Dec 05, 2021  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, A.S.

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Because chemistry deals with the composition of substances and their interactions to produce new substances, students in a wide variety of majors benefit from a knowledge of its fundamentals.

Students who have had no high school chemistry and those with majors like agriculture, forestry, and occupational therapy begin with CHEM 1005  and perhaps CHEM 1006  (concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1005  required). Chemistry, engineering, pre-professional (medicine, veterinary, pharmacy, and medical technology), biology, physics, and geology majors begin with CHEM 1025  and CHEM 1028  and continue with selected 2000 level courses.

  1. A maximum of four semester credits may be applied toward graduation by completing any combination of CHEM 1005 , CHEM 1006 , CHEM 1025 , and CHEM 1028 .
  2. Students who are taking CHEM 1005  in order to prepare for CHEM 1025  and CHEM 1035  need not take CHEM 1006 .
  3. Students who expect to take one or more chemistry laboratory courses must provide eye protection in the form of 1) prescription eyeglasses or 2) laboratory goggles which may be purchased at the bookstore. Please note that we strongly urge that contact lenses not be worn in the laboratory even under laboratory goggles. Goggles will not prevent irritating vapors from getting under contact lenses to cause much discomfort and pain. Contact lens wearers are urged to be sure to have a pair of prescription glasses to wear in the laboratory when they begin their chemistry studies.

In order to obtain a degree in chemistry students must achieve a 2.0 GPA in those courses taken in chemistry.


This transfer program prepares students for a four-year degree in chemistry. After the bachelor’s degree, graduates may be employed in a variety of industries, including food and beverages, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, petroleum and energy, commercial and fine chemicals, lab analysis, environmental monitoring and testing, and many others.

Recommended Curriculum

General Education (Minimum 32 credits)

General education coursework can be completed from within or outside of the major field of study.

1. Exploration and Participation

  • Included in the major requirements below

3. Relationship with the World

4. General Education Electives

  • Must be chosen from areas 1, 2, or 3 above.

5. Physical Education (1CR)


The normal length of this program is two academic years at 15-17 credit hours per semester.

To obtain a degree in chemistry, a student must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all major requirements.

Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 60 approved semester credits are required for graduation. For specific graduation requirements see “Academic Information ” and “Degree Requirements .”

Only courses numbered 1000 or above can be used toward the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Business, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Applied Science and Associate Degree in Nursing.

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