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Degree awarded: Associate in Science

Program Narrative

If you are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemistry or a career in the areas of medicine or scientific research, Northampton's Chemistry program is an affordable way to start. With a curriculum that parallels the first two years of most four-year programs, NCC can save you thousands of dollars on your undergraduate degree. By working closely with an advisor, you can choose the right electives, and stay on track with the requirements of the transfer college of your choice.

Another option some graduates have chosen is to enter the job market upon completion of their two-year Chemistry degree. NCC's program prepares you for the range of fields that are based in chemistry, including environmental sciences, manufacturing, biotechnology and more.

Program Features

Northampton has dual admissions agreements with a variety of colleges. These arrangements enable you to have admission to Northampton and the four-year institution you select. You will receive close advising, and, based on your performance, our agreements guarantee your easy transfer of credits. Courses in this program are offered primarily during the day.

Program Requirements

While there are no special admissions requirements for the Chemistry program, certain courses in the program require a background in English, algebra, and chemistry. If you are lacking background in these areas, you should acquire it during the summer preceding your first semester. Northampton's admissions and counseling staff can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your enrollment into this program.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to solve problems and explain chemical processes.
  • Apply scientific principles and skills in conducting experiments, and in the use of instrumentation and analysis of results.
  • Present research in acceptable written and oral format using scientific literature and computer aided analysis
  • Demonstrate the ability to work successfully in independent and collaborative settings.
  • Demonstrate best practice of safety and laboratory techniques and procedures.


Associate in Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I* 4
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 English 1 3
MATH 180 Calculus I** 4
Second Semester
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 151L English II (Literature) 3
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
---------- General Education Elective 3
Third Semester
CHEM 201G Organic Chemistry I 4
PHYS 215 Physics for Science and Engineering I 5
---------- General Education Elective 3
---------- General Education Elective 3
Fourth Semester
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 225 Physics for Science and Engineering II 5
---------- Electives 8

Total Credits: 60

* Students that are not CHEM 120 ready for their first semester should take CHEM 011 first.

** Students that are not MATH 180 ready for the first semester should take MATH 160 or 140 first. It is highly recommended that all students start their math sequence in the first semester

  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved courses in each of the following categories: Arts and Humanities (AH); Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT) and Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).
  • Completion of CHEM 201G satisfies the program-related Writing Intensive (WI) requirement. In addition, one General Education Elective must be taken in a Writing Intensive (WI) section.
  • Computer competencies are included in various program courses, specifically CHEM 120, 220, 210G, and 251. Thus, completing the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for this program.

NCC students have transferred to: Cedar Crest College, East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Lock Haven University, Penn State University, University of Hawaii
The A.S. in CHEMISTRY prepares you for these other areas of study: Medical School, Biotechnology, and a multitude of chemistry related industries.