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Chemistry

Chemistry is the science of matter and its changes.  Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen, or felt is made of chemicals. Thus, an understanding of chemistry is vital to all who make decisions in health, lifestyle, and societal issues. With a foundation in mathematics and physics, the Chemistry AS Degree program is also suitable for students interested in the related programs of Biology, Biochemistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, and Forensic Science.  Upon completion of the Chemistry AS Degree, students may transfer to a four-year college or university for a four-year degree.

Some chemists work on cures for cancer, while others monitor our drinking water quality. Some discover new materials to make our homes warmer in the winter or the structures of enzymes in our bodies. Job variety is great.

Chemical technicians, operators, analysts, and other applied chemical professionals are in high demand.  Chemical professionals work in many industries, ranging from industrial chemicals, paints, fuels, and metals to agricultural products, food processing, and pharmaceuticals. With study beyond a four-year degree, chemists can become medical doctors, pharmacists, veterinarians, optometrists, patent lawyers, or dentists.

Careers for chemists include the following and more:

  • Biotechnology
  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Education
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Consumer Product Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food and Flavor Chemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Inorganic or Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Oil and Petroleum
  • Textile Chemistry




Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.