The associate of applied science degree prepares students to work as chemical technicians. It also easily fits within any of a number of existing baccalaureate degrees, providing the student a stepping stone to an advanced degree, as well as increased marketability for summer jobs and internships.
Chemical technicians and technologists conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analysis of solids, liquids and gaseous materials for purposes such as maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical or practical application of chemistry and related sciences. Nationally, the mean hourly wage is $15.46 (National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates http://stats.bls.gov). Chemical technicians work in a variety of jobs for manufacturing companies, testing labs, government labs, for public utilities, and for universities.
This degree program may also lead to a B.S. in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry Pre-Professional, or Environmental Science that may be certified by the American Chemical Society.
Degree requirements (34 credits)
- CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
- CHEM116 General Chemistry II 5
- CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
- CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
- CHEM231 Quantitative Analysis 4
- CHEM332 Instrumental Analysis 4
- FIRE312 Hazardous Material Management 4
- INTD399 Internship in Chemistry 4
Other Departments (14 credits)
- BUSN211 Business Statistics 3 or
- MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
- MATH131 College Trigonometry 3
- Two semesters of College Physics 8
Free Electives (6 credits minimum)
General Education: All LSSU Associate’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students).
A minimum of 62 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.