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Associate in Science (414)

Bachelor’s programs in chemistry are built on an in-depth foundation of sequential coursework in science and math, while upper-division coursework provides the preparation necessary for graduate studies and/or work in industry. Multiple tracks are often available. For example, some institutions offer a specialty in biochemistry or certification for high school teaching. To transfer as a junior into a bachelor’s chemistry program, students must complete 60 semester credits, (64 for the Associate degree), including all of the essential prerequisite courses below. Students should be aware that because of differences among schools in the number of credits for which various courses are offered and the possible need for prerequisite courses, it may be difficult to complete an Associate in Science degree without taking more credits than will be accepted in transfer.

Note: Students are strongly encouraged to complete a third semester of calculus (MAT 205) prior to transfer. Students are also encouraged to complete a third semester of engineering physics (PHY 213).

A grade of “C” or better may be required for chemistry, mathematics and engineering science courses to transfer.

Effective Fall of 2016, the associate in science (A.S.) degree is designed to complete the lower-division (freshman and sophomore) portion of a bachelor of science degree in STEM related majors. As a result, A.S. degree does not include the entire General Education Core Curriculum. Therefore, students will need to complete MORE general education courses after transfer by completing the GECC curriculum while enrolled at the participating Illinois transfer institution OR fulfilling the general education requirements of their selected non-participating transfer institution.

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Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution’s catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354;
David Edelbach, Associate Professor of Chemistry, 815/835-6364;
Cynthia Everett, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 815/835-6379

Chemistry - IAI Recommended Baccalaureate Curriculum

Suggested Program

First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16-18

  • Life Science (BIO 105 recommended) 3-5 Semester hour(s)

Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 18

  • Personal Development 1 Semester hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17

  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Personal Development 1 Semester hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15

  • Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Personal Development 1 Semester hour(s)

Total Credits: 66-68

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