CHEM-111: Chemical Skills for Pre-Professional Programs

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Physical Sciences
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Chemical Skills for Pre-Professional Programs
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take a gateway MATH course at HFC or a satisfactory score on the Math placement exam, and ENG-131 eligible.
Catalog Course Description

Includes the study of dimensional analysis; atomic structure; stoichiometry; molarity; the periodic table; nomenclature; reactions and equations, and properties of gases. This course is for students majoring in science, engineering, mathematics, pharmacy, or other pre-professional programs who would benefit from further preparation for the standard general chemistry sequence required in these programs. May not be used to satisfy elective requirements for the AS in Chemistry program. Students in other programs should consult with their program advisor about eligibility for use as an elective. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Calculations: exponential and scientific notation
  2. Measurements: metric system, significant figures
  3. Dimensional analysis: units conversions, problem solving, percentages
  4. The nature of matter: phases, mixtures, compounds, and elements
  5. Basic atomic theory: atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, and ions
  6. Periodic table: symbols, names, periods, groups, atomic weights
  7. Nomenclature; naming compounds and writing formulas
  8. Chemical equations: balancing, molecular, and ionic
  9. Stoichiometry
  10. Properties of gases
  11. Introduction to safety in the chemistry laboratory
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Use a calculator to evaluate mathematical expressions involving scientific notation
  2. Solve problems using dimensional analysis (unit conversion)
  3. Distinguish among elements, compounds (both ionic and covalent), and mixtures
  4. Determine the structure of atoms and ions in terms of subatomic particles including electron configuration and orbitals.
  5. Predict chemical and physical properties using the periodic table
  6. Name chemicals from formulas for simple ionic and binary compounds and common acids. Common "ate" ion formulas should be committed to memory
  7. Write formulas from names of chemicals for simple ionic and binary compounds and common acids. Common "ate" ion formulas should be committed to memory
  8. Write and balance chemical equations, including molecular and ionic forms
  9. Identify oxidation numbers, the substance oxidized, the substance reduced, the oxidizing agent, the reducing agent, product of oxidation and product of reduction.
  10. Solve chemical problems using mole conversions
  11. Solve stoichiometry problems (mole-mole, mole-mass and mass-mass problems) using dimensional analysis
  12. Perform calculations involving common concentration units (mass per-cent and molarity)
  13. Describe properties of ideal gases
  14. Solve problems involving gas laws
  15. Apply principles of safety rules and demonstrate knowledge of the location of common laboratory and safety equipment
  16. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of chemical equipment
  17. Analyze and interpret measurement data, using mathematical models, and/or observed chemical behavior, expressed in chemical equations, to draw conclusions regarding the nature of matter
  18. Demonstrate cooperative learning skills
  19. Demonstrate use of critical thinking skills in analyzing data, making connections and relating to chemical patterns

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed in lecture using exams, assignments/quizzes, and a comprehensive final. Students will be assessed in lab using reports, quizzes and lab-exams. The overall course grade is determined using the categories and values listed below.

Category Percentage
Lecture Exams 40-50%
Laboratory (reports, quizzes, lab-exams) 25%
Assignments/Quizzes up to 10%
Final Exam 25%

No student will receive a passing grade in CHEM 111 unless that student has earned at least a 55% in the laboratory.


General Education Categories
  • Natural Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Scientific Reasoning
MTA Categories
  • Category 6: Natural Sciences (Lecture and Lab)
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

A student may receive credit for CHEM-111 by earning either:

  1. A minimum score of 50 on the CLEP Chemistry Exam
  2. A score of 4 or higher on the AP Chemistry Exam
  3. A score of 4 or higher on the International Baccalaureate-Higher Level (IB-HL) Chemistry Exam
  4. A score of 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate-Standard Level (IB-SL) Chemistry Exam

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2023
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2023