Bakersfield College


Chemistry Associate of Science Degree

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.

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.

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.

Total Units: 38

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
CHEM B1A General Chemistry II 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

Select 8 Units from the following:

Course # Title Units
PHYS B4A Mechanics and Wave Motion 4.0
PHYS B4B Heat, Electricity, Magnetism 4.0
PHYS B2A General Physics-Mechanics & Heat 4.0
PHYS B2B General Physics-Sound, Light, Electricity, Magnetism, Modern Physics 4.0


Course # Title Units
PHYS B4C Optics & Modern Physics 4.0
BIOL B3B General Biology II 5.0
BIOL B16 General Microbiology 5.0

Note: BIOL B3B no longer has BIOL B3A as prerequisite.

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 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.