Chemistry Program

Chemistry is the science of the elements. This science deals with the properties and chemical reactions of the elements and their compounds. Chemistry also includes the study of how these elements and compounds can be formed. Inorganic chemists study of the structure, properties, and reactions of the chemical elements and their compounds. Inorganic chemistry does not include the investigation of hydrocarbons-compounds composed of carbon and hydrogen that are the parent material of all other organic compounds. The study of organic compounds is called organic chemistry. Physical chemists develop and use instruments to probe the physical properties (such as density, viscosity, and crystallography) of compounds as well as the behavior of chemical systems. Analytical chemists work to determine the unknown chemical constituents of substances and the relative amounts of these constituents. The Associate of Science in Chemistry provides the first two years of course work towards a Bachelor of Science degree.

The RRCC Chemistry program offers an Associate of Science in Chemistry:

The completion of the following courses (in the attachment below) is appropriate for those planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a major in chemistry. You are urged to consult with a chemistry faculty advisor before beginning any program of study. These courses provide the basic preparation leading to Chemistry related careers. Some courses might not be offered each semester.


Associate of Science

Chemistry Area of Study (AS Degree)

Career Paths / Options in Chemistry

  • Air Analyst
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Assayer
  • Biochemist
  • Brewer Lab Assistant
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemist
  • Clinical Specialist
  • Color Development Chemist
  • Combustion Engineer
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Cosmetics Engineer
  • Crime Lab Analyst

(More careers here.)

Guaranteed Transfer

In collaboration with Colorado 4-year schools, Colorado has developed a statewide guaranteed transfer program called "gtPathways" to create seamless transfer. Click here for a list of courses that are guaranteed transfer to any Colorado public college or university. Click here to see the degrees that transfer seamlessly to Colorado public colleges or universities.  Also take a look at our transfer guide.

Tuition Savings

Starting at RRCC makes cents! At about half the cost of a four year university  you will complete all of your general education requirements for the bachelor’s and can take electives geared toward a specific major. By the time you finish your four-year degree you will save a significant amount of money versus attending the first at RRCC and transferring. See current tuition rates and savings here.

Quality Faculty and Small Class Size

At RRCC, we have qualified and accessible faculty with real-world experience, whose primary responsibility is teaching. Our faculty care about our students' success, and with an average class sizes of less than 20 students, you will never be lost in a crowd at RRCC!

Scheduling Options

We offer many scheduling options to fit your busy life so you can complete courses on a more flexible time frame.

Why Choose RRCC?

Deciding where to start your college education is a big decision. Whether you are earning a degree, brushing up on career skills, or seeking life-long learning, you will enjoy an environment of inspiration and support. It is our goal to create an experience that will enrich your life educationally, professionally, and personally to help you succeed!