Physical Sciences



Welcome to SMC's Chemistry Program

The Chemistry Program at SMC provides instruction in these three areas; General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.

  • General Chemistry introduces principles of chemical structure and reactivity that are the foundation for all other fields of chemistry.
  • Organic Chemistry is the study of substances that contain molecules with a carbon backbone. These are vitally important molecules, as they comprise all living things.
  • Biochemistry applies the concepts of organic chemistry to molecules and reactions that occur within living organisms. It represents the intersection of the fields of chemistry and biology.

Chemistry is often called the central science because it relates to so many other fields of study. Those who learn chemistry gain a far better understanding of the natural world around us. This knowledge is valuable for all people, and also provides a necessary basis for understanding medicine, pharmacy, engineering, forensics, environmental sciences, geology, and other related fields.

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.

Degrees and Certificates

Currently, there are no degrees or certificates offered in this discipline at Santa Monica College. Most students should plan to transfer to a four-year institution to continue their education toward a degree in this discipline. Transferring students who wish to qualify for an Associate degree before leaving Santa Monica College should discuss their plans with a Counselor before selecting classes.

Potential Chemistry Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education
Natural Sciences Managers Bachelor Degree
Clinical Research Coordinators Bachelor Degree
Chemical Engineers Bachelor Degree
Biochemical Engineers Bachelor Degree
Food Scientists and Technologists Bachelor Degree
Soil and Plant Scientists Doctoral Degree or More
Biochemist and Biophysicists Doctoral Degree or More
Chemists Bachelor Degree
Materials Scientists Doctoral Degree or More
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health Bachelor Degree
Chemical Technicians Associates Degree
Geological Sample Test Technicians Bachelor Degree
Forensic Science Technicians Bachelor Degree
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Doctoral Degree or More
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special Career/Technical Education Bachelor Degree
Museum Technicians and Conservators Master's or Professional Degree

Clubs, Boot Camp & Research and Internship Opportunities

  • Clubs and Activities
  • Chemistry Boot Camp
  • Research and Internship Opportunities

Resources for Chemistry Students