Associate of Science in Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering 


The Associate of Science in Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering is a state-recognized Major Related Program (MRP) designed for students who plan to transfer to a Bachelor of Science degree program at a four-year college or university. Entry into many engineering programs is competitive, and students are urged to work closely with TCC advisors and university advisors to ensure all entry requirements are met.

This page focuses on the Bioengineering pathway for this MRP. The first two years of a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering can be completed at TCC. Students can earn an associate degree to transfer to a Washington state public university. Here is important information about the Bioengineering program’s specific requirements:

Program Learning Outcomes – what we promise our students will learn in our program:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics and science to engineering-related programs
  • Design a system, component, program or process to meet desired needs
  • Conduct scientific experiments, analyze and interpret the resulting data
  • Communicate design ideas and solutions to engineering-related problems or results of scientific experiments effectively
  • Use both English and mathematical languages to communicate ideas and solutions
  • Function effectively on a team to produce a cohesive and professional work product




AS in Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering

Your guided path toward earning your degree 

Degree Program
Career Options


While in high school, students should pursue all of the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, computer programming and physics. Post-high school, students may need to take additional math and science courses to meet requirements.


Students must complete at least 98 credits for this degree. Because many of these classes require pre-requisites, the total number of credits may exceed 98. Read here for 2020-2021 course offerings.


2022-2023 Distribution Course List (PDF)


Other requirements are:

  • At least 30 credits must be earned at TCC.
  • A GPA of 2.0 is required.
  • Students must take at least one course from the list of approved multicultural courses.


Basic Requirements (15 credits)

ENGL& 101

MATH&151, 152

Humanities and Social Sciences (15 credits)

Humanities course from approved class list

Social science course from approved class list – ENGR& 104* recommended

Humanities or Social Science credits from approved list.

Required Specialization Courses (48 credits)

PHYS& 221, 222, 223

MATH& 153, MATH 238

CHEM& 161, 162, 163, 261

Additional Specialization Courses (20-21 credits)

Select four of the following classes for intended transfer institution.

One of the classes must be CHEM& 262, or BIOL& 222, or you may take both.

BIOL& 222, 223

CS 142

CHEM& 262

MATH 220, Math& 254

ENGR& 104*, 204, 215, 224, ENGR 240

*ENGR& 104 may be taken either to meet Social Science requirement OR to meet Additional Specialization Course requirements, not both. (ie. No double counting.)


Bioengineers and Chemical Engineers integrate their knowledge of natural sciences and engineering to conduct research, design and test equipment, create new medicines and develop procedures for the advancement of health care, public safety, environmental protection, science and medicine.

Explore careers in Biomedical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.


Contact us

Have questions about our program? Reach out to us. 


Jared Abwawo

Bioengineering Faculty Lead Advisor

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Mark Allen

Chemical Engineering Faculty Lead Advisor

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