Chemistry - BA

The Bachelor of Arts program, through the availability of a generous number of electives, gives the student a firm and broadly based foundation in chemistry, with the option of pursuing other educational objectives involving specialization in at least one other field in depth. This objective is accomplished by means of the BA program flexibility and by the inclusion of a minor area of study in another discipline or completion of a track as outlined above. Additional elective hours allow further diversification.

The BA degree offers somewhat more flexibility than the BS program, in terms of tailoring a program of study that combines chemistry with an interest in subject areas such as biochemistry, biology, business, computer science, education, forensics, medicine or physics. Although the BA program may in any specific case turn out to be a somewhat less technical curriculum, it meets the needs of many students who plan to use chemistry as a springboard to a career in chemical sales, marketing, law, technical writing, teaching at a pre-college level, science journalism, etc., to name only a few possibilities.

A BA degree in Chemistry coupled with a minor in Biology, or completion of a biological chemistry track, is excellent preparation for a variety of careers in the health-related disciplines. In particular, a BA degree in Chemistry is excellent and proven preparation for medical and dental schools, and affords the superior student the opportunity to maintain flexibility for a broad spectrum of medical or dental careers.

Although not required for the BA program, abundant research opportunities are available to students. The BA program also permits and encourages non-technical elective courses.

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
Select one of the following: 34
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Chemistry track course
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 13
CHEM 231Techniques of Organic Chemistry 2
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Select one of the following: 34
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Chemistry track course
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II 13
CHEM 234Organic Synthesis and Analysis IV 43
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
POLS 206American National 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
Chemistry track course
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
CHEM 315Quantitative Analysis 3
CHEM 318Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1
CHEM 327Physical Chemistry I 3
Select three of the following: 39
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Chemistry track course
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 325Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHEM 328Physical Chemistry II 3
Select four of the following: 312
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Chemistry track course
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
CHEM 326Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHEM 481Seminar 42
Select one of the following: 3
Quantitative Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
 
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry  
Analytical Chemistry  
Organic Chemistry III  
Chemical Biology  
Inorganic Chemistry  
Nuclear Chemistry  
Polymer Chemistry  
Industrial Chemistry  
Green Chemistry  
Special Topics in...  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry I  
Biochemistry II  
Modern Physics  
Select two of the following: 38
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Chemistry track course
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Quantitative Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
 
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry  
Analytical Chemistry  
Organic Chemistry III  
Chemical Biology  
Inorganic Chemistry  
Nuclear Chemistry  
Polymer Chemistry  
Industrial Chemistry  
Green Chemistry  
Special Topics in...  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry I  
Biochemistry II  
Modern Physics  
Select three of the following: 39
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
Course for Minor
Chemistry track course
Directed Studies  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Choose 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.