Gogebic Community College

Chemistry

Nature of the Work

Chemists search for and put to practical use new knowledge about chemicals. Many chemists work in research and development. Some also work in production and quality control in chemical manufacturing plants. Chemists often specialize in a subfield such as analytical, organic, inorganic, or physical chemistry.

Employment

Chemists held about 97,000 jobs in 1994. The majority are employed by manufacturing firms, which include firms that produce plastics and synthetic materials, drugs, soap and cleaners, paints, industrial organic chemicals, and other products. Chemists are employed in all parts of the country, but they are mainly concentrated in large industrial areas.

A bachelor's degree in chemistry or a related discipline is usually the minimum education necessary to work as a chemist. However, most research and college teaching jobs require a Ph.D. degree.

Many with bachelor's degrees in chemistry enter other occupations such as technical writing or sales representatives in chemical marketing. Some enter medical, dental, veterinary, or other health professions, and others become high school teachers.

The Program

The Gogebic Community College chemistry curriculum is designed to provide the general education courses that are required to transfer to a university for bachelor's degree completion.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Chemistry:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I
5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II
5
MTH 150 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
4
MTH 151 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
4
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
4
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
4
PHY 251 General Physics I
5
PHY 252 General Physics II
5
MTH 152 Calculus III
4
MTH 220 Differential Equations
4
  Humanities Electives
9
  Social Science Electives
9
  Physical Education Electives
  TOTAL CREDITS
69

Statistics taken from 1996-97 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK.

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Phone 1-800-682-5910 ext. 207