Associate of Science                    Chemistry - General

Everything in the world involves chemistry. The air you breathe, the food you eat, and the blood coursing through your veins all involve chemistry.  It involves the snow on the mountains, the gasoline you put in your car, and the batteries used to run your iPod.   A background in chemistry is essential to many high-paying, challenging careers in health care, technology, consumer industries, environmental management and more including: Pharmaceuticals, Forensic Science, Food Technology, Petroleum Industry, Food Technology, Cosmetics and so much more.  All chemistry courses offered at Los Angeles City College are designed to transfer to state and national university systems. Chemistry meets a general education requirement for most university majors, particularly: Premedical, Pre-Dental, Nursing, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics and Pharmacy. 


NOTE: Not every class is offered each semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current class offerings.

PREREQUISITES: Specified prerequisites must be completed with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

TRANSFER LIMITS: UC gives no credit for Chemistry 51, 60, 68 if taken after Chemistry 101.


Enrollment in all chemistry classes is based on completion of the required prerequisites with satisfactory grades or better.

 Students enrolling in Chemistry 101 who have not completed the Chemistry 60/Chemistry 68 prerequisite or the equivalent must pass the Chemistry Readiness Exam in order to be eligible to take this course.  Please contact the Assessment Office at 323-953-4000, ext. 2264 for more information.

Students enrolling in Chemistry 60 or 68 who have not completed Math 115 or the equivalent must complete the mathematics placement assessment prior to enrolling in either of these courses.

 All Chemistry classes recommend eligibility for English 28 or its equivalent or concurrent enrollment in Learning Skills 1, Reading, and Learning Skills 7, Basic Composition, and Speech Communication 113. To confirm enrollment in Chemistry Department classes, bring your College assessment score card, and proof of the prerequisites completed to the first class meeting.

 INFORMATION FOR PRE-NURSING STUDENTS:  All LACC pre-nursing students must complete Chemistry 60 or Chemistry 68 with a satisfactory grade to satisfy the chemistry requirement for the LACC Nursing Program.  LACC Chemistry 51 does not satisfy the LACC Nursing chemistry requirement.

Fundamentals of Chemistry I
Advisory: Mathematics 115 or one year of high school algebra.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 4 hours.
Chemical phenomena, methodology, and theory are studied in the context of social, political, and economic issues. Fundamental chemical principles are developed and applied within the study of selected instructional modules, such as atmospheric gases, acid rain, nuclear fission, solar energy, drugs, and nutrition. The laboratory component gives students experience in the general procedures used by chemists and the uncertainty involved in operations.

Introduction to General Chemistry
Prerequisite: Mathematics 115 or appropriate score on the placement assessment.
Advisory: Eligibility for English 28/31. See “Chemistry Enrollment Information.”

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 4 hours.
A general basic chemistry course with laboratory, emphasizing fundamental principles of inorganic and physical chemistry, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, ionic and covalent bonding, problem solving, gas laws and solutions. This course serves as preparation for Chemistry 101, and meets the IGETC and CSU general education requirements for physical science with laboratory.

General Chemistry I
Prerequisite: Chemistry 60 or 68 and Mathematics 125
Advisory: English 28.

Students who have not completed Chemistry 60 or 68 or the equivalent are required to pass the Chemistry Readiness Exam prior to enrolling in Chemistry 101.  See “Chemistry Enrollment Information.”
Lecture 3 hours. Conference 2 hours  Laboratory 4 hours..
Lecture topics include nomenclature, atomic structure, quantum theory, bonding theories and molecular geometry, chemical equations, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, solid, liquid and gaseous states and related forces, gas laws, solutions and colligative properties, periodic relationships, and acid base theories. Laboratory exercises are quantitative in nature and are related to the lecture topics.

General Chemistry I
Prerequisite: Chemistry 101 and Mathematics 125
Advisory: English 28/31.

Lecture 3 hours. Conference 2 hours. Laboratory 4 hours.
Lecture topics include chemical kinetics, general and ionic equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and redox reactions, structure and bonding in transition metal complexes and carbon compounds . Laboratory topics include reaction kinetics, equilibrium constant determination, chemical and spectroscopic methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis, potentiometric titration techniques, and electrochemistry for both organic and inorganic systems.

Organic Chemistry for Science Majors I
Prerequisite: Chemistry 102.
Advisory: English 28/31.
Lecture 3 hours, Conference 2 hours Laboratory 4 hours..   

Introduces the structure, nomenclature and reactions and properties of organic compounds. Introduces spectroscopy as applied to organic compounds. Preparation and isolation of organic compounds and determination of physical properties are studied in the laboratory.

Organic Chemistry for Science Majors II
Prerequisite: Chemistry 211.
Advisory: English 28/31.

Lecture 3 hours. Conference 2 hours, Laboratory 4 hours.
Introduces the structure, reactions, nomenclature and properties of organic compounds, and spectroscopic techniques. Laboratory work includes the synthesis of compounds, the use of spectroscopy and the determination of compound identity based on properties and reactions.

Biochemistry for Science Majors
Prerequisite: Chemistry 211.

Lecture 3 hours. Conference 2 hours, Laboratory 4 hours
This course is intended as a preparation for careers in the physical and biological sciences, medical and dental professions, veterinary and agricultural science, nutrition and food chemistry, and related fields. Topics relate to the chemistry and metabolism of biological compounds and include discussion of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids. Laboratory work includes electrophoresis, chromatography, spectroscopy, and enzyme purification and kinetics.

CHEMISTRY 185 Directed Study - 1 UNIT (CSU) (RPT2)
CHEMISTRY 285 Directed Study - 2 UNIT (CSU)
CHEMISTRY 385 Directed Study - 3 UNIT (CSU)

Prerequisite:  Chemistry 102
Students pursue Directed Study in Chemistry on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor.  Laboratory and literature research is performed. 


CHEMISTRY- General            Associate of Science Degree                Transfer Program

This Associate of Science degree provides the student with preparatory course work, allowing transfer to a four-year university as a junior in chemistry or related physical sciences. Individuals who earn the degree with a major in chemistry will find many desirable entry-level jobs in chemistry and manufacturing.

Required coursework - 40 units*

          Chemistry 101 - 5 units

          Chemistry 102 - 5 units

          Chemistry 211 - 5 units

          Chemistry 212 - 5 units

          Math 261 - 5 units

          Math 262 - 5 units

          Physics 101 - 5 units

          Physics 102 - 5 units

          General Education - 20 additional units for a total of 60 units

*Ten units of the required coursework can be applied toward the thirty units of general education required for Plan A Transfer Graduation Plan as follows:

     1. One required chemistry or physics course (5 units) counts towards the Natural Sciences graduation requirement.

     2. One required Math course (5 units) counts towards the language and rationality graduation requirement.  Note: One Chemistry or Physics course and one Math course can be applied to the Plan A general education requirement.

To complete general education requirements in this area of study, Plan A for the AA/AS degree is required.

Plan A: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section. Plan A is designed for transfer to a four-year college or university.  However, requirements vary depending upon the individual institution. Please consult with a counselor for the specific requirements of the university you plan to attend.

                          3-6 units   English Composition

                          6-9 units   Communication/Analytical Thinking

                          3 units      Natural Sciences

                          3 units      Humanities

                          9 units      Social/Behavior Sciences (including American History & Government)

                          3-4 units   Health/Physcial Education

                          3-5 units   Math Competency