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This degree will serve as preparation for an entry-level job as a chemical technician in an industrial laboratory. You will take field trips to visit industrial laboratories, and you may apply for the chemical laboratory practicum—actual work in a chemistry laboratory—during your second year of study.

This degree is especially valuable if you are employed in industry and want to increase your chances for advancement. When you finish the program, you may want to continue working toward your four-year bachelor's degree in chemistry.

What You Will Learn

  • chemistry
  • physics
  • organic chemistry
  • chemical analysis

What It’s Like to Pursue an Associate of Science in Chemical Technology at Ball State

Our two-year curriculum leading to an associate degree in chemical technology is available for students who want to complete a less intense program of study in preparation for industrial employment as technicians.

You may wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, as well as graduate education in chemistry or related sciences. An associate’s degree in chemical technology could prepare you for further education toward a career in medical, pharmacy, biology, physics, engineering, natural resources, and more.

Our knowledgeable faculty and staff are committed to serving our students. We take great pride in our faculty-student interactions, incorporating faculty supervision in all laboratories, encouraging cooperative learning, and providing numerous opportunities for both formal and informal student-faculty engagement.

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Our small class sizes give students the opportunity to get the focused, one-on-one attention from instructors they need to succeed academically. Students also work closely together in our organizations, research labs, and in the community to promote chemistry education.

Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) is open to all students. This vibrant, award-winning group meets monthly to do service for the community and Ball State. SAACS members promote an interest in chemistry, address issues facing chemistry students, and promote an awareness of the responsibilities and challenges of today's chemists.

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Degree Requirements

This program consists of 60 credits in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and chemical analysis. An associate of science in chemical technology also prepares you to pursue further education in chemistry.

Credits

Total: 60

Courses

A few of the classes you will take include:

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis

You will also need to take classes in physics and calculus.

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with an Associate of Science in Chemical Technology?

This degree is especially valuable if you are employed in industry and want to increase your chances for advancement, particularly if you are (or want to be) a chemical technician. When you finish the program, you may want to continue working toward your four-year bachelor's degree in chemistry. An associate’s in chemical technology pairs well with undergraduate and graduate education that will prepare you for a career in:

  • medical technology
  • biology
  • dietetics
  • natural resources
  • physics
  • dentistry
  • engineering
  • pharmacy

Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of funding options offered through Ball State’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, our department awards scholarships to our own students. Find a scholarship.

Ready to Apply?

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

Want to Learn More?

The best way to get a true feel for Ball State is to spend some time here, so we encourage you and your family to schedule a campus visit. Take a tour, attend an information session, meet with a professor in our area, and ask plenty of questions. Or, if you’d rather speak to someone directly by phone or email, please feel free to contact us.