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Chemistry is the branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed; the investigation of their properties and the ways in which they interact, combine, and change; and, the use of these processes to form new substances.

Should a student take Chemistry? The short answer is most likely ‘yes’. High School students aiming to enroll at a 4-year University can satisfy the physical science requirement for college admissions with the successful completion of a chemistry class. The same goes for a community college student planning to transfer after receiving an associates degree.

Typically, the perquisites for chemistry include biology and algebra, since chemistry is a topic that requires the ability to complete some complex equations. Chemistry classes will also include a lab portion of learning to illustrate some of the interesting and exciting ways in which different properties interact.

California high schools have adopted the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). High school chemistry introduces students to more complicated topics such as stoichiometry, thermodynamics, laboratory experiments, and more. This strong base of knowledge will prepare them for subjects such as physics and advanced biology in the near future.

AP Chemistry students will learn about the fundamental concepts of chemistry including structure and states of matter, intermolecular forces, and reactions. Topics covered in AP Chemistry include: Atomic Structure and Properties, Molecular and Ionic compound structures and properties, Intermolecular forces and properties, chemical reactions, Kinetics, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Acids and bases, Applications of Thermodynamics. Prerequisites for an AP Chemistry class are high school Chemistry and Algebra 2. AP Chemistry is equivalent to a college level Chemistry course.

Intro to Chemistry and Chemistry classes can also be completed in a Community College setting like College of the Canyons. As with high school and AP chemistry classes, successful completion of both lecture and lab portions will fulfill requirements for transfer and/or associates degrees in various fields.