Chemistry

Chemistry Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

Creativity and science mix to form a perfect career in this solid academic program.

  • Overview

    ChemistryDo you want to research cures for cancer? Find alternative fuel and energy sources? Transform everyday materials into useful, unique products? Careers in chemistry can offer you worlds of discovery every day.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in science in chemistry. In this program, you’ll learn how to identify substances and how to alter their structures through chemical changes.

    Course topics include atomic structure, structure and bonding, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, radioactivity and synthesis.

    With this solid foundation, you can continue studying at a four-year college or university and then pursue opportunities in education, pharmacology, petroleum analysis, research, patent development, substance analysis, geology, medicine, nutrition and more.

    Put all the elements in place for your future today! Complete an online community college admissions application.

  • Overview

    ChemistryDo you want to research cures for cancer? Find alternative fuel and energy sources? Transform everyday materials into useful, unique products? Careers in chemistry can offer you worlds of discovery every day.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in science in chemistry. In this program, you’ll learn how to identify substances and how to alter their structures through chemical changes.

    Course topics include atomic structure, structure and bonding, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, radioactivity and synthesis.

    With this solid foundation, you can continue studying at a four-year college or university and then pursue opportunities in education, pharmacology, petroleum analysis, research, patent development, substance analysis, geology, medicine, nutrition and more.

    Put all the elements in place for your future today! Complete an online community college admissions application.

  • Highlights

    ChemistryAs a student in the OCCC chemistry degree program, you’ll learn to:

    • Apply concepts, principles and techniques of chemistry to solve chemically oriented problems
    • Identify and apply standard chemical laboratory techniques to acquire empirical data that can be used to solve chemical problems
    • Correctly analyze laboratory data
    • Write clear conclusions supported with appropriate data and data analysis
    • Follow written laboratory procedures to safely and correctly complete a laboratory experiment

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Degree Options

    ChemistryChemistry Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    Oklahoma City Community College offers:

    Since an understanding of chemistry is crucial in the health sciences, students interested in pursuing careers in dentistry, medicine or pharmacy should also follow the suggested degree plan for chemistry or one of our chemistry curriculum patterns specifically designed for pre-dentistry, pre-medicine or pre-pharmacy.

  • Courses

    ChemistryChemistry Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    At OCCC, you have the opportunity to explore chemistry in rigorous detail in the following program courses:

    • General Chemistry I and II
    • Organic Chemistry I and II

    Not sure you want to jump into our main chemistry course sequence? If you’re a non-science major looking for a general introduction to chemistry to satisfy a general education requirement for a physical science, you can try our online class: Chemistry Around Us.

    If you are interested in nursing or an allied health field that does not require General Chemistry I but you still need a broad introduction to chemistry, you should consider our introductory chemistry class and the corresponding laboratory class: Survey of General, Organic and Biochemistry and Laboratory for General, Organic and Biochemistry.

    Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details on all the chemistry classes and support science classes available. OCCC offers both daytime and evening chemistry classes.

     

     

  • Faculty
    Kristy Bailey

    Kristy Bailey


    Professor of Chemistry

    B.S. in Chemistry from Cameron University PhD in Organic Chemistry from Oklahoma State University

     
    Bruce Bailey

    Bruce Bailey


    Professor of Chemistry

    BS (Chemistry)Cameron University, Lawton OK PhD (Organic Chemistry)Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

     
    Fabiola Janiak-Spens

    Fabiola Janiak-Spens


    Director of Biotechnology, Professor of Biotechnology and Chemistry

    Fabiola Janiak-Spens has been the director of the biotechnology program at OCCC since 2007 and teaches biotechnology and general chemistry courses. She enjoys teaching laboratory skills and watching her student’s succeed in obtaining employment as laboratory technicians following graduation from OCCC. Over the past five years, she has been awarded three, two-year internship partnership grants from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) for biotechnology internship student stipends. Janiak-Spens also coordinates the K12 biotechnology outreach program, providing laboratory supplies and biotechnology activity support to high school science teachers in Oklahoma. Prior to joining OCCC, she worked for 16 years as a research associate in biochemistry laboratories with mentors at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Both her MS and PhD degrees are in biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Janiak-Spens also holds a Diplom-Chemikerin degree from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Fabiola Janiak-Spens was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, before coming to Oklahoma on a student exchange program.

     
    Kimberly Kyker

    Kimberly Kyker


    Professor of Biology/Chemistry and Academic Coordinator, Clinical Research Program

    Received a Bachelor Degree in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master's Degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Spent 18 years at OUHSC conducting research in the fields of cardiology and cancer research.  Co-founder of Dormatarg, a biotechnology company focusing on treatments for metastatic tumor progression.

     
    Steven Shore

    Steven Shore


    Professor of Chemistry

    Dr. Shore is a third generation Oklahoman. Born in Tulsa, he spent most of his early years on a farm several miles south of Tulsa where he raised pigs and participated in 4-H. There were twenty-eight students in the graduating class of the small town high school he attended. After high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman where he received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in chemistry. Specializing in biochemistry in graduate school, his dissertation research focused on the environment of a growing protein chain using fluorescence spectroscopy. During graduate school, he discovered his love for teaching and decided to pursue teaching as a career. Dr. Shore enjoys spending time with his daughter who currently attends OCCC. He also enjoys hiking in the Wichita Mountains whenever possible. He is a confirmed science geek who likes just about all areas of science and is a huge fan of the British science fiction show "Doctor Who."

     
    Courtney Vahlberg

    Courtney Vahlberg


    Professor of Chemistry

    I have a Ph.D. in chemistry from OSU and spent 24 years as an analytical chemist for the telecommunications industry.  I like watching football (college and pro), the other football, and golf.  I like playing golf and reading and working outside.  And I really like my chemistry classes.

     
    Changjiang Zhu

    Changjiang Zhu


    Professor of Chemistry

    Bachelor, chemistry, Wuhan University, China, 1982Ph. D., chemistry, University of Idaho, 1996

     
  • After OCCC

    ChemistryCareers in Chemistry

    Careers in chemistry offer worlds of discovery every day. Chemists transform everyday materials into the medicines that heal us, the energy that heats our homes and fuels our cars and the fabrics that clothe us.  

    With a foundation in chemistry, students can continue their studies at a four-year college or university and then pursue opportunities in education, pharmacology, petroleum analysis, research, patent development, substance analysis, geology, medicine, nutrition and more.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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