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Levels of Certification

A student will have the opportunity to earn three different levels of certification.

Level 1 Certificate

Students achieving a Chemical Tech Level 1 Certificate will be able to apply basic chemistry principles and laboratory skills needed to safely work in a commercial chemical lab with direct supervision. [23.5 units]

Catalog Description

The Beginning Chemical Technician program trains students for a wide variety of entry level scientific laboratory technician career opportunities. Students will be instructed in the theory and fundamentals of chemistry, and they will be exposed to hands-on training with lab equipment. Students will be taught how to follow safety procedures and how to perform basic laboratory techniques.

Throughout the program there will be emphasis on clear written communication and correct mathematical calculations. Students will be challenged to strengthen problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. They also will have opportunities to develop effective verbal communication and use basic software commonly employed in scientific labs.

Students who complete this certificate may wish to continue their studies and work toward the Chemical Technician, Intermediate, Certificate of Achievement.

Level 2 Certificate

Students achieving a Chemical Tech Level 3 Certificate will be able to apply quantitative analytical methods and safely operate common analytical instruments in chemical laboratory setting with minimal supervision. [Certificate 1 + 11.5 Units = 35 Units]

Catalog Description

The Intermediate Chemical Technician Certificate program builds on the knowledge and techniques acquired after completion of the Beginning Chemical Technician Certificate. The Intermediate Chemical Technician Certificate program trains students for a wide variety of intermediate level scientific laboratory technician career opportunities. Students will be instructed in the theory and fundamentals of chemistry, they will be exposed to hands-on training with basic lab equipment and principal lab instrumentation. Students will be taught how to follow safety procedures and how to perform standard laboratory techniques under limited supervision.

Students will be challenged to strengthen problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

A student who satisfactorily completes the following program will be awarded a Chemical Technician, Intermediate, Certificate of Achievement.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2021

Level 3 Certificate

Students achieving a Chemical Tech Level 3 Certificate will be able to apply quantitative analytical methods and safely operate common analytical instruments in chemical laboratory setting with minimal supervision. [Certificate 2 + 19 Units = 54 Units]

Catalog Description

The Advanced Chemical Technician Certificate builds on the knowledge and techniques acquired after the completion of the Intermediate Chemical Technician Certificate. Students will be instructed on data analysis, propagation of error, quality control, and quality assurance. Students will be exposed to hands-on training with sophisticated state-of-the-art lab instrumentation such as: gas chromatography, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, high-performance liquid chromatography, flame atomic absorption spectroscopy, and fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Students will be taught how to follow safety procedures and how to perform standard laboratory techniques.

Throughout the program there will be emphasis on clear written communication and correct mathematical calculations. Students will be challenged to strengthen problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. They also will have opportunities to develop effective verbal communication, and to use software commonly employed in scientific labs.

A student who satisfactorily completes the program will be awarded a Chemical Technician, Advanced, Certificate of Achievement.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2021

Program Sequence

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Beginning Chemical Technician
Intermediate Chemical Technician
Advanced Chemical Technician

Semester One (Fall)

14.5 units for Beginning Chemical Technician
Cert Course Title Unit
CHEM 300 Beginning Chemistry 4
CHEMT 301 Supplemental Lab 1
CHEMT 201 Careers in Chemical Technology 1.5
MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra 5
CISC 300 Computer Familiarization 1
CISA 315 Introduction to Electronic Spreadsheets 2

Semester Two (Spring)

9 units for Beginning Chemical Technician
Cert Course Title Unit
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Stockroom) 1
ENGWR 300 College Composition 3
BUS 330 Managing Diversity 3
CISA 305 Beginning Word Processing 2
5.5 additional units for Intermediate Chemical Technician
Cert Course Title Unit
CHEM 400 General Chemistry I 5
CHEMT 202 Chemical Technology Seminar .5

Summer

6 units for Intermediate Chemical Technician
Cert Course Title Unit
CHEM 401 General Chemistry II 5
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Stockroom) 1

Semester Three (Fall)

12 units for Advanced Chemical Technician
Cert Course Title Unit
CHEM 410 Quantitative Analysis 5
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Instrument) 1
BUS 100 English for the Professional 3
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3

Semester Four (Spring)

7 units for Advanced Chemical Technician
Cert Course Title Unit
BUS 310 Business Communications 3
CHEMT 429 Research in Chemistry 1
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (External) 3

Contact

Chemical Technology logo

Dr. Marisa Alviar-Agnew
Email: AlviarM@scc.losrios.edu
Phone: (916) 650-2950

Dr. Tonya M. Atkins
Email: AtkinsT@scc.losrios.edu
Phone: (916) 558-2481

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