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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.A./B.S.

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Professors: Arlene Courtney, Pete Poston
Associate professors: Patricia Flatt, Rahim Kazerouni


Provides preparation for professional work in chemistry or forensic science; graduate work in chemistry or forensic science; or pre-professional training in the health sciences or secondary education. Coupling the program with an appropriate minor prepares students to enter related fields such as biochemistry, oceanography, pharmacy, toxicology and the environmental or atmospheric sciences. Through the study of general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry, students gain an understanding of the world around them.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry.
  2. Employ critical thinking and quantitative analytical skills to solve problems and evaluate scientific data.
  3. Use and application of laboratory methods and scientific instrumentation to investigate a scientific hypothesis, conduct experiments, analyze data and interpret results.
  4. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills including the ability to transmit complex scientific or technical information in a clear and concise manner.
  5. Gather, comprehend, apply and communicate credible information on scientific and technical topics and recognize the proper use of scientific data, principles and theories to assess the quality of stated conclusions.
  6. Demonstrate ethical awareness and conduct with regards to: (1) honesty in data reporting; (2) the safety of practitioners, test subjects and the local community/environment; and (3) their social responsibility to recognize the impact that our actions have on the natural and human world.

Formal admission is required for all students seeking a chemistry or chemistry-forensic chemistry concentration degree. Typically, application for admission will be made at the end of a student’s sophomore year by completing a degree plan with the adviser. Prior to admission, the student should have completed the set of courses below.

Chemistry Major Prerequisites:


Additional information regarding these requirements should be obtained from the division. Limited courses taken at other institutions may be transferred to the program based on the course and grade obtained.

Total Credits (70)


Preparation for a prospective chemistry major includes high school chemistry, physics and a minimum of three years of mathematics including a minimum of MTH 111  equivalency. The B.A. requires MTH 252 , CS 161  and completion of the third term of the second year of a modern language course. The B.S. requires a combined total of 12 credit hours of coursework in mathematics and computer science including MTH 252  and CS 161 .

The B.S. and B.A. require completion of the cultural diversity and writing intensive requirements. For this major the six credits of writing intensive coursework should come from CH 350W, CH 407W, CH 461W and CH 462W. The sequence PH 211 , PH 212 , PH 213  is to be completed as the LACC science requirement.

Chemistry majors are required to maintain a C average in their major. Forensic chemistry majors are required to maintain a C average in both major and minor.

If a chemistry major selects mathematics as a minor, the calculus sequences MTH 251 , MTH 252  and MTH 254  are to be replaced by PH 211 , PH 212 , PH 213 .

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