Bakersfield College

Chemistry

Associate in Science

The Associate of Science in Chemistry is appropriate for students interested in transferring to a four-year university as a major in the sciences. The major will provide students with a complete general education in math and core physical sciences as well as an introduction to some basic computer systems skills. Additionally, the degree provides the student employment opportunities within local industries as a laboratory technician. Career opportunities in Chemistry for transfers, are varied and broad, ranging from all chemical industries, physics, all other areas of the physical sciences, engineering, and all areas of the biological sciences and allied health fields. Examples of local industries include: agriculture, geo and petrochemical businesses, analytical services and laboratories.

To Achieve the Associate in Science 
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Chemistry Associate in Science degree.

To Transfer Coursework 
A minimum of 38 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of and recognize the processes that explain natural phenomena.
  • apply the methodologies of science when approaching a problem.
  • apply logical quantitative and qualitative reasoning in solving problems.

Total Units: 38


Required Courses:

Course Number Title Units
CHEM B1A General Chemistry 1 5.0
CHEM B1B General Chemistry & Chemical Analysis 5.0
CHEM B18 Elementary Organic Chemistry 5.0
MATH B6A Analytic Geometry/Calculus I 4.0
MATH B6B Analytic Geometry/Calculus II 4.0
MATH B6C Calculus III 4.0
COMP B2 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3.0

Plus 8 units from the following

Course Number Title Units
PHYS B4A* Mechanics and Wave Motion 4.0
  -and-  
 PHYS B4B* Heat, Electricity, Magnetism 4.0
  -or-  
PHYS B2A General Physics - Mechanics & Heat 4.0
  -and-  
PHYS B2b General Physics-Sound, Light, Electricity, Magnetism, Modern Physics 4.0

Electives

Course Number Title Units
PHYSC B4C* Optics & Modern Physics 4.0
BIOL B3B General Biology II 5.0
  -or-  
BIOL B16 General Microbiology 5.0

Suggested Program

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM B1A General Chemistry I 5.0
MATH B6A Analytic Geometry/Calculus I 4.0
COMP B2 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3.0

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM B1B General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis 5.0
PHYS B4A* Mechanics and Wave Motion 4.0
MATH B6B Analytic Geometry/Calculus II 4.0

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM B18 Elementary Organic Chemistry 5.0
MATH B6C Calculus III 4.0
PHYS B4B* Heat, Electricity, Magnetism 4.0
  -or-  
PHYS B2A General Physics - Mechanics & Heat 4.0

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
PHYS B4C* Optics & Modern Physics 4.0
or PHYS B2B General Physics-SLEMMP 4.0

Note: BIOL B3b no longer has BIOL B3A as prerequisite.

* Recommended

The courses in physics (PHYS B4a, B4b, B4c), math (MATH B6a through MATH B6c) and chemistry (CHEM B1a and B1b) are required as preparation for the major in chemistry at most transfer colleges and universities. See www.assist.org for specific major preparation courses for the CSUs and UCs. Two courses in English composition (ENGL B1a and ENGL B2 or PHIL B9) as well as general education courses are also required. Please consult with a counselor for more specific information and study the catalog of the senior institution to which you intend to transfer.


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