Science and Mathematics

What You Will Learn

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.

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 bio-technology, the study of chemistry has provided the solution to complex problems and has improved the quality of all phases of human life.

The core courses required for the A.S. degree at County College of Morris (CCM) prepare the student to transfer to 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.

Why Study Chemistry at CCM?

The chemistry program at CCM provides students with a strong foundation in all areas of modern chemistry. This degree is also appropriate for students interested in the applications of chemistry to environmental issues.

Facilities

Our laboratory facilities include not only standard lab equipment, but the most modern instrumentation including:

  • Benchtop nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
  • Gas (GC) and liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Atomic absorption (AA)
  • UV and visible spectroscopy
  • Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Electrophoresis (HPCE)
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)

 

In the course of their studies, students will use laboratory instrumentation to analyze real-world samples. Class sizes are small and students receive individual attention as well as supplemental help and free tutoring, if needed.

Faculty

The faculty at CCM are committed to providing quality education and maintain close relationships with students throughout their educational experience. Many faculty members have had industrial and research experience and have published articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, many belong to professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, The American Society for Microbiology and the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists.

Several faculty members have been nominated or won the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award.

Chemistry Education

Students in this program plan to transfer to a four-year program that will prepare them to teach at the elementary to high school levels.

The Teacher Education Program includes 10 other areas of specialization. Faculty advisors from both the chemistry and education departments advise students in this program as it is within a larger, multidisciplinary program, TEBIO.

Career Opportunities

Chemists and Biochemists provide the backbone for many industries such as manufacturing, environmental, government, health.

Careers:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food industry
  • Environmental protection
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Environmental science
  • Polymers
  • Geology

Where You Can Go

CCM credits from the Chemistry Program are readily transferrable towards four-year Biology and other degrees at many state and private colleges and universities. CCM has Chemistry articulation agreements with:

  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Drew University
  • Rider University
  • West Virginia University
  • William Paterson University

 

Students interested in transferring to other colleges should meet with an academic advisor as well as confer with the Office of Transfer Services to learn about transfer programs.

Students who are preparing for pharmacy, medical, dental or veterinary medical schools should see an academic advisor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry to plan their choice and sequencing of courses. Students should also see an academic advisor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry to ensure the proper sequencing of required and elective courses to assure transferability.

Contact Info

Biology and Chemistry Department
973-328-5360
Sheffield Hall, Room 208

Dr. Maria Isaza
Chairperson
misaza@ccm.edu
973-328-5730