CHEM1345 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry Foundations

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 3 - Natural Sciences. This course is intended as a broad introductions to general, organic, and biochemistry. Topics covered include the scientific method, measurements, atomic structure, radioactivity, ionic and covalent compounds, reactions, oxidation-reduction, solutions, acids and bases, organic compounds and biological marcomolecues. This is recommended for students intending to enroll, or already enrolled in the health sciences programs. This course includes two hours of required lab per week. The laboratory introduces students to safe handling of chemicals, appropriate use of lab ware, and transcription of observations and data. Attendance in the week 1 lab safety session is mandatory.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Use physical and chemical properties to explain the structure of matter from macroscopic to sub-atomic levels.
  • Describe the types of chemical bonds in compounds
  • Compare different types of chemical reactions and rationalize their occurrence from a thermodynamic standpoint
  • Identify organic functional groups found in biological molecules and use their reactivity to explain their physical and chemical influence in biological systems
  • Explain the main metabolic pathways in humans
  • Identify the relationships between chemistry and nutrition, disease and pharmacology
  • Complete quantitative problems involving unit conversions, chemical equations and formulas
  • Utilize skills appropriate to the chemistry laboratory environment


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4 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other