Located in the Science Building, the Chemistry Department provides students
enrolled in a wide variety of majors with their required freshman and
sophomore chemistry courses. This website is designed to provide you with
information about these courses and also allows you to access a variety of
educational materials used in the Chemistry classes at HCC.
The Hibbing Community College chemistry department offers students two different starting points for their study of chemistry.
Aspects of Chemistry is meant as a liberal arts offering for general education and for allied health and pre-nursing students. The first semester of this sequence, CHEM 1110, covers the basics of general chemistry while the second semester, CHEM 1120, provides an overview of organic and biochemistry. Both courses are three credits with two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. The prerequisite for CHEM 1110 is beginning algebra, while the prerequisite for CHEM 1120 is CHEM 1110.
General Chemistry is also a two semester sequence and is meant for students majoring in engineering, science, or medicine. Both courses are five credits with four hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. The prerequisite for CHEM 1610 - General Chemistry I is high school chemistry and high school algebra. The prerequisite for CHEM 1611 - General Chemistry II is CHEM 1610.
For those students needing a second year of chemistry, such as biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy and pre-med majors, HCC offers a two semester Organic Chemistry sequence. Both courses are five credits with four hours of lecture per week. The lab for Organic Chemistry meets on an arranged basis. The prerequisite for CHEM 2710 - Organic Chemistry I is General Chemistry II, while the prerequisite for CHEM 2720 - Organic Chemistry II is CHEM 2710.
For students interested in learning about the interplay of science and history, the chemistry department offers NSci 1945 - The History of Science: The Atomic Bomb. The course traces the scientific and historic developments which led to the creation of the first atomic bombs at the end of World War II. Scientific topics such as atomic structure, radioactivity, and nuclear fission are explored. The formation and organization of the Manhatten Project is examined as well as the personalities of the scientists and military men involved. In addition, the decision to use the bomb and the legacy of nuclear weapons is analyzed.