Catalog 2019-20

Chemistry

Associate Degrees

A.S. in Chemistry

The Chemistry Program at CRC consists of: a series of courses designed to meet transfer requirements for chemical, physical and biological science majors; a series of courses intended for students majoring in fields other than chemistry, biology, or physical science; and a course designed specifically for students who require preparation or review of the more basic chemical concepts.

All chemistry courses at CRC include a practical component where students conduct hands-on chemical experimentation in a modern, well-equipped laboratory.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • *An outstanding chemistry faculty striving to maintain an excellent and well-respected chemistry program
  • *Ample contact with the instructor and the relaxed atmosphere that only a limited class size can offer
  • *A Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program

This degree is designed to meet common lower division requirements for a major in chemistry.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
CHEM 400 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 401 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 420 Organic Chemistry I 5
CHEM 421 Organic Chemistry II 5
MATH 400 Calculus I 5
MATH 401 Calculus II 5
MATH 402 Calculus III 5
PHYS 411 Mechanics of Solids and Fluids 4
PHYS 421 Electricity and Magnetism 4
PHYS 431 Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics 4
Total Units: 47

Career Information

Biochemist; Chemist; Pharmacist; Chemical Engineer; Chemical Technology; Physician; Dentist; Veterinarian; Allied Health Professional; Biologist; Physicist; Geologist; Geochemist; Oceanographer. Some career options require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fully prepare students for transfer to a university program.

A.S. in General Science

Areas of Study include:

  • Physical Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Physical Geography
  • Geology
  • Physics

Eighteen (18) units of transfer level course work in science is required. Two laboratory courses must be included: one in the physical sciences and one in the biological sciences. Courses may be selected from astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physical geography, physical anthropology, and physics. The student, in consultation with a counselor, should choose science courses to meet his or her program, transfer, or general education requirements.

Students interested in transferring to a four-year university with a science major are encouraged to complete a science AS or AS-T degree such as Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geography, Geology, or Physics. This General Science degree may not include the majors-level transfer courses needed for many science majors. Students are strongly recommended to see a counselor for guidance.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 4 units from the following: 4
ANTH 300 Biological Anthropology  (3)
  and ANTH 301 Biological Anthropology Laboratory  (1)
BIOL 307 Biology of Organisms  (4)
BIOL 310 General Biology  (4)
BIOL 400 Principles of Biology  (5)
BIOL 410 Principles of Botany  (5)
BIOL 420 Principles of Zoology  (5)
BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology  (5)
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology  (5)
BIOL 440 General Microbiology  (4)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ASTR 400 Astronomy Laboratory  (1)
  and ASTR 300 Introduction to Astronomy  (3)
CHEM 300 Beginning Chemistry  (4)
CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry  (5)
CHEM 306 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry  (5)
CHEM 309 Integrated General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry  (5)
CHEM 322 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory  (1)
  and CHEM 321 Environmental Chemistry  (3)
CHEM 400 General Chemistry I  (5)
CHEM 401 General Chemistry II  (5)
CHEM 420 Organic Chemistry I  (5)
CHEM 421 Organic Chemistry II  (5)
GEOG 301 Physical Geography Laboratory  (1)
  and GEOG 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems  (3)
GEOL 301 Physical Geology Laboratory  (1)
  and GEOL 300 Physical Geology  (3)
GEOL 306 Earth Science Laboratory  (1)
  and GEOL 305 Earth Science  (3)
GEOL 311 Historical Geology Laboratory  (1)
  and GEOL 310 Historical Geology  (3)
ENGR 304 How Things Work  (3)
PHYS 350 General Physics  (4)
PHYS 360 General Physics  (4)
PHYS 370 Introductory Physics - Mechanics and Thermodynamics  (5)
PHYS 380 Introductory Physics - Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Modern Physics  (5)
PHYS 411 Mechanics of Solids and Fluids  (4)
PHYS 421 Electricity and Magnetism  (4)
PHYS 431 Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics  (4)
A minimum of 11 units from the following: 111
ANTH 300 Biological Anthropology  (3)
ANTH 301 Biological Anthropology Laboratory  (1)
ASTR 300 Introduction to Astronomy  (3)
ASTR 400 Astronomy Laboratory  (1)
BIOL 300 The Foundations of Biology  (3)
BIOL 307 Biology of Organisms  (4)
BIOL 310 General Biology  (4)
BIOL 342 The New Plagues: New and Ancient Infectious Diseases Threatening World Health  (3)
BIOL 350 Environmental Biology  (3)
BIOL 352 Conservation Biology  (3)
BIOL 390 Natural History Field Study  (0.5 - 4)
BIOL 400 Principles of Biology  (5)
BIOL 410 Principles of Botany  (5)
BIOL 420 Principles of Zoology  (5)
BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology  (5)
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology  (5)
BIOL 440 General Microbiology  (4)
BIOL 462 Genetics in Contemporary Human Society  (3)
CHEM 300 Beginning Chemistry  (4)
CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry  (5)
CHEM 306 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry  (5)
CHEM 309 Integrated General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry  (5)
CHEM 321 Environmental Chemistry  (3)
CHEM 322 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory  (1)
CHEM 400 General Chemistry I  (5)
CHEM 401 General Chemistry II  (5)
CHEM 420 Organic Chemistry I  (5)
CHEM 421 Organic Chemistry II  (5)
ENGR 304 How Things Work  (3)
GEOG 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems  (3)
GEOG 301 Physical Geography Laboratory  (1)
GEOG 305 Global Climate Change  (3)
GEOG 306 Weather and Climate  (3)
GEOL 300 Physical Geology  (3)
GEOL 301 Physical Geology Laboratory  (1)
GEOL 305 Earth Science  (3)
GEOL 306 Earth Science Laboratory  (1)
GEOL 310 Historical Geology  (3)
GEOL 311 Historical Geology Laboratory  (1)
GEOL 330 Introduction to Oceanography  (3)
GEOL 390 Field Studies in Geology  (1 - 4)
PHYS 310 Conceptual Physics  (3)
PHYS 350 General Physics  (4)
PHYS 360 General Physics  (4)
PHYS 370 Introductory Physics - Mechanics and Thermodynamics  (5)
PHYS 380 Introductory Physics - Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Modern Physics  (5)
PHYS 411 Mechanics of Solids and Fluids  (4)
PHYS 421 Electricity and Magnetism  (4)
PHYS 431 Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics  (4)
Total Units: 18

1Courses used in A or B above will not count towards C, except units exceeding the 4 or 3 unit minimum in A and B. For example, a student completing the 5 unit CHEM 309 under B could apply 2 of those units towards C. A total of 18 science units is required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

explain the core perspectives of the scientific method and apply it to at least one scientific discipline. (SLO 1)

solve introductory problems of a conceptual and/or numerical nature of at least one scientific discipline. (SLO 2)

accurately apply the basic vocabulary and concepts of at least one scientific discipline verbally and in writing. (SLO 3)

recognize the use and misuse of scientific concepts in society including politics and the media. (SLO 4)

Chemistry (CHEM) Courses

CHEM 300 Beginning Chemistry

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: MATH 100 or 102 with a grade of "C" or better

Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 120.

Transferable: CSU; UC (1) No credit for CHEM 300 if taken after 305 or 307)

CID: C-ID CHEM 101

This course covers an introduction to fundamental chemical concepts, problem-solving and laboratory skills. CHEM 300 is designed for students needing a comprehensive review of or intensive preparation in chemistry. This course is primarily intended to prepare students for CHEM 400.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: CONCEPTUALIZE, MODEL, AND EXPLAIN FUNDAMENTAL CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES

CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry

Units: 5

Hours: 72 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: MATH 100 or 102 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC (1) CHEM 305, 306, 307, 308, 400, and 401 combined: maximum transfer credit is one series*; 2) No transfer credit for CHEM 305 or 307 if taken after CHEM 400)

CID: C-ID CHEM 101

This is a general chemistry course intended for students majoring in the allied health fields, such as nursing, physical therapy, dental hygiene, veterinary technology, and environmental technology. This course emphasizes the fundamental principles of chemistry: types of matter, physical and chemical processes, atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, properties and theories of gases, properties of solutions, acids and bases, equilibria, oxidation-reduction and an introduction to organic functional groups as they pertain to medicine or biological systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: CONCEPTUALIZE, MODEL, AND EXPLAIN FUNDAMENTAL CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES

CHEM 306 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry

Units: 5

Hours: 72 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: CHEM 305 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC (1) CHEM 305, 306, 307, 308, 400, and 401 combined: maximum transfer credit is one series*)

CID: C-ID CHEM 102

The organic chemistry portion of this course emphasizes the major classes of organic compounds: their structure, physical and chemical properties related to biological systems, and nomenclature. Some clinical and pharmacological aspects are also discussed. The biochemistry portion of this course emphasizes the structure and function of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in biological systems. Special topics include enzymes and enzyme regulation, drugs their bioavailability and metabolism.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: CONCEPTUALIZE, MODEL, AND EXPLAIN FUNDAMENTAL CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES OF ORGANIC MOLECULES.

CHEM 309 Integrated General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

Units: 5

Hours: 72 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: MATH 100 or 102 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Advisory: ENGWR 101, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.; Successful completion of high school Chemistry

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is an intensive survey of general, organic, and biological chemistry specifically designed for nursing majors and other health-related fields. Topics include general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biological chemistry. This course satisfies the requirements of those health-career programs that require one semester of chemistry. Students who had chemistry in high school and retained some of it are advised to take CHEM 309. Students who have not taken a chemistry course recently or have never taken a chemistry course are advised to take the CHEM 305 and CHEM 306 sequence.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: CONCEPTUALIZE, MODEL, AND EXPLAIN FUNDAMENTAL CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES

CHEM 321 Environmental Chemistry

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course explores the interrelationship of human beings and the surrounding environment with regard to the chemical substances that are encountered in everyday life. The role of chemistry in both creating environmental problems as well as providing solutions to environmental problems will be examined. Students will learn how chemicals released to the environment can have adverse effects on ecosystems and human health. Chemical and physical methods of controlling and remediating air, water, and soil pollutants will be covered. The role of environmental regulations in preventing and mitigating environmental degradation will also be covered. By the completion of this course, students will have acquired skills and techniques that can be utilized to examine environmental problems and their proposed solutions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: CONCEPTUALIZE, MODEL, AND EXPLAIN FUNDAMENTAL CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES

CHEM 322 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: CHEM 321

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course provides "hands-on" opportunities for students to collect and analyze data about chemicals found in the environment. Students will learn how to collect and analyze soil, water and air samples for environmental quality parameters and the presence of pollutants. Analysis of samples will involve the use of readily available field test equipment. Field trips for sample collection will take place during laboratory periods or at arranged times. There may also be field trips to environmental analytical laboratories.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: SOLVE CHEMISTRY PROBLEMS AT AN APPROPRIATE LEVEL BY ANALYZING THE GIVEN DATA FOR ITS SIGNIFICANCE, BY FORMULATING A SOLUTION STRATEGY, AND BY EXPRESSING THE RESULTS IN PROPER FORMAT.

CHEM 400 General Chemistry I

Units: 5

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

Prerequisite: CHEM 300 with a grade of "C" or better; OR one year high school chemistry lecture and laboratory AND MATH 120 or the equivalent. Grade of "C" or better required to meet prerequisite.

Transferable: CSU; UC (1) CHEM 305, 306, 307, 308, 400 and 401 combined: maximum transfer credit is one series*; 2) No transfer credit for CHEM 305 or 307 if taken after CHEM 400)

CID: C-ID CHEM 110; Part of C-ID CHEM 120S

This is a general college chemistry course intended for students majoring in the scientific disciplines including chemistry, biology, physics, geology and engineering. This course emphasizes the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include chemical measurement, physical and chemical processes, nomenclature, atomic structure, quantum theory, stoichiometry, molecular structure, bonding theory, physical properties of gases, thermochemistry, modern materials, and properties of solutions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: CONCEPTUALIZE, MODEL, AND EXPLAIN FUNDAMENTAL CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES

CHEM 401 General Chemistry II

Units: 5

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

Prerequisite: CHEM 400 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC (1) CHEM 305, 306, 307, 308, 400, and 401 combined: maximum transfer credit is one series*)

CID: Part of C-ID CHEM 120S

This course is a continuation of the two-semester series in general college chemistry. Topics presented in the course include kinetics, equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, radiochemistry, coordination chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Laboratory exercises include qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: CONCEPTUALIZE, MODEL, AND EXPLAIN FUNDAMENTAL CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES.

CHEM 420 Organic Chemistry I

Units: 5

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

Prerequisite: CHEM 401 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID CHEM 150; Part of C-ID CHEM 160S

This course surveys the principles of organic chemistry intended for chemistry and biological science majors or those students interested in the medical and related professions. Units covered include chemistry of alkanes/cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohols with emphasis on physical and chemical properties, nomenclature, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms (SN1, SN2, E1, and E2) and spectroscopy (FT-IR and MS). Laboratory work includes characterization of organic molecules using analytical instrumentation such as FTIR, GC, and GC/MS. Modern separation and purification techniques are also introduced
such as HPLC, Packed-column GC, and Capillary GC, as well as traditional techniques such as distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, recrystallization, column chromatography, and thin-layer chromatography.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: CONCEPTUALIZE, MODEL, AND EXPLAIN FUNDAMENTAL CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES OF ORGANIC MOLECULES.

CHEM 421 Organic Chemistry II

Units: 5

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

Prerequisite: CHEM 420 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: Part of C-ID CHEM 160S

This course is a continuation of CHEM 420. Units covered include an in-depth study of the physical and chemical properties of aromatic compounds, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acids and its derivatives. A special emphasis is placed on structural analysis/elucidation of these compounds by the various spectroscopic techniques. In addition, an introduction to pericyclic reactions and biomolecules is presented.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: CONCEPTUALIZE, MODEL, AND EXPLAIN FUNDAMENTAL CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES OF ORGANIC MOLECULES.

CHEM 495 Independent Studies in Chemistry

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

CHEM 498 Work Experience in Chemistry

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Chemistry.

Transferable: CSU

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED TO ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)

Full-time Faculty

Chitoh Emetarom.
Chitoh Emetarom
Office: SCI 411
Phone: (916) 691-7369
E-mail: emetarc@crc.losrios.edu
Mark Lee.
Mark Lee
Office: SCI 410
Phone: (916) 691-7328
E-mail: lees@crc.losrios.edu
Clayton Reece (LTT)
Office:
Phone:
E-mail: ReeceC@crc.losrios.edu
Shawn Reese
Office: SCI 304
Phone: (916) 691-7225
E-mail: ReeseS@crc.losrios.edu
Michael Russell
Office:
Phone:
E-mail: RusselM@crc.losrios.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Frank Hoang
Rajeev Pandey

A series of chemistry courses designed to meet transfer requirements for chemical, physical and biological science majors. A series of courses intended for students majoring in fields other than chemistry, biology, or physical science. A course designed specifically for students who require preparation or review of the more basic chemical concepts. All chemistry courses at CRC include a practical component where students conduct hands-on chemical experimentation in a modern, well-equipped laboratory.