ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs

The ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs provide a comprehensive model for chemistry and chemistry-based technology education.  Developed by the Society Committee on Education, they are intended for any two-year program that teaches chemistry or chemistry-based technology, regardless of whether the program leads to a degree.

Why use the Guidelines?

Based on chemical education research and effective practices, the Guidelines compile all ACS recommendations and policies as they apply to chemistry education in two-year college programs. Although a program may not fulfill all of the guidelines, implementing the recommendations most relevant to its mission and goals will support continued growth and improvement.

The Guidelines can help ensure that an institution’s chemistry course offerings and programs:

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

Using the Guidelines

How you implement the Guidelines depends on the unique circumstances of your institution. Here are some resources that can help:

Related policies

In addition to addressing the unique needs of two-year college programs, the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs incorporate a variety of ACS policies. Learn more below:


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