Chemical Technology

Train to work as an analytical technician in training laboratories associated with chemical production, environmental concerns, pharmaceuticals, or general analysis with the Chemical Technology program in just five semesters!

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 chemical technology 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.

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Coursework 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
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 4 6
CTC 110 Chemical Safety and Technology 2 2
CTC 114 Wet Laboratory Techniques 5 8
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3 3
14 19
Spring I
CHM 152 General Chemistry II 4 6
CTC 115 Quality Control Laboratory 5 8
COM 110 Introduction to Communication 3 3
Chemical Technology Elective: Choose 3 Credits from Below
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
BIO 110 Principles of Biology 4
BIO 111 General Biology 4
CTS 130 Spreadsheet 3
WBL 111 Work Based Learning I 1
WBL121 Work Based Learning II 1
15 22
Summer I
CTC 145 Advanced Laboratory Methods 6 11
Humanities / Fine Arts Elective 3 3
Social / Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
12 17
Fall II
CHM 251 Organic Chemistry I 4 6
CTC 150 Standards and Solutions 2 4
CTC 210 Forensic Laboratory 2  4
CTC 240 Instrumentation I: Spectroscopy 6 10
14 24
Spring II
CHM 252 Organic Chemistry II 4 6
CTC 235 Food Chemistry 2 4
CTC 250 Instrumentation II: Chromatography 6 10
CTC 260 Chemical Technology Capstone 2 4
14 24


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Tracy Holbrook, Program Director

Kim Bufkin, Lab Technician

Matthew Groff, Recruiter