Chemical Engineering, Associate of Science

The Associate of Science (AS) in Chemical Engineering degree will provide fundamental engineering skills. Chemical engineering is the study and modeling of systems where heat and fluid flow are coupled with chemical reactions. Examples of systems are the human body, ground water, the atmosphere, the ocean, and chemical reactors. Natural systems are measured and modeled in order to understand present and future behavior. Man-made systems are specifically designed to convert raw materials into more useful products. This degree was designed to transfer to Oregon State University's College of Engineering. Please consult your advisor for details.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 106 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the  degree is awarded. Courses that are developmental in nature (designed to prepare students for college transfer courses) are not applicable to this degree. Students must complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

Placement Information

Math and writing placement are unique to each student and are determined during the admissions and intake advising process.  Additional math or writing courses may be required prior to taking the math or writing program requirements in this degree. 

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGR111 Intro to Engineering 3
MTH251 Calculus I Differential Calculus 4
CHEM221 General Chemistry I 5
ENGR211 Statics 1 3
MTH252 Calculus II Integral Calculus 4
CHEM222 General Chemistry II 5
ENGR112 Engineering Computation 4
WR121 English Composition 4
CHEM223 General Chemistry III 5
WR227 Report Writing 4
BI203 Introductory Biology 2 4
MTH264 Introduction to Matrix Algebra and Power Series 4
Social Science 4 3
Arts and Letters 3 3
Social Science (Cultural Diversity) 3 3
Second Year
CHEM245 Organic Chemistry I 4
MTH254 Vector Calculus I 4
PH211 General Physics with Calculus I 5
ENGR201 Electrical Fundamentals I 4
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
PH212 General Physics with Calculus II 5
CHEM246 Organic Chemistry II 4
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH256 Differential Equations 4
PH213 General Physics with Calculus III 5
CHEM247 Organic Chemistry III 4
Arts & Letters 3 3
 Total Credits106

ENGR211 may require instructor consent if taken before completion of MTH252.


One course: BI201, BI202, or BI203.


Select course from specific subject area from the AS course list.


Choose from the following: ANTH201, ANTH202, ANTH203, ANTH221, ANTH222, ANTH223, ANTH224, ANTH230, ANTH231, ANTH232. ED258, HDFS140, HST140, PSY216, PSY231, SOC208, SOC213.


Students are encouraged to apply for the Degree Partnership Program with Oregon State University during the first year. Ask your advisor for details.


All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.