Chemical Science Concentration

Associate in Arts -  Biology and Chemistry Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
General Education Courses
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought MAT281 satisfies Area 4 4 MAT197 or placement
Science and Technology Area 5 satisfied by program MAT197 and ENG111
Humanities From Area 6 3
CONCENTRATION COURSES
Calculus II MAT282 4 MAT281
General Chemistry I/Lab CHM201 4 MAT197 and ENG111;see note*
General Chemistry II/Lab CHM202 4 CHM201
Organic Chemistry I/Lab CHM251 4 CHM202 and ENG112
Organic Chemistry II/Lab CHM252 4 CHM251
College Physics I/Lab PHY251 4 MAT281
College Physics II/Lab PHY252 4 PHY251; pre/co-req MAT282
Social Science Elective 3
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Concentration Elective 3-4
CONCENTRATION ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 1)
Applications/Concepts CIT110 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Statistics I MAT181 3 MAT097 or MAT098 or placement
Calculus III MAT283 4 MAT282
Honors Seminar HON200 3 Instructor permission
Total Credits 62-63
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

*Note: MAT197 requires a grade of C+ or better.

Concentration Overview

This concentration prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to seek bachelor’s degrees in chemistry. After transferring, students develop a course of study to become proficient in one or more of the divisions of chemistry; e.g., polymer chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, or hazardous waste management. A further goal of the program is to provide students with the technical coursework and laboratory experience that would enable them to enter the work force as entry-level laboratory technicians in positions that require some background in the physical and/or biological sciences. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus. For current information on eligible programs, visit www.mass.edu/masstransfer.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this concentration should transfer to a four year college or university because entry-level employment opportunities in chemistry such as lab or field technicians usually require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Professional positions such as engineers, researchers, or college instructors usually require a minimum of a master’s degree.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Use currently accepted chemical concepts to investigate problems and ideas presented in advanced chemical study. 
  • Use chemical concepts to evaluate their own science-related concerns such as personal health or careers in science.
  • Use laboratory technology, equipment, and techniques critically and safely to investigate scientific problems using proper scientific methods.

 

Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously.