Associate in Science Degree (0002) - Chemistry Pre-Major

Students who plan to earn an Associate in Science degree then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Chemistry should follow the steps listed below. It is strongly recommended that you 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.

  1. Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Science degree listed in the printed or online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.
  2. As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:
    CHEM 105 – General Chemistry I
    CHEM 106 – General Chemistry II
    CHEM 201 – Organic Chemistry I
    CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II
  3. Most four-year colleges and universities will accept the following classes as Chemistry major credit:
    MATH 203 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
    MATH 204 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
    PHYS 204 – Physics – Mechanics
    PHYS 205 – Physics – Heat, Elec & Magnetism
  4. The optional courses listed below may be applicable toward a baccalaureate Chemistry major. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC academic advisor regarding their applicability.
    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
  5. Fulfill all other Associate in Science degree requirements listed in the printed or online College Catalog.
  6. Apply for graduation by the date published in the college calendar.
  7. Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites.