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CHEM 99: Preparatory College Chemistry

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 092 or higher OR
-Placement at MATH 093 or 094 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This is a course designed to prepare a student to take either CHEM 120 or CHEM 161. Students who have not completed a high school chemistry course within the last five years will be required to take CHEM 099 before taking CHEM 161. Those with a weak background in the subject should strongly consider taking CHEM 099 first before enrolling in CHEM 120 or CHEM 161. Topics covered include Significant Figures, Dimensional Analysis, the Periodic Table, Nomenclature, Chemical Reactions & Quantities, and more. 2 credit hours

Developmental Course: This course is not college level and will not transfer or count towards a degree or certificate program.

IAI Physical Sciences CHEM 110: Chemistry of CSI: Forensic Chemistry

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 092 or higher OR
-Placement at MATH 093 or 094 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course is an introduction to chemistry using forensic science as the primary theme. Topics include the scientific method, evidence collection, atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactions, properties of solutions, drug chemistry, arson investigation, explosives, time of death estimations, nuclear chemistry, poisons, and DNA analysis. This course is intended for non-science majors who have never taken a chemistry course and may serve as a prerequisite for General Chemistry I (CHEM 161). Not for credit if completed CHEM 161 or equivalent. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 903L

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Physical Sciences CHEM 120: Fundamentals of Chemistry

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of MATH 092 or higher OR
-Placement at MATH 093 or 094 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This is a one-semester survey of general, organic, and biological chemistry for students who plan to pursue a health-related profession or who have an interest in chemistry. An emphasis is placed on the relationship between chemistry and life through issues and examples from the health, medical, and environmental fields. A two-hour laboratory exercise each week is used to reinforce the lecture material. 4 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 902L

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Physical Sciences CHEM 161: General Chemistry I

Prerequisite(s):
-High school/college level chem course in the last five years OR
-Completion of CHEM 120 with a grade of C or higher
AND
-Completion of/concurrent enrollment in MATH 109 OR
-Placement at MATH 128 or 129 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English

An introduction to the basics of chemistry for those students who are concentrating their studies in the sciences. Those fundamentals concepts of chemistry included are chemical formulas, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, structure of molecules, chemical bonding, and the behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. A three-hour lab each week will reinforce the lecture material. 5 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - P1 902L
IAI Major Code - CHM 911

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHEM 162: General Chemistry II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHEM 161
AND
-Completion of MATH 109 OR
-Placement at MATH 128 or 129 or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

A continuation of CHEM 161, including a study of kinetics, equilibrium, acids & bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and transition metals. A three-hour laboratory exercise each week will reinforce the lecture material. 5 credit hours
IAI Major Code - CHM 912

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHEM 231: Elementary Organic Chemistry

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHEM 120 or CHEM 162 with a grade of C or higher
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course is one-semester survey of organic and biological chemistry for students who plan to pursue an applied science profession, such as agricultural or environmental science, food science, or healthcare. The fundamental principles of structure, IUPAC nomenclature, and the reactions and reaction mechanisms of carbon-based molecules are introduced. The relationship between these molecules and living organisms is studied. A three-hour lab each week is used to reinforce the lecture material and to introduce students to purification and characterization techniques. This course is not intended for students whose declared area of concentration is chemistry. 5 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHEM 241: Organic Chemistry I

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHEM 162
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of organic chemistry. Those fundamental concepts of organic chemistry included are the structure and bonding of, the acid-base principles of, and the standard (IUPAC) nomenclature of the various classes of hydrocarbons. Also, types of isomerism, substitution and elimination reactions, reaction mechanisms, and an introduction to various spectroscopic techniques are included. A three-hour lab each week will stress the synthesis, identification, and separation of organic compounds. 5 credit hours
IAI Major Code - CHM 913

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHEM 242: Organic Chemistry II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHEM 241
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

A continuation of Organic Chemistry I. This course will focus on the synthesis, reactivities, and mechanisms of various organic reactions. Topics will include the study of aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, amides, aromatic derivatives, and biologically important molecules. Two three hour labs each week will emphasize the synthesis, characterization, and identification of organic compounds that feature different functional groups. 5 credit hours
IAI Major Code - CHM 914

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHEM 271: Introduction to Biochemistry

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHEM 241 with a grade of C or better, OR
-Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 231 or CHEM 242
AND
-Placement into college-level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course is a one-semester introduction to biochemical topics for students who plan to pursue allied health or some pre-professional professions or for students who desire a general background in biochemistry. The biochemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, and enzymes are introduced and discussed. The course incorporates both a clinical approach to biochemical systems, as well as a study of their chemical aspects, such as structure-function relationships, kinetics, and energetics. 4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHEM 297: Independent Study in Chemistry

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101
AND
-Permission of division dean

Intensive work in a chemistry subject of special interest to the student. Each individual project is to culminate in a comprehensive written report. 1-3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

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