One of three colleges within the San Diego Community College District, San Diego Miramar College offers associate degrees, certificates of completion, and the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Founded in 1969, and located in Mira Mesa, the college services 15,000 students annually with 72 associate degrees and 94 career technical education certificates. The College was recently voted a San Diego Favorite College in the San Diego Union Tribune’s 2017 Reader’s Poll. Miramar College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). A recent Community College Week study found that Miramar College is the nation’s 17th fastest growing community college with at least 10,000 students.
The Department of Chemistry at Miramar College traces its roots back as a discipline in the Department of Natural Sciences when its first chemistry professor was hired in 1989. From that humble beginning, the chemistry discipline grew to 7 contract faculty, 4 instructional laboratory technicians, and more than 20 adjunct instructors, resulting in the establishment of a full Department of Chemistry in 2017. Facilities include 3 teaching labs in the S5 building (opened in 2004) and 2 teaching labs in the S6 building (opened in 2015). Both buildings have modern teaching labs, plenty of preparatory space, and are well equipped with modern instrumentation that includes a Thermo Scientific iCAP 7000 Series ICP spectrometer, a Thermo Scientific UltiMate 3000 UHPLC, a Thermo Scientific ISQ QD Single Quadrupole GC-MS, and an Anasazi Instruments Eft-90 NMR spectrometer. The department offers an AS in Chemistry Studies degree and a variety of classes in chemistry for science and non-science majors and currently serves approximately 1000 students per semester.