Associate in Applied Sciences
Chemical technicians play a vital role in fields involving medical drugs, environmental pollution analysis, cosmetics, chemicals, plastics, alternative energy sources, fabrics and foods.
Chemical technicians use analytical techniques, many with state-of-the-art instrumentation, to aid in the development, testing and use of products.
The major purpose of the Chemical Technology Program at County College of Morris (CCM) is to prepare graduates for employment at the technician level for research, testing and quality control laboratories associated with the internationally prestigious pharmaceutical, chemical, personal care products, food industry, environmental, and chemical corporations located in New Jersey.
Students in this program learn modern chemical methods and instrumentation. They will graduate with both theoretical knowledge and practical training and an Associate in Applied Science degree.
Chemical Technology Program Learning Outcomes
- Define and explain the key ideas and foundation concepts in the chemical sciences.
- Provide students with job-oriented laboratory skills including the safe and proper handling of chemicals and laboratory equipment.
- Explain and apply the scientific method including designing, conducting and analyzing experiments.
- Locate, analyze and evaluate scientific literature and synthesize the information obtained to effectively communicate scientific information in written and/or oral format.
- Identify and assess ethical issues as they pertain to the chemical sciences.
- Solve problems in the sciences using critical-thinking skills and technology.
The faculty is committed to providing quality education and maintains close relationships with students throughout their educational experience.
Many faculty members have had industrial experience, are involved in research, and have published articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, many belong to professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, the 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.
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.
- Chemical research technicians
- Quality control technicians
- Plant control chemists
- Chemical material and product analysts
- Pollution analysts
- Pilot plant supervisors
- Product sales representatives
- Forensic technicians
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.
Graduates qualify for entry-level positions in research laboratories, quality-control laboratories, pilot plants, chemical production and environmental-monitoring facilities, testing laboratories and forensic laboratories.
Graduates can take advantage of employment opportunities offered by prestigious companies located in New Jersey.
Other graduates pursue baccalaureate degrees in chemistry or related disciplines at four-year institutions. Many employers will pay for continuing education towards a four-year degree and reward the employee with a pay increase and new classification if a more advanced degree is attained.
For additional information about career opportunities in chemistry, see www.acs.org.
Biology and Chemistry Department
Sheffield Hall, Room 208
Professor Caitlin Burns