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.
Chemistry Education Plan
Degree: Associate in Science
- ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
- CHEM& 161 General Chemistry w/Lab I - 6 credits
- Humanities OR Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
- CHEM& 162 General Chemistry w/Lab II - 6 credits
- MATH& 151 Calculus I - 5 credits
- CMST& 220 Public Speaking - 5 credits
- Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
- CHEM& 163 General Chemistry w/Lab III - 6 credits
- MATH& 152 Calculus II - 5 credits
- Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
- Social Science Distribution - 1 credit
- CHEM& 261 Organic Chemistry w/Lab I - 6 credits
- PHYS& 221 Engineering Physics I - 5 credits
- MATH 118 Linear Algebra - 5 credits
- CHEM& 262 Organic Chemistry w/Lab II - 6 credits
- MATH& 162 Calculus III - 5 credits
- PHYS& 222 Engineering Physics II - 5 credits
- Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
- CHEM& 263 Organic Chemistry w/Lab III - 6 credits
- MATH 212 Differential Equations - 5 credits
- PHYS& 223 Engineering Physics III - 5 credits
Course Description - A survey course of basic chemical principles and the real world applications of chemistry. Intended for non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Will be offered with various themes.
Prerequisite – High School Algebra or Math 96.
Target Audience – This course is primarily intended for non-science majors who wish to explore Chemistry to fulfill a Natural Science distribution with lab. This course will be themed each quarter, with the current theme being Forensic Chemistry. Future themes may include Food Chemistry or Chemistry and Art.
This course is offered in the fall and winter quarters.
Course Description – Survey of chemistry with applications in everyday life: atoms, bonds, reactions, and calculations. This course is designed to give a broad exposure to the basics of chemistry in one quarter. By the end of this course the student should be able to describe matter and energy; perform measurements and scientific calculations; be able to describe an atom; describe chemical reactions and write equations; describe solids, liquids and gases at the molecular level; explain and predict reaction rates; perform pH calculations and measurements.
Prerequisite – High School Algebra or Math 98.
Target Audience – This course is primarily intended for students interested in allied health careers (nursing, dental hygiene, radiology tech, etc). At Centralia College, this class will fulfill the prerequisite for the general chemistry series (see Chem&161, below), however Chem 139 is the preferred prerequisite.
Course Description - 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.
Prerequisite - CHEM&121 with a 2.0 or instructor permission.
Target Audience – This is the second quarter of the allied health chemistry series. It is required for most dental hygiene programs and some nursing programs. It will not count for those schools who require a full quarter of organic and a full quarter of biochemistry. Please consult the transfer institution to ensure you are enrolling in the correct courses.
Other notes – This course is currently offered only in the spring quarter. It requires that your introductory chemistry knowledge is strong. It is suggested you take Chem&121 in the winter quarter, so that you do not have a gap quarter between courses.
Course Description - Preparatory chemistry for science/engineering majors intending to take the Chem&161 sequence. Emphasizes quantitative reasoning, focusing on how mathematics is used in chemistry. Introduces nomenclature, dimensional analysis, stoichiometry, atomic structure, gas laws, and solutions.
Prerequisite – Math 98 or equivalent
Target Audience – This course is the preferred preparation for entering into the General Chemistry Sequence. Students that do not obtain a passing score on the placement quiz will be required to take this course to prepare for the rigors of Chem& 161. Chem&121 is also an acceptable pre-requisite, but Chem& 139 is the preferred preparation.
This course is offered in the summer, fall and spring quarters.
Course Description – 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. 1 credit course.
Corequisite – Students must be enrolled in Chem&161 to enroll in this course.
Target Audience – This course is intended to provide extra practice and review in skills required to be successful in Chem& 161.
Other notes – This course will be a REQUIRED corequisite for students who score between 67 and 70% on the Chemistry 161 placement quiz. Other students enrolled in Chem& 161 may also register for this course to get extra practice.
Course Description - First of a three-quarter sequence for science and engineering majors. Includes matter, measurements, equations, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, gases, thermochemistry, quantum theory, and electronic structure. Problem solving and critical thinking are stressed. Includes lab.
Prerequisite – Chem& 139 or Chem& 121 with a 2.0 or instructor permission (see below); Math 99 or equivalent
Target Audience – This is the first of a three-quarter sequence of General Chemistry for science majors (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, etc). This course is not recommended for students who simply need a lab science class.
Other notes - The prerequisite for this class is Chem& 139 (preferred) or Chem& 121 with a 2.0 or better. Students who have had a full year of high school chemistry and desire to enroll directly in Chem& 161 will be required to take a placement exam at the Testing Center. Students who earn a score of 67% or higher on the placement exam may enroll in Chem& 161. Students who score less than 67% on the placement exam will NOT be allowed to enroll in Chem& 161, but will be required to enroll in Chem& 139 or Chem& 121. Students who score between 67% and 70% on the placement will be required to co-enroll in Chem 159 (see below) for additional study help.
This course is offered in the fall and winter quarters. It is recommended that students that only need 2 quarters of Gen Chem (Engineering except CE) start the sequence in the winter. Students should plan ahead to be ready to enter the sequence in the fall if they need the entire year sequence completed within the academic year. The third quarter is not offered during the summer session, but will be available in the fall of the following academic year.
Course Description - Second of a three-quarter sequence. Includes periodic trends, chemical bonding and structure, valence bond/molecular orbital theory, intermolecular forces, liquids and solids, solutions, kinetics, and equilibrium introduction. Lab emphasizes data analysis and interpretation.
Prerequisite – Chem&161 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission
Target Audience – This is the second of a three-quarter sequence of General Chemistry for science majors (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, etc).Other notes – This course is offered in winter and spring quarters.
Course Description - Third of a three-quarter sequence.Includes acids and bases, acid/base and solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and an introduction to organic and nuclear chemistry. Supplemental topics include polymers, transition metal, and/or coordination chemistry.
Prerequisite – Chem&162 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission
Target Audience – This is the third of a three-quarter sequence of General Chemistry for science majors (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, etc). Most engineering students do not need this course – students should consult with an advisor.
Other notes – This course is currently offered in spring and fall quarters. Students beginning the Chemistry sequence in the winter will finish the sequence the following fall. Students in this situation should consult with an advisor.
Course Description – 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.
Prerequisites – Chem& 163 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission
Target Audience – included in course description. For most programs that require organic chemistry, the entire sequence is needed. Please carefully consult your transfer program and check with your advisor.This sequence begins in the FALL only – there is no “trailer” sequence.
Course Description – Second course in the sequence. Topics covered include structure, nomenclature, reactions and properties of alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, ethers, and conjugated and aromatic systems. Spectroscopy topics include IR, NMR and MS analysis, including structure elucidation.
Prerequisites – Chem& 261 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission.
Course Description – 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.Prerequisites – Chem& 262 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission.
Course Description – Conducting original scientific research is a critical skill for chemistry students. Students will participate in designing a research project, setting up experiments, collecting data in the lab or in the field, and/or executing data analysis. Each credit hour requires 33 hours of activity per quarter. Variable credit course.
Prerequisites – Instructor permission required to enroll.
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