Chemical Technology

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

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 taught how to perform standard laboratory techniques, how to follow safety procedures, and how to prepare clear, thorough lab reports.

Throughout the program there will be emphasis on clear written communication and correct mathematical calculations. Students will be challenged to strengthen problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. They also will have opportunities to develop effective verbal communication, and to use software commonly employed in scientific labs.

A student who satisfactorily completes the program will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement. Students who complete the program may also qualify for an Associate in Science degree by fulfilling the Graduation Requirements specified in this catalog.

Enrollment Eligibility 

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must complete high school intermediate algebra or MATH 120 or its equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.

Career Opportunities

Employment data indicates that there are a large number of science lab technicians employed in this region.

Students who complete the Chemical Technology Program may work in environmental monitoring and pollution analysis, materials testing, medical testing, or quality control. They may work in laboratories supporting manufacturing, agriculture, medical research, the petrochemical industry, or government agencies.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to: 

  • apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills in the planning, execution, and interpretation of chemistry lab work.
  • correctly use common chemistry laboratory instruments to process materials and/or collect data.
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary to report and discuss chemistry laboratory processes with other scientifically trained personnel.
  • demonstrate an understanding of safety practices, including proper chemical waste disposal procedures.

Associate in Science Degree

The Chemical Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better.