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Chemistry Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

The chemistry major prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions for continued study in the field of chemistry. The program outlined below fulfills the lower division requirements recommended by the American Chemical Society and is typical of requirements at four-year transfer institutions. Students should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for specific requirements. Assistance in planning a course of study is available at the Counseling Center or from the Department of Chemistry faculty. The department recommends that students take one year of Russian or German (or high school equivalency) for credit under Humanities Area C, Section 2 of the associate degree general education requirements.

Career Opportunities

Analytical Chemist1
Chemistry Teacher1
Environmental Technician2
Forensic Specialist1
Industrial Health Engineer1
Laboratory Technician
Research Chemist1
Safety Manager
Water-quality Analyst


Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.


Bachelor Degree normally recommended.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Analyze and interpret (evaluate) qualitative and quantitative data in order to identify trends, identify substances, and communicate results in a laboratory report.
  2. Predict physical and chemical properties and changes of matter.
  3. Employ a particulate and microscopic view of matter to explain macroscopic phenomena.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

CHEM-141General Chemistry I5
CHEM-142General Chemistry II5
Select one of the following:5
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I Lecture
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Select one of the following:5
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry II Lecture
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Select sixteen (16) units from the following courses:16
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Multivariable Calculus
Differential Equations
Mechanics and Waves
Electricity, Magnetism, and Heat
Light, Optics, and Modern Physics
Total Units36

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Any student who wishes to complete only the requirements listed above qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement in Chemistry. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.