Academic Catalog

Chemistry, Associate in Science

Program Description 

The Associate in Science in Chemistry is designed to prepare students to successfully transfer to a chemistry baccalaureate program.  Participants in the program will enroll in the foundational courses that will prepare them for developing chemical concepts and laboratory technical skills.  Students will receive exposure to critical thinking skills as well as a broad education in values, skills, and attitudes that will prepare them for roles across chemistry-related job positions.

Transfer Information

Students pursuing the A.S. in Chemistry degree can build a comprehensive concentration in the area of chemistry in order to transfer into a B.S. in Chemistry. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science Degrees are designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum provides students the knowledge and skills needed to pursue various career pathways, while providing a credential beyond the high school degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Program Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3.00000
MATH 265 Calculus I 4.00000
CHEM 181 General Chemistry I 4.00000
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 1 2
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
ENGL 152 English II 3.00000
MATH 266 Calculus II 4.00000
CHEM 182 General Chemistry II 4.00000
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3
 Credit Hours17
Third Semester
MATH 267 Calculus III 4.00000
CHEM 283 Organic Chemistry I 4.00000
PHYS 171
Physics I 3
or General Physics I
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
CHEM 284 Organic Chemistry II 4.00000
PHYS 172
Physics II 3
or General Physics II
Humanities or Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Elective 4
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60

A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.


Students may attempt to “test out” of the technology requirement.  If they succeed, they must take an additional course(s) in math or science from the List of Approved General Education Courses.


Selection of course should be based on the requirements of the four-year institution.