A.S., Chemistry


The Cuesta College Chemistry Program provides interesting and challenging opportunities for students who seek to learn about the atoms and molecules that comprise the building blocks of our world. The study of chemistry leads to a greater understanding of materials, medicine, engineering, forensics, environmental science, geology, molecular biology, agriculture and other related fields. Popular topics include the chemistry of the environment, batteries, fuels, household substances, polymers, and how chemists make the molecules that we use on a daily basis.

The Chemistry Program offers courses in Introductory Chemistry (Chem 210FL and Chem 211) for beginning science and nursing and allied health majors; General Chemistry (Chem 201A and 201B) for science and engineering majors; and Organic Chemistry (Chem 212 A and 212B) for science majors and students who intend to earn professional health degrees at medical, pharmacy or veterinary schools.

Students can earn an A.S. degree in Chemistry at Cuesta College, preparing them for transfer to four-year institutions or for employment in technical careers.


An Associate Degree, depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field.  To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must:  

1) complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a “C” grade or better

2) complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements

3) achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective), and 

4) submit an Associate’s Degree Application to Admissions and Records.


Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders Natural Sciences Managers
Chemical Plant and System Operators Precision Agriculture Technicians
Chemical  Lab Technicians Quality Control Analysts
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Remote Sensing Technicians
Clinical Research Coordinators Secondary School Chemistry and Physical Science Teachers
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health Water Resource Specialists
Molecular Biologists  

Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer