The Field

Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties and how different substances interact with energy and with each other.

To succeed in Chemistry, students will need to display a keen intellectual curiosity that pushes them to ask questions and seek answers about the substances that make up the world around us. Students should have strong critical thinking and analytical skills along with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

The Chemistry Program at Skyline College

Students enrolled in the Chemistry Program at Skyline College will learn proper scientific reporting techniques and use chemical experimentation to test hypotheses and analyze results. The Chemistry department offers a wide range of courses that fulfill General Education requirements for a variety of majors.

While Skyline College does not offer an Associate Degree in Chemistry specifically, students can earn a degree in Natural Science that can help you create a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Outlook

The applications for a degree in Natural Science include a variety of careers in the sciences in both private and public industry. Many jobs in Natural Science and Chemistry require a Ph.D., so the program at Skyline College is a good launching point for pursing education at a four-year university.

Chemists spend much of their time working in offices and conducting research in laboratories. Most chemists work full time. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, chemists in California make an average of $82,030 per year.