About Chemistry

During experiences in a laboratory setting, students will practice the scientific method to explore chemical phenomena, solve problems in a strategic manner, and formulate and communicate an understanding of matter from a chemist’s perspective.

Grappling with the difficult global problems such as the treatment of disease, environmental pollution, and climate change all require an understanding of chemistry. Through the Chemistry program, you will develop a view of the world around you that is shaped by your understanding of chemical principles. Upon obtaining the Certificate of Achievement in chemistry, you will be prepared to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program at a four-year college and take upper-division chemistry coursework, enter the chemistry workforce, or pursue opportunities where chemistry plays a role.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Chemistry can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine
  • Teaching
  • Pharmacy
  • Environmental studies

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CHEM 101A General College Chemistry 6  
CHEM 101B General College Chemistry 5  
CHEM 212A Organic Chemistry 6  
CHEM 212B Organic Chemistry 6  
MATH 110A Calculus I 5  
MATH 110B Calculus II 5  
MATH 110C Calculus III 5  
MATH 130  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 5  
PHYC 4A Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers 3  
PHYC 4AL Mechanics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers 1  
PHYC 4B Electromagnetism for Scientists and Engineers  
PHYC 4BL Electromagnetism Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers 1  

Students may substitute MATH 120 + 125 for MATH 130.

Total Units: 51 

Elective Courses (choose one):

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CHEM 85 Seminar in Chemistry 1  
BTEC 5 Briefings in Biotechnology 1  

Total Units: 1 

Overall Total Units: 52

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities.

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.