Chemistry

Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (LRST1AS)

This two-year pathway is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Science - Track 1 with a concentration in Chemistry. Students in this pathway learn about matter and energy down to the molecular level. Courses build a solid foundation in general chemistry and develop students’ understanding of ...

This two-year pathway is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Science - Track 1 with a concentration in Chemistry. Students in this pathway learn about matter and energy down to the molecular level. Courses build a solid foundation in general chemistry and develop students’ understanding of the scientific method of experimentation, observation, and analysis of results. Students will also gain hands-on experience in the lab. 

Completion of this program opens doors to a variety of academic, industry, and medical careers in research & development, manufacturing, and more across the public and private sectors. It also allows students to transfer into a chemistry or related major at a four-year college or university, or to a Bachelor of Applies Science (BAS) at one of the Seattle Colleges. 

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (LRST1AS) Full time : 8 90-118

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90-118 Units

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter.

See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

Apply and register at Seattle Central College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Note about the sample schedule: Classes are offered in various formats such as online (e-learning) and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Before Quarter One

Before You Start

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
12 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor in Starfish to discuss your academic goals and to create a short-term educational plan
  • Visit the Learning Support and Tutoring Center for tutoring
  • Explore careers and majors: workshops, counseling and Career Exploration Center
  • Drop by the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
MATH&141
Precalculus I
5 units
STEM101 or STEM118
Choose a course
2 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your assigned advisor
  • Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
  • Apply for the Seattle Colleges Foundation Scholarship and other scholarships
  • Meet with a Chemistry faculty during their posted office hours to discuss possible careers and academic opportunities
MATH&142
Precalculus II
5 units
CHEM&139
General Chemistry Prep
5 units
ENGL&102 or Communication
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Check with transfer institutions’ planning resources for core psychology courses required for major
  • Attend Undergraduate Research Festival at University of Washington (occurs annually in Spring)
  • Consider Student Leadership positions and other on-campus jobs
  • Visit potential universities and determine application deadlines
  • Meet with Transfer Center advisor to determine transfer eligibility
MATH&151
Calculus I
5 units
CHEM&161
General Chemistry W/ Lab I
6 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a Course
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Create long-term educational plan with your assigned advisor
  • Research and contact Chemistry departments at potential universities
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
  • Attend transfer day at prospective university
  • Write your personal statement for university applications
  • Check in with a Chemistry faculty during their posted office hours regarding possible careers and academic opportunities
MATH&152
Calculus II
5 units
CHEM&162
General Chemistry W/ Lab II
6 units
PHYS&221
Engineering Physics I W/ Lab
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
16 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships
  • Plan to participate in the transfer student events at prospective universities
  • Apply for FAFSA or WASFA at transfer university
CHEM&163
General Chemistry W/ Lab III
6 units
MATH&163
Calculus 3
5 units
PHYS&222
Engineering Physics II W/ Lab
5 units
Quarter 6
14 UNITS
CHEM&241
Organic Chemistry I
4 units
PHYS&223
Engineering Physics III W/ Lab
5 units
MATH238
Differential Equations
5 units
Quarter 7
13 UNITS
CHEM&242
Organic Chemistry II
4 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units
CHEM&251
Organic Chemistry Lab I
4 units
Quarter 8
To-Do List
13 UNITS
To-Do List
CHEM&243
Organic Chemistry III
4 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies or Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a course
5 units
CHEM&252
Organic Chemistry Lab II
4 units

More Information

A Chemistry pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

  • Doctor (MD or MD-PhD) 
  • Pharmacist 
  • Pharmacologist 
  • Research Scientist  
  • Analytical Chemist 
  • Chemical Engineer 
  • Healthcare Professional 
  • Environmental Scientist 
  • Chemical Safety Professional 
  • Patent Agent or Patent Attorney 
  • Forensic Scientist  
  • Nuclear Engineer 
  • Toxicologist 
  • Nanotechnologist 
  • Hazardous Waste Chemist  
  • Geochemist 
  • Materials Scientist 
  • Quality Control Chemist 
  • Chemistry Teacher or Chemistry Professor 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Science Policy Writer in Government  
  • Science Journalism 

A Bachelor’s degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.  To discuss additional careers options, speak with faculty once you begin classes or contact the Career Exploration Center. CareerServicesCenter@seattlecolleges.edu or 206.934.4383

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include, but are not limited to:  

A Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, or a related field at a four-year college or university. After completing a B.S. degree, many students then continue to complete a MD or MD-PhD program, a PharmD program, or a graduate program in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related field to earn Master’s degree or a Ph.D.  

Seattle Central College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Chemistry graduates from Central have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. Contact a Central advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. You can use the College Navigator search engine found at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to find Chemistry programs in Washington state or around the country. 

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit Central's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Area of Study

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Program Contact

For more information, contact
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Business Division
206.934.3858206.934.3858
STEMB.Central@seattlecolleges.edu

Advising Contact

Advising hours and services: seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/transfer-and-career-advising/meet-advisor

Schedule phone and Zoom appointments: Starfish

Email and phone: AdvisorCentral@seattlecolleges.edu/ 206.934.4068/ 206.934.4068

Location: Broadway Campus BE1102D