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Chemical Technology - Laboratory Science - Advanced Certificate

Chemical technicians are vital members of a laboratory team and have the opportunity to contribute to new technological advances. Research and development, production, and testing laboratories all use instrumentation and equipment. Technicians will work independently to perform tests and experiments and to analyze, interpret, and report results. Chemical technicians use their skills and instrumentation 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 - Laboratory Science - Advanced Certificate

Program Code: CTA.35464

Laboratory work is a very interdisciplinary activity that requires a broad spectrum of technical and practical skills. This advanced certificate is designed to assist you in obtaining a broad set of science skills and techniques necessary to work in a laboratory.

Certificate Requirements

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 1714Integrated General Biology I ______________
OR ______________
BIO 203W(4)General Microbiology ______________
CHM 1115General and Inorganic Chemistry I ______________
CHM 1125General and Inorganic Chemistry II ______________
CHM 210LW1Organic Chemistry I Laboratory ______________
CHM 220LW1Organic Chemistry II Laboratory ______________
CHM 2304Chemical Analysis/Instrumentation ______________
SCI 249A1Developing a Laboratory Based Research Project ______________
SCI 2503-6Research Project In Science ______________

24/26Total Credits


1 - A minimum of 4 credits must be satisfactorily completed in Research Project (SCI 249A and SCI 250) for the certificate, however, in consultation with faculty, a research project for up to 6 credits may be chosen.

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