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Chemical Technology - Associate in Applied Science

Chemical technicians are vital members of a laboratory team and havethe opportunity to contribute to new technological advances. Researchand development, production, and testing laboratories all useinstrumentation and equipment. Technicians will workindependently to perform tests and experiments and to analyze,interpret, and report results. Chemical technicians use their skills andinstrumentation to perform duties such as chemical testing,environmental monitoring, research and development, and quality control.

About the Program

The Chemical Technology (CT) program is a lab-based program that will prepare you for a career in chemical technology by developing the skills and knowledge necessary for a variety of technician jobs in different industries.

Through hands-on experience, you will develop the important critical-thinking skills necessary to solve problems encountered by chemical technicians working in the industry. Qualified chemical technicians should have a solid background in chemistry and math, the ability to use and troubleshoot a variety of instrumentation and standard equipment, and knowledge of standard laboratory and safety procedures. Both oral and written communication skills, and computer skills are also important.

  • This program offers the opportunity to participate in cooperative work experiences at area industries to gain the hands-on training employers will be looking for in full-time employees.
  • This program has been approved by the American Chemical Society.
  • An Advisory Board oversees the program to ensure the program remains up-to-date with the skills industries need in their chemical technicians.

Job Outlook

Graduates of this program can expect job possibilities in a wide variety of settings.

  • Testing
  • Quality control
  • Research and development in corporate settings
  • Chemical and other manufacturing companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Independent contractors

State of Michigan average yearly earnings = $40,660


For more information, contact:

David Baker
Chemical Technology program coordinator

Chemical Technology - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code: AAS.15464

A degree in Chemical Technology may transfer or could lead to a position with area employers as a Technologist. As a Chemical Technologist, you will operate many kinds of laboratory instruments, be involved with data collection and analysis, technical report writing, and research projects. This Associate in Applied Science program includes core courses that allow flexibility in choosing a technical focus. Degrees in Water/Wastewater Treatment Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Clinical Laboratory Science, or Engineering may also be pursued using most of the credits from this program.

General Education Courses-General

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
COM 112W3Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR ______________
COM 114W(3)Interpersonal Communication ______________
CST 133W4Computer Concepts & Competencies OR ______________
CST 134(3)Micro Computers in Business Using MS Office ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition II Course OR ______________
ENG 113(3)Technical Communication ______________
MTH 208W3Elementary Statistics ______________
MTH 209W(4)Statistics ______________
LW ---1Any 1 Credit LW Course AND ______________
LWA ---1Any 1 Credit LWA Course ______________
OR ______________
LW ---(2)Any 2 Credit LW Course ______________
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________
--- ---3Humanities Elective ______________
--- ---3Social Science Elective ______________

General Education Courses-Science I

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
PHY 1014Applied Physics OR ______________
PHY 111(4)General Physics I OR ______________
PHY 211(5)Physics I ______________

General Education Courses-Science 2

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
PHY 1124General Physics II OR ______________
PHY 212(5)Physics II OR ______________
BIO 110W(4)Environmental Science OR ______________
BIO 111W(4)Principles of Biology OR ______________
BIO 171(4)Integrated General Biology I OR ______________
BIO 199(4)Human Heredity And Sexuality OR ______________
BIO 203W(4)General Microbiology ______________

Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CHM 1115General and Inorganic Chemistry I ______________
CHM 1125General and Inorganic Chemistry II ______________
CHM 2104Organic Chemistry I ______________
CHM 210LW1Organic Chemistry I Laboratory ______________
CHM 2204Organic Chemistry II ______________
CHM 220LW1Organic Chemistry II Laboratory ______________
CHM 2304Chemical Analysis/Instrumentation ______________
CHM 2311Troubleshooting for Analytical Instrumentation ______________
SCI 1071Introduction to Technical Programs in Science ______________
SCI 2491Scientific Research Development ______________
SCI 2502/6Research Project In Science ______________

Recommended Electives

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CHM 2213Organic Biochemistry ______________
MTH 1213Plane Trigonometry ______________
MTH 1514Pre-Calculus Mathematics ______________
MTH 1614Analytic Geometry and Calculus I ______________
WET 1103Water Treatment Technologies ______________
WET 1123Wastewater Treatment Technology ______________
BIO 2742Introduction to Biotechnology ______________

63/72Total Credits


1 - Humanities courses must be completed in at least two different subject areas. Consult this catalog for a list of approved Humanities courses.
2 - You may be eligible for the MACRAO or MTA certificate. Consult the current catalog for requirements.
3 - A minimum of two credits is required for SCI 250. However, in consultation with faculty, a research project for up to 6 credits may be chosen.
4 - PHY 101, 111, and 211 may transfer as Physics or Science credit only, depending on the institution.
5 - To have the MACRAO stamp placed on your transcript, fill out a MACRAO Request Form at the Records Office with the Graduation Request.
6 - It is highly recommended that students take SCI 107 early in their coursework.
7 - PHY 101 is not recommended for students who wish to take PHY 112 or PHY 212. Students wishing to take PHY 112 should enroll in PHY 111. Students wishing to take PHY 212 should enroll in PHY 211.
8 - SCI 250: Research Projects in Science is offered on a continual basis through individual instruction with Chemistry faculty mentors. Go to for a list of Chemistry faculty.

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