Chemistry is everywhere! Students who complete an associate degree in chemistry can transfer to many 4-year colleges to earn a bachelor's degree. Common bachelor's degree programs include chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering. Students may also begin careers in some chemical research fields.

Program Overview

Chemistry lab

What Will You Learn?

Associate in Arts

In this program, students will learn basic chemistry and advanced organic chemistry skills as well as basic principles of biology and physics. Students will use modern equipment for chemical analysis.


In-State Tuition: $223/credit

Out-of-State / International Tuition: $429/credit

Some programs have additional program fees


5 Semesters

61 credits

After working full-time for two years, I enrolled at QCC because of their generous financial aid, flexibility in online and in-person classes, and the extra support of the MassTransfer program when it comes to completing my bachelor’s degree.

- Brittany Soompholphakdy, LA - Chemistry Option Student

Learn Online

This program may be completed 50% or more online.


High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.


  • This program may be completed at QCC Worcester (Main Campus).
  • This program may be completed face-to-face.

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Course TitleCourse #Semester OfferedCreditsPrerequisites

Semester 1

  • Apply and get accepted to this program (Program Code: LACH).
  • Register for and successfully complete all courses to graduate in five semesters.
  • Attend Transfer Services events. For information see
  • Complete ENG 101 and MAT 233.
Biology I: Introduction to Organismal DiversityBIO 106F/S4Coreq: ENG 101
General Chemistry ICHM 105F/S/SU4MAT 095 with a grade of “C” or higher or approp place score
Composition IENG 101F/S/SU3Placement into college level English
Calculus IMAT 233F/S/SU4MAT 124 or approp place score

Semester 2

  • Meet with a Transfer Services Advisor. See Attend Transfer Services events.
  • Confirm that MassTransfer general education transfer block can be completed.
  • Complete CHM 106 and MAT 234.
Biology II: Introduction to Cells and MoleculesBIO 107F/S/SU4CHM 105 or CHM 123, ENG 101
General Chemistry IICHM 106F/S/SU4CHM 105
Composition IIENG 102F/S/SU3ENG 101
Calculus IIMAT 234F/S/SU4MAT 233

Semester 3 (Summer)

Creative Arts Elective---F/S/SU3 
Multiple Perspectives Elective---F/S/SU3 

Semester 4

  • Meet with representatives of four-year schools to discuss/begin the transfer application process.
  • Complete CHM 201 and PHY 105.
Organic Chemistry ICHM 201F/S/SU4CHM 106 or CHM 124
General Physics I: Newtonian MechanicsPHY 105F/S/SU4MAT 233
Literature, Philosophy, or Language Elective---F/S/SU3 

Semester 5

  • Continue with/complete the transfer application process.
  • Submit an Intent to Graduate Form, located on The Q.
Organic Chemistry IICHM 202F/S/SU4CHM 201
General Physics II: Electricity & MagnetismPHY 107F/S/SU4MAT 234, PHY 105
Social Science Foundational Elective---F/S/SU3 
U.S. or World History Survey Elective---F/S/SU3 
Total Credits Required:  61 

Program Goals:

The QCC Liberal Arts - Chemistry Option associate degree program includes the following program goals:

  • Provide a curriculum with an emphasis on courses that the student will need to seamlessly transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in chemistry or a pre-professional field.
  • Provide a well-rounded foundational education in the liberal arts disciplines, defined as fine arts, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.
  • Foster and hone high-level communication and critical reasoning skills, vital for success in a bachelor’s degree program or professional career.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of basic chemical principles, including relation of matter and energy, atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermodynamics, and theory of bonding.
  • Apply basic chemical principles to organic chemistry, including organic synthesis design and related lab skills.
  • Incorporate the physics principles into the understanding of chemistry and apply chemical principles to biological systems.
  • Employ the scientific method to investigate scientific principles, analyze and interpret data, and solve complex problems.
  • Apply mathematical reasoning to explore chemical concepts, including data analysis using statistics and the correct composition and interpretation of graphs.
  • Demonstrate proper use of basic laboratory equipment, adhering to laboratory safety protocols, as well as a technical proficiency in computer technology for data analysis.
  • Demonstrate clear and effective communication skills, including verbal, written, graphic, and numerical, with emphasis on the presentation of experimental results.
  • Utilize the broad-based liberal arts curriculum in the fine arts, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social and behavioral sciences to examine the role of chemistry in society.

Admissions Process:

Admissions inquiries should be directed to Prospective students may apply to the program of their choice by following the enrollment steps at

Program Admissions Requirements:

Students should note that some first semester courses carry minimum prerequisites. Refer to the program grid.

  • High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.

CORI, SORI, Finger Printing & Drug Testing:

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks are not required. Fingerprinting and drug testing are not required.

Additional Cost:

See the Program Fees page.

Technical Performance Standards:

See the Technical Performance Standards page. (Note: Not all programs have technical performance standards).

Credit for Prior Learning:

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) allows students to use skills they already have towards a college degree or certificate. Work, life, volunteer and military experience may be translated into credit, allowing students to take fewer classes and earn their degree faster. CPL eliminates redundancies for students who have already earned credentials or mastered skills required for their program of study. Email for more information and eligibility.

Career Outlook:

Please consult the Massachusetts Career Information System at or the Occupational Outlook Handbook at for specific occupational information. The CIP code for this program is 40.0501.

Transfer Articulations & Opportunities:

Prospective students may learn more about transfer articulation agreements at More information regarding transfer opportunities is available at

  • For the purpose of the articulation agreement with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI):
    • It is required that students intending to pursue the Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry option at WPI also complete BIO 259, BIO 260, and BIO 262; students who have not completed these courses at the time of enrollment at WPI may be considered for initial admission to the Chemistry major, with the opportunity for eventual transition to Biochemistry.
    • For WPI, all non-Mathematics courses require grades of “B” or higher to transfer; Mathematics courses require grades of “B-” or higher.