2019-2020 Catalog Summer Update [Archived]

Chemical/Physical Sciences, AS

Chemistry is the study of the properties of and interactions between matter and energy. Chemistry is a science central to all other fields of science and is a necessary background for the study of pharmacy. Physics is the study of the science of matter and energy, and their properties and interactions in fields including mechanics, acoustics, optics, heat, electricity, magnetism, radiation, and atomic and nuclear science. Physics is the science of how things work. This degree program is designed to transfer to the majors of chemistry, pharmacy, or physics.

This is a sample transfer guide; consult with a counselor or pathway advisor to develop your degree plan.

Associate of Science

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 101Cellular Biology

4

CHM 120General Chemistry I

4

CHM 130General Chemistry II

4

CHM 220Organic Chemistry I

5

CHM 230Organic Chemistry II

5

ENG 110College Writing I

3

or

ENG 160College Writing & Research

4

ENG 111College Writing II: Literature

3

or

COM 113Interpersonal Communication

3

MATH 160Calculus 1 & Analytic Geometry

5

MATH 162Calculus 2 & Analytic Geometry

5

PHY 111College Physics I

4

or

PHY 221Engineering Physics I

5

PHY 112College Physics II

4

or

PHY 222Engineering Physics II

5

PSI 101American Government

3

Fine Arts

3

Humanities

3

Other Cultures

3

Social Science

3

Wellness/Physical Education

2

Total Credit Hours: 63

Transfer NotesChemistry majors have options to concentrate in either general chemistry, biochemistry, geochemistry, business-oriented chemistry, or secondary education/chemistry. The biochemistry option requires additional biology courses. 

Pharmacy majors should consult with a counselor or advisor for transfer options. 

Physics majors may concentrate in either general physics or biophysics. Physics majors should complete mathematics courses through the calculus sequence. 

Kalamazoo Valley also offers an Associate of Applied Science in chemical technology. Students who complete the chemistry course sequence of CHM 120, CHM 130, CHM 220, and CHM 230 should consult with a counselor or advisor regarding the option of completing the AAS degree.