General Chemistry

Fall 2016 quarter

Taught by

organic chemistry
  • UG


Strong grasp of algebra (exponents, logarithms, equations, linear graphing). Refer to the math proficiency document ( to evaluate your level of preparation for entry into this program.

This full time one-quarter program will offer an intensive introduction to the concepts and methods of college-level general chemistry, providing the equivalent of a yearlong course in general chemistry. It will use an organizing theme that is based on the cycles and transformations of matter and energy at a variety of scales in both living and nonliving systems. Use of quantitative methods will be emphasized in all areas of the program, providing additional insights into these processes. Students will undertake assignments focused on interpreting and integrating all of the topics covered. The work will emphasize critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, as well as the development of proficient writing and speaking skills.

Program activities will include lectures, small-group problem-solving workshops, and laboratory work. Students can expect to spend several hours a day in lab each week, maintain laboratory notebooks, write formal laboratory reports and give formal presentations of their work. Group work will also include reading and discussion of topics of current or historical significance in chemistry. This will be a rigorous program, requiring a serious commitment of time and effort on the part of the student. Overall, it is expected that students will end the program with the ability to reason critically, solve problems and have hands-on experience with general chemistry.

This program will give students the chemistry prerequisite needed to pursue upper division work in chemistry, biochemistry and environmental science.

Program Details

Fields of Study


Preparatory For

chemistry, biology, environmental science, medicine, health and education.


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First class meeting: Monday, September 26 at 9am (Purce Hall Classroom 1)

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