Program Description

The Chemistry program provides the first two years of core classes toward a baccalaureate degree for students planning a career in chemistry or related field. Other areas for which chemistry serves as the basic foundation are pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pharmacy, and chemical engineering. Coursework includes general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, university physics and differential equations.


Students planning careers as chemists should enjoy science and mathematics, have an inquisitive mind and imagination, and enjoy working with their hands. They also must be able to concentrate on detail and work independently. High school students planning to major in chemistry should study as much science and math as possible.

Program Requirements

Those completing the suggested curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree.

BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Chemists often specialize in a subfield of chemistry, such as analytical, organic, inorganic, physical, polymer or biochemistry. More than half of all chemists work in research and development for manufacturing firms and chemical companies. Others work in production and inspection or as marketing or sales representatives, teachers, and consultants to private industry and government agencies.

Career possibilities: Chemist (any industry), Chemistry Teacher, Crime Laboratory Analyst, Air Pollution Analyst, Soils Analyst, Water Quality Analyst, Food Chemist.



Brent Reems • Jack Science Center 301B

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits68
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Math, Science & Technology  
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 165 Calculus I 4
MATH 166 Calculus II 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science Elective course) 3
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science Elective course) 3
Electives (Required)  
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 241L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 242L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 265 Calculus III 4
MATH 266 Introduction to Differential Equations 1 3
PHYS 251 University Physics I 4
PHYS 251L University Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 252 University Physics II 4
PHYS 252L University Physics II Lab 1
 Total Credits68