Chemistry, Science Area of Concentration, Associate of Science
This area of concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Chemistry. Beyond the General Education requirements and options, this concentration should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with a transfer coordinator or an advisor for information about specific requirements.
Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:
- apply inorganic and organic chemical principles required for entry into science, engineering, and professional health programs, such as chemistry, biology, forensic science, environmental science, pharmacy school, dental school, dental hygiene program and nursing program, or for continuation at a four-year institution;
- name and write formulas for inorganic and organic compounds;
- predict outcomes of inorganic and organic reactions and write balanced chemical equations;
- perform chemical calculations such as those involved in stoichiometry, thermodynamics, titrations, chemical kinetics, and chemical equilibrium;
- utilize chemical terminology to explain, orally and in writing, the molecular perspective of inorganic and organic chemistry;
- predict the stereochemistry and structure of the products and mechanisms involved, resulting from selected organic reagents;
- use computers to gather and analyze data and/or to perform calculations;
- use laboratory equipment, instruments and chemicals appropriately and safely in both the inorganic and organic laboratories;
- use chemical data and scientific methods to solve problems involving chemical topics;
- make and record observations and accurate measurements in an investigative laboratory setting;
- communicate the results of laboratory investigations orally and in writing in a thorough and accurate manner;
- interpret infrared, uv-visible, nmr and mass spectra of organic compounds and assign structures to the compounds; and plan and conduct multistep syntheses, including separation, purification and characterization.