Chemistry Department

Overview of Chemistry Department

The Chemistry Department at Ohlone College offers general and organic chemistry for science majors, pre-professionals, and engineering majors. Other courses satisfy the general ed requirements, prepare students for general chemistry and the nursing program, and give a basic chemical training to help students understand the modern world.

Pre-requisites for General Chemistry

General Chemistry (CHEM-101A) has two pre-requisites:

  1. CHEM-102 Preparation for General Chemistry, and
  2. MATH-152 Algebra II

Both of these pre-requisites can be satisfied by passing the Chemistry Placement Test and the Math Placement Test. Check with the Placement Testing Center for details.

Chemistry Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Chemistry A.S. Degree - Designed to prepare students for studying Chemistry at most universities. The core courses required in the Associate in Science in Chemistry will fulfill the lower division requirements for most campuses of the UC and CSU systems. This program will enable students to develop a strong foundation in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired by students in this program will also enhance their success with obtaining entry-level jobs that require two years of college-level science and math.

Two female students working on an experiment in the Chemistry Lab.Students working on an experiment in the Klent Chemistry Lab. View more photos in the Chem Lab Photo Gallery.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

Natural Science: Physical Science Emphasis A.A. Degree (PDF) - Designed to enable students to develop a strong foundation in the physical sciences. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired by students in this emphasis will also enhance their success with obtaining entry-level jobs that require two years of college-level physical science and laboratory skills.

Certificates of Accomplishment

  • Chemistry Lab Skills: Basic Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - Emphasizes basic laboratory skills including titration, pipetting, UV/Vis spectrophotometry, and solution preparation. Advantageous to any student interested in science, this certificate demonstrates a basic mastery of lab protocols in an inorganic lab setting. This certificate is highly recommended for stock room assistants and similar positions.
  • Chemistry Lab Skills: Advanced Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - Emphasizes basic laboratory skills, plus experience with distillation, refluxing, purification techniques, melting point determinations, and hands-on use of FTIR. Ideal for the students seeking a research internship, this certificate demonstrates advanced skill and the ability to work independently in both organic and inorganic lab settings. Students receiving this certificate would be best qualified for more selective internships or employment in a chemical lab.
  • Physical Science Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - Awarded for studies of the physical world from the very small to the infinite. Upon completion of this certificate students will have investigated such phenomena as light, energy, the states of matter, chemical reactions, the formation of planet earth, and its place in the universe. This certificate provides an excellent foundation for further studies in science education and other fields.

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and/or have questions answered.

Apply for a Degree or Certificates

Are you finishing your associate degree or certificate? Please review How to Apply for a Degree or Certificate.

Related Information at Ohlone

Division

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Division.

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