Associate in Science in Chemistry for Transfer Degree (AS-T)

PROGRAM CODE: 1S33954

This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Chemistry major to achieve an Associate in Science in Chemistry for Transfer (AS-T in Chemistry) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. Students with a degree in chemistry may pursue careers in a variety of fields such as pharmacy, medicine, engineering, teaching, biotechnology, patent law, and forensic science. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Chemistry or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center, and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university's requirements. Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The AS-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. The completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the Chemistry field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

To earn an AS-T in Chemistry, students must complete the following requirements:

  1. a minimum of 36 semester units or 54 quarter units in the Chemistry major with a grade of C or better in each course;
  2. the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC) for STEM*;
  3. completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of CSU transferable coursework; and
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. *Note: The California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE) is NOT an option for this degree. Students must use the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC) for STEM which allows students to take one Arts or Humanities course and one Social or Behavioral Science course after transfer. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on specific university admission and transfer requirements.
Required Courses (36 units):
CHEM 111ACGeneral Chemistry I5
CHEM 111BCGeneral Chemistry II5
CHEM 211ACOrganic Chemistry I5
CHEM 211BCOrganic Chemistry II5
PHYS 221 CGeneral Physics I4
PHYS 222 CGeneral Physics II4
MATH 150ACCalculus I4
MATH 150BCCalculus II4
Total Units36