The Chemistry Department serves more than 1,200 full- and part-time students each semester. We offer a dynamic environment in which to learn chemistry that includes a strong emphasis on hands-on use of equipment and instrumentation: from the simple–pH meters and visible spectrometers–to the complex–a Gas Chromatograph with a Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) and a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer.
We have a Chemical Technology certificate and degree.
We also offer Adventures in Chemistry (satisfies the GE requirement for Physical Sciences) and a new experimental offering called Design of Coffee.
Chemistry 400 Information:
1. What you should know when starting Chemistry 400
2. Information about meeting the prerequisites for CHEM 400
3. Review Materials for Chemistry 400 Placement Test:
SCC Chemistry Department Alumnus Dr. Osvaldo Gutierrez came back to SCC and gave a talk entitled “A Dreamer’s Guide to Becoming a Professor: Tips and Tricks”. The video of his talk can be accessed here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Libretexts.org, which includes class materials by Professor Bennett and Professor Alviar-Agnew
- Dao Research Group
- Ishchuk Research Group
- Miller Research Group
Pathwaystoscience.org, a great web site for finding research opportunities
Programs of Study
With an Associates Degree in either Chemistry or Chemical Technology, you can get a job as a chemical technician with an average salary of $20.64/hour (in 2012). The unemployment rate among chemical technicians is around 4% and has stayed 2-6% below the national average of unemployment. Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, and produce chemical products and processes.
Chemistry is the study of the properties, composition, and transformations of all material substances. It is often called the “central science” since it draws from mathematics and physics and forms a necessary background to the study of all the earth sciences and all the biological disciplines, including the various… MORE >>
The Chemical Technology Program trains students for a wide variety of scientific laboratory technician career opportunities. Students not only will be instructed in the theory and fundamentals of chemistry, but they will also be exposed to hands-on training with lab equipment and sophisticated state-of-the-art lab instrumentation. Students will be… MORE >>