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    Irvine Valley College
    May 30, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog


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Dean: Lianna Zhao, MD
Academic Chair: Keith Donavan, PhD
Faculty: Thomas Cullen, EdD; Keith Donavan, PhD; Michael Doud, PhD; Steven Nguyen, PhD; Don Perry, 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. 

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


    Associate in Science

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