Associate in Science in Chemistry

Division of Biology & Chemistry — Curriculum Code: 0602

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree


Why major in Chemistry?

Chemistry is essential to areas of study such as Biology, medicine, dentistry, chemical engineering, pharmacology, forensics, and polymer science. In addition, chemists are in high demand and often go on to senior leadership levels in corporate America. The curriculum is equivalent to the first two years of a baccalaureate program in Chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method and critical analysis that will enable you to solve chemical problems in areas of scientific endeavor.

If I major in Chemistry, can I transfer to an upper division college or university?

The Associate in Science degree in Chemistry prepares you for transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree. ECC’s transfer/articulation agreements with area four-year institutions provide smooth transfer for our A.S. graduates.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. In addition, if you are at the final level of remediation of English and mathematics, you can take CHM 100. While this course does not count toward graduation in this major, it will provide an introduction to the basic chemical principles and theories that will prepare you for this program.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you take an average of 17 credits each semester, you should be able to complete the program in two years.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3430.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills, including the scientific method and methods of scientific conversion;
  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry, including the chemical laws of nature, solutions, acids and bases, kinetics, equilibrium, and thermochemistry;
  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamental concepts of organic chemistry, including functional groups, reactions, syntheses, and mechanisms; and
  • Perform chemical experiments in a safe and scientific manner, using proper scientific and laboratory safety procedures.



(33 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 and ENG 102 (two 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (8 credits)

MTH 121 and MTH 122 (two 4-credit courses)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)

PHY 101 (one 4-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)

And choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)



(24 credits)

CHM 103 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHM 204 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
MTH 221 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4 credits)
PHY 102 College Physics II (4 credits)


(3 credits)

Choose one free elective (one 3-credit course)


Note: The minimum passing grade for all courses designated BIO, CHM, MTH or PHY is “C.” If you earn a grade below “C,” you need to repeat that course.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60



Note: Students who would like to transfer to Rutgers – Newark for their Bachelor’s degree should take PHY 103 and PHY 104 instead of PHY 101 and PHY 102.
First Semester
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
PHY 101 College Physics I (4 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
MTH 121 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
PHY 102 College Physics II (4 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
MTH 122 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4 credits)

Third Semester
CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
MTH 221 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
CHM 204 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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