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 as two years of courses qualifies an individual to work in a laboratory setting whereas two years of traditional chemistry courses do not provide this opportunity.
Course work includes general chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory chemical engineering, qualitative analysis, and quantitative analysis, including such instrumental techniques as spectroscopy (UV-Vis, IR, AA) and chromatography (GC, LC). Students also utilize computerized data collection, reduction, and graphic presentation.
Graduates should qualify as entry-level chemical laboratory technicians. 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.