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 NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
CHEM 121 - College Chemistry I *CHEM 110 with a grade of "C" or better and FNMT 118 or MATH 118. 4 creditsScientific Reasoning
MATH 171 - Calculus IMATH 162 or higher with a grade of "C" or better or placement in MATH 171 or higher4 creditsQuantitative Reasoning
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
 3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology 3 creditsTechnological Competency

Semester 2


Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
CHEM 122 - College Chemistry IICHEM 121 with a grade of "C" or better4 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 better3 creditsWriting/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 creditsCultural Analysis and Interpretation

Semester 3

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
CHEM 221 - Organic Chemistry ICHEM 122 with a grade of "C" or better5 credits 
CHEM 214 - Chemical AnalysisCHEM 122 with a grade of "C" or better 
MATH 162 with a grade of "C" or better
5 credits 
PHYS 140 - Mechanics, Heat and SoundMATH 171 or higher5 credits 

Semester 4


Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
CHEM 222 - Organic Chemistry II CHEM 221 with a grade of "C" or better5 credits 
PHYS 241 - Electricity, Magnetism and LightPHYS 140 and MATH 172 or dept. head approval5 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 concurrently3 creditsOral Communication/
Creative Expression

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


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.