Chemistry, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science degree with an emphasis in Chemistry is designed to prepare students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at a four-year institution. Students enrolled in this program will use the scientific method to investigate phenomena in the natural world and use concepts, experiments, and/or theory to explain them.

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 Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
Select at least 36 units from the following:36
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Calculus of Several Variables
Science and Engineering Physics I
Science and Engineering Physics II
Science and Engineering Physics III
Additional Requirements
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.24
Contact an MPC counselor for major preparation at specific institutions.
Total Units60

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
CHEM 1A General Chemistry I 5
MATH 20A Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
MPC GE Area E 3
CHEM 1B General Chemistry II 5
MATH 20B Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
PHYS 3A Science and Engineering Physics I 4
MPC GE Area C 3
Year 2
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry I 5
MATH 20C Calculus of Several Variables 4
Elective (PHYS 3B Recommended) 4
MPC GE Area D 3
CHEM 12B Organic Chemistry II 5
Elective (PHYS 3C and MATH 32 Recommended) 4
MPC GE Area F 3
 Total Units60