Chemistry is so much a part of everyday life that it is taken for granted. For example, when an autumn leaf changes from the color green to brilliant reds and yellows, and when soap performs its cleaning power chemistry is taking place behind the scenes. More formally stated, chemistry is a branch of science that deals with the study of matter and energy. It is fundamental and interrelated with other scientific disciplines making it very applicable. That is why chemistry is a valuable discipline and helps us to understand the world around us. Understanding how chemical reactions take place in the human body (biochemistry), synthesizing a potentially life-saving drug (pharmaceutical research), or analyzing evidence found at a crime scene (forensic chemistry) all require knowledge of chemistry.
Chemistry courses completed to meet prerequisite requirements or completed to obtain a degree in chemistry can lead to a wide variety of careers as suggested above. Nursing, engineering, and science teaching are just a few more examples of areas that require chemistry. If you are interested in chemistry courses to fulfill prerequisites, many can be completed at MCC. If a four year degree in chemistry or a chemistry related field is what you desire, MCC’s Chemistry Associate Degree Program will get you well on your way to a Bachelor’s degree.