Academic Catalogs

Chemistry, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner Code: 2_AA_CHEM

Control Number: 18355

Financial Aid Eligible

The Associate in Arts Degree in Chemistry prepares students for further study in chemistry or related physical and life science disciplines.  It also provides a background in general chemistry that includes skills appropriate for entry-level employment in science-related industries or laboratories, such as environmental, pharmaceutical, or materials chemistry.  Coursework includes instruction in molecular-level interpretations of the properties and reactions of inorganic and organic substances. 

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a working knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry, including calculations, reactions, and nomenclature.
  2. Develop an understanding of how chemistry is applied in other fields.
  3. Improve problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  4. Actively engage in hands-on experiences in both the classroom and the laboratory.
  5. Interpret experimental information, develop relationships, and correlate that experimental information with theory.
  6. Write quality laboratory reports, with well-developed discussions and conclusions.
  7. Develop laboratory skills, operate independently during many procedures, and learn to design experiments.

Review Graduation Requirements and General Education.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
CHEM G180General Chemistry A5
CHEM G185General Chemistry B5
CHEM G220Organic Chemistry A5
CHEM G225Organic Chemistry B5
MATH G180Calculus 14
Major Total24
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
CHEM G130Preparation for General Chemistry (or placement - prerequisite for CHEM G180)4
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development or Area A: English Language, Area B: Natural Sciences, Area C: Arts & Humanities, Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Course Title Units
Semester 2
CHEM G180General Chemistry A5
Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences course3
Elective coursework for a total of 6 units6

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
CHEM G185General Chemistry B5
MATH G180Calculus 14
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Course Title Units
Semester 4
CHEM G220Organic Chemistry A5
Elective coursework for a total of 9 units9
Cultural Diversity requirement #3
Course Title Units
Semester 5
CHEM G225Organic Chemistry B5
Total minimum units required60

Cultural Diversity requirement list of approved courses


Program sequence may not be recommended for students who self-place into ENGL G100S. Students should see a Counselor for appropriate advisement.