The chemistry program permits students to fulfill the lower division chemistry courses required for transfer to four-year institutions as well as to acquire the necessary skills and preparation for employment in chemistry and other related fields.
The Associate of Science Degree in Chemistry certifies that the student has emphasized the theory and practice of chemistry and has met the preparation for the major in chemistry.
Upon completion of the required courses in chemistry and other requirements for graduation an Associate of Science in Chemistry shall be granted. The Associate of Science in Chemistry is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in chemistry or a related major in a four-year university system.
Course Catalog Description
Who takes chemistry classes?
Our students are usually pursuing majors in the physical sciences, biological sciences, and professional careers, such as medicine, nursing, pharmacology. These classes also help you decide if you want to pursue a career in chemistry or materials science!
What do chemists do?
Pursuing a degree in chemistry leads to lots of job options! Some chemists work at universities and research laboratories. Others work in industry, such as pharmaceutical and semiconductor companies, or go into medical fields. Many chemistry fields are interdisciplinary, such as biochemistry, geochemistry, and environmental chemistry. Most positions require advanced degrees, but others (such as pharmacy technicians) do not.
What is the career outlook?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected employment growth for chemists is 3% from 2014 to 2024. The median annual salary for chemists ranged from $75,000 - $99,000 depending on advanced degree and specialization in May 2016.
For more information about chemistry-related careers, visit the American Chemical Society's Careers website.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding safe handling of chemicals and a respect for chemicals, their properties, and their effect on the environment.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the ways in which different aspects of nature (e.g., our local environment on Earth, the inner workings of the human body, etc.) can be known through and are connected by chemistry.
- Demonstrate and understanding of how chemistry is the study of matter and its changes.
- Demonstrate proficiency in a number of techniques and analyses employed in the chemistry laboratory.
Please contact the Physical Sciences Department Chair, Dr. James Covalt.