Chemistry is a class that most people try their hardest to not take. It can be very confusing and a lot of work. However, the professors at Boise State make it a point to listen to the students and provide office hours for extra help. There are many Chemistry classes to choose from, but here are a few of the most popular ones at Boise State.



In this course you will converge the basic concepts of the study of Chemistry. The class is designed primarily for health science majors or students who need an introductory chemistry course prior to taking CHEM 111. Basic concepts of inorganic and physical chemistry will be covered and learned hands on with the extra lab class. The prerequisites are MATH 108 or satisfactory placement score.



This CHEM 111 class will be the first semester of a one-year sequence course. You will learn the fundamentals of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, chemical reactions in solutions, gases, thermochemistry, basic quantum theory, chemical periodicity, and elementary chemical bonding. In order to take this class and understand the concepts you must have taken a high school CHEM class or completed a semester preparative course (CHEM 99). The prerequisites are MATH 143 or successful completion of the CHEM 111 Math exam.



This source is a continuation of the CHEM 111 class, which must be taken prior. You will learn about intermolecular forces, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium in solution, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, and complex ions. You will learn in the lecture class and in the extra lab class. The prerequisites are  CHEM 111 and CHEM 111L.


4.CHEM 301 SURVEY OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (3-0-3)(S). (Upper Division)

This class is the basis of Organic Chemistry. It is only recommended for students expecting to take only one semester of organic chemistry. You will learn an overview of organic chemistry covering the fundamental principles of nomenclature, reactions, synthesis, mechanisms, stereochemistry, spectroscopy, lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates. In addition to the lecture class there will also be a lab to practice the skills. The prerequisites are CHEM 111-112, CHEM 112L.


5.CHEM 324 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (0-6-2)(F,S). (Upper Division)

In this course you will learn the methods of physicochemical measurement, introduction to computerized data analysis, technical report writing, and the use of the chemical literature. This course also includes hands on experiments and activities like introduction to computer interfacing for equipment control and data collection, integrating computational chemistry techniques with spectroscopy experiments, spectroscopy, kinetics, and thermodynamics. The prerequisites are  CHEM 211/212 and CHEM 310.


Choose carefully when thinking about taking a Chemistry class. Choose one that will satisfy one of your major requirements, and also one that interests you. The work will seem less hard and more fun if you are interested in the subject. Another tip is to attend the professor’s office hours to get extra help, and so the professor will know you, which can be beneficial in the future.


Sarah Austin

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