Program Information

Photograph of students making a benzene molecule.  .  Photograph of students and chemistry faculty spring 2011


The chemistry major prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions for continued study in the field of chemistry. The chemistry department is located on the second floor of building 30 with walk-in tutoring located in 30-252. The department offers a wide range of chemistry classes designed for allied health students (CHEM 102, 115, 116), general education courses (CHEM 110, 113, 115, SCI 110), and science and engineering majors (CHEM 120, 141, 142, 231, 232, 241, 241L, 242, 242L)


The program outlined below fulfills the lower division requirements recommended by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and is typical of requirements at four-year transfer institutions. Students should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for specific requirements. Assistance in planning a course of study is available at the Counseling Center or from the Department of Chemistry faculty. The department recommends that students take one year of Russian or German (or high school equivalency) for credit under Humanities Area C, Section 2 of the associate degree general education requirements.



Career Opportunities

Listed below are some career opportunities for a chemistry degree. Also check out ACS Career Services for some other great ideas for a what to do with a chemistry major!


  • Analytical Chemist*
  • Biochemist*
  • Biotechnologist*
  • Chemistry Teacher*
  • Dentist*
  • Environmental Technician+
  • Forensic Specialist*
  • Industrial Health Engineer*
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmacist*
  • Physician*
  • Research Chemist*
  • Safety Manager
  • Sanitarian+
  • Veterinarian*
  • Water-quality Analyst

*Bachelor's Degree or higher required.


+Bachelor Degree normally recommended.


Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

The Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree/certificate requirements in this program. Students will:


  1. Analyze and interpret (evaluate) experimental data in order to identify trends and communicate results in a laboratory report.
  2. Predict physical and chemical properties and changes of matter.
  3. Analyze relationships between equilibrium, kinetics and the flow of energy.
  4. Employ a microscopic view of matter to explain macroscopic phenomena.
  5. Identify substances from qualitative analyses and spectroscopic methods.



Related Resources

American Chemical Society

Science Club