the basic skills and techniques learned in the previous foundational experimental chemistry courses. This course focuses on modern biochemical techniques including the operation of chromatographic and spectroscopic instruments used in the practical application biological chemistry. The development of a safe approach to lab experimentation will be stressed. Four-hour laboratory session per week. Lab fee.  Alternate years.

CHEM 435 • Advanced Biochemistry (3 units)

Prerequisite: CHEM 430. Advanced Biochemistry provides an in depth view of biosynthesis, the biochemistry of muscle action, hormones and their function, active transport, organ interrelationship in metabolism, oncology, the structure of genetic material and replication and expression of DNA. Other topics of interest may be covered.  Three hours of lecture per week.  Alternate years.

CHEM 442 • Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 units)

Prerequisite: CHEM 305. Advanced Organic Chemistry is designed to provide a bridge between introductory organic chemistry and graduate courses. The class format will involve problem solving and discussion, culminating in a term paper in which the student will propose an original synthesis. Emphasis is placed on nomenclature, stereochemistry, functional group transformations, multistep syntheses, reaction mechanisms, aromaticity, pericyclic reactions, and various physical influences on organic reactions.

CHEM 451 • Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3 units)

Prerequisites: CHEM 121, MATH 181; MATH 281 preferred. Co-requisite:  CHEM 451L. Laws, principles and concepts of chemistry concerning the properties of gases, the laws of thermodynamics, the theory and equations of phase changes in both pure and mixed substances, chemical equilibrium, equilibrium electrochemistry, molecular motion and diffusion, and both classical and molecular chemical kinetics. Three hours lecture per week.  Alternate years.

CHEM 451L • Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics Laboratory (1 unit)

Prerequisite:  CHEM 252/L.  Co-requisite:  CHEM 451.  Experiments involving the properties of gases, the laws of thermodynamics, the theory and equations of phase changes in both pure and mixed substances, chemical equilibrium, equilibrium electrochemistry, molecular motion and diffusion, and both classical and molecular chemical kinetics.  Formal journal-style reporting required.  Four hours laboratory per week. Lab fee. Alternate years.

CHEM 470 • Special Topics (1-4 units)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Study in a special topic in chemistry. May be repeated for credit. May have a lab fee. Topics may include advanced inorganic chemistry, rates and mechanisms in organic chemistry, synthetic methods in organic chemistry, or other advanced topics.

CHEM 475 • Introduction to Chemical Research  (1-4 units)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Problems in advanced laboratory research with emphasis on research techniques. Research is carried out under the supervision of the instructor with weekly conferences to discuss results and direction. A written report emphasizing the literature background of the problem and the experimental results is required at the end of the project and will be presented orally in CHEM 499C. Summer session is the most advantageous time to begin an undergraduate research project. For every 1 credit of CHEM 475 registered, the student will engage in 45-60 hours of research. Lab fee.

CHEM 499C • Capstone Seminar in Chemistry (2 units)

Prerequisite: Senior standing or departmental approval. This course includes a senior thesis covering an approved research topic, analysis and evaluation of current research in chemistry, and the integration of faith and the chemical sciences. An oral presentation of an undergraduate research project in a classroom setting is required. In-class presentations by faculty and guests are part of the course. Off-campus seminars maybe required. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum Capstone requirement for Chemistry majors.

* This schedule is subject to change without notice.

** This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.