This department is in the division of Science.

Chemistry

The Chemistry program is designed to meet the diverse needs of students served by the community college who are majoring in chemistry/biochemistry, a health science, or fulfilling a general education science requirement.

Overview

The Chemistry program is designed to meet the diverse needs of students served by the community college:

  1. Students majoring in chemistry or related sciences;
  2. Students majoring in one of the health sciences, and;
  3. Students fulfilling the general education science requirement.

Courses in the Chemistry Department are taught with a strong emphasis on the laboratory. In the advanced classes, students receive hands-on experience with a wide variety of instruments.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in chemistry or biochemistry should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements because additional courses may be required at some institutions.

Degrees/Certificates

Chemistry A.S. Degree Major

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in chemistry or biochemistry should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements because additional courses may be required at some institutions.
To graduate with a specialization in Chemistry, students must complete the following required courses plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate's Degree. The A.S. in Chemistry is designed to prepare students who wish to pursue a Bachelor's Degree from a four-year institution. At the four-year institution, students may choose to specialize in one particular aspect of chemistry, such as Environmental Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, or Physical Chemistry.
REQUIRED COURSES: Units
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I 5
  or
CHEM 150H General Chemistry I - Honors 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry II 5
  or
CHEM 151H General Chemistry II - Honors 5
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry I 4
  or
CHEM 212H Organic Chemistry I - Honors 4
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II 4
  or
CHEM 213H Organic Chemistry II - Honors 4
MATH 250 Single Variable Calculus I 4
MATH 251 Single Variable Calculus II 4
 
*RECOMMENDED COURSES: Units
PHYSIC 200 Physics I 6
  or
PHYSIC 151 General Physics for the Life Sciences I 4
PHYSIC 201 Physics II 6
  or
PHYSIC 152 General Physics for the Life Sciences II 4
CHEM 205 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 5
 
Total Units 26
*These courses are typically prerequisites for third year chemistry majors. Students are encouraged to complete the recommended courses to prevent the postponement of continued coursework in this major.  
 
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Apply the scientific method to evaluate empirical data and form reasonable conclusions
  2. Develop a world view that incorporates the role of chemistry in modern society
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in standard laboratory techniques commonly acquired in lower division coursework
  4. Connect chemical concepts and principles to other sciences
  5. Transfer to an accredited university as a junior with a major in chemistry or chemistry related major

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