Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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CHM 099 Basic Chemistry
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) 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)/4-0-0 (Online) 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 110 Fundamentals/Organic Chemistry
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a course intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of organic chemistry and basic biochemistry. Topics will include the structures, nomenclature, major reactions and preparations of organic compounds. The compounds will include: alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, ethers, phenols, aldehydes, ketones, acids and their derivatives, amines, carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Structural and stereoisomerism will also be discussed. The laboratory will focus on basic reactions, physical properties and structures of the compounds covered. Recommended prerequisite: CHM 100.

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

CHM 220 Organic Chemistry I
5-4-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a general organic chemistry course covering nomenclature, physical properties, reactions of, preparations of, analysis of, and mechanisms of reaction for alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, cyclics, alkyl halides and dienes. Analysis will include an introduction to infrared and chromatography. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of CHM 130 or equivalent is REQUIRED.

CHM 230 Organic Chemistry II
5-4-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This is a continuation of CHM 220 covering aromatics, aldehydes, ketones, acids and their derivatives, amines, alcohols, ethers, eposices, phenols and aryl halides. Analysis will include infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, chromatography and mass spectrometry. Recommended prerequisite: CHM 220 or equivalent.

CHM 250 Chemical Instrumentation
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) 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.