Introduction to General Chemistry - CHEM 1560

Sheila Qureshi, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry

Fall - 4 Credits

This course prepares students for the general chemistry course in the first premedical year of the six-year medical program. It includes both theory and practical laboratory experience. Students learn chemistry through a cycle of exploration, concept invention and application. Process Orientated Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) workshops focus on core concepts and encourage deep understanding of chemistry while developing higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication through cooperation and reflection. This helps students become lifelong learners and prepares them for their future careers as physicians. The topics covered include atomic structure, structure and bonding in compounds (ionic, covalent and intermolecular forces), Lewis structures, shapes of molecules, hybridization, inorganic nomenclature, types of reactions in aqueous solutions and stoichiometric calculations.