Pathways to Transfer

Associate Degree for Transfer

Chemistry for Transfer

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The Associate in Science in Chemistry for Transfer Degree is designed for students desiring advanced degrees in Chemistry. The Los Medanos College Chemistry courses meet the lower division transfer requirements for Chemistry. The curriculum includes the first and second year requirements to prepare students to transfer and study at a California State University. Transferring and completing a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry can lead to careers as agricultural and food scientists; chemists and materials scientists; elementary, middle, and high school teachers; environmental scientists; forensic scientists; materials engineers; occupational health and safety specialists; research technicians; government laboratory technicians; medical technicians; petroleum chemists; pharmacists; scientific writers and/or artists.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Applied scientific methodology, in all its explicit steps, to either:
    • solve a complex problem posed in the classroom, or
    • complete a significant laboratory analysis, or
    • carry out an extensive study at one of LMC's field stations.
  2. Solved problems concerning the atomic and molecular structure of matter, using the periodic table plus quantum mechanics as the organizing and predictive models for this analysis.
  3. Solved stoichiometric problems, including those complicated by the presence of limiting reagents.
  4. Correctly predicted the products of standard inorganic, organic, biochemical, or nuclear reactions.
  5. Applied the principles of thermodynamics and kinetics to solve problems:
    • involving energy and entropy changes characteristic of chemical and physical reactions
    • concerning rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions
    • involving the principles of equilibrium
  6. Demonstrated an understanding of electromagnetic radiation (i.e., light energy) and its interactions with matter, by carrying out spectroscopic analyses of atoms and compounds.
  7. Conducted laboratory or field analyses using modern, professional technologies, selected from colorimetric, titrimetric, gravimetric, electrochemical, spectrometric, and chromatographic equipment and instruments.
  8. Engaged in at least one hands-on research or restoration activity at a field site of LMC or a community partner, in order to utilize the distinct opportunity provided by having the California Delta in our backyard, and to appreciate the effort needed to act as good stewards of our local watersheds.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

CHEM-25 General College Chemistry I        5 Units
CHEM-26  General College Chemistry II  5 Units
CHEM-28 Organic Chemistry I       5 Units
CHEM-29 Organic Chemistry II         5 Unit
PHYS-040 Physics for Scientists & Engineers I        4 Unit
PHYS-041 Physics for Scientists & Engineers II       4 Units
MATH-210  Calculus with Analytic Geometry I   4 Units
MATH-220 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II        4 Units 

Total Units for the Major: 36
Total Double counted units (IGETC) 7
Total GE Units – IGETC for STEM 31
Total Units for the Degree: 60

(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following: (A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements. (B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district. (2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

LMC students must follow and complete IGETC for STEM in order to achieve the Associate in Science in Chemistry for Transfer Degree.


Visit the Chemistry department website for more information