Chemistry and Biochemistry for Nurses I
CHEM 2100
Spring 2009

Instructor: Dr. Koni Stone, N358, 667-3570
, Office hours: T: 10-11, 1-2, R: 10-11, F:1:30-2:30  and by appointment

Web page for the course:

Text: General, Organic and Biochemistry, 5th edition.  Denniston, Topping and Caret,  2007, McGraw Hill.  
Website for text:

Prerequisite: Passing score on ELM exam, or exemption from ELM.  It is highly recommended that students have passed the EPT or are exempt. Also, if you have never ever taken a chemistry class, it is advised that you take CHEM 1000.  If you took Chemistry in high school (and retained some memory of it, you should be ok for this very fast paced course.) 

Brief description: This course has been designed in collaboration with the Department of Nursing to fulfill curricular needs of the pre-licensure program.  Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of chemistry, including: the composition of atoms and molecules, mass balance, energy, properties of gases and solutions.  Then, students will study acid base chemistry and nuclear chemistry and their medical relevance.  A general description of organic chemistry will be presented with an emphasis on how molecular functional groups influence solubility and chemical reactivity; pharmaceuticals will be used as examples.  After gaining an appreciation for carbon based molecules (structures, nomenclature, functional groups and basic reactions), students will be introduced to the structure and physical properties of biological molecules (i.e. nucleic acids, amino acids, sugars etc.) 

Since this is a general education class there are the following additional GE goals:

1. Subject Knowledge. To provide an educational experience that will enhance student's understanding of the discipline's basic principles, methodologies, and perspectives. The content for this class is chemistry as it applies to living systems.  Students will do homework problems and work on activities in class in order to prepare for 4 midterm exams.  Students mastery of the content will be assessed with a comprehensive final exam.
2. Communication. To provide an educational experience that will enhance the ability to communicate. Students will be actively involved in problem based and directed inquiry based learning activities that will require them to work in groups.  Hence, their small group interaction communication skills will be enhanced.
3. Inquiry and Critical Thinking. To provide an educational experience that will enhance critical thinking skills and will contribute to continuous inquiry and life-long learning.  (see #4 below)
4. Information Retrieval and Evaluation.
To provide an educational experience that will enhance the ability to find, understand, examine critically, and use information from various sources.  They will be required to think critically about the information they retrieve.
5. Interdisciplinary Relationships. To provide an educational experience that will enhance students' understanding of a discipline's interrelationships with other disciplines.  Chemistry is considered to be the central science.  While medical applications will be emphasized, the connections to physics, biology, and earth science will be introduced.  For example, autoclaves work because of the direct relationship between pressure and temperature.  As pressure is increased, the temperature of steam increases.  This high temperature steam can then be used to sterilize glassware for microbiology experiments.
6. Global or Multicultural Perspectives. To provide an educational experience that will enhance the ability to look at issues from multiple perspectives and/or that will describe a discipline's impact on or connection to global issues.  Global topics will be introduced, such as the role of humans in global warming.  For example, long hot showers and SUV's require burning fossil fuels, this combustion reaction increases levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.  Carbon dioxide traps heat in the earth's atmosphere by absorbing infrared radiation.  .

Learning assessment devices.
Exams Four exams:  100 points each , March 6,  March 27, April 24  and May 20


Comprehensive Final Exam

Wednesday, May 27th, 8:30-10:30


This course is graded with letter grades using the following minimum scores: A, 90%; B, 80% ; C, 70%; D, 60%.  Plus/minus grades may be assigned. The last day to withdraw from this course is March 13th.  

The exams will be based on the lecture material, information in the text and homework questions.  (Homework is not collected or graded.) The Comprehensive Final Exam will be based on the exam questions.   You will need a calculator that has scientific notation and log functions.

No make-up exams (or early exams) will be given.  If you have extenuating circumstances that involve serious and compelling reasons for missing class, you are advised to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stone as soon as possible, so that an appropriate plan of action can be developed.  

WWW and Email:  All course announcements and homework assignments will be posted on the www. If you do not know how to get to the www, please see Dr. Stone  immediately.  Email is an excellent mode of communication with your instructor.  For a fast response, please put CHEM 2100 in the subject line of your email message.

Lecture schedule and reading assignments   

Week beginning Chapter(s), topics
February 16 1. Methods and Measurement. AND
2.  Parts of the Atom and the Periodic Table
February 23 3. Ionic and covalent compounds
March 2 4. Chemical Equations 
March 9 5.  Solids, Liquids and Gases
March 16 6.  Solutions
March 30 7.  Energy
April 6 8.  Acids and Bases
April 20 9.  Nuclear Chemistry
April 27 10-15. Organic chemistry  (hang on, this will go really fast!)
May 4 16.  Good Carb/Bad Carb
May 11 17.  Lucious lipids
May 18 18.  Protein structure and function

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