Chemistry
Chemistry is the study of the properties of materials and the changes that materials undergo. One of the joys of learning chemistry is seeing how chemical principles operate in all aspects of daily life, from everyday activities like lighting a match to more far-reaching matters like the development of drugs to cure cancer or reduce environmental hazards.

People who have degrees in chemistry hold a variety of positions in industry, government, and academia. Those who work in the chemical industry find positions as laboratory chemists, carrying out experiments to develop new products (research and development), analyzing materials (quality control), or assisting customers in using products (sales and services). Analytical and control chemists usually have at least a bachelor's degree. Those with more experience or training may work as managers or company directors. They may also embark in the medical fields or the environmental sciences.

Clark College's Chemistry Department offers a multifaceted curriculum designed to meet a variety of needs -- from those of students pursuing a health-related Applied Science Degree to requirements for earning an Associate in Science in Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, or Physics.
Chemistry (AST1)
This is a suggested program for the first two years of major study in chemistry. Lower-division course requirements will vary depending on the transfer institution. Contact an advisor at the transfer institution to determine required coursework as early as possible. Courses in computer applications are recommended for all students. Additional courses are needed to satisfy graduation requirements for the Associate in Science.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills (10 credits required)
 
MATH&151
CALCULUS I
5 cr.
MATH&152
CALCULUS II
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Humanities & Social Sciences (15 credits required)
 
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
GERM&121
GERMAN I
5 cr.
Pre-Major Program Requirements
CHEM&141
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
4 cr.
CHEM&142
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
4 cr.
CHEM&143
GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
4 cr.
CHEM&151
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
1 cr.
CHEM&152
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
1 cr.
CHEM&153
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
2 cr.
PHYS&221
ENGINEERING PHYSICS
5 cr.
PHYS&222
ENGINEERING PHYSICS
5 cr.
PHYS&223
ENGINEERING PHYSICS
5 cr.
Science Electives
CHEM&241
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
4 cr.
CHEM&242
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
4 cr.
CHEM&243
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III
4 cr.
CHEM&251
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
1 cr.
CHEM&252
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
1 cr.
CHEM&253
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
2 cr.
Other Electives- 0-11 credits
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or ENGL 109
WRITING ABOUT THE SCIENCES
5 cr.
or ENGL&235
TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
MATH 111
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
5 cr.
MATH 221
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
5 cr.
MATH&254
CALCULUS IV
5 cr.
GERM&122
GERMAN II *
5 cr.
GERM&123
GERMAN III **
5 cr.
or another language
 
Total Required Credits: 105
*CMST&230 would count as a social science; otherwise, the third course needs to be a social science.

** Please check with the transfer institution regarding foreign language requirements.
General Education Outcomes
  • Information Literacy: Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Health & Physical Education: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences.
  • Power, Privilege, and Inequality: Analyze patterns of power, privilege and inequality.
Chemistry Education (AST1)
The following is a degree program designed by a consortium of two-year and four-year colleges in Washington. Students should be aware that baccalaureate institutions may have slightly different requirements for these degrees, and students should consult the transfer institution for exact questions.

Students should complete the entirety of any science sequence at the same school for best transferability. These degrees are not DTA degrees, and there are some general education requirements that students will need to finish upon transfer.

Though this degree does not require such, Clark College students should know that the standard Clark AS degree path has these differences from the Major Related Program defined below:
  • Clark requires 3 credits of Health-Physical Education coursework.
Students must also meet the residency requirements as established by Clark. While Clark College has approved offering the degree below, Clark students should keep these requirements in mind should their transfer pathways change.

Students completing this Associate of Science will receive the same priority consideration for admission to the baccalaureate institution as they would for completing the direct transfer associate degree and will be given junior status by the receiving institution.

Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions in the year prior to transferring.

Please visit the Major Related Programs section of this catalog to view a printable PDF of this document.
Generic Requirements
A. Basic Requirements
1. Communication Skills
5 cr.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning
5 cr.
Intermediate algebra proficiency is required.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities/Fine Arts/English & Social Sciences
15 cr.
15 credits of humanities and social science with at least 5 credits taken from each. Three different subjects required. No more than 5 credits of performance classes are allowed.
2. Science Pre-major Requirement
 
  • Chemistry for science majors sequence (15 quarter credits)

  • Third quarter calculus or approved statistics course (5 quarter credits)

  • Biology for science majors or physics (calculus or non-calculus based) (15 quarter credits)

  • Additional requirements: 10 - 15 quarter credits in physics, geology, organic chemistry, biology, or mathematics, consisting of courses normally taken for science majors (not general education), preferably in a 2- or 3-quarter sequence

Articulated Degree Requirements
A. Basic Requirements
1. English Composition
5 cr.
2. Calculus
10 cr.
Intermediate algebra proficiency is required.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities/Fine Arts/English & Social Sciences
15 cr.
5 quarter credits Introductory Speech

5 quarter credits General Psychology

2. Science Pre-major Requirements
 
  • 15 quarter credits General Chemistry

  • 15 quarter credits Organic Chemistry

  • 15 quarter credits Physics (algebra or calc-based)

  • 5 quarter credits statistics or 3rd quarter calculus


C. Electives
1. Elective Courses
 
10-15 credits, depending on pathways above.

5 additional quarter credits of English composition.

Field Experience or Intro to Education recommended.
Clark College Equivalents
A. Basic Requirements
 
1. Communication Skills
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement
MATH&151
CALCULUS I
5 cr.
MATH&152
CALCULUS II
5 cr.
B. Distribution Requirements
 
1. Humanities/Fine Arts/English and Social Sciences
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Plus 5 additional HUM or SS credits
2. Science Pre-major Requirement
CHEM&141
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
4 cr.
CHEM&142
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
4 cr.
CHEM&143
GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
4 cr.
CHEM&151
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
1 cr.
CHEM&152
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
1 cr.
CHEM&153
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
2 cr.
CHEM&241
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
4 cr.
CHEM&242
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
4 cr.
CHEM&243
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III
4 cr.
CHEM&251
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
1 cr.
CHEM&252
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
1 cr.
CHEM&253
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
2 cr.
PHYS&221
ENGINEERING PHYSICS
5 cr.
PHYS&222
ENGINEERING PHYSICS
5 cr.
PHYS&223
ENGINEERING PHYSICS
5 cr.
MATH&153
CALCULUS III
5 cr.
or MATH 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
3 cr.
and MATH 204
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
3 cr.
C. Electives
 
1. Elective Courses
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II Required
5 cr.
EDUC&201
INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION Recommended
3 cr.
and EDUC 210
INTRODUCTORY FIELD EXPERIENCE Recommended
3 cr.
Plus additional credits to reach 90 minimum quarter credits. These may include needed college-level calculus prerequisites.
Notes
A. Basic Requirements
1. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement
 
Pre-Calculus courses do not meet this requirement.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities/Fine Arts/English & Social Sciences
 
Courses in Humanities/Social Science must come from the current ICRC distribution list in order to count as General Education or General University Requirements (GERs/GURs) at the receiving institution. Additional general educational requirements, cultural diversity requirements, and foreign language requirements, as required by the transfer institution, must be met prior to the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
2. Science Pre-major Requirements
 
Students should be advised that some baccalaureate institutions require physics with calculus to meet this requirement.
C. Electives
1. Elective Courses
 
A maximum of five (5) quarter credits of "gray area" courses will be accepted in the remaining credits category.
General Education Outcomes
  • Information Literacy: Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Health & Physical Education: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences.
  • Power, Privilege, and Inequality: Analyze patterns of power, privilege and inequality.