A Better World Through Chemistry

Inver Hills can be your launching pad to an advanced chemistry degree

Chemistry @Inver HillsChemists have a talent for discovery. The French chemist, Pierre Jean Robiquet, isolated caffeine and figured out codeine. Leo Hendrik Baekeland, an American chemist born in Belgium, invented Bakelite, an early form of plastic. Giacomo Luigi Ciamician, an Italian chemist, earned nine nominations for the Nobel Prize on his way to fathering the solar panel. Frederick Gowland Hopkins did win the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1929 for revealing essential dietary “accessory factors” later called vitamins. And thank destiny for the Dutch chemist, Coenraad Johannes van Houten, who got the goods on cocoa powder and became the planet’s first chocolatier.
Chemistry @Inver HillsChemistry engages some of the most dynamic and influential research in science. Chemists are exploring amazing frontiers, including DNA for data storage, self-healing polymers, 3D-printed bionic organs and carbon nanotube computers. Chemistry will be integral to any solutions involving climate change, water preservation, agriculture, renewable energy, health care and urbanization. When big problems need big answers, chemists and material scientists are indispensable.

Why chemistry at Inver Hills?

The Chemistry department at Inver Hills offers specialized and general courses, all with a laboratory section, that meet the requirements for two-year and four-year degrees in the physical and life sciences, including nursing. If you have plans to major in chemistry, you should consider pursuing either an A.S. in Chemistry or an A.A. with an Emphasis in Chemistry.

Completing your freshman and sophomore chemistry obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  • Discover ways to help society by developing innovative materials used in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, agriculture, textile, and engineering fields
  • Transform everyday raw materials into amazing compounds
  • Examine the complexity and building blocks of everyday objects we take for granted
  • Receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with chemistry faculty
  • Get hands-on experience in superb chemistry labs
  • Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

Chemistry @Inver Hills
* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.
Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It’s a no-brainer.

Heart of the matter: salaries for professionals in the chemistry field
Chemical engineers

Nationwide: $96,940/year ¹
Seven-county Mpls/St.Paul metro: $41.90/hour²

Chemistry @Inver HillsBiochemists and biophysicists

Nationwide: $84,940/year ¹
Seven-county Mpls/St.Paul metro: $34.29/hour²


Nationwide: $73,480/year ¹
Seven-county Mpls/St.Paul metro: $46.94/hour²

Materials scientists

Nationwide: $91,980/year ¹
Seven-county Mpls/St.Paul metro: $54.79/hour²

Materials engineers

Nationwide: $87,690/year ¹
Seven-county Mpls/St.Paul metro: $44.78/hour²

Chemistry @Inver HillsEnvironmental scientists and specialists

Nationwide: $66,250/year ¹
Seven-county Mpls/St.Paul metro: $33.25/hour²

Life, physical, and social science technicians

Nationwide: $42,630/year ¹
Seven-county Mpls/St.Paul metro: $23.36/hour²

Chemical technicians

Nationwide: $44,180/year ¹
Seven-county Mpls/St.Paul metro: $23.58/hour²
¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics: median annual wage in May 2014
² ISEEK: median hourly wage escalated by the First Quarter 2015 Employment Cost Index

To learn more about earning your A.S. in Chemistry or A.A. with an Emphasis in Chemistry at Inver Hills, contact:

Adam Prowatzke
Chemistry Faculty
Admissions Team
College Center
Chemistry @Inver Hills

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