2020 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. (General Education Code(s): SI.) 

    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.

    No corresponding lab.

    If this class is a prerequisite for a Session 2 course you want to take, email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code anytime after you enroll.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - Alegra Eloy-Reveles

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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): CHEM 1A. Concurrent enrollment in course 1N is recommended.

    If you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll in this course.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - William G. Scott

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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. 

    Prerequisite(s): Previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1B is required.

    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. 

    Prerequisite(s): Previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1C is required.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.

    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): CHEM 1B and CHEM 1C.

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

    UCSC Students - contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code for 8B after enrolling in 8A. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll. It is in your best interest to take a full year of college-level chemistry before this class.

    Proposed Instructor - Caitin 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): CHEM 8A.

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

    UCSC Students - contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code for 8B after enrolling in 8A. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll. It is in your best interest to take a full year of college-level chemistry before this class.

    Proposed Instructor - Gabriella Amberchan

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  • Organic Chemistry (5 credits)

  • CHEM 8B-02

    Session 1

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

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

    UCSC Students - contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code for 8B after enrolling in 8A. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll. It is in your best interest to take a full year of college-level chemistry before this class.

    Proposed Instructor - Gabriella Amberchan

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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. (Formerly course 108L.)

    Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1C and CHEM 1N and previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 8A is required.

    If this class is a prerequisite for a Session 2 course you want to take, email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code anytime after you enroll.

    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 - Caileen Brison

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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. (Formerly course 108M.)

    Prerequisite(s): CHEM 8A and CHEM 8L and previous or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 8B is required.

    If you need to take the prerequisite in Session 1, enroll in that course first, then email summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll in this course.

    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 - Gabriella Amberchan

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  • Chemical Problem Solving I: Learning to Think Like a Scientist (5 credits)

  • CHEM 139A

    Session 2

    This course will actively develop the skills and strategies required for successful problem-solving in upper-division science classes. Problems will be curated from chemistry courses with the goal of broad transferability of learned skills to domains to be studied by students.  Only open to transfer students with a major in a chemical science (chemistry, biochemistry, biology). 

    Proposed Instructor - Alex Ayzner

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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): CHEM 1B and CHEM 1CPHYS 5APHYS 5B, and PHYS 5C or PHYS 6A, PHYS 6B, and PHYS 6C; and MATH 22 or MATH 23BPHYS 6C can be taken concurrently.

    Proposed Instructor - Yat Li

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