2018-2019 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

Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes:

  • ENGL 1020 can be substituted with ENGL 2019.
  • Health & Human Activity requirement can be filled with courses from the PEAC prefix or HLED 1003.
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    CHEM 2230QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

    5

    CHEM 2320ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

    4

    MATH 2210CALCULUS III

    4

    APPROVED HUMANITIES OR APPLIED ART

    3

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • Approved Humanities or Applied Arts requirement can be filled by First Year Spanish I (SPAN 1010), Ethics (PHIL 2300), Interpersonal Communication (COMM 1030), or Public Speaking (COMM 2010).
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    CHEM 2340ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

    4

    SOCIAL SCIENCE

    3

    US & WYOMING CONSTITUTION

    3

    Major Area Courses

    7

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    Total Credit Hours:17-18

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes:

  • Social Science requirement can be fulfilled with Introduction to Natural Resources (G&R 1050), Introduction to American Environmental History (HIST 1410), General Psychology (PSYC 1000), or Nutrition (HLED 1140).
  • US & Wyoming Constitution can be fulfilled by U.S. to 1865 (HIST 1211), U.S. From 1865 (HIST 1221), Wyoming History (HIST 1251) and American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000).
  • Major Area Courses can be fulfilled by General Biology (BIOL 1010), Fundamentals of Statistics (STAT 2050), General Microbiology (MOLB 2210), or Applied Differential Equations (MATH 2310).

  • Total Credit Hours: 65-66