Associate in Science degree (AS)

Dual/Joint Degree Program with York

Chemistry matters. It’s the study of matter—how it interacts, transforms and changes. If you’re looking to learn about the very substance of the world, find a great job and help improve society, explore chemistry at Queensborough!

Armed with an A.S. in Chemistry, you can transfer to York College to complete a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Our education can open doors to growing career opportunities in the local economy including the biomedical and personal care industries and food and health related manufacturing. Maybe you’ll invent a product that can improve life for us all! Get started here!

Common Core Requirements

Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-441: Analytic Geometry & Calculus I 4
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. CH-151: General Chemistry I1
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Recommended: HI-110, HI-111, HI-112) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (Recommended: SP-211) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C. Creative Expression (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. BI-201: General Biology I 4
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. CH-152: General Chemistry II1 4.5
Subtotal 35

Major Requirements

Courses Credits
MA-442: Analytical Geometry and Calculus 4
CH-251: Organic Chemistry I 5
CH-252: Organic Chemistry II 5
BI-202: General Biology II 4
Subtotal 18

Additional Major Requirements

Courses Credits
HE-102: Health, Behavior and Society 2
Foreign Language or Liberal Arts & Sciences course 3-4
Subtotal 5-6


Courses Credits
Free electives 1-2
Subtotal 1-2

Total Credits Required


Students are required to take particular courses in some areas of the Common Core that fulfill both general education and major requirements. If students do not take the required courses in the Common Core, they will have to take additional credits to complete their degree requirements.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

Dual/Joint A.S. in Chemistry leading to the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at York College 

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:
  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments—through their programs—may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competency in the concepts and methods of the foundation mathematics and sciences courses required for transfer to the junior year in Pharmaceutical Sciences at York College (general chemistry, organic chemistry, general biology, & calculus) and/or the junior year of a senior college offering a B.A. or B.S. in chemistry major.
  2. Apply concepts learned in the classroom and make conclusions based on scientific thinking
  3. Work collaboratively in the laboratory to acquire and analyze data and to solve problems
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities as they relate to the sciences
  5. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

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