CHEM 217 provides an introduction to chemistry from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Topics covered include a review of nomenclature, the mole concept, and stoichiometry; thermochemistry; atomic and molecular structure; periodic relationships; the gas laws; and the properties of solids, liquids, and solutions. The combination of CHEM 217 and CHEM 218 is the equivalent to first-year university chemistry.

CHEM 218 is a continuation of CHEM 217. Topics covered include chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base and solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, the chemistry of metals and nonmetals, nuclear chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. The experiments performed in the lab component of the course complement the material studied in the theoretical part of the course and provide students with the opportunity to use many of the skills developed in CHEM 217. The combination of CHEM 217 and CHEM 218 is the equivalent to first-year university chemistry.