Guidelines for Chemistry Programs at Two Year and Community Colleges

The ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs provides a comprehensive framework for reviewing chemistry programs, identifying areas of strength and opportunities for change, and leveraging support from institutions, partners, and external agencies.

Developed by the Society Committee on Education, these guidelines are based on chemical education research, effective practices, and ACS policies. They are intended for any two-year program that teaches chemistry or chemistry-based technology.

Why use the Guidelines?  

Implementing the Guidelines can help programs and institutions:

  • Align their missions
  • Meet the needs of a diverse student body
  • Support the institution and the community
  • Articulate with programs to which students transfer
  • Compare to programs of recognized quality

Because chemistry-based education varies widely, colleges are encouraged to focus only on the sections of the Guidelines most relevant to their needs. 

Do more with the Guidelines

Use this tool to assess chemistry and chemistry-based technology education within the context of the Guidelines.

This collection of case studies shows how the Guidelines have been implemented at 12 colleges.

Learn more about the Guidelines

See the presentations from the 251st ACS national meeting symposium, "Two-Year Guidelines: What's New?".

Coming soon--BCCE

Stay tuned for information on a symposium on ACS guidelines and the first-two years of chemistry at the 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemistry Education.


Faculty resources that will help prepare students for further study.

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How have you used the Guidelines? How have they helped? What can be improved? 

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