This area of concentration provides a foundation for students interested in chemistry. It is suitable for students interested in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree and employment in a chemistry field such as a laboratory technician. It also applies to students interested in transferring to a four-year institution in order to pursue a baccalaureate degree or advanced degrees in chemistry. The curriculum establishes the necessary foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry.
Students who take the courses recommended in the chemistry focus area will be able to:
- use and understand the facts, concepts, theories, and vocabulary of chemistry.
- use the techniques and tools of chemistry.
- use the scientific process and describe the development of scientific ideas.
- employ analytic and problem-solving skills.
- draw inferences from observations and synthesize and integrate information and ideas.
- use higher-order thinking skills in applying learned principles to new problems and real-world situations.
- be successful in upper-level chemistry courses.
Chemistry is a science central to many other disciplines. The chemistry focus area graduate has two major options:
- transfer to a four-year institution and complete a baccalaureate degree in chemistry or a biological science and find employment in agriculture, biotechnology, medicine, and the petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.
- transfer to a four-year institution in a pre-professional or professional program and develop a career in bioengineering, chiropractic, clinical laboratory technology, dentistry, education, medicine, occupational or physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, plant pathology, or veterinary medicine.
Preparation for IHCC:
Prospective students should have a strong background in mathematics, science, writing, and reading skills. At least one year of high school chemistry, one year of high school geometry, two years of high school algebra, and four years of high school English are highly recommended.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the chemistry program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor and the chemistry faculty at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements. The IHCC program should include one year of college chemistry and one year of organic chemistry. Students should also consider working toward the Associate of Science degree at IHCC which requires 30 semester credits in mathematics and science.