Chemistry - BS

The BS program in Chemistry is arranged so that a student obtains a comprehensive, solid foundation in all of the major branches of chemistry, combined with a suitable measure of individual flexibility. The latter objective is met in part by a strong emphasis on involving the undergraduate BS chemistry major in exciting, innovative, state-of-the-art research programs. Most students in the BS program become involved in research during their junior year and continue this until graduation. Students frequently receive research scholarships and fellowships, which include opportunities for summer research programs. It is not uncommon for an undergraduate chemistry major to be a coauthor of scientific publications in major research journals before graduation.

Undergraduate chemistry research activities involve substantial use of modern scientific equipment, including major instrumentation. The student involved in this activity also gains considerable insight into the profession by means of substantial individual contact with chemistry department faculty.

The BS degree in Chemistry is the appropriate program for students planning advanced degree programs in chemistry, biochemistry, forensics, chemical physics and other fields. Students planning careers in chemical industry should also choose the BS degree in Chemistry. Students may wish to choose electives suggested in the biological or environmental chemistry tracks. This degree program satisfies fully the accreditation requirements of the American Chemical Society.

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
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 13
CHEM 231Techniques of Organic Chemistry 2
MATH 221 or MATH 253Several Variable Calculus or Engineering Mathematics III 4
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II 13
CHEM 234Organic Synthesis and Analysis IV 33
CHEM 362Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry 3
Select one of the following: 3
Linear Algebra  
Differential Equations  
Principles of Statistics I  
MATH course approved by chemistry advisor
STAT course approved by chemistry advisor
Select one of the following: 43
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
CHEM 315Quantitative Analysis 3
CHEM 318Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1
CHEM 327Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 433Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
POLS 206American National Government 3
Select one of the following: 43
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 325Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHEM 328Physical Chemistry II 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Select three of the following: 49
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
CHEM 326Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHEM 415Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 491Research 53
Select one of the following: 63
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: 46
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 434Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory 2
CHEM 481Seminar 32
CHEM 491Research 53
Select one of the following: 63
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: 45
Communication
Language, philosophy and culture
Creative arts
Social and behavioral sciences
International and cultural diversity
 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

This is a designated C- or W-course.

4

These electives must include 12 hours of courses 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. Electives should be chosen in consultation with the chemistry advisor. 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.

5

The total hours of CHEM 485 and CHEM 491 taken by BS chemistry majors on a graded (A–F) basis may not exceed 15. Additional hours of these courses may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

6

Students wishing to complete an American Chemical Society certified degree program must take at least one semester of biochemistry (i.e., BICH 410 or BICH 440).