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 171 Precalculus Algebra 4 5
CIS 110 Intro to Computers 3 4
17 22
Spring I
COM 110 Oral Communications 3 3
CTC 112 Basic Chemistry II 7 10
CTC 120 Organic Chemistry I 2 2
MAT 172 Precalculus Trigonometry 4 5
16 20
Summer I
CTC 140 Organic Processes 7 12
Elective Chemical Technology Elective 1-4
ISC 278 cGMP Quality Systems 2 2
~13 13+
Fall II
CTC 220 Organic Chemistry II 6 9
CTC 240 Instrumentation I: Spectroscopy 5 8
 Elective Chemical Technology Elective 1-4
 Elective Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
~18 20+
Spring II
CTC 230 Biochemistry 5 8
CTC 250 Instrumentation II: Chromatography 5 8
Humanities / Fine Arts Electives 3 3
13 19
Chem Tech Electives (Take 2 credits)
BIO 111 General Biology 4 6
WBL 111 Work-based Learning I 1 10
WBL 121 Work-based Learning II 1 10
WBL 131 Work-based Learning III 1 10
ISC 112 Industrial Safety 2 2
CTS 130 Spreadsheet 3 4
ISC 130  Introduction to Quality Control  3 3
PHY 151 College Physics I 4 5
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability 3 3