Chemistry

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Department
Founders 112 • Phone 968-8305
Curriculum Code No. 1004

This major provides a broad but quantitative understanding of matter and the physical and chemical transformations of matter, based on an understanding of chemical, physical, and mathematical principles. The major is for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate majors in chemistry, chemical engineering, and other fields requiring an emphasis on chemistry such as environmental science, forensic science, and oceanography. Students planning to enter medical school could also enter this major and select additional courses in biology. Students completing this degree, although typically transferring to a Bachelor's degree program, may also be employed as Laboratory Technicians or Assistants.

Prospective students with inadequate academic preparations should be aware that they may need additional time to acquire the necessary academic background. Prerequisites and corequisites for the required courses must be followed.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of chemical, physical and mathematical principles as pertaining to the study of matter;
  • compute with proficiency as to be able to obtain correct numerical solutions to chemistry problems;
  • analyze and make reasoned judgments dealing with chemistry problems;
  • develop a chemical knowledge and be able to apply it to other disciplines, such as biology, environmental science, engineering, pharmacy, health sciences, etc.; and
  • demonstrate proficiency in laboratory skills as they pertain to: chemical information, the safe handling, use and disposal of chemicals; synthetic procedures including isolation, purification and structure elucidation of obtained products; stoichiometry and the use of instrumentation; and writing of laboratory notebooks and reports in accordance with current scientific journals styles.

Degree Course Requirements

CHEM121 Chemistry I A,E 4
CHEM122 Chemistry II E 4
CHEM221 Organic Chemistry I E 5
CHEM222 Organic Chemistry II E 5
COMP110 English Composition I A,E,1 3
COMP111 English Composition II E,2 3
MATH140 Calculus I A,E,3 4
MATH141 Calculus II E 4
PHYS121 Physics I E 4
PHYS122 Physics II E 4
Chemistry Electives B 7
COMM110 Effective Speaking E,4 3
Cultural Perspectives C 3
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge D,E.5 3
Personal Health D 2
Social Perspectives D 3
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Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

CHEM121 Chemistry I A,E 4
COMP110 English Composition I A,E,1 3
MATH140 Calculus I A,E,3 4
Social Perspectives D 3
14

Second Semester

CHEM122 Chemistry II E 4
COMP111 English Composition II E,2
MATH141 Calculus II E 4
COMM110 Effective Speaking E,4 3
Personal Health D 2
16

Third Semester

CHEM221 Organic Chemistry I E 5
PHYS121 Physics I E 4
Cultural Perspectives C 3
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge D,E,5 3
15

Fourth Semester

CHEM222 Organic Chemistry II E 5
PHYS122 Physics II E 4
Chemistry Electives B 7
16

A Placement testing required.
BAny Chemistry course aboveCHEM121, other than those required. All academically qualified chemistry students are urged to enroll in CHEM280. You may chose BIOL121, BIOL122 or BIOL181, BIOL182.
CChoose from HUMN111, HUMN112, HUMN113, HUMN114, HIST151, HIST152, PHIL125
D Consult the list of courses approved for this category.
ECourse requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
2Satisfies College Writing Level II.
3Satisfies College Writing Mathematics or Science.
4Satisfies Creative Expression.
5Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.

Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, "Major Requirements Satisfied", on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except COMP110, COMP111, three credits in cultural perspectives, three credits in social perspectives, two credits in personal health and three credits of Integration of Knowledge.
Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.