2017-2018 Catalog

Chemistry, Associate of Science

Chemistry, often labeled the “Central Science”, exists at the interface of physical sciences such as physics and astronomy, and life sciences such as biology and medicine. Accordingly, a degree in chemistry prepares the dedicated student for myriad career opportunities including careers in drug design and development, toxicology, pharmacology, environmental science, synthetic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and health science. Furthermore, a background in chemistry provides a strong foundation for students pursuing degrees in medicine, dentistry, education, and law.

The successful chemistry student must develop the skill essential to any science:

  1. Ability to think critically
  2. Ability to review the scientific literature and apply the information therein
  3. Ability to design and implement experiments including data collection and analysis

In addition, the chemist has a need to develop more specific skills including the ability to apply chemical concepts in the execution of experiments, and more broadly, to environmental and societal concerns. They must also execute effective laboratory techniques, exhibit an understanding of chemical hazards in the laboratory, and utilize specialized instrumentation (e.g. infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy).

A degree in Chemistry from Western Wyoming Community College provides the dedicated student with a strong scientific background that will open doors in a variety of academic and career paths. The inherently interdisciplinary nature of chemistry and it’s broad applicability make a degree in chemistry an excellent choice for students seeking employment at the B.S. level, continued graduate studies in a range of fields (e.g. chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, biochemistry), or acceptance in to professional programs (e.g. medical school, dental school, intellectual property law).

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

CHEM 1020GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

4

MATH 2200CALCULUS I

4

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

PHYS 1310COLLEGE PHYSICS I

4

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

CHEM 1030GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

4

MATH 2205CALCULUS II

4

PHYS 1320COLLEGE PHYSICS II

4

ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

HEALTH & HUMAN ACTIVITY

1

Total Credit Hours:16
  • English requirement can also be filled by either ENGL 2005 or ENGL 2019.

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

CHEM 2230QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

5

CHEM 2320ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

4

MATH 2210CALCULUS III

4

Humanities or Applied Art

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

CHEM 2340ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

4

SOCIAL SCIENCE

3

US GOVERNMENT

3

Major Area Courses

7

HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

0

Total Credit Hours:17-18

Total Credit Hours: 64-65