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Chemical Technology


Students in the Chemical Technology curriculum receive a balanced program of practical laboratory training and theoretical concepts in inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Graduates of the curriculum will have laboratory skills that will enable them to adjust quickly to industrial laboratory work. They will also have the basic foundation for further professional growth.

Students have an opportunity to use a variety of analytical instruments such as infrared, visible and ultraviolet spectrographs, vapor and liquid phase chromatography and polarography. Most of the instruments are computer interfaced. Exercises in routine instrumental analyses, as well as more challenging problems in such topics as structure determinations, are given.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Enter the workforce as entry-level technicians in industrial, research and governmental settings.
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of general inorganic and organic chemistry principles and concepts and be able to apply this knowledge to the solution of problems and performance of experiments.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of analytical and instrumental concepts and techniques and develop complementary practical laboratory skills related to the science of chemistry.
  • Effectively collect, interpret, evaluate and communicate scientific data in multiple formats using computer technology as needed.

Program Entry Requirements:

This program is open to interested students, assuming space is available. The curriculum is well aligned with the courses required of students who are working toward a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Students are required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 63 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) are required for graduation.

Chemical Technology Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra1   3 Mathematics
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
CHEM 121 - College Chemistry I CHEM 110 or dept head approval 4 Natural Science
PTEC 103 - Intro to Process Tech and Plant Equipment3   4  

Second Semester

ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
Math 251 - Stat. for Science1 FNMT 118 or MATH 118 4  
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities
CHEM 122 - College Chemistry II   4  
Natural Science Elective with Lab2   4  

Third Semester

Social Science Elective   3 Social Science
ASET 130 - Quality Control/Quality Assurance   3  
CHEM 221 - Organic Chemistry I CHEM 122 5  
Natural Science elective with Lab2   4  

Fourth Semester

CHEM 214 - Instrumental Analysis CHEM 122 5  
CHEM 222 - Organic Chemistry II CHEM 221 5  
ASET 110 - Safety, Health and the Environment   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 634

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the American/Global Diversity requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the Writing Intensive requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated American/Global Diversity, one course that is designated Writing Intensive and one course that is designated Interpretive Studies. The same course may be used to fulfill all three requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

1 Students who qualify are encouraged to take MATH 161 or higher courses in a calculus related sequence in place of FNMT 118 and MATH 251.
2 To meet the Natural Science with a Lab Elective, students should take either a Biology or Physics course or a Chemistry course above CHEM 118.
3 Experienced students may replace PECT 103 with an elective to be selected with the approval of the Department Chair..
4 Students who are required to take Chem 110 prior to Chem 121 will need 67 credits to graduate.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W2-7 , 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8431; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.