Program Description

Chemistry helps us understand the world in which we live from the food we eat, to the cars we drive, to the clothes we wear, and to the vitamins & medicines we take, or even how to solve crimes. Chemistry often is called the "central science" because it connects other sciences to each other, such as biology, environmental science, material science, and physics. The Chemistry program provides a strong foundation in the principles and practices of modern chemistry by emphasizing fundamental topics in chemistry and related STEM courses. Additionally, this program offers multiple opportunities for hands-on experience of testing theories in the laboratory.

Degree Programs

Chemistry (Associate of Science)

The chemistry program provides a strong foundation in the principles and practices of modern chemistry by emphasizing fundamental topics in chemistry-related STEM courses. This program gives students the discipline and hands-on experience of testing theories in the laboratory. Chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things including research and development of pharmaceuticals, materials, policies and regulations, personal care products, and much more. This program prepares students for admission into a chemistry or related science baccalaureate program, pre-medical/dental program, pharmacy school or secondary teaching.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, and properties of matter (anything that occupies space and has mass). Chemistry looks at how matter interacts with other matter or energy. Simply is the study of how everything you see and feel works with everything else you see and feel.

What can I do with a degree in chemistry?

Just about anything! A degree in chemistry gives you a good understanding of how things work and interact with other things. You can apply this knowledge to many well-known careers including medicine, law, physical and social sciences, engineering, education and public policy. Some of the less considered careers include:

  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Sales
  • Consumer Product Chemistry
  • Food and Flavor Chemistry
  • Forensics
  • Geochemistry
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Materials Science
  • Oil and Petroleum
  • Polymer/Plastics Chemistry
  • R&D Management
  • Science Writing
  • Textile Manufacturing
  • Water Quality
  • Quality Control/Assurance

Can I earn college credit for taking AP Chemistry in high school?

If you have earned a 4 or better on the AP Chemistry Examination, it will transfer as credit for CHM 103/113 General Chemistry I.

Are there research opportunities?

Although we do not have a dedicated chemistry research program, we work diligently with the career services and local businesses (W.L. Gore, Siemens, APG, and others) to find internship opportunities for students. Additionally, students may be recommended to participate in any faculty lead research projects.

What math should I know when I start Cecil College's Chemistry program?

When you take your first chemistry course, you should have a good understanding of algebra, and have some background in statistics, geometry and trigonometry. We apply all of these areas to help you learn how to safely mix chemicals, and to help understand how molecules behave and function.

Where have Cecil College chemistry majors gone following graduation?

Many of our graduates transfer to universities including: University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, Salisbury University, Towson University, and University of Delaware. Many of our graduates who earn a degree in chemistry have gone on to 4-year institutions to major in pre-med, biochemistry, materials science, environmental science, chemical engineering as well as many other fields.

Admissions & Advising

Cecil College is an open enrollment institution. Get more information, find out how to apply, or meet with an advisor.


Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.

Cecil College has strong partnerships related to the biological sciences with Maryland colleges and universities as well as other schools in nearby states.

Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.


Full-time Faculty

Christine Warwick
Science & Technology, Chair
M.S., University of St. Joseph

Ebony D. Roper
Chemistry/Environmental Science
Ph.D., Howard University

Adjunct Faculty

Our adjunct faculty in chemistry hold advanced degrees in their fields and bring a wide array of experience into the classroom.

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