What to Expect
First-year courses include chemical safety and techniques, organic and inorganic chemistry, quantitative analysis and physical chemistry. Support courses include computers, math, statistics, physics and business communication. Lab time emphasizes the acquisition of basic laboratory techniques using standard lab equipment. The theory component introduces students to various fields of chemistry.
Second-year courses include industrial chemistry, hydrocarbon and coal chemistry, instrumental analysis, biochemistry, food analysis and applied biochemistry, environmental chemistry, and chemistry project management. Level II Coursesare more laboratory oriented, students are offered specialized content in oil, food, environmental and industrial chemistry, as well as theory and hands-on experience in the use of modern laboratory instrumentation and computer applications.
Classroom & Study Hours
First-year students can expect to spend on average
- 16 hours per week attending theory courses (16 in 1st semester and 15 in 2nd semester)
- 12 hours per week in the laboratory (11 in 1st semester and 13 in 2nd semester)
- 10 to 12 hours per week studying and completing class assignments outside of scheduled class time.
Second-year students can expect to spend on average
- 14 hours per week attending classes (16 in 3rd semester and 11 in 4th semester)
- 16 hours per week in the laboratory (14 in 3rd semester and 18 in 4th semester)
- 10 to 12 hours per week studying and completing class assignments outside of schedule class time.
The Chemical Technology program has a number of different laboratories.
Inorganic and Organic Chemistry Laboratory - Lab 1
Inorganic experiments introduce basic laboratory techniques and general chemical principles including qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Organic chemistry experiments utilize the techniques of filtration, crystallization, thin layer chromatography, extraction and distillation.
Inorganic and Organic Chemistry Laboratory - Lab 2Inorganic experiments introduce basic laboratory techniques and general chemical principles including qualitative and quantitative analysis. Organic chemistry experiments utilize the techniques of filtration, crystallization, thin layer chromatography, extraction and distillation.
Chromatography Laboratory - Lab 3
Chromatographic techniques performed in this laboratory include chromatographic injections, measurement of column efficiencies, temperature programming, gradient elution as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Advanced instrumental analysis also includes ion chromatography, gas chromatography mass spectroscopy (GC/MS) and liquid mass spectroscopy (LCMS).
Spectroscopy and Electro Analytical Laboratory - Lab 4
Spectroscopic experiments include methods of sample preparation, instrument operation, and both quantitative and qualitative sample identification. Instrumentation includes UV-Visible, flourometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, atomic absorption, atomic emission, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) and FT-Infrared spectroscopy.
Electrochemical analysis includes experiments in potentiometry, amperometry, coulometry and conductimetry.
Biochemistry and Environmental Laboratory - Lab 5Biochemistry experiments include protein purification techniques and isolation of cellular components including carbohydrates, proteins, and DNA. Environmental analysis include experiments in monitoring air and water quality.
Oil Chemistry Laboratory - Lab 6Laboratory work includes the standard ASTM tests performed on gasolines, diesel fuels, aviation fuels, lubricating oils, grease, oil sands and coal.
First-year laboratory facilities include:
- general inorganic, organic and quantitative analysis laboratories
- physical chemistry laboratory
Second-year laboratory facilities include:
- instrumental chromatography laboratory
- instrumental spectroscopy laboratory
- environmental laboratory
- applied biochemistry laboratory
- oil chemistry laboratory
- food analysis laboratory
- industrial chemistry laboratory
All laboratories are computer networked, with access to the Internet.
Is This Program For You?
Successful Chemical Technology graduates possess good attention to detail and scientific honesty. They have the ability to record, analyze and report laboratory results using procedures developed to ensure quality assurance and quality control.
During their studies, students gain theoretical and laboratory skills in organic and inorganic synthesis and in quantitative and qualitative analysis, using both instrumental and wet chemical analysis techniques.
Skills you will acquire
- general laboratory skills
- communication and research skills
- safety skills
- sample handling skills
- instrumental analysis skills
- advanced data analysis skills