Course Descriptions

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 114 Survey of Chemistry and Physics (4 units)

Equivalent to PHYS 114. A conceptual survey of physical science (physics and chemistry) intended for non-science majors at the General Education level. A general discussion of the scientific method and techniques are followed by physics, chemistry, and integrated topics. The laboratory portion covers a hands-on exploration of phenomena discussed in lecture. The physics component of the course discusses motion, force, energy, electricity and magnetism, waves and light. The chemistry component of the course focuses on chemicals and reactions common in everyday life. Concepts relating to the nature and interactions of atoms, ions, and molecules are presented. Students also learn to use and evaluate information presented on product labels, in advertisement, and available through the internet.

CHEM 192 Elementary Chemistry (4 units)

Comprehensive introductory chemistry course covering basic concepts, theories and laws with emphasis on reasoning and problem solving skills. Topics include but are not limited to chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, electron configuration, atomic orbitals, molecular geometry and bonding. The laboratory component of this course introduces students to both qualitative techniques and quantitative techniques appropriate for data collection, manipulation and analysis of a variety of chemical systems.

CHEM 210 General Chemistry I (5 units)

This course is the first half of a two-semester sequence in general chemistry intended for students pursuing majors in physical sciences, biological sciences and engineering. The topics include atomic theory, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, thermochemistry, periodicity, molecular geometry, gas laws, solution stoichiometry, intermolecular forces and selected topics covering redox and acid-base reactions. The laboratory program includes gravimetric, colorimetric, and selected volumetric methods of analysis. Students are introduced to spreadsheet and graphical analysis of laboratory data and molecular modeling, and perform a variety of computer-interfaced experiments.

CHEM 220 General Chemistry II (5 units)

This course is the continuation of CHEM 210 and is intended for students pursuing majors in physical sciences, biological sciences and engineering. The topics discussed include properties of solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, thermodynamics, spontaneity, electrochemistry, nuclear reactions, and the chemistry of complex ions. The laboratory program extends the use of spreadsheet, graphical analysis and computer interfaced experimentation in acid-base titrations, rates of reactions, electrochemistry and volumetric analysis. A brief qualitative analysis scheme is also carried out in the laboratory program.

CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I (5 units)

Introduction to the chemistry of hydrocarbons with emphasis on structure and reactivity of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and conjugated systems. Mechanisms, stereochemistry and spectroscopy are an integral part of the course. Basic synthesis, separation, purification and spectroscopic techniques are introduced in the laboratory. Designed as the first semester of a one-year organic chemistry sequence.

CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II (5 units)

This course is a continuation of CHEM 231. It introduces the chemistry of aromatic compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and proteins with emphasis on synthesis and reaction mechanisms. Laboratory work emphasizes techniques for the synthesis, purification and identification of organic compounds by spectroscopic methods.

CHEM 410 Chemistry for Health Sciences (4 units)

A survey of basic concepts in general, organic and biological chemistry relevant to the allied health science fields including nursing, radiological technology, respiratory therapy, etc.

CHEM 695 Independent Study (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.

Physics Courses

PHYS 114 Survey of Chemistry and Physics (4 units)

Equivalent to CHEM 114. A conceptual survey of physical science (physics and chemistry) intended for non-science majors at the General Education level. A general discussion of the scientific method and techniques are followed by physics, chemistry, and integrated topics. The laboratory portion covers a hands-on exploration of phenomena discussed in lecture. The physics component of the course discusses motion, force, energy, electricity and magnetism, waves and light. The chemistry component of the course focuses on chemicals and reactions common in everyday life. Concepts relating to the nature and interactions of atoms, ions, and molecules are presented. Students also learn to use and evaluate information presented on product labels, in advertisement, and available through the internet.

PHYS 210 General Physics I (4 units)

Covers basic concepts of physics, including the nature of physics, mechanics, elasticity and simple harmonic motion, waves and sound, fluids, heat and temperature, and the kinetic theory of gases. This course meets general education education requirements for many majors in the life sciences.

PHYS 211 General Physics I - Calculus Supplement (1 units)

Application of Calculus to selected topics in PHYS 210. Primarily intended for majors requiring one year calculus based physics.

PHYS 220 General Physics II (4 units)

Basic concepts of physics including the nature of physics, electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, the special theory of relativity, atomic physics, and quantum mechanics.

PHYS 221 General Physics II - Calculus Supplement (1 units)

Application of calculus to selected topics in PHYS 220. Primarily intended for majors requiring one year of calculus based physics.

PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I (4 units)

This course is the first in three-semester series designed to provide a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of physics to students majoring in engineering or the physical sciences. Topics include classical mechanics, wave motion and special relativity.

PHYS 260 Physics with Calculus II (4 units)

This course is the second in a three-semester series designed to provide a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of physics to students majoring in engineering or the physical sciences. Topics include electricity, magnetism and electro-magnetic waves.

PHYS 270 Physics with Calculus III (4 units)

This course is the third in a three-semester series designed to provide a thorough foundation in the fundamentals of physics to students majoring in engineering or the physical sciences. Topics include Thermodynamics, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics.

PHYS 405 Applied Radiographic Physics (3 units)

Introduction to the basic ideas about matter, energy, electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetic radiation, with emphasis on X-ray phenomena. Applications to the interaction of radiation with matter and X-ray circuits are included. This course is required for students pursuing careers as Radiologic Technologists.