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Title Chemistry Transfer Pathway AS 
Department Chemistry 

Sample Full-Time Pathway

Fall Semester - 1st year (14 credits)
ENGL 1410 Composition I or ENGL 1420* Honors Composition I (Goal 1), 4 credits
CHEM 1424* Chemical Principles I, 5 credits
MATH 1477* Calculus I, 5 credits

Spring Semester - 1st year (16 credits)
CHEM 1425* Chemical Principles II (Goal 3), 5 credits
MATH 1478* Calculus II (Goal 3), 5 credits
Choose any COMM course from Goal Area 1, 3 credits
Choose any course from Goal Area 6, 3 credits

Fall Semester, 2nd year (16 credits)
CHEM 2472* Organic Chemistry I (Goal 3), 5 credits
PHYS 1411* Classical Physics I (Goal 3), 5 credits
Choose any course from Goal Area 5, 3 credits
Choose any course from Goal Areas 7-10, 3 credits

Spring Semester, 2nd year (14 credits)
CHEM 2473* Organic Chemistry II (Goal 3), 5 credits
PHYS 1412* Classical Physics II (Goal 3), 5 credits
Additional elective courses, 4 credits
Total - 14 credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

Click here to download the Chemistry Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree Program Planning Form (PDF)


Program Information: Chemistry is the study of matter, or the substance of physical objects, with a focus on composition, structure, properties and change. Chemists are particularly interested in the properties of chemical bonds involved in the creation of chemical compounds. Upon completion of the Chemistry Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree, students will have developed strong communication skills and grown in scientific and mathematical reasoning skills, as well as the ability to perform experiments in a hands-on environment. Chemistry majors have career opportunities in research labs, industry labs, teaching positions, environmental fields, pharmaceuticals or entrance into pharmacy or medical school.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of experimental and theoretical chemistry;
  • Explain and apply skills in analytical thinking and problem solving, and apply scientific methods to experimental data;
  • Demonstrate skills in laboratory operations including making accurate and precise measurements, preparing solutions, operating instrumentation, experimental design, and the interpretation and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data and results;
  • Communicate their own data and analysis in oral and written communications that uses tables and graphs, describes detailed experimental procedures, and clearly explains conclusions, in order to create clear and compelling papers, posters, or presentations;
  • Work both independently and collaboratively in the classroom and in the laboratory; and
  • Apply learned concepts to everyday situations and experiences and critically evaluate contributions to science reported in the media; identify valid approaches to scientific problem solving and reporting.

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Transfer Opportunities: The Chemistry Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Chemistry bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so students completing this pathway degree and transferring to a Minnesota State university may enter with junior-year status. Courses in the Chemistry Transfer Pathway associates degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs. Students should consult with an advisor for guidance regarding how to best meet the requirements of their intended baccalaureate program. Universities within the Minnesota State system participating in the Chemistry Transfer Pathway include: • Bemidji State University – BA, BS • Metropolitan State University - BS • Minnesota State University, Mankato – BS • Minnesota State University, Moorhead – BA, BS • Southwest Minnesota State University, BA • St. Cloud State University - BS • Winona State University - BS