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About the Chemistry Pathway 

The suggested schedule below meets the requirements to earn an Associate of Science Option I (AS Option I) degree with an emphasis in Chemistry. This schedule assumes a fall quarter start. If you wish to take alternate courses (not listed below), please meet with a North advisor to confirm you are still meeting AS Option I requirements.

This pathway is designed to meet Associate of Science Option I degree requirements with an emphasis in chemistry. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in public and private sectors such as academia, industry, and medicine. It also allows you to transfer into a chemistry or related major at a four-year college or university.

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), general,Track 1 or Track 2.

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Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

Career Opportunities

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Industry

  • Research & Development
    • Pharmacology, Applied Research, Chemical Engineer, Chemical Technology, Materials Science
  • Quality Control/Regulatory
    • Chemical Health and Safety, Hazardous waste, Toxicology
  • Sales/Marketing
    • Technical Sales and Marketing
  • Manufacturing
    • Formulation Chemistry, Process Chemistry
    • Government and Non-profit
  • Environmental Health
    • Environmental Protection, Public Health, Toxicology, Water Chemistry
  • Law and Policy
    • Chemistry and the Law, Science Policy, Social Impact/Activism, Technical Communication
  • Research & Development
    • Applied Research, Oceanographer, Climate Scientists, Chemical Engineer, Project Management
  • Military and Law Enforcement
    • Forensic Chemistry, Military Science and Technology

Academia

  • Higher Education
    • Teaching, Conduct Research Across all subdisciplines, Administration
  • High School
    • Teaching, Administration

Government and Non-profit

  • Environmental Health Environmental Protection, Public Health, Toxicology, Water Chemistry
  • Law and Policy Chemistry and the Law, Science Policy, Social Impact/Activism, Technical Communication
  • Research & Development Applied Research, Oceanographer, Climate Scientists, Chemical Engineer, Project Management
  • Military and Law Enforcement

A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete the Associate of Science Option I degree, additional educational opportunities include:
* A bachelor's degree in Chemistry and other related science fields
* Medical certifications

North Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state including University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Graduates from North have also transferred to out of state institutions. Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. Many students continue to graduate level degrees such as master's, PhD, and Medical once they've completed a bachelor's degree and appropriate chemistry coursework.

Length of Program

Long-Term: 90 credits = 6 quarters if you take 15 credits each term.

*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, saving them time and money. Additionally, full-time students often qualify for more financial aid and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster. Meet with an advisor to build your education plan!  

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

North offers courses on-campus in the day, evenings, online, or hybrid (part on-campus, part online), and occasional Saturdays. Check the class schedule for the latest offerings.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter

Full-Time
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1555 (WA State residents)
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$3297.95 (International students)
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………....................$475

Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

All students in need should apply for financial aid – do not assume you are not eligible! Visit https://northseattle.edu/financial-aid to learn more about the application steps and types of financial aid available, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back. You do not need to be a full-time student to receive financial aid funds.