Los Angeles City College
Chemistry & EARTH Sciences Department

Chemistry Department 2013 

Department Mission

 The mission of the Los Angeles City College Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences is to deliver a contemporary, rigorous curriculum in all of our disciplines at every level to prepare our students for transfer and the workforce, and to teach with a student-friendly and learning-centered approach to allow students to achieve their goals and to meet and exceed established educational and industry standards.

Los Angeles City College Chemistry and Earth Sciences Department is dedicated to the success of all our students.   We offer our students the chance to excel by presenting the latest technology and information in both the lab and lecture settings, by creating a warm and open atmosphere for learning with dedicated faculty, and by investing in a community spirit through our extra-curricular activities.  

The chemistry discipline offers the complete range of chemistry courses necessary to complete your program of study as well as an opportunity to obtain an AS degree in Chemistry.  For students interested in the Earth Sciences, we offer a variety of courses in earth science, geography, geology, meteorology, and oceanography.

Many of the courses satisfy the IGETC and CSU physical science requirement. Whether you are a science major on the fast track to becoming a chemist, geologist, engineer, doctor, nurse, or pharmacist or a non-science major looking to just fulfill your GE requirement, all of your chemistry and/or geophysical science courses can be completed here, day or night.


The Los Angeles City College Chemistry & Earth Sciences Department is currently residing in the science building for Life Science, Chemistry, and Nursing & Dental Technology. The labs are equipped with computer capabilities and offer the best teaching facility in the county. The upper level courses currently give students access to new instrumentation like the Anasazi EFT-60 NMR Spectrometer, FTIR, UV-Vis spectrometers, and Gas Chromatagram (GC). The department offers small classes with extensive instructor interaction.

Chair:   Michael Farrell SCI 324B  (323) 953-4000 ext 2600   farrelmj@lacitycollege.edu