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The Chemistry Department offers a degree program that combines basic chemistry courses with additional course work in biology, mathematics, physics, and the liberal arts. The degree program prepares students primarily for advanced study at a four-year institution. Students should note that the Department has many articulation agreements with four-year colleges designed to facilitate transfer to these institutions.

Candidates for the program should present two years of algebra, one year each of geometry, chemistry, physics, and trigonometry, as high school entrance credits. High school biology is also strongly recommended.

All students enrolled in the Chemistry Program must take a mathematics placement test. Test scores will determine the sequence of mathematics courses required.

Consultation with a Chemistry faculty member is advised.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate how chemical theories explain the natural world;
  • Identify a chemical problem and analyze it in terms of its significant parts and the information needed to solve it;
  • Differentiate between theory and practice in the chemical sciences;
  • Perform laboratory experiments and measurements that include graphing and analyzing data;
  • Assess and effectively communicate oral and written chemical information;
  • Communicate effectively in written, verbal and electronic formats.
Search for courses in the online course catalog.


First Year

First Semester

ENG 101 - English Comp I
CHE 111 - General Chemistry I
MAT 171 - Unified Calculus
PHY 111 - Mechanics*

Second Semester

ENG 102 - English Comp II
CHE 112 - General Chemistry II
ENG 102 - English Comp II
MAT 172 - Unified Calculus II
MAT 265 - Linear Algebra OR
PHY 201 - Electricity and Magnetism*
Elective - Humanities**

Second Year

First Semester

CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry I
Elective - Humanities**
Elective - Humanities**
Elective - History**
Elective - Social Science**

Second Semester

CHE 212 - Organic Chemistry II
Elective - History**
Elective - Social Science**
Elective - Diversity***
ENG 128 - The Dynamics of Communications OR
ENG 129 - Public Speaking

Students are encouraged to take BIO 111 before BIO 112.

* PHY 101-102 may be substituted. Please consult with a Chemistry Department faculty member and/or advisor from your potential transfer institution.
** Courses must be selected from the list of General Education courses listed in the catalogue.
*** Select a diversity course that also meets one of the above-listed elective requirements Foundation document – “if this goal is integrated into one or more general education course(s), the three creditz may be moved from this category to another general education category.”
Students interested in medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry and related science fields are strongly encouraged to take BIO 111 and BIO 112 (lecture and lab) in addition to the requirements listed above.

Career Options

Graduates can take advantage of the many transfer/articulation agreements UNION County College has with some of the top four-year colleges and universities in the country. See a transfer counselor for details.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Arts Degree

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