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What will I learn?

Chemistry is the study of matter and its properties. Everything that occupies space and has mass is composed of matter. This includes everything from a single atom of carbon to a complex polymer.

The composition of substances from a fairly small “alphabet” of about 100 elements is responsible for the diversity and beauty of the material world. You will learn about how these elements react and some of the rules that govern their chemical and physical transformations.

Like all science-based disciplines, chemistry builds essential life skills, including how to:

  • Think critically and objectively about your world
  • Make informed decisions about the products you buy
  • Understand current events, especially relating to energy production, the environment and new technology
  • Analyze real-time data from hands-on laboratory experiences

JCCC offers a range of Chemistry classes to meet your experience and interest. Choose from introductory chemistry courses or more advanced organic or biochemistry courses, many of which are offered in three different class formats to best suit your needs:

  • face-to-face (on campus)
  • online
  • a hybrid format in which the lecture content is online and the lab meets face to face


Build a strong foundation at JCCC before you transfer to a four-year school to pursue a chemistry major. You can choose from classes that match your interests and educational goals. Nonscience majors can earn science and lab requirements. Chemistry majors and students interested in other science majors can fulfill introductory course requirements.

Most JCCC Chemistry classes are approved by the Kansas Board of Regents to transfer to many four-year programs, including all Kansas public postsecondary institutions. At JCCC:

  • Smaller class sizes mean more individualized attention from your professors.
  • Lectures and the labs are taught by professors who are experts in their fields.
  • Fully equipped labs are comparable to those found at four-year schools.
  • Free tutoring for all Chemistry courses is available in the Science Resource Center.
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The career you pursue and the money you can make will vary greatly depending upon your education and experience. Knowledge of chemistry is essential for careers in medicine and allied health, pharmacy, chemical engineering, education, and agricultural and food science.

Many industries require at least a master’s degree. Job opportunities include:

Associate degree:

  • Chemical technician
  • Medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians 

Bachelor’s degree

  • Chemical engineer 

Master’s degree

  • Chemist and materials scientist


  • Biochemists
  • Physician
  • Pharmacist
  • Medical scientist

Make an appointment with a Science Counselor for details about careers and transferring.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.