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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 110
Course Title: Chemistry I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 4
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Fundamental course in the principles of chemistry. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical equations, chemical reactions, properties of gases, properties of solutions, and thermochemistry. Students majoring in Biology or Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. 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).


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 and Spring.

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

By J. McMurry and R. Fay (Prentice Hall)
Chemistry: The Central Science
By T. Brown, et. al. (Prentice Hall)
By J. Olsted and G. Williams (Wiley)
By R. Chang (McGraw-Hill)
Chemistry: Atoms First
By Burdge & Overby (McGraw-Hill)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Predict trends in the chemical and physical properties of the elements based on their positions on the periodic table.
  2. Identify the properties of atoms, ions and molecules.
  3. Solve chemistry problems using mathematical skills.
  4. Differentiate between types of chemical reactions.
  5. Apply chemical principles to solve chemical problems.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Matter and measurement
  • Atoms, molecules and ions
  • Formulas, equations and moles
  • Reaction in aqueous solution
  • Periodicity and atomic structure
  • Ionic bonds and main-group chemistry
  • Covalent bonds and molecular structure
  • Thermochemistry
  • Gases
  • Liquids, solids and phase changes
  • Solutions and their properties
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Alan James Date: September 3, 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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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