Chemical Technology

The Chemical Technology curriculum prepares individuals for work as analytical technicians in chemical laboratories associated with chemical production, environmental concerns, pharmaceuticals, or general analysis. Students can also use the degree to propel themselves into a four-year college or university where they will enter as juniors in a B.S. Chemistry program. Many students will choose this alternative in comparison to traditional transfer chemistry courses.  A two year CHEM TECH degree qualifies an individual to work in a laboratory setting whereas two years of courses in a traditional B.S. curriculum do not provide this opportunity.

Course work includes general chemistry, organic chemistry, qualitative and quantitative analysis, instrumental chemistry including techniques focusing on spectroscopy (UV-VIS, IR, AA, MS, NMR) and chromatography (GC, HPLC, TLC, SEC, IC). Students are also trained on computerized data collection, analysis, and graphical presentation.

Graduates should qualify as entry-level chemical laboratory technicians or chemists.  Their duties may include chemical solution preparation, raw material, product, or environmental sampling, and/or sample testing via wet chemistry or instrumental techniques.

The Chemical Technology program at Cape Fear Community College is a two-year (five-semester) program which leads to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) degree.  Graduates have always enjoyed a high rate of employment in the laboratories of companies involved in chemical production, pharmaceutical production and testing, food additive production and testing, and environmental monitoring.

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All introductory chemistry courses in the Chemical Technology Department are structured so that students who have never taken a chemistry course in the past should still perform exceptionally well.

Fall I
CTC 111 Basic Chemistry I 7 10
ENG 111 Expos. Writing 3 3
MAT 121 or 171 Alg/Trig 1 or Precalc Alg 3 4
CIS 110 Intro to Computers 3 ~3
16 ~20
Spring I
COM 110 Oral Communications 3 3
CTC 112 Basic Chemistry II 7 10
CTC 120 Organic Chemistry I 2 2
MAT 122 or 172 Alg/Trig II or Precalc Trig 3 4
15 19
Summer I
CTC 140 Organic Processes 7 11
CTS 130 Spreadsheets 3 3
ISC 278 cGMP Quality Systems 2 2
12 16
Fall II
CTC 220 Organic Chemistry II 6 9
CTC 240 Industrial Analysis I 5 8
Chemical Technology Elective ~4
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 ~3
Spring II
CTC 230 Organic Chemistry III 5 8
CTC 250 Industrial Analysis II 5 8
Humanities / Fine Arts Electives 3 ~3
13 ~19
Chem Tech Electives
BIO 111 General Biology 4 6
COE 111 Co-op Experience I 1 10
COE 121 Co-op Experience II 1 10
COE 131 Co-op Experience III 1 10
ISC 112 Industrial Safety 2 2