Chemistry & Biochemistry Summer Courses


    General Chemistry (5 credits)

  • CHEM 1A

    Session 1

    An integrated study of general chemistry. Covers a range of topics including the atomic structure of matter; molecules; chemical reactions; acids and bases; gases; and equilibria in the gas and liquid phase. Students are expected to use algebra to solve problems. General Chemistry is articulated in a full-year series. Partial transfer credit is not allowed for the A,B,C series. Prerequisite(s): Previous or concurrent enrollment in MATH 3 (or equivalent), or a mathematics placement score of 300 or higher; taking the online chemistry self-assessment exam is strongly recommended. (General Education Code(s): SI.) 

    No corresponding lab.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Randa Roland

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  • General Chemistry (5 credits)

  • CHEM 1B

    Session 1

    An integrated study of general chemistry. Coverage includes quantum mechanics; the hydrogen atom; many-electron atoms and chemical periodicity; elementary covalent bonding; transition metals; and chemical kinetics. Prerequisite(s): Strong high-school level chemistry is strongly recommended; taking the online chemistry self-assessment examination is strongly recommended. Concurrent enrollment in course 1M is recommended. General Chemistry is articulated in a full-year series. Partial transfer credit is not allowed for the A,B,C series.

    The corresponding lab is CHEM 1M.

    Proposed Instructor: Jin Zhang

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  • General Chemistry (5 credits)

  • CHEM 1C

    Session 2

    An integrated study of general chemistry. Coverage includes thermodynamics; oxidation-reduction and electrochemistry; liquids and solids; intermolecular forces and solutions, including colligative properties; and nuclear chemistry. General Chemistry is articulated in a full-year series. Partial transfer credit is not allowed for the A,B,C series. Prerequisite(s): course 1A. Concurrent enrollment in course 1N is recommended. 

    Corresponding lab is CHEM 1N.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Peter Weiss

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  • General Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)

  • CHEM 1M

    Session 1

    Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in courses 1B and 1C and important experimental techniques. Students are billed a $18 materials fee. Prerequisite(s): Previous or concurrent enrollment in course 1B is required.

    Corresponding lecture is CHEM 1B.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Randa Roland

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  • General Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)

  • CHEM 1N

    Session 2

    Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in courses 1B-1C, respectively, and important experimental techniques. Students are billed a $18 materials fee. Prerequisite(s): Previous or concurrent enrollment in course 1C is required. 

    Corresponding lecture is CHEM 1C.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Randa Roland

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  • Organic Chemistry (5 credits)

  • CHEM 8A

    Session 1

    Introduces organic chemistry, with an emphasis on bonding and reactivity of organic compounds. (Formerly course 108A.) Prerequisite(s): courses 1B and 1C.

    Corresponding lab is 8L - lab not required for all students.

    Visiting students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. It is in your best interest to take a full year of college-level chemistry before this class.

    Proposed Instructor: Caitlin Binder

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  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)

  • CHEM 8L

    Session 1

    Laboratory experience in organic chemistry associated with course 8A. Designed to introduce the student to the many techniques associated with organic chemistry while affording an opportunity to explore the concepts discussed in the lecture material. Laboratory: 4 hours, lecture: 1-1/4 hours. Students are billed a $40 materials fee. (Formerly course 108L.) Prerequisite(s): courses 1C and 1N and previous or concurrent enrollment in 8A or 108A is required. 

    Corresponding lecture is CHEM 8A.

    Visiting students - use this form to submit proof you met lab prerequisites: https://www.chemistry.ucsc.edu/summer_session/index.html At least one quarter/semester credit in a college-level intro General Chemistry lab is required for safety purposes.

    Proposed Instructor: Caitlin Binder

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  • Organic Chemistry (5 credits)

  • CHEM 8B

    Session 2

    Introduction to organic chemistry, with an emphasis on reactivity and synthesis of organic compounds. (Formerly course 108B.) Prerequisite(s): course 8A or 108A.

    Corresponding lab is 8M - lab not required for all students.

    Visiting students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. It is in your best interest to take a full year of college-level chemistry before this class.

    Proposed Instructor: Caitlin Binder

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  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)

  • CHEM 8M

    Session 2

    Laboratory experience in organic chemistry associated with course 8B. Designed to introduce the student to the many techniques associated with organic chemistry while affording an opportunity to explore the concepts discussed in the lecture material. Laboratory: 4 hours, lecture: 1-1/4 hours. Students are billed a $50 materials fee.(Formerly course 108M.) Prerequisite(s): courses 8A and 8L and previous or concurrent enrollment in 8B or 108B is required.

    Corresponding lecture is CHEM 8B.

    Visiting students - use this form to submit proof you met lab prerequisites: https://www.chemistry.ucsc.edu/summer_session/index.html At least one quarter/semester credit in a college-level intro General Chemistry lab is required for safety purposes.

    Proposed Instructor: Rachel Snelling

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  • Quantum Mechanics and Basic Spectroscopy (5 credits)

  • CHEM 163A

    Session 1

    A detailed introduction to quantum theory and the application of wave mechanics to problems of atomic structure, bonding in molecules, and fundamentals of spectroscopy. Prerequisite(s): courses 1B and 1C, Physics 5A-B-C or 6A-B-C and Mathematics 22 or 23B. Physics 6C can be taken concurrently.

    Proposed Instructor: Yat Li

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