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Chemistry Transfer Pathway (AS) - 60 credits

Why Choose Chemistry?

The Chemistry (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AS offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree that directly transfers to a designated Chemistry bachelor’s degree program at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been carefully designed so that students completing this pathway 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.

Careers in Biology

Projected Job Growth

Here is the projected job growth for a variety of professions that use skills from bioscience (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

Employment of biochemists and biophysicists is projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
Employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 13% between 2012 and 2022.
Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 10% from 2012 to 2022.
Employment of microbiologists is projected to grow 7% from 2012 to 2022.
Employment of zoologists and wildlife biologists is projected to grow 5% from 2012 to 2022.
Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 3% from 2012 to 2022.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who are interested in biology have options for many different professions. Here is a list of some of those professions:

  • Zoologists and Wildlife biologists
  • Biologicial Technicians
  • Biochemists and Biophysicians
  • Conservation Scientists and Foresters
  • Medical Scientists
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Microbiologists

 

Average Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median national pay for the following positions are:

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists - $57,710 annually ($27.75 per hour)
Biological Technicians - $39,750 annually ($19.11 per hour)
Biochemists and Biophysicians - $81,480 ($39.17 per hour)
Conservation Scientists and Foresters - $61,100 ($29.38 per hour)
Medical Scientist - $76,980 ($37.00 per hour)
Environemental Scientists and Specialists - $63,570 ($30.56 per hour)
Microbiologists - $66,260 ($31.86 per hour).

Degrees in Biology

The Biology AS offers students an opportunity to focus on gaining course credits that directly transfer to a biology bachelor's degree program at Minnesota State Universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed to meet bachelor's degree program requirements for transfer students planning initial study at a Minnesota State college. Students planning to transfer to non-Minnesota State universities are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum.

Normandale offers coursework typically required for majors in:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Evolution and behavior
  • Genetics and cell biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant biology

The Chemistry (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AS offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree that directly transfers to a designated Chemistry bachelor's degree program at Minnesota State universities.  The curriculum has been carefully designed so that students completing this pathway 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.

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University. 

Core Courses - 40 credits

Code Title Credits
CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 1062 Principles of Chemistry 2 5
CHEM 2061 Organic Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 2062 Organic Chemistry 2 5
MATH 1510 Calculus 1 5
MATH 1520 Calculus 2 5
PHYS 1121 Physics 1 for Scientists and Engineers 5
PHYS 1122 Physics 2 for Scientists and Engineers 5

Additional Required Courses - 20 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3

  • Complete one course from MnTC Goal 5
  • Complete one course from MnTC Goal 6
  • Complete two courses totaling 7 credits from MnTC Goal 7, 8, 9 or 10. (It is recommended students select one course from Goals 5 or 6 that also fulfills one of the MnTC Goals 7, 8, 9, or 10.)

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.  

Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.