Chemistry

Chemistry class experiment

About the Career

Investigate the building blocks of the universe with chemistry. Chemistry careers often involve research, analyzing data and conducting experiments.

  • Forensic Scientist

    Forensic scientists collect and analyze data from crime scenes. They make $56,750 annually with a bachelor’s degree in a natural science, such as chemistry or biology, or in forensic science. The field is growing much faster than average.

  • Chemist

    Chemists work to improve or develop new products by studying substances’ molecules. They typically have at least a bachelor’s degree and earn a median salary of $75,420.

  • Chemical Engineer

    Chemical engineers study the ways substances interact with each other for drug, food, manufacturing and other companies. They earn $98,340 and usually have a bachelor’s degree at least.

  • College Chemistry Teacher

    College chemistry teachers may teach or perform research. They average $89,320 and often have master’s or doctoral degrees.

  • Atmospheric Scientist

    Atmospheric scientists and meteorologists study weather and climate. They make $92,460, and the field is growing faster than average. They usually have a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s or doctoral degree if they are researching.

For additional information search the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/ooh.

About the Program

Students can earn an Associate of Science in natural science, which prepares them to transfer to a university to major in a scientific field.

Students explore through labs, hands-on classes and extracurricular opportunities, such as the COM Science Club.

Courses include Introductory Chemistry 1, General Chemistry 1 and 2, and Organic Chemistry 1 and 2.

Students gain marketable skills in:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills
  • Teamwork

How to Begin

  1. Apply to COM at www.com.edu/apply.
  2. First-time college students: Attend a New Student Orientation before registering. Transfer students: Meet with an advisor before registering.
  3. Register for classes at www.com.edu/register.

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