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CHEMISTRY



CHEM 1020 -- Interpretive Chemistry,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisites: Math 0240 with a grade of C or better or a score of 41 or higher on the Elementary Algebra portion of the Classic Accuplacer test

This is an introductory course in chemistry emphasizing elementary principles and applications intended for non-science and allied health majors and preparation for the Principles of Chemistry sequence. Topics include matter, measurement, atomic theory, bonding theory, nomenclature, organic chemistry, stoichiometry and the mole concept, reactions, liquids and solids, solutions, and acid-base chemistry.


CHEM 1050 -- Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 3)

Prerequisites: MATH 0240 with a grade of C or better, or the appropriate score on math placement test. High School chemistry or equivalent.

This is an introductory course in chemistry with emphasis on chemical applications in biological systems. The course is intended for non-science and allied health majors or preparation for the Principles of Chemistry sequence. Topics include nomenclature, conversions (including dosage calculations), stoichiometry, solutions, acid-base chemistry, reaction rates and equilibrium, radioactivity, organic functional groups, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and proteins. Two lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week.


CHEM 1061 -- Principles of Chemistry I,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(MnTC Goals 2 and 3)

Prerequisites: MATH 0250 with a grade of C or better or appropriate score on math placement test and a grade of C or better in CHEM 1020 or CHEM 1050 or high school chemistry.

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: MATH 1200

This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence for liberal arts and sciences students and for students majoring in science and engineering or studying for careers in the allied health professions. Topics include measurement, atomic theory, nomenclature, reactions, chemical calculations, solutions, gases, thermochemistry, quantum theory, periodicity, bonding, and molecular geometry. This course requires three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week.


CHEM 1062 -- Principles of Chemistry II,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(MnTC Goals 2 and 3)

Prerequisites: CHEM 1061 AND MATH 0250 with a grade of C or better or appropriate math placement score

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: MATH 1200 highly recommended

The second semester of a two-semester sequence for liberal arts and science students and for students
majoring in science and engineering, or studying for careers in the allied health professions. Topics
include organic chemistry, intermolecular forces, liquids, solids, colligative properties, kinetics,
equilibria, acids and bases, solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction, and
electrochemistry. This course requires three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory per week.


CHEM 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
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This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


CHEM 2061 -- Organic Chemistry I,   5 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: CHEM 1062 with a grade of C or better

The is the first semester of a two semester organic chemistry sequence for students majoring in chemistry, chemical engineering, or biology. Furthermore, this course is designed to help prepare students for careers in the health sciences such as pharmacy, medicine, veterinary science, and chiropractic medicine. Topics include structure and bonding, acids and bases, alkanes and cycloalkanes, reaction energetics, stereochemistry, nucleophilic substitution and elimination, alkenes, alkynes, organohalides and radical reactions, NMR spectroscopy, and introduction to multistep synthesis. This course requires four lecture hours and one four-hour laboratory per week.


CHEM 2062 -- Organic Chemistry II,   5 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: CHEM 2061 with a grade of C or better

This is the second semester of a two semester organic chemistry sequence for students majoring in chemistry, chemical engineering, or biology. Furthermore, this course is designed to help prepare students for careers in the health sciences such as pharmacy, medicine, veterinary science, and chiropractic medicine. Topics include UV-visible and IR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, chemistry of aromatic compounds, enolate chemistry, polyenes, amines, introduction to carbohydrates and peptides, and multistep synthesis. This course requires four lecture hours and one four-hour laboratory per week.


CHEM 2090 -- Biochemistry,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites (must have a grade of C or better): CHEM 2061 and BIOL 1106

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: CHEM 2062

This is a one semester non-biochemistry major course designed for students majoring in the biological sciences or
preparing for careers in the health sciences such as pharmacy, medicine, veterinary, and chiropractic. Topics
include a review of aqueous chemistry, bonding, and thermodynamics; structure and function of biological
macromolecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids); enzyme catalysis; metabolic pathways
(structures, enzymes, and energetics); and the chemical foundation of genetic information. Three lecture hours per
week.


CHEM 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
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Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.