Pathway Overview

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer. Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway. Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.


Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend. Depending on your program of study, you can earn either an Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), Track 1 or Track 2.

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  • Units to complete: 90-118
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - 8

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Chemistry is the science dealing with elements and compounds and how they work together. It’s the study of the materials that compose everything in the world around us, including our physical bodies.

Earn a college transfer degree that includes Chemistry classes. Planning to Major in Chemistry? Download this handy guide (pdf).

Chemistry is a required prerequisite for many health careers including nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, dental hygiene, alternative medicine, instrument technology and medicine. You can pursue an associate degree in Chemistry with us, (A.A., A.S.), and transfer your degree if you are planning to earn a bachelor's, graduate or professional degree. Some chemistry majors work in biotechnology, chemical, or pharmaceutical industries or teach high school science, become science writers, or work for government and environmental organizations.

We teach chemistry for both science and non-science students, guide career decisions, develop critical-thinking skills, motivate students to positively affect their local and global environment and stimulate lifelong collaborative learning.

Courses Offered

  • Preparatory General Chemistry
  • Chemical Concepts
  • Introductions to Chemistry, Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry I, II & III
  • Organic Chemistry with lab I, II & III

To read course descriptions for the current and upcoming quarter as well as register, visit class schedule.

Chemistry Careers

  • Biotechnician
  • Science Writer
  • Teacher
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Healthcare Scientist
  • Clinical Biochemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Patent Lawyer
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Toxicologist

Chemistry Faculty

Heather Clary
University of Washington, Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry)
University of Washington, M.S. (Organic Chemistry)

Mandana Ehsanipour
University of Washington, M.S. (Bioresource Science and Engineering)
Ryerson University, M.S. (Environmental Applied Science and Management)

Erin Gibbons
University of Washington, M.S. (Electrical Engineering)
University of Washington, Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry)

Philip Mayer
University of California Riverside, Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry)

Nazanin Ruppender
Vanderbilt University, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering and Cancer Biology)

Marie Villarba (Co-Program Coordinator/Department Lead)
University of Washington, Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry, Surface Science)

Doug Wick (Co-Program Coordinator/Department Lead)
University of Rochester, Ph. D. (Organometallic Chemistry)

Emeritus Faculty

Esmaeel Naeemi
New Mexico State University, Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry)