Chemistry - BA, Biological Chemistry or Medical, Dental, Pharmacy School Track

Many students planning to enter medical, dental, or pharmacy school prefer a bachelor of arts degree that contains a large number of elective courses which may be used to satisfy pre-professional school requirements. With that in mind, this track recommends an effective way to use some of the available free electives in the BA chemistry program to satisfy the pre-professional requirements for these programs. Courses in anatomy, biochemistry, biology, genetics, and microbiology are recommended. Additional free electives, of which there will be many, may be used to strengthen the student’s program of study in a manner decided by the student and the academic advisor.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 100Horizons in Chemistry 1
Select one of the following: 4
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
 
Structure and Bonding
and Physical and Chemical Principles
 
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
HIST 105History of the United States 23
MATH 151 or MATH 171Engineering Mathematics I or Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 4
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
 
Chemistry of the Elements
and Qualitative Analysis
 
HIST 106History of the United States 23
MATH 152 or MATH 172Engineering Mathematics II or Calculus 4
Biological Chemistry Track Elective 4
Introductory Biology I  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 13
CHEM 231Techniques of Organic Chemistry 2
Biological Chemistry Track Elective 4
Introductory Biology II  
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Select one of the following 33
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II 13
CHEM 234Organic Synthesis and Analysis IV 43
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
POLS 206American National Government 3
Biological Chemistry Track Elective 3
Comprehensive Genetics or Biomedical Genetics  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
CHEM 315Quantitative Analysis 3
CHEM 318Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
Biological Chemistry Track Elective 4
Fundamentals of Microbiology or Biomedical Microbiology  
Select one of the following: 33
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 327Physical Chemistry I 3
Biological Chemistry Track Elective 4
Select one of the following:
Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I  
Chordate Anatomy  
Biomedical Anatomy  
Select two of the following 6
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
Fourth Year
Fall
CHEM 481Seminar 42
CHEM 328Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 325Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1
Select one of the following: 3
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Biochemistry I  
Select one of the following from the Biological Chemistry track 4
Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II  
Principles of Animal Physiology  
Biomedical Physiology I  
Select one of the following: 33
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 326Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 1
Biological Chemistry Track Elective 3
Select one of the following:
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry II  
Select four of the following: 311
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Select a section designated for chemistry majors.

2

Students may substitute any 6 hours of American history courses approved by the University Core Curriculum to fulfill this requirement, but no more than 3 hours may be in Texas history. Students seeking teacher certification must take HIST 105 and HIST 106.

3

These electives must include 12 hours which meet the language, philosophy and culture (3 hours), creative arts (3 hours), social and behavioral science (3 hours) and communication (3 hours) requirements of the University Core Curriculum. In addition, 6 hours of courses must be in the area of International and Cultural Diversity. These may be in addition to the previous 12 hours of University Core Curriculum courses, or if a course in this category satisfies an area of the Core, it can be used to meet both requirements. Additional elective hours must be used to complete a required minor approved by the granting department or students must satisfy the requirements of one of the approved chemistry track programs. BA chemistry majors may take CHEM 485 or CHEM 491 as elective courses. The total hours of CHEM 485 and CHEM 491 taken on a graded (A-F) basis may not exceed 9. Additional hours of these courses may be taken on an S/U basis. A maximum of 6 hours of these courses may be included on the degree plan. Electives should be chosen in consultation with the chemistry advisor, and should be selected to meet the residency requirement (36 hours at 300-400-level must be taken at TAMU). Electives recommended in the various track programs should be strongly considered.

4

This is a designated C- or W-course.