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In simplest terms, chemistry is the science of matter. Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen or felt is made of chemicals.

Chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things. Some chemists work on cures for cancer while others monitor the ozone protecting us from the sun. Still others discover new materials to make our homes warmer in the winter, or new textiles to be used in the latest fashions.

Why Chemistry @ EMCC?
Chemistry classes at EMCC provide students with a fundamental understanding of inorganic and organic chemistry. Our chemistry courses are taught to provide students with an actual understanding of concepts rather than relying on memorization of random facts.  Courses will be activity based and requires the sharing of ideas and working in-groups. Activities could be labs, thought experiments or working with open-ended questions. Lectures will be nearly nonexistent as it is a cooperative learning environment.  Students will be actively engaged in problem solving that requires thought, not necessarily mathematical expertise.

Through the MAPP program, required EMCC courses leading to an associate degree can then easily be transferred as a block to Arizona’s three state universities for continuing degree advancement.

Career and Employment Outlook

The knowledge gained through the study of chemistry opens many career pathways. For more information on chemistry careers, visit the American Chemical Society. Here are just a few of the careers chosen by chemists.

  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Consumer Product Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food and Flavor Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pulp and Paper Chemistry
  • Textile Chemistry
  • Water Chemistry

University Transfer Options

Maricopa Degree Options

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Associate in Science (AS) Bachelor of Science

Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program

This program has an MAPP (Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program) option. For more information about the MAPP program and to find additional information, see the MAPP page.