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chemistry Overview

Our Chemistry program offers a transformative educational experience that not only fosters a deep understanding of the molecular world but also opens doors to boundless academic opportunities. With all chemistry courses fully transferable to universities in the UC and CSU systems, as well as most private universities and degree programs nationwide, SJCC paves the way for students to embark on their journeys of academic excellence.

Chemistry Resources

In addition to our state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities, the Chemistry Department has a wide range of teaching tools at its disposal. Certain courses use Chime computer software to help with the visualization of 3D  molecules. Recently, we acquired an analytical  FT-IR Spectrometer, Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, GOWMAC Gas Chromatograph, High-PerformanceChromatograph, NMR Spectrometer, Refractometer, Digital Polarimeter, Modern Rotoevaporators, Chemistry Computational Software and more! 

Peer-Led Learning

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) is a small-group collaborative approach to learning, studying, and orally communicating chemistry, biology, math, and physics. Click on the first link to find out our current semester schedule of PLTL workshops. Students who become peer leaders earn a modest stipend and are offered opportunities to participate in local and national conferences, internships, and more.

Chemistry CHALLENGE Exam*

The Chemistry Challenge Exam is held four times a semester.  This exam is only for students who are challenging the prerequisite of Chemistry 015 to enter Chemistry 001A.  Students are required to obtain a Prerequisite Challenge Form initiated by an academic counselor before making an appointment for the exam. 

You may contact the counseling department at (408) 288-3750 to schedule a counseling appointment or to find out about counseling drop-in dates/times. 

After a student obtains a signed pre-requisite challenge form, they must contact the Math & Science Division Office at (408) 288-3716 or visit S101 (in the Science Complex) to reserve a seat for the exam.

The Chemistry Department is actively working to develop a system to conduct the Prerequisite Challenge Exam during the campus closure period.  We appreciate your patience.

For questions, please Department Contact.

*We reserve the right to change the exam dates and times without notice.

Department Contacts

For more information contact Mathematics & Science Division

  • Dean of Math & Science
  • Dr. Misty Stroud
  • (408) 288-3716
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Faculty & Staff

All of the full-time chemistry faculty members hold Ph.D.s from highly respected universities. We pride ourselves in teaching excellence and have nearly a century of combined teaching experience.

Our faculty encompass a diverse range of expertise in chemistry, from analytical, to inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.