A two-semester, introductory course designed to give a solid introduction to chemical principles. The first semester covers topics of atomic structure, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic theory, bonding, intermolecular forces, phase changes, introduction to reactions, gases, and thermodynamics. Second semester topics include equilibria, kinetics, acids and bases, buffers, oxidation-reductions, electrochemistry, and aspects of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.
Prerequisites: CHEM 110. Credit for CHEM 120 will not be granted to students who have received credit for CHEM 230. Students who have transfer credit for CHEM 120 may not take this course.