Chemistry

​​Our Department

The Chemistry Department at Evergreen Valley College consists of a group of dedicated and caring Chemistry instructors.   They will provide you with the necessary tools you need to succeed in your future educational and professional goals.  Our faculty will teach you not only the theoretical aspects of chemistry but also very valuable laboratory practical experiences in the areas of wet chemistry, hands-on laboratory instrumentation, computer applications, and green chemistry.  Our courses are transferable to many CSU and UC campuses and will prepare you to pursue degrees in engineering, pharmacy, medical and dental school degrees, as well as degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.​

Course descriptions

CHEM-001A - General Chemistry

​This course is required for students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Forestry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, and Medicine. Chem 1A also meets the one semester chemistry requirement for all engineering majors. This course covers basic chemical principles: atomic structure, bonding, periodicity, nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, physical states of matter, solutions, acid-base, and dynamic equilibrium. The role that chemistry plays in everyday life, industry, and human welfare is emphasized.
Units: 5
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: CHEM 015 and MATH 013 with C or better, or equivalent.
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

CHEM-001B - General Chemistry

This course is a continuation of Chemistry 001A, the second semester of a one year college level general chemistry sequence. The content includes thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. The laboratory emphasizes qualitative and quantitative analyses of inorganic compounds and introduces electronic instrumentation. The course is required for students majoring in physical and biological sciences and pre-professional majors such as pre-medicine and dentistry. The course also completes the basic chemistry requirements for students majoring in chemical and materials engineering.
Units: 5
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: CHEM 001A with C or better
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

CHEM-012A - Organic Chemistry

This is the first semester of a year-long comprehensive organic chemistry course with emphasis on structure, reaction mechanisms and their kinetics. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, reactions, and spectroscopic studies of organic compounds. Problem-solving techniques will be used to elucidate mechanistic, structural and stereochemical features of reactions and molecules. Lecture and laboratory will cover synthesis, isolation, purification, elucidation and identification of organic structures, instrumental methods and data interpretation.
Units: 5
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: CHEM 001B with C or better
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

CHEM-012B - Organic Chemistry

This is the second semester of a year-long organic chemistry course designed to follow Chemistry 012A. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, reactions, and spectroscopic studies of aliphatic and aromatic alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, acids, and other classes of organic and biological compounds (such as amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids). Problem-solving techniques will be used to elucidate mechanistic, structural, and stereochemical features in chemical reactions. Lectures and laboratory methods will focus on synthesis, isolation, purification, elucidation and identification of organic structures as well as instrumental methods and data interpretation.
Units: 5
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 6 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: CHEM 012A with C or better
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

CHEM-015 - Fundamentals of Chemistry

Chemistry 015 covers the fundamentals of modern inorganic chemistry with emphasis on atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical formulas, nomenclature, equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and related topics. Chemistry 015 is intended primarily as a preparation for the Chemistry 001A and 001B sequence. The central nature of chemistry among other branches of science is stressed, and examples of the important role that chemistry plays in our lives are presented. The course also meets the general education requirements for a laboratory science.
Units: 4
Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: MATH 011A or MATH 011R or MATH 011S or MATH 111; all with C or better or equivalent
Recommended: MATH 013 may be taken prior to or concurrent with CHEM 015.
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

CHEM-030A - Introduction to Chemistry

This course covers the basic principles of chemistry and tends to be more descriptive rather than quantitative. Content includes: measurements; matter and energy; atomic structure, periodicity; chemical bonding and nomenclature; chemical reactions and equations; gases, solutions and colloids; oxygen, hydrogen and water; and acids, bases and salts. CHEM 030A is a prerequisite for microbiology and physiology and is designed to meet the chemistry requirements for nursing and other allied health majors. The course meets the General Education requirements for a laboratory science.
Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 2 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: MATH 011A or MATH 011R or MATH 011S, minimum grade C
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

CHEM-030B - Introduction to Chemistry

This course covers the basic principles of introductory organic and biological chemistry. It is designed for allied health, and industrial technology majors. Content includes hydrocarbons, alchohols, ethers, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids, esters and amines; and an introduction to structures and properties of carbohydrates, lipids, and other biopolymers.
Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 2 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L
Prerequisite: CHEM 030A or CHEM 015 or CHEM 001A, with grade of C or better
Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0
Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS

​Faculty

Bonnie Brown
AC-233   x6870

Chui Hwang
AC-235   x6578

Preeti Srinivasan
AC-235   x6578

José Valentín
AC-231   x6580 

StaffVu Tran, Laboratory Tech
A3-220   x6649

Van Duong, Laboratory Tech
AE-263A   x6594

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