The Associate in Science degree with an emphasis in Chemistry is designed to prepare students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at a four-year institution. Students enrolled in this program will use the scientific method to investigate phenomena in the natural world and use concepts, experiments, and/or theory to explain them.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Describe the particle nature of matter, explain the attractions and/or bonds between chemical units, and predict the physical and chemical properties they possess.
- Describe chemical compounds and their reactions using the fundamental language of chemistry, including the use of proper chemical names, molecular formulas, chemical equations, structural drawings, and reaction mechanisms.
- Predict the likelihood and extent of a chemical reaction by analyzing the kinetic and thermodynamic properties of the system.
- Solve chemistry-specific problems by identifying the essential parts of the problem, formulating a strategy for solving the problem, applying appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, testing the correctness of the solution, and interpreting the results.
- Successfully execute chemistry experiments using standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical purification techniques.
- Communicate the concepts and results of chemistry experiments through effective writing and/or oral communication using the discipline standards for reporting and citation.
- Follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals.
Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements
|Select at least 36 units from the following:||36|
|General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry II|
|Organic Chemistry I|
|Organic Chemistry II|
|Calculus with Analytic Geometry I|
|Calculus with Analytic Geometry II|
|Calculus of Several Variables|
|Science and Engineering Physics I|
|Science and Engineering Physics II|
|Science and Engineering Physics III|
|TOTAL MAJOR UNITS||36|
|Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.||24|
|Contact an MPC counselor for major preparation at specific institutions.|
Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.