General Chemistry I

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Description: The first semester of chemistry for science majors, pre-professional students, and others in science related fields. This course provides a quantitative introduction to atomic and molecular structure, states of matter, basic thermodynamics, and solutions. A number of concepts within each topic will be demonstrated and sample problems discussed. These topics will be covered at a brisk pace in lectures due to the accelerated nature of this course. Within this course, students become conversant with the scientific vernacular, chemical symbols and notation. Students will manipulate mathematical equations in order to appreciate the quantitative nature of atomic interactions. States of matter will be categorized. The Periodic Table of the Elements will be studied to illustrate chemical periodicity and bonding. The gas laws will be introduced in order to understand statistical handling of large populations of atoms and molecules. The laws of thermodynamics will be introduced, including the concepts of enthalpy and entropy.

Highly Recommended Prerequisite: College Algebra (MATH111) or equivalent
Lecture Hours: 45
Lab Hours: 0 (online lecture only) or 30 (in-classroom and hybrid)
Total Units: 3 (online lecture only) or 4 (in-classroom or hybrid courses that include lab)
Course Format: Accelerated Science Courses take place in 4 or 5 weeks. Classes and laboratories are offered in many formats such as daytime, nights, weekends, in-classroom, hybrid (classroom and online), and 100% online. All courses repeat regularly, giving many opportunities to complete the course(s) you need.

Registration for in-classroom and hybrid course offerings include lecture (CHEM211) and lab (CHEM211L).


Fall 2019 In-Classroom Offerings (4 units with lab)

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times*
Oct 4, 2019 November 6, 2019 Fri 5:00P-10:00P Lab
Sat 9:00A-6:00P Lecture
Oct 17, 2019 November 13, 2019 Thurs, Fri 1:00P-9:30P
Oct 19, 2019 November 13, 2019 Sat, Sun 9:00A-6:00P



Spring 2020 In-Classroom Offerings (4 units with lab)

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times*
Jan 2, 2020 Jan 29, 2020 Thurs, Fri 1:00P-9:30P
Jan 4, 2020 Jan 29, 2020 Sat, Sun 9:00A-6:00P
Feb 27, 2020 Mar 25, 2020 Thurs, Fri 1:00P-9:30P
Feb 29, 2020 Mar 25, 2020 Sat, Sun 9:00A-6:00P



Spring 2020 Hybrid Course Offerings (4 units with lab)

3 unit Online class – 2 start date options

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times
Jan 2, 2020 Jan 29, 2020 Online – no daily requirements No specific times
Feb 27, 2020 Mar 25, 2020 Online – no daily requirements No specific times


1 unit On-Campus Lab – 1 start date option

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times*
Mar 23, 2020 Mar 26, 2020 Mon, Tues, Wed – Lab on-campus 8:00A-5:00P
Thurs  – Lab Final on-campus 8:00A-10:30A

*Class times are subject to change

Classes fill quickly, so please do not wait to apply. Students are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. All courses are listed in SCU publications and the application regardless of the current number of registrants. Registration is not confirmed until an email is sent. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please confirm registration by emailing [email protected].

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