2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

CHE 103 General Chemistry I

71/2 hours: 3 hours lecture, 11/2 hours recitation, 3 hours laboratory

This course is for students majoring in Forensic Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, Toxicology; and for students minoring in Biology or Chemistry, and who have a strong math and science background. Using a molecular approach, it provides a comprehensive (lecture, recitation, laboratory) first year introduction to the principles of chemistry, with topics that include modern atomic and molecular theory, basic properties and reactions of the elements and compounds, chemical quantities and aqueous reactions, the quantum mechanical model of the atom, gases, thermochemistry, periodic properties of the elements and stoichiometry, VSEPR and bond theories, all of which will be explored in greater detail in General Chemistry II. Laboratory exercises stress principles of qualitative and semi-quantitative experimentation. They will foster a better understanding of chemical principles and ensure that the necessary skills are developed to work in a scientific laboratory safely and effectively.

Note: Students who place into MAT 141 Pre-Calculus with a CAA of 90 or higher or MAT 241 Calculus or above start the Chemistry sequence in CHE 103




Math placement and student must be majoring in Forensic Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, or Toxicology; or minoring in Biology or Chemistry


Students should be taking MAT 141 or MAT 241 or higher along with CHE 103.


This course satisfies the Required Core: Life and Physical Sciences area or the Flexible Core: Scientific World area of the Gen Ed Program. This course has a $25.00 material fee. fore assistance in registering, see the Sciences Dept.

Student who desire to minor in Chemistry should see the Minor Coordinator.  For assistance with registration, see the Sciences Dept.