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    Irvine Valley College
    May 19, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog: September 2019 Edition 
2019-2020 Catalog: September 2019 Edition [ARCHIVED]


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Dean: Lianna Zhao, MD
Academic Chair: Arthur Ambrose, PhD
Faculty: Arthur Ambrose, PhD; Dale Carranza, EdD; Thomas Cullen; Keith Donavan, PhD; Sean Pheasant, PhD


The chemistry curriculum is designed to foster an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry in a variety of applications-medicine, health-care products, energy, food production, body metabolism, structural materials, microelectronics, and the environment. Students learn how chemical knowledge is derived, theorized, and applied  in solving problems in everyday life. They perform experiments in a modern chemistry laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment under the guidance of experienced faculty. In addition, students have an opportunity to enhance their understanding of chemical concepts and improve their laboratory skills through a series of computer-aided lessons and exercises. The chemistry curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue a major in (1) chemistry, biology, marine science, geology, physics, medicine, engineering, or technology; (2) paramedical or allied health science, including nursing, dental hygiene, physical therapy, or nutrition; or (3) liberal arts. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the chemistry program, students will be able to

  • Apply chemical concepts to identify or predict chemical behavior.
  • Apply mathematics and statistics principles to solve chemical problems.
  • Identify chemical composition and communicate both chemical properties and principles.

Potential Careers

Examples of careers in chemistry include the following:

  • Medicine
  • Chemist
  • Pharmacist
  • Agrochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Ceramics Industry
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Law
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Government Policy
  • Metallurgist
  • Oceanographer
  • Patent Law
  • Plastics Industry
  • Software Designer
  • Space Exploration
  • Teaching
  • Technical Writer


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