This program combines general education requirements with a strong emphasis on math and science required for transfer into a chemistry program at a 4-year institution. Chemistry is the central science; it connects on one side with physics and mathematics, on another with earth and environmental sciences, and on yet another with biology and medicine. Chemists and biochemists are always in demand. Here are a few examples: chemist in a crime lab; environmental chemist; high school chemistry teacher, etc.
Chemistry is also an excellent major for students planning careers in health professions such as medicine, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine. Many students have found that having a chemistry background gives them a distinct advantage in medical or dental school. All schools of dentistry, medicine and optometry require chemistry for admission. Almost every medical school requires one year of general chemistry and one year of organic chemistry.
Transferability depends on the four-year institution. If you are planning to major in chemistry at a four-year college or university, you will find MAT 201 - Calculus I is the (lowest level) mathematics course in which the credits earned will count toward a BA or BS degree. If you are a student just entering and are not prepared to take MAT 201 , you will need to take the prerequisite course(s). All courses will count toward the AS degree. Additional courses may be transferable to one or more of the public four-year colleges or universities in Colorado. For specific information, please see your advisor.
See the section on Scholarships and Awards for scholarship opportunities related to this program. For a list of CMC campuses offering this program, please see the Where Our Programs are Offered table. Not every course is offered on every campus.
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