Chemistry Associate in Science Degree for Transfer


The Chemistry Associate in Science Degree for Transfer, also called the Chemistry AS-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in chemistry. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Chemistry AS-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a Chemistry major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. The Chemistry AS-T introduces students to general and organic chemistry, preparing students for further study in the discipline of chemistry. Coursework includes instruction in molecular-level interpretations regarding the properties and reactions of inorganic and organic substances. Students with a degree in chemistry may pursue careers in government agencies or various areas of industry, including environmental, pharmaceutical, and material chemistry. The Chemistry AS-T Degree requires a total of 36 units of required courses as indicated below.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for STEM and the California State University General Education – Breadth for STEM Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  3. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A P (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.
Required Core (36 units):36
General Chemistry I5
General Chemistry II5
Organic Chemistry I5
Organic Chemistry II5
Calculus I (formerly MATH 150AF)4
Honors Calculus I (formerly MATH 150HF)
Calculus II (formerly MATH 150BF)4
Honors Calculus II
General Physics I4
General Physics II4
Total Units36

Outcome 1: Demonstrate knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry and have the ability to articulate this chemical knowledge in verbal, written, and/or computational form.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate the ability to conduct experiments, analyze data, and interpret results, while observing responsible and ethical scientific conduct.

Outcome 3: Demonstrate the use of proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals.