It is possible to take general and organic chemistry courses at community colleges. Students should ensure that the course is comparable to the UA version and will be accepted as transfer credit.
While it is possible to take introductory chemistry courses away from UA, the department faculty strongly encourage chemistry majors to complete all chemistry courses at UA if possible. Experience has shown that in many cases students who complete their freshmen chemistry courses at community colleges and then begin taking organic chemistry at UA struggle. By taking all chemistry courses at UA, you ensure that you have the comprehensive background necessary to give you the best chance of succeeding in upper level courses. We would also encourage students to take math and physics courses at UA, but that is probably less important than taking your chemistry at UA.