Course Summary
Credit Type:
8 weeks (144 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory


This stand-alone lab course can be used alongside a Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biochemistry course. This lab course initiates the application of Chemistry by having students complete virtual laboratory experiments in general, organic, and biological chemistry that are necessary to understand human biochemistry and pharmacology in health science fields. These include labs covering density of a cube, titration of vinegar, ideal gas law constant, synthesis of calcium carbonate, buffers and buffer capacity, equilibrium, kinetics, solubility, control of microbial growth, how enzymes work, colligative properties, electrochemistry, spectrophotometry, titration, calorimetry, and stoichiometry.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply scientific methodology, in all its explicit steps, to solve complex problems that are part of the laboratory activities
  • Describe and explain the structure of matter, from the sub-atomic through the molecular level, with emphasis on nuclear transmutations, chemical bonding, states of matter, and physical properties
  • Recognize the organic classes commonly found in biological molecules, predict their reactivity, and explain the structure and function of biological systems from chemical and physical perspectives
  • Describe the major metabolic pathways, relating them to principles of nutrition, disease, and pharmacology
  • Solve problems concerning the atomic and molecular structure of matter, using the periodic table plus quantum mechanics as the organizing and predictive models for this analysis.
  • Solve stoichiometric problems, including those complicated by the presence of limiting reagents.
  • Relate chemical and physical concepts of general chemistry to organic and biochemistry.
  • Examine and recognize the structures; physical properties; and reactions of various alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatics, and alkyl halides.
  • Compare the functional groups, physical properties, and reactions of alcohols and analogs, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines and amides.
  • Examine the monomers and polymers of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
  • Describe biochemical energetics, including carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolic pathways.
  • Apply the principles of thermodynamics and kinetics to solve problems involving: energy and entropy changes in chemical reactions, rate and mechanisms of reactions, and principles of equilibrium.
  • Perform and analyze various laboratory activities related to chemistry.

General Topics:

  • Chemistry Virtual Labs Tutorial
  • Basic Chemistry – Density of a Cube
  • Basic Chemistry - Titration of Vinegar, Gas Law – Ideal Gas Law Constant
  • Basic Chemistry – Synthesis of Calcium Carbonate, Buffers – Buffers and Buffer Capacity, Equilibrium – Equilibrium Constant (Spectrophotometry
  • Kinetics – Iodine Clock Reaction, Solubility – Qualitative Analysis
  • Control of Microbial Growth – Effect of Antiseptics and Disinfectants, How Enzymes Work – Enzyme Activity
  • Colligative Properties – Freezing-Point Depression, Electrochemistry - Standard Reduction Potentials and Concentration Dependencies
  • Spectrophotometry – Apply Beer’s Law to Determine Concentration of Dye, Titration – Identify Weak Acid Using Titration Curve
  • Calorimetry – Heat Capacity of a Calorimeter, Stoichiometry – Synthesis of Calcium Carbonate
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Quizzes
  • Virtual Lab Submissions

Minimum Passing Score:

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