The Associate in Science degree in Chemistry convinces students that the knowledge of chemistry is essential to the understanding of all disciplines, thereby preparing them for any profession that they may pursue in any natural and life science field.  The interesting applications in this programme will help students to increase their problem-solving skills and to think critically thereby making them successful in today’s world.  The degree integrates all the major areas of Chemistry, placing emphasis on the physical principles, inorganic compounds, biochemistry and analytical techniques.  The students graduate with strong practical skills, making them adequately qualified for many professional adventures.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A, mathematics and a science subject, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).


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                                                COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

    CHEM 131 General Chemistry I 4 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    CHEM 132 General Chemistry II 4 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    CHEM 133 Physical Chemistry 3 LIBS 130 Fundamentals of Research Skills 3
    CHEM 202 Food Chemistry 3 MATH 117 College Algebra 3
    CHEM 204 Organic Chemistry I 3 Three (3) credits from the courses below OR any other approved course 3
    CHEM 205 Organic Chemistry II 3 SOCI 102 Intro to the Study of Society 3
    CHEM 208 Introduction to Biochemistry 3 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behavior and Diversity 3
    CHEM 210 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry 3 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
    CHEM 211 Inorganic Chemistry I 3 GUIDED ELECTIVE
    CHEM 215 Organic Chemistry I – Lab 1 Core Curriculum Guided Elective or any other approved course 3
    CHEM 216 Organic Chemistry II – Lab 1 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish
    SCIE 199 Research Project I 2 Total Core Curriculum Courses 18
    SCIE 299 Research Project II 2 FREE ELECTIVE
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 35 Three (3) credits from the courses offered by the College 3
    SUPPORT COURSES Total Free Elective Courses 3
    MATH 118 Pre-Calculus 3
    MATH 121 Mathematical Methods I 3
    Total Credits for Support Courses 6

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Associate in Science degree in Chemistry, students must successfully complete 62 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study   35 credits
    Total Courses in Major Area of Study 35 credits
    Core curriculum courses            18 credits
    Support courses             6 credits
    Elective courses              3 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 62 credits

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