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.
Program Level Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
1. Develop a working knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry, including calculations, reactions, and nomenclature.
2. Develop an understanding of how chemistry is applied in other fields.
3. Improve problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
4. Actively engage in hands-on experiences in both the classroom and the laboratory.
5. Interpret experimental information, develop relationships, and correlate that experimental information with theory.
6. Write quality laboratory reports, with well-developed discussions and conclusions.
7. Develop confidence in laboratory skills, operate independently during many procedures, and learn to design experiments.
CHEM G180 – General Chemistry A – 5 units
CHEM G185 – General Chemistry B – 5 units
CHEM G220 – Organic Chemistry A – 5 units
CHEM G225 – Organic Chemistry B – 5 units
MATH G180 – Calculus 1 – 5 units
Major Total: 25
GE Pattern: GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units
CHEMISTRY G110 – 5 Units
Introduction to Chemistry
Prerequisites: MATH G030 or MATH G040 or GWC Math Placement level of 100 or higher
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. C-ID: CHEM 102. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.
CHEMISTRY G130 – 4 Units
Preparation for General Chemistry
(Formerly known as: Introduction to Chemical Principles)
Prerequisites: MATH G030 or MATH G040 or GWC Math Placement Level 100
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
General Chemistry A
(Formerly known as: General Chemistry)
Prerequisites: Math G030, or Math G040, or Math placement of 50 or higher, and CHEM G130 or Chemistry placement exam score 20 or higher
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
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 G205 – 1 or 2 Units
Chemistry Instructional Assistant
Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission
Students in this course assist in the teaching of chemistry lab or lecture sections. To be eligible for this course a student must have successfully completed the class in which they plan to assist. Students assist instructors by some combination of the following: monitoring lab safety, clarifying lab skills and techniques, explaining experiments, engaging in active-learning lecture classrooms by guiding course topic discussions, or answering questions about lecture content. Students will prepare and present one or more oral or written presentations of lab or lecture topics. Needs instructor’s permission. Lab. Pass/no pass only. Transferable to CSU.
CHEMISTRY G220 – 5 Units
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
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.
Matthew Shimazu – Instructor, Chemistry B.S., University of California, Los Angeles; M.S., California State University, Long Beach
Jennifer Wilcox – Instructor, Chemistry B.S., M.S., University of California, Irvine
What is the purpose of the chemistry placement exam?
The chemistry placement exam identifies those students whose chemistry and mathematics knowledge is sufficient preparation for General Chemistry A (CHEM G180). Success in General Chemistry A (CHEM G180) is strongly linked with sufficient background knowledge of chemistry and mathematics. Our students deserve every chance of being successful when they enroll a course. The chemistry placement exam determines the chemistry course most suited to your level of preparation, the chemistry course most likely to lead to your success.
Is the chemistry placement exam required?
The chemistry placement exam is required for students whowant to enroll General Chemistry A (CHEM G180) without completing the prerequisite course, Preparation for General Chemistry (CHEM G130).
The chemistry placement exam is not required for students wanting to enroll General Chemistry A (CHEM G180) who have:
• successfully completed the prerequisite course, Preparation for General Chemistry (CHEM G130),
• passed the AP Chemistry Exam with a score of 3 or greater,
• passed the International Baccalaureate with a score of 5 or greater, or
• previously attempted General Chemistry A (CHEM G180), or its equivalent at another school, and been unsuccessful.
What topics are covered by the chemistry placement exam?
The chemistry placement exam consists of questions based on high school level chemistry and mathematics. The majority of questions on the chemistry placement exam deal with topics taught in Preparation for General Chemistry (CHEM G130). Chemistry topics and skills tested by the chemistry placement exam include: atomic structure, chemical equations, stoichiometry, molecular geometry, solutions, elementary acid-base concepts, and gas laws. Mathematics topics and skills tested by the chemistry placement exam include: solving simple algebraic equations, use of proportions and percentages, and solving word problems.
Should I prepare for the chemistry placement exam? If so, how?
Yes, you should prepare for the chemistry placement exam. The best preparation for the chemistry placement exam is to review your chemistry and mathematics skills. The following links provide some review options:
How long does the chemistry placement exam take? Do I need to bring anything to the exam?
You have one hour to complete the chemistry placement exam. You need only bring a valid photo ID to chemistry placement exam. All other necessary items, such as a pencil, calculator, and scrap paper, will be provided for you.
How do I make an appointment to take the chemistry placement exam?
To make an appointment to take the chemistry placement exam.
Can I retake the chemistry placement exam if I don’t score as high as I’d hoped to?
Yes, you may retake the chemistry placement exam, but only once. You must wait at least two weeks before retaking the chemistry placement exam, just enough time to better prepare for the exam and improve your score.