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Chemistry

Quick Facts

  • Pathway: STEM
  • Campus: Multiple Campuses

Chemical technicians run laboratory tests to help chemists and chemical engineers research, develop, and test chemical products and processes.

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Our Program

Why choose an Chemistry

  • Contribute to research & development that can improve people’s lives
  • Use sophisticated testing techniques, such as:
    • Chromatography
    • Spectroscopy
    • Physical or chemical separation techniques
  • Work as part of a team led by chemists & chemical engineers who manage projects & evaluate the work of team contributors
  • Help develop more efficient production processes for manufacturing
  • Be able to choose a specialization, for example:
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • General chemistry
    • Organic or inorganic chemistry
    • Physical chemistry

Prepare for what you will do at work

  • Think critically about different ways to solve problems
  • Analyze chemicals & other substances
  • Conduct chemical & physical experiments; interpret & document the results
  • Handle chemicals & dispose of them safely
  • Maintain laboratory equipment & instruments

Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before you enroll, think about:

  • You will use both science & math in your work.
  • You will likely work in laboratories where you must follow proper procedures to avoid exposure to potentially harmful chemicals
  • Most chemical technicians work full time and may need to work extra hours occasionally, depending on experiment requirements or deadlines.
  • Personality traits important to chemical technicians include:
    • Attention to detail
    • Flexibility
    • Dependability
  • After earning your A.S. in Chemistry, you will have the first 2 years of the college curriculum you need to transfer to a university and complete a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Need a boost to get ready for college?

Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.

Degrees & Certificates

NE Northeast Campus SE Southeast Campus
NW Northwest Campus TR Trinity River Campus
SO South Campus CN TCC Connect Campus

Degree

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AS Associate of Science in Chemistry 60 $3,840

Notes:

  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Non-Credit Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!

Contact

Northeast Campus

Marles McCurdy
Department Chair

Call 817-515-6547

Email marles.mccurdy@tccd.edu

Northwest Campus

Juan Barbarin-Castillo
Physical Sciences Chair

Call 817-515-7341

Email j.barbarin-castillo@tccd.edu

South Campus

Shelli Hull, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Call 817-515-4539

Email shelli.hull@tccd.edu

Southeast Campus

John Coniglio, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Call 817-515-3148

Email john.coniglio@tccd.edu

Trinity River Campus

Mark Eley
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Call 817-515-1405

Email mark.eley@tccd.edu

Updated September 07, 2021