This is a full-year college preparatory course of study leading to a Regents exam. Students should have had or be currently registered in Geometry or Geometry survey. Topics include atomic structure, bonding properties of the elements, states of matter, energy in chemical reactions, nuclear science, solutions, acid-base theory, electro-chemistry, and organic compounds. Emphasis is placed on developing precise laboratory techniques.
Prerequisite: Passed both Earth Science and Biology Regents Exams, currently registered in Geometry or higher math course.
Advanced Placement Chemistry
Course content is designed for science/engineering majors who wish to transfer to a 4-year institution. This course is the equivalent of first year college chemistry, with lab work taught on site. Students will investigate concepts surrounding atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, nuclear and organic chemistry. Students will take the Advanced Placement exam in May, and their score will determine how many college credits they are granted. Usually one year (3 to 4 credits) of college credit is awarded for scores of 4 or 5 (out of 5), but this can vary from college to college.
Prerequisite: Pass Regents Exam in Chemistry, teacher recommendation, completed or currently enrolled in Trigonometry for math.
JCC Chemistry 1550/1560
Course content is designed for science/engineering majors who wish to transfer to a 4-year institution. In CHEM 1550, students will investigate the concepts surrounding atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, chemical reactions and phases of matter. In CHEM 1560, students will investigate the concepts surrounding kinetics, equilibrium, acids/bases, electrochemistry, nuclear and organic chemistry. This is the exact same course taught on the JCC Campus. Students must enroll in an evening lab section taught either on Wednesday or Thursday evening at JCC. The fall lab will begin the last week in August, before high school starts. Successful completion of the lecture and lab will receive 4 college credits for CHEM 1550 and 4 additional credits for CHEM 1560.
Special Note: Students enrolled in JCC Chemistry 1550/1560 will also take the AP Exam in May. This is to maximize the possibility of being awarded college credit for the class. JCC generally bears more credits when transferred to a college, but can be harder to transfer. AP credit tends to be more easily accepted, but bears less credit.
Students cannot receive college credit for both AP and JCC Chemistry. We have found that JCC credit is fully transferrable to all SUNY schools, and most other colleges in New York State. Some colleges outside of New York State, though, become resistant to allowing the transfer of community college credit. Even more so when they find that the class was taught in a high school. Rest assured that this class is exactly the same in difficulty as students would receive on the JCC campus, as well as almost any other CHEM 1 and CHEM 2 courses at any other university. At Jamestown, we have arranged our transcripts to show Advanced Placement Chemistry, even if the student is enrolled in JCC Chemistry. Students will then have a separate JCC transcript reflecting their JCC credits. This is to show that the students took AP Chemistry in high school and have an AP score, but took JCC Chemistry either at night or over the summer and have JCC credits. Since JCC bears more credit, this should be the first place to argue transferring credit to your specific college’s admissions office. In those instances where colleges are resistant to community college credit, there is still an AP score to fall back on.