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Chemistry Phone:


Main Office
APH 203, MS #29
Clark College
1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98663

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 shares 2 full-time lab technicians with the physics department, one at each campus site. 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


The chemistry department currently offers courses at two different campuses - at the Clark College main campus and at the new Clark Center, located on the campus of Washington State University-Vancouver, located ten miles north of the main campus. 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.


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.

Allied Health Chemistry: Students without prior experience in chemistry begin this sequence in CHEM 050, a 4-credit preparatory class designed for allied health students. Students continue to CHEM 111, a 5-credit course in general chemistry, including lab. Students requiring an additional course progress to CHEM 112, a 5-credit course covering topics in organic and biochemistry, including lab.

General Inorganic 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 100, a 4-credit preparatory course designed for science students. CHEM 131 and 132 are the first two terms in the sequence, and include a mix of traditional, guided inquiry and computerized experiments. CHEM 133 is the third term in the series, and covers thermodynamics, heterogeneous equilibria, and other special topics in chemistry, without a lab. Students can opt to take CHEM 135, a lab course emphasizing advanced analytical skills and Inorganic synthesis. The full sequence begins in both Fall and Winter quarters.

Organic Chemistry: Two different sequences are offered at Clark for students in organic chemistry. A full-year organic sequence is also offered (CHEM 211-214), including 3 terms of lab. The traditional course emphasizes acid-base mechanisms and spectroscopy and has adopted a green chemistry lab curriculum. CHEM 201 is a one-term abbreviated organic chemistry course, including lab. Lectures follow a Guided-Inquiry curriculum, and labs focus on Green Chemistry principles and techniques. The course is designed for Biology students transferring to Washington State University and is not designed for students who will be continuing to a pre-professional program.

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