Chemistry has been called “the central science," and at least one course in chemistry is often required for a wide variety of majors and careers. The Chemistry department at Centralia College is dedicated to providing appropriate courses for students going into allied health fields as well as those students transferring to four-year institutions as science majors.

chemistry studentFor science majors, we offer both freshman and sophomore level chemistry courses, so that upon transfer, students will be well prepared for upper division coursework.

Students will find our chemistry courses to be challenging, but also engaging, interesting, and fun. Labs are closely tied to the material being taught in lecture, so students can actually explore chemical phenomena and reactions in the lab setting.


Chemistry Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Science
Emphasis: Chemistry

Fall Quarter

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
  • CHEM& 161 General Chemistry w/Lab I - 6 credits
  • Humanities OR Social Science Distribution - 5 credits 

Winter Quarter

  • CHEM& 162 General Chemistry w/Lab II - 6 credits
  • MATH& 151 Calculus I - 5 credits
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit

Spring Quarter

  • CHEM& 163 General Chemistry w/Lab III - 6 credits
  • MATH& 152 Calculus II - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Social Science Distribution - 1 credit

Fall Quarter

  • CHEM& 261 Organic Chemistry w/Lab I - 6 credits
  • PHYS& 221 Engineering Physics I - 5 credits
  • MATH 118  Linear Algebra - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • CHEM& 262 Organic Chemistry w/Lab II - 6 credits
  • MATH& 162 Calculus III - 5 credits
  • PHYS& 222 Engineering Physics II - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit

Spring Quarter

  • CHEM& 263 Organic Chemistry w/Lab III - 6 credits
  • MATH 212 Differential Equations - 5 credits
  • PHYS& 223 Engineering Physics III - 5 credits


Chemistry Courses

Survey of chemistry with applications in everyday life: atoms, bonds, reactions, and calculations. Prerequisite: one year high school algebra or MATH 098.
Study of major organic functional groups and their properties and major biochemical compounds including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and major cellular energy pathways. Targeted for allied health programs. Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 with a 2.0 or instructor permission.

This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in quantitative problem solving, critical thinking, and the mathematics and study skills that are required to be successful in CHEM& 161. Corequisite: CHEM& 161.

First of a three-quarter sequence for science and engineering majors. Includes matter, measurements, equations, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, gasses, thermochemistry, quantum theory, and electronic structure. Problem solving and critical thinking are stressed. Includes lab. Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 (minimum 2.0) and MATH 099 or equivalent, or instructor permission. 
Second of a three-quarter sequence. Includes periodic trends, chemical bonding and structure, valence bond/molecular orbital theory, intermolecular forces, liquids and solids, solutions, and kinetics. Lab emphasizes data analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: CHEM& 161 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission. 
Third of a three-quarter sequence. Includes equilibrium, acids and base and solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and an introduction to organic and nuclear chemistry. May include polymers, transition metal, and/or coordination chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM& 162 with a 2.0 or better or instructor permission. 
General physical and chemical properties of simple aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM& 161, 162, 163 or instructor permission. 
Complex organic reactions: alkenes; alkynes; aromatics, aldehydes, ketones. Spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM& 261 or equivalent. 
Complex organic reactions: acids, amines; carbanions, heterocycles; polyfunctional compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM& 262 or equivalent. 
Design a research project, set up experiments, collect data in the lab or in the field, and/or analyze data. Each credit hour requires 33 hours of activity per quarter. Prerequisite: instructor permission.