As technology and our demand for natural resources continue to increase, the demand for quality chemists in all fields also increases. Chemists must devise means to better utilize our dwindling natural resources while improving and developing new methods to recycle both energy and materials.
Chemists are involved in making life better and safer for the public by developing everything from plastics to improved insulation, discovering lighter and stronger materials for travel on earth and in space, and providing for major advances in medical treatment.
A chemical education is fundamental to many majors other than simply chemistry. Curriculum studies in biology, engineering, medicine, home economics, and science education are but a few which are heavily dependent upon knowledge of chemistry.
A study of chemistry also encourages critical thinking. Business and pre-law majors are often encouraged to take chemistry to develop this thinking process.
The chemistry department at SCCC offers courses of study designed to meet the needs of students considering a professional chemistry or related career. A variety of teaching strategies are used to help students develop and understand chemical concepts. The curricular studies are designed to provide a working knowledge of chemistry, examine the process of scientific investigation, and analyze current and breaking research in the chemical, medical, biochemical, physical, and agricultural fields.
Suggested courses and information provided on curriculum pages are not to be used in place of academic advisement from the student's assigned advisor. Students should always visit with an advisor before enrollment to ensure selected options contribute to the overall course of study, academic schedule, and student success.
- Communications 9 credit hours
- English Composition I
- English Composition II
- Public Speaking
- Intro to Computer Concepts/Apps OR Advanced Computer Concepts/Apps 3 credit hours
- Humanities 6 credit hours (Select from at least two of the following disciplines)
*studio/performance courses are excluded*
- Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 credit hours (Select from at least two of the following disciplines)
- Political Science
- Mathematics and Lab Science 8 credit hours
- College Algebra
- Natural Science w/lab
- Physical Science w/lab
- Physical Education Activity 1 credit hour
- First Year Seminar 1 credit hour
Total General Education Minimum Requirements 34 credit hours
- Other Electives 18 credit hours
- Recommended Courses for Core Emphasis 12 credit hours
- Principles of Biology
- College Chemistry I
- College Chemistry II
- Organic Chemistry I
- Organic Chemistry II
- Engineering Physics I
- Engineering Physics II
- Calculus I
- Calculus II
Total Degree Requirement 64 credit hours
The SCCC chemistry department utilizes a variety of teaching strategies to help the students develop and understand chemical concepts. The curricular studies are designed to provide a working knowledge of chemistry, examine the process of scientific investigation, and analyze current and breaking research in the chemical, medical, biochemical, physical, and agricultural fields.
Students can earn an Associate in Science degree from Seward County Community College with studies in science, mathematics, business, or related technologies. Students need a minimum of 64 credit hours for degree completion, with a 2.00 overall minimum GPA and a minimum of 15 residential hours.
Not only can chemistry be used as its own course of study, it is fundamental to many other majors or career paths including biology, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, home economics, and science education. Because of this chemistry majors can be found in a number of industries including:
- Chemical sales
- Food production
- Water quality control
- Soil, water, crop, and livestock analysis
- Pharmaceutical manufacturing
- Laboratory analysis
- Oil and gas
- Quality control
- Lawmaking and enforcement
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