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Associate in Arts

Chemistry Concentration

From subatomic particles to life-sustaining biochemical reactions and global interactions of the oceans and earth's atmosphere, Chemistry is the study of the properties and behavior of matter. Chemistry can be pursued as a major field of study leading to career options that include medicine, research, toxicology and analytical chemistry. Chemistry is also a required course for the study of other physical sciences.

Students who are matriculated and place into developmental math and/or English are required to begin the course sequence in the first semester. Please see an advisor with questions.

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First SemesterCredits
ENL101 English Composition I
BIO151 General Biology I
CHM151 General Chemistry I
MAT240 Calculus I
Second SemesterCredits
ENL102 English Composition II
CHM152 General Chemistry II
MAT250 Calculus II
    STEM Elective
3 (or) 4
    Behavioral & Social Science 3
Third SemesterCredits
CHM251 Organic Chemistry I
PHY211 University Physics I
    Humanities & Fine Arts 3
    STEM Elective
3 (or) 4
Fourth SemesterCredits
CHM252   Organic Chemistry II
PHY212   University Physics II
    Humanities & Fine Arts 3
    Behavioral & Social Science 3
Total Credits 62

Capitol letter M to designate a milestone course Designates a Milestone course. A milestone course must be completed in the semester indicated to ensure that you remain on track to continue on in your program and graduate on time.

Note: The Associate in Arts degree does not indicate a specialized degree in a concentration. Students who complete this concentration will satisfy the requirements of MassTransfer. For additional information pertaining to degree requirements, please refer to Degree Requirements

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Jenifer Alai, Associate Professor and Chair
Office: Science 209
Phone: 774.330.4581

B.S. Chemistry, St Lawrence University
M.S. Analytical Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder

Lynda Farley-LaRocca, Professor
Office: Science G6
Phone: 774.330.4597

B.S. Biology, Randolph-Macon College 
M.S. Biology, Wake Forest University 
Ph.D. Biology, Boston University

Eric Arsznov, Associate Professor
Office: Science 210
Phone: 774.330.4373

B.S. Physics, University of Michigan
M.S. Physics and Astrophysics, Eastern Michigan University

Hemant M. Chikarmane, Professor
Office: Science 201
Phone: 774.330.4422

B.S., M.S. Microbiology/Chemistry, St. Xavier's College, Bombay University, India
Ph.D. Molecular Biology, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, India

Amy Clark, Associate Professor
Office: Science G4
Phone: 774.330.4779

B.A. Physical Anthropology, UMass Amherst & University College, London
B.A. Zoology, UMass Amherst
M.S. Biology, UMass Amherst

Catherine Etter, Professor
Office: Science 215
Phone: 774.330.4598

B.S. Biology, Providence College
M.L.A. Biology, Harvard University
Ph.D. Salve Regina University

Kate LePore, Assistant Professor
Office: Science 204A
Phone: 774.330.4589

B.S.  Biotechnology, Rochester Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Plant Molecular Biology, The Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

Rebecca Westphal, Assistant Professor
Office: Science G12
Phone: 774.330.4424

B.S. Marine Biology, Roger Williams University
Ph.D. Biology, Northeastern University


Elizabeth Grefe, Lab Manager
Office: Science G10
Phone: 774.330.4468

Felicia McGinty
Office: Science G10
Phone: 774.330.4468

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute

Contact the Science Department

Pat Phelan, Administrative Assistant
Office Science 201
Phone 774.330.4363