The Chemistry department provides instruction in a wide range of chemistry-related fields. We serve students who intend to major in such diverse fields as biochemistry/biotechnology, engineering, medicine & health sciences, biology, and physics. We also offer specialized courses for working professionals and courses designed specifically for non-science majors. 

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Chemistry Certificate of Achievement

Chemistry is the investigation of matter. Grappling with the difficult problems students will face during their lifetimes such as the treatment of disease, assessment of environmental pollutant risk, the challenge of feeding a growing world population, understanding the processes that affect the Earth’s climate, and the continuous improvement of technology all require an integrated approach to problem solving and an understanding of chemistry.  Students obtaining a Certificate of Achievement in chemistry will develop a view of the world around them that is shaped by their understanding of chemical principles, physics, and the language of mathematics. During experiences in a laboratory setting, students will practice the scientific method to explore chemical phenomena, solve problems in a strategic fashion, and formulate and communicate an understanding of matter from a chemist’s perspective. Students obtaining a Certificate of Achievement in chemistry 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. Future careers for students obtaining a Certificate of Achievement in chemistry, after further education, include:

  • Physician
  • Patent attorney
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Criminologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Environmental Engineer
  • High school or middle school teacher


The minimum time for completion of this certificate is 4 semesters. Completion time will vary based on student preparation and number of units or classes completed per semester. 

 Core Courses (required) Units
 CHEM 101A General College Chemistry 6
 CHEM 101B General College Chemistry 5
 CHEM 212A Organic Chemistry 6
 CHEM 212B Organic Chemistry 6
 PHYC 4A + 4AL Introductory Physics + Lab 4
 PHYC 4B + 4BL Introductory Physics + Lab 4
 MATH 110A Calculus I 5
 MATH 110B Calculus II 5
 MATH 110C Calculus III 5
 MATH 130 Linear Algebra with Differential Equations       5
 Elective Courses (choose one)  
 CHEM 85 Seminar in Chemistry 1.5
 BTEC 5 Briefings in Biotechnology 1
 Total Units   52-52.5 


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Assess scientific data and use those data to evaluate the quality of conclusions. 
  • Use available chemical compounds, gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques to conduct multi-step organic syntheses from planning through implementation and structural verification.
  • Identify and quantify organic chemical compounds after obtaining and purifying them from their natural plant sources.
  • Operate multiple pieces of scientific laboratory instrumentation to analyze environmental samples and evaluate the risks of environmental exposure.
  • Use current technology to assess, organize, and apply relevant chemical information.
  • Apply mathematical representations and use the language of chemistry to communicate an understanding of chemistry in written and oral form.