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Chemical and Biological Sciences Department

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus


As a department, we are here to help you navigate all of the exciting topics and advances in chemistry and  biology. We offer a diverse array of courses, including majors and non-majors courses ranging from Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Genetics, to Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, and Environmental Biology. Most courses are complemented by laboratory sections to allow you the time for hands-on experience with the organisms or concepts studied in lecture.

Throughout all of our courses, instructors emphasize the use of critical thinking and application of knowledge to assist you in your future academic and life goals. Our courses are transferable to many four-year institutions as general education or major classes, and professional degree programs such as nursing, pharmacy, and radiology.

Online Learning
Study in the comfort of your home by enrolling in Montgomery College's distance learning courses. The department offers many courses via distance learning: BIOL 212 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIOL 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II, BI206 - Human Reproduction, and BI213 Nutrition, BIOL 130 - Environmental Biology.


Chemistry Remote Placement Guidance 

Chemistry placement testing is currently suspended. See Chemistry Remote Placement for guidance. 

Fall 2020 Special Course Offerings

Designed for students needing additional academic support, CHEM031 (2 cr) Exploration is a support course taken concurrently with CHEM131 (4 credits).  Save time and tuition by taking CHEM031+CHEM131 in a single semester instead of taking CHEM099 Introductory Chemistry (3 cr). Email Chemistry Department for more information.

Sections offered for Fall 2020 (Choose one section and then select all 4 CRNs in that section to register)

Section A (Rockville)

Section A (Rockville)
Course CRN Day & Time  
CHEM131 22980 MWF 11:00 – 11:50am Lecture
CHEM131D 22981 M       12:00 – 12:50pm Discussion
CHEM131L  22982 T         11:00 – 1:40pm Lab
CHEM031 24325 WF     12:00 – 12:50pm Exploration

Section B (Rockville)

Section B (Rockville)
Course CRN Day & Time  
CHEM131 22980 MWF  9:00 – 9:50am Lecture
CHEM131D 21443 M       10:00 – 10:50am Discussion
CHEM131L  22444 R         9:00 – 11:40am Lab
CHEM031 24326 WF     10:00 – 10:50am Exploration

Section C (Takoma Park)

Section C (Takoma Park)
Course CRN Day & Time  
CHEM131 20943 MW   9:00 – 10:15am Lecture
CHEM131D 20946 F        9:00 – 9:50am Discussion
CHEM131L  20949 F        10:00am – 12:30pm Lab
CHEM031 24245 MW   10:30 – 11:20am Exploration

“Ancient Carbon in Modern Times: Exploring the Link between Chemistry and Climate Change.”

This section fulfills all requirements for CHEM 131 while investigating the connection between chemistry and global climate change. For more information, email Dr. Craig Benson.

CHEM 131
Course CRN Day & Time  
CHEM131 21464 MW  12:00 – 1:15pm Lecture
CHEM131D 21465 M      1:25 – 2:15pm Discussion
CHEM131L  21466 W      2:00 – 4:40pm Lab

“Chemistry can be Rocket Science!”

This section fulfills all requirements for CHEM131 while exploring the connection between chemistry and space flight.  For more information, please e-mail Dr. Virginia Miller

CHEM 131
Course CRN Day & Time  
CHEM131 21476 TR     9:00 – 10:15am Lecture
CHEM131D 21477 TR     10:25 – 10:50am Discussion
CHEM131L  21478 T        1:00 – 3:40pm Lab


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Scholarships and Transferring

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)new window is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions.

Earning a degree at MC is the first step on your way to earning a bachelor's degree. A bachelor’s degree is often necessary for competitive jobs and for graduate school. Earning your associate's degree and transferring provides you with a strong educational foundation and saves you money. Learn more about transferring.

Now interested biology students can complete a four-year degree in Biological Sciences while staying in Montgomery County. This new initiative is ideal for students interested in all types of pre-professional biology related programs such as pre-medicine and pre-dentistry. Learn more about this and other transfer opportunitiesnew window.


Noncredit Courses and Training

Find out about WDCE's noncredit Life Sciences and Life Science Leadership Programs. MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.