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.
Faculty Advisor in Chemistry
Associate of Science with Chemistry Specialization
Your guided path towards earning your degree
The Associate of Science (Option A) 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.
Basic Requirements (15 credits)
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.
Humanities or Social Science