Sights Set on a Science Career? Start Here!

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Mott_scienceSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers represent some of the fastest-growing career fields today, and there is no better place to lay the foundation for a career in the Physical Sciences than at Mott Community College.

“Careers in the sciences are in high demand and pay well,” said Todd Troutman, Dean of the Science and Mathematics Division at the College.  “Right now the best jobs for students majoring in the Physical Sciences are in Chemistry, Physics and Geology.” Mott offers courses in all three, with the addition of Astronomy and Scientific Inquiry. Careers in Life, Physical and Social Sciences are predicted to grow by about 97,600 new jobs by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

science classSo why choose Mott Community College to start a career in Physical Science? A more personalized experience, according to Sue Ellen Hange, Professor of Chemistry at the College. “We generally only have 20-24 students in a class. Mott classes are intentionally small so faculty can give students more personalized attention.

“We offer students a high quality education with faculty members focused on teaching and learning,” Hange said. “Because we don’t have graduate students, students are taught by professors who have graduate degrees in their subject area. Additionally, all of our courses transfer to four-year schools,” she said of the Physical Sciences curriculum.

Transferability is important. “Many of the students who start at Mott on a Science track transfer to a four-year college or university,” said Frederick DeGroot, Associate Professor of Physical Science-Physics and Engineering. “I see a number of students in the sciences go from Mott to one of the universities with whom we have articulation agreements,” he added. Articulations agreements between colleges make it easier for students to transfer their credits.

Mott also blends theory with practice through lab facilities that rival those found at a four year institution for freshmen and sophomore level Science classes. And Mott students actually get to use the instruments in the labs, versus watching someone demonstrate them.

Some of those instruments do amazing things – like identify whether chemicals are right or left handed, an important feature in pharmaceuticals (a Polarimeter), or correlate concentration with color, allowing students to identify how much of a chemical is in a solution (a Colorimeter). Other fun instruments include a Gas Chromatograph, FT-IR Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer and an Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrometer (UV-Vis). The Chemistry Department is doubling its number of computerized lab stations this year, enabling students to have data sent directly to a computer for analysis in experiments.

“But these are NOT virtual labs,” Hange emphasized, “they are real experiments, the computer simply does the data acquisition for the experiments.”

All this translates into OPPORTUNITY for MCC students, opportunities that freshman and sophomore students at a four year school would not have. In addition to personalized attention and getting their hands on actual instruments, Mott students also have opportunities to participate in real-world research.

For more information about degree programs and careers in the Physical Sciences, visit www.mcc.edu, call 810-762-0284 or email scimath@mcc.edu.

Mott Community College offers an Associate Degree in Science in the following areas:

  • Astronomy-Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry-Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary
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