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 Physical Sciences


The mission of the department is to provide comprehensive and rigorous physics and chemistry curricula that enable students’ successful transition to careers and/or associate and bachelor’s degree programs. Our department uses “inclusive pedagogy as a framework to consider practice and students enables to create “living educational theory” that meets the needs of students and builds their students” (Teemant & Pinnegar, 2019).​  



CHEM 121  
CHEM 201    
GEOLOGY 201    
PHY SCI 101    
PHY SCI 107    
PHY SCI 111    
PHYSICS 121    
PHYSCIS 221 ​   


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:   

1. Interpret NMR spectra and identify structures of unknown compounds based on their 1H NMR and 13C NMR spectra.     

2. Distinguish between conjugated and non-conjugated compounds and predict the stability of conjugated compounds.     

3. Identify aromatic compounds based on Hückel’s theory and name aromatic compounds correctly.     

4. Propose mechanisms for various Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution reactions and apply these reactions to the synthesis of aromatic compounds.     

5. Rank the acid strengths of various carboxylic acid, and propose syntheses of carboxylic acids.     

6. Utilize knowledge of various oxidation and reduction reactions to synthesize organic compounds.    

7. Propose mechanisms for various nucleophilic addition reactions of aldehydes and ketones and manipulate synthetic transformation of one functional group to another.     

8. Propose mechanisms for various nucleophilic acyl substitution reactions of carboxylic acid derivatives, and devise schemes for the synthesis of such compounds.    

9. Predict products for various enolate reactions, and propose mechanisms for these reactions     

10. Predict the products of reactions of amines, and propose mechanisms for these reactions.     

11. Propose synthesis of various compounds using carbon-carbon bond forming reactions using metal catalysts.    

12. Identify structures of various carbohydrates and amino acids, and propose the synthesis of a dipeptide.    

13. Propose retrosynthetic schemes in the planning a synthesis of an organic compound.