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Chemistry – CCSF Home Page

Posted: November 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm

The Chemistry department provides instruction in a wide range of chemistry-related fields. We serve students who intend to major in such diverse fields as biochemistry and biotechnology, engineering, medicine & health sciences, biology, and physics. We also offer specialized courses for working professionals and courses designed specifically for non-science majors.

You will find resources here for helping you succeed in your classes.Be sure to look at the FAQ page to find commonly asked questions about registering for classes. If you have further questions, contact the department chair.

We look forward to helping you meet your academic and career goals.

Coming Soon: Chemistry Certificate of Achievement Fall 2018

Catalog Description

Chemistry is the investigation of matter.Grappling with the difficult problems students will face during their lifetimes such as the treatment of disease, assessment of environmental pollutant risk, the challenge of feeding a growing world population, understanding the processes that affect the Earths climate, and the continuous improvement of technology all require an integrated approach to problem solving and an understanding of chemistry.Students obtaining a Certificate of Achievement in chemistry will develop a view of the world around them that is shaped by their understanding of chemical principles, physics, and the language of mathematics.During experiences in a laboratory setting, students will practice the scientific method to explore chemical phenomena, solve problems in a strategic fashion, and formulate and communicate an understanding of matter from a chemists perspective.Students obtaining a Certificate of Achievement in chemistry will be prepared to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in chemistry program at a four-year college and take upper division chemistry coursework, enter the chemistry workforce, or pursue opportunities where chemistry plays a role.Future careers for students obtaining a Certificate of Achievement in chemistry, after further education, include:

High school or middle school teacher


Patent attorney

Chemical Engineer


Museum Curator

Environmental Engineer

The minimum time for completion of this certificate is 4 semesters. Completion time will vary based on student preparation and number of units or classes completed per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Assess scientific data and use those data to evaluate the quality of conclusions.

Use available chemical compounds, gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques to conduct multi-step organic syntheses from planning through implementation and structural verification.

Identify and quantify organic chemical compounds after obtaining and purifying them from their natural plant sources.

Operate multiple pieces of scientific laboratory instrumentation to analyze environmental samples and evaluate the risks of environmental exposure.

Use current technology to assess, organize, and apply relevant chemical information.

Apply mathematical representations and use the language of chemistry to communicate an understanding of chemistry in written and oral form.

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