The study of chemistry helps us understand the world around us. Chemistry is everywhere, it is the study of matter and energy, and the interaction between them. A basic understanding of chemistry is helpful to all. For those not going into sciences, it can offer answers to common questions like understanding product labels, working with household chemicals and even cooking and baking. For those going into the sciences, chemistry is sometimes called the “central science” because of the role it plays in connecting the physical sciences. Students will use the scientific method to explore and develop analytical skills.

Chemistry Courses

CEM 131 Fundamentals of Chemistry (4 CR)

Fills requirement for some non-science majors. Provides background for CEM 141 for those with no recent high school chemistry. Fundamental principles of chemistry such as states of matter, simple atomic and molecular structure, and the periodic classification of elements. The study of water emphasizes the properties of solutions and acid-base relations. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and MAT 031* or higher

CEM 132 Fundamentals of Organic & Biological Chemistry (4 CR)

This course is an extension of material covered in CEM 131. It is required in many bachelor’s degree programs, including nursing. Organic topics include the structure, physical properties and chemical behavior of the major classes of organic compounds. The structure, function, formation and reactions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nucleic acids are covered, including enzymes, chemical messengers, and biochemical energy production. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: CEM 131 or CEM 137 or CEM 141

CEM 137 Chemistry of Life (4 CR)

This course meets the chemistry requirements for the associate degree nursing (ADN), elementary education and programs requiring a lab science course. It introduces the fundamental principles of general chemistry (structure of atoms and compounds, states, energy, equations, radioactivity, solutions and acids/bases), organic (structure and properties of major classes), and biochemistry (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, metabolism and body fluids).

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and MAT 031* or higher

CEM 141 General Chemistry I (5 CR)

This course is required for most sciences, engineering, and preprofessional health majors. Students who are required to take organic chemistry for their major should enroll in CEM 141 during their first semester. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, states of matter, kinetic molecular theory and stoichiometry. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisites: CIS 095*, ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 131* or higher

CEM 142 General Chemistry II (5 CR)

This course is the second semester of general chemistry and extends material covered in CEM 141. Covered concepts include chemical thermodynamics, electrochemical reactions, reaction kinetics, acid-base theories, nuclear chemistry, and aqueous solutions with emphasis on equilibrium. Experiments include quantitative methods, stoichiometry, colorimetry, and gravimetric analysis. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: CEM 141

CEM 241 Organic Chemistry I (5 CR)

Comprehensive study of the major classes of organic compounds, their structures and reactions. The stero-chemical properties and spectra (IR and NMR) of molecules and their mechanisms of reactions are stressed. The laboratory experiments demonstrate techniques used in organic reactions, syntheses illustrating types of reactions, analysis of major classes of compounds, and kinetic studies.

Prerequisite: CEM 142

CEM 242 Organic Chemistry II (5 CR)

A continuation of CEM 241. Course includes a laboratory component.

Prerequisite: CEM 241