Chemistry

Welcome to the HCC-Southwest Chemistry program! The Southwest College offers classes in Introductory, General, and Organic Chemistry at the Missouri City, Stafford, and West Loop campuses.

Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Abdallah Cherif
Dr. Paul Clemens

Dr. Steven Dessens

Ms. Mahzad Iranpour
Dr. Ammani Krishnaswamy
Dr. Komala Krishnaswamy



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The Thermite Reaction:
Fe2O3 (s) + 2 Al (s)  →  2 Fe (l) + Al2O3 (s)
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It's elemental!  Mrs. Rizvi explains the periodic table
at TechFest 2009, Missouri City Campus.

 

Chemistry is the science concerned with the composition, structure, and properties of matter, and the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions.  See the Wikipedia article on chemistry for a nice overview of this very extensive field.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the chemistry discipline is to provide our students with a sound education in the basic principles andpractice of chemistry. Our emphasis is on the teaching and learning of chemistry with the goal of preparing our students to meet with success as they prepare for careers in health care or admission to schools of pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, and other professions requiring knowledge of chemistry. We aim to provide an experience in chemistry beneficial to students who are preparing to teach science in primary and secondary schools. And we want to provide an informative introduction to chemistry to non-science majors, whether they are taking chemistry simply to meet their degree requirements or to satisfy their desire to learn more about a subject which plays such an important role in our everyday lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Chemistry FAQ

Textbook Information

Chemistry Textbook Information for Southwest College

Tutoring

Tutoring Schedule for Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, and Physics
AskOnline (available 24/7)

Current News

ScienceDaily Chemistry News
American Chemical Society Press Room
ACS Division of Chemical Education
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Chemistry Career Information

Chemistry Careers - What Chemists Do
What Can I do With a Degree in Chemistry?
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ♦   Occupational Outlook Handbook - Chemists and Materials Scientists
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Welch Chemistry Hall
Wiess Energy Hall


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Scholarship & Research Opportunities

 

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The CSEMS Program for Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Majors

The Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarship Program sponsors a Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology scholarship designed to increase the numbers of students who graduate with associate degrees in computer science, mathematics, and engineering from Houston Community College. Being a CSEMS Scholar is both an honor and responsibility.  Financial support is up to $7,710 for in-district students and $10,950 for out-of-district students for up to two years.

UPDATE: The NSF STEM Scholarship Program at HCC was a system program. Students taking classes at any of the HCC campuses participated in this program from 2009-2013. The support for this program came from a grant that was awarded by the National Science Foundation. Current NSF grant ended on May 31, 2013. Currently, no scholarships are available until further notice.

Application Submissions Deadlines:

FALL -  July 1
SPRING -  October 1

 

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UST/HCC STEM Scholars & Articulation Program Supported by: US Dept. of Education Grant

The Department of Education has awarded Houston Community College and the University of St. Thomas a five-year, $5.9 million grant for Hispanic and other low-income transfer students who are interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Goals of the grant include upgrading the science labs throughout the HCC system to align with UST STEM labs and to create a new year-round UST/HCC undergraduate STEM research program involving system-wide full-time and part-time HCC faculty and students.

Application and Program Information (to be updated)

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Course Descriptions

CHEM 1305 Introductory Chemistry I
Prerequisite: MATH 0312 is recommended
Credit: 3 (3 lecture , 0 Lab)
General introduction to fundamental principles of chemistry includes atomic structure, chemical formulas, molecules, reactions, and elementary thermodynamics.  This course is intended to be preparatory to CHEM 1411 for science majors who have no prior knowledge of chemistry.  The laboratory includes appropriate experiments.  Core Curriculum course.  Sample Course Outline


CHEM 1105 Introductory Chemistry I Laboratory
Prerequisite: MATH 0312 is recommended
Credit: 1 (0 Lecture, 3 lab)

This course is for students who have previously taken the lecture-only version of Introductory Chemistry at HCC or elsewhere and desire to add the laboratory component.  This course is also useful for students who are taking CHEM 1305 in Distance format and require a lab.  The laboratory experiments are designed for hands-on chemistry activities which complement the topics covered in CHEM 1305.  Core Curriculum Course.  Sample Course Outline


CHEM 1307 Introductory Chemistry II
Prerequisite: CHEM 1305
Credit: 3 (3 lecture
, 0 Lab)
Continuation of CHEM 1305.  The Organic chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, oxygen and nitrogen-containing organic compounds, and biochemistry is introduced.  The laboratory includes appropriate experiments.  Core Curriculum course.


CHEM 1405 Introductory Chemistry for Non-Science Majors
Prerequisite: MATH 0312
Credit: 4 (3 lecture, 3 lab)

A general introduction to the field of chemistry, with an emphasis on the impact of chemistry in our everyday lives and our environment.  Laboratory experiments are designed for hands-on chemistry activities with real life applications.  Core Curriculum course.  Sample Course Outline


CHEM 1407 Introductory Chemistry II
Prerequisite: CHEM 1405
Credit: 4 (3 lecture, 3 lab)

Continuation of CHEM 1405.  The chemistry of carbon compounds.  Topics include aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, and an introduction to biochemistry.  Core Curriculum course.


CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
Prerequisites: Math 0312; One Year of High School Chemistry and MATH 1314 is highly recommended
Credit: 4 (3 lecture, 3 lab)

Science and engineering majors study atomic structure, chemical reactions, thermodynamics, electronic configuration, chemical bonding, molecular structure, gases, states of matter, and properties of solutions.  The laboratory includes appropriate experiments.  Core Curriculum course.  Sample Course Outline


CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II
Prerequisites: CHEM 1411
Credit: 4 (3 lecture, 3 lab)

Continuation of CHEM 1411. Topics include solutions, chemical kinetics, equilibrium and equilibrium phenomena in aqueous solution, acids and bases, pH, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.  The laboratory includes appropriate experiments.  Core Curriculum course.  Sample Course Outline


CHEM 1413 College Chemistry I
Prerequisite: MATH 0312 or MATH 1314
Credit:4 (3 lecture, 3 lab)

Nursing and allied health science majors study atomic structure, electron configuration, periodic law, radioactivity and its effects on living organisms, chemical bonding, molecules, gases, solution concentration, acids and bases, and buffers.  The laboratory includes appropriate experiments.  Sample Course Outline


CHEM 1414 College Chemistry II
Prerequisite: CHEM 1413
Credit: 4 (3 lecture, 3 lab)

Continuation of CHEM 1413.  Topics include the organic chemistry of hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, and amides, biochemistry topics include amino acids and proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, and lipids.  The laboratory includes appropriate experiments.


CHEM 2301 Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 1412
Credit: 3 (3 lecture, 0 lab)

Continuation of CHEM 2423.  Principles and methods of quantitative chemical analysis dealing primarily with volumetric and gravimetric analysis and containing a brief introduction to physical methods.  Core Curriculum course.


CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I
Prerequisite: CHEM 1412
Credit: 4 (3 lecture, 3 lab)

Study of carbon compounds.  Topics include alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, alkyl halides, nucleophilic substitution, reaction mechanisms and organic synthesis.  The laboratory includes appropriate experiments. Core Curriculum course.  Sample Course Outline


CHEM 2425 Organic Chemistry II
Prerequisite: CHEM 2423
Credit: 4 (3 lecture, 3 lab)

Continuation of CHEM 2423.  Topics include aromaticity, benzene and EAS reaction, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, condensation reactions, amines, phenols, infrared and NMR spectroscopy.  The laboratory includes appropriate experiments. Core Curriculum course.  Sample Course Outline