If you’re curious about the chemical reactions that add color to fireworks and flavor to food, then Chemistry could be the career field for you. Chemists use experimentation and observation to understand the basic properties of matter, and how different types of matter interact and make new substances. Chemistry provides the basis for many fields such as medicine, biomedical technology, ceramics, polymers, metallurgy, chemical engineering, environmental and ecological science.

Want to Earn a Degree in Chemistry?

By earning your general education requirements for the Associate in Science degree with an emphasis in Chemistry, you can start working toward a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry as a pre-major at SWIC.

After earning an associate degree you can transfer to a four-year institution and focus on analytical, physical, organic, inorganic or polymer chemistry, biochemistry, colloid and surface chemistry, chemical biology, or materials science in their chemistry department, or apply your chemistry pre-major towards a bachelor’s degree in another department like chemical engineering or biology.

Earning an Associate in Science Degree

You must complete a minimum of 64 semester credits to earn an associate degree. Courses will include a blend of general educational requirements as well as pre-major specific courses.  

Chemistry Core Courses

  • CHEM 105 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 – General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 201 – Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II
  • MATH 203 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
  • MATH 204 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
  • PHYS 204 – Physics - Mechanics
  • PHYS 205 – Physics - Heat, Elec & Magnetism

Optional Courses

  • BIOL 101 – Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 102 – Principles of Biology II
  • CHEM 253 – Quantitative Analysis
  • PHYS 206 – Physics - Light and Modern Physics
  • MATH 205 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus III

Transfer Opportunities

Many public and private four-year universities offer bachelor’s and graduate degrees in chemistry. Confer with a SWIC academic advisor prior to enrolling each semester and familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

Chemistry Career Opportunities

  • Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Biochemist
  • Product Tester
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Person
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Toxicologist
  • Chemical Technician
  • Water Purification Chemist
  • Analytical Chemist

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Be a SWIC STEM Scholar

Interested in transferring to a university? You may be eligible for a scholarship through the SWIC STEM Scholars Program.