Chemistry has been defined as follows:
Chemistry is the study of the properties, the composition, and the structure of matter, the physical and chemical changes it undergoes, and the energy liberated or absorbed during those changes.
Upon graduation with a degree in Chemistry, opportunities for employment will fall within the following fields (click on the image to open a larger view:)
In becoming a Chemist, a student will focus studies in the following areas (in addition to core subject areas) at the college and university levels (click on the image to open a larger view:)
COURSEWORK FOR TRANSFER:
The following diagram illustrates a recommended two-year transfer plan leading to a bachelor's degree in Chemistry (click on the image to open a larger view:)
To ensure that you are ready for courses as shown, please take note of the prerequisite flowchart shown below (click on the image to open a larger view:)
VOLUNTARY STATEWIDE TRANSFER COMPACT AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
The Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact for Chemistry; institutions participating in the Compact; and the entire Chemistry Tuning Packet, which outlines critical skill areas needed by students and graduates of Chemistry programs, can be viewed and downloadedhere.
Institutions participating in the Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact means that these institutions have agreed to: a) teach courses at the lower-division level as listed in the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual, which is updated and published each year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and 2) accept the courses listed for transfer into the Chemistry program at the university level as specified in the Compact.
For further or more specific information regarding transfer to a Chemistry program at a Texas university, it is recommended that you contact the engineering department at the institution of interest.
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BS Chemistry Degree
The BS degree in chemistry offers in-depth coverage of all major areas of chemistry, featuring challenging advanced coursework for our majors. Students who earn a BS in chemistry are equipped with skills that enhance their marketability to a wide variety of employers in technology and science, and are well-prepared to enter graduate school in chemistry or professional school such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school. Our BS degree is certified by the American Chemical Society, the largest professional scientific organization in the world.
BS Chemistry Flowchart (2017-2018 Catalog Year)
BS Chemistry Four-Year Plan (2017-2018 Catalog Year)
BA Chemistry Degree
The BA degree in chemistry provides excellent grounding in chemistry principles, including specially focused 3000-level coursework. Students who earn a BA in chemistry have a broad education in chemistry, and are equipped with skills that enhance their marketability to a wide variety of scientific companies, and are well-prepared to enter professional school such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school. With a BA in chemistry and two semesters of laboratory-based biology courses, pre-medical students will have satisfied the course requirements for application to most US medical schools. This flexible 4-year plan leaves room for exploring other interests and is a popular major to pair with other majors (see Double Major below).
BA Chemistry Flowchart
BA Chemistry Four-Year Plan
BS Biochemistry (Chemistry Track) Degree
The bachelor of science in biochemistry degree offers a rich combination of chemistry and biology studies at the undergraduate level. The chemistry track for the BS degree is rooted in structural biochemistry and emphasizes the dynamics of biochemically important systems. As with the other degrees offered in the Department of Chemistry, the study of biochemistry can prepare students for work in the pharmaceutical and drug discovery industry, and serve as a foundation for graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, and more. It is also an exceptional choice for pre-medical, pre-dental, and other pre-professional students.
BS Biochemistry Four-Year Plan
If you are interested in pursuing two majors, there are a lot of choices that can complement chemistry. For example, it is very common for BS Biology majors to add a second major in chemistry; they need to take just three more chemistry lectures/labs in the BA Chemistry curriculum (CHEM 2250/2251, 3450/3451, and 3850/3851), to earn the second major. Four levels of foreign language are not required when students pursue a double major and the BS degree is their primary major. With careful planning, the three additional chemistry courses can be completed in a single academic year. For students working toward a BS degree in biochemistry with a concentration in biology, only CHEM 3450/3451 and 3850/3851 are required to add the second major.
Examples of Double Majors
BS BIOLOGY + Chemistry (flowchart example)
BS PUBLIC HEALTH STUDIES (Pre-Professional Concentration) + Chemistry (flowchart example)
BS SCIENCE EDUCATION (Chemistry) + Chemistry (sample four-year plan)
BS NUTRITION + Chemistry (sample four-year plan)