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The mission of the program in chemistry is to prepare students to possess the knowledge and skills to pursue further education and careers in the chemical, physical and health sciences, engage in chemical scientific inquiry and problem solving, work effectively in collaborative settings, and communicate scientific information clearly. 

The Chemistry department currently offers two programs of study. The first program is for students planning to transfer in physical sciences, biological sciences or engineering. The second program is for students majoring in allied health majors, such as nursing and radiation technology programs. All courses include a lecture and laboratory component. The lecture and lab are offered as a single course offering so that students have continuity between the lecture and lab components.

Chemistry Classes Offered at the Compton College

Chemistry 1A                                                                                                                                                                                                                           General Chemistry I

This course details fundamental theory and principles of atomic and molecular structure, physical states and chemical reactions. Included is the study of elements, compounds, periodic relationships, bonding, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, energy, solutions, electrolytes and chemical equations. Descriptive chemistry of water and selected nonmetals including hydrogen, oxygen and carbon is presented.

Chemistry 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beginning Chemistry

This course introduces the principles of chemistry, modern concepts of atomic structure and periodicity as a basis for understanding bonding, chemical formulas, chemical equations and chemical reactions, states of matter, important elements and their compounds, solutions, acid-base theories and reactions, net ionic equations, oxidation-reduction, kinetics and chemical equilibrium, chemical nomenclature and calculations. In the laboratory, emphasis is on observations, measurements, and elementary quantitative experiments with an introduction to qualitative analysis.

Chemistry 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fundamentals of Chemistry

This course introduces fundamental theory and principles of chemistry applied to inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry. Atomic and molecular structure, chemical and physical changes, gases, solutions, nomenclature, equations and calculations will be emphasized.


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