Chemical Technology - Associate Degree
This two-year Associate in Science degree will prepare you to work as a lab technician alongside chemists and chemical engineers and provides an affordable foundation for further education in related programs, such as the Biomedical Sciences track of Eastern Florida’s Applied Health Sciences BAS.
Chemical technicians are skilled multitaskers who provide technical support and expertise to every branch of the chemical processing industry. A degree in chemical technology can prepare you for jobs in manufacturing, hazardous waste management, water quality analysis, data management, quality control, production and shipping, sales, and more. Chemical technicians can also qualify to work with regulatory government agencies, such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
CURRICULUM for the chemical technology program
The Chemical Technology A.S. degree curriculum is designed to develop skills that are critical for success in any scientific or medical career: analytical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication.
You have the choice of three specializations within the degree:
Chemical Technology - Associate Degree
- Degree Type
- Associate in Science (A.S.)
- Delivery Method
- On-Campus, Hybrid
- Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Titusville
- Total Credit Hours
- Academic Community
- Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
- Contact Information
Brittany Luke, Advisor
Chemical technologists perform a variety of typical duties, such as:
- Preparing chemical solutions
- Monitoring chemical processes
- Conducting chemical experiments, tests, and lab procedures
- Analyzing data to prepare reports, graphs, and charts of findings
- Testing product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications
- Maintaining, assembling, and working with lab equipment, instruments, and tools
- Participating in research and development
At EFSC, you can double the impact of your education by simultaneously enrolling in our Scientific Workplace Preparation CCC – a certificate comprised of courses that meet a number of Nursing and Health Sciences program prerequisites. It includes many of the same courses required for the Chemical Technology A.S. degree and can even be completed at the same time!
Admissions Information for the Chemical Technology Program
The Chemical Technology A.S. degree is an open access program with rolling admissions. You can submit your application via Eastern Florida's standard enrollment process. Contact an EFSC advisor or the program manager for help with any degree planning and enrollment questions.
Costs & Financial Aid Opportunities for Chemical Technology
In-state tuition and fees for EFSC’s Associate Degree in Chemical Technology total approximately $7,000 — a fraction of the cost to attend other nearby schools. You may also be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships that can decrease your out-of-pocket expenses as you study Chemical Technology at EFSC.
Courses You Could Take
We offer many of the classes required for the Chemical Technology program on all four EFSC campuses, with some even available online. Here are a few of the courses you could take:
Form hypotheses, research literature, design and conduct data-based experiments, and present results as you learn the general principles of biological research.
Explore professionalism, ethics, and teamwork as you become familiar with computer and application software for solving engineering problems.
Study carbon compounds and the unifying principles of their chemistry as you explore nomenclature, synthesis, product utilization, and reaction mechanisms.
Why Choose EFSC's Chemical Technology Program?
Work With Passionate Faculty
EFSC’s science faculty always go the extra mile, sharing their time and expertise to further your knowledge in the field! Small class and lab sizes allow for frequent, meaningful interaction with instructors and other students, creating an environment that is not only conducive to learning, but also to enhancing teamwork and communication skills.
Faculty regularly also participate in professional activities through the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3), the American Chemical Society, Iota Sigma Pi, the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, and Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE).
Access State-of-the-Art Equipment
The labs at EFSC house a variety of specialized scientific equipment, such as:
- Gas and liquid-liquid chromatographs
- Infrared, ultraviolet/visible, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers
Prepare for a Bachelor Program
The Chemical Technology A.S. degree can be used to transfer into a bachelor degree program such as Eastern Florida's Biomedial or Biotechnology tracks in the Applied Health Sciences BAS or the Aerospace Physiology program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University under an articulation agreement between EFSC and Embry-Riddle. Talk with an academic advisor if you plan to pursue a bachelor degree to ensure your coursework meets the requirements of the baccalaureate program.
Participating in extracurricular activities, research opportunities, and internship programs can increase your chances of getting the job of your dreams after graduation. Here are just a few of the ways you can get involved:
- Take technical electives for experiential learning
- Conduct research through the Office of Undergraduate Research
- Volunteer through the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
- Connect with science and engineering resources, mentors, and guest speakers through EFSC's WiSE Program
- Consider applying for the EFSC Honors Program, which supports academically gifted students with added resources
A Chemical Technology A.S. degree provides an affordable path to the Biomedical Science or Biotechnology specializations in our Applied Health Sciences bachelor's degree. The related Scientific Workplace Preparation certificate program can also be a starting point for those wishing to pursue an EFSC Health or Nursing program as the CCC includes many of the prerequisite courses needed. As you research programs, take advantage of working with an academic advisor who can help you plan your courses.