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Chemistry

Degree Type: Associate of Science Degree, AS

Pathway: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Hyflex, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial, Rampart Range

Transferability: Transferable, Guaranteed Transfer (GT)

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A degree with designation in Chemistry from PPSC can prepare you for guaranteed transfer to any state school. Small class sizes, modern lab facilities and excellent instructors can get you on the path to a rewarding career. With an associate degree, you could start as a medical lab technician, chemistry research associate, or a laboratory assistant. If you pursue more advanced degrees, you could be a chemist, chemical engineer, food and drug inspector, and crime lab analyst, among other in-demand careers.

What do PPSC Chemistry students study?

Chemistry is referred to as “the central science” because of its connection to all other scientific disciplines, from computer science to the life sciences. In chemistry you will learn how to think, not what to think.  You will learn to observe closely, ask questions about your observations, and develop experiments to answer those questions. A degree in chemistry will expose you to the facts and philosophy of chemistry and chemical science and prepare you to apply fundamental analytic and problem-solving skills across a wide range of situations.
In chemistry at PPSC our goal is for the student to be completely prepared for transfer to a four-year university or college by providing them with a solid background in the first two years of chemistry instruction.
Here are some classes you could take here at PPSC
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Focuses on basic chemistry and measurement, matter, chemical formulas, reactions and equations, stoichiometry. This course covers the development of atomic theory culminating in the use of quantum numbers to determine electron configurations of atoms and the relationship of electron configuration to chemical bond theory. The course includes gases, liquids, and solids and problem-solving skills are emphasized through laboratory experiments.

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Focuses on compounds associated with the element carbon including structure and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons and selected functional group families. The course covers nomenclature of organic compounds, stereochemistry, and reaction mechanisms such as SN1, SN2, E1 and E2. Laboratory experiments demonstrate the above concepts plus the laboratory techniques associated with organic chemistry. UCCS transfer equivalent CHEM 3101/3102.

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Introduces single variable calculus and analytic geometry. It includes limits, continuity, derivatives, and applications of derivatives as well as indefinite and definite integrals and some applications.

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Covers the physics of kinematics, dynamics, and conservation laws and requires application of classical physics to both mathematical and conceptual problems. Specific concepts covered include 1D and 2D kinematics, Newton’s Laws, rotational motion, energy and work, momentum and impulse, and simple harmonic motion. This course may also cover thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

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Have firm foundations on the fundamentals of chemical procedures and principles

Be able to design, carry out, record and analyze the results of chemical experiments

Work effectively in diverse teams in both classroom and laboratory settings

 Effectively communicate (in both written and oral form) complex scientific ideas in a clear and concise manner

Apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the four basic areas of chemistry

Understand and follow proper procedures for safe handling and use of chemicals

Be familiar with the composition, structure and characteristics of matter and the changes it undergoes.

Ability to gain entry into professional schools, 4-year institutions, graduate schools or job market.

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Introduces single variable calculus and analytic geometry. It includes limits, continuity, derivatives, and applications of derivatives as well as indefinite and definite integrals and some applications.

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing.

Introduces significant theoretical and practical questions and emphasizes understanding the meaning and methods of philosophy. Includes: the human condition, logic, reality, knowledge, freedom, history, ethics, and religion.

Focuses on basic chemistry and measurement, matter, chemical formulas, reactions and equations, stoichiometry. This course covers the development of atomic theory culminating in the use of quantum numbers to determine electron configurations of atoms and the relationship of electron configuration to chemical bond theory. The course includes gases, liquids, and solids and problem-solving skills are emphasized through laboratory experiments.

Student should place into or above MAT 2410 or have successfully passed MAT 1340 with a C or better

Student should place into or above ENG 1021

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Every year the PPSC Foundation offers hundreds of thousands of dollar's worth of scholarship money for eligible and in need students. To learn more about scholarship availability, please visit: pikespeak.edu/scholarships
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