A Science and Mathematics Option
Note: Beginning in fall 2008, chemistry majors requiring remediation in algebra must complete MAT 016, Intermediate Algebra, prior to taking courses in Biology and Chemistry.
Chemistry is a versatile subject area and the pursuit of a career in chemistry can be a most intellectually satisfying experience. No other basic science touches and shapes as many aspects of modern society as chemistry. From soft contact lenses and synthetic blood to alternative fuel sources, and advances in medicine and biotechnology, the study of chemistry has provided the solution to complex problems and has improved the quality of all phases of human life.
The fact that chemists at all levels of education find a market for their skills and knowledge in every employment area is further demonstration of the scope of the science of chemistry. Chemists provide the backbone for manufacturing industries, such as pharmaceuticals, laboratories, environmental protection and for government positions in regulatory agencies.
Chemistry and biochemistry are the strongest preparation for professional schools in the health-related disciplines, such as medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, as well as the fields of environmental science, polymers, and geology.
The Chemistry program at CCM is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in all areas of modern chemistry. The core courses required for the A.S. degree prepare the student to transfer and attain a B.S. or B.A. degree, to attend health-related professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy and chiropractic, or to start a career in chemistry. The degree is also applicable for those students interested in the applications of chemistry to environmental problems. Students who are preparing for medical, dental, or veterinary medical schools should see an academic advisor in the Department of Biology immediately to plan their courses and sequencing of courses. Students who have a previous non-science degree should be able to complete either of these degrees by transferring general education courses and taking only the sciences required for the medical schools.
The department is staffed with a dedicated teaching faculty, and many have industrial or medical experience. State-of-the-art equipment is used in all laboratory courses to maximize the student’s practical hands-on experience.
Students should consult their advisors to insure the proper sequencing of required and elective courses. Correct advisement is absolutely necessary to assure transferability.
The study of chemistry opens doors to satisfying careers and to a professional life in which the tendency to ask “why” can lead to rewarding endeavors.
Students should check with the Transfer Office about articulation agreements with this program.
If you are considering a career in teaching, please read the section on “Teacher Education Specializations.”