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CHEMISTRY

The physical science department offers an associates degree in chemistry and courses for nonscience majors. Some courses are designed to meet the physical science general education requirement while the remaining courses meet the requirements for the chemistry major. All courses provide a rigorous preparation for students’ future course work and most courses include a hands-on laboratory component.

At the present time, lecture classes for the physical science courses are taught across campus. A new Math/Science building, scheduled to be completed in late 2018, will offer active learning classrooms and an exciting new STEM Center.

MATH / SCIENCE DIVISION

Jeff Courchaine, Dean

For more information contact:
The Division Office
MathSciOffice@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8990

Associate In Arts Degree In Chemistry

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate In Arts Degree In Chemistry

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop a working knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry, including calculations, reactions, and nomenclature.
  • Develop an understanding of how chemistry is applied in other fields.
  • Improve problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Be actively engaged in hands-on experiences in both the classroom and the laboratory.
  • Interpret experimental information, develop relationships, and correlate that experimental information with theory.
  • Write quality laboratory reports, with well-developed discussions and conclusions.
  • Develop confidence in laboratory skills, operate independently during many procedures, and learn to design experiments.
Required courses

Chemistry G180 – General Chemistry A – 5 units
Chemistry G185 – General Chemistry B – 5 units
Chemistry G220 – Organic Chemistry A – 5 units
Chemistry G225 – Organic Chemistry B – 5 units
Mathematics G180 – Calculus 1 – 5 units

Total units: 25


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Arts Degree In Chemistry

Semester 1

Chemistry G180 – General Chemistry A – 5 units
Chemistry G180L – General Chemistry A lab – 0 units
Math G180 – Calculus I – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Chemistry G185 – General Chemistry B – 5 units
Chemistry G185L – General Chemistry B Lab – 0 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Chemistry G220 – Organic Chemistry A – 5 units
Chemistry G220L – Organic Chemistry A lab – 0 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Chemistry G225 – Organic Chemistry B – 5 units
Chemistry G225L – Organic Chemistry B lab – 0 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 25 units
GE Pattern GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth  or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units


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CHEMISTRY G110 – 5 Units
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Introduction to Chemistry
Prerequisites: Mathematics G010 or appropriate score on the Mathematics Placement Assessment.
An introduction to some of the basic principles of inorganic, organic and biochemistry. Lectures, demonstrations and laboratories are integrated into a learning system equivalent to three hours lecture, four hours lecture-laboratory a week. UC Credit limitations: Maximum credit of one course for Chemistry G110 and G130; no credit if taken after Chemistry G180. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

CHEMISTRY G130 – 4 Units
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Preparation for General Chemistry
(Formerly known as: Introduction to Chemical Principles)
Prerequisites: Mathematics G010 or appropriate score on the Mathematics Placement Assessment.
This course is an introduction to the principles and calculations of chemistry and practice in basic laboratory techniques. It is designed specifically for students planning to take Chemistry G180 (General Chemistry A). UC Credit limitations: Maximum credit of one course for Chemistry G110 and G130; no credit if taken after Chemistry G180. C-ID CHEM 101 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

CHEMISTRY G180 – 5 Units
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General Chemistry A
(Formerly known as: General Chemistry)
Prerequisites: Math G030, or Math G040, or appropriate score on the Math Placement Assessment.

Advisories: Chemistry G130
This is the first semester of a one-year course in general chemistry intended for majors in science and engineering. This course examines the composition, properties, and transformations of matter. The laboratory portion of this course provides a hands-on examination of these concepts. C-ID: CHEM 110. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

CHEMISTRY G185 – 5 Units
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General Chemistry B
(Formerly known as: General Chemistry)
Prerequisites: Chemistry G180
This course provides an introduction to kinetics, principles and types of chemical equilibria, acids and bases, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry and nomenclature of organic compounds. C-ID CHEM 120S Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

CHEMISTRY G220 – 5 Units
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Organic Chemistry A
(Formerly known as: Organic Chemistry I)
Prerequisites: Chemistry G185
This course offers a study of the compounds of carbon and their reactions with emphasis upon structure/reactivity relationships and mechanisms. The laboratory emphasizes standard organic techniques, investigations, and spectroscopic methods for identification. C-ID CHEM 160S, CHEM 150 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

CHEMISTRY G225 – 5 Units
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Organic Chemistry B
(Formerly known as: Organic Chemistry II)
Prerequisites: Chemistry G220
A continuation of the study of the compounds of carbon and their reactions with emphasis upon structure/reactivity relationships and mechanisms, including chemistry of carbonyl compounds, aromatic compounds and molecules of biological importance. The laboratory includes reactions and workup design, separation and identification of an unknown mixture, multistep synthesis and additional spectroscopy. C-ID Chem 160S Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

James Almy
Professor, Chemistry
A.A. Danville Area Community College; B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D. University of California, Irvine.

Kay Dutz
Instructor, Chemistry
B.S., University of California, San Diego; Ph.D, University of California, Irvine.

Katherine Green
Associate Professor, Chemistry
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Teresa J. Speakman
Professor, Chemistry
B.A., B.S., University of California, Irvine; M.B.A., Calif. State Univ. Long Beach; Ph.D., UCLA.

Jennifer Wilcox
Instructor, Chemistry
B.S., M.S., University of California, Irvine