"Chemistry is a high-value career."
At SCCC we offer an Associate of Science in Science and Mathematics with an option in Chemistry. This program will provide you with a solid foundation in all areas of modern chemistry. The Chemistry Option is designed for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Students in our Chemistry program learn instrumental laboratory techniques including polarimetry, refractive index, gel electrophoresis, visible spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy, as well as other skills.
There are careers in chemistry and in related disciplines such as chemical engineering, environmental science, geology and health related disciplines such as medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. Many chemists start off working in a laboratory, performing research, doing analysis, developing materials or advancing products. Some chemists find their way into management and many use their skills and knowledge to build a career in sales in a chemical-related field. Other chemists begin working in industry and later move into teaching.
Chemists provide the backbone for manufacturing industries and also work in pharmaceuticals, laboratories, environmental protection and government regulatory agencies. Industries where chemistry degrees are in demand include pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, petroleum, coatings, medical and food.
The Chemistry Option is designed for students who wish to transfer to a 4-year college or university and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
In September 2008, the governor and state legislature created a law that established a statewide transfer agreement for students transferring with a degree from a New Jersey community college to a New Jersey public four-year college or university.
Students can now seamlessly transfer their academic credits from a completed community college Associate of Arts (A.A.) to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or from a completed Associate of Science (A.S.) to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program at New Jersey’s public four-year colleges and universities.
Our Counseling & Advising Center can help you with transfer questions.
More information on this opportunity is available at njtransfer.org.
Q.What hands-on skills will I learn from a chemistry degree at SCCC?
A. Depending on the courses that you take, you will learn a variety of techniques including synthesis, filtration, separation, extraction, visible spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, melting points, refractive index, electrophoresis, distillation, recrystallization and calibration.
Q. Will my credits transfer to a four year institution?
A. If you complete your chemistry AS degree at SCCC, you can enter as a Junior into a Bachelor of Science program in Chemistry in a public college or university in New Jersey. Be sure to consult your advisor for assistance in selecting the right courses.
Q. Do my credits transfer if I decide to go to a school outside of New Jersey?
A. Typically they do. Sometimes completing a course sequence helps with transferability of a block of courses. Your faculty advisor or our Counseling & Advising Center can help you with transfer questions.
Q. Do my credits transfer to a school in New Jersey if I do not finish my degree?
A. Often, yes but be aware that transferring credits is more difficult if you do not complete your degree here. Sometimes completing a course sequence helps with transferability of a block of courses. Your faculty advisor or our Counseling & Advising Center can help you with transfer questions.
Q. How do I find out what books and materials we need for the class?
A. Text book information is available on our student portal and from the bookstore.
Q. How can I get help with chemistry?
A. You can get help from the instructor, from full-time faculty, or from a tutor in our learning center. All faculty hold office hours where they are available on campus to answer student questions. The office hours are posted on the office door (L107). All you need to do is ask!