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Programs of Study



Degree Type: AS

Semester Credit Hours: 60

First Semester - 15 SCH

ENGL 1301 - Composition I
MATH 2413 - Calculus I
HIST 1301 - United States History I
EDUC/PSYC 1100 - Learning Framework
CHEM 1411 - General Chemistry I

Second Semester - 15 SCH

ENGL 1302 - Composition II
MATH 2414 - Calculus II
HIST 1302 - United States History II
ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
CHEM 1412 - General Chemistry II

Third Semester - 14 SCH

CHEM 2423 - Organic Chemistry I
ECON 2301 - Principles of Macroeconomics
GOVT 2305 - Federal Government
PHYS 2425 - University Physics I

Fourth Semester - 14 SCH

CHEM 2425 - Organic Chemistry II
HIST 2321 - World Civilization I
GOVT 2306 - Texas Government
PHYS 2426 - University Physics II

Marketable Skills

  • Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of a substance to understand the uses of chemicals, their interactions, their danger signs, and proper disposal methods.
  • Utilize proper laboratory equipment safely and efficiently.
  • Follow laboratory protocols effectively.
  • Apply laboratory experience with advanced testing techniques and equipment such as physical and chemical separation, spectroscopy, probeware, and purification of chemical compounds by distillation, extraction, chromatography, and recrystallization.
  • Use scientific rules and methods to solve problems with integrated technology and use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions.
  • Effective development, interpretation, and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.
  • Manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of the processes of science, the scientific method and established scientific knowledge.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic terminology and understanding of major physical science concepts.
  • Use appropriate laboratory techniques and equipment safely and proficiently.

High School Endorsements


Transfer Path / Requirements

For Texas A&M Commerce

  • A student completing the Paris Junior College curriculum is considered Core complete at Texas A&M Commerce.
  • No more than 60-66 sch from PJC will be applied to a bachelor degree at TAMU-Commerce.  Another 60 or more must be completed at TAMU-Commerce.
  • For the Chemistry major, 8 advanced courses are required by TAMU-Commerce: Chem 351 (Physical Chemistry) plus 7 courses in quantitative, biochemistry, and inorganics.
  • Required support courses include 2 in university physics, and calculus 3.

Career Opportunities

BS Minimum: Chemists and Materials Scientists; Chemical Engineers; Biochemists; Biophysicists; Physical Scientists (all other); Chemistry Teachers (postsecondary); Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists; Secondary School Teachers; Nuclear Medicine Technologists; Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives; Public Health and Safety Specialists. MS Minimum: Pharmacists; Family and General Practitioners; Veterinarians; Anesthesiologists; Dentists; Nurse Anesthetists; Physician Assistants.

Expected Salary

Texas wage data: workers on average earn $58,640; 10% of workers earn $32,960 or less; 10% of workers earn $96,060 or more. US wage data: workers on average earn $49,820; 10% of workers earn $31,720 or less; 10% of workers earn $81,260 or more.