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Chemistry is the study of matter, and all matter is made up of atoms. In a chemistry class, you will learn about elements, atomic number and mass, isotopes, moles and compounds. Chemistry is one of the most difficult science courses because it deals with math. Despite it being a challenge, chemistry is a subject that many love. These are just 5 of the several lower division chemistry courses you can take at San Diego State.

#1 Chemistry 102

CHEM 102 is Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry. This class includes four lectures and three hours of laboratory.
The prerequisite for this course is high school chemistry or Chemistry 100.
You will learn about the concepts of general, organic, and biological chemistry necessary to understanding human biochemistry and pharmacology, including chemical bonding, stereochemistry, acidity, thermodynamics, carbohydrates, lipids, enzymes, proteins, and nucleic acids.

 

#2 Chemistry 200

CHEM 200 is a course in General Chemistry. This class includes three lectures, one hour of discussion, and three hours of laboratory. The prerequisites include knowledge of introductory chemistry as demonstrated by completion of Chemistry 100 with a grade of C or better, or satisfying the Entry-Level Mathematics requirement and qualification on the Chemistry Department Placement Examination. You will learn the general principles of chemistry with emphasis on inorganic materials.

 

#3 Chemistry 202

CHEM 202 is a course in General Chemistry for Engineers. This class includes three lectures and three hours of laboratory. The prerequisite for this course is knowledge of introductory chemistry as demonstrated by completion of Chemistry 100 with a grade of C or better; or satisfaction of the Entry-Level Mathematics requirement and qualification on the Chemistry Department Placement Examination. Throughout this course, you will cover the general principles of chemistry with emphasis on inorganic and physical chemistry and chemistry basics for engineers.

 

#4 Chemistry 232

CHEM 232 is a course in Organic Chemistry. The prerequisites include Chemistry 201 with a grade of C or better and credit or concurrent registration in Chemistry 232L. In this class you will go over the properties and synthesis of organic compounds including reaction mechanisms. Same course as lecture portion of Chemistry 231. This is one of the most challenging lower division chemistry courses, so brace yourself!

 

#5 Chemistry 251

CHEM 251 is a course in Analytical Chemistry. This class requires three lectures and six hours of laboratory.The prerequisites are Chemistry 201 and credit or concurrent registration in Mathematics 122 or 150. This course will give you an introduction to the theory and practice of analytical chemistry including gravimetric, volumetric, and instrumental methods.

 

In conclusion, chemistry at SDSU is a challenge, but each course is very interesting. Chemistry is a very challenging course, so definitely start off with a beginners course in order to familiarize yourself with what chemistry is and what it entails. Overall, chemistry at San Diego State is a great class and it is recommended by many to take throughout your college years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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