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Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.S.

Completed Online: No
Completed in the Evenings: No
Pathway: Transfer Path
Career Cluster: Health and Sciences
Program Locations:

About the Program

As our nation’s population continues to age, the need for chemists will grow, and you can take advantage of this great career opportunity by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Chemistry program. By earning an Associate of Science degree, you will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution, and eventually enter the world of plastics, medicine, pharmacology, vaccines, recombinant DNA and other related fields.

Courses in this program feature the same lab equipment as other schools but are unique in that classes are smaller than large universities and are taught by full-time instructors, not teachers' assistants. Chemistry labs are equipped with up-to-date computers and the latest software.

Graduates of this program can immediately enter the field of pharmacy. Or you can choose to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree and become a lab technician. You can participate in this program as a part-time student, and some night classes are offered, allowing you to work during the day.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to transfer on to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. Chemists serve an important role in society, as they search out new information about chemicals and put that information into practical use developing new products and improving existing ones. Chemists also contribute to our quality of life by developing processes which save energy and reduce pollution, and their research spurs advances in medicine, agriculture, food processing, and other areas that touch our lives. A bachelor’s degree in chemistry is generally the minimum education necessary to work as a chemist, and many positions dealing with research require a master’s degree or even a Ph.D.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the usage of the periodic table of the elements.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills including positive team participation.
  • Demonstrate competence in the laboratory.


* Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa