Learn the fundamental principles of chemistry with an Associate of Science (AS) degree in chemistry from FRCC. Lab hours give you hands-on practice in the concepts and principles introduced in the classroom. Our chemistry program can serve as a springboard for pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemistry or another life science at a four-year university.

Why Study Chemistry at Front Range Community College?

Our program introduces you to chemistry and includes courses common to all four-year institutions in Colorado. In our small classroom and laboratory environment you'll explore atoms, chemical bonds and reactions, the way matter interacts and the forces that give matter its properties. 

A degree in chemistry opens the door to careers as a:

  • Medical professional, such as doctor, dentist, pharmacist or chiropractor
  • Environmental, chemical or quality control laboratory technician
  • Researcher in chemical, environmental or medical fields
  • Secondary science teacher
  • Technical writer
  • Advocate for science policy or social impact

While science careers often require a BS degree or higher, starting at FRCC gives you a solid foundation—and can save money too.

Degree Details

AS in Chemistry

Program Location: Westminster

Total Credits: 60 credits (4 semesters)

Our AS degree in chemistry allows you to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree so you can transfer to a university. You'll study such areas, such as:

  • General chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physics
  • Calculus-based physics

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Transfer Options

For students who want to complete a degree in chemistry and are academically prepared to take college chemistry (CHE 111) and calculus (MAT 201), the AS in chemistry is the most direct path to a bachelor’s degree in this field.

You can transfer your AS degree in chemistry to the following Colorado public four-year schools:

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado-Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Students who are not college chemistry and calculus ready should work with their Academic Advisor to develop the best academic plan based on where they are starting and where they are hoping to transfer.

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Careers & Outcomes

Your degree program in chemistry can open doors for a career in several fields. Although some careers may require bachelor's and graduate degrees, you'll get a strong foundation with a degree from FRCC.

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