Chemical Science Concentration
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
Calculus I MAT281 satisfies Area 4 requirement 4 MAT196 or MAT197 or placement
Science and Technology Area 5 satisfied by program MAT197 and ENG111; see note*
Humanities From Area 6 3
Calculus II MAT282 4 MAT281
General Chemistry I/Lab CHM201 4 MAT197 and ENG111;see note*
General Chemistry II/Lab CHM202 4 CHM201; see note*
Organic Chemistry I/Lab CHM251 4 CHM202 and ENG112; see note*
Organic Chemistry II/Lab CHM252 4 CHM251; see note*
College Physics I/Lab PHY251 4 MAT281; see note*
College Physics II/Lab PHY252 4 PHY251; pre/co-req MAT282; see note*
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
Applications/Concepts CIT110 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Statistics I MAT183 3 MAT097 or placement
Calculus III MAT283 4 MAT282
Honors Seminar HON200 3 Instructor permission
Total Credits 62-63

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*Note: All science, engineering, and math courses that are pre or co-requisites of other science and engineering courses require 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

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. See page 173.