The mission of the chemistry discipline is to provide our students with a sound education in the basic principles and practice of chemistry. Our emphasis is on the teaching and learning of chemistry with the goal of preparing our students to meet with success as they prepare for careers in health care or admission to schools of pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, and other professions requiring knowledge of chemistry. We aim to provide an experience in chemistry beneficial to students who are preparing to teach science in primary and secondary schools. And we want to provide an informative introduction to chemistry to non-science majors, whether they are taking chemistry simply to meet their degree requirements or to satisfy their desire to learn more about a subject which plays such an important role in our everyday lives.
Degrees and Certificates
To be eligible for an Associate in Arts (AA), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), or an Associate in Science (AS) degree from HCC, a student must successfully:
Complete at least 60 semester hours of credit as follows: (a) for the AA degree, 43 hours of required core courses and 17 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major (b) for the AAT degree, 44 hours of required core courses plus 16-18 hours of required pre-teaching courses (c) for the AS degree, 43 hours of required core courses plus six additional hours of mathematics, four additional hours of natural science, and 7 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major.
Additional Degree Requirements
A student who has received an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution must meet specific requirements to earn an additional degree from HCC.
- The student must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours at HCC for each additional degree. These hours may not repeat credit applied from a previous HCC degree. These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam.
- All additional hours must be applicable toward the additional degree. If the student has prior credit in required courses, appropriate substitutions may be arranged.
- All courses required by the specific HCC program of the additional degree must be completed.
- A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be earned on all hours since the previous degree.
- Academic courses from previous degrees may be applied to an additional AAS degree required academic core where equivalent and appropriate, which waives the need for approval, except where program restrictions prevail.
- If the first degree was an Associate in Arts, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate in Science, a bachelor degree, or higher degree from an accredited educational institution in the United States, the student will be considered to be “Core Complete”, thus needing to complete only the requirement of 18 additional semester hours at HCC toward a new associate degree.
- Each additional academic associate degree obtained from HCC must be of a different type. Thus, a student may only obtain one Associate in Arts, one Associate of Arts in Teaching, and/or one Associate in Science from HCC. For example, if one degree from HCC was an AA, then any additional degrees must be an AAT, AS, or AAS.
- Multiple Associate of Applied Science degrees may be earned from HCC if all AAS program requirements are met including earning at least 18 additional semester hours at HCC, 12 of which must be earned in the major program of the additional degree. In most cases, however, there is only one AAS degree allowable per workforce program. See counselor or program chair for clarification.
- Multiple workforce Certificates of Completion may be earned from HCC if all program requirements are met for each certificate including earning at least 9 additional unique semester hours at HCC toward the major program of the additional certificate.
- All other state and institutional graduation requirements, including TSI policies and financial obligations, must be met.
- Demonstrate basic mastery of chemistry by writing formula and equations for chemical reactions, performing chemical calculations and recognizing the application of chemistry in our daily lives
- Demonstrate a mastery of introductory and intermediate level chemistry to promote success in higher level chemistry and other science programs in four year universities
- Demonstrate a mastery of General and Organic Chemistry in preparation for allied and professional health programs and engineering
- Conduct laboratory experiments by making measurements, performing chemical reactions and analyzing the results in a group or individual setting
There are 3,043 Chemical Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 5.4% over the next four years.
- The estimated annual job openings is 123 jobs a year.
- Median Wages - $26.81 hourly, $56,000 annually