Lawrence Technological University’s Associate of Science in Chemical Technology is designed to equip you with the skills needed to obtain entry-level and support positions in a variety of fields where chemicals are used, studied, applied, or processed. Manufacturing, engineering, the food and drug industry, agriculture, the environmental sector, consumer products, and government are just a handful of industries that hire qualified technicians. In addition, the program is an excellent stepping stone to earning your bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, which can help you advance your career or prepare you for opportunities in quality control, research and development, or sales.
A Degree You Can Grow WithThis 61-credit-hour program, which can be completed in just two years, provides a well-rounded education with an emphasis on chemistry, theory, chemical safety, and laboratory skills. Like all of Lawrence Tech’s programs, the AS in Chemical Technology is anchored in theory and practice, allowing you to gain practical, hands-on experience in modern labs using state-of-the-art equipment. All lectures and labs are taught by faculty with professional experience, exposing you to the latest trends in the industry. And because of Lawrence Tech’s commitment to small class sizes, you’ll benefit from one-on-one mentoring from faculty committed to your success, both as a student and as a professional.
Upon entering the workforce, you may find yourself charged with a myriad of responsibilities while working alongside chemists and chemical engineers. You may be involved in everything from setting up, operating, and maintaining equipment to testing products and monitoring experiments. In fact, in today’s competitive marketplace, chemical technicians need to not only have an understanding of basic chemistry, but they also must possess expert knowledge in modern and complex laboratory equipment and procedures. Lawrence Tech offers you the top-notch education required to become a skilled professional in this exciting field.
The chemistry laboratories at Lawrence Tech are housed third floors near the offices of chemistry faculty members. The university supports five major teaching laboratories:
- General Chemistry, Science 319
- Analytical Chemistry, Science 313
- Organic Chemistry, Science 309
- Advanced Synthesis, Science 305
- Physical/Instrumental Chemistry, Science 303
In addition, an Advanced Instrumentation Room (Science 325) has recently been established to house the departmental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer and Scanning Electron Microscope.
The award winning Lawrence Tech student chapter of the American Chemical Society occupies Science 327. This room serves as a study room and lounge for our majors. All majors are welcome to use it.
All undergraduates at Lawrence Tech are provided with their own laptops, packed with the specialized software they will need in their education. Introductory chemistry laboratories are fully computerized, as are many of those in more advanced courses. Many of the instruments listed below include dedicated computers that drive them and analyze the output. Others interface directly with student laptops.
The department is fully equipped with all the instrumentation needed for thorough training in Chemistry. A partial list of major equipment includes:
- X-ray diffraction apparatus
- Digitizing, computer-compatible oscilloscopes
- Temperature-jump fast kinetics facilities
- Computer-controlled automatic bomb calorimeter
- Several visible-ultraviolet spectrometers
- Several infrared spectrometers, including fourier transform devices
- Multiple gas chromatographs, some with automatic sampling and mass spectrometer detection
- High Pressure Liquid Chromatography facilities
- Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer
- Atomic Adsorption Spectrophotometer
The department policy is to introduce advanced instrumentation at the earliest opportunity in a student’s education.
Your 62-credit-hour program consists of:
|Course Number||Subject||Cr. Hrs.|
|CHM 2313||Organic Chemistry 1||3|
|CHM 2342||Analytical Chemistry||2|
|CHM 2352||Analytical Chemistry Lab||2|
|MCS 1142||Intro. to C||2|
|MCS 2023***||Statistical Methods***||3|
|SSC 2423||Development of American Experience||3|
|LDR 2001||Leadership Models and Practices||1|
*Qualified students wishing to continue on to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, or Chemical Biology should follow the calculus-based mathematics sequence for those degrees (MCS 1414 Calculus 1, MCS 1424 Calcu Ius 2, etc.).
**If MCS 1003 is excused by placement, replace with COM 2103 (Technical and Professional Communication).
***May be replaced by MCS 2124 Statistics or, for students taking higher-level calculus, MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics (Calculus 3 prerequisite).
For more information, contact the Department of Natural Sciences at 248.204.3600, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit room S322 in the Science Building.