Chemistry at College of San Mateo - Associate in Science Degree: Chemistry
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The Chemistry major prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions for continued study in the field of chemistry. While an A.S. degree may be sufficient for an individual to secure employment as an environmental technician, laboratory technician, safety manager, sanitarian, or water-quality analyst, most careers in the field require a B.S. or advanced degree. Analytical chemist, biochemist, biotechnologist, dentist, educator, forensic specialist, environmental/industrial health engineer, pharmacist, physician, research chemist, and veterinarian are some of the careers for which an Associate degree in Chemistry prepares a student who subsequently obtains a university degree in the field. Approximately two-thirds of all chemists work for manufacturing firms. Chemists are also employed with federal, state and local governments, such as the departments of Defense, Health and Human Resources, and Agriculture. Some chemists work for research organizations and educational institutions.

Degree Requirements

Complete General Education and other requirements listed for the Associate degree and

Major requirements: 24-25 semester units

A grade of "C" or higher is required for each course applied to the major.

CHEM 210 General Chemistry I 5 units
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II 5 units
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 5 units
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II 5 units
PHYS 210 / 211 General Physics I / Calculus Supplement 5 units
PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus 4 units