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Chemistry (AS)

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Launch Your Career of Discovery at LASC!

Discover an environmentally-friendly way to get rid of plastics in the ocean. Find a safer way to make an anti-surfactant that doesn’t cause health problems. Create an ingestible protein that helps people with chemotherapy get stronger faster. Develop an antibiotic that can defeat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Detect a chemical element that hasn’t been previously discovered. Work with a research team to find answers to unsolved chemistry problems. Chemistry is involved in everything we do, and in so many of the innovations that have made our lives better as a society for the past four hundred years. 

Chemistry, the foundation of all sciences, is the study of matter and energy and how they interact. And, chemists are the experimenters. They develop new products and advance innovation to the height of science’s cutting edge. They take on challenges to create new inventions, improve materials to advance products and processes, and improve our quality of life. 

And, technology is allowing chemists to work even faster with automated machinery to set up experiments and even use brain-like computers to solve complex problems. If you are detail-minded and see problems as exciting challenges to solve, then chemistry is a career that’s full of exceptional possibilities!

Careers in Chemistry

Chemists are most often in laboratories performing experiments and creating reports, and they work in almost all business sectors, such as private and government, large agencies and small businesses, and anywhere something can be improved through chemistry. 

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a Chemistry degree:

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Use special instruments and techniques to assist chemists and chemical engineers.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $48,130/year $23.15/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training 2% increase
(slower than average)
70,300

Help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High School Diploma or Equivalent $32,700/year $15.72/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training 7% increase
(faster than average)
420,400

RNs provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients, and the public about various health conditions.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate / Bachelor’s Degree $99,930/year $48.05/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% increase
(as fast as average)
103,910

Study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and analyze the ways in which the substances interact with one another.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $78,330/year $37.66/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training 4% increase
(as fast as average)
95,800

Apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the use of fuel, drugs, food, and many other products.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $104,910/year $50.44/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
6% increase
(as fast as average)
33,900

Prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $71,850/year $34.54/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Short-term on-the-job training 8% increase
(faster than average)
55,700

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Chemistry

You can get an Associate in Science in Chemistry (AS) at LASC where you will learn and work with the fundamentals of the scientific method:

  • Discover the principles of genetics, what living things are made of and how they move, the diversity of plants and animals and how they grow, the structures of cells, environmental challenges we face, and so much more. With this knowledge, you will be able to perform experiments and gain an understanding of the cause and effect of an experiment’s results.
  • Use critical thinking, logic, and experiments to understand the basic concepts and experimental approaches used in biology today to continue to build your foundational knowledge of chemistry.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to transfer? With your Associate in Science in Chemistry (AS) degree, you will save money on your first two years of college learning from innovative, dedicated faculty before you transfer to a four-year college or university. Visit your academic counselor to fund out more.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review LASC’s Associate in Science in Chemistry degree and our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

You can transfer into a four-year college or university taking Chemistry at LASC. Your first step is to talk with your academic counselor to find out exactly what you will need to do to transfer.

Required Courses: Units
 
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry for Science Majors I 5
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry for Science Majors II  5
CHEM 51 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 5
TOTAL UNITS 25
 
 Recommended Electives Units
MATH 227 Introductory Statistics  4

Get Ready Before You Start

You can start preparing for your career in Chemistry before your first class starts at LASC!

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss your career goals and if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university so your counselor can ensure you are taking the courses you’ll need to transfer.
  • Still in high school? Find out if there are any nearby universities or colleges with summer chemistry or science program for high school students. Contact local laboratories to see if they are offering high school internships or volunteer opportunities, and start a Chemistry Club at your high school!