CHEM& 121: Introduction to Chemistry

Class Program
Weekly Contact Hours
Course ID
Meets Degree Requirements For
Natural Science with Lab

Inorganic chemistry for allied health students or for individuals needing a general science transfer credit. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: MATH 099 or a grade of '3' or higher on the Smarter Balanced exam or appropriate assessment score.

Grading Basis

MATH 99 or a grade of 3 or higher on the Smarter Balanced exam or appropriate assessment score

Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Matter, metric system, measurements, dimensional analysis
    Lab: Check in and experimenting with the gas burner
  2. Energy, atomic structure, isotopes, and Bohr model of the atom.
    Lab: Metric system and measurement
  3. Quantum model of atom, periodic table, periodic law, formation of ions.
    Lab: Finish metric system
  4. Compounds, ions, molecules, bonding, VSEPR.
    Lab: Model Building
  5. Chemical reactions, ionic and covalent bonding, ionic and binary covalent nomenclature, and mole concept.
    Lab: Copper to Copper
  6. Solids, liquids and gases; intermolecular forces
    Lab: Kitchen Chemistry
  7. Polarity, solutions, electrolytes, non-electrolytes.
    Lab: Electrolytes
  8. Reaction rates, exothermic and endothermic reactions, equilibrium, Le Chatlier's principle.
    Lab: No Lab
  9. Acid and base theory, neutralization, salts, autoionization of water & pH scale, buffers, pH in the body.
    Lab: Acids and bases
  10. Nuclear Chemistry, radioactivity, nuclear transmutation.
    Lab: Radioactivity and check out