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Associate of Science - Specialization in Chemistry


Chemistry is the study of the composition, behavior, structure and properties of matter. The study of chemistry provides insights that are central to biology, geology, materials science, medicine, environmental science and many branches of engineering.

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Associate of Science with Chemistry Specialization

Your guided path towards earning your degree

Degree Program
Career Options


The Associate of Science (Track 1) degree is directly transferable to most Washington baccalaureate institutions (four-year colleges and universities). Students who transfer will be granted junior standing upon transfer.

For students who wish to major in chemistry and earn the Associate of Science degree with a Chemistry Specialization (90 credits total), review the degree completion requirements.

While in high school, students should pursue all available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics.


Degree Completion Requirements for Associate of Science with Chemistry Specialization degree

• Minimum of 90 quarter credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above.

• At least 30 applicable credits must be earned at Tacoma Community College.

• A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all coursework applied to the degree and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all TCC college-level courses.

• At least one course applied to the degree must be an approved multicultural course.

The chemistry flowchart (pdf) provides information on the required chemistry courses.
Chemistry Flier (pdf) Chemistry Associate of Science Degree flier

Degree Worksheet (PDF) Associate of Science Degree Chemistry Specialization

2022-2023 Distribution Course List (PDF)

Basic Requirements (15 credits)

ENGL& 101

MATH&151, 152 or above, with advisor approval

Humanities and Social Sciences (15 credits)

Humanities course from approved class list

Social science course from approved class list

Humanities or Social Science credits from approved list.

Specialization Courses (53 credits)

CHEM& 161, 162, 163, 261, 262, 263 (30 credits)

MATH& 153 (5 credits)

PHYS& 221, 222, 223 (18 credits)

College-level Elective Courses

Select remaining college level courses to reach a total of 90 credits. The number of credits in this category depends on the number of credits in your specialization courses. No more than five credits may be from courses that are not listed under the Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or General Distribution Courses sections of the Approved Distribution Course List. No more than three Physical Education Activity credits may apply to this degree. Courses should be planned with an advisor based on the requirements of the specific discipline and the transfer institution.


A chemistry degree can lead to career paths in medicine, pharmacology, agriculture, chemical engineering, forensic science and biochemistry. TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college chemistry program as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level chemistry courses.

Explore careers in Chemistry.

Recommended Class Schedule

We advise the following schedule of classes.

First year
Fall Winter Spring
CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
CHEM& 163
MATH& 153
Social Science
Second year
Fall Winter Spring
CHEM& 261
PHYS& 221
Humanities or Social Science
CHEM& 262
PHYS& 222
CHEM& 263
PHYS& 223
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