CCPS Chemistry Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
CHEM 101: Chemistry – A Human Concern
CHEM 103: Fundamentals of Chemistry
CHEM 103-L: Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory

200 Level Courses:
CHEM 200: Energy and the Environment
CHEM 201: Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 212: Elementary Organic Chemistry
CHEM 212-L: Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 290: Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
CHEM 390: Selected Topics

400 Level Courses:
CHEM 490: Selected Topics


CHEM 101: Chemistry – A Human Concern. 3 hours.
This basic course is designed for students with major interests in areas which include topics such as energy and the environment; food, people and chemistry; metals and life; etc. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 103: Fundamentals of Chemistry. 3 hours.
A terminal course dealing with fundamentals and basic concepts of chemistry primarily designed for general college students, as well as those in specialized programs such as nursing. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 103-L: Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.
A lab to complement Fundamentals of Chemistry. Co-requisite: CHEM 103.

CHEM 200: Energy and the Environment. 3 hours.
A terminal course in the chemistry of man's environment, designed to present an objective look at the problems of air and water pollution, and analysis and determination of environmental pollutants such as lead in blood, etc. Discussion of various energy resources and their effects on the environment as well as future dangers and possible solutions to the pollution problems. Three lecture hours per week with occasional demonstrations. High school chemistry helpful, but not required.

CHEM 201 Environmental Chemistry. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: CHEM 103. A course with a topics based approach to the chemistry of the environment. Students in this course are expected to have some knowledge of chemisttry and a desire to apply this knowledge to the environment. Topics of interest include environmental chemistry of water, water pollution, water treatment, geochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, hazardous materials and resources. Three lectures and one laboratory period. Same as ENVR 201.

CHEM 212: Elementary Organic Chemistry. 3 hours.
A terminal course on the chemistry of carbon compounds designed for students in home economics, geology, medical technology programs or others that require an introductory course covering the entire field of organic chemistry. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 212-L: Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory. 1 hour.
A lab to complement Elementary Organic Chemistry. Co-requisite: CHEM 212.

CHEM 290, CHEM 390, CHEM 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours each.