Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

The Chemistry Department at Moorpark College offers a wide range of lower division undergraduate courses for the beginning student who has never encountered a college chemistry class to the more advanced science majors preparing to transfer to a four-year institution.  Topics covered include Introductory, General, Organic, and basic Biochemistry.  A single grade is assigned for each lecture and accompanying laboratory component.  The various chemistry courses offered and their respective descriptions are found below.

Foundations of General, Organic, and Biochemistry
Chemistry M11

This 5 unit course is designed primarily for allied health science majors.  General, organic, and biological chemistry are studied with an emphasis placed on medical applications.  Topics covered in general chemistry include the modern view of the atom, molecules, chemical compounds, reactions, and calculations.  Organic and biochemistry topics include hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, amines, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, and metabolism.  Laboratory activities supplement lecture topics.  This course is not intended for students planning to take Chemistry M01A.

            Current Textbook: 10th edition "Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry" by Bettelheim

            Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

            Prerequisite:  MATH M01 or equivalent

            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

Offered during the fall semester, spring semester, seven-week summer session, and online hybrid

 

Introductory Chemistry I
Chemistry M12

This 4 unit course introduces basic principles of inorganic chemistry with reference to measurement, chemical nature of matter and energy, atomic theory, elements and compounds, periodic table, bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, equations, and calculations.  Course fulfills prerequisites for CHEM M01A and CHEM M13.  No credit if taken after CHEM M01A.

            Current Textbook: 4th edition "Introductory Chemistry" by Tro

            Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

            Prerequisite: MATH M01 or equivalent

            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

Offered during the fall semester, spring semester, seven-week summer session, and online hybrid

 

Honors: Introductory Chemistry I
Chemistry M12H

This 4 unit course introduces basic principles of inorganic chemistry with reference to measurement, chemical nature of matter and energy, atomic theory, elements and compounds, periodic table, bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, equations, and calculations.  Honors work challenges students to be more analytical and creative through expanded assignments, real-world applications and enrichment opportunities.  Course fulfills prerequisites for CHEM M01A and CHEM M13.  No credit if taken after CHEM M01A.

            Current Textbook: 4th edition "Introductory Chemistry" by Tro

            Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

            Prerequisite: MATH M01 or equivalent

            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

Offered periodically

 

Introductory Chemistry II
Chemistry M13

This 5 unit course introduces fundamental concepts of general chemistry including kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.  Topics covered in organic and biochemistry include structure, nomenclature, and reactions of organic compounds along with metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids.  Explores applications to agriculture, earth science, nutrition, and health sciences.  No credit if taken after CHEM M07A/B.

            Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

            Prerequisite: CHEM M11/M12(H) or equivalent

            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

Offered during the spring semester only

 

General Chemistry I
Chemistry M01A

This 5 unit course introduces atomic theory and stoichiometry, nomenclature and chemical reactions, thermochemistry, quantum theory and the electronic structure of atoms, chemical bonding and molecular structure, physical behavior of gases, states of matter and phase equilibria, and solutions.  Laboratory activities address spectroscopy, distillations, quantitative and qualitative analyses, titrations, thermochemistry, gravimetric and volumetric analyses, and colligative properties.

            Current Textbook: 3rd edition "Chemistry A Molecular Approach" by Tro

            Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

            Prerequisite: CHEM M12(H) or equivalent AND MATH M03 or MATH M03B or MATH M04B or       
            equivalent

            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC;  Equivalent to C-ID Chem 110 

Offered during the fall semester, spring semester, seven-week summer session, and online hybrid

 

General Chemistry II
Chemistry M01B

This 5 unit course introduces chemical kinetics, phase equilibria, equilibria in gases and solutions, acids and bases, solubility and complex ions, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, a continuation of qualitative and quantitative analyses, and an overview of nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and coordination chemistry and ligand field theory.  Laboratory activities address chemical kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics, spontaneous oxidation-reduction reactions and electrolysis, selective precipitation, titrations, and exposure to ultraviolet, infrared, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

            Current Textbook: 3rd edition "Chemistry A Molecular Approach" by Tro

            Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

            Prerequisite: CHEM M01A or equivalent and MATH M05 or equivalent

            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC; Equivalent to C-ID Chem 120S when taken with Chem M01A

Offered during the fall semester, spring semester, and a seven-week summer session

 

Organic Chemistry I
Chemistry M07A

This 5 unit course emphasizes molecular structure, chemical and physical properties, and the preparation and reactivities of organic molecules with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms, synthesis, structure determination, and applications.  Laboratory experience involves using the appropriate methods, techniques, and instrumentation for the synthesis, purification, and identification of organic compounds discussed in the lecture portion.  This is the first semester of a one-year course to fulfill the organic chemistry requirements of those majors requiring a full year of organic chemistry.

            Current Textbook: 4th edition "Organic Chemistry" by Smith, Janice

            Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

            Prerequisite: CHEM M01B or equivalent

            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC; Equivalent to C-ID Chem 150

Offered during the fall semester, spring semester, and a seven-week summer session

 

Organic Chemistry II
Chemistry M07B

This 5 unit course continues the study of functional groups such as carboxylic acids and their derivatives, other carbonyl-containing compounds, amines, and aromatics.  Emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms, synthesis, and structure determination using nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopy.  This course also introduces aspects of biochemistry including the study of proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids.  Laboratory experience involves multi-step synthetic routes, chromatography, and applications of basic techniques.  This is the second semester of a one-year course to fulfill the organic chemistry requirements of those majors requiring a full year of organic chemistry.

            Current Textbook: 4th edition "Organic Chemistry" by Smith, Janice

            Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

            Prerequisite: CHEM M07A or equivalent

            Transfer Credit: CSU; UC; Equivalent to C-ID Chem 160S when taken with Chem M07A

Offered during the fall and spring semesters