Highland Community College




PS 107 General Chemistry (5)

This course is for students who have not had the equivalent of one year of high school chemistry. The course provides a basic introduction to chemistry, with special emphasis on solutions and biochemistry. This course is recommended for students wanting to major in scientific or technological fields, including health sciences and agriculture.


PS 111 College Chemistry I (5)

Prerequisite: High school chemistry and MAT103 or permission

This course provides a college-level introduction to chemistry and is intended for students going into technological, scientific, or medical fields.  The course will focus on chemical compounds, their properties and reactions, and the scientific laws that determine their behavior.  Course topics will include basic chemical concepts, calculations with chemical formulas and equations, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, modern theories of the atom and electronic structure, chemical periodicity, and chemical bonds.


PS 112 College Chemistry II (5)

Prerequisite: PS 111 (prior or concurrent)

This course continues the study begun in PS 111 and is intended for students going into technological, scientific, engineering, or medical fields. The course is required in certain pre-professional programs, such as pre-medicine, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-dentistry, etc. Course topics will include crystals and solids, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, solution chemistry including acid-base and complex-ion equilibria, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. The course will also include a brief discussion of organic chemistry, biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.


PS 210 Organic Chemistry I (5)

Prerequisite: PS 111 and PS 112 or permission

This course is the first in a two-semester sequence. The course will focus on hybridization, bond and molecular orbitals, stereochemistry, acids and bases, chemical radicals, kinetics, thermodynamics, conformational analysis, and molecular structure. These topics will be applied to alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, and alcohols. The course will also include spectroscopic techniques, such as NMR, IR, and mass spec, applied to structure determination of organic molecules.


PS 212 Organic Chemistry II (5)

Prerequisite: PS 210 or permission

This course is the second in a two-semester sequence. The course will continue to focus on topics presented in PS 210 and how they apply to chemical synthesis and structure determination. The topics will be applied to aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, aromaticity, benzene and its derivatives, organometallic compounds, conjugated and unconjugated unsaturated systems, and pericyclic reactions. Selected applications to biochemistry, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, and industrial chemistry will also be discussed.