The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Chemistry degree program is for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate studies in the chemical or physical sciences or who plan to continue with professional studies, such as pre-pharmacy, pre-medical or pre-dental programs. This curriculum parallels the first two years of study offered in the chemistry programs of other colleges and universities.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate preparedness to successfully transfer into a chemistry program at a four-year institution.
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of general inorganic and organic chemistry principles and concepts by applying this knowledge to the solution of problems and performance of experiments.
  • While adhering to all safety rules, competently perform routine laboratory tasks in the chemistry laboratory using the instrumentation for measurement and analysis that is commonly available.
  • Effectively collect, interpret, evaluate and communicate scientific data in multiple formats using computer technology as needed.

Program Entry Requirements:

This is a select program. In order to enter the program, students must have placement at ENGL 101 and MATH 162 (or MATH 161 completed with a grade of "C" or better) levels.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.S. degree in Chemistry, students must successfully complete a minimum of 60 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average). Students must pass all Science and Mathematics courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
CHEM 121 - College Chemistry I * CHEM 110 with a grade of "C" or better and FNMT 118 or MATH 118.  4 credits Scientific Reasoning
MATH 171 - Calculus I MATH 162 or higher with a grade of "C" or better or placement in MATH 171 or higher 4 credits Quantitative Reasoning
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
  3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology   3 credits Technological Competency

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
CHEM 122 - College Chemistry II CHEM 121 with a grade of "C" or better 4 credits  
MATH 172 - Calculus II or
Natural Science with Lab Elective1
MATH 171 or higher with grade of "C" or better, or placement in MATH 172 or higher  4 credits  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits 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 Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
CHEM 221 - Organic Chemistry I CHEM 122 with a grade of "C" or better 5 credits  
CHEM 214 - Chemical Analysis CHEM 122 with a grade of "C" or better 
MATH 162 with a grade of "C" or better
5 credits  
PHYS 140 - Mechanics, Heat and Sound MATH 171 or higher 5 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
CHEM 222 - Organic Chemistry II  CHEM 221 with a grade of "C" or better 5 credits  
PHYS 241 - Electricity, Magnetism and Light PHYS 140 and MATH 172 or dept. head approval 5 credits  
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

BIOL 123: CHEM 121 or CHEM 110 with a grade of "C" or better and high school biology or permission of the department head
BIOL 281: CHEM 221, which may be taken concurrently, and BIOL 123 with a grade of "C" or better
BTT 101: Permission of the Biomedical Technician TrainingAcademic Coordinator and completion of the Orientation to Biomedical Technology
4 credits  
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking  For ENGL 115: ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits Oral Communication/
Creative Expression


Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


* It is suggested that students who have never had a physics course take PHYS 111 before PHYS 140.

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.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W1-1, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.