CHEM - Chemistry

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This non-laboratory course is designed for students who need to understand the basic concepts of chemistry. Students taking this course do not intend to pursue further courses in chemistry. Students will explore mathematical relationships using the factor labeling (conversion factor method), atomic and molecular structures (with emphasis on the special nature of carbon), pH, essential building block molecules, water, ions and ionization, and other topics of interest to those who live in our chemical world.

  • This course is designed for science majors particularly focused in the health or agricultural areas who have had high school chemistry. It can be a terminal course in chemistry for those seeking an AAS in veterinary technology.

  • This course is intended for physical science and engineering majors.  While providing a general overview of modern chemistry, the course emphasizes the development of chemical concepts and problem-solving techniques that are essential in science.  General topics include atomic structure of matter, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, electronic structure of the atom and chemical bonding.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I and is intended for science majors. It completes the presentation of topics started in General Chemistry I by surveying the topics of: Acids & Bases, Electrochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry.

  • This course is a continuation of Chemical Principles I and is intended for physical science and engineering majors. Those basic concepts from the first semester are applied to more complex aspects of chemistry which include the states of matter, solutions, thermodynamics, equilibrium, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. In addition, the course is designed to have more out-of-class activities related to these topical areas which are completed by a team of students.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • This course is the first semester of a two semester sequence in organic chemistry and is a thorough introduction to the language, mechanisms, materials and concepts fundamental to organic chemistry.

  • This course is the second semester of a two semester sequence in organic chemistry starting with Organic Chemistry I.

  • A program designed to provide an opportunity for pursuit of topics of chemistry beyond the scope of traditional courses. Investigations may be theoretical or experimental and may be pursued by individuals or groups of students. Instruction may be by independent study or formal lectures and/or laboratory sessions. Course may be repeated for a maximum of four hours credit.

  • A student may contract for one to four credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chair. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

  • A one-semester course with lab intended to provide engineering students the background chemical knowledge needed to communicate effectively with colleagues, develop manufacturing methods, and solve industrial problems related to chemistry. Topics include: atomic theory, bonding, stoichiometry, acid-base chemistry, oxidation-reduction, gases, and nuclear chemistry.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • This course is an in-depth examination of the chemistry and mathematical underpinnings connected to classical chemical calculations and wet chemical methods that form the foundation of modern quantitative chemistry. Using only a balance, buret and various classical volumetric devices, students will develop skills and understanding of gravimetric, titrimetric, complexometric, argentometric and redox methodologies.

  • A rigorous and hands-on exposure to the fundamental thinking, hardware, and techniques common to instrumental analysis as performed in a modern chemical laboratory. The following methods are emphasized: visible, ultraviolet, and infrared spectroscopy, atomic absorption methods, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and gas and high pressure liquid chromatography. A survey of microscopy, calorimetry, and selected electronic and electrical concepts to instrumentation will also be included.

    Lab Fee - $13

  • This course provides students who plan future studies in forensic science technology, chemical sciences or chemical engineering a firm grounding in the quantum mechanical description of molecules, as well as a critical set of insights into thermochemical reasoning. The quantum mechanical focus will be on key model systems, notably the 1- and 2D particle-in-a box, the rigid rotor, the harmonic oscillator and hydrogen atom.

  • This course is a comprehensive course intended for science majors. Topics covered include the basic structure and reactions of biological compounds (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids), the digestion and absorption of nutrients, bioenergetic principles, and catabolic and anabolic metabolism of major biochemicals in the human body. The laboratory exercises include classic techniques in isolation, purification and assay of proteins, enzymes (and kinetics), carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids as well as polypeptide and polynucleotide sequencing and synthesis.