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Why choose chemistry at PPCC?

At Pikes Peak Community College, an affordable degree with designation in chemistry can prepare you for guaranteed transfer to any state school. Take advantage of the small class sizes, modern lab facilities and excellent instructors, and start building your foundational knowledge in chemistry.

What will I study?

In chemistry students will learn how to think not what to think. As a student takes part in the chemistry courses at PPCC, they will be exposed to the facts and philosophy of chemistry and science, which will prepare them to think critically in a scientific way in any situation.

  • Understand the basis of chemistry, which is defined as the study of matter and the changes it undergoes.
  • Learn the composition, structure, and characteristics of matter and the way in which it changes both physically and chemically.
  • Use the laboratory to explore chemistry, which is an experimental science.
  • Perform experiments that lead to a better understanding of the physical world.
  • Learn to observe the world around them from a different perspective, draw conclusions based upon their observations, and keep accurate records of their observations.

In chemistry at PPCC our goal is for the student to completely prepare for transfer to a four-year university or college, by providing them with a solid background in the first two years of chemistry instruction.

Example Classes I Might Take

Introduces single variable calculus and analytic geometry. Includes limits, continuity, derivatives, and applications of derivatives as well as indefinite and definite integrals and some applications.
Focuses on basic chemistry and measurement, matter, chemical formulas, reactions and equations, stoichiometry, and thermochemistry. This courses covers the development of atomic theory culminating in the use of quantum numbers to determine electron configurations of atoms and the relationship of electron configuration to chemical bond theory and molecular orbital theory. The course includes gases, liquids, and solids and problem-solving skills are emphasized through laboratory experiments.
Enables the student to explore the truth about physical reality through reasoning, mathematics, and experimentation. Examines kinematics, force, circular motion, energy, momentum, torque, rotational dynamics, simple harmonic motion, temperature, heat, and thermodynamics. The concepts and theories presented are explored through demonstrations and hands-on experiments. It is a general physics course that is recommended for all of the health sciences and all other interested students. Students entering engineering or one of the advanced sciences should register for PHY 211.
Focuses on compounds associated with the element carbon including structure and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons and selected functional group families. This course covers nomenclature of organic compounds, stereochemistry, and reaction mechanisms such as SN1, SN2, E1 and E2. Laboratory experiments demonstrate the above concepts plus the laboratory techniques associated with organic chemistry. UCCS transfer equivalent CHEM 3101/3102

Career Options

A Chemistry degree will prepare you for almost any science career. Careers for Chemists include:

  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Lab Analyst
  • Chemical Engineer

Careers in Chemistry

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