Chemistry

Chemistry

Natural Sciences Major—Chemistry Concentration, Bachelor of Science Degree

See also Science Education

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 and more—all comprise chemical mixtures designed to create various products. With skilled faculty and well-equipped labs, PCC’s chemistry concentration adequately prepares students for this broad field.

Because chemists must make appropriate decisions based on critical observations, the PCC chemistry concentration provides the necessary balance between in-class lectures and laboratory experimentation. Students learn inorganic, organic, biological, analytical, and physical chemistry as well as study the theoretical basis of modern instrumental methods. By knowing these foundational fields of chemistry, 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 concentration often choose to further their knowledge in graduate studies, or they may choose a career in laboratory work or health fields such as medicine or pharmacy.

The purpose of the chemistry concentration is to teach our students to apply the scientific method with modern experimentation in the field of chemistry so that they can fulfill God’s command to be wise stewards of His creation. This purpose will be accomplished by providing the students with a strong background in the physical sciences and with a broad liberal arts education from a Christian perspective.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the chemistry concentration will be able to

  • demonstrate their understanding of key concepts necessary to solve problems in science and mathematics or explain life processes,
  • apply standard scientific conventions to present logical conclusions based on novel research data and the research of others,
  • critique creationist and evolutionary interpretations of scientific data by applying scientific principles from the perspective of a supernatural creation of all things in six literal days approximately 6,000 years ago by the God of the Bible,
  • articulate ethical standards based on a biblical foundation, and
  • demonstrate skills in properly collecting and analyzing data obtained by using standard chemistry laboratory techniques and instrumentation.
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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 concentration may increase.

Career Possibilities

  • Chemist
  • Clinical technician
  • Food and drug analyst
  • Laboratory technician
  • Education

Chemistry Alumni Spotlights

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
Lab Technician/Analyst, Chemical Solutions Ltd.