Chemistry

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Program Overview

The associate degree program in chemistry prepares students to begin upper-division work leading to a baccalaureate degree in chemistry or chemical engineering. It also provides some of the support courses required for the baccalaureate degree.

The graduate of the AA program in chemistry will:

  • Solve quantitative chemistry problems and demonstrate reasoning clearly and completely. Integrate multiple ideas in the problem solving process.
  • Apply problem-solving skills related to the nature of matter, solutions, phase changes, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, energy transformations, atomic and molecular structure, quantum theory, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, periodic properties, thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.
  • Design, construct and interpret graphs accurately.
  • Perform laboratory techniques correctly using appropriate safety procedures.

Location

Santa Maria Campus Bldg M207
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3202

Hours

Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Closed on Fridays during the summer

 

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Arturo Avila
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One of the obstacles that I had to overcome was breaking the language barrier. Another obstacle I faced was financial hardship. As I completed my classes at AHC, I had to work in many part-time jobs such as a math/science tutor for the college tutoring center, night shift clerk for a local grocery store and vegetable cooling. Also, the MESA program and the STEM Center, not only supported me academically through resources such as access to books and computers, but also through working with students with interest in mathematics, science and engineering.

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Last Modified Jun 8, 2018