UC Clermont


Associate of Science

Location: UC Clermont & UC East
College: Clermont College
Duration: 2 Years

What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of material on the molecular level: how molecules are structured, how they react with each other and under what conditions, how can they be modified and how each modification affects physical properties. Chemistry affects everything from food to medicine, from pollution control to paint formulation, from permanent-press clothes to kitchen counter tops. Most of the work of chemistry is done in research, applications or quality-control laboratories.

Many who study chemistry do so as preparation for a career in medicine or pharmacology.

The AS chemistry program is designed so that students may earn an associate degree in science and transfer into the third year of the bachelor of science (BS) program at the University of Cincinnati McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), provided all other admission requirements of that college are met.

The AS chemistry is a rigorous program of study intended for students seeking careers as professional chemists, often with an advanced degree in chemistry.  

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

The AS in chemistry program is well suited for students with a strong background and interest in science. Since the calculus and physics requirements for the AS program are more extensive than for the AA, the AS is most appropriate for students with strengths in both science and mathematics. The program provides for extensive laboratory work; therefore, the enjoyment of hands-on laboratory work is important. Chemistry majors in this program also learn to observe critically and record what happens in the laboratory; they analyze data and apply chemical knowledge learned in the classroom to draw conclusions about their observations.

 Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in this major are employed as: 

  • Chemists in the manufacturing industry and state, local or federal governments.
  • Chemistry teachers
  • Industrial research and development scientists
  • Forensic scientists
  • Physicians and health care professionals

Many of the students who complete the BS in chemistry program go on to graduate schools, primarily into doctoral programs. Others go to professional schools, including medicine, pharmacy and dentistry

You cannot minor in pre-chemistry.

If you are enrolled in a two-year transitional degree program, you will spend most of your classroom time acquiring the foundational courses for your four-year baccalaureate. Generally, you will select a minor when you transfer to your four-year institution.

The UC Clermont College campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Enrollment Services, (513) 732-5319 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

You must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices including ours, (513) 732-5319. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

You should plan to start chemistry in fall semester, because the basic series of foundation courses required for this program starts fall and continues sequentially through the spring.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Clermont College
Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5200

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