Overview of Chemistry
For students planning to transfer to a university and major in Chemistry, the Health Sciences, Biology, Pre-Med, Pharmacy or Chemical Engineering, we offer an excellent transfer program in chemistry that includes General Chemistry I and II as well as Organic Chemistry I and II. Chemistry for Non-science majors and Chemistry for Health Sciences are also offered. Many Chemistry students also participate in the Texas Watch water testing program, as well as attend local meetings of the East Texas Section of the American Chemical Society.
What do graduates of the program do?
Students completing our classes will have satisfied the Science requirement for their majors, or have successfully completed course prerequisites for more advanced work. Students completing at least one year of general chemistry are often recruited by local businesses for lab technician work in the area.
What is the job outlook?
Currently the job market for both chemists and chemical engineers is very good. Many four-year graduates go on to complete graduate work.
What kind of salary can graduates expect locally and nationally?
There are part time jobs available for students who complete one year of general chemistry. These pay from minimum wage up to $12/hour. Four year chemistry graduates may be hired as chemists starting at 40-50k/year.
How long does the program take?
An A.B.S. degree in chemistry normally takes four years to complete. We recommend you complete your first two years at Kilgore College, taking the Chemistry courses, Physics I and II, Pre Calculus, Calculus and the Core Curriculum. It will take approximately two years to complete the pre-transfer program and the preparation you receive at KC will ensure your continued academic success at the university level. A Bachelor of Science degree normally takes four years to complete.