Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.S.-T Degree
The Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degree is designed to prepare students for entrance into a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Chemistry or Biochemistry. The primary focus of the AS-T degree is completion of the necessary math and science requirements for junior standing at Washington state baccalaureate institutions. Students will be required to take additional general education courses after transfer to fulfill university requirements. The B.A. degree has more flexibility to include coursework for education, business, or engineering careers, while the B.S. degree requires additional science and is recommended for graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, medical or dental school or for work in the chemical/biochemical industry.
Chemistry/Biochemistry — What is it?
Chemistry is a physical science involving the study of all substances and energy—where as Biochemistry is the study of the living organisms at a molecular level. Chemistry is used to produce substances from food and medicine, clothing and cosmetics, to plastics, paper and electronics; therefore knowledge of chemistry is critical to the health and safety of people and the environment.
Areas of study in Chemistry/Biochemistry:
Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Physical Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, Kinetics, Instrumental Analysis.
Graduates in Chemistry and Biochemistry develop strong critical thinking, problem solving, computational and technical skills to work in multiple careers such as a research scientist, industrial chemist, crime lab analyst, chemical/pharmaceutical sales, quality control specialist, environmental climate change researcher, forensic scientist, and teachers. Advanced degrees and licensures are often required for health professional careers, veterinary science or specialization in the physical sciences.
Potential employers include:
Pharmaceutical Companies, Agriculture and Biotechnology Industries, Government Agencies, Manufacturing Firms, Hospitals, Clinics, Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, and Businesses. For more, please visit Career Counseling.
Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
The AS-T makes it possible for students to transfer to a number of public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. with junior standing. Washington state institutions are listed below with Chemistry (C) and Biochemistry (BC)majors.