Chemistry is often called the central science as it provides the connection between mathematics and the physical, life and applied sciences. Chemistry is the science of molecules and their transformations. Chemists study the composition, properties and reactivity of matter and synthesize and discover new molecules and materials. Since the transformation of matter is integral to the modern world, the study of chemistry can lead to a diverse variety of careers.This degree also prepares the student to enter programs in aerospace, agriculture, biology, engineering, environmental science, and health science.

Students in the Chemistry program earn the Associate of Science degree, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. Students may complete their chemistry courses in-person (day and evening). Students usually take other non-chemistry courses needed for the Associate of Science degree through a combination of in-person or hybrid courses. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities with junior standing.

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Science degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Science degree for Chemistry students is $5,160. This includes tuition and course fees for all courses required for the transfer degree. Books and course fees in other classes outside of the program are not calculated. However, to assist our students, many courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs.

Program Code

8603 Associate in Science (AS), Chemistry

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

With further education, students are prepared for careers: 

  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Business
  • Education
  • Materials Science

Employment outlook is strong, as industry is looking toward majors in areas such as Chemistry to fill jobs. According to our transfer partner, Arizona State University, Chemistry majors can expect the following salaries in careers for which a Chemistry degree at bachelors, masters, or doctoral level is the direct preparation.

Career *Growth *Median Salary
Business Intelligence Analyst 9.3% $88,510
Chemical Technician 4.0% $47,280
Chemist 6.5% $74,740
Climate Change Analyst 11.1% $69,400
Clinical Trials Manager 9.9% $118,970
Crime Scene Investigator 16.8% $57,850
Hydrogeologist 9.9% $118,970
Pharmacist 5.6% $124,170
 Surgeon 11.4%  #

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics, US Dept. of Labor.

To Be Determined

Dr. Relindis Mawo, Department Chair/Program Advisor
Office: NS-124
Phone: (480) 425-6705

Division Office
Office: NS-102
Phone: (480) 423-6296