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Chemistry/Biochemistry Pre-Major, AS-T1 Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide is a tool to help you understand what classes are recommended for this pre-major; review this information with your advisor as you develop an educational plan. 

  • Use the fillable AS-T Track 1 Degree Planning Guide  with the information below to plan your path to completing this pre-major. 
  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide
  • The Class Schedule will tell you which classes each quarter meet requirements for your pre-major. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) Track 1 Degree at Shoreline.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education - 18-20 Credits

Communication (8-10 Credits)

Take ENGL& 101  and either ENGL& 102 , ENGL& 230 , or CMST& 101 .

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

HUM 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 PSYC 230  

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Humanities and Social Sciences - 15 Credits

Select one course from the Humanities  course list, one course from the Social Sciences  course list, and a third course from either list.

Pre-Major Requirements - 54-59 Credits

Major Science Sequence - Min. 10 Credits for AS degree

Take one of the following course sets:

Chemistry Majors: Choose a physics sequence. Calculus-based physics (PHYS& 221 , PHYS& 222 , PHYS& 223 ) is usually required for Bachelor of Science degrees. Chemistry usually does not require biology unless preparing for a health professional program.

Biochemistry Majors: Choose biology or physics, or both. The biology sequence prepares students for biochemistry classes in the junior year. Physics can be taken after transfer.

Biology: BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 212 , BIOL& 213 

Algebra-based PhysicsPHYS& 114 , PHYS& 115 , PHYS& 116  

Calculus-based Physics: PHYS& 221 , PHYS& 222 , PHYS& 223  

Where can I go for help?

For course information and entry codes, contact:


General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Career Planning


Program Faculty Advisors

Linda Kuehnert
206-546-4575 lkuehnert@shoreline.edu Rm 2821
Dave Phippen
206-546-4572 dphippen@shoreline.edu Rm 2817
Guy Ting
206-546-4697 gting@shoreline.edu Rm 2822
Torrey Stenmark
206-546-4505 tstenmark@shoreline.edu Rm 2823
Tiffany Meier
206-546-6953 tmeier@shoreline.edu Rm 5231

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Institutions in Washington State that offer chemistry (C) and biochemistry (BC) majors are listed below. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

Major Information General Transfer Information
Central Washington University (C, BC) http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Eastern Washington University (C, BC) https://www.ewu.edu/apply/transfer/
Gonzaga University (C, BC) http://tinyurl.com/7c9d6xh
Heritage University (C) http://www.heritage.edu/Admissions/Transfer-Students/
Pacific Lutheran University (C, BC) https://www.plu.edu/admission-transfer/
Seattle Pacific University (C, BC) http://tinyurl.com/z46xxxr
Seattle University (C, BC) http://tinyurl.com/z3kjpcm
The Evergreen State College (C, BC) https://evergreen.edu/admissions/criteria
University of Puget Sound (C, BC) https://tinyurl.com/h7yqx8s
University of Washington-Bothell (C) https://www.uwb.edu/admissions/apply/transfer
University of Washington-Seattle (C, BC) https://admit.washington.edu/Apply/Transfer/
Walla Walla University (C) http://tinyurl.com/z5a4h8p
Washington State University (C, BC) http://tinyurl.com/jk3a2v2
Western Washington University (C, BC) http://www.wwu.edu/vtc/
Whitman College (C, BC) http://tinyurl.com/z8vuwn9
Whitworth University (C, BC) http://tinyurl.com/zcdww66

Chemistry/Biochemistry - What is it?

Chemistry is a physical science involving the study of all substances and energy; biochemistry is the study of the living organisms at a molecular level. Chemistry is used to produce substances ranging from food, medicine, clothing and cosmetics, to plastics, paper and electronics; therefore knowledge of chemistry is critical to the health and safety of people and the environment.

Areas of study in Chemistry/Biochemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Physical Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, Kinetics, Instrumental Analysis.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry?

Graduates in Chemistry and Biochemistry develop strong critical thinking, problem solving, computational and technical skills to work in positions such as research scientist, industrial chemist, crime lab analyst, chemical/pharmaceutical salesperson, quality control specialist, environmental climate change researcher, forensic scientist, and educator. Advanced degrees and licensures are often required to enter medical professions or for professional advancement in other areas in the physical sciences.

Potential employers include: Pharmaceutical companies, agriculture and biotechnology industries, government agencies, manufacturing firms, hospitals, clinics, public and private schools, colleges and universities, and businesses. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

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Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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