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Chemistry at Skyline College

Students enrolled in the Chemistry Program at Skyline College will learn proper scientific reporting techniques and use chemical experimentation to test hypotheses and analyze results. The Chemistry department offers a wide range of courses that fulfill General Education requirements for a variety of majors.

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CHEM 112 Chemistry in Action (4 units)

An introduction to chemistry and laboratory investigation for non-science majors. The course will focus on chemicals and reactions common in everyday life, medicine, industry, and in the body. Concepts relating to the nature and interactions of atoms, ions, and molecules will be presented. Students will learn how to use scientific methods to investigate questions about how chemical systems work. Students will also learn to use and evaluate information presented on product labels, in advertisement, and available through the internet.

CHEM 114 Survey of Chemistry and Physics (4 units)

A conceptual survey of physical science (physics and chemistry) intended for non-science majors at the General Education level. A general discussion of the scientific method and techniques will be followed by physics, chemistry, and integrated topics. The laboratory portion will cover a hands-on exploration of phenomena discussed in lecture. The physics component of the course will discuss motion, force, energy, electricity and magnetism, waves and light. The chemistry component of the course will focus on chemicals and reactions common in everyday life. Concepts relating to the nature and interactions of atoms, ions, and molecules will be presented. Students will also learn to use and evaluate information presented on product labels, in advertisement, and available through the internet. Also listed as PHYS 114.

CHEM 192 Introductory Chemistry (4 units)

Designed to prepare students for General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 210). Provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in chemistry with an emphasis on the application of mathematical problem-solving methods to chemistry. Lecture topics will include the basic structure of atoms, the combination of elements in chemical compounds, the metric system and measurement, significant figures, using dimensional analysis and algebra to solve chemical problems, describing chemical reactions using balanced equations, and stoichiometry. In the laboratory, the student will be introduced to the use of common laboratory equipment and techniques.

CHEM 210 General Chemistry I (5 units)

The first semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. Includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structures, stoichiometric calculations, solutions, thermochemistry, gas laws, physical states, atomic electron orbital theory, and chemical bonding. Includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

CHEM 220 General Chemistry II (5 units)

The second semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a study of acid-base chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry I (3 units)

Nomenclature, bonding, structural isomerism, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, physical properties structure, reactions and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds, with emphasis on alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers. Emphasis on reactivity, and reaction mechanisms. Infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy are an integral part. Chemistry 234 is the first semester in a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry.

CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry II (3 units)

Continuation of CHEM 234 with an introduction to the chemistry of aromatics, amines, carbanions, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones and biochemical topics focusing on structure, synthesis, and mechanisms of reaction.

CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab I (2 units)

Organic chemistry laboratory designed to accompany CHEM 234. Introduction of the basic techniques of synthesis, separation and purification of organic compounds. Identification of main functional groups by spectroscopic techniques also introduced.

CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2 units)

Organic chemistry laboratory designed to accompany CHEM 235 by emphasizing techniques for the synthesis, isolation, purification and identification of organic compounds. Qualitative analysis of unknowns by preparation of derivatives and spectroscopic methods is an integral component of the course.

CHEM 410 Chemistry for Health Sciences (4 units)

Survey of the principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. The physical and chemical properties of inorganic, organic, and biomolecules. Includes a study of equilibrium in chemical systems with special emphasis on chemical processes in the body. The laboratory component introduces qualitative and quantitative techniques of chemical study and manipulations with inorganic, organic, and biochemical reactions. Designed for Health Science majors (e.g. respiratory therapy, nursing). Not intended for students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or pre-professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.

The Field

Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties and how different substances interact with energy and with each other.

The Chemistry Program at Skyline College

To succeed in Chemistry, students will need to display a keen intellectual curiosity that pushes them to ask questions and seek answers about the substances that make up the world around us. Students should have strong critical thinking and analytical skills along with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

While Skyline College does not offer an Associate Degree in Chemistry specifically, students can earn a degree in Natural Science that can help you create a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Outlook

The applications for a degree in Natural Science include a variety of careers in the sciences in both private and public industry. Many jobs in Natural Science and Chemistry require a Ph.D., so the program at Skyline College is a good launching point for pursing education at a four-year university. Jobs in chemistry fields include biochemists, chemical engineers, chemical technicians, environmental scientists, geoscientists,materials engineers, and more.

Chemists spend much of their time working in offices and conducting research in laboratories. Most chemists work full time. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, chemists in California make an average of $85,930 per year.

The Skyline College STEM Center brings together academic and student support services for students taking science, technology, engineering and math courses.

The center supports student success by ensuring students have access to resources such as academic tutoring, counseling services, a resource depository for STEM pathways and transfer, a hub for internships and work based learning opportunities, as well as a place where students and staff can collaborate and build a community and supportive connection.

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Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

General Education
  • Demonstrate the ability to report scientific information appropriately and effectively.
  • Critically analyze and raise questions about product claims.
  • Carry out a chemical experiment to test hypothesis and critically analyze the results.
  • Be ethically responsible by applying basic chemical knowledge to safely use and dispose of household chemicals.
Majors
  • Demonstrate the ability to report scientific information appropriately and effectively.
  • Utilizes the scientific method to analyze and interpret data.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking through the discussion section of written lab reports.
  • Use appropriate computer programs and instrumentation to explore chemistry.
Allied Health Chemistry
  • Demonstrate the ability to report scientific information appropriately and effectively.
  • Utilizes the scientific method to analyze and interpret data.
  • Use the periodic table and other reference sources to gather information needed to solve chemical problems.
  • Identify functional groups or reaction types and understand the role of biologically important molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids) in the body.
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Spring 2024 Courses

Type Status Title Days Time Instructor
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 192 - 39227 - Elementary Chemistry
CHEM 192 ELEMENTARY CHEMISTRY (4)
CHEM 192 Elementary Chemistry

An introductory course in Chemistry designed to prepare students for General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 210). Provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in chemistry with an emphasis on the application of mathematical problem-solving methods to chemistry. Lecture topics will include the basic structure of atoms, the combination of elements in chemical compounds, the metric system and measurement, significant figures, using dimensional analysis and algebra to solve chemical problems, describing chemical reactions using balanced equations, and stoichiometry. In the laboratory, the student will be introduced to the use of common laboratory equipment and techniques.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 110 or equivalent; or appropriate placement test scores and other measures as appropriate or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 101
M W 11:10am-12:25pm LeBlanc, J
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 192 - 39227 - Elementary Chemistry
CHEM 192 ELEMENTARY CHEMISTRY (4)
CHEM 192 Elementary Chemistry

An introductory course in Chemistry designed to prepare students for General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 210). Provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in chemistry with an emphasis on the application of mathematical problem-solving methods to chemistry. Lecture topics will include the basic structure of atoms, the combination of elements in chemical compounds, the metric system and measurement, significant figures, using dimensional analysis and algebra to solve chemical problems, describing chemical reactions using balanced equations, and stoichiometry. In the laboratory, the student will be introduced to the use of common laboratory equipment and techniques.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 110 or equivalent; or appropriate placement test scores and other measures as appropriate or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 101
W 1:10pm-4:00pm LeBlanc, J
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 210 - 38754 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I

The first semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structures, stoichiometric calculations, solutions, thermochemistry, gas laws, physical states, atomic electron orbital theory, and chemical bonding. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or MATH 123 or equivalent; or appropriate placement test score and other measures as appropriate.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 110; CHEM 120S
M W 11:10am-12:25pm Schubert, S
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 210 - 38754 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I

The first semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structures, stoichiometric calculations, solutions, thermochemistry, gas laws, physical states, atomic electron orbital theory, and chemical bonding. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or MATH 123 or equivalent; or appropriate placement test score and other measures as appropriate.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 110; CHEM 120S
M W 1:10pm-4:00pm Schubert, S
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 210 - 42009 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I

The first semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structures, stoichiometric calculations, solutions, thermochemistry, gas laws, physical states, atomic electron orbital theory, and chemical bonding. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or MATH 123 or equivalent; or appropriate placement test score and other measures as appropriate.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 110; CHEM 120S
M W 11:10am-12:25pm Schubert, S
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 210 - 42009 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I

The first semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structures, stoichiometric calculations, solutions, thermochemistry, gas laws, physical states, atomic electron orbital theory, and chemical bonding. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or MATH 123 or equivalent; or appropriate placement test score and other measures as appropriate.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 110; CHEM 120S
T Th 9:10am-11:50am Schubert, S
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 210 - 43697 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I

The first semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structures, stoichiometric calculations, solutions, thermochemistry, gas laws, physical states, atomic electron orbital theory, and chemical bonding. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or MATH 123 or equivalent; or appropriate placement test score and other measures as appropriate.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 110; CHEM 120S
T Th 11:10am-12:25pm Sharma, A
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 210 - 43697 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I

The first semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structures, stoichiometric calculations, solutions, thermochemistry, gas laws, physical states, atomic electron orbital theory, and chemical bonding. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or MATH 123 or equivalent; or appropriate placement test score and other measures as appropriate.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 110; CHEM 120S
M W 9:10am-12:00pm Liu, K
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 210 - 48134 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I

The first semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structures, stoichiometric calculations, solutions, thermochemistry, gas laws, physical states, atomic electron orbital theory, and chemical bonding. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or MATH 123 or equivalent; or appropriate placement test score and other measures as appropriate.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 110; CHEM 120S
T Th 11:10am-12:25pm Sharma, A
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 210 - 48134 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I

The first semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structures, stoichiometric calculations, solutions, thermochemistry, gas laws, physical states, atomic electron orbital theory, and chemical bonding. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or MATH 123 or equivalent; or appropriate placement test score and other measures as appropriate.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 110; CHEM 120S
T Th 1:10pm-3:50pm Sharma, A
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 220 - 30185 - General Chemistry II
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II

The second semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a study of acid-base chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: CHEM 210 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 120S
M W 9:10am-10:25am Bates, A
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 220 - 30185 - General Chemistry II
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II

The second semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a study of acid-base chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: CHEM 210 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 120S
T Th 1:10pm-3:50pm Bates, A
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 220 - 35051 - General Chemistry II
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II

The second semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a study of acid-base chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: CHEM 210 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 120S
M W 9:10am-10:25am Bates, A
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 220 - 35051 - General Chemistry II
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II

The second semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a study of acid-base chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: CHEM 210 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 120S
T Th 9:20am-12:00pm Bates, A
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 220 - 40030 - General Chemistry II - BCS
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II

The second semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a study of acid-base chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: CHEM 210 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 120S
M W 9:10am-10:25am Bates, A
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 220 - 40030 - General Chemistry II - BCS
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II

The second semester of a two-semester sequence with laboratory intended for science, engineering, and pre-professional majors. It includes a study of acid-base chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. The course also includes laboratory study of these concepts, experimental chemistry techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental findings.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: CHEM 210 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5A, 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 120S
T Th 9:20am-12:00pm Bates, A
Day Class  Hybrid Class IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 234 - 47955 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry I

Nomenclature, bonding, structural isomerism, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, physical properties structure, reactions and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds, with emphasis on alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers. Emphasis on reactivity, and reaction mechanisms. Infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy are an integral part. Chemistry 234 is the first semester in a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: CHEM 220 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1), UC (IGETC Area 5A)
C-ID: CHEM 150, 160S
W 10:45am-12:00pm Bates, A
Day Class  Hybrid Class IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 234 - 47955 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry I

Nomenclature, bonding, structural isomerism, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, physical properties structure, reactions and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds, with emphasis on alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers. Emphasis on reactivity, and reaction mechanisms. Infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy are an integral part. Chemistry 234 is the first semester in a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: CHEM 220 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1), UC (IGETC Area 5A)
C-ID: CHEM 150, 160S
TBA Bates, A
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 235 - 30187 - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry II

Continuation of CHEM 234 with an introduction to the chemistry of aromatics, amines, carbanions, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones and biochemical topics focusing on structure, synthesis, and mechanisms of reaction.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: CHEM 234 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1), UC (IGETC Area 5A)
C-ID: CHEM 160 S
M W F 11:10am-12:00pm Rivera Contreras, J
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 237 - 41378 - Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab I

Organic chemistry laboratory designed to accompany CHEM 234. Introduction of the basic techniques of synthesis, separation and purification of organic compounds. Identification of main functional groups by spectroscopic techniques also introduced.

Units: 2
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, CHEM 234 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 150, 160S
W 1:10pm-6:00pm Liu, K
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 238 - 30188 - Organic Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Lab II

Organic chemistry laboratory designed to accompany CHEM 235 by emphasizing techniques for the synthesis, isolation, purification and identification of organic compounds. Qualitative analysis of unknowns by preparation of derivatives and spectroscopic methods is an integral component of the course.

Units: 2
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lab hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: CHEM 234 and CHEM 237 or equivalent; and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in,, CHEM 235 or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3), UC (IGETC Area 5C)
C-ID: CHEM 160 S
M 1:10pm-6:30pm Rivera Contreras, J
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 410 - 41381 - Chem For Health Sciences
CHEM 410 Chemistry for Health Sciences

Survey of the principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. The physical and chemical properties of inorganic, organic, and biomolecules. Includes a study of equilibrium in chemical systems with special emphasis on chemical processes in the body. The laboratory component introduces qualitative and quantitative techniques of chemical study and manipulations with inorganic, organic, and biochemical reactions. Designed for Health Science majors (e.g. respiratory therapy, nursing). Not intended for students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or pre-professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 110 or appropriate placement test scores and other measures as appropriate, or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3)
T Th 12:10pm-1:25pm Ghanma, M
Day Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 410 - 41381 - Chem For Health Sciences
CHEM 410 Chemistry for Health Sciences

Survey of the principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. The physical and chemical properties of inorganic, organic, and biomolecules. Includes a study of equilibrium in chemical systems with special emphasis on chemical processes in the body. The laboratory component introduces qualitative and quantitative techniques of chemical study and manipulations with inorganic, organic, and biochemical reactions. Designed for Health Science majors (e.g. respiratory therapy, nursing). Not intended for students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or pre-professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 110 or appropriate placement test scores and other measures as appropriate, or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3)
T 2:20pm-5:00pm Ghanma, M
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 410 - 39743 - Chem For Health Sciences
CHEM 410 Chemistry for Health Sciences

Survey of the principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. The physical and chemical properties of inorganic, organic, and biomolecules. Includes a study of equilibrium in chemical systems with special emphasis on chemical processes in the body. The laboratory component introduces qualitative and quantitative techniques of chemical study and manipulations with inorganic, organic, and biochemical reactions. Designed for Health Science majors (e.g. respiratory therapy, nursing). Not intended for students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or pre-professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 110 or appropriate placement test scores and other measures as appropriate, or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3)
T 7:00pm-10:00pm Mckay, P
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 410 - 39743 - Chem For Health Sciences
CHEM 410 Chemistry for Health Sciences

Survey of the principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. The physical and chemical properties of inorganic, organic, and biomolecules. Includes a study of equilibrium in chemical systems with special emphasis on chemical processes in the body. The laboratory component introduces qualitative and quantitative techniques of chemical study and manipulations with inorganic, organic, and biochemical reactions. Designed for Health Science majors (e.g. respiratory therapy, nursing). Not intended for students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or pre-professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 110 or appropriate placement test scores and other measures as appropriate, or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3)
Th 7:00pm-10:00pm Mckay, P
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 410 - 46441 - Chem For Health Sciences
CHEM 410 Chemistry for Health Sciences

Survey of the principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. The physical and chemical properties of inorganic, organic, and biomolecules. Includes a study of equilibrium in chemical systems with special emphasis on chemical processes in the body. The laboratory component introduces qualitative and quantitative techniques of chemical study and manipulations with inorganic, organic, and biochemical reactions. Designed for Health Science majors (e.g. respiratory therapy, nursing). Not intended for students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or pre-professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 110 or appropriate placement test scores and other measures as appropriate, or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3)
T 7:00pm-10:00pm Mckay, P
Evening Class   IN
PROGRESS
CHEM 410 - 46441 - Chem For Health Sciences
CHEM 410 Chemistry for Health Sciences

Survey of the principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. The physical and chemical properties of inorganic, organic, and biomolecules. Includes a study of equilibrium in chemical systems with special emphasis on chemical processes in the body. The laboratory component introduces qualitative and quantitative techniques of chemical study and manipulations with inorganic, organic, and biochemical reactions. Designed for Health Science majors (e.g. respiratory therapy, nursing). Not intended for students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or pre-professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: MATH 110 or appropriate placement test scores and other measures as appropriate, or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9B1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area B1, B3)
W 7:00pm-10:00pm Mckay, P

Chem Jam is a FREE one-week intensive, fun and stimulating chemistry preparation program designed to:

  • Prepare students for their upcoming Chemistry course
  • Build confidence in areas such as unit conversion, reaction stochiometry
  • Introduce students to current professionals in the field of chemistry/STEM
  • Connect with campus resources available during the semester to help student success (STEM Center, The Learning Center, Library, etc.)

Register for Chem Jam online in Spring 2023!

Chem Jam Dates & Course Numbers:

Event Date Course CRN
Spring Jam January 9 - January 13, 2023 LSKL 892 CRN 46913

Chem Jam Details

  • Days: Mondays - Fridays
  • Time: 1:10pm - 5:00pm
  • Location:  Online

Contact:

Dr. Susanne Schubert
Skyline College
(650) 738-4187

students at lab session

Biology & Chemistry Scholars (BCS) is an accelerated STEM learning community designed to support students in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, and pre-health or pre-medical pathways. BCS students are enrolled in accelerated math and entry-level biology and chemistry courses to establish foundational skills. Students enrolled in BCS take major-related courses together with their cohort until transfer.

Through support cohort-based learning and participation in introductory research, students advance through the biology and chemistry pathway, gaining valuable skill sets for internship placement, transfer, and career readiness.

BCS prepares students for an Associate of Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T) in Biology and transfer to university. We provide our students a specific STEM course “track” based on their intended field of study to guarantee that their efforts satisfy both general transfer requirements and lower-division requirements for their major.

Have Questions?

For more information on program enrollment, please contact Luis Prado, STEM Center Program Services Coordinator. The program is a fall-start program that accepts students enrolling in BIO 215, CHEM 192, or CHEM 210 during the Fall.

Program Benefits

  • Learn together: Each cohort receives priority enrollment for impacted STEM courses and are enrolled in major-related courses together for four to six semesters until transfer.
  • Explore your career options: Students gain exposure to opportunities in biology and chemistry pathways through field trips, extracurricular activities, and mentorship.
  • Gain tangible experience: Students gain introductory research experience and build valuable skills in our Innovation Lab.
  • Prepare for your future: Prepare for internship placement through workshops on resume building, interviewing, and professional etiquette.

Primary Contact

Alec (A.J.) Bates
Alec (A.J.) Bates (Professor)
Science|Math|Technology-Chemistry (CHEM)
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Faculty Information

Gary Cheang
Gary Cheang (Chem/Bio Laboratory Coordinator)
Science|Math|Technology-Biology (BIOL)
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Mousa Ghanma
Mousa Ghanma (Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator)
Science|Math|Technology-Chemistry (CHEM)
ghanmam@smccd.edu
BLDG 07A-340
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James LeBlanc
James LeBlanc (Assistant Professor)
Science|Math|Technology-Chemistry (CHEM)
leblancjames@smccd.edu More details »
Kelley Liu
Kelley Liu (Assistant Professor)
Science|Math|Technology-Chemistry (CHEM)
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Patrick McKay
Patrick McKay (Assistant Professor)
Science|Math|Technology-Chemistry (CHEM)
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Andro Rios
Andro Rios (Adjunct Faculty)
Science|Math|Technology-Chemistry (CHEM)
riosa@smccd.edu
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Joaquin Rivera-Contreras
Joaquin Rivera-Contreras (Professor)
Science|Math|Technology-Chemistry (CHEM)
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Susanne Schubert
Susanne Schubert (Assistant Professor)
Science|Math|Technology-Chemistry (CHEM)
schuberts@smccd.edu More details »