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Change your life with an Associate of Science degree in Chemistry from Arapahoe Community College.

Arapahoe Community College Chemistry Student

Getting your Associate of Science degree in Chemistry will give you the flexibility to find a career in a variety of fields. Chemistry is all around us and getting your foundation in chemistry will set you up for a career in a wide range of areas. At Arapahoe Community College, we have chemistry courses designed to teach you the skills you need in your future career and prepare you for transfer to a 4-year university.

Maria Lamb-Hall
Program Chair / Faculty
maria.lamb-hall [at]

What You'll Learn

Once you graduate with your AS in Chemistry, you’ll be able to:

  • Employ proper lab technique and critical thinking to carry out, record, and analyze data from chemical experiments
  • Solve chemistry problems using critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • Use modern instruments to interpret and analyze graphical representations of experimental results
  • Write about chemistry topics in a clear and concise manner

CIP 240199 (CHED)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (30 credit hours)

CCCS Courses Applied to gtPathways General Education Curriculum (see Notes 1, 2, 3, 4 Below)

Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (5 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Arts & Humanities course (GTAH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Science (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Science course (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (10 credit hours)
Additional Required Courses (29 credit hours)
5 Credits (w Lab) *
5 Credits (w Lab) *

*Lecture and laboratory portions of Organic chemistry, CHE 211 and CHE 212, must not be taken in an online Delivery format.

Elective Courses (1 credit hour)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
Any course in the following prefixes

Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (275) and Independent Study (285): AST (100 or higher), BIO (100 or higher), CHE (100 or higher), EGG (100 or higher), MAT (121 or higher, except 155 or 156), PHY (111 or higher), or any foreign language (111 or above).

Total: 60 credit hours


  1. This statewide transfer articulation agreement in Chemistry does not fulfill requirements for the gtPathways general education curriculum or the Associate of Science degree prior to transfer; however, this agreement does guarantee a student, if admitted, junior standing and completion of the baccalaureate degree within an additional 60 semester hours at the receiving institution.
  2. Students wanting to earn the AS-Chemistry degree must complete the 60 credits as outlined in this agreement, transfer to the four-year institution, then complete one gtPathways-approved course in Arts & Humanities (AH1, AH2, AH3, or AH4) and one gtPathways-approved course in Social & Behavioral Sciences (SS1, SS2, SS3) at the four-year institution within the first 30 credit hours or 12 calendar months.
  3. Upon completion of the six additional gtPathways credits in Arts & Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science at the four-year institution (as described in Note 2 above), the student can transfer the credits back to Arapahoe Community College. If the student has completed the 60 credits as outlined above, along with the additional six additional gtPathways credits in Arts & Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science, they will then have completed the required credits of the gtPathways general education curriculum and would be eligible to earn their Associate of Science degree with a Chemistry designation.
  4. To transfer credits to ACC, a student must order an official transcript and have it sent from the issuing institution directly to ACC; transcripts issued to the student and / or hand-delivered by the student are not considered official and will not be utilized for evaluation of transfer credits. Official Transcripts must be sent to: ACC – Admissions & Records, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80160.
  5. All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Job Potential

Few majors can offer you as many career opportunities as chemistry. From healthcare to renewable energy, many fields require a basic understanding of chemistry, along with critical-thinking and problem solving skills. Check out some careers in chemistry-related fields.