Industrial Chemistry Technology

General Information

To answer the demands of industry for well-trained personnel and to offer educational opportunities, Ferris State University has the industrial chemistry technology program leading to the associate in applied science degree.  The program provides basic training in organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry. In the second year, specialty courses in industrial chemistry teach the student procedures used in modern laboratories. As such this program can stand alone or in conjunction with other science majors as an excellent addendum to their program.

Graduates of this program perform analyses with GC, UV-Visible spectroscopy, FT-IR, NMR, atomic absorption spectroscopy and other modern instrumental techniques. Graduates find employment in the following fields: pharmaceuticals, plastics, food, cosmetics, paints, petroleum and industrial chemicals. Advancement in the field of chemistry is possible in quality control research, and production support.

Through the use of field trips and visiting lecturers, the program acquaints students with modern chemical plant operations. The student is exposed to modern laboratory techniques thus preparing them for the varied laboratory operations found in industry.

Career Opportunities

Industries throughout Michigan and the Midwest are using increasingly sophisticated chemical procedures. Consequently, industrial leaders are becoming more concerned about health hazards and safety factors. These companies need better-trained chemistry technicians, and many managers seek Ferris graduates to fill the demand.

Graduates find jobs in a variety of industries, including chemical, plastics, pharmaceutical, environmental, paint, food, automotive, petroleum and personal care products.

Admission Requirements

First-year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

More Information

Advisor: Professor Bill Killian
Phone: (231) 591-2590
Email:

Department of Physical Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3021
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: (231) 591-2580

Industrial Chemistry Technology: Ferris State University Course Catalog