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Chemistry 2019-2020


Due to our increasingly technology-driven 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 alternative fuels.

Program Learning Outcomes:

-Students will have knowledge of current theories and applications in the field of chemistry.
-Students will have an enhanced ability to research, assess and evaluate topics of interest.
-Students will have an enhanced ability to communicate effectively using the language of chemistry.
-Students will have facility in the safe handling of chemicals and the execution of common laboratory techniques.

Career Opportunities:

Aside from careers in research and development in the chemical industry, 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. Academic careers for chemists include university teaching and science teaching in the secondary school, an area that will expand greatly in the future. A bachelor degree can also provide a strong foundation for graduate study at medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools. Students with chemistry degrees have been notably successful in these areas.

Units Required

  • Major: 60-63

Degree Requirements:

-English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
-Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.
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 (60-63 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 grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree.

AS = Associate in Science Degree.

Additional Information:

NOTE: Please refer to the catalog from the transfer institution of choice regarding a possible language requirement.

Core Courses (60-63 units)

CHEM 1A General Chemistry (5 units)
or CHEM 1AH Honors General Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 1B General Chemistry (5 units)
or CHEM 1BH Honors General Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 1C General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis (5 units)
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry (4 units)
and CHEM 12AL Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 units) or CHEM 13AH Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3 units)
CHEM 12B Organic Chemistry (4 units)
and CHEM 12BL Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 units) or CHEM 13BH Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3 units)
CHEM 12C Organic Chemistry (4 units)
and CHEM 12CL Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 units) or CHEM 13CH Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3 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)
or MATH 1BH Honors Calculus II (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)

Control Information:
2019-2020 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2019-05-30 10:57:42 | Dept Code: CHEM

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