Bachelor of Science-Chemistry

The A&M-Texarkana chemistry program offers a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Chemistry. It offers courses for fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements in two concentrations: (a) general chemistry and (b) secondary teacher certification. The B.S. in Chemistry curriculum provides the necessary background and understanding for students to tackle any job related to chemistry. In addition, the program supports other disciplines, such as biology, biotechnology, nursing, kinesiology, and criminal justice, where the subject matter depends, in part, on the knowledge of the principles of chemistry. The courses offered by the chemistry program will serve as preparation for students that are contemplating post-graduate studies in chemistry or in other disciplines such as medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.

Careers in Chemistry

Successful completion of the chemistry program enables graduates to pursue careers in industry, government, teaching, or to continue education at the graduate level.  Visit the ACS Chemistry for Life website to find additional information regarding careers in chemistry.

Degree Requirements

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.  

Major Requirements
General Education Requirements42
BIOL 1306Biology for Science Majors I 13
BIOL 1106Biology for Science Majors I Lab 11
BIOL 1307Biology for Science Majors II 13
BIOL 1107Biology for Science Majors II Lab 11
CHEM 1311General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I (Lab) 11
CHEM 1312General Chemistry II 13
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II (Lab) 11
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 2425Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 321Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 340Quantitative Chemical and Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 351Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 410Biochemistry I4
CHEM 497Special Topics in Chemistry1-4
MATH 2413Calculus I 14
PHYS 2125University Physics I Lab1
PHYS 2325University Physics I3
PHYS 2126University Physics II Lab1
PHYS 2326University Physics II3
Other Requirements
CHEM 352Physical Chemistry II (EL)4
CHEM 405Environmental Chemistry3
CHEM 411Biochemistry II3
CHEM 421Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 440Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 479Capstone in Chemistry3
CHEM 499Independent Research1-12
MATH 2414Calculus II4
MATH 357Probability and Statistics using R3-4
or MATH 2415 Calculus III
Electives (as needed to meet minimum degree requirements including 46 semester credit hours of upper division)
Minimum Hours for Degree120
1

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements

Note: A minimum of 46 upper division hours (300 and 400 level courses) are required for this degree. Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in three areas for graduation:  Overall GPA, Institutional GPA, and Major GPA. 

Bachelor of Science-Chemistry

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.  

First Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
MATH 1314College Algebra satisfies core curriculum; Only if needed as prereq for MATH 24133-4
or MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus
BIOL 1306Biology for Science Majors I satisfies core curriculum 3
BIOL 1106Biology for Science Majors I Lab satisfies core curriculum 1
IS 1100University Foundations satisfies core curriculum 1
ENGL 1301Composition I satisfies core curriculum 3
SPCH 1315Public Speaking satisfies core curriculum 3
or COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication
or COMM 1311 Introduction to Communication Studies
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours14-15
SpringSemester Credit Hours
MATH 2413Calculus I satisfies core curriculum 4
BIOL 1307Biology for Science Majors II satisfies core curriculum 3
BIOL 1107Biology for Science Majors II Lab satisfies core curriculum 1
Language, Philosophy and Culture Core Curriculum Requirement3
ENGL 1302Composition II satisfies core curriculum 3
or ENGL 2311 Technical Writing & Communication
Creative Arts Core Curriculum Requirement3
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours17
Total First Year Semester Credit Hours31-32

Second Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 1311General Chemistry I satisfies core curriculum 3
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I (Lab) satisfies core curriculum 1
PHYS 2325University Physics I3
PHYS 2125University Physics I Lab1
PSCI 2301American Government I: Federal & Texas Constitutions satisfies core curriculum 3
HIST 1301United States History I satisfies core curriculum 3
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours14
SpringSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 1312General Chemistry II satisfies core curriculum 3
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II (Lab) satisfies core curriculum 1
PHYS 2326University Physics II3
PHYS 2126University Physics II Lab1
PSCI 2302American Government II: Federal & Texas Political Behavior satisfies core curriculum 3
HIST 1302United States History II satisfies core curriculum 3
MATH 2414Calculus II satisfies core curriculum 4
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours18
Total Second Year Semester Credit Hours32

Third Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 340Quantitative Chemical and Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 351Physical Chemistry I4
MATH 357Probability and Statistics using R 13-4
or MATH 2415 Calculus III
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours15-16
SpringSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 2425Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 440Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 352Physical Chemistry II (EL)4
Social and Behavioral Science Core Curriculum Requirement3
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours15
Total Third Year Semester Credit Hours30-31

Fourth Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 321Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM 410Biochemistry I4
CHEM 405Environmental Chemistry3
CHEM 499Independent Research 11-6
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours12-17
SpringSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 411Biochemistry II3
CHEM 421Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 497Special Topics in Chemistry 11-4
CHEM 479Capstone in Chemistry3
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours10-13
Total Fourth Year Semester Credit Hours22-30
Total Minimum Semester Credit Hours for Degree 2120
1

Reminder: 46sch of Upper Division (300 & 400 level) Coursework is required.

2

Electives may be required to meet the total overall hours and Upper Division requirement depending on the SCH of the variable credit hour courses taken.

NOTE: A minimum of 46 upper division hours (300 and 400 level courses) are required for this degree. Resident credit totaling 25% of the total hours is required for the degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in  three areas for graduation: Overall GPA, Institutional GPA, and Major GPA.

Chemistry Minor

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I (Lab)1
CHEM 1312General Chemistry II3
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II (Lab)1
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 2425Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 410Biochemistry I4
Total Hours20

Teacher Certifications

Undergraduate Courses in Chemistry

CHEM 1111. General Chemistry I (Lab). 1 Hour.

This course introduces students to basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in CHEM 1311. The course introduces the scientific method, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports. Corequisite: CHEM 1311.

CHEM 1112. General Chemistry II (Lab). 1 Hour.

This course introduces students to basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in CHEM 1312. Students will be introduced to the use of the scientific method in experimental design, chemical instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports. Prerequisite: CHEM 1111. Corequisite: CHEM 1312.

CHEM 1117. General Chemistry for Engineering Students Lab. 1 Hour.

This course introduces students to basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in CHEM 1307. The course introduces to the scientific method, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports. Corequisite: CHEM 1307.

CHEM 1305. Introductory Chemistry. 3 Hours.

This course surveys basics of a wide range of Chemistry concepts. Topcis include fundamental properties of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, solutions, chemical reactions, properties of gases, chemical equilibrium, acid-based concepts, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and an introduction to organic and biomolecules. It is a course designed for non-science, pre-nursing, and allied health students. This course is intended to provide students with a background in chemistry so that other courses such as, pharmacology and food & nutrition, can be appreciated on a molecular level. Familiarity with algebra is needed to solve problems in the course.

CHEM 1307. General Chemistry for Engineering Students. 3 Hours.

This course provides engineering students with a background in important concepts and principles of chemistry. The course emphasizes those areas engineers consider most relevant in an engineering context and examines practical applications in engineering and technology. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or MATH 2412. Corequisite: CHEM 1117.

CHEM 1311. General Chemistry I. 3 Hours.

This course covers the fundamental principles of chemistry. This course is the first of two general chemistry courses offered sequentially for majors in biological, health, and physical sciences. Topics include measurements, fundamental properties of matter, states of matter, chemical reactions, chemical stoichiometry, periodocity of elemental properties, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, solutions, properties of gases, and an introduction to thermodynamics and descriptive chemistry. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or MATH 2412. Corequisite: CHEM 1111.

CHEM 1312. General Chemistry II. 3 Hours.

This course is the second course of the general chemistry sequence. Topics include chemical equilibrium, phase diagrams and specrometry, acid-base concepts, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry and descriptive organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1311. Corequisite: CHEM 1112.

CHEM 2423. Organic Chemistry I. 4 Hours.

This course is the first of a comprehensive and somewhat rigorous survey of organic chemistry emphasizing nomenclature, structure, properties, synthesis, and reaction mechanisms of carbon compounds. Prerequisite: CHEM 1312 with a grade of C or better.

CHEM 2425. Organic Chemistry II. 4 Hours.

This course is the second semester of Organic Chemistry sequence emphasizing the classes of aliphatic and aromatic compounds that contain oxygen and nitrogen. Prerequisite: CHEM 2423.

CHEM 289. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

CHEM 321. Inorganic Chemistry. 4 Hours.

This course focuses on descriptive inorganic chemistry. It covers bonding theories, redox chemistry, properties of main group and transition metals, ligand field theory, molecular magnetism, and electronic spectra in transition metal complexes. Prerequisites: CHEM 1111, CHEM 1112, CHEM 1311, and CHEM 1312.

CHEM 340. Quantitative Chemical and Instrumental Analysis. 4 Hours.

This course covers fundamental theory and techniques in traditional chemical analysis. Topics include sampling and separation methods, measurements, statistics, equilibrium and pH studies, gravimetric and combustion analysis, electrochemical techniques, and introduction to instrumentation. Biology minors in Environmental Science require this course. Prerequisite: CHEM 1312 with a grade of C or better.

CHEM 351. Physical Chemistry I. 4 Hours.

This course is an introduction to quantum mechanics, solvable model problems, chemical kinetics, rigorous treatments of the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, as well as applications to gases (both ideal and real), liquids, solutions, and phase equilibria. Prerequisite: MATH 2413, PHYS 2325, and PHYS 2326.

CHEM 352. Physical Chemistry II (EL). 4 Hours.

This course covers the following: quantum mechanics of many electron systems and approximate methods; chemical bonding and the electronic structure of molecules; rotational, vibrational, and electronic spectroscopy; statistcal thermodynamics; and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 351.

CHEM 405. Environmental Chemistry. 3 Hours.

This course is an application of chemical principles to the study of the environment. It includes natural processes and pollution problems related to air, water, and soil. Biology minors in Environmental Science require this course. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1312 with a grade of C or better.

CHEM 410. Biochemistry I. 4 Hours.

Biochemistry I is the first semester of a one-year course. The first semester covers the structures and functions of amino acids, proteins, and simple and complex carbohydrates. This course also covers carbohydrate metabolism, including glycolysis, gluconeogenesis and signal cascades in carbohydrate metabolism. The course emphasizes understanding biochemistry from a biological point of view and on providing information on how biochemical events are regulated in living tissues. Prerequisite: CHEM 2423 and CHEM 2425 with a C or better in both courses.

CHEM 411. Biochemistry II. 3 Hours.

Biochemistry II is the second semester of a one-year course. The second semester covers the structures and functions of lipids & cell membranes and nucleic acids. This course also covers metabolisms of biomolecules, including citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, and the biosynthesis of amino acids, proteins, lipids, DNA and RNA. The course emphasizes understanding biochemistry from a biological point of view and on prividing information on how biochemical events are regulated in living tissues. Prerequisite: CHEM 410.

CHEM 421. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. 3 Hours.

This course involves an in-depth study of chemical bonds, comparison of valence bond and molecular bond theories, coordination compounds, and inorganic nomenclature. Prerequisite: CHEM 321 and CHEM 352.

CHEM 440. Instrumental Analysis. 4 Hours.

This course focuses on the theory and application of instrucmental methods, such as high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, atomic absorption (AA) spectroscopy, and mass spectroscopy (MS). Prerequisite: CHEM 340.

CHEM 479. Capstone in Chemistry. 3 Hours.

This course provides instruction on topics and concepts in major area (i.e. physical, inorganic, organic, analytical, and biological) of chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CHEM 489. Individual Study. 1-4 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

CHEM 497. Special Topics in Chemistry. 1-4 Hours.

This course provides instruction on special topics in an identified area of chemistry. Students may repeat the course for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CHEM 499. Independent Research. 1-12 Hours.

Independent research in Chemistry conducted by a student under the guidance of a faculty member of his or her choice. The student is required to maintain a research journal and submit a project report by the end of the semester and potentially make an oral presentation on the project. SCH and hours are by arrangement and, with a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Faculty

Dr. Greg Hogan

Associate Professor

Email: ghogan@tamut.edu

Dr. Md Abul Kalam

Professor

Email: md.kalam@tamut.edu