Chemistry

School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

Dean: Michael Odu, Ph.D.

Department Chair: Jeffrey Veal, Ph.D.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 215A, (619) 482-6344

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Chemistry is a physical science that focuses on the composition, structural properties, reaction of substances, and the means by which matter is converted from one form to another. This discipline explores the fundamentals of organic and inorganic matter, chemical structure and reactivity, qualitative and quantitative analyses, laboratory procedures that include strong emphasis on modern instrumental methods, research methodologies, and quantum mechanics.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available to the chemistry major. A few require an associate in science degree, some require a bachelor’s degree, and most require a graduate-level degree: high school or college teacher, analytical chemist, biochemist, polymer chemist, medical doctor, dentist, laboratory technician, and technical sales representative. Entry-level career opportunities are available in biotechnology, biomedical instrumentation, diagnostics, immunochemistry, pharmaceuticals, basic research, and environmental control agencies.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Science Degree: Transfer Preparation
Chemistry 01530

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Note: See also Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Science.

Websites for chemistry majors:
SDSU: www.chemistry.sdsu.edu
UCSD: www-chemistry.ucsd.edu
CSU, San Marcos: www.csusm.edu/chemistry
Articulation: www.assist.org

Faculty

David Brown, Ph.D.
dbrown@swccd.edu

David Hecht, Ph.D.
dhecht@swccd.edu

Tinh-Alfredo Khuong, Ph.D.
tkhuong@swccd.edu

Joachim Latzer, Ph.D.
jlatzer@swccd.edu

Joann Um, Ph.D.
jum@swccd.edu

CHEM 100

INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MATH 45 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Mathematics Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Fundamentals of inorganic chemistry, including bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, gas laws, acids and bases, equilibrium, solutions, and basic types of reactions. Introduction to nuclear, organic and environmental chemistry. [D; CSU; UC]

CHEM 110

ELEMENTARY ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: CHEM 100, 170, or 200, or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces organic and biological chemistry. Fulfills the chemistry requirements for majors in nursing, home economics, consumer science, and hazardous materials. [D; CSU; UC]

CHEM 150

INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Survey course about career and educational aspects of Chemical Technology. Topics include, but are not limited to, employment opportunities, job functions, case studies of workplace activities, hazardous materials and chemical safety, literature search, drug development, government regulations, and designations of good laboratory practice (GLP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP). [D; CSU]

CHEM 151

INTRODUCTION TO FERMENTATION SCIENCE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: MATH 45 or MATH 48 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Mathematics Assessment or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Surveys the fundamental processes of biology and chemistry applied to the science of fermentation. Introduces organic and biological chemistry. Focuses on cellular functions and metabolism for understanding fermentation. Includes an overview of the societal impacts of fermentation geared towards the local craft brewing industry. Not intended for chemistry or biology majors. [D] (Same as: BIOL 151)

CHEM 160

INTRODUCTORY BIOCHEMISTRY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or 240 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the fundamental principles of modern biological chemistry. Includes the structure, chemistry and metabolism of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and other biomolecules. [D; CSU; UC]

CHEM 170

PREPARATION FOR GENERAL CHEMISTRY

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MATH 70 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Mathematics Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces general chemistry that serves to establish a framework of vocabulary, principles, concepts, laboratory techniques, and problem-solving skills to prepare the student to complete successfully the more intensive general chemistry sequence. [D; CSU; UC]

CHEM 180

COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN CHEMISTRY

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: CHEM 170 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours

Students will employ a variety of computational methods to solve problems in chemistry. Computer techniques include spreadsheet applications, database management, and molecular structure drawing software, molecular visualization tools, introductory statistical, combinatorial, informatic applications, presentation software, and Internet usage. [D; CSU]

CHEM 190

CHEMICAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent skill level as determined by Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: CHEM 170 or the equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to work safely in a workplace where chemical and biological hazards exist. Topics include evaluating laboratory risks, safety equipment, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), government regulatory agencies, chemical toxicology, and safe chemical disposal practices. [D; CSU]

CHEM 200

GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: MATH 101 or 121 or MATH 244 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: CHEM 170 or equivalent; MATH 70 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Mathematics Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Covers methods of chemistry, formulas and equations, chemical calculations, states of matter, periodic law, atomic structure and chemical bonding, gases, thermochemistry, equilibrium, and acids and bases. Laboratory stresses quantitative methods, including gravimetric analysis and titrimetry, use of instrumentation, including spectrophotometers, pH meters, multimeters, and error analysis. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID CHEM 120S]

CHEM 210

GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: CHEM 200 or equivalent; MATH 101 or 121 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Includes equilibrium and acid-base reactions; liquids, solids, kinetics, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry, the elements and their properties; introduction to organic and biochemistry. Laboratory emphasizes quantitative and qualitative analysis, use of instrumentation including multimeters, spectrophotometers, Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AA), and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR), laboratory reports, and discussion of error. [D: CSU; UC; C-ID CHEM 120S]

CHEM 240

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: CHEM 210 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces modern organic chemistry. Augments the study of organic compounds and their reactions via the use of Infrared Spectroscopy (IR) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR). [D: CSU; UC]

CHEM 242

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: CHEM 240 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: SPRING

Builds upon topics learned in Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 240). Introduces properties of aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, amines, and alcohols. Includes extensive consideration of biological molecules such as carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. [D; CSU; UC]

CHEM 244

ORGANIC ANALYSIS AND SPECTROSCOPY

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Corequisite: CHEM 242.

Laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides laboratory experience in methods for the separation and identification of organic compounds. Includes isolation and identification of organic compounds by means of chromatographic techniques, derivations, and spectroscopic methods including nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, and mass spectrometry. [D; CSU; UC]

CHEM 250

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: CHEM 210 or equivalent; MATH 101 or 121, or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 6 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the classical methods and theory of gravimetric and volumetric analyses. Introduces instrumental techniques, such as ultra violet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR), gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (GC-MS), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), atomic absorption, and selected electrical methods. [D; CSU; UC]

CHEM 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of chemistry of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.)