Chemical Engineering Associate | Cascadia College

Chemical Engineering


Associate in Science Track 2, Pre Engineering MRP (Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering)

Area of Interest:

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Program Length:

103 College-level Credits


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Coursework may be completed through a combination of web-enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.


Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing, and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level. 

Find your placement options

Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study. 

Math classes through MATH& 163 Calculus 3, plus MATH 208 Linear Algebra and MATH 238 Differential Equations, depending on transfer institution.


If you have any questions about this pathway, contact:

Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you: Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements.

You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Be sure to connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team! 

The Annual Course Planning Guide shows Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.


0-30 credits

  • CHEM& 161 General Chemistry with Lab I 
  • COLL 101 College Strategies  
  • MATH& 151 Calculus I
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I 
  • MATH& 152 Calculus II
  • CHEM& 162 General Chemistry with Lab II

30-60 credits

  • MATH& 163 Calculus 3
  • CHEM& 163 General Chemistry with Lab III 
  • ENGL& 235 Technical Writing
  • PHYS& 221 Engineering Physics I
  • MATH 208 Linear Algebra
  • CHEM& 241 Organic Chemistry I

60-103 credits

  • MATH 238 Differential Equations
  • PHYS& 222 Engineering Physics II
  • CHEM& 242 Organic Chemistry II + CHEM 254 Organic Chemistry Lab A  (must be taken together)
  • IT-CS 142 Intermediate Programming*
    • *Prerequisite for this course is either IT-CS 115 (2.0 or higher) or earning a placing score via the HackerRank test
  • PHYS& 223 Engineering Physics III
  • ECON& 201 Microeconomics or other Social Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)
  • 150 Diversity, Equity and Power Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)  
  • Humanities Distribution Requirement with EDP Designation (View Choice Classes

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests. 

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP-designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.


Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory, or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.


  • ART 121 Drawing  
  • ART 122 Drawing II 
  • CMST 105 Professional Communication  
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication  
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking  
  • CMST& 230 Small Group Communication-Leadership Dynamics  
  • CMST 251 Intercultural Communication 
  • PHIL 102 Ethics and Social Problems  
  • PHIL 115 Critical Thinking  
  • PHIL 238 Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights 
  • PHIL 242 Biomedical Ethics  
  • PHIL 243 Environmental Ethics and Sustainability 

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.


  • ANTH 151 Anthropology of Human Rights  
  • ANTH& 235 Cross-Cultural Medicine  
  • POLS& 202 American Government  
  • POLS& 203 International Relations  
  • PSYC 202 Biopsychology  
  • PSYC& 220 Psychological Disorders  
  • PSYC 250 Cross-Cultural Psychology  
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology

Transfer Opportunities: 

Associate in Science – Transfer Track 2 Pre-Engineering Major Related Program (MRP) (Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering) 

Cascadia's Associate in Science - Transfer Track 2 Pre- Engineering MRP Major-Related Program that prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university in a variety of engineering majors. Engineering is a broad field; one course of study will not prepare you for study in all the sub-disciplines in the field. Cascadia therefore offers three different “pathways” of study within the associate in science in engineering.

The Associate in Science - Transfer Track 2 degree is designed if you are interested in earning a two-year academic degree. This degree is primarily intended for you if you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university in natural science, pre-med, engineering, or computer science. Like all Cascadia transfer degrees, the AS-T degree provides you with a solid foundation for future studies through the completion of a range of courses in the sciences and liberal arts. Courses are similar to what would typically be taken at a four-year college or university. If you plan to select this degree complete a common general education core and then choose between two "tracks". Track 2 is for you with majors in computer science, atmospheric science, or physics. Track 2 also has a specific engineering portion for students planning on a major in engineering. AS-T degree students should consult an academic advisor for full details.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

University of Washington, Seattle

Washington State University, Pullma 

View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities. 

University admissions requirements may vary – consult with the Career and Transfer Office for transfer assistance to plan your career and future educational goals. 

Career Possibilities

Wide range of possibilities: some common examples include development of processes for pharmaceuticals, petroleum and mining products, plastics, chemicals, paper, food, waste management, water quality, etc. 

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*Net Online. O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry, and more. 

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Office for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals. 

Some job opportunities may also exist in business corporations, non-profits, and Tribal Enterprises.

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