The First Step to a Career In Science

As a chemistry student, you will learn how to use the measuring and analysis equipment in a modern chemistry lab while competently performing routine laboratory tasks. As you progress in the course, you will conduct experiments and solve problems based in general inorganic and organic chemistry principles in order to collect, interpret and communicate scientific data in multiple formats.  The Chemistry degree program equips students with the foundation necessary for transfer to at a four-year institution, so you can confidently continue your studies in the chemical or physical sciences field.

The Academic Passport, a policy of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), guarantees admission to any of the 14 PASSHE universities to a student with an earned AA or AS degree from a Pennsylvania public community college. A university can stipulate that the associate's degree contain at least 30 credits of liberal arts courses. The Academic Passport does not guarantee admission to specific majors.

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Food Scientists and Technologists – est. salary $77,603
Chemical Technician – est. salary $53,493
Soil and Plant Scientists – est. salary $73,368 


**EMSI Data, 2022; The greater Philadelphia region; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.


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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Chemistry degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
CHEM 121 - College Chemistry I 4 credits Prerequisite: CHEM 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department head approval Scientific Reasoning
MATH 171 - Calculus I 4 credits Prerequisite: MATH 162 with a grade of "C" or better or department head approval Quantitative Reasoning
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
3 credits ENGL 101 is a prerequisite for ENGL 102 and ENGL 115 Writing/Research/Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology 3 credits Prerequisite: ENGL 101 ready Technological Competency

This is a select program. All students must complete CHEM 110 and MATH 162 or receive the department head's approval before being selected into the program.

  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate degree
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
CHEM 122 - College Chemistry II 4 credits Prerequisite: CHEM 121 with a grade of "C" or better Major Course
MATH 172 - Calculus II 4 credits Prerequisite: MATH 171 with a grade of "C" or better Major Course
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
3 credits Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better Writing/Research/Info Lit 2
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors) or 
HIST 121 - World History: The Distant Past  or
HIST 122 - World History: The Recent Past
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions: Ancient to the 13th Century or
HUM 101H - Cultural Traditions: Ancient to the 13th Century (Honors)
3 credits   Cultural Analysis and Interpretation

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
CHEM 221 - Organic Chemistry I 5 credits Prerequisite: CHEM 122 with a grade of "C" or better Major Course
CHEM 214 - Chemical Analysis 5 credits CHEM 214 is offered only during the fall semester.
Prerequisites: CHEM 122 and MATH 162 with a grade of "C" or better.
Major Course
PHYS 140 - Mechanics, Heat and Sound 5 credits MATH 171 with a grade of "C" or better.
It is suggested that students who have never had a physics course take PHYS 111 before PHYS 140.
Major Course

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
CHEM 222 - Organic Chemistry II 5 credits Prerequisite: CHEM 221 with a grade of "C" or better Major Course
PHYS 241 - Electricity, Magnetism and Light 5 credits Prerequisite: PHYS 140 with a grade of "C" or better, and MATH 172 with a grade of "C" or better or Dept. Head approval Major Course
BIOL 123 - Principles of Biology I or
BIOL 281 - Biochemistry I or
BTT 101 - Biomedical Technician Training Practicum 
CIS 106 - Introduction to Computer Programming or
3 or 4 credits Prerequisite for BIOL 123: CHEM 121 or CHEM 110 with a "C" or better and high school biology or permission of the department head. 
Prerequisite for BIOL 281: CHEM 221, which may be taken concurrently, and BIOL 123 with a "C" or better.
Prerequisite for BTT 101: Permission of the Biomedical Technician Training Academic Coordinator and completion of the Orientation to Biomedical Technology
Directed Elective
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking  3 credits each Prerequisite: ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently Oral Communication/
Creative Expression
  • If this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

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