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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 109
Course Title: Chemistry for Biological and Health-Related Sciences
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 4
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Fundamentals of chemistry for students entering biological or health-related fields. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical equations and reactions, properties of gases, solutions and electrolytes, acid/base properties and pH, an introduction to organic chemistry, and various aspects of chemistry important in biological systems.  Prerequisites: MATH 106 or higher (or ACT math score of 21 or higher); CHEM /PHYS 108 (or high school chemistry course with a grade of C or higher).  G.E.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

MATH 106 or higher (or ACT math score of 21 or higher);  CHEM/PHYS 108 (or high school chemistry course with a grade of C or higher).


Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current edition of one of the following:

General Organic and Biological Chemistry
By K. Raymond (John Wiley & Sons)
Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry
By K. Timberlake (Prentice Hall)
Essentials of General, Organic, and Biochemistry
By D. Guinn and R. Brewer (W. H. Freeman)
Course Objectives
  • To understand matter at the atomic and molecular levels.
  • To recognize common elements and compounds.
  • To calculate quantities necessary for chemical reactions, for preparation of solutions and buffers, and for other stoichiometric relationships.
  • To quantitatively determine energy changes accompanying chemical processes.
  • To relate behavior of organic functional groups to inorganic counterparts.
  • To recognize and draw organic and biological molecules.
  • To relate chemical principles to biological processes including ion transport, osmosis, active site reactions, and energy transport.
  • To recognize chemical interactions important in biological structures and systems (including hydrogen-bonding in proteins, effects of pH changes, and solubility of gases in biological fluids).
  • To understand proteins, lipids, enzymes, metabolism and nucleic acids.
Measurable Learning
  • Recognize and identify simple inorganic, organic and biological compounds.
  • Perform simple stoichiometric calculations.
  • Predict chemical properties of molecules, functional groups and active sites.
  • Predict solubility, miscibility and properties of solutions of solids, liquids and gases.
  • Predict transport properties, osmosis rates and chemistry of ions in solutions.
  • Calculate pH changes in buffer solutions.
Topical Outline:
  • Matter and measurement
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Organic compounds
  • Gases, liquids and solids
  • Reactions
  • Solutions, colloids and suspensions
  • Lipids and membranes
  • Acids, bases and equilibrium
  • Organic functional groups
  • Carbohydrates, peptides, proteins and enzymes
  • Nucleic acids and metabolism

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: April 7, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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