Chemistry is part of the physical sciences and involves the study of energy and matter by observation of its characteristics and properties.
Clark's program uses modern lab equipment and offers hands-on experience in a collaborative learning environment that includes courses for non-science majors, pre-professional health, and general inorganic and organic chemistry.
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Learn the Science of Chemistry at Clark
The study of chemistry is vast and involves research, observation, and learning about the natural world. A foundation in chemistry expands an individual’s ability to think critically when problem-solving and has practical application in various disciplines that involve medicine, environmental sciences, and engineering.
Clark’s Chemistry program offers major level courses that are fully-transferable to four-year institutions. In addition to these courses, the department also provides general science courses for non-science majors.
Employment opportunities for Chemists vary depending on industry and exist in a variety of formats: chemical technician, chemist, soil technician, and quality control analyst.
According to The U.S Department of Labor employment estimates for chemist jobs have a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $29.05 per hour.
Clark’s program offers an Associates in Science Transfer degree (AST1) designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor degree program in Chemistry. The statistics listed are estimates based on a Bachelor’s degree and above.
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.
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- Apply scientific methodologies to develop and answer questions about the natural world.
- Demonstrate understanding of the derivative as an instantaneous rate of change and the definite integral as a limit of a sum.
- Analyze and solve multi-step problems using techniques through single-variable calculus.
- Acquire scientific information from appropriate sources to analyze issues, claims or situations.
- Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
- Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
- Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
- Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
- Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
- Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
- Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
- Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)
- Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)