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Chemistry Department


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 programs, and general inorganic and organic chemistry. 

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Ruth Trejo
Chemistry Department Chair

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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.

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's degree program in Chemistry. The statistics listed are estimates based on a bachelor’s degree and above.