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As the global economy becomes more science based, the demand for people who understand the principles of chemistry is increasing. From technical positions working in a lab testing environment to chemists who work toward formulating new products through sciences, the variety of jobs in the field fills a wide range.

As fields such as biochemistry and nanotechnology continue to emerge, chemistry will remain the foundation on which the progress and change is built.

Career Information

Depending on your educational goals, career opportunities vary.

A bachelor's degree in chemistry can lead to entry-level chemist positions. Many of these positions are in quality control and analytical testing in both government and industry.

Many with a bachelor's degree in chemistry teach high school science.

If you are interested in research and development, a master's degree or Ph.D. is required. Research leads to the creation of new products. These advances are found in medicine, agriculture, food processing, energy conservation, plastics, transportation, and more. read more 

Classroom Experience

The Chemistry program is challenging. Lake Michigan College instructors will expect you to work hard and be dedicated to your classwork. Since many of these classes teach the fundamentals that all other chemistry knowledge is built on, it is important for you to attend and actively participate in every class.

If you have little or no background in Chemistry, then CHEM 101 may be the course to begin with. Topics covering the scientific method, structure of an atom, periodic table, and chemical bonds are introduced. "I try to give examples that relate to students' lives," says LMC chemistry instructor Dr. Bal Barot. "Chemistry is abstract so I take time discussing each topic." read more



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