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Chemistry Transfer Pathway Degree

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The Chemistry Transfer Pathway Associate of Science (AS) degree program offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Chemistry bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

  • Minnesota State Transfer Pathways offer students curriculum that is designed to fully transfer to a parallel program at one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system:

    • Bemidji State University: Chemistry Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, Chemistry Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
    • Metropolitan State University: Biochemistry BS, Chemistry BS 
    • Minnesota State University, Mankato: Chemistry Bachelor of Science (BS) degree (ACS Approved)
    • Minnesota State University, Moorhead: Chemistry Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, Chemistry Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
    • Southwest Minnesota State University: Chemistry, Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • St. Cloud State University: Chemistry Bachelor of Science (BS) degree (ACS Approved)
    • Winona State University: Chemistry BS (General), Chemistry BS (ACS Chemistry, ACS Environmental Chemistry, ACS Material Chemistry)


  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of experimental and theoretical chemistry;
    2. Explain and apply skills in analytical thinking and problem solving, and apply scientific methods to experimental data;
    3. Demonstrate skills in laboratory operations including making accurate and precise measurements, preparing solutions, operating instrumentation, experimental design, and the interpretation and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data and results;
    4. Communicate their own data and analysis in oral and written communications that uses tables and graphs, describe detailed experimental procedures, and clearly explain conclusions, in order to create clear and compelling papers, posters, or presentations;
    5. Work both independently and collaboratively in the classroom and in the laboratory; and
    6. Apply learned concepts to everyday situations and experiences, and critically evaluate contributions to science reported in the media; identify valid approaches to scientific problem solving and reporting.
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.
    • Satisfy residency requirements. 
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • Each state university has specific program requirements for completion. Please speak with your advisor about requirements at receiving institutions.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


  • 40 CREDITS

    CHEM 1061* Principles of Chemistry I 4
    CHEM 1062* Principles of Chemistry II 4
    CHEM 2061* Organic Chemistry I 5
    CHEM 2062* Organic Chemistry II 5
    MATH 1400* Calculus I 5
    MATH 1401* Calculus II 5
    PHYS 1327* College Physics I 6
    PHYS 1328* College Physics II 6
    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.
  • 30 credits

    Complete at least 20 credits in courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete at least one course in six of the 10 goal areas. One course may satisfy more than one goal, but the course credits may only be counted once.

    1. Communication 
      ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121 4
      CMST 1110 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3
    2. Critical Thinking
    3. Natural Science
      CHEM 1061* 4
      CHEM 1062* 4
      PHYS 1327* 6
      PHYS 1328* 6
    4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
      MATH 1400 5
      MATH 1401 5
    Choose courses from at least two of the following areas, totaling 13 credits:
    5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
    6. Humanities/Fine Art
    7. Human Diversity 
    8. Global Perspective
    9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility
    10. People and the Environment
    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.
  • The following two-year Pathway Plan is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this pathway. For assistance with pathway planning, students should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. See also the college catalog Appendix for course offering information.


    Semester  One Semester Two 
    CHEM 1061 4 CHEM 1062 4
    ENGL 1120 OR ENGL 1121 4 CMST 1110 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3
    MATH 1400 5 MATH 1401 5
    General Ed/MnTC  3 General Ed/MnTC 3
    TOTAL  16 TOTAL  15 


    Semester Three Semester Four
    CHEM 2061 5 CHEM 2062 5
    PHYS 1327 6 PHYS 1328 6
    General Ed/MnTC 3 General Ed/MnTC 4
    TOTAL  14 TOTAL  15

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