May 29, 2023  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Chemistry: AS

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Associate of Science | 66 credits minimum

Natural Sciences and Engineering Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 341
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-4944
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Professor - Neil Bastian
Assistant Professors - Luther Giddings, Ron Valcarce

Program Description
The Chemistry Department offers a program leading to an Associate of Science degree. Required courses and laboratory instruction in this program provides the student the first two years of chemistry and related courses required for admission to baccalaureate major programs. Program also provides a solid foundation in chemistry necessary for admission to professional programs and for employment in chemistry-related areas.

Chemistry is also a discipline essential to training for many pre-professional fields as well as health sciences. All classes are transferable to other schools in the state system of higher education and most other universities and colleges.

Chemistry classes are offered at four levels:

  1. General one-semester survey class; fulfills General Education requirements for non-technical students;
  2. A two-semester health science series of inorganic, organic and biochemistry;
  3. A two-semester series of pre-engineering/pre-professional general inorganic chemistry;
  4. A two-semester series of organic chemistry.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Substantive Knowledge
2 - Communicate Effectively
3 - Develop Quantitative Literacy
4 - Think Critically
5 - Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally

Demonstrate knowledge of basic chemical concepts such as IUPAC nomenclature of small inorganic compounds, balancing chemical equations, stoichiometry, states of matter and changes of state, gas chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibrium, kinetics, and electrochemistry.
Demonstrate recall and understanding of fundamental concepts, exhibit quantitative problem solving skills, correctly interpret provided data, and apply mathematical skills.


Demonstrate knowledge of families of organic compounds including saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, aromatic compounds, alcohols, ethers, carbonyl compounds, and amines.
Demonstrate an understanding of stereochemistry.
Evaluate and interpret spectroscopic data as it pertains to the study of organic compounds.
Demonstrate the ability to correctly apply the rules of IUPAC nomenclature, correlate relationships between the physical properties and chemical reactivities of organic compounds with molecular structure and intermolecular forces, and predict the outcomes of organic reactions.


Demonstrate competence in basic laboratory skills including laboratory safety and hazardous waste disposal, safe handling and manipulation of chemicals, keeping a laboratory notebook, observation of physical and chemical properties, data analysis, and basic report writing.
Demonstrate the ability to make chemical measurements using electronic balances and volumetric glassware and fundamental chemical instrumentation such as pH meters and UV/vis spectrophotometers, and to correctly record and interpret the data.
Demonstrate the ability to make chemical measurements using advanced chemical instrumentation such as FTIR and GC/MS, and to correctly record and interpret the data.
Learn to collaborate with others in the design of chemical experiments, data collection and analysis, and report writing.


Participate in the design and implementation of advanced chemical research.
Demonstrate a familiarity with chemical literature.
Work collaboratively in data collection, analysis, and report writing.
Present the results of their research at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society and/or publish their results in a recognized peer-reviewed journal.


General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) 1 course

Institutional Requirements

Communication (CM) 1 course

International & Global (IG) 1 course

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Select 1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 5 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as a Diversity (DV)

NOTE: Physical Science (PS)  general education component is satisfied through pre-major coursework.

Graduation Map

Advising Notes

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first-semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. For students majoring in chemistry, Calculus I is considered the entry-level math class. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.

Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment.

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