Chemistry

Division: Science
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Chemistry is the science that studies the nature, structure, properties and reactions of matter at both the atomic and molecular level.  The department offers several courses that are part of the General Education pattern.  Students majoring in chemistry can complete the lower-division requirements for the major.

Natural Science is housed in the Chemistry department.  Although no degrees are currently being offered for this subject, this course can be used to complete General Education or transfer requirements.

The most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree in chemistry include chemical lab technician, water purification technician, quality control coordinator, general laboratory work. Additionally, the major prepares students for transfer in any of several majors related to the chemical sciences such as food and drug inspector, industrial hygienist, materials scientist, chemist, geochemist, pharmaceutical sales. Please note that many of these careers require a bachelor’s degree or higher to meet minimum job requirements.

Transfer requirements in Chemistry are available in the Counseling Department. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Contact Information

Science Division Chair

Julie Rodriguez | (559) 730-3875 | julier@cos.edu
John Muir: 236 | Visalia Campus

Dean of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering

Robert Urtecho, Ph.D. | (559) 730-3942 | robertur@cos.edu
John Muir: 133 | Visalia Campus

CHEM 001 General Chemistry 1 5 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
6 Lab
A course for majors and pre-professionals involving the fundamental theories and laws of chemistry. Topics include stoichiometery, atomic structure, bonding theories, ionic reactions and properties of gases. Chemistry prerequisite may be waived with one year of high school chemistry with a "C" or better. (C-ID CHEM110; C-ID CHEM120S includes CHEM 001 and 002.)
Prerequisites: CHEM 020 and (MATH 230 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
CHEM 002 General Chemistry 2 5 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
6 Lab
A course for majors and pre-professionals involving the fundamental theories and laws of chemistry. Topics include liquids, solids, solutions, kinetics, acid/base theories, acid/base equilibrium, solubility and complex equilibrium, thermodynamics and electrochemistry. (C-ID CHEM120S - includes CHEM 001 AND 002.)
Prerequisites: CHEM 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
CHEM 012 Organic Chemistry 1 5 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
6 Lab
This is the first semester of a comprehensive study of organic chemistry. This course, taught at the sophomore level, is primarily for chemistry or biochemistry and biology majors, premedical, pre-dental students, pre-pharmacy and medical technicians. Emphasis is on structural and functional group chemistry studied from a synthetic and mechanistic point of view. Topics include: nomenclature, stereochemistry, free radical processes, structure, bonding, hybridization of carbon compounds, basic elimination and substitution reactions, introductory infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.The course includes a laboratory use of micro/macro methods and techniques, synthesis and instrumentation. Formerly CHEM 12 and 12L. (C-ID CHEM150; C-ID CHEM160S includes CHEM 012 AND 013.)
Prerequisites: CHEM 002 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
CHEM 013 Organic Chemistry 2 5 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
6 Lab
This is a continuation of CHEM 12, a comprehensive study of organic chemistry. The course, taught at a sophomore level, is primarily for chemistry, biochemistry and biology majors, premedical, predental, prepharmacy students and medical technicians. Emphasis is on structural and functional group chemistry studied from a synthetic and mechanistic point of view. Topics include: reactions of aromatic compounds, condensations, natural products chemistry, introductory bio-chemistry, mass spectrometry and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy. The course includes a laboratory use of micro/macro methods and techniques, synthesis and instrumentation. (C-ID CHEM160S - includes CHEM 012 AND 013)
Prerequisites: CHEM 012 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
CHEM 020 Intro to General Chemistry 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
CHEM 20 is a one semester transferable college chemistry course designed to meet the needs of allied-health and non-science majors. The course is a study of the fundamental theories and laws of chemistry. The laboratory portion of the course involves experimentation and drawing conclusions from data. (C-ID CHEM101)
Prerequisites: MATH 200 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: CHEM 253 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
CHEM 021 Organic/Biological Chemistry 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
CHEM 021 is the second semester of a full year college chemistry course which meets the needs of the science-related major. Content focuses on structural configurations, properties and reactions of organic and biochemical compounds. Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of these are part of lecture and laboratory. (C-ID CHEM102)
Prerequisites: CHEM 020 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
CHEM 253 Introduction to Chemistry 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This is a one-semester elementary class for students who have never taken high school chemistry or whose previous work in chemistry did not prepare them for CHEM 20. The course will prepare students for success in CHEM 20 by giving them a basic background in matter, energy, chemical reactions, measurements, formula writing, nomenclature, chemical calculations and a review of elementary algebra.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 200 and ENGL 251 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better
NSCI 131 Chem & Physics for Educators 4 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
2 Lab

1 Other
A general principles science course for students transferring as Liberal Studies majors. Basic principles of chemistry and physics relevant to elementary education are stressed. Applying these topics to everyday experience is emphasized. The course is designed to meet only the science requirements of Liberal Studies programs at CSU Fresno. (C-ID CHEM 140 or C-ID PHYS 140)
Prerequisites: MATH 200 or MATH 205 or equivalent college course with "C" or better

Chemistry

Bogonko, Daudi
B.S., California Polytechnic, Pomona
M.S., Fresno Pacific University

Froese, Ryan
B.S., California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
M.S., California State University, Fresno

Mendoza, Teresa
A.S., College Of The Sequoias
B.S., California State University, Long Beach
M.S., California State University, Fresno

Rodriguez, Julie
B.S., California State University, Bakersfield
M.S., California State University, Fresno