Chemistry for Biological and Health-Related Sciences
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:
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) Recommended
Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry
By K. Timberlake (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Essentials of General, Organic, and Biochemistry
By D. Guinn and R. Brewer (W. H. Freeman) Recommended
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.
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.
Matter and measurement
Atoms, elements and compounds
Gases, liquids and solids
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
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.