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Chemistry is the study of matter – its composition, properties, and potential transformations. Drawing from physics and mathematics, chemistry is considered “the central science” and is the foundation for life sciences, engineering, and medicine.

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Did You Know?

  • Job growth in the field of chemical engineering in California is set to grow 14% through 2028
  • There are 100+ winery lab technician postings within 100 miles of Napa.
  • $113,000 is the median income for a nanotechnologist, whose innovations are built at the scale of atoms and molecules.

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Program Highlights

NVC’s program provides foundational coursework in the principles of chemistry, organic chemistry, and biological chemistry, with opportunities to gain practical experience in a laboratory setting. In addition to fulfilling requirements for transfer students in Chemistry, the program’s courses satisfy prerequisites for advanced study in areas as diverse as Respiratory Care and Viticulture and Winemaking. NVC course credits can be applied toward an AS Degree in Natural Science.


A chemistry degree is the starting point for career paths ranging from medical professions to analytical lab work in a variety of industries from water quality to winemaking.

  • Quality control analysts
  • Chemical technicians
  • Medical and clinical laboratory technologists
  • Chemistry teachers
  • Technical and scientific product sales representatives
  • Bioengineers and biomedical engineers
  • Calibration technologists and technicians
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After NVC

Students planning to enroll in NVC Allied Health programs or the Viticulture and Winery Technology program, or earn bachelor’s degrees with post-graduate work or medical school in mind, should consult with NVC Counseling to ensure they’re selecting the appropriate electives and prerequisites, and learn about options via the Transfer Center.