Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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CHM 099 Basic Chemistry
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 3 This non-laboratory course is designed to help students overcome their chemistry anxieties and to prepare them for CHM 100 or CHM 120. It is for students who have not had high school chemistry or who desire a refresher course. Chemical formulas, equations, solutions, atomic structure, chemical bonding and basic mathematics for chemical calculations will be emphasized. PREREQUISITE: A minimum ACT Reading score of 12 or COMPASS score of 53 or TRS 096 and TRS 105 or ENG 079 and a minimum ACT Math Test score of 18 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 44 or MATH 094 REQUIRED.

CHM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab)/Online Contact Hours: 5 This one-semester course is intended to introduce the non-science major to the basic concepts of chemistry. Topics will include elements, compounds, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical equations, reaction energy, solutions, acid-base chemistry and gases. Recommended prerequisite: A minimum ACT Reading score of 18 or COMPASS score of 80 or TRS 102 and a minimum ACT Math Test score of 19 or COMPASS PreAlgebra Test score of 79 or MATH 096.

CHM 120 General Chemistry I
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 6 This is a college chemistry course that builds on the knowledge gained from a high school chemistry course or introduction to college chemistry course such as CHM 099 or CHM 100. Content includes chemical terminology, stoichiometry, properties of gases, atomic theory, chemical bonding, and an introduction to solution chemistry and thermochemistry. Recommended Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry of CHM 099 and MATH 116 with a 2.0 or higher is recommended. A minimum ACT reading score of 18 or COMPASS score of 80 or TRS 102 and a minimum ACT Math score of 22 or COMPASS PreAlgebra score of 65 or MATH 116 are also recommended.

CHM 130 General Chemistry II
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 6 This is the second semester of general college chemistry. Successful completion with a 2.0 or better in CHM 120, General Chemistry I, is required. Topics will include solution chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Additional topics may include nuclear chemistry and/or coordination compounds. Laboratory exercises will enhance the topics of the course. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of CHM 120 is REQUIRED. MATH 150 is recommended.

CHM 150 Fundamentals/Organic Chemistry
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 5 This is an introductory organic chemistry course building and expanding on topics covered in CHM 120 (recommended) or CHM 100 to include the IUPAC system of nomenclature, the physical properties, preparation and reactions of alkanes, cyclic alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, aromatic compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, carboxylic acid derivatives and amines. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of CHM 100 or CHM 120 or equivalent is REQUIRED.

CHM 220 Organic Chemistry I
5-4-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 7 This is a general organic chemistry course building and expanding topics covered in CHM 130 to include the IUPAC nomenclature system, analytic techniques in organic chemistry and the physical properties, preparation, purification, reactions and associated mechanisms involving alkanes, cyclic alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides. Analytic techniques covered in this course will include an introduction to infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and chromatography. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of CHM 130 is REQUIRED.

CHM 230 Organic Chemistry II
5-4-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 7 This is a general organic chemistry course building and expanding the concepts learned in CHM 220 to cover the physical properties, analysis, preparation, purification, reactions and associated mechanisms involving alcohols, ethers, epoxides, aromatic compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, carboxylic acid derivatives and amines. Methods of analysis will include infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and chromatography. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of CHM 220 is REQUIRED.

CHM 250 Chemical Instrumentation
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 6 This course is designed to present the common laboratory methods in instrumental analysis. Topics will include spectroscopy and chromatography. For each topic, the essential chemical theories will be presented, as well as the basics of instrument design, maintenance, and operation. Specific topics may include Ultra Violet and Infra Red, and Nuclear Magnetic spectroscopies. Gas and High Performance Liquid chromatographies will also be covered, as well as X-ray and atomic absorption. Some emphasis will be given to instrument setup, basic maintenance and troubleshooting, as well as sample preparation and analysis of instrument outputs. Recommended prerequisite: CHM 220 or equivalent.