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Overview

Learning Methods
The aim of the Chemistry Department at Alexander College is to provide exceptional opportunities for students in learning the fundamental principles of chemistry through a combination of engaging lectures and interactive laboratory programs.

Major Focus
Our chemistry courses stress understanding of chemical principles, as well as the experimental basis of the science by developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The AC Difference
Chemistry at AC is the right place for those who seek an excellent and stimulating education. Many opportunities are awaiting for you including a range of accredited course offerings, devoted faculty members, small class sizes and excellent lab facilities.

Career Outlook
Majoring in chemistry can help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare you for a career centered in the scientific world, research, teaching or various fields of industry including chemicals, medical, health sciences, pharmacology, biotechnology and nanotechnology.


Course Descriptions

Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.

CHEM 100 Introductory Chemistry (4)

The course begins with a review of core concepts, then covers gases, thermochemistry, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, properties of solutions including freezing point depression and boiling point elevation, and oxidation and reduction. The course consists of lectures, tutorials and integrated laboratory experiments. It can be used as a prerequisite for Chemistry 101 by students without Chemistry 12.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098, MATH 100 (recommended)

Transfers to:
UBC CHEM 1ST (3) - Not for credit in Science
SFU CHEM 192 (3) Q/B-Sci and SFU CHEM 1XX (1) Q/B-Sci
UVIC CHEM 091 (0 credits)
UNBC NO CREDIT
TRU CHEM 1XX0 (3) - Not for credit in BSc

CHEM 101 Principles of Chemistry I (4)

This laboratory-lecture course is designed for students who want to pursue a major or minor degree program in science. The course provides an introduction to the principles of chemistry with emphasis on the theory of atomic and molecular structure and bonding. The course consists of lectures, tutorials and integrated laboratory experiments.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098, CHEM 12 or CHEM 100, MATH 12

Transfers to:
UBC CHEM 1ST (4) - ALEX CHEM 101 and ALEX CHEM 102 = UBC CHEM 121 (4) and UBC CHEM 123 (4)
SFU CHEM 121 (4) Q/B-Sci
UVic CHEM 101 (1.5)
UNBC NO CREDIT
TRU CHEM 1510 (3)

CHEM 102 Principles of Chemistry II (4)

This laboratory-lecture course is designed for students who want to pursue a major or minor degree program in science. The course provides an introduction to the principles of chemistry with emphasis on chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, and organic chemistry. The course consists of lectures, tutorials, and integrated laboratory experiments.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098, CHEM 101

Transfers to:
UBC CHEM 1st (4); ALEX CHEM 101 & ALEX CHEM 102 = UBC CHEM 121 (4) & UBC CHEM 123 (4)
SFU CHEM 122 (2) - Q & SFU CHEM 126 (2) - Q
UVIC CHEM 100 lev (1.5); ALEX CHEM 101 & ALEX CHEM 102 = UVIC CHEM 101 (1.5) & UVIC CHEM 102 (1.5)
TRU CHEM 1500 (3)

CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4)

Students will study the fundamental aspects of modern organic chemistry as illustrated by the structure, physical and spectroscopic properties and reactions of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, dienes, alkynes, halogen compounds, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes and ketones. The laboratory component is designed to complement the lecture material and give students experience with basic analytical techniques.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, CHEM 102

Transfers to:
BC CHEM 2nd (4); or ALEX CHEM 201 (4) & ALEX CHEM 202 (4) = UBC CHEM 203 (4) & UBC CHEM 213 (3) & UBC CHEM 245 (1)
SFU CHEM 281-Q
UVIC CHEM 231 (1.5)
UNBC CHEM 1XX (4)

CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4)

Students will study the structure and reactions of aromatics, polycyclic aromatic and heteroaromatic compounds, and their enolates, and an introduction to the chemistry of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. The laboratory component is designed to complement the lecture material and give students experience with basic analytical techniques. Note: This course is a continuation of CHEM 201.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 099, CHEM 201

Transfers to:
UBC CHEM 2nd (4); or ALEX CHEM 201 (4) & ALEX CHEM 202 (4) = UBC CHEM 203 (4) & UBC CHEM 213 (3) & UBC CHEM 245 (1)
SFU CHEM 283-Q
UVIC CHEM 232 (1.5)
UNBC CHEM 1XX (4)

Jason Mirzaei

Instructor

Jason Mirzaei

Instructor

Jason Mirzaei is a chemistry lecturer at Alexander College. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Manitoba in Winnipeg for work on developing functional metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles as dopants in liquid crystal nanocomposites.

He then moved to Vancouver, where he did postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia on synthesizing new platinum complexes with applications in fuel cell catalysts.

When he is not teaching or writing about chemistry, Jason keeps busy with his interest in biking, travelling, and inventing new ideas. He also loves to listen to a classical symphony while sipping his cup of tea.

Miriam Grob

Instructor

Miriam Grob

Instructor

Dr. Grob received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Saarbrücken in Germany for designing highly efficient and sensitive separation methods for surface-active substances using non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis.

Besides being an educator and scientist, Dr. Grob is a passionate equestrian and has coached many young riders how to achieve their goals on horseback. She loves nature and the outdoors and spends as much time as possible in the beautiful mountains of British Columbia.

The Historical Thinking Project

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is a national not-for-profit organization committed to advancing the chemical sciences and engineering through its three constituent societies.

Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC)

Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE)

Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT)

www.cheminst.ca/


Khan Academy

A non-profit educational organization created in 2005 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students.

www.khanacademy.org/science/chemistry


Periodic Videos

A collection of short videos about each of the elements in the Periodic Table, produced by the University of Nottingham.

www.periodicvideos.com/

Web Spectra

A library of spectroscopy problems for chemistry students to practice interpretation.

www.webspectra.chem.ucla.edu//


Open Text BC

Introductory Chemistry- 1st Canadian Edition is an open source textbook written by Jessie A. Key and David W. Ball.

www.opentextbc.ca/introductorychemistry/

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