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El Camino’s chemistry degree program prepares you for a rewarding career after graduation or for university transfer.

Our Chemistry Associate in Science (AS) degree typically takes two years to complete.

Chemistry education provides a clear pathway to transfer. We’ll help you complete your academic and career goals.

Approximate cost for an El Camino College AS degree in chemistry
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $44,000 to over $208,000 with an average salary of $97,000.
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 8.4% nationwide from 2016 to 2026.

Choose a Degree Designed for Transfer

A chemistry degree from El Camino will prepare you to transfer so you can continue your education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Chemistry Associate in Science (AS) Degree

  • Learn to apply fundamental theories and principles of atomic and molecular structure, physical states, and chemical reactions.
  • Explore and understand energy concepts and kinetics in both inorganic and organic reactions.
  • Take chemistry courses and learn topics in organic chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Complete most lower-division requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

Prepare to Transfer and Continue your Education

As an El Camino chemistry graduate, you’ll be ready to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. We’ll help you build the scientific knowledge and hands-on skills for any career path you choose.

  • Work in jobs such as a geochemist, forensic scientist, hazardous waste chemist, materials scientist, pharmacologist, chemistry teacher, toxicologist, and water chemist.
  • Gain valuable skills in research, critical thinking and writing, and collaborative problem solving – all essential to success in today’s science careers.
  • Access support through our STEM Center and free tutoring in multiple subjects.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $44,000 to over $208,000 with an average salary of $97,000.

Take Your Education Outside of the Classroom

As an El Camino chemistry student, you become part of a vibrant academic community. The knowledge and connections you develop here will prove valuable throughout your career.

  • Join the active Science Club and participate in faculty-led field trips to state/national parks that focus on scientific exploration.
  • Discover opportunities to conduct and present scientific research.
  • Explore chemistry and the sciences in multiple lab settings. Find support from tutoring to the successful MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program which provides a peer-based academic community.
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Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for the Chemistry AS in El Camino’s online catalog.

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Chemistry Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to a Chemistry AS degree on El Camino’s Guided Pathways.

Questions? Contact Us

El Camino College Chemistry Department