Chemistry - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a chemistry emphasis is excellent preparation for baccalaureate degrees in chemistry and related disciplines, such as toxicology, atmospheric science, environmental science, and materials science.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of general education courses, students will be able to:

Arts & Letters

  1. Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
  2. Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

Cultural Literacy

  1. Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.


  1. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.


  1. Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
  2. Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.

Science or Computer Science

  1. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
  2. Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
  3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Social Science

  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

Speech/Oral Communication

  1. Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
  2. Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
  3. Build and manage relationships.

Writing and Information Literacy

  1. Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
  2. Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
  3. Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Choose one course4
Recommend: MTH 251
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose at least three courses from at least two prefixes9-12
Social Science:
Choose at least four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose at least four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Recommend: CH 221, CH 222, CH 223, and PH 201 or PH 211
Choose enough electives to reach 90 credits39
Total Credits90-106

Advising Notes

Oregon public universities with a chemistry major include: Eastern Oregon University, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon, Western Oregon University.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • Options for additional standards:
      • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix) 13
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend CH 221)5
Mathematics (recommend MTH 251)4
WR 121Academic Composition4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend CH 222)5
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend PH 211)5
Elective (recommend MTH 252)4
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
Technical Writing
Third Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend CH 223)5
Elective (recommend PH 212)5
Elective (recommend MTH 253)4
Oral Communication:3-4
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective (recommend PH 213)5
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective (recommend MTH 254)4
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
 Total Credits90-104

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