Chemistry

Overview

Chemistry—the study of how matter and energy interact—is an essential topic of study if you pursue an education in a scientific field such as biology, physics, geology, environmental science, health careers, engineering, industry, and far more. Chemistry is known as the "central science" for its connecting role among multiple disciplines. A foundation in chemistry will help you understand the world around you and improve your ability to make informed decisions through its emphasis on objective reasoning and problem-solving.

At Elgin Community College, your studies in chemistry will include qualitative and quantitative fundamentals and the practical aspects of chemistry in various career fields, including chemical technicians, quality control analysts, food scientists, health and safety engineers, and more. 

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Getting a Job in Chemistry


You will need at least a bachelor's degree to work as a chemist. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that careers in chemistry are projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Chemists and Materials Scientists, (accessed December 21, 2021). See details about the salary and job opportunities for a degree in chemistry on the ECC Career Coach site.

Guided Transfer Pathway Available

Learn more about a plan ECC offers to guide you toward courses relevant to your interests and based on the requirements of certain 4-year institutions. See all of our Guided Transfer Pathways.

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Classes in Chemistry apply toward your Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Fine Arts degrees.

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