Chemistry is the science of matter, its characterization, composition, and its transformations. It is a vital, growing enterprise as opposed to a mere accumulation of knowledge. An understanding of chemistry is basic to the physical and biological sciences and fundamental in a variety of occupations. Specialized fields of chemistry are inorganic, organic, physical, nuclear, biochemistry, and chemical engineering. Chaffey College offers the first two years of the baccalaureate degree chemistry curriculum.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon the successful completion of this degree, students should be able to:
Apply critical thinking, hypothesis driven methods of scientific inquiry, and the mathematical skills to calculations and problem solving, predicting mechanisms, developing synthetic schemes, scientific data presented in literature, and evaluation of empirically developed data.
Apply chemical and physical concepts, symbolism, language, atomic structure and use of periodic table to describe the changes that matter undergoes and the application of chemistry.
Apply experimental techniques to the laboratory environment as demonstrated by safe handling and disposal of chemicals, obtaining accurate and precise data, evaluating and validating scientific data, correctly using scientific instruments, and using proper laboratory etiquette.
Provide technical information in a clear and concise manner to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills for chemical and physical concepts, results of laboratory experiments, and articles in the scientific literature.
To obtain an Associate’s Degree, students must complete both the majorrequirements below and the graduation requirements listed on pages 33-34 of the Catalog
Major requirements for the Associate in Science Degree: Units
CHEM 24A General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 24B General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 75A Organic Chemistry I 5
CHEM 75B Organic Chemistry II 5
MATH 65A Calculus I 4
MATH 65B Calculus II 4
PHYS 45 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 5
PHYS 46 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 5