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Sacramento City College Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the properties, composition, and transformations of all material substances. It is often called the "central science" since it draws from mathematics and physics and forms a necessary background to the study of all the earth sciences and all the biological disciplines, including the various medical professions. Sacramento City College chemistry courses are designed to meet the lower division requirements for a major in chemistry in transferring to a four-year institution. For students who plan to transfer, completion of the CSU General-Breadth or IGETC general education pattern is encouraged. It is highly recommended that students meet with a counselor because major and general education requirements vary for each college/university. These courses also fulfill general education requirements for allied health, biological sciences, physical sciences, computer science, and engineering.

View the Chemistry Course Sequence.

Chemical Technology Program Details

Career Options

Chemists work as pharmaceutical or environmental chemists, educators, medical researchers, quality assurance and general scientists, and pharmacists. The preparation received in chemistry is an excellent background for careers in medicine, dentistry, engineering, the biological sciences, earth sciences, environmental studies, and science education.

There are several Career Opportunities for students earning a Chemistry Technician Certificate. These include: Winery Analysis Technician, Forensic Science Technician, Chemical Plant Technician, Chemical Instrument Specialist, Environmental Science, and Protection Specialist. With salaries on average of over $23.00 an hour.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

CHEM 400 General Chemistry I

CHEM 300 with a grade of "C" or better completed within one year prior to enrollment in CHEM 400
or placement through the assessment process (ACS California Chemistry Diagnostic Exam) completed within one year prior to enrollment in CHEM 400.

Students having taken CHEM 310, CHEM 305, or another chemistry course must complete the assessment process within one year prior to enrollment in CHEM 400 and MATH 120 or MATH 124 with a grade of "C" or better or placement through the assessment process.

Both prerequisites will be checked at the beginning of the first class meeting.

Preparatory Review

We recommend that you go through the CHEM 400 Preparatory Review prior to enrolling in a CHEM 400 class. This review is the first homework assignment given in CHEM 400. If you are not comfortable with the material or do not feel that you are ready for CHEM 400, contact the instructor of the course.