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Chemistry (2016-2017)
Because of the increasingly technological nature of our society, chemistry graduates will find an impressive array of opportunities for exciting careers in a wide range of fields. A chemistry degree can provide preparation for careers in areas such as basic research, pharmaceuticals, environmental protection, instrumentation, new product and process development, and education.
There is an increasing need for technical expertise in expanding fields such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, forensic science, clinical chemistry, food science, occupational safety and environmental monitoring.
Program Learning Outcomes
Knowledge of current theories and applications in the field of chemistry.
An enhanced ability to research, assess and evaluate topics of interest.
An enhanced ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Facility in the safe handling of chemicals and the execution of common laboratory techniques.
Career Opportunities
Careers for chemists in academics include university teaching and science teaching in the secondary school, an area that will expand greatly in the future. In addition, there is a need for technically trained people in non-traditional areas such as marketing and sales, scientific information, patent law, health and safety, and handling of hazardous materials.
A baccalaureate degree can also provide a strong foundation for studies at medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools and students with chemistry degrees have been notably successful in these areas.
Units required for Major: 60
Associate Degree Requirements:
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
Core courses (60 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all core and support courses for the degree or certificates.
Program Type(s):
AS = Associate in Science Degree.
Additional Information:
NOTE: Please refer to the catalog of the transfer institution of choice regarding a possible language requirement.
Core Courses: (60 units)
CHEM 1A General Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 1B General Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 1C General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis (5 units)

CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry (6 units)
CHEM 12B Organic Chemistry (6 units)
CHEM 12C Organic Chemistry (6 units)

And THREE courses from the following:
MATH 1A Calculus (5 units)
or MATH 1AH Honors Calculus I (5 units)
MATH 1B Calculus (5 units)
MATH 1C Calculus (5 units)
MATH 1D Calculus (5 units)
MATH 2A Differential Equations (5 units)

And TWO courses from the following:
PHYS 4A General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 4B General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 4C General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 4D General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)

Academic Year: 2016-2017

Current status: Approved
Last update: 2016-05-09 09:39:20

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