Chemistry impacts everyday life. It's in the food you eat, the clothes you wear and every product you find in your home. Knowledge of chemistry is vital to a range of fields like health care, food science, energy, water quality, environmental studies and criminal justice. By successfully completing an associate degree with an emphasis in chemistry at Heartland, you'll have the opportunity to:
- investigate core concepts in general and organic chemistry
- perform experiments using modern laboratory techniques and equipment
- critically evaluate and analyze information in a scientific environment
All of the chemistry experiments at Heartland have been designed by course instructors to maximize your opportunities to use current techniques and equipment in the field. You'll collect and analyze environmental samples, use green chemistry processes to make biofuel from used cooking oil, or even explore the science behind the field of crime scene investigation.
By continuing your chemistry studies at a four-year institution you can prepare for employment in a diverse array of fields. Some career options related to chemistry include:
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Chemical Engineering
- Government Policy and Law
Nearly 37 million jobs in America (127,000 in the state of Illinois) are connected in some way to chemicals or their production. Those working in the chemical industry in Illinois earn 55% more than the average national manufacturing wage.*
*Occupational Outlook data from www.americanchemistry.com.
Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:
If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as a chemistry major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Sciences(AS) transfer preparation program is the path for you.