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About the Program

Winter Announcement

Due to the impact of the current pandemic, CHEM 12A is not being offered this quarter.

We encourage you to inquire with your transfer institutions about the possibility of taking the series following transfer and/or to consider delaying the start of this sequence until the Fall. We value our students who rely on this course for degree preparation and look forward to a time when we can resume our regular schedule.

A degree in chemistry prepares students to be competitive in our increasingly technological society. We instruct students in organic, inorganic and biochemistry, and ready students for careers in basic research, pharmaceuticals, environmental protection, instrumentation, new product and process development, and education. 

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. 

An advanced chemistry degree can also provide a strong foundation for studies at medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools. 


What you can do with a degree in chemistry

  • University and College Professor
  • High School Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Patent Lawyer

Degree & Program Types

Check out this list for a quick view of our chemistry programs. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Science Degree

  • Chemistry



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Richard Daley, Chemistry Department Chair


Office Room 4414

Division Office Contacts

Ram Subramaniam, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7472

To meet with the dean, contact the Student & Faculty Support Center.

Or  drop in for  Virtual Office Hours on Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. Join by Zoom

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