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The Chemistry program at Sierra College is designed to meet the needs of the diverse community of interests served by the community college. A full program of chemistry for the professional scientist is offered through analytical chemistry and a two-semester course in organic chemistry. A separate track is offered for nursing students that presents general inorganic, organic and biochemistry in a one-year sequence. The Chemistry Department also has a strong commitment to the student with no prior chemistry, or to those whose background is weak.

The entire program is taught with a strong emphasis on the laboratory. In the more advanced classes, students receive hands-on experience with a wide variety of instruments.

TRANSFER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in Chemistry are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements. Four-year graduates in Chemistry are qualified for positions in research, industry, education, engineering and the allied medical fields.

Chemistry for Transfer

A.S.-T Degree

This program provides students with a strong foundation in chemistry, covering the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of substances. Courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and calculus are required. Upon completion of this degree, students will demonstrate proficiency in chemistry concepts and scientific communication, and apply critical thinking skills to problem solving.

The Associate in Science in Chemistry for Transfer degree (AS-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus.  Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing within the CSU system. Students are also given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Science in Chemistry for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum for Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (IGETC for STEM) pattern.(Students transferring to a CSU campus must complete Area 1C Oral Communication to be eligible for admission.)

NOTE: The California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE) is NOT an option for this degree.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

RESTRICTION: International coursework from non-U

Chemistry

AS Degree

The Chemistry major recognizes a concentration in the field of Chemistry. Successful completion of the curriculum in Chemistry and the associated electives prepare Chemistry students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Demonstrate proficiency in chemistry concepts by scoring above the national median in the subject matter ACS (American Chemical Society) exams.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in scientific communication.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to problem solving.

Contact

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    F: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • (916) 660-7900
  • (916) 630-4542

Ruth Bartlett Part-time Instructor, Chemistry

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Michael Brelle Chemistry Instructor

  • V 322B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Casey Brown Instructional Assistant, Chemistry

  • S 102B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Florence "Nini" Cardoza Instructor, Chemistry

  • S 106 A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Keri Clemens Chemistry Instructor

  • S 106A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Pamela Gamel Instructor, Chemistry

  • S 108A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Darren Gottke Part-time Instructor, Chemistry

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Stuart Hay Part-time Instructor, Chemistry

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • (916) 660-7900
  • (916) 630-4542

Susan Kurnett Instructor, Chemistry

  • S 104A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Julia Maak Instructional Assistant, Chemistry

  • St 1
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Rhiannon Porter Instructor, Chemistry

  • S 104B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Mark Springsteel Instructor, Chemistry

  • S 108 A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Lauren Bria Part-time Instructor, Chemistry

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Jason Giuliani Instructor, Chemistry, Nevada County Campus

  • N8 119
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Gary Larsen Part-time Instructor, Nevada County Campus, Chemistry

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

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