Chemistry Associate | Cascadia College



Associate in Science Track 1 (Biological Sciences, Environmental/Resource Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, and Earth Science) 

Area of Interest:

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Program Length:

90 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. 

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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.


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

30-60 credits

  • CHEM& 163 General Chemistry with Lab III
  • CHEM& 241 Organic Chemistry I 
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II 
  • MATH& 163 Calculus 3 
  • PHYS& 221 Engineering Physics I  
  • 150 Equity, Diversity and Power Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)

60-90 credits

  • CHEM& 242 Organic Chemistry II 
  • CHEM& 243 Organic Chemistry III 
  • CHEM 254 Organic Chemistry Lab A 
  • CHEM 255 Organic Chemistry Lab B 
  • PHYS& 222 Engineering Physics II  
  • PHYS & 223 Engineering Physics III 
  • Humanities Distribution Requirement with EDP Designation (View Choice Classes)  
  • Social Science Distribution Requirement (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 110 2-Dimensional Design  
  • ART 120 Introduction to Graphic Design 
  • ART 121 Drawing  
  • ART 122 Drawing II 
  • CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication  
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking   
  • DRMA& 101 Introduction to Theatre  
  • ENGL& 235 Technical Writing  
  • ENGL& 237 Creative Writing II  
  • ENGL& 238 Creative Writing III 
  • MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 
  • PHIL 115 Critical Thinking

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& 206 Cultural Anthropology  
  • ANTH& 235 Cross-Cultural Medicine  
  • BUS& 101 Introduction to Business  
  • ECON& 201 Microeconomics 
  • GS 101 Introduction to Global Studies  
  • HIST& 126 World Civilizations I 
  • HIST& 127 World Civilizations II 
  • HIST& 128 World Civilizations III  
  • POLS& 101 Introduction to Political Science  
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology  
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 

Transfer Opportunities: 

Associate in Science Track 1 (Biological Sciences, Environmental/Resource Sciences, Chemistry, Geology and Earth Science)

Cascadia's Associate in Science - Transfer Track 1 is a transfer degree that prepares you to enter a four-year college or university with a major in biological science, environmental, earth, or resource science, chemistry, or geology. You will gain a solid foundation for future studies by completing a range of courses in the sciences and liberal arts, similar to the courses students typically take at a 4-year college or university.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

Cascadia College's Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices provides a pathway to careers in the green industry.  Graduates will learn the skills necessary to plan and implement sustainability approaches to how we live and work by managing complex projects for government agencies, companies and non-profit organizations, environmental water, energy, and agriculture industries, construction management firms, and educational institutions.

Central Washington University

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

University of Washington, Bothell

University of Washington, Seattle

Western Washington University, Bellingham


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.

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Career Possibilities

Air Quality Chemist, Analytical Chemist, Chemical Laboratory Scientist, Chemist, Forensic Chemist, Forensic Scientist, Quality Control Chemist (QC Chemist). 

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. 

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