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The Chemistry program at Bakersfield College offers students the opportunity to study the fundamental principles and concepts of chemistry, including atomic structure, chemical reactions, and thermodynamics.

Students in this program will gain a solid foundation in the basics of chemistry and will learn how to apply these principles to real-world situations. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning through laboratory work and problem-solving, giving students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and develop practical skills. The program is designed to prepare students for further study in chemistry or related fields, or for entry-level positions in industry or government. With a focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, and laboratory skills, the Chemistry program at Bakersfield College is an excellent choice for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the chemical sciences.

What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the scientific study of matter and its properties, structure, and behavior. It encompasses a wide range of topics, including the composition of substances, the ways in which substances interact and change, and the energy changes that occur during chemical reactions. Chemistry is a fundamental science that provides the foundation for our understanding of the natural world and has many practical applications in areas such as medicine, environmental science, and materials science. The field of chemistry is constantly evolving and includes subdisciplines such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry. Studying chemistry involves both theoretical and experimental approaches, and students who study chemistry will develop a deep understanding of the nature of matter and the ways in which it can be manipulated and studied.

Is Studying Chemistry Right for Me?

Chemistry can be a challenging subject, but it can also be very rewarding for those who have the right aptitudes and interests. Here are some traits that might indicate that you would be good at studying chemistry:

  • A love of problem-solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • An interest in the natural world
  • A willingness to learn by doing

These are just a few traits that can indicate whether someone might be good at studying chemistry. Ultimately, the best way to find out is to try it for yourself!

Chemistry Degrees

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This major will provide students with a full two years of chemistry education as well as a solid foundation in math and physics. Additionally, the degree provides the student employment opportunities within local industries as a laboratory technician. 

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The Associate of Science in Chemistry (UC-T) is an appropriate degree for students interested in transferring to a University of California school or other four-year university as a major in chemistry. This major will provide students with a full two years of chemistry education as well as a strong foundation in math and physics.



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Chemistry Careers

An Associate in Science (AS) for Transfer or UC degree in Chemistry provides a strong foundation in the basics of the subject, and can be a stepping stone to a variety of careers in scientific and technical fields. Here are a few common careers for graduates with an AS in Chemistry:

  • Laboratory Technician: Lab technicians assist scientists in performing experiments, preparing samples, and analyzing data. They may work in industries such as pharmaceuticals, environmental science, or food and beverage manufacturing.
  • Quality Control Technician: Quality control technicians are responsible for ensuring that products meet established standards for quality and safety. They may work in industries such as manufacturing, food and beverage, or healthcare.
  • Environmental Technician: Environmental technicians assist scientists in monitoring and testing the environment to ensure compliance with regulations and standards. They may work in industries such as environmental consulting, waste management, or water treatment.
  • Chemical Technician: Chemical technicians assist chemists in conducting experiments, preparing samples, and analyzing data. They may work in industries such as pharmaceuticals, energy, or materials science.
  • Technical Sales Representative: Technical sales representatives sell products and services to customers in scientific and technical fields. They may work for companies that manufacture scientific equipment or chemicals.

These are just a few examples of careers that an AS in Chemistry can lead to. With additional education and experience, graduates with an AS in Chemistry may also be able to pursue careers as chemists, materials scientists, or chemical engineers.

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Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate in Arts for Transfer or an Associate in Science for Transfer from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. Students with an Associate in Arts/Science for Transfer degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community major. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Physical Science

Career & Learning Pathway: Science Engineering Technology Mathematics (STEM) Pathway

Courses: Chemistry (CHEM)

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