CHM-105 : Principles of Chemistry

Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Department:
Chemistry
Subject:
Chemistry
Prerequisites:
None
Corequisites:
None
Credits:
4
A one-semester introduction to general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Fundamental chemical theories within each of these areas are integrated to build an understanding of the chemistry of living systems at the molecular level and to provide a foundation for further study in the allied health professions. General chemistry emphasizes theories of inorganic, analytical, physical, and nuclear chemistry that support key concepts in organic and biochemistry. Major topics include: atomic structure, radioactive isotopes, ionic and covalent bonding, electronegativity and polarity, chemical equations and stoichiometry, intermolecular interactions, aqueous solutions and solubility, acid-base theory, kinetics, and thermodynamics. Organic chemistry is the study of the structures, properties, and reactivity of carbon-containing molecules, with emphasis on the functional groups and reactions of biomolecules. Biochemistry, the chemistry of life, expands general and organic chemical theories and applies them to the major classes of biomolecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. The relationships between molecular structure, chemical and physical properties, and functions of biomolecules are explored. The course consists of three hours of lecture, one hour of recitation, and two hours of laboratory per week. There are no prerequisites for this course, but high school chemistry and algebra are highly recommended. 4 credits FULFILLS NATURAL SCIENCES LAI REQUIREMENT.