Chemistry and Biochemistry Area of Concentration Degree

Associate of Science
Chemistry and Biochemistry Program

The chemistry and biochemistry program is designed to provide the first two years of courses necessary to obtain a chemistry or biochemistry baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university. In addition to general and organic chemistry knowledge, students will be trained in data collection and analysis, and scientific communication.

Through the laboratory portion of the program, students will reinforce their understanding and application of the theory learned in class, develop laboratory skills and techniques, and formulate conclusions based on observations.

The College's fully equipped labs and facilities, including the Bioscience Education Center at Germantown, the Science Center at  Rockville, and the Science North and Science South buildings at Takoma Park/Silver Spring, ensure you have the resources to be successful. Each campus has a dedicated Math and Science Center where you will find additional resources, including free tutoring by qualified individuals.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of general and organic chemistry to analyze data, draw conclusions, and solve problems.
  • Apply safe practices to execute laboratory techniques and use appropriate equipment and instrumentation to carry out experimental procedures.
  • Access scientific information using basic scientific references and literature and evaluate technical information critically.
  • Communicate in an ethical, clear and organized manner, scientific concepts, experimental results, and properly cited reference material.
  • Work effectively in groups, as leaders or team members, to solve problems and interact productively with a diverse group of peers.


Program Advising Guide

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.

Transfer Opportunities

The majority of your chemistry and biochemistry credits will transfer to most, if not all, colleges, universities, and professional schools. The chemistry and biochemistry program also prepares you to pursue a degree in pharmacy. For best transfer results, work closely with an advisor or counselor, preferably a chemistry faculty member or academic transfer counselor, soon after you enroll.

Transfer to schools in the University of Maryland system is common and includes: University of Maryland; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland Global Campus; Universities at Shady Grove; Towson University; and Salisbury University. 

Chemistry majors at most four-year institutions usually require the following MC courses:

CHEM 131 & 132 [former CH101 & 102] Principles of Chemistry I & II
CHEM 203 & 204 Organic Chemistry I & II
MATH 181 & 182 Calculus I & II
PHYS 161, 262 & 263 General Physics I, II, & III  (a calculus-based physics) - varies by school.
Biochemistry:  BIOL 150 Principles of Biology [former BI107]

Check specific requirements for Chemistry or Biochemistry majors using  ARTSYS if you plan to transfer to a Maryland school, or refer to the major requirements websites of other schools for exact information on course requirements.

UMCP has made significant changes in the Science curricula, noted below.  Also see the UMCP Limited Enrollment Program page for Majors in: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Environmental Science and Policy-Biodiversity and Conservation. 

Biology Courses [for Biochemistry Majors]  
BSCI 105 (Principles I) = MC's BIOL150 Principles of Biology I [former BI107]
and one additional BIOL, see UM advising page.


Chemistry Course Sequence at UMCP:  

CHEM 131      General Chemistry I & Lab = MC's CHEM 131 Prin. of Chemistry I [former CH101]
CHEM 231      Organic Chemistry I & Lab = MC's CHEM 203 Organic Chemistry I [CH203]
CHEM 241      Organic Chemistry II & Lab = MC's CHEM 204 Organic Chem II [CH204]
CHEM 271      General Chemistry and Energetics = MC's CHEM 132 Prin. of Chem. II [CH102]
CHEM 272      Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab, 2 credits - There is no equivalent @ MC, students take this after transfer or while enrolled at MC through  MTAP  

MC students who have completed MC's Principles of Chem I & II  and Organic Chem I & II [CHEM 131, 132, 203, and 204] will have to take CHEM 272 Bioanalytical Chem Lab [2 cr.] (but not CHEM 271) at UMCP to complete the chemistry requirement for a Life Science major at UMCP. Students who wish to take CHEM272 at UMCP may do so through the  MTAP program, where students may take one course at UMCP while enrolled at MC.  

Physics Course Sequence:  

UMCP has a new Physics series for Chemistry majors:  PHYS 141 & 142, Principles of Physics I and II - MC does not offer an equivalent for these courses; however, students may satisfy the PHYS requirement with PHYS 161 General Physics for Engineers I and 262 General Physics for Engineers II.  Students at UMCP take the Physics sequence in the sophomore year.

Montgomery College's PHYS 233 - PHYSICS FOR LIFE SCIENCES I - 4 credits
The first part of a two-semester course in general physics specifically oriented towards applications relevant for students in biology and pre-medical programs. The course covers basic mechanics including forces and energy, properties of matter, and thermodynamics done in authentic biological contexts. PREREQUISITES: MATH 181, BIOL 150, BIOL 151, and CHEM 131, or consent of department. COREQUISITE: MATH 182. 3 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory/discussion each week. 

See UMCP Four-Year Plans for suggested course sequencing: Major Requirementsnew window

For transfer advising and information for pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapist, pre-physician assistant, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, or pre-veterinary, see Health Professions Advising.

See all transfer agreements.

Careers

Career fields for chemistry and biochemistry majors include occupations like food scientist and technologist, chemical technician, medical and clinical laboratory technologist, geological sample test technician, chemist, materials scientist, biochemist and biophysicist, chemical engineer, biochemical engineer, chemistry teacher, postsecondary. Some require a bachelor’s degree. 

Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence: Chemistry and Biochemistry

A suggested course sequence for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors follows.

  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
  • All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence


The chemistry and biochemistry area of concentration is a transfer program that provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year baccalaureate degree in chemistry or biochemistry. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


Fourth Semester


* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or choose elective.

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

Choose one distribution course that also fulfills the Global and Cultural Perspectives requirement.

‡ It is recommended that COMM 108 be taken as the HUMD distribution elective.


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