Academic Catalog


Chemistry Associate in Science

The chemistry curriculum is designed to provide students who choose to work toward a bachelor’s degree a well-balanced, lower division program with a strong emphasis on fundamentals and problem solving. This major fulfills the lower division requirements (except for analytical chemistry) for chemistry majors and is typical of the requirements at four-year colleges and universities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend and describe the nature of matter, including its classification, composition and structure.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the transformations of matter, both physical and chemical.
  • Develop critical thinking skills by predicting interactions between different types of matter, both physical and chemical; analyzing matter in the laboratory both qualitatively and quantitatively and effectively communicating experimental results and conclusions; performing mathematical calculations related to the transformation and analysis of matter; and solving qualitative and quantitative problems in connection with the transformation and analysis of matter.

Career Opportunities

Chemists work in a variety of fields, primarily those of the chemical, biotechnological, environmental, biomedical, pharmaceutical, electronics, forensic, agricultural and food industries. They usually work in analysis, research, development or production of materials. Management, marketing and teaching opportunities are also available.

Agricultural Chemist1
Air Quality Control1
Analytical Chemist1
Chemistry Teacher1
Environmental Technologist1
Fishery Specialist
Food And Drug Inspector1
Forensic Specialist1
Laboratory Technician
Materials Scientist1
Medical Technologist
Organic Chemist1
Polymer Chemist1
Sales Representative
Sanitarian Technician


Bachelor Degree or higher required.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

CHEM-141General Chemistry I5
CHEM-142General Chemistry II5
CHEM-231Organic Chemistry I5
MATH-180Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH-280Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH-281Multivariable Calculus4
PHYC-201Mechanics and Waves5
PHYC-202Electricity, Magnetism, and Heat5
PHYC-203Light, Optics, and Modern Physics5
Total Units43

Plus General Education Requirements


  1. Students pursuing an emphasis in biochemistry should also take the following courses: BIO-230 Principles of Cellular, Molecular and Evolutionary Biology, BIO-240 Principles of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology.
  2. Students who intend to enroll at UCSD should take MATH-285 Differential Equations and check with the Counseling Center regarding program options.