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The Chemistry Department offers a series of chemistry courses designed to meet transfer requirements for students majoring in any scientific field including Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, and all Health Sciences.

Most science students will take the courses Chemistry 1A, Chemistry 1B, Chemistry 12A, and Chemistry 12B in this order, as far as their major requires. Additionally, we offer a course, Chemistry 2 (equivalent to a year of high school chemistry), designed specifically for students who require preparation or review of the more basic chemical concepts to ensure success in future chemistry courses (meaning this class could be taken before Chemistry 1A).

Most non-science students will take Chemistry 30A and Chemistry 30B in this order as far as their major requires. All chemistry courses at West Valley College (except CHEM 50) include a hands-on practical component where students conduct chemical experiments in a modern, well-equipped laboratory.

Our student-focused faculty understand that chemistry is a challenging field of study and pride ourselves on making chemistry accessible to all students and being readily available to students both inside the classrooms and laboratories, as well as during office hours.


Degree or Certificate ProgramAward TypeRequirements
Chemistry Associate in Science for UC Transfer 70 - 74 units

CHEMISTRY: For transfer information see and/or consult with a counselor.

The Faculty

Glenn Eldridge
Elizabeth Flynn
Blaine Harrison
Terry Ng

Career Options

  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Biology/Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Geochemistry/Geology
  • Oceanography
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics
  • Veterinary Medicine
Career options may require more than two years of college study.
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Last Updated 7/19/23