Chemistry

Associate in Science
Transfer Preparation * (Major Code: 01530)

Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter, its structure, and the means by which it is converted from one form to another. Related to chemistry is molecular biology. Students interested in matter as it applies to life should also take courses in the life sciences. Most courses require mathematics prerequisites. Placement is determined by the Mathematics Assessment Process, which should be taken before registration. It is essential that students start with mathematics during the first semester.

Chemistry majors are advised to give priority to lower-division requirements for the major as they are prerequisites for most upper division courses. Only as many general education courses should be taken as can be included in the 70-unit transfer limitation, and these must be chosen with care to insure that they fit into the general education pattern at the transfer institution.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Solve quantitative chemistry problems and demonstrate reasoning clearly and completely.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
CHEM 200 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I ** 5
MATH 250 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I ** 5
 Units10
Second Semester
CHEM 210 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 5
MATH 251 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II 4
PHYS 270 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I 3
PHYS 271 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY I 1
 Units13
Third Semester
CHEM 240 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 5
MATH 252 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS III 4
PHYS 272 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II 3
PHYS 273 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY II 1
 Units13
Fourth Semester
CHEM 250
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
or ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
5
 Units5
 Total Units41
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Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses specific to the transfer institution of choice. University requirements vary from institution to institution and are subject to change. Therefore, it is important to verify transfer major preparation and general education requirements through consultation with a counselor in either the Counseling Center or Transfer Center. See catalog Transfer Courses Information section for further information.

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If you do not have the prerequisites for CHEM 200 and MATH 250, take CHEM 170 and MATH 101 in your first semester. This will add one semester to your program of studies.

Students who plan to major in Biochemistry at a four-year college or university should also enroll in BIOL 210 and BIOL 212.

To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.