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CHEM 1A, 1B, 25, 30A, 30B: If you have not taken the prerequisite(s) at Foothill College, you will not be allowed to register without an equivalency form from the counseling office or waiver from the division office.
NEW COURSE transferable to UC and CSU:
CHEM 20 I MATTER: INTRODUCTION TO GREEN CHEMISTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT 5 Units
This course introduces students to one of the most significant emerging fields in modern chemistry, green chemistry, which connects the optimum use of chemistry to the well-being of humanity and the environment.


20 Course Descriptions found.

CHEM 1A GENERAL CHEMISTRY5 Units
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.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the chemistry placement test or CHEM 20 or 25; satisfactory score on the mathematics placement test or MATH 105 or 108.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESLL 125 or ENGL 209, not open to students with credit in CHEM 1AH.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (108 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Natural Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
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CHEM 1AH HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY5 Units
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.
Prerequisites: MATH 105, 108 or equivalent; satisfactory score on the chemistry placement test or an AP chemistry score of 4 or 5; Foothill College Honors Institute Participant.
Advisory: Familiarity with calculus topics including derivatives and integration either in high school or college; not open to students with credit in CHEM 1A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (108 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Natural Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.
 
CHEM 1B GENERAL CHEMISTRY5 Units
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.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1A or 1AH.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 1BH.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (108 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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CHEM 1BH HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY5 Units
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.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1AH; Foothill College Honors Institute Participant.
Advisory: Familiarity with calculus topics including derivatives and integration either in high school or college; not open to students with credit in CHEM 1B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (108 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.
 
CHEM 1C GENERAL CHEMISTRY & QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS5 Units
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.
Prerequisite: CHEM 1B or 1BH.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (108 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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CHEM 9 CHEMISTRY OF COOKING5 Units
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; carmelization of sugars and crystallization in chocolate. Laboratory experiments will utilize both common chemistry instrumentation and kitchen equipment.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement test or MATH 220.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Natural Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.
 
CHEM 12A ORGANIC CHEMISTRY4 Units
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).
Prerequisite: CHEM 1C.
Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of laboratory component to course (CHEM 12AL or 13AH).
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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CHEM 12AL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2 Units
Laboratory course to accompany CHEM 12A. Intended to introduce students to laboratory techniques common in modern synthetic organic chemistry. Introduces laboratory techniques common in synthetic Organic Chemistry. Students will work on both standard preparatory scale and microscale to prepare, isolate, purify and characterize organic compounds.
Corequisite: CHEM 12A.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 13AH.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
6 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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CHEM 12B ORGANIC CHEMISTRY4 Units
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.
Prerequisites: CHEM 12A and CHEM 12AL or 13AH.
Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of laboratory component to course (CHEM 12BL or 13BH).
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.
 
CHEM 12BL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2 Units
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 who have mastered the prerequisites.
Corequisite: CHEM 12B.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 13BH.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
6 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.
 
CHEM 12C ORGANIC CHEMISTRY4 Units
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 poly-functional, 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.
Prerequisites: CHEM 12B and CHEM 12BL or 13BH.
Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment or prior completion of laboratory component to course (CHEM 12CL or 13CH).
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.
 
CHEM 12CL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY2 Units
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.
Corequisite: CHEM 12C.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 13CH.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
6 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.
 
CHEM 13AH HONORS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY3 Units
Honors laboratory course to accompany CHEM 12A. Intended to introduce students to laboratory techniques common in modern synthetic organic chemistry. Emphasis is on chemical reactions relevant to CHEM 12A content. Similar to CHEM 12AL, this honors course adds critical analysis of primary literature, and requires additional writing assignments and group presentations.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1C or equivalent; Honors Institute participant.
Corequisite: CHEM 12A.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 12AL.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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CHEM 13BH HONORS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY3 Units
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.
Prerequisites: CHEM 12A and CHEM 12AL or 13AH; Honors Institute participant.
Corequisite: CHEM 12B.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 12BL.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.
 
CHEM 13CH HONORS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY3 Units
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.
Prerequisites: CHEM 12B and CHEM 12BL or 13BH; Honors Institute Participant.
Corequisite: CHEM 12C.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in CHEM 12CL.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.
 
CHEM 20 I MATTER: INTRODUCTION TO GREEN CHEMISTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT5 Units
This course introduces one of the most significant emerging fields in modern chemistry, green chemistry, which connects the optimum use of chemistry to the well-being of humanity and the environment. Fundamental principles of chemistry necessary to understand the source and fate of man-made chemical substances in the environment and potential impacts on human health. Chemical concepts such as atomic structure, bonding, thermodynamics, and chemical reactivity are introduced as they pertain to particular environmental issues. Basic chemical laboratory techniques and methods are included as well as a survey of important green chemical principles with an emphasis on inquiry and problem solving. Intended for students who wish to meet general education requirements in physical science or those planning to complete the General Chemistry sequence (CHEM 1A - 1C). CHEM 20 qualifies as a prerequisite for CHEM 1A and is accepted for General Education Natural Science transfer credit by both the California State University and University of California systems.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement test or MATH 105 or 108.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in ESLL 125 or ENGL 209.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Natural Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.
 
CHEM 25 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY5 Units
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.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement test or MATH 105 or 108.
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.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Natural Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
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CHEM 30A SURVEY OF INORGANIC & ORGANIC CHEMISTRY5 Units
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, radiological technology, respiratory therapy, and pharmaceutical technology.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement test or MATH 217 or 220.
Advisory: UC will grant transfer credit for a maximum of one course from the following: CHEM 25, 30A or 30B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Natural Sciences
Transferability: CSU and UC
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CHEM 30B SURVEY OF ORGANIC & BIOCHEMISTRY5 Units
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.
Prerequisite: CHEM 30A.
Advisory: UC will grant transfer credit for a maximum of one course from the following: CHEM 25, 30A or 30B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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CHEM 70 STUDY SKILLS & PROBLEM-SOLVING STRATEGIES FOR CHEM 1A2 Units
This course focuses on two objectives: (1) Development of study skills and strategies needed to succeed in a college level science course including listening and note taking skills, time management, use of textbooks, management of effective study sessions and study groups, managing lecture and laboratory work, analyzing figures and graphs, test preparation and test taking strategies. (2) Development of analytical reasoning strategies, critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities with a focus on topics the student must master in CHEM 1A in order to succeed in subsequent courses, CHEM 1B and 1C.
Corequisite: CHEM 1A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Fall quarter.