Chemistry is the study of matter and the chemical reactions between substances. Chemistry is also the study of matter's composition, structure, and properties. Matter is essentially anything in the world that takes up space and has mass.
Career options for students who get a degree in chemistry include: pharmaceutical chemist, toxicologist, chemical engineer, forensic scientist, epidemiologist, and environmental scientist.
Gabrielle graduated from Norco College in 2020 with seven associate degrees in Pre-Engineering, Mathematics, Physics,
Chemistry, Social and Behavioral Studies, Humanities, and Communications. She plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.
“I am thankful to our professors for making sure that we were not uprooted, that we were allowed to grow here at Norco College,” Gabrielle said. “They encouraged us to post tough questions and communicate our feelings. They made us better human beings.”
Academic Programs in Chemistry
The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.
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Suggested Initial Coursework
|Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Math & Science - CSU Pathway
|Chemistry for Transfer (ADT) - Pathways for Transfer to a CSU or UC School||MAP|
|Environmental Science for Transfer (ADT) - Pathways for Transfer to a CSU or UC School||MAP|
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|Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)||INFO|
|California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
|Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system