Chemistry Department

The Chemistry Department serves more than 900 full- and part-time students each semester. We offer a dynamic environment in which to learn chemistry that includes a strong emphasis on hand-on use of equipment and instrumentation: from the simple–pH meters and visible spectrometers–to the complex–a Gas Chromatograph with a Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) and a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer.

Chemistry Course Sequences and Prerequisites Handout

What you should know when starting Chemistry 400

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SCC/UCD Chemistry Collaboration

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Programs of Study

With an Associates Degree in either Chemistry or Chemical Technology, you can get a job as a chemical technician with an average salary of $20.64/hour (in 2012). The unemployment rate among chemical technicians is around 4% and has stayed 2-6% below the national average of unemployment. Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, and produce chemical products and processes.

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    Chemistry is the study of the properties, composition, and transformations of all material substances. It is often called the “central science” since it draws from mathematics and physics and forms a necessary background to the study of all the earth sciences and all the biological disciplines, including the various… MORE >>

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    Chemical Technology

    The Chemical Technology Program trains students for a wide variety of scientific laboratory technician career opportunities. Students not only will be instructed in the theory and fundamentals of chemistry, but they will also be exposed to hands-on training with lab equipment and sophisticated state-of-the-art lab instrumentation. Students will be… MORE >>