Chemistry


Student in Chemistry Lab

Beaker in Chemistry Lab


About the Department

The Chemistry department currently has 6 full-time faculty members and 8 part-time faculty members, who teach at two different locations. The department also has 1 full-time and 1 part-time lab technicians covering the main and Columbia Tech Center campuses. Faculty responsibilities and duties go beyond coursework, and include serving on departmental and college-wide committees, and outreach to local schools and teachers.
Faculty list and contact information


Facilities

The chemistry department currently offers courses at both campuses. The labs are equipped with computers and a lab interface system from Vernier Software and Technology. FT-IR and GC instruments equip the organic labs at each location. The lab technicians serve both campuses. Wireless networking is available in some locations on campus, and several classrooms are outfitted with LCD projection systems.


Courses

The chemistry department at Clark College offers full sequences in allied health chemistry, general inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, plus preparatory course. The major's level courses are fully-transferable to Oregon and Washington universities. In addition to these courses, the department also offers general science courses for non-science majors.

Non-Science Majors:  The department offers two general education science classes with a lab, PHSC 102 and CHEM&110. PHSC 102 is a physical science class where the topics involve investigating the world around you.  CHEM&110 serves a dual purpose, meeting the high school requirement for chemistry as well as serving as a general education science with a lab at Clark.  Students in both classes receive hands-on lab experience.  The department also offers a science without a lab in PHSC 106, a fully online 3 credit general education science class.

Pre-Professional Health Chemistry: Students without prior experience in chemistry begin this sequence in CHEM 095, a 3-credit preparatory class designed for pre-professional health students. Students continue to CHEM&121, a 5-credit course in general chemistry, including lab. Students requiring an additional course progress to CHEM&131, a 5-credit course covering topics in organic and biochemistry, including lab. 

Health Chemistry: Students without prior experience in chemistry begin this sequence in CHEM 095, a 3-credit preparatory class designed for pre-professional health students. Students continue to CHEM&121, a 5-credit course in general chemistry, including lab. Students requiring an additional course progress to CHEM&131, a 5-credit course covering topics in organic and biochemistry, including lab.

General Chemistry: This series is designed for pre-engineering, pre-medical professional, and science majors. Students without prior experience in chemistry begin their coursework in CHEM&139, a 4-credit preparatory course designed for science students. CHEM&141/151 and CHEM&142/152 are the first two terms of lecture and lab in the sequence, and include a mix of traditional, guided inquiry and computerized experiments. CHEM&143 is the third term in the series, and covers thermodynamics, heterogeneous equilibria, and other special topics in chemistry, without a lab. Major depending, students can opt to take CHEM&153, a lab course emphasizing advanced analytical skills and Inorganic synthesis. The full sequence begins in both Fall and Winter quarters.

Organic Chemistry: A full-year organic lecture sequence (CHEM&241-243) is offered, including 3 terms of lab (CHEM&251-253). The traditional course emphasizes acid-base mechanisms and spectroscopy and has adopted a green chemistry lab curriculum. The course is designed for a student seeking a graduate degree in a health profession, or for science or chemical engineering majors transferring to a 4-year University, and is not designed for students who will be continuing to a pre-professional program.

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Degree Options

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.
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&241
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
4 cr.
and PHYS&231
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB I
1 cr.
PHYS&242
ENGINEERING PHYSICS II
4 cr.
and PHYS&232
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB II
1 cr.
PHYS&243
ENGINEERING PHYSICS III
4 cr.
and PHYS&233
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB III
1 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.
or Foreign 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.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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)