Clark College
Show hide mobile navigation menu

Chemistry

About

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. 

Request Information

Contact

Amanda Crochet
Chemistry Department Chair
360-992-2981
×

Information Request Form


In order to provide you with the best information possible, please fill out the entire form. Additional Information

CAPTCHA
Reload the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code
 


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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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
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)