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CHEMISTRY (CHEM)

Lower Division

100. Chemistry in the Modern World (FWS)
Examination of chemistry and its value to contemporary society. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, bonding, physical and chemical change, solutions and other important chemical principles related to everyday observable phenomena. In laboratory, the scientific method is employed to design experiments, test hypotheses, formulate chemical principles and interpret experiment results. Designed for those desiring a broad overview of chemistry including liberal studies majors. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the Entry Level Mathematics examination. (GE=B3) (5 units)
105. Chemicals in Our Environment (FWS)
Examination of a current issue related to chemicals in our environment with focus on chemical principles and the interplay between chemical technology and society. Lecture only. (GE=B4) (2 units)
205. Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry (FWS)
Basic introduction to the concepts of chemistry, including the composition of matter and physical and chemical changes. Designed primarily for the student with little or no chemistry background who plans to take additional chemistry or other science courses. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: one year of high school algebra. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 90 or above. (GE=B3) (5 units)
206. Fundamentals of Chemistry II: Organic Chemistry (W)
Introduction to the chemistry of organic compounds. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 205 or 215. (5 units)
207. Fundamentals of Chemistry III: Biochemistry (S)
Introduction to the principles of modern biological chemistry and to organic compounds of biological interest. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 206. (5 units)
208. Survey of Human Biochemistry (FWS)
Survey of basic biochemical principles with an emphasis on the structure, function and metabolism of important biological molecules as related to human physiology. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM 205. (3 units)
215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (FW)
Stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, states of matter and solutions. Designed primarily for the student majoring in the biological or physical sciences. Four hours lecture, three hours laboratory, and one hour recitation. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: one year of high school chemistry and three years of high school mathematics, or their equivalents; completion of, concurrent enrollment in or qualification for Math 110 by Entry Level Mathematics examination. (GE=B3) (6 units)
216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions (WS)
Chemical kinetics and equilibrium, thermodynamics, redox reactions and electrochemistry, and topics in inorganic, organic, biological and environmental chemistry. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 215 with a grade of "C-" or better. (6 units)
221. Organic Chemistry I (F)
  1. Lecture. The chemistry of carbon compounds, including modern concepts of structure, mechanism, and reactivity. Emphasis is placed on compounds and reactions of biological interest; and includes an introduction to selected topics in biochemistry. Taking the lecture sequence (CHEM 221A, 222A, and 223A) without the lab sequence (CHEM 221B, 222B, and 223B) is inappropriate for premedical, predental and other pre-health professions students and for all majors and minors except the B.A. major in biology. Chemistry majors (except the B.A. in Chemistry, Biochemistry Option) are expected to take the Principles of Organic Chemistry sequence (CHEM 321, 322 and 323). Lecture only. Prerequisites: CHEM 215 with a grade of "C" or better and CHEM 216 with a grade of "C-" or better. (3 units)
  2. Laboratory. An introduction to experimental techniques in organic chemistry. Three hours of laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 215. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 221A. (1 unit)
222. Organic Chemistry II (W)
  1. Lecture. Continuation of CHEM 221A. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM 221A with a grade of "C" or better. (3 units)
  2. Laboratory. Continuation of CHEM 221B. Three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 221B. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 222A. (1 unit)
223. Organic Chemistry III (S)
  1. Lecture. Continuation of CHEM 222A. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM 222A or equivalent with a grade of "C-" or better. (3 units)
  2. Laboratory. Continuation of CHEM 222B. Three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 222B. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 223A. (1 unit)
295. Special Projects in Chemistry (FWS)
Individual investigation, research, study or survey of selected problems. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (1-2 units)

Upper Division

301. Service Learning in Chemistry (FWS)
Supervised activities in chemistry or chemical education providing service to campus or community constituents. At least 30 hours required for credit. May be repeated for credit. May not be counted for credit for the chemistry major. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and pertinent course work. (1 unit)
321. Principles of Organic Chemistry I (F)
Detailed study of organic molecules and their structures, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry and synthesis. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: CHEM 215 and 216 with grades of "C" or better in each course. (5 units)
322. Principles of Organic Chemistry II (W)
Continuation of CHEM 321. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 321 with a grade of "C" or better. (5 units)
323. Principles of Organic Chemistry III (S)
Continuation of CHEM 322, including special topics in heterocyclic compounds, fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids and proteins. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 322 with a grade of "C" or better. (5 units)
345. Modern Quantitative Analysis (FS)
Gravimetric and volumetric analysis, chemical equilibria, and modern instrumental methods. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Formerly CHEM 245. Prerequisite: CHEM 216 with a grade of "C" or better. (5 units)
392. Scientific Glassblowing (W)
Principles and skills in the construction, modification and repair of scientific glass apparatus. May not be counted as upper-division elective units for the B.S. in Chemistry degree, ACS Certified Option. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (2 units)
421. Intermediate Organic Chemistry (S-alt yr)
Organic reaction mechanisms, quantitative identification of organic compounds, and instrumental organic analysis. May not be counted as upper-division elective units for a chemistry degree. Three hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 223 or equivalent course work. (5 units)
436. Biochemistry I (FW)
  1. Lecture. Structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Four hours lecture. Formerly CHEM 436. Prerequisites: either CHEM 223 or 323 with a grade of "C" or better, and BIOL 200. (4 units)
  2. Laboratory. Introduction to experimental techniques in biochemistry and biotechnology. Three hours laboratory. Formerly CHEM 436. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 436A. (1 unit)
437. Biochemistry II (W)
  1. Lecture. Mechanism and kinetics of enzymes; metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM 436A with a grade of "C-" or better. (3 units)
  2. Laboratory. Continuation of CHEM 436B. Three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 436B. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 437A. (1 unit)
438. Biochemistry III (S)
  1. Lecture. Structure, function, and metabolism of nucleotides and nucleic acids with an emphasis on molecular mechanisms of nucleotide synthesis and degradation, replication, transcription, translation and regulation of gene expression. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CHEM 437A with a grade of "C-" or better. (3 units)
  2. Laboratory. Continuation of CHEM 437B. Three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 437B. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 438A. (1 unit)
451. Physical Chemistry for Biochemists I (W)
Thermodynamics of single and multi-component systems, properties of non-electrolyte and electrolyte solutions with an emphasis on biomolecular systems. May not be counted for upper-division elective units for a B.A. in Chemistry, Chemistry Option or B.S. in Chemistry, ACS Certified Option. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: CHEM 345, 436A, and 436B with grades of "C" or better; MATH 213; and PHYS 123 or 223.
(5 units)
452. Physical Chemistry for Biochemists II (S)
Phase equilibria, transport properties, electron transfer reactions, and reaction kinetics, with an emphasis on biomolecular systems. Quantum mechanical and physical principles as applied to molecular structure and spectroscopy. May not be counted for upper-division elective units for a B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry, Chemistry Option or a B.S. in Chemistry, ACS Certified Option. Fours hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 451. (5 units)
455. Physical Chemistry I (F)
Gas kinetics, thermodynamics, properties of solutions, phase equilibria, electrochemistry, and surface phenomena. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: CHEM 345 with a grade of "C" or better; MATH 213; and must have completed PHYS 123 or may take PHYS 223 as a pre- or corequisite. Recommended: MATH 251. (5 units)
456. Physical Chemistry II (W)
Quantum mechanics, reaction rates and mechanisms, and crystal structure. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM 455. (5 units)
470. Bioinorganic Chemistry (F)
Principles of inorganic chemistry emphasizing metals in biological systems. Course will cover coordination chemistry and physical techniques used to probe activity. A survey of the types of metalloproteins and metalloenzymes and their biological functions. Detailed case studies of selected metalloproteins. May not be counted for upper-division elective units for a B.A. in Chemistry, Chemistry Option or B.S. in Chemistry, ACS Certified Option. Prerequisites: CHEM 223 or 323 and 216. Recommended: CHEM 436A and 436B. (3 units)
475. Inorganic Chemistry (S)
Inorganic compounds and reactions. Special emphasis on symmetry, structure, kinetics, and thermodynamic principles. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 452 or 456. (5 units)
500. Topics in Chemistry (S)
Lecture course on an advanced chemistry topic such as: advanced organic chemistry, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry, literature in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, polymer chemistry, and spectroscopy. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Lecture only. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (2 units)
501. Advanced Laboratory Techniques (FWS)
Advanced laboratory course on a subject relative to one of the main divisions of chemistry. May be repeated for credit, however only four units may be counted as upper-division elective units for either a major or minor in chemistry. Final written report required. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: the basic course covering the subject of the Advanced Laboratory Techniques course and consent of instructor. (1-2 units)
545. Instrumental Analysis (S-alt yr)
Principles and techniques of modern instrumental analysis, including spectrophotometry, spectroscopy, chromatography, X-ray analysis, mass spectrometry and potentiometry. Four hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: CHEM 223 or 323, 345 and 452 or 456. (6 units)
575. Internship in Chemistry (FWS)
Supervised work and study in applied chemistry in an on- or off-campus setting. Final written report may be required. May be repeated for credit with department consent. A total of four units may be applied towards obtaining a bachelors degree and a total of five units may be applied towards obtaining a masters degree. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: course work appropriate to the specific internship and consent of department. (1-5 units)
576. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (F-alt yr)
Current developments in inorganic chemistry, including coordination chemistry, non-metals and metalloids. Lecture only. Prerequisites: CHEM 456 and either CHEM 223 or 323. (4 units)
590. Chemistry Seminar (FS)
Topics of current chemical interest, presented by students, faculty and guest speakers. To be taken twice for credit toward the major requirements for graduation. Prerequisites: twelve upper-division units in chemistry, and NSCI 306 or equivalent.
  1. I. Lecture only. Final written report required. (1 unit)
  2. II. Oral presentation required. Prerequisite: CHEM 590A. (1 unit)
595. Independent Study (FWS)
Laboratory and/or library research conducted under the direction of a faculty member. Final written report required. A total of six units in CHEM 595 may be applied toward the major. Materials fee required. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (1-6 units)
597. Directed Study in Science Education
Readings, library research or a directed project on the pedagogical content knowledge of a specific area of chemistry, conducted under the direction of a faculty member. Graded credit/no credit. May be repeated for credit. No more than four units may be applied toward degree requirements for the B.A. in Chemistry, Integrated Teaching Track. May not be counted as elective units for the B.A. in Chemistry, Chemistry Option; B.A. in Chemistry, Biochemistry Option; B.S. in Chemistry, ACS Certified Option, or the B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry Option. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal. (1 unit)
599. Undergraduate Comprehensive Examination
Assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: student must be a chemistry major within three quarters of graduation. (0 units)

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