Chemical Science Concentration

Associate in Arts -  Biology and Chemistry Department

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
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
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

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*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

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.