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Program Overview

A degree in Chemistry from WNCC can start you on the path to a variety of careers, including Agrochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Forensic Science, Medicine, Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry, Pharmaceuticals and more.

This emphasis area, located on our Scottsbluff campus, presents chemical concepts, problem-solving methods and laboratory experiences intended to upgrade persons working in scientific fields, to provide training for technical scientific employment, and to give pre-professional science students a suitable chemistry background for college transfers.


  • Provide chemical information necessary to understand the various areas of chemistry and how each relates to today's technical world.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving techniques to enable the student to solve such problems in his/her college work or career.
  • Present laboratory experiments that demonstrate chemical concepts and allow the student to develop laboratory skills.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Science in Chemistry

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, the median pay for Chemists and Materials Scientists with at least a bachelor's degree was $73,060 per year. Growth in jobs for chemists and material scientists for the decade 2012-2022 was projected to be 6%, slower than average. (