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What is a Transfer Pathway?

A transfer pathway represents a typical course schedule/sequence for a student planning to complete the A.S. degree within two years, then transfer and major in a specific discipline. A transfer pathway is not institution-specific. 

It is important to understand that the pathway provided in the adjacent tab is just one possible combination of classes by which to complete an A.S. and prepare for transfer in your chosen area of study. Other course combinations and sequences can work, too. It is strongly recommended that students work directly and frequently with a COD academic counselor/advisor, a COD faculty advisor, and academic counselors/advisors at potential transfer schools, to develop and execute a plan that works best for them.

College of DuPage also offers institution-specific information to help prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university; please visit the transfer opportunities page for more information.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
CHEMI 1551 Principles of Chemistry I 1 5
MATH 2231 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5
BIOLO 1151 Principles of Biological Science 5
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
Second Semester
CHEMI 1552 Principles of Chemistry II 5
MATH 2232 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 5
BIOLO 1152 Principles of Biological Science 5
ENGLI 1102 English Composition II 3
Summer Semester
Gen EdHumanities 2 3
Third Semester
CHEMI 2551 Organic Chemistry I 5
PHYSI 2111 Physics for Science and Engineering I 5
SPEEC 1100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
Fourth Semester
CHEMI 2552 Organic Chemistry II 5
PHYSI 2112 Physics for Science and Engineering II 5
Gen EdFine Arts 3
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Total Credits71

CHEMI 1551 Principles of Chemistry I has two prerequisites: 

  1. MATH 1431 Precalculus I (or MATH 1428 College Algebra With Applications or placement score)
  2. One High School Chemistry (2 semesters C or better) or CHEMI 0485 Basic Laboratory and Computation Chemistry (or any 1 sem college chemistry class with lab)

Summer Term: Must take Humanities Gen Ed and S&BS Gen Ed to get COD AS

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural or interest-based Student Club.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.S. degree, please visit the A.S. degree catalog page.