The Associate of Science in Chemistry is based on the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathway in Biology.  It is recommended for students planning to start at Tri-C and transfer to a four-year institution to major in Chemistry.  A four-year degree in Chemistry can prepare students for a variety of careers in a number of industries including entry-level positions in quality control, research labs, forensic science, environmental science, agriculture, food processing and secondary education (7-12 Teaching Licensure required).  A Chemistry degree also serves as a strong foundation for students planning to go on to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or related/sciences, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.

The Chemistry program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will provide students with the foundations in chemistry, mathematics, physics, scientific inquiry, essential laboratory skills, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, problem solving, and communication skills they need to succeed at their four-year institution.

It is important to note that some bachelor-degree granting programs may be competitive and admission into the program is not guaranteed. Students should check with individual institutions for their program admission requirements.  In addition, some bachelor-degree granting institutions require additional general education courses outside of the Ohio Transfer Module and students may be required to take these courses in their junior or senior year. Students will still be able to follow this pathway and complete their bachelor’s degree in approximately 60 additional credit hours.

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  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies or sufficient score on English Placement test to enroll inENG-1010 College Composition I.
  • Qualified Math Placement to enroll in  MATH-1610 Calculus I
  • Sufficient score on Chemistry Placement Test to enroll in CHEM-1300 or CHEM-1010 with a grade of "C" or higher.  All students pursuing this program need to take the Chemistry Placement Test to determine eligibility to enroll in CHEM-1300, which is a required course.  CHEM-1010 is only required for students whose score on the Chemistry Placement test doesn't qualify for CHEM-1300.
  1. Apply the principles of chemistry to advanced scientific studies and/or applications of chemistry in society.  

  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and logical reasoning through the application of chemical theories to solve quantitative and qualitative problems. 

  3. Analyze, evaluate, and explain experimental results with factual reporting of data, methodology, and conclusions, which can be applied to repeat the experiment with a similar outcome. 

  4. Develop preparative skills to safely and effectively use various experimental techniques to collect laboratory data required to support chemical concepts and principles in advanced scientific studies and/or real world applications. 

  5. Apply the principles of organic chemistry to the interpretation and analysis of the properties, reactions, and synthesis of carbon-based  molecules including those of biological, medicinal, and industrial relevance.

  6. Solve problems in scientific studies and/or real world applications by using interpretative skills and applying mathematical methods.

  7. Utilize effective communication skills to be successful when transferring to a four year program in Chemistry and pursuing a career in the field of Chemistry.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
GEN-1070 First Year Success Seminar 1
Ohio Transfer 36 Arts and Humanities Elective(see below list - must be from two different disciplines) 1 3
Select one of the following: 5
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
Honors General Chemistry I
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 5
Calculus I
Honors Calculus I
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
Ohio Transfer 36 Social and Behavioral Science Elective (see below list - must be from two different disciplines)) 3
Select one of the following: 5
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
Honors General Chemistry II
Select one of the following: 5
Calculus II
Honors Calculus II
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II
Honors College Composition II
Technical Writing
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
PHYS-2310 General Physics I 5
CHEM-2300 Organic Chemistry I 5
DEGR-XXXXElective 2 3
Ohio Transfer 36 Social and Behavioral Science Elective(see below list - must be from two different disciplines)) 3
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
CHEM-2310 Organic Chemistry II 5
PHYS-2320 General Physics II 5
Select from the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
Ohio Transfer 36 Arts and Humanities Electivent (see below list - must be from two different disciplines) 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours65

PHIL-2020 Ethics highly recommended. 


CHEM-1010 can be used to fulfill elective credits if student does not place in to CHEM-1300 via Chemistry Placement Test.

Students must select at least one designated cultural sensitivity course and at least one designated Civic Responsibility course to fulfill their Arts & Humanities or Social & Behavioral Science requirements from the below lists.  Students must also select courses from two different disciplines to fulfill Arts and Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science requirements.  View full list of courses that can be selected to fulfill Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences requirements here.

Recommended Cultural Sensitivity Electives

DANC-1100Dance Appreciation3
ENG-2310American Literature I3
ENG-2320American Literature II3
ENG-2410Introduction to Literature: Poetry3
ENG-2430Introduction to Literature: Drama 13
ENG-2510African-American Literature I 13
ENG-2520African-American Literature II 13
ENG-2601Literature for Children and Adolescents 13
ENG-2700World Literature 13
ENG-2730Exploration of World Mythology 13
HIST-2031Islam to the Modern Middle East3
HUM-1010Introduction to Humanities3
HUM-1020The Individual in Society3
HUM-102HHonors Individual in Society3
HUM-1030The Individual in Cosmos3
HUM-2020Community Engagement Through the Humanities3
MUS-1010Survey of European Classical Music3
MUS-1020Survey of Jazz3
MUS-1030Survey of Rock and Roll3
PHIL-2010Comparative World Religions3
REL-1010Introduction to Religious Studies3
THEA-1010Theatre Appreciation3
THEA-2210History of Theatre and Drama I3
THEA-2220History of Theatre & Drama II3
ANTH-1010Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH-2010Peoples and Cultures of the World3
HIST-1010History of Civilization I3
HIST-101HHonors History of Civilization I3
HIST-1020History of Civilization II3
HIST-102HHonors History of Civilization II3
HIST-1510United States History to 18773
HIST-1700History of Africa3
HIST-2150African American History to 18773
HIST-2660Women in American History3
POL-2070International Relations3
PSY-1010General Psychology3
PSY-2020Life Span Development4
SOC-2100Aging and Society3
SOC-2410Sociology of Gender3
SOC-2550Race and Ethnic Relations3

Recommended Civic Responsibility Electives

HUM-1020The Individual in Society3
HUM-102HHonors Individual in Society3
HUM-1030The Individual in Cosmos3
PHIL-1000Critical Thinking3
PHIL-202HHonors Ethics3
PHIL-2060Business Ethics3
GEOG-2030Environmental Geography3
HIST-1510United States History to 18773
HIST-1520United States History Since 18773
HIST-152HHonors United States History since 18773
POL-1010American National Government3
POL-101HHonors American National Government3
POL-1020State & Local Government3
POL-2030Comparative Politics3
POL-2070International Relations3
UST-1010Introduction to Urban Studies3
WGS-2120Women and Politics3

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.