2019-2020 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

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

MATH 2200CALCULUS I

4

PHYS 1310COLLEGE PHYSICS I

4

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • In addition to ENGL 1010, students may be required to also take ENGL 1011 (2 credits) due to placement, adding 2 additional credits to their graduation total.
  • MATH 2200 or higher.

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

CHEM 1030GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

4

MATH 2205CALCULUS II

4

PHYS 1320COLLEGE PHYSICS II

4

APPROVED ENGLISH COURSE

3

HEALTH & HUMAN ACTIVITY

1

Total Credit Hours:17-18

Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes:

  • ENGL 1020 or ENGL 2005 or ENGL 2019.
  • Health & Human Activity requirement can be filled with courses from the PEAC prefix or Topics courses (see advisor).
  • MATH 2200 or higher.
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    CHEM 2230QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

    5

    MATH 2210CALCULUS III

    4

    CHEM 2320ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

    4

    APPROVED HUMANITIES OR APPLIED ART

    3

    Total Credit Hours:14-15

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • Approved Humanities or Applied Arts courses: ART 2120, ART 2410, ASL 1200, FREN 1010, SPAN 1010, COMM 1000, COMM 1030, COMM 2010, COMM 2110, HUMN 1010, MUSC 1000, MUSC 2015, or PHIL 1000.
  • MATH 2210 or higher.
  • 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 courses: ANTH 1100, ANTH 1300, CRMJ 1001, ECON 1010, G&R 1050 (recommended), HLED 1003, HIST 2030, HLED 1140, POLS 1200, PSYC 1000, PSYC 2080, SOC 1000, or SOC 1100..
  • US & Wyoming Constitution can be fulfilled by U.S. to 1865 (HIST 1211), U.S. From 1865 (HIST 1221), Wyoming History (HIST 1251) or American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000).
  • Major Area Course = Math & Science electives fulfilled with two of the following: BIOL 1010, STAT 2050, MOLB 2210, and MATH 2310..

     

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    Total Credit Hours: 65-66