Chemistry Designation

Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 75% Online
Program of Study

About the Program

Studying chemistry is a formula for success. You can transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree and continue to a career as a scientist, doctor, industrial chemist, or pharmaceutical researcher. Coursework in chemistry fulfills the requirements for entry into health care programs, research careers, and applied or field science. Whether your interests lean toward nursing, medicine, pharmacy, environmental science, or renewable energy, the study of chemistry will teach you critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will be the foundation for your career.

Spacious labs, modern equipment, and an excellent collection of models are all available. Small class sizes, hands-on learning and a strong tutoring program make CCD the right choice!

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD’s Excel Zone, which helps students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities. We are located on campus on the 4th floor of the Confluence building

Available Online

CCD Online fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 75 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to determine if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
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Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
CHE 101, CHE 109, CHE 111, CHE 112 High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)

Online Course Fees

A separate fee is used to absorb the cost of any lab kits needed for lab-based online courses. This fee eliminates the need for students to purchase lab kits separately.

Course Description Fee
CHE 101, CHE 109, CHE 111, CHE 112 High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)
CHE 101 Lab kit $278.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

This program is a guaranteed transfer (GT) program.

GT programs enable all college students to complete their first two years of college here at CCD and then transfer to any public college in Colorado as a junior. It is called the DWD program (Degrees with Designation). This program saves you money and time.

A Two-Year Degree from CCD Can Lead To a Four-Year Degree from ...

  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University – Ft. Collins
  • Colorado State University – Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Please speak with your program chair regarding internship opportunities.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for chemical engineers’ services depends largely on the demand for the products of various manufacturing industries. The ability of these engineers to stay at the forefront of new emerging technologies will sustain employment growth.

In addition, chemical engineering will continue to migrate into dynamic fields, such as nanotechnology, alternative energies, and biotechnology, and thereby help to sustain demand for engineering services in many manufacturing industries.

However, the overall growth of employment will be tempered by a decline in employment in some manufacturing sectors.

Job prospects with a four-year degree in chemistry are endless. Here are just a few possibilities for jobs:

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Law
  • Food Chemistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Medicine
  • Oceanography
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Science Writer
  • Space Exploration
  • Teaching

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median annual wage for a chemical technician is $47,280 (hourly $22.73) in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. If you go on to earn a doctorate degree in chemical engineering, the median annual wage for chemical engineers was $102,160 in May 2017.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.