Solid Preparation & Constant Innovation in North’s Chemistry Department
At North, chemistry can fulfill multiple purposes. You can major in chemistry and get excellent preparation for transfer to a 4-year school, get a foundation understanding for use in other science disciplines (biology, medicine, environmental science), take chemistry as a prerequisite for professional training (nursing or engineering), or simply become more science literate while satisfying general education requirements.
North offers courses in introductory, general and organic chemistry.
You stay with the same instructor for the year-long organic chemistry sequence, building an intimate learning community. The lecture series covers the fundamentals of organic chemistry, including nomenclature, structure of compounds, stereochemistry, functional groups, synthesis, spectroscopy and biomolecules. In the organic chem labs, you learn how to purify organic molecules and to carry out the synthesis of various organic molecules.
Both the lecture series and labs are prerequisites for medical, dental and pharmacy schools.
The chemistry department constantly provides innovative learning opportunities for students, including interdisciplinary courses, online classes like the pre-nursing course with evening labs, hybrids and creative scheduling experiments — providing not just the 50-minute lecture style but also intensive class blocks with more time for group work, guaranteeing student engagement and participation in class.
Great lab facilities provide top-notch instrumentation and more lab access than many bachelor candidates get in their first 2 years. Knowledgeable and supportive chemistry faculty know how to connect with students and are dedicated to helping you accomplish your goals.
There are also innovative integrated studies classes like “Atoms to Ecosystems” – the only year-long integrated studies program for science majors, allowing students to complete both their chemistry and biology series in an integrated, hands-on, research-based learning community. “Atoms to Ecosystems” students distinguished themselves nationally in 2007, as the first community college students selected by the prestigious Council for Undergraduate Research in Washington, DC, to present their undergraduate research project to Congress as part of “Posters on the Hill.”