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“I was pleasantly surprised and continually impressed by the MCTC Chemistry faculty. It was clear that they enjoyed the sciences and were passionate about teaching chemistry well. My instructors were clever, resourceful, respectful, and often went out of their way to help my classmates and me understand challenging topics.”

- Kristin Kuehl, Alum


Program description

MCTC’s Chemistry program utilizes small class sizes and high tech teaching laboratories to give you individual attention and hands-on learning experiences. Chemistry courses give you a strong foundation for health and science career areas, or continuing to a four-year degree.

Program start and location

New students are accepted into this program for fall and spring semesters. Classes take place in the Science Center.  

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

What you will learn

  • You can complete chemistry coursework equivalent to the first two years of a four-year chemistry degree, or coursework that is prerequisite to many pre-professional programs including engineering, medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, physical therapy and biotechnology.
  • You will have opportunities to learn state of the art laboratory instrumentation techniques that include gas chromatography, atomic absorption spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, microscopy, and IR spectroscopy.
  • You will utilize Microsoft Excel to manipulate data and display experimental results.
  • You will often work in team settings where you will build confidence and sharpen your oral/written communication and presentation skills.

Points of pride

  • You will experience chemistry courses where lectures and laboratories are closely aligned and complement one another. 
  • MCTC laboratories are taught by their corresponding lecture instructors (not T.A.’s).
  • You will have access to a wealth of online course-related materials including laboratory handouts, Almost Live Lectures, multimedia laboratory primers and hybrid course alternatives.
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  • You will attend lectures where the maximum number of students is 54.
  • MCTC provides laptop computers and data acquisition equipment for students learning in the laboratory.
  • Numerous extra-curricular opportunities are available to MCTC Chemistry students, including summer research opportunities and a Chemistry club.  
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Where you could work

  • You may transfer to a 4 year college, which prepares you for an entry-level position in many chemical industries.
  • You may use your skills to go into other science disciplines, including health sciences, biological sciences and engineering.

Potential job titles

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemist
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  • Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forensic Science Technician
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Occupational outlook

A background in chemistry can lead you to a number of rewarding career fields such as medicine, biotechnology or teaching science which offer bright career opportunities.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

At MCTC’s Chemistry program, you will have opportunities to join study groups as well as participate in online learning.


This program is part of the School of Science and Mathematics.

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