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.
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. "
-Marie Curie, Winner Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1911)