Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, properties and reaction of matter and substances. At Manchester, chemistry courses may be used to satisfy a student’s general education knowledge areas in science.

For those with a chemistry background, employment opportunities are often found as researchers in the food and pharmaceutical industries, academic settings and government agencies with health and agriculture oversight.

Learn more about the degree and courses in this area of study.

For students who plan to transfer to complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in chemistry at one of the four Connecticut state universities or Charter Oak State College, enrolling in the Chemistry Studies Transfer Ticket degree pathway program is a good choice. By entering this program, students are able to start their course work at Manchester and take advantage of its high quality instruction and more affordable community college tuition and fees. Upon completion of the CSCU Pathway Transfer: Chemistry Studies associate degree, students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete a bachelor’s degree in their major without losing any credits or being required to take extra credits or incur additional expenses.

Those who are interested in chemistry or who are considering transferring to a college outside the CSCU system should consider the Liberal Arts and Science associate in science degree program.

Students who are thinking of transferring are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss their plans and how courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available at can be found in the Transfer Planning portion of the website.

Chemistry Laboratory Safety


Michael Pence
Assistant Professor
Department Chair, Physical Sciences