The Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in Chemistry is designed to certify that students have completed the requirements through sophomore level for a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, and the Biological Sciences at most 4-year colleges and universities.

Also, the degree with emphasis in Chemistry signifies students have completed their first 2 years of chemistry courses required by most institutions for their programs in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, and medical technology.

Pre-Chemistry Major

Students considering transferring to the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota or other 4-year institutions and majoring in chemistry should complete the following curriculum:

Required Courses - 20 credits
Course Course Name 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
MATH 2510 Calculus 3: Multivariable Calculus 5
MATH 2520 Calculus 4: Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 5
PHYS 1121 Physics with Calculus 1 5
PHYS 1122 Physics with Calculus 2 5
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Mission Statement

The Chemistry department believes in and supports the study, teaching and understanding of chemical principles across a wide spectrum of areas: inorganic, organic, analytical, environmental and biological.

Dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education, the chemistry faculty teaches all lab sections and evaluates and grades all assignments. Our department believes chemistry occupies a central position in the physical sciences, and that an understanding of fundamental chemical principles enables both our students and the general public to make better-informed judgments and decisions on a wide variety of important and timely issues.

The faculty and staff of the Chemistry department complement their love of teaching and learning with a strong sense of community. Our department functions as an active community of educators and interacts closely with our students, a diverse population at various levels of academic development. Working collaboratively, we strive to develop better capabilities in science and a better understanding of the learning process.

Most importantly, we sincerely hope our students acquire the skills and confidence to become lifelong learners. The Chemistry department offers a complete selection of courses for the science major, liberal arts majors and for students in many of Normandale's career programs in engineering and health sciences.