Natural Sciences: Chemistry Concentration

Natural Sciences: Chemistry Concentration

Chemistry BeakerIf you are a person intrigued by working in a laboratory, analyzing & testing materials, then a degree in chemistry might be a great career path for you. At Genesee Community College you can earn a Liberal Arts Associate of Natural Sciences degree with a concentration in Chemistry. Our A.S. degree will teach you the skills and techniques necessary to conduct laboratory work in private sector businesses, manufacturing facilities, hospitals & healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical firms, government agencies and much more. Successful completion of an A.S. degree will allow you to continue your studies as a third year student in any SUNY four-year school or transfer to a private university.

Career Opportunities

In New York State, the average annual wage for an occupation in chemistry is approximately $49,850 for entry level workers and $96,390 for experienced workers. Among the many careers that can begin with a foundation in chemistry from GCC: 

  • Agricultural food chemist 
  • Analysts (multiple fields) 
  • Astrochemist
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Chemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical information specialist
  • Chemical technologist
  • Conservationist
  • Crystallography specialist
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental scientist 
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food technologies
  • Forensic chemist
  • Geneticist / Counselor
  • Geochemist
  • Hazardous waste manager
  • Hydrologist
  • Immunologist 
  • Laboratory manager
  • Marine chemist
  • Molecular chemist
  • Nanochemist
  • Oncologist
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physicist
  • Policy analyst
  • Polymer chemist
  • Process chemist
  • Professor / Teacher
  • Public health specialist
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Quality control specialist
  • Regulatory affairs specialist
  • Researcher
  • Seismologist
  • Sustainability officer
  • Textile chemist 
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Virologist
  • Water chemist

Why GCC?

Chemistry students19:1 – As a ratio, that is the average number of students in class to each GCC faculty member. That means small classes and plenty of one-on-one instruction. GCC also offers free tutoring to help students individually in areas of specific need. Additionally, state-of-the-art technology has always been a priority at GCC—from the chemistry labs to the new Food Processing Technology lab, the outdoor Nature Trail to the dozens of online databases at the library. There are also smart classrooms and WiFi connections across all campus locations and 26 open-access computer labs.


Finally, GCC is friendly and prides itself on being flexible and accessible. Classes are offered day and night at seven campus locations, and each semester more than 100 courses are offered online. There are also nine different academic sessions in a year, allowing you to create a course schedule that accommodates employment or family care responsibilities. 

Transfer Opportunities

With an A. S. degree and a concentration in Chemistry from GCC, you will be able to seamlessly transfer within the SUNY network of 64 colleges and universities. GCC’s science program was developed as part of the SUNY seamless transfer initiative allowing students to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree as a freshman and sophomore at a community college, then seamlessly transfer to a SUNY four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. This saves many students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition.

In addition, GCC has transfer, articulation and dual degree agreements with many private colleges and universities such as:

  • Niagara University
  • Medaille College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Paul Smith’s College