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Chemistry is the study of the composition, behavior (or reaction), structure, and properties of matter, as well as the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions. Gain unique insight into areas that are central to biology, geology, materials science, medicine, environmental science, and many branches of engineering.

A chemistry degree can lead to career paths in medicine, pharmacology, agriculture, chemical engineering, forensic science, and biochemistry.

Contact Jeff Engle Faculty Advisor in Chemistry.

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college chemistry program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level chemistry courses.

Degree Options:Associate of Science degree with aChemistry Specialization

Program Planning

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

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to major in chemistry and earn the Associate of Science degree with a Chemistry Specialization (college transfer).

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
CHEM& 163
MATH& 153
Social Science

Second Year

CHEM& 261
PHYS& 221
Humanities or Social Science
CHEM& 262
PHYS& 222
CHEM& 263
PHYS& 223
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social sciences courses must be chosen from the humanities and social sciences courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on the basic requirements list of the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree Option A or on the Approved Distribution Course List.

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