What gives fireworks their color? How does a drug test work? Chemistry is the central science behind these questions and many more. The chemistry major focuses on the study and creation of materials, pharmaceuticals, biological systems, environmental systems, and industrial processes. Chemistry majors receive hands on training in sophisticated instrumentation and laboratory techniques. Students are prepared to serve in the chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, and for medical programs through engaging laboratory experiments. The chemistry department offers student support though a mentor-ship program, supplemental instruction, problem solving and skill building workshops, opportunities for independent research study opportunities and internships.
MSJC offers a range of course work to prepare students for the workforce or to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. All four-year institutions prescribe their own standards for course evaluation and admissions. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an associate degree in this program might not be the same as those required for transfer into a similar major at a four-year university.
Transfer students are advised to do research on prospective majors and careers through the Career/Transfer Center and the MSJC catalog. Students interested in transferring to CSU’s or UC’s can access major preparation by visiting http://www.assist.org. All students are advised to meet with a counselor at least once a semester to create or update their comprehensive education plan.
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- Demonstrate the ability to apply scientific inquiry to problem solving, including relationships between science and human activities.
- Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the Periodic Table of Elements and the nature and properties of elements.
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles governing matter and energy and their transformations via chemical reactions.
Discover in-demand careers and education options based on your interests! See the list of careers below or explore further by searching for Careers or Programs.
Note: There are no guaranteed positions for students completing these programs. Education and work experience required will vary by employer. The salary and benefits for specific occupations will be dependent on work experience, education, background, and employer. Labor market statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau, O-NET, EMSI.
|Career/Industries||CA Annual Median Salary or Range||Employment Demand or Opening CA|
|Chemical Engineer (B)||$102,160||2,400|
|Chemical Technician (A, B)||$47,280||6,600|
|Biochemistry, Biophysicist (D)||$91,190||3,200|
(degree required: SM some college, C: Certificate, A: Associate degree, B: Bachelor’s degree, M: Master’s degree, D: Doctorate)