Physical Sciences, Chemistry Concentration, A.S.

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Chemistry degree gets positive reaction from employers!


Carroll’s Chemistry program, offering professional faculty along with qualified tutors, hands-on laboratory experience and small class size, sets the barometer for your chemical career.

Chemists study chemical properties of elements and compounds and how they interact with each other. They apply their new knowledge about chemicals to improve the way we live. For example, they can create oil refining processes that would reduce energy use and pollution. 

Carroll’s Chemistry Program serves as a valuable resource for students, providing them with grant opportunities, career and post-graduate planning advice, ACS student chapter, and connections with internships and research programs. This is in addition to excellent learning opportunities, with small class sizes of generally about 18 students.

According to the ACS website, if you are taking chemistry at a two-year college (such as Carroll), you are in good company. National Science Foundation reports that more than 40% of students earning bachelor’s or master’s degrees in science and engineering have attended a two-year college. Plus, a separate study from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that more than 40% of students enrolling in a two-year college do so with the express goal of acquiring or improving job skills.

Why choose Carroll for your AS in Physical Science with Chemistry Concentration?

  • Smoothly transfer from our Chemistry track to Maryland colleges and universities.
  • Immerse yourself in hands-on lab experiences and research starting from your first semester.
  • Get connected to valuable internships and research opportunities during your program.

Contact Information

Program Director: Dr. Maharoof.  Email:  Phone:410-386-8280 

Enroll in Carroll’s superior Chemistry program to heat up your professional chemical career! 


Carroll's STEM Scholars annual program is designed for motivated high school and college students who want to pursue opportunities in science, technology,engineering or mathematics and transfer to a four-year institution after completion of their associate degree at Carroll Community College. 
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Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities.

Faculty Spotlight  

Dr. Jamshed Ayub

Education: Ph.D., Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; MS, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; BSc, Aligarh M. University, Aligarh, India.

Interests: Travelling to Exotic Locations, Reading.

Bio: Jamshed Ayub is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Carroll Community College, where he has been since 2015. He serves as a faculty advisor to the STEM Club. He has over 20 years teaching experience as a College Chemistry Professor, achieving high ratings by both students and colleagues for breadth of knowledge and excellent ability to develop and clearly teach curriculum to science majors and non-science students. 

Dissertation Title: Molecular Study of the B19 (Human) Pathogenic Parvovirus

Abstract Summary: The B19 (human) parvovirus is a small single stranded DNA virus of 5.4 kilobases. B19 is specific for erythroid progenitor cells. The transcription map of B19 suggested overlapping transcripts with the same initiation and termination sites and containing introns of differing sizes. The overlapping transcripts of B19 produce capsid proteins, namely VP1 and VP2. The overlapping transcripts of B19 produce capsid proteins, namely VP1 and VP2. Translation of VP1 was very inefficient compared to VP2 RNA in a cell free system, indicating that capsid protein production was regulated at the level of translation.

Dr. Raza Khan

KhanImageLinkEducation: PhD, Howard University; BS, Howard University.

Classes teaching/taught: Various chemistry courses including Introductory Chemistry (CHEM-101), General Chemistry I (CHEM-105), General Chemistry II (CHEM-106), Organic Chemistry I (CHEM-201) and Organic Chemistry II (CHEM-202) 

Interests: traveling, understanding world religions, reading and understanding legal decisions by US Circuit Courts and US Supreme Court and community volunteerism

Bio: Foremost, my passion has been in teaching.  I love engaging students both within and outside the classrooms walls in an academic environment setting.  I thrive upon our student successes! I am also a chemist by heart.  My post-doctoral fellowship involved Diabetes II research work at Colorado State University that was carryover from my doctoral research work in metalloenzymes and catalysis that was NIH funded research involving collaborations from three different colleges.  I developed an interest in teaching during my years as a Teaching Assistant (TA) and Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) during graduate student, Dorm Resident Assistant (DRA) in dorms and a tutor at the university campus.  I have taught as a fulltime and/or adjunct faculty since in Washington DC, Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon and now have been teaching at Carroll Community College for the last eleven years.   I also love travelling as I have travelled over 40 countries and visited almost but two states in US.  I am proud to lead a fine team of colleagues in Sciences Division as its Chair and am the Director of the high-impact STEM Scholars program.  I am happily married and a father of two lovely children – just do not ask me their age:  they are still U-18 team!  

See our Faculty Focus story and video about Dr. Khan.

Lab Sciences Staff

Ms. Tina Hahn

Science Lab Technician 1

Education: BS, University of South Carolina; AA, Howard Community College

Interests: Pet care, hiking, reading and writing

Bio: Tina has 30 years of Biotech experience at companies such as Shimazu Scientific Instruments, Cambrex (Lonza), and the Medical College of Georgia. She is a first-generation college student and a proud supporter of STEM academics at community colleges.

Ms. Ellen Sperber 

Lab Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer

Education:  MS, The American University; BS, Washington College

Interests: Cooking, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends

Bio: MS in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology. Masters thesis was on “The Development of Anti-idiotypic monoclonal antibodies to a Tumor specific monoclonal antibody.” Taught Microbiology at Carroll Community College 2011-2012; taught Fundamentals of Biology 2016-2017; was Instructional Technician from April 2015-March 2020.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Science Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

Where can you go? 

ReqImage01This program provides students with the background necessary for transfer into a four-year institution’s chemistry program.  Because four-year institutions vary in their requirements, Carroll Community College students are expected to check with their chosen transfer institution and consult an academic advisor at Carroll. 

Chemistry graduates can find well-paying jobs as researchers, laboratory technicians and teachers, and are in high demand in such industries as pharmaceutical manufacturing and petroleum production. Maryland is also one of the top paying states for chemists, with one of the highest concentrations of chemical jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

To read more about the chemistry job prospects, please visit the American Chemical Society website


Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.

ReqImageTuitionAndFeesCarroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Chemistry education by earning an AS degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college. 


Program runs for 4 semesters and 1 summer course, totaling 60 credits. Visit Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.  


Explore the following options:

Projects and Presentation

Students in Physical Sciences use authentic resources to research a broad range of topics in science, write a scientific paper and communicate their findings to an audience of peers and instructors. 

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STEM Scholars Honors Program

Carroll's STEM Scholars honors program is designed for motivated high school and college students who want to pursue opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and transfer to a 4-year institution after completion of their Associate degree at Carroll Community College. Find more information about the STEM Scholars program at 

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Real World Experience 

Students learn about real-world applications of science through year-round field trips. Examples of places visited by our students are: 

  • Lehigh Cement Company
  • Science Exploration at Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia

Other Activities and Clubs 

  • Annual Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference
  • STEM Club
  • Mole-day and Pi-day celebrations
  • STEM Day to Celebrate Maryland’s STEM Week
  • American Chemical Society Student Chapter
  • Ready, Set, STEM Service-Learning event at Shiloh Middle School
  • Service-Learning STEM activities for children at the annual Random House Book Fair