CHEM 105

Survey of General, Organic, and Biochemistry

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 2, 2016 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

A one-term course designed for non-majors providing an overview of general, organic, and biochemistry with an emphasis on applications of chemistry of the human body. Topics include solutions and body fluids; acid-base chemistry; atomic/molecular structure and bonding; gases; structure, properties, and reactivity of organic molecules and functional groups; overview of the structure and function of biological molecules including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids; overview of metabolic processes related to carbohydrate and fat metabolism; enzymes. Lecture 3 credits; lab 1 credit.

Special information

Note: Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 105L except by instructor permission.First day attendance is mandatory.

Learning outcomes


  • Understand the structures and properties of atoms, ions, molecules, inorganic, organic, and biological substances and mixtures.
  • Name atomic, inorganic, and organic substances.
  • Write chemical formulas and structures of inorganic, organic, and biological substances.
  • Write balanced chemical equations for reactions of inorganic, organic, and biological substances.
  • Identify energy and equilibrium effects in physical and chemical changes.
  • Perform calculations with unit conversions, energy, gas laws, mass/moles, solution concentrations, and acidity.
  • Identify the general structure, properties, function, and basic reactions of biological molecules.
  • Analyze data and critically interpret and evaluate results.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 3: Natural Sciences

  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
  • Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students' laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty.
  • Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
  • Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.

Spring 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Survey of General, Organic, and Biochemistry Wiitala, Keith W Books Course details

Summer 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Survey of General, Organic, and Biochemistry Staff, Staff Books Course details

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Survey of General, Organic, and Biochemistry Misirli, Tolga Books Course details