Chemistry has been called “the central science," and at least one course in chemistry is often required for a wide variety of majors and careers. The Chemistry department at Centralia College is dedicated to providing appropriate courses for students going into allied health fields as well as those students transferring to four-year institutions as science majors.
For science majors, we offer both freshman and sophomore level chemistry courses, so that upon transfer, students will be well prepared for upper division coursework.
Students will find our chemistry courses to be challenging, but also engaging, interesting, and fun. Labs are closely tied to the material being taught in lecture, so students can actually explore chemical phenomena and reactions in the lab setting.
Students who complete an associate in science in chemistry go on to find careers in many fields. For more detailed career information, visit the American Chemical Society careers page.
Chemistry Education Plan
Degree: Associate in Science
CHEM& 121 - Introduction to Chemistry
Survey of chemistry with applications in everyday life: atoms, bonds, reactions, and calculations. Prerequisite: one year high shool algebra or MATH 098.
CHEM& 131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Study of major organic functional groups and their properties and major biochemical compounds including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and major cellular energy pathways. Targeted for allied health programs.
CHEM 159 - Problem Solving in Chemistry
This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in quantitative problem solving, critical thinking, and the mathematics and study skills that are required to be successful in CHEM& 161. Corequisite: CHEM& 161.
CHEM& 161 - General Chemistry w/lab I
First of a three-quarter sequence for science and engineering majors. Includes matter, measurements, equations, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, gasses, thermochemistry, quantum theory, and electronic structure. Problem solving and critical thinking are stressed. Includes lab. Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 (minimum 2.0) and MATH 099 or equiv., or instructor permission.
CHEM& 162 - General Chemistry w/lab II
Second of a three-quarter sequence. Includes periodic trends, chemical bonding and structure, valence bond/molecular orbital theory, intermolecular forces, liquids and solids, solutions, and kinetics. Lab emphasizes data analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: CHEM& 161 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission.
CHEM& 163 - General Chemistry III w/Lab
Third of a three-quarter sequence. Includes equilibrium, acids and base and solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and an introduction to organic and nuclear chemistry. May include polymers, transition metal, and/or coordination chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM& 162 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission.
CHEM& 261 - Organic Chemistry I
First course in a three-quarter sequence for science and pre-professional majors. Topics covered include structure, nomenclature, reactions and properties of hydrocarbons, and alkyl halides. Includes mechanisms and stereochemistry. Lab focuses on laboratory techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM& 163 with 2.0 or greater or instructor permission.
CHEM& 262 - Organic Chemistry w/lab II
Second course in the sequence. Topics covered include structure, nomenclature, reactions and properties of alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, eithers, and conjugated and aromatic systems. Spectroscopy topics include IR, NMR, and MS analysis, including structure elucidation. Prerequisite: CHEM& 261 with 2.0 or greater or instructor permission.
CHEM& 263 - Organic Chemistry w/lab III
Final course in the sequence. Topics covered include structure, nomenclature, reactions and properties of aromatics, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, and amines. Enol/enolate chemistry and radical reactions will also be covered. Prerequisite: CHEM& 262 with 2.0 or greater or instructor permission.
CHEM 270 - Research in Chemistry
Design a research project, set up experiments, collect data in the lab or in the field, and/or analyze data. Each credit hour requires 33 hours of activity per quarter. Prerequisite: instructor permission.
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