Chemistry, Associate of Science
The Associate of Science Degree in Chemistry prepares students for transfer to a four-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.
This degree is designed to transfer to Southern Oregon University's Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program. Other transfer options may be available. Consult your advisor for details.
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 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
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of chemical structure to predict and explain the physical properties of chemical materials.
- Demonstrate knowledge of chemical reactivity to predict and explain the outcomes of reactions.
- Demonstrate knowledge of chemical quantitation to predict and explain chemical phenomena.
- Critical Thinking: Collect and analyze data using classical methods and modern instrumentation and evaluate experimental results using the principles of the scientific method.
- 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.
- Global Learning: Demonstrate personal and social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and global self-awareness.
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|WR90R||Academic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)||4|
|CHEM221||General Chemistry I||5|
|Calculus I Differential Calculus
or Calculus I w/Honors
or English Composition w/Honors
|CHEM222||General Chemistry II||5|
|Calculus II Integral Calculus
or Calculus II w/Honors
|CHEM223||General Chemistry III||5|
|SP111||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|Western Culture 1||3|
|CHEM245||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|MTH254||Vector Calculus I||4|
|PH211||General Physics with Calculus I||5|
|Difference, Power, and Discrimination 2||3|
|CHEM246||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|PH212||General Physics with Calculus II||5|
|Social Processes and Institutions 3||3|
|Cultural Diversity 4||3|
|CHEM247||Organic Chemistry III||4|
|PH213||General Physics with Calculus III||5|
|PE231||Wellness for Life||3|
|Literature and the Arts 5||3|
All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.