Your Curriculum

Chemistry / Biochemistry

Catalog 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Dr. Elizabeth Cohen
: 503-491-6012 - Room AC 2566

Dr. Michael Russell: 503-491-7348 - Room AC 2568

Dr. Joyce Sherpa: 503-491-7443 - Room AC 2565

Bernadette Harnish: 503-491-7293 - Room AC 2596

The science of chemistry deals with the composition, analysis, structure and properties of matter and the various transformations matter may undergo. Chemical processes are the foundation of many diverse systems that are of great interest to mankind, including biological functions, the natural and polluted environment, industrial processes, food and agriculture, etc.

Curricular Outcomes
At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Retain and apply critical chemistry concepts while enrolled in the curriculum
  • Use chemistry principles and logical reasoning skills to solve problems
  • Demonstrate proper laboratory techniques with attention to detail, including the use of associated equipment and instrumentation
  • Communicate scientific topics effectively
  • Recognize connections between chemistry and other disciplines.

The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in chemistry at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-15 of the printed catalog.

Students receiving financial aid must be certificate or degree seeking and must follow official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

First Quarter Credits
CH221 General Chemistry I 5
MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus 4
WR121 English Composition
  Humanities Requirement 1 3-4
Second Quarter
CH222 General Chemistry II 5
MTH252 Calculus II: Integral Calculus 4
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
  Humanities Requirement 1 3-4
Third Quarter
CH223 General Chemistry III 5
MTH253 Calculus III 4
  Social Sciences Requirement 1 3-4
Fourth Quarter
CH241 Organic Chemistry I 2 5
MTH254 Calculus IV : Vector Calculus 5
PH211 General Physics with Calculus I 5
Fifth Quarter
CH242 Organic Chemistry II 2
PH212 General Physics with Calculus II
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  Social Science Requirements 1
Sixth Quarter
CH243 Organic Chemistry III2 5
CIS120 Computer Concepts I 3
CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I 1
PH213 General Physics with Calculus III 5
  Health & Physical Education Requirement 1 3

1 This plan aligns with Associate of Science degree requirements, page 14 of the printed catalog.
2 This sequence replaces the 300-level Organic Chemistry requirement at colleges and universities. With an acceptable score on the ACS National Exam and a minimum of a C or better in each course, this sequence transfers as 11-15 credits of 300-level coursework to all OUS schools. Check with your transfer institution to determine any additional Organic Chemistry requirements.

Transfer Schools' Web Links
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