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Chemical Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree (FV)
Certificate of Proficiency (FV)

 

Please note: this program is not accepting new students at this time. Please consult an advisor for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Chemical Technology is a 67-credit-hour program for persons seeking to work as chemical laboratory technicians with chemists, engineers and environmentalists. The program includes a general education component as well as a strong chemical technology knowledge base.

Certificate of Proficiency in Chemical Technology is a 34-credit-hour program for persons seeking to work as chemical laboratory technicians with chemists, engineers and environmentalists.

This program prepares students to work as chemical laboratory technicians with chemists, engineers and environmentalists. Students learn the basics of wet chemical methods and acquire skills in analyzing and interpreting the results of basic chemical instrumentation.

Graduates are qualified for positions as industrial chemical technicians in chemical processing plants and environmental, agricultural, research and manufacturing facilities.

There are many job opportunities for technicians with a variety of interests and skills. The career of a chemical technician changes as industry and society changes. Chemical technicians work in laboratories and use a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments such as gas and high-performance liquid chromatographs, UV-visible spectrophotometers and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers. They set up apparatus, run chemical reactions and test for quality, performance or composition of materials.

Most chemical technicians work in laboratory settings for companies that manufacture consumer products such as pharmaceuticals, foods, fertilizers, detergents, etc. Others work for public or private firms involved in water treatment, environmental analysis, biotechnology or medical research. Some chemical technicians work in sales.

The Chemical Technology program has articulation agreements with Southeast Missouri State University for a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology and with the Chemistry departments at Lindenwood University, Maryville University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

People interested in this program should possess:

  • An interest in math and science
  • Ability to work with people in teams