Bachelor of Science Degree, Natural Sciences Major
Supply the demand for product improvement
With the increasing demand for product and medical improvement, many industries seek employees with degrees in chemistry. Cosmetics, medicines, foods, clothes, plastics—all and more comprise chemical mixtures designed to create various products. With skilled faculty and modern labs, PCC’s chemistry program adequately prepares students for this broad field.
Because chemists must make appropriate decisions based on critical observations, the PCC chemistry program provides the necessary balance between in-class lectures and ample laboratory research and experimentation. Students begin by observing particles, atoms, molecules, substances, metals, crystals, and other aggregates of matter in solid, liquid, and gaseous states, and then study changes during interactions, reactions, and transformations. By knowing what chemicals react well, students increase their understanding of the world around them, preparing them to help improve lives.
The skills that chemistry students typically possess, such as competence in operating scientific equipment and keen organization and maintenance of accurate records, make chemists highly marketable in various careers. Students completing PCC’s chemistry program can choose a career in fields such as medicine, pharmacy, and laboratory work among many others, or choose to further their knowledge in graduate studies.
As a lab technician/analyst, I really enjoy working in the lab where I get to deal with different things such as supplements, cosmetics, food, paints, and much more. The chemistry classes I took at PCC definitely prepared me well for the job. The most valuable part of PCC’s training was the lab experiments. I got used to the lab environment, writing lab reports, and calculating data.
—Clara K. (’10 grad)
Lab Technician/Analyst, Chemical Solutions Ltd.
High School Preparation
Recommended high school preparation
for a chemistry concentration is
2 units of algebra and 1 unit each of
plane geometry, advanced mathematics
(trigonometry and analytical geometry
or precalculus), chemistry, and physics.
Opportunities are available to make up
certain deficiencies, but time required
to complete the chemistry degree may
Recommended Course Sequence
Sophomore Course Sequence