Academic Catalog

Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 1A  •  GENERAL CHEMISTRY

CHEM 1A Details
Units: 5
Hours: 3 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (108 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the chemistry placement test or CHEM 25; MATH 105 or equivalent.
Advisory: MATH 48A or equivalent Precalculus I course; concurrent enrollment in ESLL 125 or ENGL 209; not open to students with credit in CHEM 1AH.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area III: Natural Sciences
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Fundamental chemical principles with an emphasis on physical and chemical properties, stoichiometry, chemical reaction types, kinetic molecular theory, thermochemistry, modern atomic theory and atomic structure, chemical bonding and bonding theory, and molecular shapes. Laboratory component parallels lecture topics and also includes chemical nomenclature, basic chemical equations, stoichiometry, unknown analysis, and fundamentals of oxidation and reduction.

CHEM 1AH  •  HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY

CHEM 1AH Details
Units: 5
Hours: 3 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (108 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the chemistry placement test or CHEM 25; MATH 105 or equivalent.
Advisory: MATH 48A or equivalent Precalculus I course; not open to students with credit in CHEM 1A.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area III: Natural Sciences
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Fundamental chemical principles with an emphasis on physical properties and their mathematical modeling and interpretation. As an honors course, the treatment of the chemical topics will be at a higher level mathematically and conceptually. Students are expected to have a high degree of competency in mathematics and advanced reasoning skills. Topics include: The atom in modern chemistry; chemical formulas, equations, stoichiometry and theoretical yields; classical models of atomic bonding, electron shells, and molecular shapes; the behavior of gases, gas laws, kinetic molecular theory, molecular collisions; solids, liquids and phase transitions, intermolecular forces, phase diagrams; thermodynamic processes and thermochemistry, heat capacity and colorimetry, reversible processes in ideal gases; spontaneous processes and thermodynamic systems.

CHEM 1B  •  GENERAL CHEMISTRY

CHEM 1B Details
Units: 5
Hours: 3 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (108 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 1A or 1AH.
Advisory: MATH 48B or equivalent Precalculus II course; not open to students with credit in CHEM 1BH.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Kinetic molecular theory and gas laws, intermolecular forces, chemical kinetics, equilibria, behavior of acids and bases, acid/base equilibrium, and classical thermodynamics. Laboratory parallels lecture topics and includes computer graphing techniques, chemical kinetics, equilibrium measurements, heat transfer experiments, thermodynamics of an equilibrium system, vapor pressure of liquids.

CHEM 1BH  •  HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY

CHEM 1BH Details
Units: 5
Hours: 3 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (108 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 1AH.
Advisory: MATH 48B or equivalent Precalculus II course; not open to students with credit in CHEM 1B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Designed for physical science majors, the fundamental chemical principles are explored with an emphasis on physical properties and their mathematical modeling and interpretation. As an honors course, the treatment of the chemical topics will be at a higher level mathematically and conceptually. Students are expected to have a high degree of competency in mathematics and advanced reasoning skills. Topics include: chemical equilibrium with a mass action and thermodynamic description; solutions, including acid-base titrations, oxidation reduction titrations, nonvolatile and volatile solutes; advanced acid-base equilibrium, including strengths, weak acid/base reactions, and polyprotic acids; introduction to quantum mechanics, including the wave nature of light, Bohr model, wave-particle duality and particle in a box models; quantum mechanics and atomic structure, including the hydrogen atom, the shell model, Aufbau principle, periodic table interpretation and periodic properties; valence bond theory and orbital hybridization; chemical kinetics, including mechanisms Arrhenius equation, catalysts and solution kinetics.

CHEM 1C  •  GENERAL CHEMISTRY & QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS

CHEM 1C Details
Units: 5
Hours: 3 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (108 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 1B or 1BH.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Aqueous ionic equilibria of buffers, solubility product constants and formation constants; properties of solutions, including factors affecting solubility, energy changes in the solution process and colligative properties; electrochemistry, including the thermodynamics of voltaic cells; introduction to coordination chemistry and bonding theory; nuclear chemistry with emphasis on applications; and, time permitting, an introduction to modern materials. Laboratory parallels lecture topics with an introduction to qualitative inorganic analysis.

CHEM 9  •  CHEMISTRY OF COOKING

CHEM 9 Details
Units: 5
Hours: 4 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (84 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Elementary Algebra or equivalent.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area III: Natural Sciences
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

This course will use kitchen science and cooking to introduce fundamental principles of chemistry. Concepts include atomic theory; stoichiometry; acid-base reactions; the molecular structure of food compounds; heat transfer and cooking methods; egg foams, protein structure and denaturation; gas laws; pressure cooking and the Maillard reaction for meats; the molecular basis of aroma and flavor; sauces and viscosity; chemical reactions involved in baking; caramelization of sugars and crystallization in chocolate. Laboratory experiments will utilize both common chemistry instrumentation and kitchen equipment.

CHEM 12A  •  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

CHEM 12A Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 1C.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 12AL recommended, as CHEM 12A and 12AL are required for progression to CHEM 12B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

This course is the first of a three quarter course describing the chemistry of organic (carbon containing) compounds. Emphasis on structure-reactivity relationships and mechanisms of functional group transformations. For science majors and students pursuing professional careers in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine. Generally not appropriate for nursing majors (see CHEM 30B).

CHEM 12AL  •  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

CHEM 12AL Details
Units: 2
Hours: 6 laboratory per week (72 total per quarter)
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 12A.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 13AH.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Laboratory course to accompany CHEM 12A. Intended to introduce students to laboratory techniques common in modern synthetic organic chemistry. Students will work on both standard preparative scale and microscale to synthesize, isolate, purify and characterize organic compounds.

CHEM 12B  •  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

CHEM 12B Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 12A and CHEM 12AL.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 12BL or 13BH recommended, as CHEM 12B and 12BL/13BH are required for progression to CHEM 12C.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

This course is the continuation of CHEM 12A. Emphasis is on structure-reactivity relationships of organic compounds, mechanisms of functional group transformations, and synthesis of organic target compounds from simple precursors. For chemistry, biological science, environmental science majors, and for pre-professional students in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or any other interested students who have mastered the prerequisites.

CHEM 12BL  •  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

CHEM 12BL Details
Units: 2
Hours: 6 laboratory per week (72 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 12AL.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 12B.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 13BH.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Laboratory course to accompany CHEM 12B. Emphasis is on spectroscopic methods for the structure elucidation of organic compounds. Provides extensive practice in the synthesis, purification, isolation and characterization of organic target molecules. For chemistry and other STEM majors, and for pre-professional students in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or any other interested students that have mastered the prerequisites.

CHEM 12C  •  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

CHEM 12C Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 12B and CHEM 12BL or 13BH.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 12CL or 13CH recommended, as CHEM 12CL is major transfer requirement - please consult a counselor.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

The third and final quarter of organic chemistry expands the study of functional groups to include ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids and its derivatives, and amines. Also introduces the chemistry of polyfunctional, biologically active molecules such as proteins and carbohydrates. Continued emphasis on structure-reactivity relationships, mechanisms of reaction and multi-step syntheses. For chemistry and other STEM majors as well as any pre-professional students studying for careers in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and for any other interested students who have mastered the prerequisites.

CHEM 12CL  •  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

CHEM 12CL Details
Units: 2
Hours: 6 laboratory per week (72 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 12BL or 13BH.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 12C.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 13CH.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Laboratory course to accompany CHEM 12C. Intended to strengthen skill in application of laboratory techniques, and to encourage independent work. Emphasis is on chemical reactions relevant to CHEM 12C, multi-step syntheses, and identification of unknowns.

CHEM 13BH  •  HONORS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

CHEM 13BH Details
Units: 3
Hours: 1 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (84 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 12A and CHEM 12AL.
Corequisite: CHEM 12B.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 12BL.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Honors laboratory course to accompany CHEM 12B. Intended to introduce students to laboratory techniques common in modern synthetic organic chemistry. Emphasis is on chemical reactions relevant to CHEM 12B content. Similar to CHEM 12BL, this honors course adds critical analysis of primary literature, and requires additional writing assignments and group presentations.

CHEM 13CH  •  HONORS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

CHEM 13CH Details
Units: 3
Hours: 1 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (84 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 12B and CHEM 12BL or 13BH.
Corequisite: CHEM 12C.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 12CL.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Honors laboratory course to accompany CHEM 12C. Intended to introduce students to research methods, improve skill in application of laboratory techniques, and strengthen quantitative reasoning. Students work on challenging projects taken from the primary literature. Emphasis is on Physical-Organic Chemistry, Multi-step synthesis, and chemical reactions relevant to CHEM 12C.

CHEM 25  •  FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY

CHEM 25 Details
Units: 5
Hours: 4 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (84 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: MATH 105 or equivalent.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESLL 125 or ENGL 209; UC will grant transfer credit for a maximum of one course from the following: CHEM 25, 30A or 30B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area III: Natural Sciences
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

The course includes basic chemical laboratory techniques and methods, a survey of important chemical principles with emphasis on problem solving, and a description of the elements and their compounds. Intended for students who wish to meet general education requirements in physical science or need background preparation for CHEM 1A.

CHEM 30A  •  SURVEY OF INORGANIC & ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

CHEM 30A Details
Units: 5
Hours: 4 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (84 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Elementary Algebra or equivalent.
Advisory: UC will grant transfer credit for a maximum of one course from the following: CHEM 25, 30A or 30B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area III: Natural Sciences
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

An introductory course covering basic principles of chemistry more descriptive than quantitative in emphasis. Topics include atomic structure, the periodic table, the three states of matter, energy, chemical bonding in ionic and molecular compounds, nomenclature, measurement and the metric system, chemical reactions and equations, solutions, acids, bases, salts and electrolyte systems. Primarily intended for students entering the allied health field, including: nursing, veterinary technology, dental assistant, dental hygiene, biotechnology, primary care associate, radiation therapy technology, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, and pharmaceutical technology.

CHEM 30B  •  SURVEY OF ORGANIC & BIOCHEMISTRY

CHEM 30B Details
Units: 5
Hours: 4 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (84 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: CHEM 30A.
Advisory: UC will grant transfer credit for a maximum of one course from the following: CHEM 25, 30A or 30B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Basic principles of organic chemistry and biological chemistry. Topics include organic chemistry nomenclature, functional groups, and an introduction to structure and properties of carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, proteins and enzymes. An overview of metabolism will also be given. Primarily intended for students entering the allied health field, including: nursing, dental hygiene, and biotechnology.