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Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Chemistry is the science of what makes a habanero 10 times as hot as a jalapeño, why air becomes liquid at about -310°F, and how an ounce of gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long. Chemistry is the study of matter — the composition, structure, and properties of atoms, molecules, crystals, and other substances. Chemistry investigates how matter changes during chemical reactions.

In MCC’s chemistry courses, you’ll study general, organic, and biochemistry, both in our classrooms and in our state-of-the-art labs. Our coursework will prepare you to continue your education in ways that can lead to fulfilling employment in industry, government, academia, and the arts.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Science, Chemistry (AS)
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Total Credits Required
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What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Construct a mathematical description and abstract a mathematical model to draw conclusions concerning physical phenomena. (CT, CO)
  2. With a fundamental understanding of scientific inquiry, solve basic problems within the discipline of chemistry. (CT, CO)
  3. Analyze, interpret, and communicate data – and the experimental processes used to generate those data – in formal (e.g., laboratory reports, presentations, and models) and informal (e.g., peer discussions, public discourse) discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary settings. (CT, CO)
  4. Design a procedure that promotes safety and manages risk in a laboratory setting. (CT)
  5. Demonstrate professional ethical behavior appropriate to the chemistry discipline that contributes to the benefit of humankind. (CT, CE)
  6. Analyze real-world problems and synthesize real-world solutions applying chemical principles. (CT, CE, CG)

Career Opportunities

With a major in chemistry, you’ll build a foundation that’s vital for solving issues in agriculture, energy, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and other problems that face our world.  A chemistry degree can be the first step toward a career in medicine, manufacturing, research, or education.

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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