Feb 20, 2024  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
  
College Catalog 2023-2024

Chemistry Concentration, A.A.


This program prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to seek bachelor’s degrees in chemistry. After transferring, students develop a course of study to become proficient in one or more of the chemistry divisions, e.g., polymer, physical, organic, biochemistry, analytical, chemical, chemical, or hazardous waste management. A further goal of the program is to provide students with the technical coursework and laboratory experience that would enable them to enter the workforce as entry-level laboratory technicians in positions that require some background in the physical and/or biological sciences. Graduates of this program may qualify to transfer using the benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state university or University of Massachusetts campus. For current information on eligible programs, see Transfer Options below.

* Milestone Courses should be taken in the order shown. This will help you stay on track and graduate on time.

Semester 1


  • Credits: 3 *
  • GenEd -CCC Community & Cultural Contexts Credits: 3
  • This course meets the General Education requirement for Community & Cultural Contexts

    Choose one course from Community and Cultural Contexts Menu

  • Credits: 4 *
  • Credits: 4 *
  • GenEd -CW Creative Work Credits: 3
    This course meets the General Education requirement for Creative Work
    Choose one course from Creative Work Menu

Total Credits: 17


Semester 1 Advising Note

  • General Education Requirements Quantitative Problem Solving and Scientific Reasoning satisfied by program
  • Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously
  • Students need to complete three General Education courses and a humanities course. They do not need to be completed in any particular sequence.
  • Students must have completed ENG-111  with a C or better or take ENG-111  concurrently with CHM-201 . Must have completed MAT-197  with a C+ or better before taking CHM-201  or take MAT-281  concurrently with CHM-201  . Students who are not able to take CHM-201  in their first semester will need to take CHM-202  during the summer or take an additional semester for completion of CHM-252  at the end of the program.

Total Credits: 15


Semester 2 Advising Note

  • Meet with an advisor to begin career planning activities.
  • Begin exploring transfer options: attend a transfer workshop and the College transfer fair.
  • It is recommended that students take the General Education elective or Humanities courses during the summer to lighten their load in the second semester, and/or to take one of their recommended third-semester electives during the summer to lighten their load in the third semester
  • CHM-251  and CHM-252  are not offered during the summer session. All other required science and math courses are offered during the summer. Students wishing to complete the program in four semesters will need to begin their CHM-251 /CHM-252  sequence in their third semester, and will need to take CHM-202  in the summer if they take CHM-201  in their second semester

Semester 3


  • Credits: 4 *
  • Credits: 4 *
  • Elective- Concentration Elective Credits: 3-4
  • See Semester Advising Notes for list of options.

  • GenEd -E General Education Elective Credits: 3
  • This course meets the General Education requirement for General Education Elective.
    Choose a course from the Community/Cultural Contexts

Total Credits: 14-15


Semester 3 Advising Note

One of the Concentration electives must be a 4-credit course to satisfy the minimum 60-credit degree requirement.

Concentration Electives:

Semester 4


  • Credits: 4 *
  • Elective- Concentration Elective Credits: 3-4
  • See Semester Advising Notes for list of options.

  • Elective - Humanities Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one course from the Humanities Electives menu.
  • Elective- Concentration Elective Credits: 3-4
    See Semester Advising Notes for list of options. 

Total Credits: 13-15


Semester 4 Advising Note

One of the Concentration electives must be a 4-credit course to satisfy the minimum 60-credit degree requirement.

Concentration Electives:

Upon Completion of This Concentration Graduates Will Be Able To:


  • Use currently accepted chemical concepts to investigate problems and ideas presented in advanced chemical study.
  • Use chemical concepts to evaluate their own science-related concerns such as personal health or careers in science.
  • Use laboratory technology, equipment, and techniques critically and safely to investigate scientific problems using proper scientific methods.

Career Outlook


Graduates of this concentration should transfer to a four year college or university because entry-level employment opportunities in chemistry such as lab or field technicians usually require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Professional positions such as engineers, researchers, or college instructors usually require a minimum of a master’s degree.

Transfer Options


MassTransfer A2B Map

  • Bridgewater State University
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Salem State University
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester State University
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell

MassTransfer A2B Link

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth