STEM STEM Chemistry
Contact: Teresa Calzonetti, Department Chair • • 301.846.2557 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Teresa Calzonetti, Department Chair


Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.

If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.


All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores

These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.


FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.

To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.


All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes

Learn more and start the ROAR process here.


Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.


Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).


For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.


There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Enrollment Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.


Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Chemistry Area of Concentration within the A.S. in STEM The Chemistry Area of Concentration within the A.S. in STEM is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in one of the traditional STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, math) with a heavy emphasis on undergraduate mathematics or science. The program offers a variety of science and math courses for students pursuing a course of study in chemistry.

Students who earn degrees in chemistry go on to work in many different fields including health care professions, pharmaceuticals, research and development, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, and teaching.

Students planning to concentrate in a STEM area should consult with an advisor or ARTSYS as early as possible to ensure that all or most of their course credits will transfer to the four-year college or university of their choice.

Note: The STEM program is also the appropriate choice for students interested in taking courses towards a bachelor’s degree in preparation for careers in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy.


Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or
math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core CHEM 101 General Chemistry I   4 Credits
3 Gen Ed Core MATH 185 - Calculus I (Prerequisite MATH 165)*   4 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core Humanities Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
5 PHED/HLTH/NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1/3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Concentration CHEM 102 - General Chemistry II   4 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core BSCI 150 - Principles of Biology I   4 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
9 Concentration MATH 195 - Calculus II   4 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

10 Concentration PHYS 151 - General Physics I   4 Credits
11 Gen Ed Core Communications Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
12 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (in a different discipline from first)   3 Credits
13 Concentration CHEM 201 - Organic Chemistry I   4 Credits
14 Gen Ed Core Arts Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

15 Elective Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor**   3/4 Credits
16 Gen Ed Core Gen Ed Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
17 Elective Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor**   3/4 Credits
18 Concentration CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II***   4 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

*Students who have not taken MATH 165 - Precalculus should take it as an elective in the first semester before starting the Calculus sequence.

**Recommended electives include PHYS 252 - General Physics II or MATH 285 - Calculus III or MATH 220 - MATLAB. Please consult an advisor.

***CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II offered spring and summer semesters only.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Articulate central themes of discipline
  • Apply science as a process
  • Demonstrate scientific inquiry (e.g. use models)
  • Communicate scientific knowledge
  • Integrate discipline specific technology
  • Demonstrate appropriate quantitative skills
  • Analyze science's role in society

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Curriculum Pathway

2015 Curriculum Pathway

Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Chase C. Gove, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (STEM)
  • Martin Kalmar “Excellence in STEM” Fund (STEM)
  • Jorgensen Family Scholarship Endowment (STEM)
  • Chris and Mary Lee Matthews Family Foundation Science & Engineering Scholarship (biology, ecology, environmental science, engineering)
  • David D. Derse Endowed Scholarships for the Study of Laboratory Sciences
  • Dr. Thomas M. and Patricia N. Tarpley Science Scholarship Endowment (Science)
  • Joseph C. Rodgers Scholarship Fund (Engineering, CAD, Construction Management, or Arts and Sciences)
  • Science and Engineering Scholarship (Science or Engineering)
  • Bob Rubock Engineering Scholarship (Engineering)
  • Paul Eugene Staley Memorial Scholarship (Engineering)
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
FCC summer/fall classes will be delivered primarily online to maintain public safety. Face to face instruction and student interactions will only be conducted when it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. FCC summer and fall 2020 classes will be offered using the learning formats found here.

General Education Core Course List

To find more information about how credits may transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

Compare Transfer Options

Chemistry Transfer Pathway 2020-2021

Chemistry Transfer Pathway 2019-2020
Chemistry Transfer Pathway 2018-2019

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.
Chemists and Materials Scientists
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Chemical Technicians
$48,160.00/yr • +4%*
Chemical Engineers
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*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2016-2026. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Edition.
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