Chemistry Students Photo The LCCC chemistry program provides students with foundational knowledge of chemical sciences. Completion of the curriculum will qualify the student for the Associate of Science degree.
Graduates of the program are prepared to transfer to four-year programs in a wide variety of disciplines such as pharmacy, biology, molecular biology, physics, engineering, chemistry and chemical education.
Those students unprepared to begin the calculus sequence upon entry at LCCC will determine their course of study in consultation with an advisor.

About the Career

Chemists work for a variety of manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries. Almost two-thirds of all chemists work for manufacturing firms–about one-half of these are in the chemical manufacturing industry; the rest are employed throughout other manufacturing industries such as textiles, paper, petroleum, electronics, and food.
Chemists also work for state and local governments in health and agriculture and for federal agencies, chiefly the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Resources, and Agriculture. Chemists also hold teaching and/or research positions in colleges, universities, and high schools. Students planning careers as chemists should enjoy studying science and mathematics and should like working with their hands, building scientific apparatus, and performing experiments. 
Perseverance and ability to concentrate on detail and to work independently are essential. Other assets include an inquisitive mind and imagination. 

Program Advantages

  • The LCCC chemistry program leads to an Associate of Science degree and provides a seamless transfer to a Bachelor of Science degree. The program has an excellent transfer rate to pharmacy and medical schools.
  • Faculty members are active in professional organizations and community and school outreach activities. Students find the faculty approachable, knowledgeable, helpful and highly enthusiastic.
  • Students receive extensive hands-on laboratory experience through activities employing diverse scientific instrumentation.
  • Scholarships are available to qualified students.
  • Students have the opportunity to perform collaborative research with the University of Wyoming chemistry department as well as to publish articles in journals such as the Journal of Chemical Education and American Journal of Botany.

Facilities and Equipment

The LCCC chemistry department has:

  • More than 5,000 square feet of modern, well-ventilated laboratory and classroom space
  • Well-equipped general, organic and analytical laboratory facilities
  • Carbon-13/proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer which allows students to determine the structure of an organic compound
  • Fourier-transform infra-red spectrometer which students use to identify the functional groups in a molecule
  • Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer which separates compounds and determines an accurate molecular weight