Program Purpose: Students participating in the Chemistry program will use the process of scientific inquiry to qualitatively and quantitatively solve chemistry problems by gathering evidential information, analyzing data, forming appropriate conclusions, and communicating these results through written and oral expressions.
The Chemistry Department offers the opportunity for students to excel by providing the latest information and technology in both the lecture and laboratory settings. A comprehensive set of undergraduate courses fulfill the general education and transfer requirements of students through onsite offerings. Students may obtain an AS in chemistry; major requirements optimize preparation for advanced degrees in chemistry at four-year institutions. A background in chemistry is essential for many high-paying, challenging careers. Opportunities await the chemist in such fields as medicine and pharmaceuticals, metals and polymers, petroleum, electrochemistry, nanotechnology, forensics, aerospace, paper, food technology, business, and education.
Students planning to transfer need to consult with a counselor, prepare a Student Education Plan, and take advantage of the support services available in the Career Transfer Center located in Fountain Hall, (805) 378-1536.
Studies atomic theory and stoichiometry; nomenclature and chemical reactions; thermochemistry; quantum theory and the electronic structure of atoms; chemical bonding and molecular structure; physical behavior of gases; states of matter and phase equilibria; and solutions. Addresses, through hands-on laboratory activities, spectroscopy; distillations; quantitative, qualitative and statistical analyses; titrations; thermochemistry; gravimetric and volumetric analyses; and colligative properties.
Studies atomic theory and stoichiometry; nomenclature and chemical reactions; thermochemistry; quantum theory and the electronic structure of atoms; chemical bonding and molecular structure; physical behavior of gases; states of matter and phase equilibria; and solutions. Addresses, through hands-on laboratory activities, spectroscopy; distillations; quantitative, qualitative and statistical analyses; titrations; thermochemistry; gravimetric and volumetric analyses; and colligative properties. Honors work challenges students to be more analytical and creative through expanded assignments, real-world applications and enrichment opportunities.
Examines chemical kinetics; phase equilibria; equilibria in gases and solutions; acids and bases; solubility and complex ions; thermodynamics; electrochemistry; qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses. Provides an overview of nuclear chemistry, coordination chemistry, and organic chemistry. Addresses, through hands-on laboratory activities, chemical kinetics; equilibria; thermodynamics; spontaneous oxidation-reduction reactions and electrolysis; selective precipitation; titrations; and exposure to ultraviolet, infrared, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Emphasizes molecular structure, chemical and physical properties, and the preparation and reactivities of organic molecules with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms, synthesis, structure determination, and applications. Involves, through hands-on laboratory work, the use of appropriate methods, techniques, and instrumentation for the synthesis, purification and identification of organic compounds discussed in the lecture portion.
Continues the study of functional groups such as carboxylic acids and their derivatives, other carbonyl-containing compounds, amines and aromatics. Emphasizes reaction mechanisms, synthesis, and structure determination using nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopy. Introduces aspects of biochemistry including the study of proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. Involves, through hands-on laboratory work, multi-step synthetic routes, chromatography, and applications of basic techniques.
Covers general, organic, and biological chemistry with an emphasis placed on medical applications. Explores topics in general chemistry such as the modern view of the atom, molecules, chemical compounds, reactions, and calculations. Includes topics in organic and biochemistry such as hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, amines, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
Introduces basic principles of chemistry with reference to measurement, chemical nature of matter and energy, and atomic theory. Presents the chemical concepts of elements and compounds, the periodic table, bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, equations, and calculations.
Introduces fundamental concepts of general chemistry including kinetics, equilibria, pH, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Covers topics in organic and biochemistry including structure, nomenclature, and reactions of organic compounds and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids.
Provides on-the-job learning to develop effective work habits, attitudes, and career awareness in paid or unpaid internships that are related to the discipline. Involves the development and documentation of learning objectives and the completion of an internship paper, presentation, or project. Includes both workplace supervisor and faculty adviser feedback and/or written evaluations. Course Credit Limitation: To take this course, contact the Career Transfer Center. Requires orientation session. Students receive one unit of credit for each 60 hours unpaid or 75 hours paid work. May enroll in up to 4 units a semester with a maximum of 16 total units of any type of work experience.
Allows independent study for students who wish to extend their knowledge of a particular area of Chemistry through research and study. Utilizes an approved independent project. Includes one-on-one work with instructor. Interested students should contact a Chemistry instructor for assistance in developing a contract for learning about a specific topic.