Chemistry, Associate in Science for UC Transfer

The Associate in Science in Chemistry for UC Transfer degree prepares students to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at a University of California institution. This major provides students with a full two years of chemistry education as well as a strong foundation in math and physics. In addition, completion of the AS in Chemistry for UC Transfer degree allows students to defer for completion after transfer two courses in IGETC Area 3 (Arts and Humanities) and two courses in IGETC Area 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences). Admission to the University of California is competitive; successful completion of this program does not guarantee acceptance to a UC campus.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the particle nature of matter, explain the attractions and/or bonds between chemical units, and predict the physical and chemical properties they possess.
  • Describe chemical compounds and their reactions using the fundamental language of chemistry, including the use of proper chemical names, molecular formulas, chemical equations, structural drawings, and reaction mechanisms.
  • Predict the likelihood and extent of a chemical reaction by analyzing the kinetic and thermodynamic properties of the system.
  • Solve chemistry-specific problems by identifying the essential parts of the problem, formulating a strategy for solving the problem, applying appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, testing the correctness of the solution, and interpreting the results.
  • Successfully execute chemistry experiments using standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical purification techniques.
  • Communicate the concepts and results of chemistry experiments through effective writing and/or oral communication using the discipline standards for reporting and citation.
  • Follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals.

Associate in Science for UC Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
CHEM 12AOrganic Chemistry I5
CHEM 12BOrganic Chemistry II5
MATH 20ACalculus with Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 20BCalculus with Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 20CCalculus of Several Variables4
MATH 32Differential Equations4
PHYS 3AScience and Engineering Physics I4
PHYS 3BScience and Engineering Physics II4
PHYS 3CScience and Engineering Physics III4
TOTAL MAJOR UNITS48
Additional Requirements 120
Complete Competency Requirements and IGETC pattern, deferring for completion after transfer to UC two courses each in Area 3 (Arts and Humanities) and Area 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences). All courses taken must be UC-transferable.
Total Units68
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Consult with a counselor for campus-specific admission requirements.

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  
 

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallUnits
ENGL 1A
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
3
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
CHEM 1A General Chemistry I 5
MATH 20A Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
IGETC Area 3 (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
 Units16
Spring
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
CHEM 1B General Chemistry II 5
MATH 20B Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
PHYS 3A Science and Engineering Physics I 4
 Units16
Summer
IGETC Area 5B 3
 Units3
Year 2
Fall
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry I 5
MATH 20C Calculus of Several Variables 4
PHYS 3B Science and Engineering Physics II 4
IGETC Area 4 (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
 Units16
Spring
CHEM 12B Organic Chemistry II 5
MATH 32 Differential Equations 4
PHYS 3C Science and Engineering Physics III 4
IGETC Area 6 (UC Requirement) 0-5
 Units13-18
 Total Units68

The Associate Degree for UC Transfer has the goal of creating a Transfer Pathway for students to transfer into the University of California system to complete a bachelor’s degree. The Pathway provides a clear roadmap and preparation for UC’s most sought-after majors, comprising a single set of courses to take for completion of lower-division major requirements that transfers to any of the nine UC undergraduate campuses. 

The Transfer Pathway program permits students to defer for completion after transfer four courses in the IGETC pattern (two in Area 3 Arts and Humanities, and two in Area 4 Social and Behavioral Sciences). Admission to the University of California is competitive; successful completion of the Associate Degree for UC Transfer does not guarantee acceptance to a UC campus.

The following Associate Degree for UC Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 UC-transferable semester units
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 in all UC-transferable coursework
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis)
  5. Certified completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern
  6. Minimum of twelve units completed at Monterey Peninsula College, with at least six in the major
  7. Graduation competencies:
    1. Reading and writing
    2. Mathematics
    3. Information competency

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific campus admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.