Chemistry

The A&M-Texarkana Chemistry program offers a newly approved 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, Kinesiology, and Criminal Justice, whose 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 American Chemical Society website for more information on 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 Analysis3
CHEM 351Physical Chemistry I3
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 II4
CHEM 405Environmental Chemistry4
CHEM 411Biochemistry II4
CHEM 421Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 440Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 479Capstone in Chemistry3
CHEM 499Independent Research1-6
MATH 2414Calculus II4
MATH 357Probability and Statistics3
Minimum Hours for Degree120
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Satisfies Core Curriculum (General Education) 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. 

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

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 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. 3 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. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to the field of physical chemistry. The course introduces students to fundamental theories of chemistry involving a detailed study of the properties of matter in the gaseous, liquid, and solid states. Instructors give extensive consideration to properties of solutions, colloids, and elementary principles of thermodynamics and thermochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1312, MATH 2413, and MATH 2414 wtih grade of C or better.

CHEM 352. Physical Chemistry II. 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. 4 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. 4 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. 1-6 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

Assistant Professor

Email: ghogan@tamut.edu

Dr. Md Abul Kalam

Associate Professor

Email: md.kalam@tamut.edu