As a chemistry major at Mid-Plains Community College, you’ll explore many different topics, from the chemical basis for life to the environmental problems caused by chemicals.

MPCC’s physical science and chemistry courses are designed for students who intend to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete educational requirements necessary for careers as chemists, geologists, geophysicists, meteorologists, physicists, science educators and numerous related occupations.

Physical science and chemistry courses are also a part of pre-professional programs such as engineering, agriculture, medicine, nursing and numerous health occupations.

Because chemistry is so important, MPCC offers different levels to meet the needs of everyone served. There’s an introductory level as well as general and advanced options. The classes are at multiple times to accommodate both traditional and non-traditional students.

In addition to regular, daytime classes, evening classes are available. There’s even a four-credit hybrid course designed for working students. It includes online lectures, videos, practice problems and weekly quizzes. Once a week, during the evening, students travel to campus for a lab where they receive one-on-one instruction.

Chemistry is a major that leads into many career options, with becoming a chemist as the first option. Other options a chemistry major may pursue is medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, optometry school, environmental scientist, biological scientist, and many more.

Other career opportunities:

  • Secondary and post-secondary science
  • educator
  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Toxicologist

Cost Estimate

  • Tuition & Fees (60 credits): $6720
  • Housing: $3100 (average NP North, NP South, and Brooks)

Dr. Aaron McLean
Chemistry Instructor
North Platte Campus
(308) 221-6427

Layne Sarvela, M.S.
Chemistry Instructor
McCook Campus
(308) 345-8152