Chemistry Department

The Chemistry Department serves more than 1,200 full- and part-time students each semester. We offer a dynamic environment in which to learn chemistry that includes a strong emphasis on hands-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.

Alumni (former students) page of the Chemistry Department at SCC

Chemistry Course Sequences and Prerequisites Handout

Chemistry 400 Information:

1. What you should know when starting Chemistry 400
2. Information about meeting the prerequisites for CHEM 400
3. Review Materials for Chemistry 400 Placement Test:

A. Set 1
B. Set 2

SCC Chemistry Club, recognized by ACS as an Honorable Mention and Green Chemistry Award-Winning Chapter for the 2015-2016 academic year

Libretexts.org, which includes class materials by Professor Bennett and Professor Alviar-Agnew

General Information About the Undergraduate Research Program

ACS Sacramento Section

STEM Careers Center

MESA Chemistry Boot Camp Flyer

Burbank High School students visit the Department of Chemistry

Burbank High School students visit the Department of Chemistry

Third-graders from Natomas Park Elementary learn about probing surfaces using a cantilever (refrigerator magnet model of Atomic Force Microscopy).

Third-graders from Natomas Park Elementary learn about probing surfaces using a cantilever (refrigerator magnet model of Atomic Force Microscopy).

Students take a lab practical at the end of the semester as part some classes.

Students take a lab practical at the end of the semester as part some classes.

excited person with chemistry model

SCC student Julio Chavez is super excited that he’s won the competition for best carbon dioxide molecule in his Chemistry 400 class.

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.

  • Chemistry AS

    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 >>

  • 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 >>