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2018-2019 Catalog

Pre-Chemistry, A.S. (General Transfer)


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Academic Program Code: 701

This academic program lays the foundation to transfer to colleges and universities to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry. This is accomplished by taking the first two years of the program at GRCC and transferring seamlessly to complete the final two years of a Bachelor’s degree program.

General Education Courses


Select a minimum of 38 credits of course work from the General Education list.  Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Humanities


Select two (2) Humanities General Electives from two (2) different subject areas.  Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences


Select two (2) Social Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.

General Education Total Credit Hours


38 (minimum)

Total Credit Hours


60

Transfer Notes


Be aware that many 4-year institutions limit the number of credits that you can transfer from GRCC. Contact the university/college you intend to transfer to for assistance with course selections and verification of the transferability of course/credits.

In What Order Should I Take Classes?


Please select courses from the Priority I list.  Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed.  If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.

Priority I Priority II  

CHM 130 - General Chemistry I  

CHM 131 - General Chemistry I Laboratory  

EN 101 - English Composition I  

COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking  

OR

COM 135 - Interpersonal Communication  

Humanities General Education - Elective  

Social Sciences General Education - Elective   

CHM 140 - General Chemistry II  

CHM 141 - General Chemistry II Laboratory  

MA 133 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I  

EN 102 - English Composition II  

Social Sciences General Education - Elective  

Priority III Priority IV  

PH 245 - Calculus Physics I  

CHM 260 - Organic Chemistry I  

CHM 261 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I  

MA 134 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry II  

 

PH 246 - Calculus Physics II  

CHM 270 - Organic Chemistry II  

CHM 271 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II  

CHM 280 - Quantitative Chemical Analysis  

Humanities General Education - Elective  

 

 

 

NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult My Degree Path for specific degree requirements.

Essential Abilities/Technical Standards


1.   Essential judgment skills include the ability to identify, assess, and comprehend situations for the purpose of problem solving and coming to appropriate conclusions and/or course of actions.  Specifically, students must be able to:

  • Apply mathematical concepts to solve problems
  • Discern relevant and irrelevant information when solving problems
  • Express knowledge of the appropriate level of chemistry in written and/or verbal formats
  • Draw conclusions based on knowledge and experimental results
  • Recognize unsafe situationsin a laboratory environment

2.    Essential physical/neurological functions include the ability to use the senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell. Students must meet  expectations necessary to safely perform tasks required to study chemistry, which include the need for manual dexterity and the ability to use sight and hearing. Specifically, students must be able to:

  • Manipulate equipment and glassware to prepare for and conduct laboratory procedures
  • Write in a laboratory notebook during the course of a laboratory experiment
  • Observe and note changes (in color, sound, etc.) as experimental conditions progress or change
  • Operate a computer for the purposes of inputting or graphing data and writing laboratory reports
  • Operate analytical instrumentation for the purpose of collecting and analyzing data in the course of scientific study and experimentation
  • Read and /or hear laboratory directions that involve either experimental procedures or safety concerns
  • Inform the course instructor of any allergies (chemical, latex etc.) that may lead to an allergic reaction

3.  Essential communication skills include the ability to communicate effectively with fellow students, faculty, and all members of the Physical Sciences department. Specifically, students must be able to:

  • Understand written and verbal direction when completing tasks and assignments associated with the lecture portion of science courses
  • Understand written and verbal directions when completing laboratory tasks and assignments
  • Understand written and verbal directions when following all Departmental safety rules and procedures
  • Communicate any issues that involve health or safety in a laboratory environment
  • Use information technology skills consistent with effective communication.

4.  Essential emotional coping skills include the ability to demonstrate the mental health necessary to safely engage in the practice of scientific discovery.  Specifically, students must be able to:

  • Engage in multitasking without becoming overly stressed
  • Practice safe laboratory procedures and be mindful of the safety of others
  • Realize that exposure to chemicals can have consequences if the correct safety procedures are not followed
  • Collaborate with lab partners to complete a task in the classroom or laboratory
  • Cooperate with others and work in groups or alone as indicated by a particular course

5.  Essential intellectual/conceptual skills include the ability to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to engage competently in the safe practice of Chemistry. Specifically, students must be able to:

  • Select appropriate methods to solve mathematical problems
  • Use a calculator to complete calculations
  • Use a computer to generate graphs and reports
  • Use equipment and instrumentation to make measurements
  • Analyze complex graphical data and/ or concepts
  • Express an understanding of the concepts learned in chemistry in written form or verbally

6.  Other essential behavioral attributes include the ability to engage in activities consistent with safe practice without demonstrated behaviors of addiction to, abuse of, or dependence on alcohol or other drugs that may impair behavior or judgment. The student must demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions as a student in the Physical Sciences Department and as a developing professional in the field of chemistry consistent with accepted standards of practice.

Grand Rapids Community College strives to be more than ADA compliant. We strive to be accessible and welcoming to all students of all abilities. After reviewing the Essential Abilities/Technical Standards for this program; your responsibilities as a student entail determining if you can complete all associated coursework either:

  • With Accommodation. I am otherwise qualified to meet the same academic standards as any other student entering the program. However, based on a medically documented condition or diagnosis, I would qualify for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). I will meet with Disability Support Services on campus to arrange those accommodations in an interactive process with the department of Physical Sciences.
  • Without Accommodation. I am able to complete the program without need for reasonable accommodation or modification. In the event my medical documentation reveals otherwise or a condition manifests that would necessitate an accommodation; it is my responsibility to inform a responsible authority figure within the department of (field of study) and work with Disability Support Services to see if a reasonable accommodation or modification can be made.

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