Associate of Science

The Associate of Science degree with a field of study in Chemistry offers students the opportunity to take a core curriculum of general education with an emphasis in Chemistry.

Chemistry students have a wide choice of careers in many different scientific and technical fields. The student should bear in mind that many of the career areas will require training beyond the Associate of Science degree and in some cases a post-graduate degree:

Career fields available to Chemistry students:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Education, secondary and post-secondary
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Medical Technology
  • Mineral Processing
  • Molecular Biology
  • Oil Refining
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Plastics Manufacturing
  • Water Treatment

This listing closely parallels the first two years of education that one would receive at most universities. Upon completion of this sequence, many students transfer to obtain a degree in one of the various chemistry fields. However, students intending to transfer should be aware of the transfer institution’s requirements.

Entering students, please note that the first semester suggests MATH 2413 Calculus I. Students with a score of 380+ on the math portion of the TSI Exam may test-out of MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math and enroll directly into MATH 2413 Calculus I after taking and passing the Calculus I Placement Exam provided by the Mathematics Department. Students who qualify and elect this option must contact and make arrangements with the Mathematics Department at 956-872-8327 no later than two (2) weeks prior to the start of the semester the students intends to enroll.

Students with an SAT score of 560+ (SAT II Math Level 1), 520+ (SAT II Math Level 2) or an ACT score of 28+ may also enroll directly into MATH 2413 Calculus I. Otherwise, it is recommended that students take the prerequisite MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math the summer prior to the start of the fall semester. Enrollment in MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math requires a prerequisite of MATH 1414 College Algebra or ACT scores of 25-27, SAT II Math Level I scores of 520-559, or SAT II Math Level 2 scores of 500-519.

For questions regarding this major, please contact the program advisors:

  • Dr. Enriqueta Cortez, Department Chair
  • Dr, Ludivina Avila, Chemistry Instructor
  • Dr. Ivan Camara, Math and Science Student Success Specialist


Field of Study - 18 credit hours
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II4
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I 14
CHEM 2425Organic Chemistry II 14
MATH 2414Calculus II4
STC Core Curriculum - 42 credit hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 242
Life and Physical Sciences
College Physics I
and College Physics II
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Biology for Science Majors I
and Biology for Science Majors II (only recommended for Pre-Med majors)
Calculus I
Total Credit Hours60

For CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 2425 Organic Chemistry II, 3 credit hours are scheduled for the field of study and 1 credit hour is scheduled to meet the general core curriculum requirements (Component Area Option).


In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 2413 Calculus I 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 4
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 1-4
 Credit Hours14
Third Semester
MATH 2414 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours4
Fourth Semester
CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I 1 4
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
Select one of the following: 2 4
College Physics I  
University Physics I  
Biology for Science Majors I (Pre-Med majors only)  
 Credit Hours14
Fifth Semester
CHEM 2425 Organic Chemistry II 1 4
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
Select one of the following: 2 4
College Physics II  
University Physics II  
Biology for Science Majors II (Pre-Med majors only)  
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 2425 Organic Chemistry II are combined lecture and lab courses with 3 credit hours of each course designated as field of study and one credit hour allocated to the institutional component area option.


College Physics or University Physics must be taken for a broad chemistry associate and chemical engineering majors. Pre-Med Majors are recommended to complete both the BIOL and PHYS sequences to meet program requirements and to prepare for MCAT.