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Chemistry - AS

From the shampoo we wash our hair with to the pest control products used in the fields where our food is grown, the work of chemists is a part of our daily lives in a multitude of ways. Chemistry is the study of different types of matter and how they interact with one another to create new substances. If you enjoy coming up with theories and testing them, a Chemistry program will give you the tools to turn your interest in experimentation into a career path. In addition to learning chemical principles and processes in the classroom, you will spend time in the lab, developing methods for how to ask the right questions, identify patterns, draw conclusions, and solve problems. A Chemistry degree can be applied to careers in several fields, including chemical engineering, pharmacy, environmental science, agriculture, and engineering.

An associate degree in Chemistry can be the first step toward many professional roles, including food chemist, pharmaceutical sales representative, quality control manager, and toxicologist. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

Students should work closely with their advisor and contact their transfer institution choices for more specific transfer information.

The first year of a Chemistry program will include math and English courses to meet general education requirements. The completion of introductory math and English courses in your first year is proven to greatly increase the likelihood of crossing the graduation stage, boosting your momentum along the academic pathway you select. Other general education courses on your pathway will cover topics in Arts and Humanities, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences. 

Program-specific courses may begin as soon as your first semester. These courses will become more advanced as you move along your degree pathway. Through this sequence of courses, your knowledge of chemical processes and experimentation practices will grow and deepen. Coursework will include Calculus, Calculus-Based Physics, and Organic Chemistry. After completing a 60-credit associate degree, your degree pathway can continue with guaranteed transfer to a college that offers bachelor’s degrees.

Chemistry - AS (60 credits)
Required Courses that Fulfill General Education Requirements (30 Credit Hours)
  Credit Hours Course Number and Title
(Written) Communication 6 ENG 121/1021 English Composition I and ENG 122/1022 English Composition II
ENG 122/1022 English Composition II and a GT Pathways approved CO3 course
Mathematics MAT 201/2410 Calculus I
Arts & Humanities  3 One GT Pathways Arts & Humanities course (GT-AH1, GT- AH2, GTAH3, GT-AH4) 
History  3 One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1) 
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 One GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences course (GT-SS1, GTSS2, GT-SS3)
Natural & Physical Sciences

5 CHE 111/1111 General College Chemistry I w/Lab 
5 CHE 112/1112 General College Chemistry II w/Lab
Additional Required Courses & Electives (30 Credit Hours)
Credit Hours Course Number and Title
5 MAT 202/2420 Calculus II
MAT 203/2430 Calculus III
PHY 211/2111 Physics: Calculus-based I w/Lab
5 PHY 212/2112 Physics: Calculus-based II w/Lab
5 CHE 211/2111 Organic Chemistry I w/Lab **
5 CHE 212/2112 Organic Chemistry II w/Lab **
Electives - 1 credit hours


1. This statewide transfer articulation agreement in Chemistry does not fulfill requirements for the GT Pathways general education curriculum or the Associate of Science degree prior to transfer; however, this agreement does guarantee a student, if admitted, junior standing and completion of the baccalaureate degree within an additional 60 semester hours at the receiving institution.

2. Completion of the receiving institution’s lower division general education requirements is fulfilled only under the condition that one GT Pathways-approved course in arts and humanities (AH1, AH2, AH3, or AH4) and one GT Pathways-approved course in social and behavioral sciences (SS1, SS2, or SS3) are successfully completed at the receiving institution within the first 30 hours or 12 calendar months.

3. Students transferring to a four-year college/university under this Chemistry agreement are encouraged to ‘reverse’ transfer the one GT Pathways course in arts and humanities and the one GT Pathways course in social and behavioral sciences (Note #2 above) back to their community college in order to complete the GT Pathways general education program and to earn their Associate of Science degree with a Chemistry designation.
**Lecture and laboratory portions of Organic Chemistry, CHE 211/2111 and 212/2112, must not be taken in an online delivery format.

Otero College is a part of a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement between Colorado community colleges and universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with designation; enroll with junior status at a university; and complete your bachelor’s degree. If you attend full-time and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in 4 years.

The following Colorado public four-year institutions will accept your completed Chemistry AS degree from Otero College.


Adams State University
[B.S. Biology; Cellular & Molecular Biology, Organismal Biology, &
Wildlife Biology emphases]

Colorado Mesa University
[B.S. Biological Sciences; Biology concentration]

Colorado State University-Ft Collins
[B.S. Biological Sciences]

Colorado State University-Pueblo
[B.S. Biology]

Fort Lewis College
[B.S. Biology; General Biology option]

Metropolitan State University of Denver
[B.S. Biology]

University of Colorado Boulder
[B.A. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology]

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
[B.S. Biology]

University of Colorado Denver
[B.S. Biology]

University of Northern Colorado
[B.S. Biological Sciences; Cell & Molecular Biology, Ecology &
Evolutionary Biology, Pre-Health & Biomedical Sciences emphases]

Western Colorado University
[B.A. Biology; Cell Biology/Pre-medicine, Environmental Biology &
Ecology, General Biology, Pre-allied Health emphases]