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Associate of Science: Chemistry

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Picture of student earning her Chemistry Emphasis (AS) Degree at CMC.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 Academic Programs at Colorado Mountain College. Not every course is offered on every campus.

Learn more about the Associate of Science - Chemistry Program

State Guaranteed General Education Requirements

((31 credits minimum across 5 content areas, plus 3 credits of COM required)

Communication (GT-CO1-3)

3 courses.  9 credits total.  6 credits ENG (select either  ENG 121 and ENG 122, or ENG 122 and ENG 201).  Plus 3 credits COM (select either COM 115 or COM 125).

Arts & Humanities (GT-AH1-4)

2 courses (6 credits)

Social & Behavioral Sciences

2 courses (6 credit hours). Select 2 courses, 1 of which must be history.

Human Behavior, Culture, & Social Frameworks (GT-SS3)



  • 1 additional course from Arts & Humanities or Social & Behavioral Sciences courses listed above.  3.0 Credits.

Chemistry Program Requirements (GT-SC1)

Complete the following. Credits over 8 will be applied to the electives category.

Wellness Requirements Transfer Level (✽)

2 credits.

Colorado Mountain College Requirements

Colorado Mountain College requires its graduates to be proficient in computer use. To graduate, a student must demonstrate proficiency via an examination administered by the college or take CIS 118 . If you take the course, it will be applied to the elective credit.


You must complete an additional 23 credits in any of the Science or Mathematics disciplines (AST, BIO, CHE, ENV, GEY, MAT, MET, NRE 251  & NRE 252 , PHY) numbered 100-299 guaranteed transfer marked with a diamond (◆) or general transfer marked with an asterisk (✽) in the course description section. CIS 118  may be used if required.

Total Elective Credits (min. 23)

Total Credits Earned

State Guaranteed General Education Requirements (min. 31)
COM 115  or COM 125  (3 credits)
Wellness Requirement (min. 2)
Electives (min. 23)
Total credits toward Associate of Science degree (min. 60)


◆ State Guaranteed Transfer Course

✽ Applies to CMC AA/AS/AGS Degrees

Note:  Not all programs/courses are available at every campus and may require travel to another campus or access via distance learning (IVS, hybrid, or online).

For more information see Degree & Certificate Descriptions & Requirements .

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