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General Chemistry for Science Majors Sequence A

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  • General Chemistry for Science Majors Sequence A
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This is a one-year course sequence in chemistry intended for majors in the natural sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, pre-medicine), mathematics, and engineering.

CHEM 101 or placement through multiple measures; Intermediate Algebra or three years of high school mathematics, including two years of algebra.


Knowledge of Exponential functions and Logarithms is strongly recommended for second semester topics. These are part of the pre-calculus curriculum.

The complete one-year course must include the following topics:

  • Nomenclature
  • Atomic Structure
  • Basic Quantum Theory and Electronic Structure
  • Periodic Properties
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Stoichiometry
  • Gas Laws
  • Molecular Structure and Bonding
  • States of Matter
  • Solutions
  • Equilibrium
  • Acids & Bases
  • Solubility Equilibria
  • Electrochemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics
  • Nuclear Chemistry

Additional topics may be included.

It is strongly recommended that both semesters be completed at a single institution before transfer.

The laboratory sequence will support the above topics including primarily (≥80%)  hands-on qualitative and quantitative experiments that incorporate data analysis. Experimental activities appropriate for the course include safety training, solution preparation, and chemical measurements including but not limited to pH titration, gravimetric analysis, and spectrophotometry.

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

Course Objectives may be reported in a wide variety of valid ways. Learning Outcomes should be aimed at preparation for higher-level course work and should include statements related to the following

(Note these are illustrative outcomes adapted from ACS and are not intended to be prescriptive nor are they necessarily comprehensive)

Students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry including: Nomenclature, Atomic Structure, Basic Quantum Theory and Electronic Structure, Periodic Properties, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Gas Laws, Molecular Structure and Bonding, States of Matter, Solutions, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Solubility Equilibria, Electrochemistry, Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Nuclear Chemistry.
  • Apply mathematics to solving Chemistry problems
  • Analyze experimental data
  • Formulate solutions to quantitative problems.
  • Anticipate, recognize, and respond properly to hazards in laboratory procedures and managing chemical waste
  • Keep accurate and complete experimental records
  • Perform accurate quantitative measurements
  • Interpret experimental results and drawing reasonable conclusions
  • Analyze data statistically, assessing the reliability of experimental results, and discussing the sources of systematic and random error in experiments
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written reports

These topics and skills are expected to be at a level higher than when first introduced in Introductory Chemistry. (Adapted from the ACS Curriculum recommendation: link to acs resource)

A variety of assessment techniques that include examinations and written responses to lab activities, and may also include active learning activities, projects, homework problems, and laboratory practicals.

Chemistry, McMurry & Fay, Prentice Hall

General Chemistry: The Essential Concepts, Chang and Overby, McGraw-Hill

Principles of Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, Tro, Prentice Hall

Chemical Principles, Atkins & Jones, W.H. Freeman

Chemistry in the Laboratory, Postma, Roberts & Holenberg, W.H. Freeman

Chemistry: The Central Science, Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, & Woodward, Prentice Hall

Laboratory Experiments for Chemistry: The Central Science, Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, Nelson & Kemp, Prentice Hall

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  • At least 5.0, including at least 1 unit of lab for each semester

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