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.
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 Career Options
Need help planning for your major?
Our counselors are here to help you plan your academic classes, goals, and needs.
See an Academic Counselor
Clubs, Boot Camp & Research and Internship Opportunities
- Clubs and Activities
- Chemistry Boot Camp
- Research and Internship Opportunities
Resources for Chemistry Students