Associate Degree in Chemistry

General

Program Description

Why take Chemistry?

Because you plan to:

  • Pursue a career in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, veterinary, physical therapy, engineering, computer science, nutrition, allied health sciences, nursing, law, biology, chemistry, geology, or liberal arts.
  • Transfer to an institution offering a baccalaureate degree.
  • Complete an associate degree (AA).
  • Increase your profit potential

Employment Outlook

The demand for chemists and individuals who have a strong foundation in chemistry has been increasing worldwide and will remain strong for the foreseeable future. Employment opportunities exist in both the public and the private sectors. Scientists with a strong background in chemistry are needed to work with the government and industry for a variety of tasks, such as qualitative and quantitative analysis, product development, research, and forensics. The demand for people who understand chemical concepts will continue to grow in this technology-driven society. A background in chemistry is a valuable asset and can increase job potential and salary. Adding chemistry courses to your resume can make you a more marketable applicant.

Chemistry Curriculum

SPECIAL NOTE -- If you intend to Transfer
Courses that fulfill major requirements for an associate degree at Irvine Valley College may not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a baccalaureate degree. If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, you should consult the catalog of your prospective transfer institution (see the IVC Transfer Center for assistance) and schedule an appointment with an IVC counselor to develop a plan of study before you begin your program. Course Offerings

  • General Chemistry (Chem 1A, 5 units)
  • General Chemistry (Chem 1B, 5 units)
  • Fundamental Chemistry (Chem 3, 4 units)
  • Introduction to General and Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (Chem 4, 5 units)
  • Organic Chemistry (Chem 12A, 5 units)
  • Organic Chemistry (Chem 12B, 5 units)
  • Basics of Chemistry (Chem 106, 2 units)

Instrumentation

  • Infrared Spectrophotometer (Fourier transform)
  • Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometer
  • Proton and Carbon-13 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
  • Gas Chromatographs (capillary)
  • pH meters
  • Spec-20 spectrophotometers
  • Digital melting point equipment
  • Small, mini, and microscale laboratory capability

Requirements for the Associate Degree in Chemistry

Students seeking an AA degree must complete a minimum of 60 units of credit, at least 12 of these at IVC; maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 ("C" average) for all work attempted; demonstrate competency in mathematics by completing Math 253 (Intermediate Algebra) or a higher-level course and competency in reading and writing by completing Writing 1; meet the general education requirements for the AA degree; and maintain continuous attendance at IVC (enroll in at least one course each academic year). See the IVC catalog or Counseling Office for more complete information about graduation requirements. Chemistry Major Students who plan to complete an associate degree with a major in chemistry will need to take four classes for 20 units:

*NOTE: Students who have not successfully completed high school chemistry should complete Chem. 3 prior to enrolling in Chem. 1A. If you intend to Transfer Courses that fulfill major requirements for an associate degree at Irvine Valley College may not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a baccalaureate degree. If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, you should consult the catalog of your prospective transfer institution (see the IVC Transfer Center for assistance) and schedule an appointment with an IVC counselor to develop a plan of study before you begin your program.Cost & FeesALL fees are subject to change. Registration is not complete until all required course fees have been paid.

Course ID Title Units
CHEM 1A* GENERAL CHEMISTRY 5
CHEM 1B GENERAL CHEMISTRY 5
CHEM 12A ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 5
CHEM 12B ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 5
Total units: 20
Last updated November 2017

About the School

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?Irvine Valley College (IVC) combines a small-college environment with more than 60 acres of modern facilities and equipment; dedicated staff; and an excellent faculty who combine knowledge and experience with a sincere commitment to learning. IVC offers day and evening classes, on campus or online. Read less