The Associate of Science Degree in Chemistry prepares students for transfer to a 4-year school as juniors in either chemistry or biochemistry majors. The curriculum provides fundamental knowledge of the major fields of chemistry, covering a full year of both general and organic chemistry. Students will gain laboratory experience in organic synthesis, analytical methods, and spectroscopy.  Chemistry is called the central science and as such, it serves as a foundation for careers in many fields, such as medicine, environmental science, and materials science.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 93 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 AS 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).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CHEM221 General Chemistry I 5
Calculus I Differential Calculus
or Calculus I w/Honors
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
BI201 Introductory Biology 4
CHEM222 General Chemistry II 5
BI202 Introductory Biology 4
Calculus II Integral Calculus
or Calculus II w/Honors
WR227 Report Writing 3
CHEM223 General Chemistry III 5
BI203 Introductory Biology 4
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Specific Elective 1 3
Second Year
CHEM245 Organic Chemistry I 4
MTH254 Vector Calculus I 4
PH211 General Physics w/Calculus I 5
Specific Elective 2 3
CHEM246 Organic Chemistry II 4
PH212 General Physics w/Calculus II 5
Specific Elective 3 3
Specific Elective 4 3
CHEM247 Organic Chemistry III 4
PH213 General Physics w/Calculus III 5
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
Specific Elective 5 3
 Total Credits93


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of chemical structure to predict and explain the physical properties of chemical materials. 
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of chemical reactivity to predict and explain the outcomes of reactions.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of chemical quantitation to predict and explain chemical phenomena.
  4. Critical Thinking:  Collect and analyze data using classical methods and modern instrumentation and evaluate experimental results using the principles of the scientific method.
  5. Information Literacy:  Locate, summarize, and critique scientific articles, as well as synthesize scientific information from various sources to communicate the results of their own experiments.
  6. Global Learning: Demonstrate personal and social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and global self-awareness.