Welcome to the Chemistry Department

We offer a full spectrum of lower division undergraduate chemistry courses at our two-year college.  Currently, there are four dedicated chemistry laboratory facilities focused on inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry. The instructional program is supported by two full-time laboratory technicians and several student lab assistants.  The average chemistry class size consists of 25 students.  Each course has combined lecture and laboratory components.

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Degree Options in Chemistry

A wide range of opportunities awaits the chemist in medicine, business, industry, government, and education.  To earn an AA degree in Chemistry, a major requires 33 specified units plus General Education Degree Requirements.  To obtain an AS degree in Chemistry, a major requires 42 specified units plus General Education Degree Requirements.  Both major requirements optimize preparation for advanced degrees in Chemistry at four-year institutions.  Earning a degree suggests an achievement of technical skills that may be helpful in seeking immediate employment

Department Administration and Staff

Office:  Administration Bldg. 136 (A 136)

Telephone: (805) 378-1572


  • David Gatewood, PhD, MBA, Interim Dean of Student Learning
  • Mary Anne Beck, Administrative Assistant

Department Chair


Chuck Brinkman, Danita Redd, Samantha Zaldivar


Chemistry is located in the Physical Science building on the east side of campus.  We have four teaching laboratories, several lecture classrooms, and up-to-date laboratory equipment to provide you with required contemporary tools and techniques.  Specialized instrumentation for chemical analyses include two gas chromatographs (GC) and Infrared (FTIR) and UV-VIS spectrophotometers in addition to the necessary equipment to conduct all General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry laboratories offered.